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›› LETTERS White lines (don’t do it) I want to thank the Pacific Sun and Jacob Shafer for covering this little known Some chemtrail conspirators don’t but extremeeven try to hide it... ly important topic of chemtrails [“Sprayed and Confused,” Jan. 20], the derogatory and slang term for the more scientific term geoengineering. I personally choose to use the term chemtrail, as I think it describes it much better. And thanks to Peter Kirby for his brilliant idea of creating a “chemtrail free zone” for Fairfax. I would love to see every town in Marin declare this. Since 2010 I, too, have been monitoring them over Marin. I see them daily. I personally have called the mayor and each councilmember of San Rafael, my supervisor, Susan Adams, Lynn Woolsey’s office, the Air Quality Management District, the Environmental Services office—all of whom said they don’t know anything about them and have no jurisdiction over them. Then I was referred to the FAA and they referred me to the FBI. Each said they have no jurisdiction over them as well. So who does know about them and who has jurisdiction over these planes spraying toxic aerosols in the sky over their citizens? It is easy to see the difference between a contrail and a “chemtrail.” Contrails dissipate quickly; chemtrails are aerosol sprays that stay in the sky for long periods of time. The planes lay down long lines of white spray in crisscross or parallel patterns. I have photo-

graphed them many times. Then they begin to spread out to create fake clouds and “grey out,” or cover, the whole sky with a blanket of white that hides our blue skies. I have also seen the planes turn the spray on and then off and then back on again; a contrail can’t do this. There have been independent studies on the fallout showing there are toxins in these aerosol sprays that are damaging to human, animal and plant life. They decrease our sunlight, therefore our ability to naturally absorb vitamin D and plants’ ability to absorb sunlight is also affected. There are toxic nanoparticles from them in the air we breathe causing increase in respiratory conditions, the toxins are affecting the trees and the soil that we grow our food in. This is a serious health issue that we the people need to organize and demand that it stop. Susan Bradford,West Marin

The man from furuncle Thank you for publishing the article “Sprayed and Confused.” This is a very important and very mysterious issue and phenomenon that bears widespread examination. On Aug. 10-12, 2011, I was camping in the Emigrant Wilderness and witnessed an event I can only describe as chemtrail formation. I watched and followed the entire phenomenon for 10 hours and 200 miles. This ain’t water vapor, folks. Editor’s note: Mr. Knoepke submitted a first-person account of what he saw on the campout, which is too lengthy to reprint here. But, to summarize, he watched multiple jets emit white trails in a tic-tac-toe pattern above the forest. After watching for four straight hours, Knoepke began experiencing an “unforeseen medical condition”... Here’s what he writes about that:

On my first day in the mountains I felt a little tenderness in my cheek; the next day it was inflamed and swelling. By Friday, the day [of the chemtrail jets], I had a raging abscess in my cheek the size of a silver dollar. It all came on like a bat out of hell, and this bat needed medical attention. So I decided I would have to abort my trip. So, there I was with a raging abscess in the wilderness, lying on a boulder at 8,000 feet watching chemtrails being formed above me. How very strange I thought... Robert Knoepke, San Rafael

We had a gut feeling about this... With recent outbreaks of vomiting and diarrhea in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma, some free advice from a local pediatrician might help. When your loved ones are vomiting, don’t give them anything by mouth until they haven’t thrown up for a good two hours. Then offer small sips of an electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte or Gatorade. Go slowly, beginning with small sips every few minutes and gradually increasing the amount. If you give too much too quickly you will get more vomiting. When they want to eat again, begin with the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast (bread, crackers, pretzels and clear broths are also OK). Don’t give milk for a few days. This is especially important if there has also been diarrhea, as diarrhea often causes a temporary lactose intolerance (and giving milk will cause more diarrhea). The big worry with vomiting and diarrhea is dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The elderly and the very young are most at risk. If in doubt, consult your doctor. Ann Troy, M.D., San Anselmo

Split derision Regarding Jory John’s and Avery Monsen’s Open Letters cartoon from last week [in which the cartoonists scolded motorcyclists who “lane split” between cars slowed by traffic]: Dear Concerned Motorist, it obviously makes you uncomfortable, but lane splitting is actually legal in the state of California. And, yes, many riders do wear full face-shield helmets as well as appropriate jackets, gloves and boots. I am a passenger oftentimes with someone who lane splits carefully and only when necessary and we are way more worried about you than you are of us! Most auto motorists don’t ever see motorcyclists at all. Please share the road. Concerned Passenger Michelle, San Rafael

Third most FAQ: ‘Whatever happened to Poncherello?’ Dear Concerned Motorist, Have you looked at the CHP website? Specifically the fourth question on their list

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eaction to a recently released report commissioned by the Marin Community Foundation that looks at economic and social disparity in Marin came fast and furious. Letters to the editor excoriated the foundation for the effrontery of suggesting that based on health, income and education, Marin is far from a homogeneous and happy community for all who live here. “Portrait of Marin” uses public records and hard statistics to show that while most of the county is far above average, not everyone has an equal chance to succeed and reach the level of wellbeing most Marinites have achieved. It’s the very fact that overall the county ranks much higher than average when it comes to health and education and income that hides the harsh reality that inequality exists. It takes something like the “Portrait of Marin” report to draw back the curtain, allowing people to see the county’s reflection in the mirror. The image revealed is disturbing and not all that pretty, a stark contrast to the vapid perception of hot-tubbing Marin that became a cliche. The unmasking has triggered visceral reactions from critics of the foundation and the report. But while harsh letters continue to circulate, those who support

the foundation and accept the report’s findings view the foundation’s effort as a step forward toward social justice (a legitimate term that in itself would inflame many of the same people who criticize the foundation). “Reaction was stronger than I expected,” says Thomas Peters, CEO and president of the foundation. “It’s a funny thing what facts and descriptive statistics can trigger. There is this patina of perception in Marin that we are a rich county. You hear it said over and over, and folks believe it to be generally true.” But, says Peters, the report illustrates that “it’s certainly not true for a really significant population of people living in Marin.” The report should be a revelation leading to positive action rather than an instigation of negative reaction. But it’s far from a perfect world. And Marin is far from a perfect county. The Human Development Project, an adjunct of the nonprofit Social Science Research Council, produced the report. According to its mission statement, “The Social Science Research Council leads innovation, builds interdisciplinary and international networks, and focuses on research on important public issues.” The Research Council held its first meeting in 1923 and currently concentrates on 10



by Jason Walsh

Most of Marinwood Plaza sold to retail developers After years in shopping limbo, Marinwood Plaza is springing back to life. Following several years without a grocery store, the neighborhood recently welcomed the opening of Marinwood Market. Now it seems the rest of the small unincorporated shopping center west of Highway 101 may see renewal, as Marinwood Plaza owner Gerald Hoytt announced Feb. 7 the sale of the remaining 3.5 acres of the 5-acre site to Bridge Housing Corporation, one of California’s largest developers of mixed-use retail-nonprofit-affordable housing complexes. Bridge officials are projecting about 70 units of affordable housing rental apartments. The sale fulfills the county of Marin’s “conceptual master plan” for Marinwood Plaza. Adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2006, the master plan calls for the redevelopment of the site as a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented village center with 90-100 affordable residences. Bridge Housing officials say they’re anticipating about a year to complete the master plan environmental review process and secure financing for the project. Supervisor Susan Adams, a Marinwood resident and a board member who spearheaded the planning process, says the Bridge development could be “instrumental” in revitalizing the neighborhood. “I look forward to re-engaging with the community leadership and Bridge in realizing the Marinwood Village conceptual vision of a beautiful mixed use housing-retail, transitoriented, walkable-bikeable community-serving project,” says Adams. Bridge Housing already owns apartments in Mill Valley, San Rafael, Marin City and Lucas Valley. ‘Pinot Pyro’ gets 27 years for wine arson “We shall have no wine, because we’re doing time,” could be a new wine-lover’s catchphrase, as the notorious “pinot pyro” Mark Anderson was sentenced to 27 years in prison this week for the 2005 torching of the Wine Central Warehouse on Mare Island—a fire that destroyed more than 4.5 million bottles of Napa Valley wine worth an estimated $250 million. The one-time Sausalito parks commissioner and former owner of a wine-storage business was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton to pay $70.3 million in restitution for a blaze that consumed the entire stock of several family-run North Bay wineries. Federal prosecutors charged that Anderson set the fire after clients of his wine-storage business, Sausalito Cellars, began noticing inventory valued into the hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the collections he had been hired to store. Anderson also faces 10 counts of embezzlement in Marin Superior Court; officials from the Marin DA’s office say they will decide whether to proceed after fully reviewing this week’s federal sentencing. Appeals court annuls Prop. 8 The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 7 struck down the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage as being in violation of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. In a ruling written by Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, the court said “although the 9 > Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable,”



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1. What park in Marin County welcomed more than 800,000 visitors from around the world in 2010? 2. The only coffee grown and produced in the United States has what four-letter name? 3a. At about what age is a horse considered an adult? 3b. What’s the name for a young female horse, and for a mature female horse? 4. Pictured, right: Female athletes: 4a. Between 1988 and 1994, this speed skater was 4a the first American woman to win five gold medals in Olympic competition. 4b. In the 1970s, this tennis star became the first female athlete to earn $100,000 in one year. 4c. In 1984, this diminutive American athlete became the first woman from outside Eastern Europe to win the all-around gymnastics gold medal. 5. On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb was tested in what U.S. state? 4b 6. Identify two two-letter words spelled with the same two letters; both are legal Scrabble words, and both express the sound of surprise. 7. What popular animated character made his debut in the 1928 film, Steamboat Willie? 8. What are the names of the primary intelligence and security agencies in these locations, equivalent to the American CIA: 8a. Former USSR 8b. Israel 8c. Paris-based International Criminal Police Organization 9. As a result of accusations and trials in 1692, 19 men and women were convicted and hanged, and 4c hundreds were imprisoned on the charges of being witches in what New England city? 10. Identify the singular and plural forms of these words; the plurals do not end with “s”: 10a. Little animal you might not want around your house 10b. Desert plant 10c. Part of an atom BONUS QUESTION: Historians widely believe that Jesus Christ primarily spoke what language? 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


WWith its bay views and charming hillsides, Tiburon surely ranks as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Now, CVS pharmacy wants to sully the scenery with at least one large red illuminated sign at a new store on the corner of Tiburon Boulevard and Beach Road. Though the town’s Design Review Board gave the green light to wooden signs with muted colors, no one is happy with that decision. The drugstore wants two red signs, while residents are busy signing a petition to thwart the plan and allow only one gray and white sign. Message to all big business in Marin: Consider the charm of the neighborhood and be a good corporate citizen. If you fight your potential customer base, your sales might total Zero. —Nikki Silverstein

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VWith the help of two fifthgrade boys, Kathie Kertesz of Mill Valley averted near disaster last week. “There was a fire in the house next door to mine,” writes Ms. Kertesz. Sawyer Shine, who lives across the street from her, and his friend Jim Kelly helped the neighbor remove her belongings when there was a chance that her home might also burn. (Thankfully, it did not.) It’s no surprise to hear that Sawyer and Jim are Boy Scouts. In Ms. Kertesz’s estimation, they both earned badges of honor for their bravery, responsibility and caring. We think they certainly obeyed their Boy Scout oath to help people and lived up to the motto “Be Prepared.” Congratulations to Sawyer and Jim, our Heroes of the Week.

