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›› LETTERS At least we still have those irreverent ‘morning zoo’ shows... Are we shocked yet? Thank you for the great interview with former KGO general manager Mickey Luckoff [“Cumulus Killed the Radio Star?” Jan. 6], on the ending of the last local left-leaning talk radio format station in the Bay Area, and the comment-narrative by Amy Alkon [“Tears of Rage,” Jan. 6] about her awful experience with airport “security.” Both point to what is still rather rapidly happening in this country, a kind of corporate/ government control that our climate is warming up to. Amy’s rage at first being patted down/raped in public and then being hit with a $500,000 lawsuit when she publicly questioned it, appropriately comes through from the beginning of her article. We are all being “patted down” in so many ways, the whole TSA boondoggle being just one of them. Mr. Luckoff did mention deregulation and that there are fewer owners of radio and communication companies and they’re mostly focused on the money aspects, but there is more to it. Does freedom really exist with smaller numbers of corporations controlling our decisions, especially when it comes to what we even hear about? Does Fox owning so much of what we see and hear help us learn more about our world? What is “news” anyway? Isn’t it just what someone decides is newsworthy (and with fewer someones making the choice for us... well, hmmm...), so what do we get if someone in Atlanta (Cumulus is based there) makes those decisions? Media accuracy is certainly in question these days. While it may seem like a stretch to some, I find Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine explains a lot about what is happening in our

country and the world (a great documentary version of her book can be watched free now to those who have Comcast, amazingly). And if ever there was someone to elect who will get these issues, especially media accuracy and corporate/government control, front and center, it is Norman Solomon. Now that Lynn Woolsey is retiring, he is running for Congress and without corporate donations. (Does PG&E want someone else to win?) Pacific Sun does a great job finding the issues that matter.

›› TOWNSQUARE

TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Cumulus killed the radio star? KGO cleans house—and former GM Mickey Luckoff tries to keep talk radio from going to the dogs... Read the full story here ... California moves into first place.........as WORST RUN state in the country If Comcast is your web browser you will see a list of the 15 Worst Run states in the country. California moved into first place this year and is the ONLY STATE with an A- rat...

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Ken Jones, Greenbrae

No one appreciates prop comics...

working poor Americans with no access to healthcare. At no time did these innumerable unfortunate Americans ever enter into the discussion. Not even Ron Paul, himself a physician, mentioned patients. Certainly an odd oversight. Martin Blinder, San Anselmo

The master of misdirection...

One day, God—tired of his regular gig condemning and saving souls—walks into a nightclub hosting an open mic and asks the owner if he could go on for five minutes. The owner asks him, “What do you do?” God replies: “Phenomenon and miracles.” Owner says, “Sorry, no magic s--t.” Craig Whatley, San Rafael

Even odder, considering GOP membership on life support In the entirety of the Republican presidential debates, in which the issue of health insurance was often discussed (if an unrelenting attack on “Obamacare” can be characterized as discussion), one element was striking for its absence: Not once did a single candidate ever mention sick people—the thousands of infirm or disabled, the millions of poor or

Haag’s muddled thinking and unfounded paranoia makes us wonder if she’s been... Greetings, just finished your Dec. 30 cover story, “Fuzz Kill.” The complete and utter stupidity of the feds shutting down marijuana dispensaries is mind-boggling. Why marijuana is considered dangerous and without benefit is a true mystery to me. As an emergency department RN, I can promise readers that alcohol is a far greater hazard to our society. I’ve heard hundreds of patients over my career tell me how marijuana eased their pain, anxiety and depression when faced with a variety of psychological and physical challenges. As for the feds and their shrill cries of criminality lurking around Little League fields... the only criminal behavior I can see is that of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and her hysteria over the imagined wickedness of marijuana. Really, Melinda? This is what you think deserves all your attention? The Mexican cartels must love you... Liz Froneberger, Fairfax

Vacation houses near dense woodlands should be fire-tax exempt! An illegal move by the Legislature and the governor is going to cost the owners of 16,000 structures in Marin $150 per structure, per year. This new Cal Fire tax is particularly onerous because the residents of Marin and five other counties will receive no additional fire protection and because we already pay a fire prevention fee for our existing services. Instead, this is just a sneaky gimmick to prop up an otherwise crippled state budget. The Marin United Taxpayers Association (MUTA) insists that the Cal Fire fee is an illegal tax forbidden by Proposition 218 in that no direct services are to be provided in exchange for the $150 fee per habitable structure. Alex Easton-Brown, Marin United Taxpayers Association (MUTA), Lagunitas

›› What’s

your favorite movie, Marin?

Seen Cafe Flesh 27 times and have nothing to show for it but blank stares? Your spot-on impression of Travis Bickle’s “You talkin’ to me?” line has never been a hit during job interviews? Memorizing the Young Einstein script word-for-word hasn’t quite played to your advantage? Marin film buffs, we’re making you an offer you can’t refuse. For once, the media elite cares what you think—and the Pacific Sun wants to know what your favorite movie is! We’re calling for short write-ups explaining just why you think Birdemic: Shock and Terror is an underrated masterpiece or why Citizen Kane is the Citizen Kane of its generation. We’re hoping to comWe’re asking readers about pile enough their favorite films—will submissions in Marinites round up the time to feature usual suspects? them before this year’s Oscars, taking place Feb. 26—we’ll print as many as we’ve got room for. Here’s what to do: O Keep the reviews to 200 words maximum; don’t waste too much space on regurgitating plotlines— especially if it’s a well-known movie. Relate plot only as you feel is necessary to support your reasoning as to why Tango & Cash is your favorite film. O We love personal anecdotes; if Glen or Glenda led you to a life of cross-dressing—we want to know about it! O Surprise us. Everyone likes Psycho, The Searchers and Casablanca. But not everyone will know about The Devil’s Rejects, Dead Man or Sons of the Desert. O Email by Feb. 15 to jwalsh@ pacificsun.com or post to Jason Walsh at Pacific Sun, Attn: My Favorite Movie, 835 Fourth St., suite B, San Rafael 94901.

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›› UPFRONT

Blight spirit Is axing redevelopment agencies just a way to spruce up a shabby budget? by Pe te r Se i d m an

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alifornia’s redevelopment agencies could get a reprieve. The California Redevelopment Association (CRA) is urging state legislators to support SB 659, which would give more than 400 redevelopment agencies across the state time to meet the challenge of two California Supreme Court decisions that will kill the agencies. The irony: The CRA brought the lawsuit that resulted in the court decisions that will eliminate the agencies. Part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s strategy to plug the state’s budget deficit includes a plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies and shunt the money they receive from property taxes to other uses. In the first year of the budget that passed through the Legislature earlier this year, the state would see $1.7 billion that would have gone to redevelopment agencies. The nonpartisan state legislative analyst has said the shift could bring $2 billion a year to schools and other local districts. But whether that money ever actually would benefit schools in Marin and many other counties is debatable. What isn’t debatable, say housing advocates, is that the funding shift will take money away from crucial affordable housing programs. The governor’s budget affecting redevelopment agencies rests on two pieces of legislation passed last summer: AB 26 calls for

dismantling the agencies; the companion legislation, AB 27, would have allowed redevelopment agencies to continue operating if they paid $1.7 billion this year and $400 million in future years to schools, fire districts and other public programs like fire districts and courts. The California Redevelopment Association, with backing from the League of California Cities, filed suit against the companion legislation and the scheme to raid redevelopment districts. But the CRA got a nasty taste of blowback when the court ruled that the state Legislature created redevelopment agencies and it was within its authority to disband them. Then the court ruled 6-1 that allowing redevelopment agencies to essentially payto-play their way into a revamped redevelopment paradigm violated Proposition 22, which protects local governments against the state raiding local funds. The CRA and other supporters of redevelopment agencies argued that the Legislature clearly saw AB 26 and AB 27 as companion legislation and intended to give the agencies a way to continue. The court slapped down that argument. To make matters worse, the court rulings ended up giving local agencies only until Feb. 1 to begin dissolving and setting in motion the creation of successor agencies to handle outstanding debts and current projects. That deadline sparked conference calls across the state among 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS

by Jason Walsh

Sweetwater to reopen Jan. 27 The opening of the Sweetwater Music Hall this month will be music to Marin’s ears—the rebirth of the local legend at 19 Corte Madera Ave. in Mill Valley is tentatively set for Jan. 27. The original Sweetwater had spent a quarter-century around the corner at 153 Throckmorton Ave. before shuttering in 2008 due to financial woes and a dispute between then-owners Becky and Thom Steere and landlords the Aversa family (who also own La Ginestra restaurant next door). Under original owner Jeanne Patterson, the Sweetwater built up a reputation for stiff drinks and loose live entertainment—its stage featured at various times Carlos Santana, Clarence Clemons, Bob Weir, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Huey Lewis, Jerry Garcia, Maria Muldaur, Sammy Hagar, Richie Havens, among many others. This latest incarnation in the Mill Valley Masonic Hall consists of multiple investors including Grateful Dead and Furthur guitarist Bob Weir and other longtime supporters of the club. According to a statement from Sweetwater spokespeople, management plans to make it a state-of-the-art nightclub featuring nationally recognized musicians, as well as local and emerging talent. “For years, the Sweetwater was the place many of us local and visiting musicians headed to when we were looking to play for fun,” says Weir.“Well, our clubhouse is back—and it belongs to all of us.” Adds Weir:“Woo hoo—Mill Valley finally has its playpen back! Here we go...” Other ideas in the works include open-mic Mondays with Marin keyboardist Austin de Lone, and beginning on opening weekend, the club also will offer residencies and master classes with accomplished artists. The Sweetwater launches its live schedule Jan. 27 with 1970s hit makers the Outlaws (doors at 7pm; show at 8); on Jan. 28 and 29, guitarist Steve Kimock takes the stage (doors at 8; show at 9); and on Sunday, Jan. 29, Kimock hosts a master class in guitar technique (doors at 1pm; show at 2). For tickets, visit http://sweetwatermusichall.inticketing.com; for other info, call 415/388-3850. Suspected arsonists VERY busy in Novato The heat is on in Novato after more than 56 fires were sparked by a suspected arsonist over the course of a few days last week. Novato police officials are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the pyromaniac—or maniacs—believed to be fanning the flames throughout town. No suspects have been identified as of press time, but investigators believe the same culprit or culprits are behind the blazes—which have tended to be small brush fires lit in the wee hours of night near South Novato Boulevard and in and around the Bahia and Atherton neighborhoods. Novato police and fire chiefs Joseph Kreins and Marc Revere issued a joint statement Jan. 10 urging community members to report any suspicious individuals or activities. The Novato police can be reached at 415/897-4361; the fire district at 10 > 415/878-2690.

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›› TRiViA CAFÉ

by Howard Rachelson

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1. Pictured, left: This former hospital, built in the Spanish revival style, is located where in Marin? 2. What former U.S. vice president won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and for what reason? 3. Milk turns sour when bacteria devour what sugar in it? 4. Pictured, left: George Clooney first gained acting fame playing the role of Dr. Doug Ross on what TV series? 5. On Sept. 18, 1851 the New York Times published its first issue, and introduced what longstanding motto? 6. Where on Earth does the Pacific Ocean meet the Atlantic? 7. Bees cannot detect which one of these colors: red, yellow or green? 8. A salad of vegetables topped with tuna and anchovy is named for its city of origin in southern France; name the salad and the city. 9. The distance around three sides of a rectangle is 180 meters, while the distance around a different combination of the three sides is 210 meters. What’s the perimeter of the rectangle? 10. What did the New York Yankees do for the last time ever, on Sept. 21, 2008? BONUS QUESTION: In 1971, Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit a planet other than Earth. Which one did it orbit?

Howard Rachelson welcomes your questions (we’ll give you credit) and invites you to live team trivia contests at the Broken Drum in San Rafael on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. Contact him at howard1@triviacafe.com.

HERO

WPG&E just sent out a beautifully designed direct-mail piece. The blue envelope contains a thick card with four folds. As you open each fold, you see full-color photographs of people doing their thing—working in a bakery, playing a guitar, growing vegetables. These folks are able to participate in these wonderful activities because PG&E adds to their success. It says so right on the last panel of the outrageously expensive card. Did we mention the refrigerator magnet inside? PG&E is a controversial public utility that should be focusing on delivering safe, clean energy to our homes and businesses. Perhaps the big bucks spent on the mailer should have been directed at that mission. And, we haven’t even mentioned the trees wasted for such a superfluous card. —Nikki Silverstein

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VIt’s not that we advocate violence or guns, but we do believe that every Marin citizen, especially our seniors, should feel safe in their own homes. A burglar reportedly entered the home of Jay Leone, a 90-year-old Greenbrae resident, Wednesday morning, Jan. 4. The resident retrieved one of his guns and shot the intruder. Unfortunately, the suspect shot back. The good news is that Mr. Leone is recovering nicely and has been released from the hospital. The alleged robber, a 30year-old Novato man, had three gunshot wounds and required sur- Your PG&E dollars at work. gery. We don’t suggest you try this at home, but we think nonagenarian Jay Leone deserves a nod for protecting himself and slowing down the intruder, enabling the police to do their job. We wish Mr. Leone a speedy recovery.

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›› THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, JAN. 13 2 Fast 2 Furious At some point Vin Diesel is going to get too old for these movies. How long before we see“What’s With All This Traffic?”“Can We Park Closer?”and“Do I Turn Here?’’ (2003) TNT. 9pm. Frenemies Teenagers learn lessons about friendship and what it means when somebody only pretends to be your friend, like France, but with lip gloss. (2012) Disney Channel. 8pm. Blue Bloods When the victim is murdered in a diner, the police not only have to find the suspect, they have to decide between cream-filled or glazed. CBS. 10pm.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 14 EraserTUESDAY, JAN. 17 The Bighead What Donald Trump’s gest Loser The contestants hair was up to in the ‘70s. are tempted by a Chinese (1976) Sundance Channel.8pm. buffet where they must learn Miss America Pageant Not the difference between“all only are they still doing the you can eat”and“all you pageant, there’s still a Planet should eat.”NBC. 8pm. Hollywood Casino in Las Custer’s Last Stand: AmeriVegas. Somebody poke some can Experience In which air holes in the time capsule we see Gen. Custer standing quick. ABC. 9pm. under a“Mission AccomCollision Earth A massive Difference between Eraserhead plished”banner. KQED. 8pm. solar flare knocks Mercury out andTrump? Erashead may wind up beof orbit and sends it hurtling ing the GOP nominee... Saturday, 8pm. Drug Kingpin Hippos Medellin cartel leader Pablo toward Earth, presenting Earth Escobar supposedly importwith an interesting real estate ed four hippos for his private zoo. Most drug opportunity. (2012) SyFy. 9pm. dealers would be happy with a pitbull. Scarface Walking the Halls A woman learns her teenTony Montana had a tiger. But when you get to age daughter and the rest of the high school hippos, you know you’ve arrived. Animal Planet. cheerleaders are moonlighting as escorts for rich businessmen. Usually when a young person 8pm. gets screwed by a businessman they call it an WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 American Idol Just “internship.”(2012) Lifetime. 10pm. when the Republican debates start winding Indie Sex II: Teens Teens have sex in independdown, the American Idol auditions step in to ent film just like teens in mainstream movies fulfill your need for cringe-worthy public embarexcept it has something to do with the plot. rassment. Fox. 8pm. And there actually is a plot. Sundance Channel. 2012 The world hasn’t come to an end yet, but 10:30pm. we’re less than two weeks in. (2009) FX. 8pm. S U N D AY, J A N . 1 5 Th e State Fair Foods The joys Queen’s Palaces Life is comof grease prepared by serial plicated enough with just one killers in rolling petri dishes palace. KQED. 8pm. not subject to local health I Cloned My Pet If you have department enforcement. your dead pet cloned, you are Travel Channel. 8pm. a sad person who needs proCSI: Crime Scene Investigafessional help. If you opt for tion When a professional more than five cloned versions killer strikes in the offices of a of your dead pet, you are a big-money law firm, the partsuper villain trying to take over ners have to decide who to the world, or at least the cul de bill and how to give the killer sac. TLC. 8pm. a job offer. CBS. 10pm. Napoleon Dynamite This is the animated series based on THURSDAY, JAN. 19 the cult hit and is likely to be Stepmom Susan Sarandon more successful than the Satand Julia Roberts star as urday morning “Eraserhead Bring ‘em on! Tuesday at 8. a mother and her ex-husAdventures” from 1978. Fox. band’s new, younger wife who develop a deep, 9:30pm. emotional friendship based on mutual affection and respect.You’ll find this in the“Science FicMONDAY, JAN. 16 Alcatraz In this new series, tion/Fantasy”section at your local video store. a special secret squad tracks down former (1998) ABC Family. 6pm. inmates and guards who disappeared from Queen of the Damned In a sequel to Interview the island prison 50 years ago and have started with the Vampire, Lestat awakens an ancient reappearing.They haven’t aged in the interim vampire queen with an unquenchable thirst for but they’re all wearing embarrassing Pier 39 blood and blue mascara. (2002) LOGO. 9pm. < T-shirts. Fox. 8pm. Betty White’s 90th Birthday Betty White is Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com. working hard to become the oldest person ever to jump the shark. NBC. 8pm. Turn on more TV Guy at Stephen King’s Bag of BonesAn author suf›› pacificsun.com JANUARY 13 - JANUARY 19, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9


< 8 Blight spirit redevelopment officials and finance managers wondering how they could accomplish such a large and complicated task in a mere 30 or so days. SB 659, the legislation Alex Padilla, D-Van Nuys, introduced last week would extend the deadline to April 15, says Jim Kennedy, CRA’s interim executive director. “We are working on a second piece of legislation that would basically reshape and reconfigure redevelopment agencies in some form. We don’t want to try to do that after agencies have been dissolved. SB 659 will give us a little bit of breathing room to work with the Legislature to work on this reshaping process.” Redevelopment agencies—and the property taxes they receive—have been a target of state budget-cutters for years. There has been some legitimate uneasiness across the state at agencies that have used redevelopment money for projects like golf courses, theaters and sports venues. Paying lobbyists also is on that list of questionable expenditures. But, say redevelopment proponents, those examples are anomalies. Redevelopment agencies, they insist, have produced substantial benefits across the state. Kennedy is well aware of the abuses but says eliminating the entire redevelopment program is a shortsighted move. Rather, he says, the state should reform it. The “reshaping” of the state redevelopment strategy includes one big semantic change: eliminating the name redevelopment, which has a taint thanks to the abuses. The new plan includes, according the Kennedy, a strategy to “align redevelopment activities to achieve state public policy as well as local policy.” That’s diplomatic language that acknowledges local abuses in a redevelopment system that has been criticized for a lack of transparency. The revamped program that Kennedy envisions would target six priorities: jobs and economic vitality, affordable housing, brownfield (pollution) remediation, infill and transit-oriented development to reduce carbon footprints, basic infrastructure and military base reuse. “We would remove some of the enmity-type projects like theaters and perhaps even parks and recreation facilities, stadiums and some of the other things that have been portrayed as black eyes.” On the funding side, the revamped redevelopment plan (or whatever it would be called) would include “some sort of requirement that we help address the state of California’s budgetary problems. There would be a revenue piece that would be of benefit to the state general fund.” The details are still in the formative stages, according to Kennedy, “but fundamentally, in order to benefit the state there probably will end up having to be some sort of additional diversion to schools of what would have been redevelopment revenues.” The 1945 California Redevelopment Act allows cities and counties to form redevelopment agencies to improve blighted areas. It allows the creation of redevelopment zones. After an agency declared an area blighted and in need of redevelopment, most of the growth in property tax went to the redevelop-