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< 8 The picture of Dorian Gray Marin examining issues using economics, sociology and political science. That integrated nature of investigation carries over to the Human Development Project. The foundation of the Human Development Project comes from a change in the way some academics studied the relative happiness of societies. The United Nations picked up the approach and recognized that merely looking at a developing nation’s gross domestic product and other financial indicators couldn’t alone describe the existential health of a country. From that premise grew a new way of seeing human development, how ordinary people fare in a society, whether they are healthy, free to live where they choose, whether they have access to good education and recreation. That came in large part from work that Amartya Sen, a Nobel laureate and Harvard economist, formulated. He posits that there are more contributors to a rich life than economic activity, and those contributors affect health, well-being and economic success. That integrated approach formed the underpinnings of the first United Nations Human Development Project report in 1990. Since then, reports have described conditions in more than 140 countries, and the methodology used to compile them has become an accepted form of study. The American Human Development Project picked up on the international effort and began compiling reports in this country. It produced one for the country as a whole, and as part of a look at states, the project compiled a California report. The report commissioned by the Marin Community Foundation is the first time the Human Development project has focused on a county. The Human Development methodology uses statistics derived from public information to look at the health, education, housing and recreational opportunities available to people. Those statistics then get boiled down to a scale that allows a comparative analysis. In Marin, the report compares towns in the county. (It also includes West Marin and unincorporated areas.) Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, co-directors of the American Human Development Project, are the authors of the Marin report. In an introduction, they lay out a harsh reality that many Marinites either have not recognized around them or have purposely refused to accept. “A lack of affordable housing is one of Marin’s largest challenges today, with ripple effects in multiple [directions].” The authors note the aging of the county’s population and stress that Marin needs more housing to accommodate that fastgrowing group. In addition, the report continues, “Too many of the county’s teachers, public safety workers, medical support personnel, and others who keep Marin running cannot afford to live near 10 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 16, 2012

their jobs; as a result, 61,500 people commute each day from neighboring counties to work in Marin, with negative impact on both traffic and the environment.” That’s hardly news to anyone who has followed demographic and housing trends in the county. But the report’s conclusion reinforces the contention that the need for more affordable housing underlies many of the issues the county faces. The report also concludes that educational opportunities here are far from equal. There is a “persistent lagging of school achievement among low-income students and students of color.” That gap “hamstrings Marin’s competitiveness in an era dominated by the knowledge economy and the need for an educated workforce.” The conclusion that triggered an especially high-anxiety reaction painted a picture of Marin as a county of “highly segregated neighborhoods and limited racial and ethnic diversity,” which are “an enduring characteristic of Marin.” The facts stand for themselves: More than half the county’s African-Americans are concentrated in four of the county’s census tracts plus San Quentin Prison. Setting aside San Quentin, the report shows stark inequality between the towns that score highest on the Human Development Scale and those at the bottom. Areas included at the bottom of the scale, not surprisingly, are the Canal, Marin City and Hamilton in Novato. Racial and income segregation can have real effects. In Ross, for example, residents can expect to live an average of 88 years, about 10 years longer than the national average. Ross is 90 percent white. In the Canal, which is 76 percent Latino, the average life expectancy is 80.5 years. Educational opportunities, the availability of affordable housing, attitudes toward health and the concentration of parks and recreation all play a part in determining the level of human development. Critics of the report who say that it’s skewed by using the Canal, for instance, as a neighborhood to match against towns like Ross say the Canal includes many undocumented residents, and that accounts for much of the inequality. But that argument fails to take into account the lower human development rating in Marin City and Hamilton, where low income and race are the undeniable variables. Other critics ask what’s the big deal? It’s up to individuals to forge their own paths. It’s wrong, they say, to expect a larger segment of society to help those who have failed to (in the eyes of the larger society) succeed. It’s common to hear those critics say that achieving educational goals and getting a good job and refraining from having children out of marriage are the causative factors in achieving successful human development. But not all things are equal, as almost any minority resident in the county can attest to. And the contention that people

< 8 Newsgrams there needs to be a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently.“There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted,” ruled the court. The court said that Prop. 8 had no effect on same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples to raise children, no effect on religious freedom of parents’ rights to control their children’s education and it had no effect on the safeguard of such liberties. Therefore, ruled the court,“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.” Prop. 8 supporters haven’t played out their hand yet, though. They can ask an 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit to rehear the case or they can appeal it to the Supreme Court.

Huffman introduces parks bill In the ongoing struggle to keep the campfires burning at Marin’s state parks, state Assemblyman Jared Huffman introduced legislation this week calling for a state guarantee of ongoing funding for operations and maintenance of the parks. Last summer, Gov. Jerry Brown put 70 state parks on the budgetary chopping block in an effort to tighten the state’s fiscal belt; Olompali, Samuel P. Taylor, China Camp and Tomales Bay state parks were among those facing the ax. Samuel P. Taylor and Tomales Bay were subsequently spared closure when the federal parks system agreed to oversee operations. Assembly Bill 1589, or the California State Parks Stewardship Act of 2012, features a handful of provisions to fund upkeep and staff at the parks. Aside from “encouraging” a state compact to cement state parks funding at an unspecified level, the bill also seeks to increase revenue via the installation of revenue and fee-collection equipment; to create a California State Park environmental license plate with vehicle-owner fees going toward the state parks; to give taxpayers an option to purchase an annual state park access pass when they file their state tax returns; and to require more transparency from the Department of Parks and Recreation in how it evaluates and selects specific parks for closure, capping that number at 25 state parks allowed to close from 2012 to 2016 without legislative approval. Huffman says the bill would not only prevent park closures, but is an opportunity to “reinvigorate” a neglected parks system. “This bill is about charting a more sustainable approach to managing and financing our treasured state parks so that they will continue to be there for our economy and quality of life,” says Huffman, who co-authored the bill with Sacramento Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. AB 1589 will be considered by the Assembly at a policy committee hearing later this session. San Rafael pedestrians to walk slightly farther... The city of San Rafael is either sponging away danger—or unnecessarily making folks walk an extra half block to wait at a light. No matter how you look at it, the crosswalk at the intersection of Third and Cijos was gone for good Feb. 6, as city workers fulfilled months-old plans to remove the jeopardous junction. Last fall, city officials deemed the crossing an accident waiting to happen, as westbound traffic on the three-lane, one-way Third Street often fails to stop for pedestrians entering the crosswalk. Although no major accidents have occurred in the walkway in recent years, city officials had received frequent complaints from motorists about the crosswalk. The area enjoys high pedestrian traffic from nearby businesses, the downtown bus depot and social-service centers such as the Ritter Center. Pedestrians will now have to cross at the light at Lindaro and Third streets, near Walgreen’s. Board of Supes to weigh in on indefinite detention The Marin County Board of Supervisors is taking a stand in the federal War on Terror—at least in a small way, as the board has drafted a letter of support to Sen. Dianne Feinstein regarding her Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011. Feinstein’s proposed legislation, currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, seeks to clarify that “an authorization of military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States...” The senior senator from California introduced her bill in reaction to the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012, which affirms the president’s authority to detain via the military any persons “that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners” during war “without trial, until the end of the hostilities...” Critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say the act doesn’t distinguish whether this type of indefinite detention may include citizens and permanent residents of the United States—a definite “no-no,” according to the U.S. Constitution. The letter to Feinstein, written by Supervisor Steve Kinsey on behalf of the board, says, “We believe it is unfortunate that the National Defense Authorization Act was recently adopted by Congress and signed into law by the President without sufficient amendments

to ensure the protection of United States citizens.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bill of Rights,â&#x20AC;? the letter continues,â&#x20AC;&#x153;intentionally provides checks on the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power over its citizens. That is not a weakness in our legal system; it is the very strength of our system.â&#x20AC;? The letter concludes with an official offer of support for Feinstein and her Due Process Act.

SmartMeter â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;opt outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approvedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at a price In the world of energy meters, some things change, some stay the sameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;well, for $10 a month they do. The California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-0 last week to allow Pacific Gas and Electric customers to â&#x20AC;&#x153;opt outâ&#x20AC;? of the energy companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial SmartMeter program, but to do so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to pay $10 a month as well as a one-time fee of $75. The fees, say PG&E officials, are to cover the costs of paying in-person meter readers and reinstalling old meters for â&#x20AC;&#x153;opt-outâ&#x20AC;? customers in areas where the new wireless meters have already been installed. Opponents of SmartMeters question the health effects of wireless radio signals shooting through a home or business to track energy consumption, and cite invasion of privacy concerns with such close monitoring; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been lobbying the CPUC to require an opt out with no fees whatsoever. are responsible for pulling themselves out of hardship negates the very reason for the report: A level of inequality (and, yes, bigotry and racism) exists in Marin to an extent that makes it exceedingly hard for many minority and low-income residents to achieve human development success without some kind of leveling mechanism. Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to see that image in the mirror. But recognizing it is the ďŹ rst step toward easing its negative connotations. Even though many conclusions in the report are far from new, the inclusion

of the cold statistics to back up crossdisciplinary conclusions shines a magnifying-glass light on the county, revealing imperfections. Or, as Peters puts it, the report takes a raft of publicly available data delineating a wide range of human life and uses the measures of education, life expectancy and income. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only measures of life,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty key.â&#x20AC;? The income disparity in Marin is as stark as anywhere: The top ďŹ fth of Marin residents earns 71 percent of the income

in the county. The bottom ďŹ fth earns just 1.3 percent. That kind of disparity reďŹ&#x201A;ects the segregated society thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endemic in the county. Some critics who say the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate goal is redistribution of wealth use hyperbole that brings out a kind of hysteria. The report reďŹ&#x201A;ects the values of the foundation that stretch back to the wishes of Beryl Buck, whose bequest created the Buck Fund, which now totals more than $850 million. In addition to the Buck money, the foundation has many other Marin contributors to the health and well-being of the county. When Buck made the bequest, she stipulated that the money â&#x20AC;&#x153;shall always be held and used for exclusively nonproďŹ t, charitable, religious or educational purposes in providing care for the needy....â&#x20AC;? Those wishes are mirrored in the pages of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portrait of Marin.â&#x20AC;? The last section of the report translates the ďŹ ndings into steps for action. One particularly incendiary conclusion is a call for the county and its cities to reconsider zoning regulations and take another look at the view of open space, with an eye toward increasing the stock of affordable housing. The reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authors apparently did not know that the county long ago developed a policy to accommodate increased affordable hosing while preserving open space. The concept involves an urban corridor along Highway 101, where housing density could increase without spreading

he dream is complete when your heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on fire.


into open space. The follow-on concept of transit-oriented development hones the idea, as does the plan to run passenger trains between Marin and Sonoma counties on tracks that parallel the freeway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are seeing an increase in the number of people living alone, in the number of people who are aging, the number of people who have disabilities,â&#x20AC;? says Peters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actually an increase in housing density [along the urban corridor] is an advantage rather than a disadvantage. And we have plenty of places to build without going into open space and agricultural land.â&#x20AC;? The reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true focus is on those who need a boost to get an even break in Marin society. In response to critics who say inequality is a fact of nature and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unacceptable to suggest that any adjustment in opportunity is warranted, Peters says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We as a society depend on the young people that are coming out of all of these communities to be our engineers, our nurses, our educators. These are the people... we will be dependent [on]. To say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got mine, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to care about othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is to really have a myopic view of the future.â&#x20AC;? Peters adds that the data is clear: â&#x20AC;&#x153;These kids can achieve to the highest bar of any child coming from the most favored neighborhood. We as a society are way better off investing in at least equalizing opportunity.â&#x20AC;? < Contact the writer at

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rank Souza will spend the rest of his life in prison for the San Quentin murder of one of Marin County’s most notorious men. Souza pleaded guilty last week in Marin Superior Court to killing Edward Schaefer, a habitual drunken driver who rode his motorcycle through a Novato crosswalk, killing a 9-year-old girl and crippling her father. The first-degree murder plea spared the 33-year-old inmate, who already was serving time for murder, the death penalty but will keep him in prison for life without the possibility of parole. Souza murdered Schaefer in July 2010, just 10 days after the biker began serving 24 years to life in prison for killing Melody Osheroff and maiming Aaron Osheroff. “All I got to say is—9-year-old girl,” Souza told a prison officer after stabbing Schaefer seven times with a weapon made out of his cellmate’s bedframe. The Osheroffs were taking their nightly walk in May 2009, when Schaefer raced his Harley-Davidson 60 miles per hour through a stop sign and struck them. His

blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, and he had been convicted of drunken-driving offenses nine times before. Aaron Osheroff lost his leg. District Attorney Ed Berberian called the plea deal with Souza “a very good resolution.” But Gerald Schwartzbach, Souza’s attorney, said the same plea could have been reached nine months before had the district attorney not sought capital punishment. Schwartzbach estimated the state paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees to attorneys and experts who would not have been necessary if Berberian had not pushed for capital punishment. “As far as I’m concerned, this was a waste of a considerable amount of money, time and resources,” Schwartzbach said. “The big elephant in the room is Schaefer’s the victim. You’re going to execute somebody because he killed the killer of a 9-year-old girl?” Shortly after his arrest, Schaefer appeared in court with his face bruised and his arm in a sling. When a photographer pointed a camera at him, Schaefer flipped him off.