ment agency instead of other local agencies. Redevelopment plans had a set lifetime, say 50 years. In Marin, the county has used redevelopment money to fund an affordable housing project in Marin City. The 225 units in the Ridgeway Apartments are now all affordable, thanks in large part to redevelopment funding. All redevelopment agencies are (or were) required to set aside 20 percent of their tax increment for affordable housing. The county pledged its 20 percent for the apartment project in the early 1990s. The county reaffirmed its pledge to keep the apartments affordable. And that will stand even though redevelopment agencies might be disbanded. The state considers the apartments “an enforceable obligation,” says LeeLee Thomas, a county principal planner. In other words, that’s one of the examples in which a successor agency, in this case the county, will continue a redevelopment responsibility. An oversight board will form to handle the redevelopment agencies’ obligations as they dissolve. In the case of the Ridgeway Apartments, the county still will be able to collect a tax increment to “pay the bonds and pay the 20 percent to the Ridgeway Apartments,” says Thomas. That’s the county’s last redevelopment obligation. The Marin City redevelopment plan ended Jan. 1. Winding down the redevelopment agencies is an incredibly complex and uncertain process that has even professionals shaking their heads in consternation at the Feb. 1 deadline. “All of the chaos that’s going to ensue from trying to shut something down [so quickly] is not going to [substantively] benefit the school district,” says Stephanie Lovett, acting director of economic development in San Rafael. “There is very limited benefit to our local school district.” San Rafael elementary schools and the elementary schools as well as the high schools in Novato are among the revenue-limit districts in the state. They rely on the state to set their funding through a formula based on criteria such as average daily attendance. And as the name implies, there is a limit to the amount of funding the state will send to the revenue-limit districts. Novato is the only revenue limit district in Marin that includes a high school. “The majority of the districts in the state are revenue-limit districts,” Lovett points out. “To hear the state comptroller say that this will help school districts [is surprising]. It doesn’t help revenue-limit districts at all. The way it works is the districts fill up their coffers first with the local property tax, and whatever is still needed, the state pays”—to a certain extent. Shunting redevelopment money to the schools “gets the state off the hook for funding education because there will be more property taxes available.” But the state still will use its criteria to set the amount of funds local revenue-limit districts receive. Lovett says the redevelopment agency in San Rafael has funded projects that have benefited the entire city; flood-control projects in eastern San Rafael, for example, have helped retain businesses and attract new ones. Invest-

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Bridge district plans 75th anniversary bridge-a-palooza The Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th birthday bash has a theme of “bridging us all”—but it’s more like bridging us all year long, as the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District kicked off 2012 by announcing its year-long bridge-a-palooza of activities. The primary celebration will be the Golden Gate Festival, a two-day event held over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27, from the San Francisco waterfront’s Fort Point to Pier 39. Under the theme “Bridging Us All,” bridge officials say the Golden Gate Festival will “harken back to the spirit of the Golden Gate Fiesta when the bridge opened on May 27, 1937.” Highlights of the 2012 celebration will include a watercraft parade, several music and dance stages, art installations, educational presentations, display of cars from 1937 to the present, and other bridge-lovin’ activities on Crissy Field and the Marina Green. More bridge-themed events are set for Fort Mason Center, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. On Sunday evening, May 27, at dusk the celebration will conclude with a fireworks display. Janet Reilly, president of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors, says she hopes the entire Bay Area will join in the festivities—not merely Marinites and San Franciscans. “The Golden Gate Bridge stands today as a testament of innovation and imagination, a bridge built by the people during the Great Depression,” says Reilly.“The Bridge is not the stage this time; rather, the community will come together to celebrate this engineering wonder.” In addition to the Golden Gate Festival, the year-long 75 anniversary will feature 75 Tributes to the Bridge, a series of public programs being presented throughout the year by Bay Area museums, cultural centers, universities, arts organizations, children’s groups and others. Also in the works are plans for construction of a 3,500-square-foot Bridge Pavilion to serve as a welcome center and a museum store; renovation of the historic Round House into a visitor education center; a “green screen” photo area where visitors can picture themselves in dramatic and publicly inaccessible bridge locations, such as the top of the tower; new personally guided bridge tours, including the first-ever night tours. For info, visit www.goldengatebridge.org. Economic crisis like Great Depression, professor tells San Rafael protesters A noted economist compared the country’s current economic woes to the Great Depression before a crowd of 150 protesters Saturday, Jan. 7, at the San Rafael City Plaza. The gathering was the latest in the Occupy Marin movement, in which mostly members of MoveOn.org’s Marin chapter have rallied on weekends in downtown San Rafael to support the “99 percent.” Saturday’s protest featured an address by economics professor Richard Wolff, whose latest book is Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. Wolff likened the economic crisis that began with a bank crash in 2008 to the Great Depression and outlined the history and coalitions formed that led to the New Deal. Pressure then was from working people and the unions, said Wolff, and he drew a comparison to the Occupy movement and the way it has shed light on the power of corporations and their sway over the economy. “Public opinion polls consistently show majorities of Americans in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street movement and its basic goals of correcting the inequalities of wealth, income and power in our society,” says Wolff, who taught economics at the University of Massachusetts from 1973 to 2008.“Yet capitalism’s distribution of wealth empowered the 1 percent to overrule those majorities. The solution for this denial of democracy is to Occupy the Corporation.” He says that with enough information and awareness, the middle- and working-classes can solve the major social problems they currently face. Wolff is in the Bay Area to present a lecture in Berkeley. The Community Media Center of Marin will have a video of the talk on its website, and it will be shown on Channel 26. Occupy Marin has been demonstrating regularly since early in the fall. Other local Occupy groups have expanded to Fairfax, West Marin and College of Marin. Heart of Marin awards pumping again Home is where the heart is—and in Marin there are no bigger hearts than those of our active and tenacious community of volunteers and nonprofit agencies. And last week the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin bestowed its 2012 Heart of Marin awards upon a few very deserving helping hands. This year’s Volunteer of the Year recipients are Jim and Ann Patterson who, for seven years, have mentored West Marin youth as part of 10,000 Degrees—the San Rafael-based agency that helps low-income youth earn college degrees. According to officials at the college-mentoring nonprofit, nine of the Pattersons’ original 14 students are now in college and they’ve got another 20 currently in the collegebound “pipeline.” “Our community is so lucky to have Jim and Ann,” says 10,000 Degrees President Kim Mazzuca.“They’ve given a lifetime of opportunities to the young people and their families in West Marin. Never underestimate what two people can do change the trajectory of an entire community—forever.”


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ou’re an attractive Marinite in a loving, committed, happy relationship. Still, from the Novato Narrows to the Golden Gate, there is temptation at every turn. You’re in Fairfax picking up some wheat germ at Good Earth and the cute person in the checkout line smiles at you with a raised eyebrow. Later, at The Depot in Mill Valley you help a goodlooking individual pick up a book that dropped and strike up a conversation about the latest indie hit at the Sequoia. This person asks for your number. What do you do? Why don’t you cheat? What’s stopping you? In moments like these there is a conflict between your immediate gut instincts and your more longer-term goals to stay committed to your partner. Having the gut instinct in itself isn’t wrong. It’s actually quite natural (it means you’re human!). Most everyone, single or not, is automatically pulled toward beautiful people. When confronted with an attractive per-

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son, people’s approach tendencies activate In recent years, neuropsychologists automatically and they tend to gaze longer have located a set of brain areas located into the eyes of the attractive person. All of in the frontal lobe (around the forehead) this happens without any effort or control of humans that support self-control whatsoever. Making eye contact with an processes. These so-called “executive attractive person is even rewarding to our functions,” which were the last bit of our brain, activating reward-related circuitry. brain to evolve, involve the ability to plan, Considering how universal, automatic inhibit or delay responding. Whenever and potent these tendencies are, one might someone must focus hard on a task and wonder: Why doesn’t everyone cheat? Ob- ignore distractions, this area is particuviously, everyone does not cheat, raising larly active. The extent to which these the question: areas of the Why are some brain light up people better b y S c o t t B a r r y K a u f m a n predicts a lot able to resist of important this immediate outcomes, temptation than others? including whether people are likely to Recent research suggests the answer has a follow the rule norms of society, resist a lot to do with cognitive control. The default wide variety of temptations and engage state is to act on impulse. Overriding this in risky behaviors. Executive control even requires mental effort, and the more attrac- predicts the ability to resist the urge to tive alternatives you have (imagine all the eat M&M’s when on a diet! offers Arnold Schwarzenegger received), the Therefore, executive control may play a harder it is to control your impulses. role in cheating behaviors. If your long-

term goal is to stay committed to your partner, and you’ve got a heck of a lot of temptation, this requires a heck of a lot of executive control. Executive control may also help people avoid situations in the first place where they may experience the lure of attractive potential partners.   

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RECENT EVIDENCE SUGGESTS that executive functions do have a lot to do with cheating. Simone Ritter and her colleagues at Radboud University Nijmegen found that under normal conditions, romantically involved heterosexual individuals reported less interest in attractive opposite-sex individuals than those who were single. All bets were off though when they were cognitively taxed by the experimenter, such as given a heavy time pressure. In these situations, with their executive control guard down, there was no longer a difference between single and romantically involved individuals! It appears


that romantically involved people only reject attractive potential partners when they have enough cognitive resources and time to decide. In a recent study in the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Tila Pronk and her colleagues, also at Radboud University Nijmegen, looked at the issue more directly by scientifically investigating why some people have more difficulty than others in staying faithful to their romantic partners. Across three studies, they investigated the relation between a different aspect of executive control and people’s ability to stay faithful. In their first study, 72 romantically involved students completed a task measuring their ability to shift between two sets of instructions. After completing the task of executive control, they filled out a short questionnaire that asked them how good they are at staying faithful to their partner (e.g., “If a cute guy/girl shows interest in me, I find it hard to resist temptation”). They found that those with lower executive control tended to report having a higher level of difficulty staying faithful. There were no gender differences. The skeptic may argue this may only pertain to self-reports. How do we know executive control is related to a real world inability to resist a temptation to cheat? Their second study addressed this issue. Twenty-two heterosexual men completed a task of executive control that required the ability to keep letters in memory while simultaneously processing information. This task requires constant updating of memory, which taxes executive control processes. After completing the task, participants were asked to sit in the waiting room until the experimenter called them. Then in walked an attractive female recruited to help out with their experiment. The female was instructed by the experimenters to behave in a friendly, but not obviously interested or flirtatious

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WHAT’S GOING ON here? Why is executive control so darn important for resisting the temptation to cheat? The researchers suggest a few possibilities. One possibility is that executive control helps inhibit acting on impulses that everyone feels. For many partners, having the impulse is OK, but acting on it is not. Executive control can also help inhibit the urge to communicate interest in potential partners, such as flirting. All of this inhibition requires cognitive resources. Those with lower levels of executive control may also fantasize more about potential partners. Research does show a strong relation between executive control and mind-wandering in general. Those with higher levels of executive control may simply mind-wander less, and therefore be less vulnerable when faced with the potential partner in person. Executive control may also contribute to the ability to maintain the image of the partner in mind in spite of the immediate desire to act on impulse with the person right there. People low in executive control may have more difficulty keeping this image in their mind and therefore may not think through the consequences of giving in to the temptation. It’s also possible that people with different levels of executive control who are in a relationship actually experience different levels of temptation when confronted with potential partners.

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All of these possibilities are ripe for further research. The implications of this research are huge—especially in places like Marin, where divorce rates are high and boomers who came of age in the free-lovin’ ’60s and ’70s confront the dreaded “midlife crisis.” Who would have thought that something as cognitive and emotionally devoid as the ability to update letters in memory or name colors as fast as possible would be related to the ability to resist the temptation to cheat? This research shows just how tightly linked cognition is with everything else in our lives. Whenever people’s ability to exert cognitive control is reduced, they are more vulnerable to infidelity. Lots of conditions can impair executive control, including a high workload or stress—two more factors present in many Marinites’ lives. Research does show that people are more prone to infidelity when they experience a high level of psychological distress. Imagine being a high-profile celebrity or politician with lots of sexual options and a stressful workload—that’s essentially a formula for infidelity! This is not to excuse anyone, of course. But it does add a bit to our understanding. Add alcohol to the mix, and forget about it. Alcohol has been shown to weaken cognitive control processes, and has also been shown to be related to infidelity and risky sexual behaviors among college students (who already as a group have lower levels of executive control to begin with). The moral of this story? Resisting the temptation to cheat requires cognitive effort. If you’ve got a lot of executive control, you probably are less likely to cheat on your partner. If you don’t have a lot of cognitive resources, you better hope you aren’t attractive, rich, famous, under a lot of stress or drunk. And pray you don’t check all those boxes at the same time. Or else you will really be in trouble. <

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skilled lawyer might have been able to keep out of evidence a diary detailing rapes and sexual assaults found on serial murder suspect Joseph Naso’s dining room table. But, although he has no legal training, the 78-year-old jailed defendant is acting as his own attorney. He faces the death penalty on charges he murdered four women, two in the 1970s and two in the 1990s, each with the initials of their first and last names matching. The body of one, Roxene Roggasch, was found in Lagunitas in 1977. The 18-year-old prostitute was strangled with pantyhose containing DNA reportedly matching Naso’s then wife. Carmen Colon, 22, was found dead in Contra Costa in 1978. Pamela Parsons, 38, was found in 1993, and Tracy Tafoya, 31, in 1994, both in Yuba County. All four cases are being tried in Marin County.

On Wednesday, during a preliminary hearing, it did not occur to Naso to object to the diary being presented into evidence until after probation officer David LeBaker revealed some of the contents of the 23 pages of handwritten notes he found affixed to an aluminum clipboard. He said he spotted the clipboard on the dining room table in Naso’s Nevada home in April 2010 during a search for possible probation violations from a theft conviction. In one entry, the writer described digitally penetrating a 14-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus in Kansas, LeBaker said. He said another entry described a woman who refused to listen to the writer, who took her into the woods, LeBaker said. Naso sat alone at the defense table in Judge Andrew Sweet’s courtroom. He wore a red-and-white striped jail shirt, red pants and leg shackles. The retired photographer is being held in the Marin

County Jail without bail. Sweet has allowed him to appear in court without handcuffs so that he can take notes. “You have this clipboard in your hand,” Naso said to LeBaker. “Did you thoroughly go through it, or did you just seize it?” “I read a few small paragraphs and notified my supervisor,” LeBaker said. Naso went on to question the officer about his knowledge of the law in other states. “If I hear that somebody digitally penetrated a young woman, I would conclude it would be a sexual assault,” LeBaker said. Naso continued to question the officer’s knowledge of the laws of other states. Sweet repeatedly reprimanded Naso for making statements instead of asking questions. While questioning another probation officer who searched his home, Naso continually challenged the officer’s responses. Nevada probation officer Wesley Jackson said the three bedrooms in Naso’s house were all locked when he arrived in April 2010. Naso insisted that the bedroom in which he slept was not locked. When Jackson disagreed, Naso told him: “You’re perjuring yourself.” “I don’t want you making accusations,” Sweet told Naso. Later, Naso argued about the caliber of the ammunition the officer found.

“This court is not going to consider assertions,” the judge said. “Your comments are not evidence. I don’t know how much more clear I can be.” At times, Naso seemed determined to set the record straight about inconsequential facts. But he allowed into evidence without objection details that could send him to death row. Jackson said he and other officers found a list of 10 women, including the four Naso is charged with killing, along with photographs of nude women who appeared dead or unconscious. Officers also found guns, ammunition, mannequin parts and a mannequin wearing a red dress. An investigation is continuing into the other six women on the list. Because prosecutors say Naso, who lived for years in Piedmont, has nearly $1 million in assets, he is ineligible for a public defender. The suspected serial killer has said he does not want to spend his money on a lawyer. He has said he is familiar with the law, but he exhibited little knowledge during the first two days of his preliminary hearing. The hearing is expected to continue into next week. At the conclusion, Sweet will decide if there is sufficient evidence for Naso to be tried for the four killings. < Contact Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net.

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’m so very proud of my ancestors MLK Day: On Jan. 14, the band will appear here in the United States who came at the Quest in Novato; their music will be before me and made the opportu- accompanied by an exhibit of color photos nities I have now possible. of Martin Luther King Within the history of our from his mid-’60s “open ancestors are wonderful housing” marches in COMING SOON and powerful stories of Chicago. Then, on Jan. Remembrance Celebration courage, honor, human 19, the newly launched Fair Housing of Marin and the dignity, struggle, triumph, Jazz at George’s series will Marin Task Force on Housing humor, love and hope,” present the Marcus Shelby Discrimination will exhibit rare says Marcus Shelby, 46, Quartet performing the color photos of Martin Luther an Oakland-based double jazz tribute Soul of the King Jr. during his “open housing marches” in Chicago, bassist, music educator, arMovement: Meditations on 1965-1966. The Marcus Shelby ranger and jazz composer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Quartet will present a tribute whose original works often “I was drawn to the to King and the musical legacy focus on historic Africansubject of MLK because of the civil rights movement American figures. I wanted to personally on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 6pm “Music has been central learn more about the civil at the Quest, 1461 S. Novato to all of these stories, whethrights movement,” Shelby Blvd., Novato. 415 457-5025. er it was Harriet Tubman explains. “I felt I had a and her use of slave songs, shallow knowledge of the field cries, blues hollers and history and wanted to work songs, or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and be able to articulate that history to my two the marchers in the civil rights movement and young daughters—Kennedy, 9, and Billie, their use of freedom songs, blues, folk music, 2—and honor that history. rhythm and blues, and jazz to achieve their “When I did my research two years ago goals in that movement. for our recording of Soul of the Movement, I “Without music, no movement is really took my whole family—including my daughalive.” ters—Billie was 3 months old then!—to visit The Marcus Shelby Quartet is in Marin the memorials and museums in Memphis, this week for a pair of events celebrating Little Rock, Birmingham, Selma, Montgom-