The photograph of the seeming unrepentant motorcyclist haunted a community grieving over the fourth-grader’s death and marked Schaefer as a target of its wrath. A.J. Brady, the deputy district attorney who handled the case against Souza, said he was concerned about the feelings of the relatives Schaefer left behind—a daughter the same age as Melody, a mother and a sister. “I’ve treated them as I would any other victim’s family,” he said. Schaefer’s mother, Sheri Dunne, did not respond to interview requests. But shortly after her son’s death, she said that she was “happy” that “he doesn’t have to spend any time in that place.” Brady said he had not talked to the Osheroff family about the case. In an email after Souza pleaded guilty, Aaron Osheroff said: “I still think Schaefer got off easy. What happened to him does not even begin to compare to the pain he inflicted upon our family and the physical injuries I live with. I think it would have been harder for him to live out the rest of his life in prison. COUPON





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“I think it would be ideal if the millions of dollars that will be saved by not executing Souza could be put towards keeping DUI child killers like Schaefer away from the rest of us.” On April 4, Judge Paul Haakenson will formally sentence Souza. Schaefer’s relatives will have an opportunity to testify at the hearing. With “WHITE POWER” emblazoned across his forehead and “My Evil Ways” tattooed on his chest like a necklace, Souza arrived at San Quentin in January 2010 to serve 50 years to life for murdering a homeless man in San Jose. Schaefer spent two years in San Quentin and Soledad prisons for punching his wife in the face and allegedly beating her with a broomstick while she was holding their then-infant daughter. In pre-trial motions, Souza’s attorneys questioned why prison officials failed to house Schaefer in protective custody in light of an inmate code of conduct that targets child killers. A trial would have forced prison officials to explain their rationale for allowing an inmate labeled a child killer to be on a yard with men like Souza, identified as a prison gang member. San Quentin spokesman Lt. Samuel Robinson has said Schaefer and corrections officials together decided he did not need protective housing. “He believed he was OK to live in our general population,” he said. Schwartzbach said Schaefer was in protective custody while held in the Marin County Jail before being transferred to San Quentin. “They kept him in protective custody in the jail because they knew he was going to be targeted,” he said. “The jail knows that and the people who run the prison in the same county don’t know?” <

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fter Tong Van Le felt the cold barrel of a gun against his temple during a holdup in his San Francisco convenience store, he did what most crime victims would do. He called the police. An officer showed him a book of mug shots, and he identified two of five teenagers he believed robbed him. Le planned to testify in court against the two youths who lived near his Bernal Heights store. Before he had the chance to go to court, however, he was murdered in his home in Novato. The 44-year-old Vietnamese immigrant did not know about a code of silence that enshrouds the crime-ridden community around his store and the neighboring Alemany housing projects, also known as the Black Hole. Le was a newcomer to the area, having owned the Nasser Market for less than three months when he was shot to death. In an ongoing Marin Superior Court trial, prosecutors allege that a few weeks following the robbery, on a Saturday night in September 2008, four males—three of them 17 years old at the time—followed Le home from his store to his house in the Hamilton Field subdivision. Just after the hardworking father of two pulled into his garage at 53 Pizarro Avenue, before he had a chance to turn off the engine on his Lexus sedan or release his seatbelt, someone fired a fatal shot into the back of his neck. Three of the alleged killers—Deandre Blay, Kevin Abram and C. Autis Johnson, all now 20 years old and being tried as adults—ambushed Le to silence his testimony in the robbery case, prosecutors say. They allege that Blay’s older brother, Larry Blay Jr., orchestrated the killing over the telephone from a San Francisco jail. Le had identified Larry Blay Jr., now 22, as the robber who, armed with a handgun, went behind the counter and stole money from his cash register. “Mr. Le was cooperating with the police,”

District Attorney Ed Berberian told the jury brothers, Abram, Johnson and Johnson’s during his opening statement in the trial, mother, Anchulita Uribe. She is being tried which started in December. “That’s not alongside her son and the other accused always the case in these situations. murderers for attempting to dispose of the “A group of individuals decided he had rifle that killed Le in his car while his wife, to be silenced. He had to die.” two young children and mother-in-law Le may not be the only person to have slept inside. Police never found the murder died as a result of a heist that netted six weapon. Profanity-filled bottles of liquor, a box of cigarillos, white postings on Uribe’s T-shirts, about $400 in cash and a BB gun elf. The youth Le Facebook page Le kept to protect himself. labeled Washington a identified as the first to enter the store un to his head, “punkass snitch bitch” and the one to hold a gun and sent word to about a Calin Hunter, was shot to death dozen friends of the accused in the Alemany projects in who showed up to watch his December 2010. testimony. The Facebook Hunter, who was posts appeared intended 15 at the time of to intimidate Washington the robbery, was and to call for retaliation killed less than two against him. months after his “The postings are clearly 18th birthday and a there for one purpose and one purpose month before the Tong only,” District Attorney Berberian Van Le murder case wass told Judge Terrence Boren. “It’s initially scheduled to go to Sean trial. San Francisco police ce clearly there to produce that Washington intimidation factor and comsay they cannot discuss ause promises his safety.” Hunter’s homicide because nvesSince September, everyone involved in they are continuing to investhe trial knew Washington—also known as tigate it. But Hunter wass once considered a d was listed li d as a Shi dR i R l d suspect in Le’s murder and Shitty SSean and Roaming Romeo—planned possible witness in the trial. to testify against the others allegedly Marin County authorities also are worinvolved with Le’s killing. Like the other ried about the safety of their star witness, defendants in the case, Washington was Sean Washington. The 25-year-old former charged with murder with special circumsecurity guard admitted driving the car to stances and faced life in prison without the follow Le home the night of the murder. possibility of parole. Washington agreed to testify against his Berberian could have sought the death former friends in what one of the defense penalty against Washington and Larry Blay attorneys in the case characterized as a Jr., but the district attorney said he decided “sweetheart” plea deal. against pursuing capital punishment for the Authorities thought they had done two men because the three defendants who everything they could to safeguard Washwere 17 years old at the time of the murder ington, but they were caught off guard were ineligible for the ultimate penalty. recently when word spread over Facebook In September, Washington agreed to that he had taken the witness stand in the plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter San Rafael courtroom against the Blay in exchange for a five-year sentence and his

honest testimony about Le’s murder. The plea deal could allow Washington to walk out of jail a free man at the conclusion of the trial. The deal also includes money for Washington and his relatives to be relocated. In an effort to protect Washington while in custody, authorities gave him a new identity and moved him out of the Marin County Jail to an undisclosed detention facility. In addition, Judge Boren allowed the prosecution to keep secret the timing of his court appearance. After he showed up to take the witness stand on Jan. 23, Washington’s photograph along with inflammatory statements about him appeared on the Facebook wall of Uribe, who, unbeknownst to her son, was having a sexual relationship with Washington at the time of Le’s murder. “DIS PUNKASS SNITCH BITCH ‘SEAN DEMETRIUS WASHINGTON’ JUST FUKIN TOLD EVERY THANG,” read one of the wall posts on Uribe’s “Litaboss Ydeystillhattin’” account. The post continued with a photograph of Washington and the warning: “DIS PIC GOIN NATIONAL WIDE FUKIN WIT MEH!!!!!” Uribe has more than 1,930 Facebook friends who live throughout the United States. Eighteen of them, including Bad Ass, clicked that they “liked” the post, and 37 commented on it. The post also convinced the judge to raise Uribe’s bail from $125,000 to $500,000. Uribe was in the Marin County Jail on accessory-to-murder charges from June 2009 until January 2010, when she posted bail. On Jan. 27, Boren ordered her back into custody. But, although she has a taxpayer-paid court-appointed defense lawyer, Uribe bailed out of jail the next day. The Blay brothers, Abram, Johnson and Washington have all been held in jail without bail since their arrests on murder charges in 2009. 14> Boren said at least one of the posts FEBRUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 16, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13

Washington said he did not know where on Uribe’s Facebook wall jeopardized he was going Washington’s safety. “Informants put p g g or whyy and that he themselves at great risk,” he said. “To only shadowed the hardworkha because he was send nationwide or threaten ten to, I ing man home becaus told to. They did not aappear to think, does put him at riskk and atto tempts to thwart or impede de the know Le’s name and referred ref administration of justice.”” him as “the store man.” When the foursome ar arrived In an affidavit for a at Le’s house, Washington said search warrant for Uribe’ss cell phone, a San FranAbram got out of the car, went into the garage and fired tthe gun. cisco police officer with At one point, Deandre Blay also the Gang Task Force also said Uribe’s Facehopped out of the car so that Le’s automatic garage door wou would not book posts endanger trap Abram inside, he said said. Washington. “In the gang Police found a black kn knit skullculture, information that ould cap believed to belong to Deandre D Washington is a snitch would Larry Blay and containing his DNA on the inform those associated with Blay, Jr. street outside Le’s house. Six days d gangs and gang members h law after the murder, they also fou found that he is cooperating with es him a target for a disposable blue glove in the back seat enforcement, which makes of the Acura Acura. The tip of the glove ttested ult in his death,” death ” retaliation that could result positive for gunshot residue and contained the affidavit says. Abram’s DNA, Berberian said. “The victim of this murder, Tong Van When Abram and Blay returned to the Le, was labeled a snitch by defendants and car after the shooting, Washington testified he was executed for providing information that he asked Abram if he had any bullets against members of the Alemany gang,” it says. “Uribe’s posts, resulting in members of left. When Abram told him the gun was empty, Washington demanded that Abram the Alemany defendants’ families attending get rid of it. court, has the intended effect of dissuad“I said I wasn’t driving back with that in ing/intimidating Washington during his the car,” he testified. “Because there wasn’t continuing testimony.” any bullets left so I felt I was in a position to Nevertheless, Washington spent fivesay something like that.” and-a-half days on the witness stand, the n’s B and Washington said he, Abram, Blay first two answering Berberian’s Johnson drove to a cul-de-sac near questions and the rest of the Le’s house, Abram wrappe wrapped the time responding to oftenan left it gun in the hoodie and hostile cross-examination on a nearby trail trail. from his five codefendants’ car “He was carrying it attorneys. as in a stick, iif you’re They attempted to portrayy him holdin’ it to tthe as a chronic liar willing to sayy pend ground. I seen anything to avoid having to spend ru on him run the rest of his life in prison. puties sid of the the side As many as 11 sheriff’s deputies n testified. house and house, stood guard while Washington C. Autis then he came He wore braids, glasses and a buttonJohnson back.” down shirt one of the defensee attorneys ney bought Washington said twice noted the district attorney ed eye contact the shooting was so for him. He studiously avoided disorienting that he lost his sense of d direction. with his former friends, who sat with their Franci Instead of heading toward San Francisco, he attorneys at defense tables. Hee admitted am and Dean- drove over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge giving a ride to Johnson, Abram der. before turning around, driving back tto Marin dre Blay the night of the murder. County and then south into San Fran Francisco. Listening to a CD of rapperr Lil Wayne Wayne, they went first, he said, to Abram’s house to Novato police tracked him down because at 11:43pm on the night Tong Van Le was killed, pick up a firearm. He said Abram carried he drove the Acura through the Golden Gate the more than 20-inch weapon like a baby Bridge tollbooth without paying. wrapped in a hoodie sweatshirt. Washington said he met Uribe in San Washington testified that he drove Francisco, and she drove her gold Cadilthe Acura on Sept. 13, 2008, with Abram lac back into Marin County with Johnson, in the back behind him, Johnson in the Abram and Deandre Blay. front passenger seat and Deandre Blay “Imma kick ur butt ur da oldest u were behind Johnson. Over the sound of the suppost 2 make sure every thang went rite rap music, Washington said he heard now I got 2 clean it up,” Uribe texted Washclicking sounds behind him, like Abram ington at 12:36am, less than two hours after was loading a gun. the murder. The four of them went to the Nasser “I don’t even know why b-ray got out Market, where, shortly after closing time, the car where u @,” Washington responded they found Le outside in his car, Washington said. He said they followed Le over the in a text to Uribe. Deandre Blay’s nickname is B-Ray. Golden Gate Bridge to his Novato home. 14 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 16, 2012