ery, Jackson, Laurel and Money, Miss. The fact that I had many family members who marched and were arrested during the civil rights movement also drew me to the subject. I wanted to honor their sacrifices for a more just America as well.” The Soul of the Movement suite opens with “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” a spiritual that ‘There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole; there is a balm in Gilead, to King sang at the end of his heal the sin-sick soul’—Shelby opens his suite with the spiritual King sang at his ‘Knock at Midnight’ sermon. famous “Knock at Midnight” sermon. “While in Montgomery, Alabama, doing research on songs created by composers who wrote music MLK and the famous bus boycotts, my family during the movement as a comment against social injustice. “Charles Mingus wrote a and I listened to that speech composition called ‘Fables over and over again—singing of Faubus’ that spoke out ‘There Is a Balm in Gilead’ against Gov. [Orval] Faubus COMING SOON at the end of the sermon of Arkansas, who denied The Marcus Shelby with MLK,” Shelby recalls. the entry of nine black kids Quartet performs a jazz “Our recording of Soul of the tribute to Martin Luther into Central High in 1956,” Movement begins with a reKing on Thursday, Jan. he adds. “It was efforts by orchestration of this spiritual 19, at 9pm at George’s the likes of Mingus, Nina Siinspired by the Montgomery Nightclub, 842 Fourth mone, Duke Ellington, Louis experiences.” St., San Rafael. $12 and Armstrong, Sonny Rollins, One goal of the suite was $15. 415 226-0262. Max Roach, Abbey Linto rearrange jazz and blues coln, Andrew Tibbs, Curtis Mayfield, John Coltrane and really too many others to name, that created music to and for the movement.” In recent years, Shelby has drawn rave reviews for his jazz education programs, his big-band arrangements (for his own band and the Count Basie Orchestra) and his work as a soloist and sideman—the gravelly voiced singer and songwriter Tom Waits tapped Shelby to record on his recent breakthrough album Bad as Me. But it’s his sprawling conceptual work that has garnered the greatest acclaim: “Only the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of Wynton Marsalis’s Blood on the Fields is a tone parallel,” the All Music Guide noted of Shelby’s 2008 jazz opera Harriet Tubman. The challenge of writing on that level is not something Shelby takes lightly. “It’s always a challenge to create modern music that is relevant and resonant to today’s sensibilities, which is the ongoing challenge of any art form,” he says of his conceptual work. “I love, and am inspired by, history, but I desire to live in the present and think toward the future. “In doing this, my goals are to create music for today without compromising a shred of musical integrity.” < Inspire Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com.

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›› TALKiNG PiCTURES

A body meets a body Phil Donahue tells a different story about our ‘merry little wars’... by Davi d Te mp l e ton

Donahue and Solomon are on their way to a radio interview in Santa Rosa, in part to promote a Sebastopol screening later that evening of Body of War. Invited to tag along for the drive, I chat with Donahue from the back seat of the car, beginning with a question about documentaries versus narrative films. In Body of War (available now on DVD, by the way), Donahue and co-director Ellen Spiro tell the story of Tomas Young, a severely disabled Iraq veteran who’s become an eloquent critic of the wars in Iran and Afghanistan. “Your film is a documentary,” I begin, “and it’s an incredibly powerful story, but I wonder if the same story would work so well as a narrative film. Even in the most anti-war of war films, there tends to be a subtle pro-war theme, ironically, a suggestion that even if wars are bad, they are also a good way to test oneself, to prove your The talk-show legend’s ‘Donahue’ show was MSNBC’s highest rated program in 2002-03; it was canceled, according heroism.” to a leaked memo, because network officials felt he would “Worse than that,” Donahue adds. “They be a ‘difficult public face for NBC in a time of war.’ tell us that war is how you prove your manhood. And then more young men enlist, ait a minute! Is that an and more lives are lost. Then what is their egret?” Phil Donahue, micro- manhood worth? They’re dead.” In the case of Tomas Young, of course, phone in hand, is addressing about a hunhe’s escaped death, but is now forced to dred people, all gathered on the outside patio of the Apple Box Cafe in Petaluma, accept a very different definition of what overlooking the Petaluma River. He is here it means to be alive. Immediately after the on day two of a four-day tour to endorse release of Body of War, Donahue found that even with his own congressional candicelebrity and positive date Norman Solomon reputation, few people (Inverness resident and wanted to hear the author of War Made story of a paralyzed Easy and Made Love, Got veteran. War), and to host a few “We couldn’t get on screenings of the awardany of the daytime talk winning 2007 documenshows,” Donahue says, tary he produced and as Solomon eases the co-directed, Body of car onto Highway 101. War: The True Story of A story that ‘makes us want to put an end to war, (For what it’s worth to an Anti-War Hero. As he once and for all.’ on-the-fence voters, chats amiably with the Norman Solomon is assembled crowd, Donahue (best known for his Emmy Award- an excellent driver.) “TV shows,” Donahue winning longtime television talk show, The continues, “do not want to have anything Phil Donahue Show) suddenly stops and to do with a wheelchair. Ellen? Oprah? points to a white bird soaring low over the They want to make you happy! Then they water behind the audience. After gazing in want to help you get more happy—and a wonder for several seconds, he murmurs, wheelchair?... Disability is ratings death.” “On the other hand,” I point out, “J.R. “I hope you people appreciate what you’ve Martinez, another disabled vet, severely got here!” disfigured during an explosion in Iraq, This remark opens a spirited converended up winning Dancing with the Stars sation about the health of the Petaluma last year, and the ratings for that show River, and the North Bay ecological state were evidently enormous.” in general. As if he were still in front of “Well, he’s disfigured,” replies Donahue, the camera on his celebrated talk show, “but can he walk? Of course he can. He Donahue, 76, keeps the conversation can dance. It’s a good story. He survives an lively and mostly cordial. An hour later,

“W

Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War carry Tomas Young up the capital steps in ‘Body of War.’

unspeakable injury, and he lives to dance battle, then you are only convincing everyone about it. that it’s been a merry little war.” “The wounded stories you see on CNN,” Solomon eases the car onto the connector he goes on, “almost always feature veterans toward east Santa Rosa, as I ask Donahue to who’ve lost limbs and now have prosthe- describe his feelings upon first meeting the ses—who now run in marathons. That’s a subject of his film. story of hope and resurrection, a story of “Oh. Well,” he says, turning his head away coming out of the ashes of a terrible injury. as his eyes instantly fill with tears. “I stood The subject of our documentary would there as his mother explained the extent of love to have a prosthesis. He’s jealous of his injuries, and I didn’t know what to say. I the guys with prostheses. Tomas is para- was speechless, and that’s not a usual thing lyzed from the nipples down. I picked him for a talk-show host. I was just paralyzed as up once, and that’s when it really comes I looked down at this kid, whacked out on down on your head. He morphine, white as is a rag doll. He suffers the sheets he was lying from urinary tract infecon. Do you know, that tions, constant nausea when his mother first and erectile dysfunction. saw him, after he’d He’s a 20-something been brought to Walter male in the prime of his Reed Hospital, when life, and the closer you Tomas looked up and get to this kid, the more saw her, his first word it blows you back how was, ‘Mommy!’ It still much he’s lost.” makes me cry to think “It’s eye-opening to be about it. Mommy. They shown that kind of loss,” Whether you support Solomon’s run for Congress become 5 years old I remark. “You’ve been or not, there’s no denying—the man can drive. again when the bullet outspoken about your hits their bodies.” opposition to these wars from the beginA few moments later, we’ve arrived at the ning. So, did meeting Tomas really tell you radio station. anything you didn’t already know?” “We send countless irreplaceable human “I’ll tell you what it did. It took what I beings to this war,” Donahue concludes, “hualready knew to a much deeper level,” he man beings who will never see a child graduanswers, after a moment of thought. “Seeing ate, never go to a family wedding—and we someone like Tomas absolutely punctures stand there and allow it to happen, again and the euphemisms that we all use to soften the again and again. We make movies that glorify horror of war. We never say, on the air, that war and ignore the real pain of war. And we our soldiers are ‘dead.’ They’re ‘fallen.’ We blow the door wide open for any president to use this wild, crazy language that really does go to war whenever he wants to. blunt our awareness and appreciation for the “And every president seems to think going enormous pain that 20,000, maybe 30,000 to war is they only way he can show he has young people have suffered. But almost no balls. We wage war after war—and nobody one knows that the number is so big because seems to be embarrassed by this. Well it’s it’s been systematically kept under the radar. time to tell the stories that do more than If you are going to send people to war, and glorify sacrifice. It’s time to tell the stories tell us stories about the heroism on the that make us want to put an end to war, once battlefield—then show us the pain of war, and for all.” < too! The media has a responsibility to do Email David at talkpix@earthlink.net. this. That is the reason for the First Amendment! To talk about what is really going on! If It’s your movie, speak up at you don’t show the pain of battle, the cost of ›› pacificsun.com JANUARY 13 - NOVEMBER 19, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 23