“On da g bridge,” Uribe texted Washington. Jay Ruskin, as a witness. Robert Casper, Uribe’s lawyer, questioned Ruskin about “Text me when u get their,” Washington the text Washington sent his girlfriend the wrote to Uribe. morning after the murder. At 1:11am, she wrote, “I got it.” “It would have been a very damaging “Everythin u got everythin,” Washingpiece of evidence if Sean had continued to ton asked. stonewall the police,” Ruskin testified. “It “Yeah.” was a statement of remorse. He’s the only Berberian showed the jury video of one who expressed remorse, and I felt that Uribe in her Cadillac paying the Golden was because he was the one who did not Gate Bridge toll at 1:28am on Sept. 14, want Mr. Le to be killed.” 2008. Casper also questioned Ruskin about a Possibly the most indicting evidence are text messages, most notably one Wash- man named Joseph Sullivan. Sullivan admitted participatington sent the ing in the Nasser morning after the Market robbery killing to one of and received his girlfriends. “I immunity for his killed some1 last participation in night,” he wrote. exchange for his “I didn’t mean testimony about that I literally killed Le’s murder, someone,” WashingRuskin said. ton explained under But just before cross-examination the trial was by Carl Gonser, Descheduled to andre Blay’s attorbegin, on Aug. 26, ney. “I just felt guilty Sullivan allegedly for what happened, burglarized a San but I didn’t literally Anselmo house kill the person.” and threatened “You have a to hurt a woman history, a habit, of who found him lying about almost inside if she every part of your reported him to life,” Gonser told Anchulita Uribe’s Facebook postings about the trial were the authorities. Washington. viewed by the court as an attempt to intimidate her former A police officer “It’s not true,” lover, Sean Washington. driving a motorWashington replied. cycle chased Sullivan as he raced his car “You lie to your lovers,” Gonser said. through San Anselmo and into San Rafael, “Everybody lies,” Washington said. where he crashed into several vehicles Johnson’s attorney, Tara Higgins, told before stopping, according to a police Washington she understood his lying to po- report. lice when they first questioned him about Now, Sullivan, 27, is in the Marin Le’s murder. County Jail and no longer scheduled to “You lied to the police about your intestify in the murder trial. A few days after volvement in this murder,” she said. Sullivan’s most recent arrest, Berberian “I lied about not being involved in the offered Washington the plea deal. murder, period,” Washington replied. “I Sullivan was expected to testify that also did it because I didn’t want nothin’ to Larry Blay Jr. did not participate in robdo with what happened.” bing Le’s store, that he was desperate to get “You didn’t want to get labeled as a out of jail and looking at six years in state snitch,” Higgins said. prison for a crime he did not commit. “There’s safety issues involved,” WashJailers recorded Blay Jr. saying to his ington said. “My life will come to an end.” girlfriend: “I need you to talk to B-Ray,” “When crimes happen in the Alemany his nickname for Deandre. “And I need nobody talks about it because everyone you to tell him to handle that. You know is afraid of retaliation. You didn’t want to what I mean when I say handle that? He talk to the police because you were afraid can’t come to court. Tell him to handle of retaliation,” Higgins said. that fast before my next court date.” “Yes.” Berberian concedes that Larry Blay Jr. Higgins admits that her client, whose was wrongly arrested for the robbery. But nickname is Julio, also lied when police Higgins has questioned how the district questioned him about the killing. attorney can know whether or not Larry “Julio lied because he was afraid,” she Blay Jr. was one of five males, three weartold the jury. “One of the worst offenses ing ski masks, who held up Le’s convethat one can commit in that world is to be nience store. a snitch. Just having the label of the snitch Who did rob the Nasser Market? With can get you killed, can get your family Le and Hunter dead and Sullivan no lonkilled.” ger a credible witness, the crime that led to To clarify Washington’s plea bargain, Le’s death probably will never be solved. < Berberian called Washington’s attorney, Contact Ronnie Cohen at

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recently ďŹ gured out another cultural difference between my kind-of-boyfriend Rick and me. What we Jews call guilt, the Japanese feel as responsibility. While Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been known to assuage my guilt with excuses, real or fanciful, Rick remains determined to live up to every perceived obligation. Consider the situation he found himself in with his friend Tony. More than a dozen years ago, he ďŹ xed Tony up with Felicia, an acquaintance from work. Although meddling isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a typical practice for Rick, he thought they would make a good couple. The relationship blossomed quickly. Tony and Felicia eventually tied the knot during a traditional ceremony at a winery in Napa. Rick, who was the best man, described the large wedding as â&#x20AC;&#x153;beďŹ t for a princess.â&#x20AC;? Knowing the two would never have met if not for him, my modest Rick has been patting himself on the back for the last 13 years. Felicia and Tony bought the perfect house in charming Gerstle Park, adopted the most well-behaved black Lab and were blessed with two angelic little boys. I met the ďŹ&#x201A;awless family a few times. It was clear they owed their fairytale existence to Rick. Too bad they seemed to forget about him, except when they sent out their annual holiday card with an adorable photo of the clan and a handwritten summary of the past yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievements. Of course, the life of a perpetual bachelor doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily overlap with the life of a successful family unit, so Rick was shocked to learn that after 13 years of bliss, Felicia left Tony. Apparently, Tony wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happy when his 43-year-old wife began spending an inordinate amount of time training for triathlons and allowing tattoo artists to desecrate her newly ďŹ t body with colorful ink. What caused the couple to drift apart, we may never know. We do know, however, what became of Tony. He began calling Rick as if the friends never missed a beat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel guilty,â&#x20AC;? said Rick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m canceling other plans in order to play golf with Tony.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Japanese thing. Rick took credit for bringing the couple together and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking responsibility for the disintegration of their marriage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hate golf,â&#x20AC;? Rick opined. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I suck at it and it takes too much time.â&#x20AC;? Tony and Rick practiced their swings for the next six months. The soon-to-be single guy never opened up about his feelings; he just talked about his handicap and new clubs. Then, he unexpectedly sat Rick down and asked how works.


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Only too happy to fulďŹ ll his imagined obligation of delivering a new mate to Tony, not to mention giddy about the prospect of never having to play golf again, Rick devoted himself to coaching his buddy on being single. No more talking about preschool and soccer matches. Divorce the golf course. Become familiar with hip restaurants, new bands and museum exhibits. Rick spent an afternoon helping him write an interesting proďŹ le. The following day, he snapped pictures of Match. comâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest member looking sporty playing beach volleyball. After a quick outďŹ t change, he photographed Tony at a drafting table with his shirtsleeves rolled up and calculator in hand. That night, with Tony in trendy duds, the two friends stopped by a party that neither wanted to attendâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just for the photo op. Initially, Tony wrestled with online dating rules. Did he have to write back to everyone? What about winks? Rick advised him about scammers sending generic messages and strange emails from women in Nigeria. Be selective. After a dozen dates, Tony admitted he had a hard time relating to women who had never been married and were childless, no matter how successful, beautiful or fascinating. Rick suggested he narrow his search to divorced women with kids. Soon, he found Michelle, a behavioral scientist with two daughters. Her husband left her one Christmas Eve. Tony and Michelle commiserated and connected. Their relationship progressed to the point where Felicia began demanding to meet Michelleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;without Tony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never let them meet alone, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll only have you to talk about,â&#x20AC;? Rick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The three of you can meet once for coffee.â&#x20AC;? And, that was the last bit of advice Tony needed from his old friend, because now that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ensconced in a new relationship and entangled in the life of four children, Rick doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear from him often. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learn to be single again,â&#x20AC;? Rick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learn to be married,â&#x20AC;? I replied. He ignored my comment, grabbed his golf bag and said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d see me later. I guess thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what single men without any responsibilities do. < Email:

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All the emotion in the universe After four decades, Santana’s ‘Caravanserai’ still worth a stopover by G r e g Cahill


usic is the shorthand of emotion, soundtrack of your life to an integral part the Russian philosopher and author your inner being. Leo Tolstoy, a free-love advocate Caravanserai is the fourth and last studio and proto-hippie, once penned. album recorded by the original Santana band. I thought of that quote listening to the It’s just been remastered and reissued in all its Santana band’s evocative Caravanserai during sonic glory on a hi-def SACD on the Mobile what I guess you’d call a peak experience. At Fidelity label. the time, I was cranking the CD while drivIt’s filled with dreamy melodies, thumping west at sunrise through the majestic Ruby ing bass lines, searing Mountains near Elko, Nevada. In the guitar riffs, emorearview mirror lay the tional peaks, explorising sun, the towering sive percussion and mountains and an emoexotic instrumentational 14-day road trip tion (that’s drumthat had taken me coastmer Lenny White of to-coast and back again Return to Forever on my way to nurse a dying playing castanets relative, but not before naron “All the Love rowly escaping death on the in the Universe”). Pennsylvania turnpike in the It’s a remarkable midst of a rain-soaked triple recording, not just semi-tractor trailer crash. because of the It was a sad and joyous trip, stellar perforfilled with tension and release, mances and ns who’d parture for fa Como de and thoughts of life and death. pristine producp ee st a as ‘Oye serai’ was That mix of emotions flooded ‘Caravanknow the band for hits sulchWays.’ tion (it was ‘Evi e to me as the sun shone red on com,’ ‘Black Magic Woman’ and co-produced Va those towering snow-capped by guitarist Carlos peaks, so fraught with mystery. Santana and drummer Michael Shrieve), It was one of those rare moments but also because the album’s musical when music moves from being merely the cohesiveness and overarching theme of

The Santana band was barely on speaking terms in 1972 when the guitarist, far left, released this final album featuring the original lineup.

spiritual unity is built on an illusion. Years ago, sitting with Carlos Santana in the office of his then-manager, the rock impresario Bill Graham, I mentioned that Caravanserai was one of my favorite albums and said how impressed I was by the tight, driving performances. Santana leaned forward in a manner that cut through his usually cool, detached demeanor and said that during the recording sessions in the spring of 1972 the band members were barely speaking to each other. In fact, they seldom worked in the recording studio together, choosing for the most part to lay down individual parts before moving on so the next musi-

cian could then record his part. The album’s centerpiece, “All the Love in the Universe,” is a beautiful sentiment and worthy of aspiration, but it ultimately failed to inspire a band ripped apart by artistic and personal differences. Despite its painful birthing process, the album remains a career milestone as Santana shifted from Latin rock to the experimental jazz and jazz-rock fusion that would lead to Coltrane-inspired collaborations with guitarist John McLaughlin and bassist Stanley Clark, among others. But Caravanserai has its detractors. Music critic Robert Christgau once complained that the album’s “Gillette commercial vocals take this post-hippie business altogether too far,” while allowing that the band’s move “away from Latino schlock and toward Mahavishnu you can dance to” was “honest... successful” and “appropriate.” Even the curmudgeonly Christgau had succumbed to the power of Santana’s improvisation, not to mention the ebullient drumming by percussion masters Armando Peraza, Jose Chepito Areas and James Mingo Lewis, one of the greatest rhythm sections ever assembled. I’ve always had a soft spot for this album. When I hosted the Sunday afternoon radio show “Backroad Bohemia” on West Marin’s KWMR-FM a few years back, the spacey instrumental “Future Primitive” and the album’s joyous cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s epic samba “Stone Flower” were regulars on the program’s playlist. This studio version of “Stone Flower”— so sexy and so inviting in its challenge to open your heart and give in to the joy that surrounds you—stands as one of Santana’s shining moments. More than a flawed masterwork or wannabe Gillette commercial, Caravanserai is, as Tolstoy would say, shorthand for emotion. < Discuss Russian literary masters with Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at


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Be my movie Valentine, Marin... Love is never having to say, ‘Is that Chevy Chase on Belvedere Avenue?’ by M at t hew St af for d


espite its crashing waves, frolichelps sea captain John Wayne escape friendly greensward and pleasure- Communist China (actually San Rafael’s loving citizenry, love and romance China Camp) in a dilapidated paddle aren’t the first things that come to mind steamer: one of the decade’s less impaswhen we contemplate the history of filmsioned outings. And who can forget Basic making in Marin. Dirty Harry blowing Instinct (1992), a positively operatic orgy away a punk at Larkspur Landing, sure. of sex, violence, ice picks and full frontal Barbara Graham heading for the little co-starring Mill Valley, Stinson Beach and green room at San Quentin, you betcha. the Marin Headlands? But when it comes to those tender moOther Marin movies have played the ments that define the interplay of kindred concept of romantic love strictly for souls (and that skillfully marketed high laughs. In Play It Again, Sam (1972), holy day, Valentine’s), the county’s cinWoody Allen (with a little help from his ematic oeuvre doesn’t bring a whole lot to spirit guide, Bogart) wanders West Marin the party. Unless the party involves newly in search of love, a bedmate and/or Diane divorced West Marin couple Albert Finney Keaton. American Graffiti (1973) has its and Diane Keaton making each other teenage romance between Ron Howard miserable in Shoot the Moon. and Cindy Williams (as well as glimpses There are exceptions. In 1918’s Cupid of Fourth Street and Tamalpais High Angling (one of the first films shot in color, School), but most of the romantic action by the way), is as clumsy, Ruth Roland frustrating and Albert and comic as Morrison find adolescence mutual rapitself. Winture against some Goldie the sylvan Hawn and backdrop of stumblebum Lake LaguniChevy Chase tas. Pete ’n’ make an unTillie (1972) likely couple follows Carol after meetBurnett and ing cute at Walter Mat- ‘Shoot the Moon’ and its story of a divorcing Mill Valley couple and their a Belvedere thau down the insufferable children is perhaps the quintessential Valentine’s Day movie cocktail party for Marin. bittersweet in 1978’s Foul path of love, Play, and marriage and disillusionment, Mill Valley another SNL alumnus, Mike Myers, finds style. And in 2003’s Dopamine (filmed in matrimony downright problematic in So San Rafael), a schoolteacher and a comput- I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), partly er programmer try to balance their passion filmed in the Headlands. for one another against their different apNo, a better bet for you movie-loving proaches to loving relationships. romantics this Valentine’s Day is to cuddle But for the most part, Marin-based up with a snifter of intoxicant and a sack movies have been secondarily about the of peanut butter cups (and a warm body if canoodling and primarily about other, one’s available) and enjoy something truly darker topics. Sure, Humphrey Bogart and romantic. Turner Classic Movies is airing Lauren Bacall, Hollywood’s hottest couple, two excellent examples the night of Feb. made Dark Passage here in 1947, but 14: Top Hat (1935), the lightest and airiest Bogey spent all of his time escaping from of the Astaire-Rogers musicals (the “Cheek Quentin, punching a bystander senseless to Cheek” number is an especially graceful and fleeing the cops. When Orson Welles example of the romantic urge expressed turned up in Sausalito a year later with his through movement); and Summertime soon-to-be ex-wife Rita Hayworth, it was (1955), David Lean’s gorgeously phototo make The Lady from Shanghai, one of graphed portrait of a lonely American the noir era’s most disturbing portraits of schoolteacher (Katharine Hepburn) and twisted desire and female duplicity. Bacall her fling with a dashing Italian gentleman returned to the county in 1955 for Blood in Venice. No, it’s not Ignacio, but it’ll do. < Send Valentine’s Day movie suggestions to Matthew at Alley, in which a missionary’s daughter

FiLM ‘Another Bulls--t Night’ in San Rafael Setting out to view a film based on a favorite book is always a gamble. Some of us avoid the versions that hit the big screen while others count the moments until well-loved pages of the book come to life with the performances of big-time Hollywood stars. For fans of poet Nick Flynn and his PEN Award-winning memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, concern about the transfer to screen is a reaDe Niro has turned grimacing into an art form. sonable fear; the book is a masterpiece. Still, the film, Being Flynn—starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano—does not disappoint. Suck City tells the sometimes graphic and brutal truths of Flynn’s life as a young man when he was reunited with his largely absent alcoholic father while working in a Boston homeless shelter. Faced with taming his own demons while coming to terms with his father’s new and unexpected presence in his life just years after the suicide of his mother, Flynn delivers the story with the sharp honesty, humility and brilliance often omitted from many of the watered-down memoirs of our times. Flynn spares no detail, captivating readers with this slice of his painful and inspiring personal history. As with any page-to-screen adaptation, some of the book’s better passages get hacked from the screenplay. Yet the film stays true to Flynn’s work and delivers the same heartbreakingly beautiful essence conjured from reading Flynn’s lyrical prose. After 30 drafts of the screenplay and close work with Flynn for seven years, director Paul Weitz (About a Boy, American Pie) brings us a phenomenal and stunning story. This week, the California Film Institute brings a one-time advance screening of Being Flynn along with filmmaker Paul Weitz to San Rafael. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $15-$20. —Dani Burlison

>>FAVORiTE MOViE What’s your favorite movie, Marin? “It’s a case of do or die—as time goes by,” Sam the pianist sang in Casablanca—and he was referring to the fast-approaching deadline for submissions to our upcoming “favorite movies” issue. The Pacific Sun wants to know what your favorite movie is—and you’ve only got until Feb. 15 to tell us! 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 compile enough submissions in time to feature them before this year’s Oscar’s, 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 and 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. Email by Feb. 15 to or post to Jason Walsh at Pacific Sun, Attn: My Favorite Movie, 835 Fourth St., suite B, San Rafael, 94901. And don’t forget to cast your ballot in our fourth annual Pacific Sun Oscar Challenge— where it’s you vs. us in a battle for supremacy of the Red Carpet. Enter online at; for those who prefer things the old-fashioned way, we’ll print one more mail-in ballot in the Feb. 17 issue.



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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford O The Adventures of Tintin (1:47) Hergé’s O Man on a Ledge (1:42) Cop-turned-fugitive bouffanted Belgian newshound hits the big Sam Worthington perches on a skyscraper screen (albeit in animated form), joining while NYPD negotiator Elizabeth Banks tries to Captain Haddock and Snowy on a search for talk him down (but not all the way down). sunken treasure; Steven Spielberg directs. O The Metropolitan Opera: GötterdämO Albert Nobbs (1:53) Oscar nominee Glenn merung (6:25) Live from New York it’s the Close stars as a 19th century colleen who climactic chapter of Wagner’s Ring cycle, with dresses like a man to get a job as a waiter—and star-crossed über-lovers Siegfried and Brünkeeps her bowler on for 30 years. nhilde swooning and suffering in big-screen O The Artist (1:40) Dazzling Michel Hazahigh definition. O My Week with Marilyn (1:36) A young navicius silent about a Hollywood superstar, a hopeful extra and the life-changing effect the assistant director serves as Marilyn Monroe’s talkie revolution will have on their careers. confidante, support system and wide-eyed O Being Flynn (1:42) Nick Flynn’s memoir of lover during the hectic filming of “The Prince his loving mother and his absent, hard-drinking, and the Showgirl”; with Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh grandiose father hits the big screen with Robert and Michelle Williams as MM. De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano. O Norwegian Wood (2:13) Three Tokyo teens O Beauty and the Beast 3D (1:24) The 1991 navigate the shoals of obsessive love during the Disney classic about a lonely beast and the turbulent 1960s; Tran Anh Hung directs. beauty who brings out his inner princeling reO Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Catch turns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. O Big Miracle (1:47) True tale of unlikely Cold five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. War allies (Russians, Americans, oilmen, enviO Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts ronmentalists) banding together to save a family of whales trapped under the icy Arctic Ocean. Five minimalist documentaries on a wide range O Chronicle (1:23) Three nerdly teens discover of subjects with one thing in common: a shot at Academy bling. they have potent occult powers…and a dark O Oscar-Nominated Liveside itching to get out. O The Descendants (1:55) Action Shorts The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five Alexander Payne comedy follive-action short subjects lows George Clooney and his screen at the Rafael this week. two daughters as they wander O One for the Money (1:46) Kauai in search of his wife’s lover. Newbie bail-bonds bounty O hunter Katherine Heigl finds Extremely Loud and herself on the trail of an ex-bfIncredibly Close (2:05) A turned-suspected killer. boy left fatherless after 9/11 O Pina 3-D (1:43) Dazzling searches the five boroughs for a final message from his dad; Happy Valentine’s Day from lovebirds multidimensional plunge into Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, the cutting-edge choreography Max von Sydow and Thomas shown here in ‘The Vow.’ of the legendary Pina Bausch; Horn star. Wim Wenders directs. O Ghost Rider: Spirit of O Red Tails (2:00) Stirring tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, the AfricanVengeance (1:35) Nicolas Cage is back as American fighter pilots who proved their metbounty hunter/stuntman Johnny Blaze, employtle in the dangerous skies over fascist Europe. ing his supernatural powers to protect a single mom from Satan himself! O Safe House (1:55) Cape Town CIA spook O The Grey (1:57) Dangerous doings on the Ryan Reynolds and ex-turned-counter agent Denzel Washington flee terrorists (or is it their Alaska Pipeline as six stranded riggers fight own guys?) when their cover is blown. cold, hunger and a pack of marauding wolves; Liam Neeson stars. O Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom O Haywire (1:33) A gorgeous government Menace 3D (2:13) The first chapter of George spook is pursued across China by skilled agents Lucas’s sci-fi saga is back in three potentially with orders to kill; Steven Soderbergh directs lucrative dimensions; Liam Neeson stars. Gina Carano, Michael Douglas and Ewan O This Means War (2:00) CIA agents/BFFs McGregor. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy use all their skills O Hugo (2:07) Martin Scorsese family-friendly and gadgets to screw each other over in their fantasy about an orphan who makes his home romantic pursuit of Reese Witherspoon. in the fantastical world of a Paris train station; O Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2:07) John Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and ChristoLeCarre’s classic espionage novel is brought to pher Lee costar. the screen with Gary Oldman as reactivated MI6 O The Iron Lady (1:45) Meryl Streep stars as agent George Smiley and an impressive cast of steely right-wing game-changing British Prime traitors, moles and fellow spies (Colin Firth, Minister Margaret Thatcher; Jim Broadbent is John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes, David Thewlis et al.). around as good ol’ Denis. O The Vow (1:44) Channing Tatum has to O Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (1:34) charm the pants off Rachel McAdams when she Dwayne Johnson and his two kids head to a awakes from a coma with no memory of him volcano-rocked, creature-infested isle to rescue or their happy marriage. resident codger Michael Caine. O The Woman in Black (1:35) Daniel RadO Leonardo Live (1:25) Tour the triumphant cliffe in a horror flick about a disgruntled ghost National Gallery exhibition “Leonardo da who won’t rest until she takes care of some Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” without lingering issues. blowing your jack on a flight to London.