›› MOViES

Friday January 13 -Thursday January 19

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford O The Adventures of Tintin (1:47) Hergé’s bouf-

fanted Belgian newshound hits the big screen (albeit in animated form), joining Captain Haddock and Snowy on a search for sunken treasure; Steven Spielberg directs. O Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (1:27) The rambunctious rodents hit the high seas and get themselves marooned on a deserted (?) island. O The Artist (1:40) Dazzling Michel Hazanavicius silent about a Hollywood superstar, a hopeful extra and the life-changing effect the talkie revolution will have on their careers. O Beyond (1:39) Swedish prizewinner about a young mother’s struggles with her unhappy childhood. O Carnage (1:20) Intense Roman Polanski dramedy in which two sets of parents get together to discuss the art and science of child-rearing and end up at each others’ throats; Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet star. O The Colors of the Mountain (1:30) Guerillas and militia converge on a mined soccer field in the mountains of Colombia where a boy yearns only for his lost fútbol. O Contraband (1:49) Retired smuggler Mark Wahlberg is forced to pull off one last gig: sneaking counterfeit dough out of Panama with cops, hit men and drug lords on his tail. O The Descendants (1:55) Alexander Payne comedy follows George Clooney and his two daughters as they wander Kauai in search of his wife’s lover. O The Devil Inside (1:23) A serial killer’s children try to find out if their mom is truly nuts or if the devil made her do it. O The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2:40) David Fincher remakes the smash Swedish detective thriller with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as an unlikely duo investigating a decades-old murder. O Happy, Happy (1:28) Edgy Norwegian comedy about a dissatisfied wife who’s exposed to a glamorous whole new world when a sophisticated young couple move in next door. O Hipsters (2:05) High-spirited Russian musical about a straitlaced Cold War party faithful who falls in with a gang of rebellious jazz-loving hepcats. O Hugo (2:07) Martin Scorsese family-friendly fantasy about an orphan who makes his home in the fantastical world of a Paris train station; Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee costar. O In the Land of Blood and Honey (2:07) The relationship between a Serbian soldier and his Bosnian POW (a former love interest) evolves and darkens as the war outside escalates; Angelina Jolie directs. O The Iron Lady (1:45) Meryl Streep stars as steely right-wing game-changing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Jim Broadbent is around as good ol’ Denis. O Joyful Noise (1:58) Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah fight to save their beloved local gospel choir. O Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (2:13) IMF spook Tom Cruise is unfairly accused of bombing the Kremlin and goes undercover to clear his name; Ving Rhames and Tom Wilkinson costar. OMonsieur Lazhar (1:34) An Algerian schoolteacher living in Quebec connects with pupils still recovering from the suicide of their old headmaster. O The Muppets (2:00) Kermit the Frog reunites with Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the gang in a rambunctious attempt to save their old Hollywood showplace from destruction. O My Reincarnation (1:40) Jennifer Fox’s documentary examines the relationship between Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and 24 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 13 – JANUARY 19, 2012

his son Yeshi and the cultural differences that help define it. O My Week with Marilyn (1:36) A young assistant director serves as Marilyn Monroe’s confidante, support system and wide-eyed lover during the hectic filming of “The Prince and the Showgirl”; with Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and Michelle Williams as MM. O New Year’s Eve (1:57) Garry Marshall ensemble comedy of intermingling December 31st whoopee stars Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah Jessica Parker and a host of others. O October (1:23) Acclaimed Peruvian comedy about the unlikely familial alliance between a loan shark, his devout yet saucy neighbor and an abandoned baby. O Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2:37) Cannes prizewinner from Turkey examines the reverberative depths sounded by a seemingly simple murder investigation. O Patagonia (1:59) Dual portraits of two women, one a Welsh actress heading to Patagonia for spiritual rediscovery, the other an elderly Patagonian traveling to Wales to discover her roots. OShame (1:41) Intense, explicit portrait of a compulsive womanizer and his troubled kid sister stars Carey Mulligan and Venice Film Fest best actor Michael Fassbender. O Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2:09) The world’s greatest detective pursues criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty across Europe in a Guy Ritchie production refreshingly free of sci-fi and fantasy; Robert Downey, Jr. costars with Jude Law as Watson and Rachel MacAdams as the delectable Irene Adler. O A Simple Life (1:57) A Hong Kong man and his lifelong servant explore the feelings that connect them as she approaches the end of her life. O Sonny Boy (2:12) A Dutch divorcee embarks on a mad love affair with a young black man against the dangerous backdrop of mid-1930s fascist Europe. O 3D Beauty and the Beast (1:24) The 1991 Disney classic about a lonely beast and the beauty who brings out his inner princeling returns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. O Tilt (1:34) Bulgarian teens emboldened by the collapse of the Berlin Wall head west in search of fun, frolic and freedom. O Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2:07) John LeCarre’s classic espionage novel is brought to the screen with Gary Oldman as reactivated MI6 agent George Smiley and an impressive cast of traitors, moles and fellow spies (Colin Firth, John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes, David Thewlis et al.). O The Turin Horse (2:26) Meditative Hungarian award-winner examines the deceptively simple lives of a father and daughter and their worn-down horse. O War Horse (2:26) When WWI separates a boy from his horse, the steadfast steed wanders from village to battlefield, inspiring all who encounter him; Steven Spielberg directs. O We Bought a Zoo (2:11) True tale of a widower who purchases and inhabits a dilapidated old zoo, hundreds of critters and all; Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson star. O The Woman in the Septic Tank (1:27) Snarky musical comedy about a troupe of Filipino filmmakers who shoot an earnest, gritty slice-of-life drama in hopes of scoring a Best Foreign Film Oscar. O Young Adult (1:34) Teen-lit scribe Charlize Theron tries to revisit her high school glory days… with unexpected results.

›› MOViE TiMES 3D Beauty and the Beast (G) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:20, 4:35, 5:35, 7:05, 9:20, 10:15; retro 2D showtimes at 3:20, 8 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45; good ol’ 2D showtime at 12:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10 MonThu 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7 NA Simple Life (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 6:30 The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 4:55, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 7:25 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 6:55, 9:05 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 Mon-Thu 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 NBeyond (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon 8:30 NCarnage (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 3:15, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 Sat 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 Sun 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5:20, 7:30 NThe Colors of the Mountain (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 3:30 Contraband (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 1, 2:30, 3:35, 5, 6:15, 7:35, 8:45, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:25, 7:30, 10:05 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:30, 10:05 Sun-Mon 1:30, 4:25, 7:30 Tue-Thu 4:45, 7:40 The Descendants (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:20, 2:15, 5, 7:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:15, 7:15, 9:55 Sat 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 9:55 Sun-Mon 1:20, 4:15, 7:15 TueThu 4:35, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Mon-Thu 12:50, 4, 6:50 The Devil Inside (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 1:40, 3:45, 5:50, 7:55, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 1:40, 3:50, 6:10, 8:20, 10:30 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:20 Sat-Mon 11:45,

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3:15, 7, 10:20 Tue-Thu 6:30, 9:55 Century Northgate 15: 12, 3:30, 7, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 3:25, 7:05, 10:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 12:10, 3:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 12:10, 3:30, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 7 Sat-Mon 12:40, 3:50, 7 Tue-Thu 3:50, 7 NHappy, Happy (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7:30 Tue 6:30 NHipsters (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9:15 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:45, 10:35 Sat-Mon 4:45; 3D showtimes at 1:45, 7:45, 10:35 Tue-Thu 7, 10:05 Century Northgate 15: 3:55, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 6:50 NIn the Land of Blood and Honey (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:05, 7, 9:50 Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:50 Sun-Mon 1:10, 4:05, 7 Tue-Thu 4, 7 NThe Iron Lady (PG-13) Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:35 Thu 1:30, 4:10, 7 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 1, 4:10, 6:35, 9:20 MonThu 1, 4:10, 6:35 NJoyful Noise (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Mon 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Tue-Thu 7:15, 10:15 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:40, 4:15, 5:40, 7:20, 8:35, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7:25, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 12:30, 3:55, 6:55, 9:45 Mon-Thu 12:30, 3:55, 6:55 NMonsieur Lazhar (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 7:30 The Muppets (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: 12:35 My Reincarnation (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon 4 Sat, Sun 1:15

My Week With Marilyn (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Mon-Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:25 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:25 Mon 1:15, 4, 6:45 Tue-Thu 4, 6:45 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:10 NOctober (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 5:30 NOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7:15 NPatagonia (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 9 Shame (NC-17) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon 4:45, 7, 9:30 Sat, Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:30 Tue-Thu 7, 9:30 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:35, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 NSonny Boy (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue 8:30 NTilt (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon 6:30 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 12:40, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35 Mon-Thu 12:40, 3:45, 6:40 NThe Turin Horse (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 4:15 War Horse (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:25 Sat-Mon 12, 3:30, 7:15, 10:25 Tue-Thu 6:45, 10 Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3:40, 7:10, 7:10, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 3:40, 7, 10:20 We Bought a Zoo (PG) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 10:05 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:10, 7:45 Sun 2:30, 5:10, 7:45 Mon 2:30, 5:10 Tue, Thu 6:30 Wed 2:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:40, 6:30, 9:15 Sat-Sun 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15 Mon 12:50, 3:40, 6:30 Tue-Thu 3:40, 6:30 NThe Woman in the Septic Tank (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 6:30 Young Adult (R) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Mon-Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

The Philippines’ ‘The Woman in the Septic Tank’ screens Friday as part of the Rafael’s week-long program of movies submitted for Best Foreign Film Oscar consideration.