›› MOViE TiMES The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:15, 10:05; 3D showtime at 4:35 Albert Nobbs (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10 Sun-Wed 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20 Thu 11:10, 1:50 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 Sun-Thu 11:40, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 MonThu 4:30, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:20 Beauty and the Beast (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 1:15 NBeing Flynn (R) Rafael Film Center: Tue 7 (director Paul Weitz in person) Big Miracle (PG) ++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:35, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 Thu 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20 Chronicle (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:40, 12:40, 1:45, 2:50, 3:50, 4:55, 5:55, 7:05, 8, 9:10, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 1:40, 3:55, 6:10, 8:20, 10:30 The Descendants (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:15, 7, 9:55 Sun-Thu 1:25, 4:15, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:15, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Wed 4:40, 7:40 Thu 4:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:50, 4:10, 6:55, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:50, 4:10, 6:55 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 3:15, 5:40, 8:10 Sun 3:15, 5:40 Mon 3:15 Tue-Wed 4:45, 7:30 Thu 2:15, 4:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7 MonThu 4:25, 7 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15 Sat-Sun 1:15, 7:15 Mon-Thu 6:45 NGhost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13) Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm; 3D showtime at 11:59pm The Grey (R) +++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15 Haywire (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 2:35, 7:20


New Movies This Week

Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10; 3D showtime at 7 Sat-Sun 4, 10; 3D showtimes at 1, 7 Mon-Thu 9:20; 3D showtime at 6:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 3:55, 9:50; 3D showtime at 6:55 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 1, 7:05; 3D showtimes at 4, 10 Thu 1, 7:05; 3D showtime at 4 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:50, 6:45, 9:25 Sun-Thu 12:45, 3:50, 6:45 The Iron Lady (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Sat 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 5, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 MonWed 5, 7:30 Thu 4:20 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11, 4, 9; 3D showtimes at 12, 1:30, 2:30, 5, 6:30, 7:30, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 5:10; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:35, 10:10 NLeonardo Live (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 7 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 7 Man on a Ledge (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10:15 Sat-Sun 4:15, 10:15 Mon-Thu 9:35 NThe Metropolitan Opera: Götterdämmerung (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 9am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 9am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 9am My Week With Marilyn (R) ++1/2 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:40, 9:25 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 6:40, 9:25 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:40 NNorwegian Wood (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 3:50, 6:30, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 9:15 Mon, Wed, Thu 6:30, 9:15 Tue 8:35 One for the Money (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:10, 4:50, 9:35 NOscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: FriSun 4:45, 6:45 Mon-Thu 6:45 NOscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 1:45 NOscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Mon, Wed-Thu 8:35

Pina 3D (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:30 Red Tails (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 1:50, 7:10 NSafe House (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:25, 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:45, 1, 2:20, 3:35, 5:10, 6:15, 7:45, 8:55, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:35, 7:15 Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace 3D (PG) Century Cinema: 12:45, 7, 10:10; 2D showtime at 3:50 Century Northgate 15: FriMon 12:30, 2:25, 3:45, 7, 8:45, 10; 2D showtimes at 11:10, 5:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 3:50, 7, 10:20; 2D showtime at 12:40 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 7, 10; 2D showtime at 4 Sat 4, 7, 10; 2D showtimes at 10, 1 Sun 4, 7; 2D showtime at 1 Mon-Thu 7:20; 2D showtime at 4:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1, 4, 6:50 NThis Means War (Not Rated) Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 NThe Vow (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:50 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Sat 11, 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:25, 7:05 The Woman in Black (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:05, 12:15, 1:35, 2:45, 4:10, 5:15, 6:40, 7:40, 9:05, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:15 Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40

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

James Armstrong is the subject of ‘The Barber of Birmingham, Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement,’ playing this week as part of the Rafael’s program of Oscarnominated short subjects.


F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 1 0 — F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 1 7 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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.

Live music 02/10: Eddie Neon Band Blues. 8pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr. at Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. 02/10: Idle Warship With Talib Kweli and Res Also featuring Graph Nobel. 10pm-1:30am. $25. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway , Fairfax, CA 94930. 459-1091. 02/10: Mystery Dance Rock. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 4851182. 02/10: Pop Fiction Nonstop pop dance hits. 9:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub. com 02/10: REDception: Lovin’ Harmony Vintage vocal jazz by Lovin’ Harmony Trio performs at Art Works Downtown during REDception! a special Valentine’s Art Walk during 2nd Fridays Art Walk in downtown San Rafael 5-8 p.m. free! Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119. 02/10: Stefanie Keys Americana, rock. 8:30 p.m. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. 02/10: Water Tower “Down From the Mountain to Marin.” With the BrownChicken BrownCow string band. 8 p.m. $12. Studio 55, 1455-A E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. www.

02/11: About Face, Bass Culture Eight-piece combo, playing a mix of funk, reggae, acid jazz, hiphop and ’70s soul. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/11: Annie Sampson Rockin’ Blues. Take a friend and enjoy dinner and a show at the historic Rancho. 8:30-11pm. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/11: Doc Kraft Dance Band Swing, Latin, Country, Jazz, Reggae, R&B, Motown, Rock, Zydeco. 8:30pm-1:30am. $5. Seahorse Restaurant & Nightclub, 305 Harbor Dr. Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858.

02/11: KWMR Sweethearts of the Radio WIth Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Misner & Smith as well as Steve and Karen Tamborski. Bluegrass/Americana 7-10:30pm. $25-30. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-8068, Ex 104. 02/11: The English Beat One of the earliest and most important ska revivalist groups, Birmingham’s The English Beat formed in 1978 English Beat. 8:30pm. $25 - $29 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 02/11: The Melodians Reggae. 10 p.m. $20. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/11: The Whutknotts Part of the 6th Annual Casual & Cozy Winter Music Series. 2-4 p.m. Iron

ViDEO The fast and the inglorious In one of the DVD’s bonus tracks, director Nicolas Winding Refn talks about the films that inspired him to make Drive— outsider-art classics like Bullitt and Point Blank—and it’s a reminder that the best action pics often come from directors you’d think have no business making them. This Cannes favorite earned its ovations in the film’s opening scene, with getaway driver Ryan Gosling making a world class tear through the streets of downtown L.A. as a police scanner on the passenger seat marks his location and a copter beams its searchlight from the night sky—decisively fitting Gosling for the Steve McQueen mold. A studio stunt driver by day and ‘Drive,’ a 1940s-style film wheelman by night, he’s supremely good at both, a poker- noir that looks like the faced cipher who gives himself body and soul to his hirer for 1980s and takes place in the 2010s. exactly five minutes. His next-door neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and her son hold out the possibility of love and the chance to give a father-figure’s affection, while the mob boss employing him (Albert Brooks in a brilliant turn against type) wants to dial up the panic when their East Coast entanglements get ugly. But all are throwing themselves against a blank canvas. Only when the body count rises, and the driver’s white satin jacket begins to collect a little spatter, do we understand the depth of his psychosis.—Richard Gould

‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’ is but one chapter in the series of Oscar-nominated shorts showing this week at the Rafael. Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 488-1490. 02/11: Tom Huebner Acoustic. 3 p.m. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/11: Tuck and Patti “Love Warriors.” Jazz guitar/vocal duo. 8 p.m. $25-30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707) 226-7372. 02/12: Houston Jones “Folk Fusion Marin.” With Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band, Family Lines. 8 p.m. $12. Studio 55, 1455-A E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. 02/12: Hugh Masekela Jazz, world. 7 p.m. $30-35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707) 226-7372.

02/12: Maria Muldaur and Her Jazz Quintet Jazz. 7pm. $24-34. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 02/12: Mike Lipskin and Dinah Lee Special Valentine’s Day songs. With Mike’s piano skills and Dinah’s beautiful voice, it’s sure to be a special afternoon. 4-6pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/12: Pa’l Baliador Fusing the sounds of New York and Puerto Rico. Nuyorican style. 3pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive @ Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. 02/13: Loudon Wainwright III In the past few years Wainwright has acted with directors Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe and Judd Apatow, all while remaining one of the most original and impressive songwriters out there. 8pm. $26-36. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 02/14: Foghorn String Band Bluegrass. With Anne and Pete Sibley. 8 p.m. $12. Studio 55, 1455-A E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. 02/14: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan

Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 02/14: Valentines Day DInner Dance With Rumours. 7-10 p.m. $5-10. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Boulevard, Novato. 878-4977. 02/15: Buddy Owen Blues. 6 p.m. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/15: Nate Lopez Acoustic guitar. 7 p.m. Free. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Boulevard, Novato. 878-4977. 02/16-17: David Nelson Band These amazing guys have been recording and performing around the country since 1994. A broad musical palette spans the “almost acoustic” style that Nelson played with Jerry Garcia. 8pm. $25-$35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. 02/16: Dweezil Zappa Zappa plays Zappa. 8 p.m. $45-55. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123.

02/16: Fred Eaglesmith with the Ginn Sisters See for venue details. 7:30pm. $25. Studio E, Schaeffer Lane, Sebastopol.

02/16: Jane Lenor and Ricardo Peixoto Ensemble Contemporary jazz. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, Sausalito.

02/16: Matt Eakle Band Live Jazz Fusion Flute-fired jazz fusion blows people out of their seats. Matt has played with David Grisman Quartet, Jerry Garcia, Enrique Coria & others! 7:30-9:30pm. $20. The Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 02/16: Mindy Canter, Mo’Fone Groove oriented and accessible flute. Her latest CD “Fluteus Maximus” features high energy blues and jazz flute. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/16: Steve Wolf and Teja Bell Acoustic. 9p.m. FEBRUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 16, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 25

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From the Madeleine Choir School of Salt Lake City. 8-9:45pm. Free will donation. St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere. 435-4501 x17. 02/10: Organ Recital â&#x20AC;&#x153; Music of the Annunciation.â&#x20AC;? Rodney Gehrke will play a program of works on the Opus 959 organ for the Feast of the Annunciation, including settings of the Magnificat by Bach and Weckmann, and music often heard during Christmas. 8-9:45pm. $5-10. St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere. 435-4501, ext. 17. 02/10: TAO: Art of the Drum Adored around the world, the sensational Taiko drummers of TAO: The Art of the Drum provide a thrilling experience of a centuries old Japanese tradition presented with a modern flair. 8pm. $20-40. Marin Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags , San Rafael. 499-6800. 02/12: Concert Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amour A delightful afternoon of historic love letters and love songs performed by professional actors and vocalists. 4pm. $10-20. Marin Lutheran Church, 649 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-3782. 02/12: Just Voices SingersMarin a cappella ensemble presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons of Love.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $15-20. Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon. 383-3712. 02/12: Sofija Nedic Piano. Works by Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Bartok, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Liszt. Performance by winner of over 20 national and international piano competitions. 4pm. $10-20. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. 02/14: The Baguette Quartette The S.F. Bay Area group will be serenading sweethearts with music that was heard in Paris between 1920 and 1940 on street corners, in cafes and popular dance halls. With a special Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day menu. 7-9pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

Dance 02/11: Moscow Festival Ballet â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swan Lake.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. 20-65. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 472-4190. 02/11: Tehani Dance Group Polynesian, Tahitian dance. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $7-16. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. 02/14 and 16: Dance Fusion Workshop Incorporates modern, jazz, ballet, cardio and strength. Learn coordination, across the floor progressions, musicality, and choreography in a fun and energetic environment. 4-5pm. $15 drop in. Dance Arts Studios, 704 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 459-1020. 02/15: 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.

audience as detectives may try to solve a crime as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ceremonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collapses in the wake of comedic miscues and disasters. 6:30-10pm. $25 for dinner and show. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 02/10-14: Down with Love Porchlight Theatre Company perform a musical cabaret dinner show examining the trials and tribulations of finding loveserved up with a four-course dinner. Advance online reservations required. 7pm. $69 includes show and dinner. San Rafael Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 251-1027. Through 02/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Steady Rainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; West Coast premiere. Lurid crime drama about two Chicago cops by a writer/producer of the AMC series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Men.â&#x20AC;? 8-9:30pm. $20-55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Art 02/10-03/07: John McNamara: A Survey of Paintings Exhibition Reception 5:30-7:30pm Feb. 10. McNamara, surrealist photo-collages. Exhibition will consist of 15 new works investigating notions of transcendence, moments in collective popular culture, and sharable life realities. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. 02/10-11: Marin Masters Fine Art Show Gala Reception each evening at 5pm with complimentary hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvers and no host bar. Recent works by seven nationally acclaimed artists on display and for sale. 3-8pm. Free. The Outdoor Art Club, 1 W Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley. 388-9886. 02/10: REDception 2nd Fridays Art Walk presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;REDception,â&#x20AC;? a special Valentines Art Walk, featuring red art, food, drink. Come dressed in red. 5-8pm. Free. Downtown San Rafael, Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

02/16-03/08: Art by the Creek with Bernard Healey Classes on Thursdays. Sharpen your painting skills. Using acrylic paints you will finish a landscape using photos of the natural beauty of Tennessee Valley as your model. Not a plein air class. 10am-noon. $80 for 4 classes The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 03/09: Falkirk Exhibition Opening â&#x20AC;&#x153;H20:Fragility and Strengthâ&#x20AC;? explores the many ramifications of water as a subject of beauty, contamination and other varied topics. Organized by the California Society of Parintmakers. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Talks/Lectures 02/13:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Prayer for the Departedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; In his new book, author Bill Broder honors the elders of his family through a series of short stories. 7-8:30pm. Free. Sausalito Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 2894121. 02/15: Women in Politics Book-signing Author Kathy Groob talks about women running for office and signs copies of her new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pink Politics.â&#x20AC;? Appetizers.s. 5:30-8:30pm. No charge. Ssan Rafael Community Center, 816 B St., San Rafael. 897-1224. 02/16: Buddhism and Self-Examination Dr. Nobuo Haneda will explore Buddhism as a teaching of self-examination in a lecture at the Buddhist Temple of Marin on 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-1173.


02/16: MCL Business-Environment Breakfast Join Marin Conservation League and former

02/03-04: 6th Annual Murder Myster Dinner Theater â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wedding From Hellâ&#x20AC;?. The

San Francisco Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission executive director Will Travis for a review of BCDC efforts to build awareness of

impending sea level rise and the need to develop adaptive strategies to protect vulnerable lowlands around the Bay. 7:30-9 a.m. $25-30. Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. 4856257.

02/16: Pleiadian Living Principles and Tools for Accelerated Awakening - with Christine Day Day will discuss methods meant to accelerate healing and divine attunement, and do a light transmission. 6:30-10pm. $10-25. Novato Oaks Inn, 215 Alameda Del Prado Novato, Novato.

Readings 02/10: Beth Aldrich at Book Passage, Corte Madera The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight, and Feel Fabulous.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/11: Gary Geddes Geddes discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drink the Bitter Root,â&#x20AC;? about the ethical and environmental footprint that the nations of the world are leaving as they destabilize and loot the African continent. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/11: Judith Horstman Horstman talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/11: Keija Parsinnen Parsinnen presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ruins of Us.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

02/11: Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie McAndish King Left Coast Writers Event. Join in on a pre-Valentines Day celebration with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories & Poemsâ&#x20AC;? series editors Watanabe McFerrin and King. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 02/12: Giovanni Singleton Introduced by Al Young. Poet Giovanni Singleton presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ascension.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

02/12: Virginia Beane Rutter and Thomas Singer The both Jungian analysts/authors discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

02/13: Amy Franklin-Willis at Book Passage, Corte Madera The author discusses her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lost Saints of Tennessee.â&#x20AC;? With dazzling agility, she mines the fault lines in one Southern working-class family. Winner of the Bellwether Prize. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/15: Lisa See Literary Luncheon Book Passage hosts literary luncheons catered by the outstanding Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant. Lisa See presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams of Joy.â&#x20AC;? She returns to the story of sisters Pearl & May from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shanghai Girls.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $55, includes lunch & an autographed copy of the book Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/15: Paula Broadwell Broadwell discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 0216: Chip Conley Conley presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness & Success.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events Every Monday Open Mic-Derek Smith Every Tuesday Uzilevsky-Korty Duo

02/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Building the Bridge: Tales from the Original Golden Gate Bridge Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Short

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film inspired by original Golden Gate Bridge workers Charlie Heinbockel & Rolf Jensen. Pride in their work is expressed through mesmerizing tales of construction on the bridge. 1-1:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.


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Talib Kweli & Res Idle Warship

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mark exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milanâ&#x20AC;?, captured live and broadcast on a delayed basis to movie screens around the world. 7:30pm. $10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111.



The English Beat

The Jamie Clark Band



Miles Schon Band


A Romantic Evening of Music for Lovers


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Layzie backed by the Normal Bean Band (VH1 Will Be Recording Live)

02/10: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Discover art, wine and entertainment every 2nd Friday of the month, downtown Fourth St. Enjoy art exhibits, open studios, live music + more during this free event that connects 25 and downtown venues. 5-8pm. Free. Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.




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Bitch Franklin plus Endoxie Rock & Roll

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Starlight Girls

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Rock & Roll Rockabilly

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Fath Chamber Players

Philip & Josepha Fath and Colleagues Guest Artists - Stuart Canin and Marilyn Thompson


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Johnny Keigwin

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Tender Mercies

02/11: 16th Annual Marin Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ball The Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall will be transformed â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Russia With Love,â&#x20AC;? hosted cocktail party starts at 6pm. Live and silent auctions, dinner, music and dancing follow. 6pm. $250. Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael .

David Nelson Band

A Murphy and Famous 4 Production

Writers with Attitude

02/11 and 18: Mt.Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Both meetings focus on containing the spread of French and Scotch broom monocultures and eradication of pioneer patches. February 11: Bald Hill Broom Bust. Ranger chili served at noon. Meet at 9am at the intersection of Yolanda Trail and Worn Springs Fire Road. Guided hiking group will leave Deer Park at 8:30am and a bike group will meet at San Anselmo Coffee Roasters at 8am. Driving directions to Deer Park: From downtown Fairfax, turn onto Bolinas Rd. Go 1/2 mile and turn left onto Porteous, following it all the way to the end into the Deer Park parking lot. Feb. 18; Moore Trail Work Party. Meeting location is Marin Stables at the end of Wood Lane in Fairfax. The Stables will be serving chili for the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteers at noon. 9am-noon. Free. Fairfax. 945-1128.

Maria Muldaur and her Jazz Quintet


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Eddie Neon Blues Sexy Fashion Show & Live Music Paâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l Baliador Salsa Stephanie Teel Romantic Duet Blues Marcelo y Seth Argentine Tango Jane Lenoir Ricardo Peixoto Jazz La Fuerza Gigante Salsa Doc Kraft Dance Band Mazacote Salsa SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 Special Valentine Sexy Fashion Show and Live Music 8:30pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30am Music


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02/11: American Legion Log Cabin Open House Sponsored by The American Legion Post

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and Auxiliary 179 Learn about the activities of the Post and the Auxiliary. 1-4pm. Free. American Legion Log Cabin , Memorial Park, Veterans Place, San Anselmo. 453-1434.

02/12: Trips for Kids Brews, Bikes, Bucks Party Meet mountain bike pioneers like Gary

Ladies,peek behind those frosted windows at Curves Larkspur across from the Lark. Stop by our Open House on Sat, Feb 11. All get a 1-week free pass; one winner gets a 3-month membership. Refreshments. 8:30am-2:30pm. Free. Curves , 556 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-0901.

Fisher from 2-6 p.m. at a benefit for Trips for Kids. Bike-related prizes will be raffled off. 2-6pm. Broken Drum Brewery, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. 458-2986. 02/13: Political High Stakes-2012 Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just complain! Participate in this exciting political year. Wheelchair accessible and free. 7-9 p.m. Free. Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 488-4673.

02/11: Friends of China Camp Public Meeting The Friends of China Camp will host a pub-

02/14-04/28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Celebrating the Golden Gate Bridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; On May 27, 2012 the Golden Gate Bridge

lic meeting to discuss the future of China Camp State Park. The meeting will include an update from State Parks staff,and ways to help keep the park open. 10am-noon. Free. China Camp Ranger Station, 101 Peacock Trail, San Rafael. 457-9018. 02/11: Marin City Library Turns 15 Friends of Marin City Library invites the public to come and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Marin City Library. Special performance by Performing Stars student Cordell Coleman. Noon-1:30pm. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Marin City. 332-6159. 02/11: Singing in Circle Wth singer/performer/ teachers Terry Garthwaite, Melanie DeMore, and Becky Reardon. Songs, rounds of joy. 11am-4pm. $40-70, sliding scale. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 02/11: The Plastic Plague Plastic may make our lives easier, but at what cost? Join a park ranger to learn the ways that this invention of the 20th century is wreaking havoc on life on both land and water. 1:30-2:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

turns 75 years old. To celebrate this remarkable milestone, the Bay Model will host this educational and informative exhibition. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 02/14: Belrose Valentine Tea Includes a pot of tea, petit fours, tea sandwiches, cookies and scones. Reservations are required. 1-4pm. $20. The Belrose, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. 902-5188. 02/14: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. 02/14: The Art of Fabric Dying Want to get that exact color for your fabric project? Lynn Koolish, expert in the skill of fabric dying, will show how at the Tues.Feb 14 meeting of the Mount Tam Quilt Guild. 8-9pm. $5. Aldersgate Church, 1 Wellbrock Heights, San Rafael. 499-8171.

02/11: Curves Larkspur Open House

02/11: Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Cardmaking Workshop Using a variety of papers and decorative techniques veteran cardmakers Pam Klein (Snippy Notes) and Annie Fogarty (Gurl with a Glue Stick) will lead a hands-on workshop in the art and craft of collage 1-3pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 485-3321.

02/12: Pantoll to Stinson Beach Wildflower Hike Join CNPS to look for early spring flowers. Ferns, meadows, forests and views of Stinson Beach and Bolinas Lagoon make for an ever changing scene on this 4 mi. walk. Rain cancels. Bus back to Pantoll. Noon-5pm. Parking fee and bus fare. Pantoll Parking Area, Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 320-9229. 02/12: Sunday Morning Qi Gong Obtain powerful tools for self healing. You are also invited to stay afterwards for a positive, life-affirming service at 10am. 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested $10 donation. Corte Madera Rec Center Patio, 498

02/15: Meeting of the Marin Grange and GMO Free Marin The Marin Grange along with GMO Free Marin will host a showing of the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scientists Under Attackâ&#x20AC;? A brief discussion of the film and the California gmo-labeling ballot initiative to follow. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Fairfax Library , 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd , Fairfax. 258-9551.

02/15: Early Wildflowers at Chimney Rock This flower foray is the traditional kick off to the wildflower season. A number of the early bloomers found here are rare species; plus elephant seals and birds should be plentiful as well. This walk is for adults. No animals (except service animals) please. From Olema head north on Hwy 1, turn left at Bear Valley Road and drive 2 miles to junction with Sir Francis Drake Blvd. 10am-2pm. Free, rain may cancel. Chimney Rock parking area , Pt. Reyes. 893-9537 or 893-9527 on morning of event. 02/15: Trivia Cafe Team trivia contest, hosted by Howard Rachelson, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master of Trivia, featuring great questions, music and visuals, and cash prizes. 7:30-9:30pm. $4 entry/player (goes to prizes for winners) Broken Drum, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael.