SUNDiAL Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information. www.pacificsun.com/sundial

Live music 01/13: Beth Custer Ensemble The Beth Custer Ensemble presents new live scores to three Alexander Hammid films. Custer’s ensemble will perform live with these rare Czech films. 8 p.m. $20 - $23 142 Throckmorton Theatre , 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org 01/13: Eric Sardinas Blues-Rock Slide Guitarist Eric Sardinas is “Lightning in a Bottle”. His unique mixture weaves heavy blues & rock threads into a flamethrower for the listener, taking them on an wild musical ride! 9:30pm. $20-25. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

01/13: Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar’s First Anniversary Party Celebrate with Happy Hour prices all day! Complimentary TastyTidbits 4-6pm! Live Music from 7pm-1am! Sean Carscadden in the lounge from 7-10pm. Allison Harris & The Barn Owls kick it up 10-1am 7pm1am. Free. Ghiringhellis Pizzaria Grill and Bar, 1535 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 878-4977. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com 01/13:The English Beat New wave, reggae, ska original Dave Wakeling of The English Beat will be rolling through 19 Broadway Friday Night at 9:00 p.m. sharp 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $20 advance $25 day of show 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 261-1512. www.19broadway.com

01/14: Dore Coller and Friends Come hear some great original music at the best cafe in West Marin. Read an review of Dore’s music here: www. marinij.com/entertainment/ci_19603392 7-9pm. Free. The Blackbird Cafe, 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness. 215-7196. www.dorecoller.com 01/14: George Winston Inspired by R&B, Jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George Winston began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. 8pm. $15-35. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org 01/14: Jaydub and Dino Acoustic power duo. Have a bite to eat and taste some of the 82 new cocktails on our list while being treated to some great music. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. Ghiringhellis Pizzaria Grill and Bar, 1535 S. Novato Blvd, Novato. 878-4977. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com 01/14: Linda Imperial CD release show. Linda toured with Jefferson Starship & more! 9:30pm. No charge. Ghiringhellis Pizzaria Grill and Bar, 1535 S. Novato Blvd, Novato. 878-4977. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com

01/14: Mark Hummel and The Blues Survivors with Nick Gravenites and Steve Freund, Tia Carroll Mark’s trademark harmonica, a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack, combined with a strong sense of swing epitomizes his original

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sound. 9pm. $15-18. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 01/14: Savannah Blu Bluegrass. Noon-2pm. Free. Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing, Larkspur. 215-7196. www.dorecoller.com 01/14: The Other Stones Reckless tribute to the Rolling Stones. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 250-7910. www.perisbar.com 01/14: The Pine Needles Bluegrass. 3-6pm. Free. Lagunitas Brewing Taproom and Sanctuary, 1280 N McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707-778-8776. www.lagunitas.com

and he was the pioneer music healer in America. He tours and presents concerts and workshops worldwide. Join them at a Sound Healing & Golden Harp Concert. 8-9:15pm. $20-30. The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. www.thespiritualhealingcenter.org 01/19: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Jerry Simas, Left Coast’s remarkable clarinetist, inspired this ensemble to program Stephen Hartke’s “Horse with the Lavender Eye.” 8pm. $20-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

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Modern Jazz classics, be-bop, funk and afrofusion music played by Dave Getz, drums; Bob Johnson, saxophone; Josh Workman, guitar; Pierre Josephs, bass. 6:30-10pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 419-4266. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 01/15: Houston Jones Find out what all the fuss is about. These guys are the real deal. Original folk, bluegrass, blues and gospel. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 01/15: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. www.19broadway.com 01/17: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . www.19broadway.com 01/17: Magic of Swing Saxophone Featuring the legendary Howie Dudune. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 01/18: Joan Getz Quartet Original and familiar themes from swing blues and ballads. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

01/18: Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry Join an inspiring evening of song with singer/songwriters Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry. Each individually is extraordinary, you will get to enjoy all three in one night, 7:30pm. $18-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

01/19: Machiavelvets with Craig Herzog Dinner jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

01/19: Marcus Shelby Quartet: A Jazz Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Bassist/composer Marcus Shelby comments on events and themes in Afro-American history through the medium of jazz. Tonight he turns to the civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

Concerts 01/14: A c o u s t i c C a f é Chamber Music featuring Milton Wong, Frank Lahorgue, Rachel Dusenbury & their chamber groups performing Maurice Ravel, Gordon Jacob & Clara Schumann. Refreshments & beverages for sale. Doors open 7pm. 7:30-9:30pm. $5-10. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 01/14: Sound Healing with Harpist Joel Andrews Andrews is a harpist, composer, author,

Dr. King, with a gospel jam with soulful singers and “live” I Have a Dream speech passionately delivered by Rev Tommy Smith, author and diversity trainer. Hear powerful stories about Dr. King 7:15-9:15pm. $25 donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Hamilton Center, Novato. 879-0155. www.unityinmarin.org

Dance 01/18: International Folk Dance Dances from Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania, Israel & more taught by Carol Friedman. Great fun, great music, great company! Beginners, newcomers, drop-ins always welcome. 7-8:15pm. The Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-9512. www.dancepalace.org

Art 01/13-03/02: Lightscape/Darkscape Two and three dimensional art by artists of KALA Art Institute. Curated by Andrea Voinot. Reception 5-8pm Jan. 13, during 2nd Fri Art Walk | San Rafael 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org

01/13: Art Talk:‘How to Get Your Art Out of the Studio and Into the Gallery’ Join “Art Ambassador” Gwenda Joyce for an informative Art Talk about how to “Get Your Art Out of the Studio and Into the Gallery.” Seating is limited, please RSVP for a seat. 11am. $3 suggested donation. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/events/ calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2012/01/14/854/-/-

01/20-03/09: Falkirk Exhibition Opening “H20:Fragility and Strength” explores the many ramifications of water as a subject of beauty, contamination and other varied topics. Organized by the California Society of Parintmakers. Reception 5:30-7:30pm Jan.20. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.falkirkculturalcenter.org 12/02-01/15: Tom Killion Killion is a native of Marin County who has been producing acclaimed Japanese style woodcut prints of the California landscape for 40 years. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/10-01/15:‘Agent of Change’ Mary Tuthill Lindheim, sculpture,ceramics works. Free, donations appreciated. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org

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01/18: Marin Scuba Club Monthly Meeting Marin Scuba Club presents Nicole Larsen, Oceanic Society, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coral Reef Monitoring.â&#x20AC;? Upstairs at the Flatiron. 7:30-8pm. $3-5. The Flatiron, 724 B St., San Rafael. 332-3179. www.marinscuba.org 01/19: Toastmasters Talk of the Town Guests invited free of charge. Members speak and evaluate the goal of improving lecture and presentation skills in a fun and informative setting. Free of charge for guests. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St. , San Rafael. 377-1224.

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Readings 01/13: Kay Lindahl Editor Kay Lindahl discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women, Spirituality, & Transformative Leadership.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/14: at Book Passage, Corte Madera Watts discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;At High Altitude,â&#x20AC;? a collection of 31 poems of 31 words, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Color of Desire,â&#x20AC;? a new poetry collection. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/14: David Richo â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming Home to Who You Are.â&#x20AC;? Popular self-help author Richo offers 52 promises individuals can make to navigate the ups and downs of daily living. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/14: Lindy Hough Left Coast Writers Launch. Hough reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild Horses, Wild Dreams.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/15:Tea Obreht Obreht presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tigerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wife.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. www.bookpassage.com

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Having your ruler (fiery Mars) in the persnickety sign of Virgo can be annoying for those who prefer to take life by the horns and skip the little details. Unfortunately, details are unavoidable for an extended period of time. Mars goes retrograde later this month, meaning you may as well get used to being analytical, critical and really good at puzzles. Your sweetie doesn’t stand a chance—especially at strategic board games... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you have to settle down. This is not the time for self-denial when tempted by fun or entertainment—in fact, it’s a great week to be self-indulgent. If you’re low on funds, find free or inexpensive activities that satisfy your desire for being amused. And, for those who are single and looking, Tuesday could be your day (or night) to meet someone special. Set your DVR and go out. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Sometimes even you don’t understand why you are doing something. So it is a little unreasonable to think those closest to you should be able to interpret the meaning behind your actions. Behavior patterns can be difficult to break, but that should be your goal right now. Most of what you are doing stems from earlier times. Break free from your past and your future will thank you. Your sweetie may also display a bit of gratitude... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Conversations with siblings and neighbors can take a turn for the worse if you aren’t careful about how you phrase things. You’re usually sensitive to the power of your words, but right now you’re more interested in getting your ideas across and less interested in their impact on your listener’s feelings. You may even (gasp!) be accused of heartless monologue. Fortunately, you CAN make it all better on Tuesday. I’m just not sure you will WANT to... LEO (July 22 - August 22) The holidays are over and reality replaces festivity. Although that sounds dismal, there is value in having time to muse on what needs to be changed during the long winter nights. An important lesson is one of self-worth. What you HAVE is not WHO you are. No matter what the commercials claim—a fancy car, a smartphone, a mansion or an expensive pair of Italian shoes do not make up your identity. Well, OK, maybe the Italian shoes are valid... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Being a reasonable Earth sign, you typically prefer compromise to confrontation. For the next few months, however, you may find that you’re ready to fight if someone tries to dominate you. You are feeling strong, upbeat and independent. It’s an empowering cycle. But—one where you may run roughshod over everyone else in order to get a lot accomplished in a short amount of time. Try not to do that... 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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The combined influences of your ruler (expansive Jupiter) in your employment house, dynamic Mars in your career house and powerful Pluto in your money house can help you get far during the next few months. Although you may want to interpret this as “get far away,” you’ll have to be satisfied with “get far professionally.” On the bright side, make enough money and you can go anywhere... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Your views may be well thought out, but that does not necessarily mean they will be well received. For the next few months, your ideas are intellectually creative, which is exciting. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to jump on board. You are opening up to new philosophies. Enjoy it and don’t bother getting defensive with those who are not so wise. It’s your birthday. Let your inner guru come out and play. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) If you are in a relationship where resources are shared, you and your partner have different ideas about how to manage things. Defuse the tension caused by financial disagreements with intimate activities that relieve stress while making one more inclined to see the other person’s point of view. Single? Do NOT to apply for a loan or cheat on your taxes during the next few months, as any problems arising from these cannot be worked out with pillow talk... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Because Mars is spending extra time in Virgo this year, for the next few months you notice that your one-on-one relationships are dynamic and challenging. You may feel energized to make things work out. Or, you may be overly assertive and unwilling to compromise. Whatever your circumstance, you are not afraid to confront it. You have phenomenal talent in evasiveness, but right now you don’t need it or want it. Goodbye, goldfish. 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128294 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE JOYFUL HOUND MOBILE DOG GROOMING, 2620 GRANT AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94804: PAMELA A MCHALE, 2620 GRANT AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94804. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128285 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OPEN ART RECORDS; OPEN ART MUSIC, 443 MOLIND AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JACQUELINE H. RYAN, 443 MOLIND AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128386 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PELO CYCLING-FITNESS, 34 ROLLINGWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALAN R. ROBERTS, 34 ROLLINGWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 16, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128392 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VISIONS ARRAY, 21 TARRANT CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ERIK BAUMBACH, 21 TARRANT CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128341 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MODERN TRADITION, 100 MARIN CENTER DR. #47, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: KAITLYN MCGRATH, 100 MARIN CENTER DR. #47, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; LUIS R GALVES, 100 MARIN CENTER DR. #47, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 12, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128061 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA, 2100B 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SR CHANDI PIZZA EQUITIES INS., 2971 SUNNY WOOD CIR., SANTA ROSA, CA 95407. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128444 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCC PHARMACY, 3110 KERNER BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN APOTHECARIES INC, 2 BON AIR ROAD #130, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128446 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BERP AND COMPANY, 101 WOODLAND RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930:

MARIO FRED GUARNERI, 101 WOODLAND RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128483 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as B&K PRECISION 8, 805 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. #D, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LAN H. VIEN, 12 NEWPORT LANDING DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128484 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAYSIDE BOOKWORKS; STYLE IN SITES, 211 G ST. APT. 10, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELISSA RABELLINO, 211 G ST. APT. 10, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128506 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KITE HILL PSYCHOTHERAPY, 131 CAMINO ALTO SUITE E1, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: BELINDA STROUD, PSY.D., 131 CAMINO ALTO SUITE E1, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 6, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128345 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ART OF LOVE SUMMIT; CONSCIOUS UNCOUPLING, 78 SOUTHERN HEIGHTS BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EVOLVING WISDOM, LLC., 78 SOUTHERN HEIGHTS BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128389 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOVE ME STUDIO, 1320 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SARAH WELTER CAVENEY, 26 EYE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128301 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ACQUA d’ORO, 1010 B ST. STE 215, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DENISE ZOYAMARIE JILBERE, 854 HACIENDA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; LOUISE HOPPE MERMOD, 108 SURREY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304328 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): TRUCKWORLD USA, 790 ANDERSEN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: August 5, 2011. Under File No: 2011127479. Registrant’s

Name(s): RAZEL R. HAYNES, 369 THIRD ST. B# 522. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on November 17, 2011. (Pacific Sun: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1106144. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARINA PATRICIA NIMS, PAT LESLIE NIMS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LEVI NIMS to KITARA GRACE NIMS. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 27, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: December 16, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Número del Caso): CIV 1102471. NOTICE TO DEFENDANT(s) (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): MARTI SANKOWICH AND DOES 1 THROUGH 25 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO ESTÃ? DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): MELISSA STENGLE NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. ¡AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dð©as, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su versié n. Lea la informacié n a continuacié n. Tiene 30 DÃçAS DE CALENDARIO después de que le entreguen esta citacié n y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefé nica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y más informacié n en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov), en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede más cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacié n, pida al secretario de la corte que le dé un formulario de exencié n de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podrá quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin más advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisié n a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede


encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www.sucorte. ca.gov) o poniéndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is (El nombre y direccié n de la corte es): Marin County Superior Court, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is (El nombre, la direccié n y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): Catherine Lagarde, Po Box 326, Kentfield, CA 94914; 415-3313284.. DATE (Fecha): May 17, 2011. Clerk (Secretario), by, Kim Turner. Deputy (Adjunto): D. Taylor. (Pacific Sun: December 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 20, 2012) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAUSALITO according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be

sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: ALL MARIN ELECTRIC: UNIT #H-16; ERNEST BROWN: UNIT #J-51; GOLRIZ JAHANGIRI: UNIT #RA18; STEVE SAYAD: UNIT #169; PATRICIA HARRINGTON: UNIT #411. Pacific Sun: (January 6 & 13) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, SAN ANSELMO. In accordance to the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, there being due an unpaid storage charge for which the Mini Storage is entitled to a lien on the goods hereinafter described, and due notice in the time specified in such notice for payment having expired, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that these goods will be sold at a public auction at the MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960, at 1:00pm WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012. The public is invited to attend. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: ANNA STEVENSON: UNIT #323; TAMERA FREEMAN: UNIT #331;

BENTLEY NELSON: UNIT #123, #075, #054; CHARLES GOVER: UNIT #332; LOUVINA FORKING: UNIT #347; CLEVER HANS: UNIT #349. Pacific Sun: (January 6 & 13, 2012) NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1200012 Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent Creditors of The Binggeli Family & Estate of Margaret D. Binggeli that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Marin County Superior Court, Probate Department, PO Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 94913, and mail or deliver a copy to A. Ruth Addison., as trustee of the trust dated December 6, 1995, of which the Decedent was the settler, at c/o Mary Schofield. Attorney at Law, 3461 Robin Lane, Suite 4, Cameron Park, CA 95682, within the later of 4 months after January 6, 2012, or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in the Probate Code 19103. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. (Publication: January 6, 13, 20, 2012) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE. Date of Filing Application: December 29, 2011. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: XING JIN. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 100 SMITH RANCH RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903-1900. Type of license(s) applied for: 41 ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE. (Pacific Sun: January 13, 2012)

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I just got dumped by a guy who swore he was ready to settle down (after years of serial monogamy). His relationship history reminded me of the man you wrote about recently who had been married and divorced five times and was on relationship number six. Woman number six wrote you, “He’s in his 50s; his marriage-hopping has to stop.” Obviously, she’s fooling herself, but what’s his deal? What’s anyone’s who gets married over and over?—Morbidly Curious Some model their marriage on their parents’ and some on their parents’ car lease. (Sadly, hanging a new-car smell pine tree around the wife’s neck doesn’t seem to stem the flow of trade-ins.) Everybody wants to believe their love will last, but when a guy’s marrying Wife Number Five, some honesty in vow-making seems called for—for example, “Till mild boredom do us part.” And in keeping with the trend of using movie lines in the ceremony, the groom can turn to the minister at the end and state the Schwarzenegger-accented obvious: “I’ll be back.” The notion that the only valid relationship is one that ends with the partners in twin chairs on the veranda of Senior Acres, rocking off into the sunset together, keeps some of the wrong people chasing it. The truth is, some people just aren’t wired for forever. That’s OK— providing they’re honest with themselves and their partners that for them, lasting relationships last only so long (“when two become as one” and then one starts getting all fidgety for the next one). Even for those who are determined to make forever work, there’s a problem, and it’s called “hedonic adaptation”—getting acclimated to positive additions to our lives and no longer getting the lift out of them that we did at first. This happens with boob jobs, lottery wins—and marriage, explained happiness researcher Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky on my weekly radio show. Lyubomirsky writes in her terrific book, The How of Happiness, of a 15-year study in Germany showing that couples got a big boost in happiness when they got married—a boost that, on average, lasted two years. According to Lyubomirsky, research shows that the most powerful ways to combat hedonic adaptation are adding variety and expressing gratitude. You add variety by shaking up your date night routine, going on vacation (even a quick one) and varying your daily life in small, fun ways. You can express gratitude by buying or making some little thing to say how much you appreciate your partner or by verbally admiring his or her hotitude and wonderful qualities. Lyubomirsky explained, “Gratitude is almost by definition an inhibitor of adaptation,” because adaptation means we’re taking something for granted. “Being grateful for something is appreciating it, savoring it—i.e., NOT taking it for granted.” Predicting whether a particular guy is a romance junkie can be tough. (It’s not like a meth habit. There are no scabs.) A girlfriend-hopper might swear he’s ready to settle down and believe it—until the moment he realizes he’s not. You’ll want to believe him; we all tend to lead with our ego: “I’ll be the one he’s different for.” This is risky if your ovaries are on the clock. If, however, you can just live in the moment and hope for lots more moments... well, there’s always that chance you’ll end up being his eighth and only.

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The man I’ve been in a long-term on-and-off relationship with has started seeing someone else. He’s cagey about the details, but what’s really bothering me is that she has no clue that I exist. I’m tempted to write her an anonymous note, telling her that I was here first, have been here a long time and am continuing to have sex with her Lothario.—Pen Poised Like many people around the holidays, your thoughts turn to the have-nots: “Hi, I believe you have not heard that I’m having sex with your new boyfriend.” The reality is, you’re looking to escape feeling vulnerable by lashing out. (When life gives you lemons... break some other woman’s windows with them.) The “anonymous” note is really about telling this woman, “Hey! I’m here! I’m lovable! I’m important!” Well, there’s a better way to say those things, and it won’t even take a stamp. Just call this man and say goodbye. This means finally admitting that the parameters of this relationship aren’t working for you. Come on... you’re wellaware you aren’t his one and only, yet there you are complaining, “Waiter, waiter! There’s a harem in my soup!” What is there to say to you but “Yes, madam, of course there is. It’s the Lothario special. It comes with other women on the side.” <

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