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Kid Stuff 02/11: Life in a Pond Bring your sense of adventure and boots for getting muddy/wet to explore the micro to macro inhabitants of our seasonal pond. Appropriate for children aged 5-8 & younger kids with adult. 10am-noon. $7. Richardson Bay Audubon, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. 388-2524. www.richardsonbay. 02/11: Market Saint Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival Celebrate a family friendly Saint Valentines Day at the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market. Activities will include, cupcake decorating, old fashioned valentine making, kids music from 9-11am. 9am-2pm. Free. Marin Country Mart Farmers Market, Across from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, Larkspur. 461-5715.

02/11: Victorian Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Day Learn how to make your own Victorian Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day card. Supplies provided. Noon-3pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. 02/12: YouthRock the Rebuild YRR is committed to raising money to support important causes. Proceeds from this concert will be donated to Kiddo! to help keep music and the arts as an integral part of our schools. 4pm. $15-20. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 02/13: Art Plus for 4-5 Integrated approach combines creative art skills with a variety of early learning opportunities. Art activities incorporate letter/word play, music, math and science. Preregistration requested. 1:30-2:30pm. $20. Northbay Artworks, 7049 Redwood Blvd #208, Novato. 516-3218. 02/13: Family Faire: Tim Cain Special interactive performances geared for preschool and kindergartners. Room opens 5:30, show starts 6:30. Kids and regular menus. 5:30-7:30pm. $3 entertainment charge. Ghiringhellis Pizzaria Grill and Bar, 1535 S. Novato Blvd, Novato. 878-4977.

pany, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

BeneďŹ ts/Gala Events 02/10: Redwood High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night of Blues Features live music by students, food and beverages, silent auction, raffle. Benefits Redwood H.S. music programs. 7:30-10:30pm. $5 student, $20 adult, $15 adult 65+ Hillsaide Church, 5461 Paradise Dr., Corte Madera.

02/10: Valentine Boutique and Luncheon Wonderful boutique shopping for all those valentines in your life, plus a delicious lunch from chef Heidi Krahling. Boutique hours: 10:30am- 2:30pm; luncheon noon-1:30pm. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $60. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 456-7805.

02/11: Crab Feed and Auction with Live Music Dungeness crab or veggie lasagna, clam chowder, Caesar salad. Silent auction with appetizers, cocktails; live auction during dessert. Live jazz. No-host wine. Childcare available. 6-10pm. $35. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. events/Auction2012.html 02/12: Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunset Dinner Cruise Take a cruise aboard 5 Star Yachts and enjoy a 5 course dinner and wine, taking in the beautiful bay views, live acoustic entertainment and a raffle. Proceeds benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 3-6pm. $75. Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunset Dinner Cruise, Schoonmaker Point Marina , Sausalito.

02/14: Ceres Community Project of Marin Fundraising Dinner Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Dinner: 15% of sales will benefit Ceres Community Project of Marin which provides healing meals lovingly made by teens and chef mentors for those with life-threatening illness. 4-9:30pm. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. <

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GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) It’s always a bit befuddling when your ruler (logical Mercury) enters the illogical sign of Pisces. Fortunately, you have through the weekend to get organized with whatever projects require a clear head. If you don’t finish, you’re out of luck, at least until early March. On a more positive note, if your mind stops insisting on analytical thinking, your imagination will take over. This could make for a very interesting Valentine’s Day... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) If you’ve been a little too confrontational with your boss recently, you have an opportunity to show more cooperation. Accommodating Venus has entered your career house, providing extra charm when dealing with authority figures. With family members, you can easily patch things up over the weekend when your ruler (the Moon) occupies the peaceful sign of Libra. As for Valentine’s Day, your mood changes from sensual to sporty by the evening. Plan your romantic activities for earlier in the day... 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128485 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AMERICAN ANIME STUDIOS, 1539 LINCOLN AVE. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALFRED NICKEL, 1539 LINCOLN AVE. #3, 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 Oct 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: Jan 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128531 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUTTER CREEK COMPANY, 1555 INDIAN VALLEY RD., NOVATO, CA 94947: JAMES DUCKWORTH, 1555 INDIAN VALLEY RD., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 1984. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128490 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALL MOXIE ENTERPRISES, 315 CAPETOWN CT., NOVATO, CA 94947: JESSICA WOODALL, 315 CAPETOWN CT., NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128436 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAL EXPRESS, 118 ALTO ST. #105, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SANTOS JUAN MALDONADO, 35 CANAL ST. # 16, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128562 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANGELBRIGHT ENTERPRISES, 273 CRESCENT RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ANGELEAH ANN DONAHUE, 273 CRESCENT RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 January 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128552 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PHYSICIANS NATIONWIDE FINANCIAL AND INSURANCE SERVICES, 111 SUTTER ST. STE 1800, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104: DAVID C. WALTHER, 111 SUTTER ST. STE 1800, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104. 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 January 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128452 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RED BAMBA, 7 CIRCLE DR. #A, TIBURON, CA 94920: DAVID ALUF, 7 CIRCLE DR. #A, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128467 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAM VALLEY BEAUTY SALON, 237 SHORELINE HWY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LEE KIM THACH, 170 ELDERBERRY CT., HERCULES, CA 94547. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 3, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128634 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SENKS CIRCLE, 32 LINCOLN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: STEVEN B. SENK, 32 LINCOLN AVE., 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 February 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128459 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE RADIANT HEART, 101 SUMMIT DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: CYNTHIA EASTMAN SIMON, 101 SUMMIT DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 30, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128574 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SABRINA’S HAIR, BODY & SUPPLIES, 928 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: SABRINA ROSE DENEBEIM, 68 ALMENAR DR., GREENBRAE, CA 94904. 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 January 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128639 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BARKER TAX SERVICE, 1784 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. APT 3, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: HEATHER BARKER, 1784 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. 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 January 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128632 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GO 2 GIRL, 18 FERN LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LORRAINE S. CLAPPER, 18 FERN LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128449 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPECIALTY FINISHES WINDOW COVERING, 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964: SPECIALTY APPLICATIONS & FINISHES, INC., 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964. 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 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128437 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRANSIT GRAFFITI CONTROLS, 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964: TRISCAN MERMIN, 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964. 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 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128684 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIGNATURE SMILES, 316 MILLER AVE. SUITE D, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: NEGAR SAFAPOUR DENTAL CORP., 515 HAYES LANE, PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by a corporation.

Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 31, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128706 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EUPHORIA SPA, 1104 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WOMACK, YUEXIA WANG, 1104 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128661 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RONDEAU PARK PRODUCTIONS, 714 C STREET #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MICHAEL J MESMER, #8 ANTON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94945; LAURIE H MCMANUS, #8 ANTON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128707 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WTN CELLARS; A W DIRECT INC.; A W DIRECT, 1682 NOVATO BLVD., SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947: KIMBERLY CUNNINGHAM, 1 SANTA MARIA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128708 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CRACK CARAMEL, 70 NORTH AVE. APT. 1B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SUSAN E HARWARD, 70 NORTH AVE. APT. 1B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 31, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128718 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HOMEVESTORS-MONACO HOMES INC., 135 GLEN DR., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MONACO HOMES INC., 135 GLEN DR., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 February 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128636 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as D’VINE DINING, 10 KADEN COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: JUDITH L PETERS, 10 KADEN COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128747 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, 9 VIVIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN CHECK CASHING INC., 9 VIVIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 February 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128748 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, 638 4th Street, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN CHECK CASHING INC., 9 VIVIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the

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997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1200216. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JOELLE MURPHY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JOELLE MURPHY to JOELLE ST. JAMES. 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: March 2, 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: January 13, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 30433 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): CORE PILATES SAUSALITO, 328 PINE ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. Filed in Marin County on: July 15, 2008. Under File No: 117778. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): BROOKE LEARY, 328 PINE ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on January 18, 2012. (Pacific Sun: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) NOTICE TO CREDITORS; Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of Charles V. Taylor and the Taylor Family Trust that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Executor, Steve Taylor by mailing their claim to Steve Taylor as trustee of the Trust date June 7th, 2000, of which the decedent was the settler within the later of 4 months after December 30th, 2011. Claims can be mailed to Steve Taylor, Suite 545, 245 Townpark Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 2012)

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My boyfriend lacks romantic ambition. In our two years together, we’ve never gone out to dinner someplace I can wear a dress and heels, and he never brings me flowers or does anything for our anniversary or Valentine’s Day. I’ve suggested he pick out lingerie he’d like to see me in and shown him how to set a romantic mood in our apartment. I’ve told him things like “Nothing makes me happier than fresh flowers, especially lilies,” and tried flat-out asking him why he never brings me flowers. He said, “I was thinking about doing it yesterday, but then I forgot! But now that you’ve asked me, I don’t want to because it will seem like I bought them just because you asked.” When I encourage him to take initiative in planning a night out, he’ll say that he’s worried he’ll choose wrong and that I complain about things I don’t like, so I always end up deciding what we do. I know he loves me (from his other actions); I just want some romance! It’s as important to me as good sex and intimacy. Should I just accept this as his flaw?—Roseless


You two have a fairy-tale romance. Unfortunately, it’s the part of the fairy tale where two elves stand around scratching themselves in a mud hut. You aren’t asking for much. It would just be nice if Valentine’s Day felt like something other than a Tuesday and if, on some random Tuesday, he’d stop at the grocery store and pick you up some flowers. Otherwise, even St. Paddy’s Day can be a downer. You’ll see him getting himself a green paper hat and drinking two-forone green beers—which stands in stark contrast to how he celebrates your anniversary: by getting amnesia. You’ve done everything but hand him a pictorial to-do list complete with store addresses and closing times. So what’s stopping him? Well, maybe because he doesn’t need this flowers and chocolates business he thinks you shouldn’t either. And if he starts doing sweet things for you, he’ll have to keep doing them. And we all know how buying flowers and making reservations at a restaurant with white tablecloths is like breaking rocks in a quarry. The problem is, as I wrote in a recent column, women evolved to feel a need for commitment cues from men. They didn’t have cute cards back in the Stone Age, but a thoughtful giftie of fresh roadkill (some wildebeest that got trampled by elephants) probably made some ancestral lady’s heart go pitter-patter. And that’s the point here. Falling in love isn’t like falling in a big bottomless hole (one tumble and you’re done). There’s maintenance required. Your boyfriend should care about doing the little things that make you happy. If he doesn’t, maybe instead of going for “long walks on the beach” (planned by you), he should be making short trips out to his car to load up boxes of his stuff. Explain that you need him to do these things so you feel loved, and explain that the only way he can really go wrong is by doing nothing. Even the smallest remembrances count—like scrawling a heart on a Post-it and anchoring it with a chocolate or drawing “You ’N’ Me Forever” on your dirty car window. You, in turn, need to be sure you show appreciation for whatever effort he does make—even as he’s seductively drinking champagne out of your scuzzy old bedroom slipper.


My boyfriend loves making fun of me, although he calls it “just ribbing.” I’m not humorless, just tired of hearing about how badly I drive or how long I take to order food. Yesterday I mispronounced “cumin” while reading a recipe, and he had a field day. What ultimately bugs me is that I’m most often made the brunt of a joke when others are around to witness his hilarity.—Ridiculed


Just because a convenient subject for humor presents itself (or you happen to pick it up in your car and take it out to a restaurant) doesn’t mean you should seize the opportunity. If your current relationship were a movie, it would be “Eat Prey, Love.” Good-natured teasing can be a bonding thing, but publicly making fun of somebody sensitive is often an act of aggression. It’s possible that the behaviors your boyfriend “ribs” you about annoy him and his joking is scorn dressed up in clown shoes. Tell him that being the joke butt isn’t working for you and that he either needs to find another source of material or another girlfriend. If he loves you, he’ll take the mature, restrained approach to getting laughs and stand on a chair trying to light his farts on fire. < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Pacific Sun Weekly 02.10.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the February 10, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

Pacific Sun Weekly 02.10.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the February 10, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly