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This story is full of holes If the county didn’t destroy all the plants and “cover” in the open space where critters lived (raccoons/snakes/birds of prey/etc.)’d have a natural balance and perhaps not a gopher problem. I live on Hacienda Way, at the end where the dikes begin and had gophers also. I have very tall trees on my property and asked the “owl” people to put up some boxes so the owls could eat the gophers. They didn’t even respond. I have two very high palm trees, and a nest of baby hawks living there; and I can see the mother flying around looking for food to feed them, and she comes back to the nest with something for them to eat. I haven’t seen a red-winged blackbird in years; ever since you jerks destroyed all their nesting area out in the open space and made it look

like a bomb went off there. No plants, no bushes, nothing...except gophers living in the clay. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Also hates gophers Hooray for Marcia Blackman! She tells it like it is. We need more like her. William A DeRade, Corte Madera


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Letter: Easy Street owners tell their side of the story The following is a letter sent to the Pacific Sun from the owners of Easy Street Cafe, one of Marin’s most renowned “kid friendly” restaurants. As writer Pat Fusco.. Where Have All the Hero’s Gone? Remember all of those good guys from Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers? Where are Jim, Tim, and Franklin now? Just in case you might have wondered how their ineptitude aff...

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Apocrita now Whew-eeeee! It sounds like a freeway is roaring through my back yard. I am not talking about the chainsaw, which I hear at this very moment, though that is part of the matter. The real issue here concerns the hundreds of bees I see flying around like darts out of hell. They are going crazy, in clouds, in my neighbor’s back yard. Just standing there, I can hear the freeway humming...I mean, the displaced bees going crazy.... This is the third time that this has happened since last summer. That’s about an eight-month period, or every two or three months, that bees are being displaced and going homeless and hungry for honey. Can we please, before we cut down trees, consider the bees and their survival? After all, ours is intertwined with theirs, too. Perhaps in honor of Earth Day, to also consider going pesticide-free in our food choices, will also help the bees. Drina Brooke, Novato

It’s their devil-may-call attitude! Driving while talking on a cell phone is dangerous. Daily one can see instances of distracted and unsafe driving by those using cell phones. I think it is good public

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policy to have a law against using phones while driving. But I think what is most troubling about drivers who use cell phones is the casual brazenness with which these people break the law right in front of everyone. This is disrespectful and an affront to the community. So I do think you should hang up and drive. However, if you are on the phone, at least have the good grace to look sheepish or act furtive. Next time: those whose dogs assist them in driving by sitting in their lap. J.S. Danielson, San Rafael

Lot of ‘general unpleasantness’ to go around... In regards to Ritter Center winning an agreement to expand to a 933-square-foot medical facility [“Out of Sight, or Out of Mind?” March 30], I think it’s a great step in helping homeless and needy people get off the street. With more medical care available and affordable, the homeless people that are serious about getting back into “society” (although we are still considered citizens and members of society) will get the help they need. Most of us are victims of bad luck and medical issues. I have been a client of Ritter Center for two years. I am able to get showers, medical aid, clothes and food that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to obtain on the meager assistance of moneys the county and government dole out. As for Hugo Landecker’s appeal and comments about the homeless and downtrodden “involved in assaults, defecating in parking lots and general unpleasantness,” just remember, any one of us could be in these sad conditions at any time from misfortune and/or medical reasons or mishap. We need more places like Ritter Center—whose actual goal is to help, not enable. I am very grateful for their services. God bless Ritter Center. Deborah M, homeless temporarily

I’ve had an affinity with the Pacific Sun since 1966 when as a younger lawyer (Boalt Hall ’52) we incorporated the Sun, then based in Stinson Beach, and then Mill Valley. I even owned some shares. Enough for that The William T. Bagley Freeway namesake, circa 1974. These days background. the former state Assemblyman For fun, I call spends his time as a Pacific Sun attention to the truth-in-trivia watchdog. first question of Trivia Cafe from March 23. [Question: “Where in Marin County is the John T. Knox Freeway?” Answer: “The section of I-580 through El Cerrito, Richmond, over the RichmondSan Rafael Bridge to route 101 in San Rafael.”] But the John T. Knox Freeway never crossed the John F. McCarthy Bridge to Marin. The following is a memo I wrote to my colleagues in our national law firm Nossaman LLP—noting the three retired partners’ “freeways”: Named by joint resolutions of the Legislature, the [William T.] Bagley stretches 10 miles on U.S. 101 from the Golden Gate Bridge north to San Rafael. Without my knowledge, the resolution was introduced by a Senate friend, I did not demurrer. Jack Knox’s I-580 freeway runs from I-80 to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge; John Foran’s runs on I-280, part way from SFO to San Francisco. An important detail is that the Bagley is the longest but Jack Knox points out that his and Johnny Foran’s are wider— important fact among men. Someone proposed that we create a “Nossaman Beltway” around the Bay, but we could not find the funds. Incidentally, Jack is more entitled to his designation because, as a legislator, he went to Washington and obtained a $100 million appropriation to build the I-580 extension through his city of Richmond. William T. Bagley, former state assemblyman for Marin

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hen a group of Lucas Valley residents appealed the county Planning Commission approval of a George Lucas project to build a digital technology and filmmaking complex on the Grady Ranch, the residents inadvertently gave critics of the state’s premiere environmental law a high-profile gift. The county in 1996 approved an earlier version of the project. In that permutation, Lucas agreed to donate 700 acres to the county Open Space District. Supporters say this action underscores his and his company’s dedication to environmentally sensitive development and operation. The project lay dormant for years until Lucas re-ignited it, which led to the Planning Commission approval of a precise development plan that called for a building that would cover about 270,000 square feet. The project envisioned overnightguest rooms, an employee restaurant and other amenities, including a wine cave and tasting room, for employees and visitors. The Mission-style building, although grandiose, wasn’t over the top in a William Randolph Hearst kind of way. Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association, which represents 174 homes southeast of the 54-acre Grady Ranch site, filed an appeal and started a process that has led to the Lucas project becom-

ing a poster child for those who want to “modernize” the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Lucas project is not the first time in Marin that opponents of a development have used a CEQA challenge, but this one spread across the country. AP ran a piece on the CEQA challenge, as did the Boston Globe. The billionaire filmmaker, creator of Star Wars, opposed by a small neighborhood group just couldn’t be ignored, and it suited the business pages as well as the entertainment section. The story reached its third act when the homeowners hired a lawyer who said that issues involving zoning regulations, procedure and possibly inadequate environmental mitigation measures represented substantive legal issues, possibly reaching the level of a legal challenge. Those are fighting words when it comes to CEQA challenges. The county Board of Supervisors supported the project, but in reacting to the challenge, supervisors delayed their approval pending additional study. They said that in all probability they would approve it. But Lucas had had enough and yanked the project from consideration, leaving open the possibility that the land might be sold for a housing development (which probably would attract a separate round 10 > of opposition, no doubt based on


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Marin not so full of hot air after all! Marin can breathe a bit easier this week, as it’s been given an “A” for air by the American Lung Association. The ALA’s annual report measures “ozone pollution” and “particulate pollution” over a three-year period and issues a letter grade to counties throughout the country. Among Bay Area counties, Marin joined Sonoma and San Francisco in receiving A’s for “ozone”—meaning the counties had no days from 2008 to 2010 with smog levels above the national standard. San Mateo and Napa earned a B and C, respectively, for having 0.3 and 1.7 smoggy days per year above the standard; Alameda (5.7), Contra Costa (5.3), Santa Clara (6.8) and Solano (4.0) all went home with F’s. Statewide, nine counties received A’s in smog levels; 35 received F’s. California’s worst offenders, in order of one through seven, are Los Angeles, Visalia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Hanford, Sacramento and San Diego. According to the Lung Association, the key factors in smog are emissions from automobiles, residential wood burning, oil refineries, and freight trucks and port traffic (specifically the Port of Oakland). The Bay Area as a whole is making “significant progress,” according to the Lung Association, in reducing pollution—dropping off the list of the nation’s 25 most polluted regions for the first time since the ALA began keeping track. RV Sanitary spills out $1.5 mil to water board The Ross Valley Sanitary District will have to pay the piper as part of a settlement with the Regional Water Quality Control Board in the wake of a pair of December 2010 sewage spills that state agency officials say were not reported in a timely fashion, as required by law. According to the water quality control board, on Dec. 17, 2010, the district reported a 1,000-gallon spill near Kent Middle School in Kentfield. But district officials then failed to notify the Regional Water Quality Control Board or Marin County Environmental Health Services of additional spills totaling nearly a million gallons of sewage until Dec. 22, according to the state agency. The district’s fines, equipment replacement and marsh repair total about $1.5 million, as part of the settlement. A water quality board staff investigation reported that the spill occurred due to multiple reasons, including the shutdown of a pump station for repairs, a large amount of debris blocking a pipe and the collection system’s insufficient rain capacity. The debris found in the pipe became a focal point of the investigation following the spills. District officials said it was likely construction debris left over—or dumped subsequently— following repairs by JMB Construction. District general manager Brett Richards suggested the spills were a case of “eco terrorism.” Last year, the district filed suit against JMB Construction; the case is still pending. Death penalty under the gun After nearly 35 controversial years of capital punishment, Californians will once again put the death penalty on trial. After supporters gathered more than 504,000 signatures, the Savings, Accountability and Full Enforcement for California Act will be on the November ballot, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced this week. If it passes, the SAFE California Act will replace California’s death penalty with life in prison with no chance of parole. According to the SAFE California campaign,“convicted killers will remain in high security prisons until they die— with no risk of executing an innocent person.” Additionally, the 725 prisoners currently on death row in the state would have their sentences converted to life. SAFE California also requires persons convicted of murder to work and pay restitution into a victim’s compensation fund and creates the SAFE California Fund, which takes $30 million a year for 10

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by Howard Rachelson

1. What place in Marin County has been nominated for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List? 2. Every May 5, on the Cinco de Mayo holiday, Mexicans celebrate the 1862 victory of the outnumbered and overwhelmed Mexican armies over the superior military forces from which country? 3. Pictured, right: Singer Madonna made her 3 first live appearance on national television in 1984, on what musical TV show? 4. Seven of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League are located in Canada. How many Canadian cities and team names can you identify? 5. The Statue of Liberty stands on what island, which is located within what state? 6. In 1743, the world’s first permanent bullring was erected in what European 7 capital city? 7. Pictured, right 7a. The TV series Mad Men portrays a firm engaged in what kind of business? 7b. Lead actor Jon Hamm plays the role of what character? 7c. What is the two-word name of the agency he worked for? 8. Albert Einstein was once offered the presidency of what country? (He turned it 9 down.) 9. Pictured, right: Debuting in 1996, what award-winning Broadway rock musical with a one-word title, based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Boheme, tells the story of young artists struggling to live in New York? 10. What do the words windy, tears, close and lead have in common? (It has nothing to do with definitions, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms.) BONUS QUESTION: What beloved president (from 1964 until his death in 1978) of an eastern African nation named himself after his country? Howard Rachelson welcomes you to live team trivia contests on Wednesdays, 7:30pm, at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Send your trivia question to and if we use it we’ll give you credit!


WNot every place shares Marin’s progressiveness and tolerance. Sierra Salin of Fairfax received a “fix-it” ticket in El Dorado County for failing to affix the current year sticker on his license plate. Sierra claims to have returned the ticket as required, yet a warrant was issued for his arrest. His crime? He signed “LOVE HEALS!” on his ticket. El Dorado charges it is a false signature, though Salin says he provided authorities with proof it is his legal signature. (His bank lets him use it.) Either way, was it necessary to order a warrant, extradition and $5,000 bail? El Dorado County, wake up and smell the aromatherapy. Until then, we issue you a fix-it ticket for being intolerant, wasteful and unreasonable. —Nikki Silverstein

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VMarin resident Rodger Chemnick applauds three heroes who helped foil the antics of three naughty teens in Mill Valley. The teens-cum-criminals grabbed a briefcase and leather jacket out of a car parked in a lot on Miller Avenue. Hero No. 1, Jeff Jungsten, the car’s owner, was in his office when a neighbor alerted him to the theft. Jumping on his bike to follow the thugs, he called 911 as he pedaled. Hero No. 2, the dispatcher, instructed him to keep the suspects in sight, but “don’t pull a Zimmerman.” Jeff hung back while Hero No. 3, the Mill Valley police, cornered the trio of delinquents in front of Tam High. Congrats to our Heroes for a successful neighborhood watch. Hey Florida, this is how we do it in Marin.

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›› THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, APRIL 27 New Jack City A film from the height of the crack hysteria depicts a crusading cop’s fight against an elaborate drug distribution empire. Usually when organized crime gets this slick, there’s a government bailout pending. (1991) VH1. 10pm. The Beach Leonardo DiCaprio and a pair of traveling companions discover a hidden beach populated by a commune of freespirited expatriates who have turned their backs on civilization, greed and materialism but appear to have flown in personal stylists and high-end hair-care products. (2000) AMC. 10:30pm.

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old man living next door.We’re still waiting for the sequel, when Dennis hits his teens and starts raiding Mr.Wilson’s medicine cabinet to support his piercing habit. (1993) ABC Family. 7pm. Avatar Can we get an avatar with washboard abs please? (2009) FX. 8pm. Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots We didn’t know the Rodney King riots had a soundtrack. VH1. 9pm.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 The Thin Red Line Turns out Guadalcanal is not the vacation destination it was made out to be. (1998) IFC. 5pm. Wife Swap This is a special “How Wife Swap Saved My Marriage”episode in which couples explain that having a lunatic in your house who talks to flying saucers and wears panties made out of discarded tin foil “provides some perspective.” Lifetime. 10pm. Woody Harrelson’s island time-share is about to elapse, Wednesday at 5.

The Tonight Show Mel Gibson must have found the key to his straitjacket. NBC. 11:35pm.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Fame This is the update of the 1980 classic.The production is slicker.The music is louder and the eating disorders are more pronounced. (2009) MTV. 7pm. Secrets of the Secret Service Among the latest revelations:They don’t tip well. Discovery Channel. 8pm. SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Harry’s Law When a marching band is charged with murder, Harry must figure what formation they were marching in at the time and whether they were playing the Hawaii Five-0 theme or something from the Michael Jackson catalog. NBC. 7pm. TV Land Awards Great achievements in TV history are honored with awards in such categories as “Best Sitcom About a Spunky Single Mother,”“Least Believable Breasts,”“Whitest Teen Drama” and “The Matlock Award for Most Obvious Mystery.” TV Land. 9pm. MONDAY, APRIL 30 Lethal Weapon 4 By this point, Riggs and Murtaugh find their relationship has lost its thrill and they seek couples counseling at a “Rediscovering Romance!” weekend retreat. (1998) Spike TV. 6:30pm. Death Row: The Final 24 Hours Really? It’s spectator sport now. As if we needed any more signs that the empire is in decline.You can put on your togas now. Discovery Channel. 10pm. TUESDAY, MAY 1 Dennis the Menace A precocious young boy irritates the stuffy

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Apocalypto A young Mayan man targeted for human sacrifice attempts to escape.We do the same thing to young people now, only we call it “student loan debt.” (2006) IFC. 7:15pm. The Treasure of Bin Laden This is actually about stuff they found on his computers. It turns out Bin Laden had quite the Farmville empire going. Discovery Channel, 10pm. Late Show with David Letterman Stephen Colbert is among tonight’s guests. It’s always interesting when a talk show host appears on another talk show.The Indian wrestling segment is typically the highlight. CBS. 11:35pm.

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< 8 Newsgrams three years in budget savings and puts it into the investigation of unsolved rape and murder cases. California has executed 13 inmates since reinstituting the death penalty in 1978; the state has put to death no one since 2006, when a federal judge suspended executions, ruling that the state’s lethal injection protocol constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Jeanne Woodford, former warden at San Quentin State Prison and an outspoken proponent of the proposition, says the “system is broken, expensive and it always will carry the grave risk of a mistake.” “In November, voters will have the first opportunity ever to decide between the death penalty and a sentence of life in prison with absolutely no chance of parole,” says Woodford. “Back in 1978, we did not have an alternative sentence that would keep convicted killers behind bars forever.” The state has spent $4 billion on the 13 executions, says Woodford,“at a time when we’re laying off teachers and cutting vital services.”

Supes consider cutting out the organics middle man... Are you a local farmer seeking information about Marin’s nationally accredited organic certification program? Marin’s official response to such inquiries may soon be: Don’t ask us... The Marin County Board of Supervisors is considering whether to amend the ordinance for its Marin Organic Certified Agriculture program to make it official policy to direct questions elsewhere—specifically to Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, where farmers— and anyone else—can find the Organic Food Production Act Provisions for the National Organic Program. The Marin organic-certification program adheres to the same definitions, requirements, exemptions and other organics information as the U.S. Department of Agriculture—and, the reasoning goes, the USDA will have more accurate and up-to-date information than Marin officials. The Marin Organic Certified Agriculture program was established in 2000 to “provide organic certification services for local organic producers at an affordable cost.” In 2002, the Marin County Agricultural Commissioner’s office was one of the first in the state to receive accreditation to offer an organic certification program to qualified farmers. So for updated info on Marin organic certification, check out the USDA at Marin couple accused of lavish spending—oh really?! Everyone knows that no taxpayer-funded government conference to Sin City is complete without clowns, hot tubs and mind readers—but sushi in Vegas? C’mon, everyone knows the all-you-can-eat lobster is more cost effective. At least that’s what a Mill Valley couple are finding out, as Jeffrey and Deborah Neely are embroiled at the center of the controversy surrounding the lavish General Services Administration junket to Las Vegas in 2010 that has members of Congress and the Justice Department demanding to know how $823,000 could be spent on a single agency get-together. The viva Las Vegas imbroglio stems from accusations of misconduct alleged by Inspector General Brian Miller who has asked the Justice Department to step in and investigate. Neely is the acting commissioner for the GSA’s Pacific Rim division. According to the Washington Post, his wife Deborah took the reins of party arrangements for such junkets and helped find accommodations for relatives of GSA officials. The Neelys also allegedly enjoyed work/recreational trips to Guam, Hawaii and the Mariana Islands on the government’s dime, according to the Post. Neely, 57, invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on April 17. Baseball mascot comes out quacking! Anthropomorphic animal lovers and those old enough to remember Crazy Crab from the Giants ’80s heyday have been waiting with baited breath for word on the San Rafael Pacific’s chosen mascot for Marin’s new minor league baseball team—would it be a red-tailed hawk, a fallow deer or an awe-inspiring mountain lion? Baseball fans, meet the duck. On April 20, the Pacifics, in partnership with Drake Terrace Senior Living in San Rafael, unveiled Sir Francis the Drake—a swashbuckling foam-sword-wielding quacker with a red cape that reads “Love the Drake” (the duck is a Seinfeld fan, apparently). Sir Francis made his debut appearance last Friday at the Parkside Children’s Center at Albert Park, adjacent to Albert Field, where the Pacifics will play their home games. The duck issued a prepared statement to the press in which he introduced himself as the team’s mascot. “Before we get any further, there are a couple things you should now about me,” said Francis, a member of the Anatidae family of birds, which also includes swans and geese.“I am a male duck, or, if you will, a Drake. If you knew that, you should be on Jeopardy.” Francis further explains that he was inspired by the 16th century privateer, Sir Francis Drake, who some historians believe was the first European to reach Marin shores. Continued the duck:“In the coming days, weeks and months, keep a close eye out for me, as I will be swashbuckling my way around Marin County, and every Pacifics game. “If you see me, feel free to stop and wave hello. “But please,” he quacked further,“don’t feed the ducks, we’re really tired of your old bread...we’re just far too polite to show it.” Sir Francis is the brainchild of Pacifics team president Mike Shapiro who says he hopes Sir 11 > Francis “becomes synonymous with the Pacifics and with our community.” 10 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 27 – MAY 3, 2012

< 8 CEQA and you shall find CEQA questions.) Critics said the county should have worked harder to shepherd the Lucas project. But there’s only so much the county can accomplish in the CEQA world. The homeowners’ appeal raised concerns about public safety, zoning regulations and environmental compliance. Much of the work done during an environmental impact review deals with water and air quality, and regional agencies hold the cards. The homeowners’ challenge included questions about how the project would affect a creek on the Grady property. “Imagine you’re the regional water agency and an attorney comes in and says there’s going to be dirt going into the creek. A bureaucrat is going to be careful and say the agency will look into the issue,” says Supervisor Judy Arnold. Supervisors Susan Adams and Steve Kinsey met with the Water Quality Management District and came back with an understanding that the water agency would in the end sign off on the project. The county also told Lucas it would move as fast as possible to approve necessary county-related permits; construction could start on June 15. (The lawsuit threat would, however, still remain.) The supervisors urged supporters to write and email to make their voices heard. Arnold says that in two days she received 66 emails supporting the project and just four opposing it. But in the CEQA world it takes only one person to bring a project to a screeching halt. It’s the ultimate democratic planning tool, which is both good and bad. CEQA critics say a well-intentioned law now is being abused for purposes that have nothing to do with environmental protection. CEQA became law under Gov. Ronald Reagan, who signed the legislation shortly after the federal government passed the National Environmental Policy Act. In 1972, the California Supreme Court ruled that CEQA applied to private development projects that required approval from a public agency, and California became one of only three states to apply environmental regulations to private as well as public development projects. (The others are Washington and New York.) Since its passage, CEQA has attracted the ire of commercial and development interests, just as it has attracted protectors from the environmental community. Supporters are quick to point out that CEQA is responsible for protecting many of the state’s signature environmental assets. Under CEQA, an environmental review is required if there’s a fair argument based on substantive evidence that a project will have a significant environmental effect. Critics say the bar should be higher before an environmental review is required. They also say that other state and federal laws dealing with environmental issues have been passed since CEQA, and loosening CEQA mandates would not harm environmental protection, a position many in the environmental community disagree

with—vehemently. CEQA requires that the public have an opportunity to comment on environmental impact reports. And the lead agency, such as a regional water quality district, must prepare written responses to comments. It’s those last two mandates that tie many projects in knots. While CEQA proponents say the law is a prime example of transparency in good government decision-making, critics say the law is rife with opportunities for abuse. Opponents can use the process to slow a project while sponsors and agencies go back to the drawing boards to fashion responses to comments. In the end, a project can be built with mitigation measures, but the lost time and increased cost (environmental impact reports can cost big bucks) may not be worth the effort. When Lucas brought his Grady Ranch project back to the county, the company had an inkling: “We were hoping that it would be a smooth process since the master plan had already been approved [in 1996], but having been through this process before we knew that was improbable,” Lynda Benoit wrote in response to questions about the Grady Ranch project. Benoit, with publicity and corporate communications at Lucasfilm Ltd., adds, “What surprised us was the fact that some of the people opposing the project were the very same people who had gone through the process before and then claimed they had no prior awareness of the project.” It’s not unheard of in Marin for a major project to receive initial approval and then go on the back burner. When it re-enters the process, memories grow short. Part of the appeal involved a supposition that the nature of the project had changed substantively since 1996 and therefore needed additional review. “Some new opponents also wanted to go back before the master plan was approved and start that fight over again. There came a point where we had to say enough is enough—we had to move on.” That’s a textbook example of a CEQA delaying tactic. But this time it was for a project that the majority of the county believes was in the best economic and environmental interests of Marin. Reaction to the homeowners’ challenge grew heated; hisses and boos at meetings were just part of the expression of frustration among supporters of the project. The Lucas Valley Homeowners Association, which has no connection to the Lucas Valley Estates group that filed the challenge, received very unpleasant telephone calls. A member of the Lucas Valley Estates board, who spoke on condition of anonymity to shield family members, said the challenge never was intended to stop the Lucas project, and when Lucas pulled the plug it was a surprise. “Our expectation was that there would be mitigations based on the concerns that we raised. We felt that our concerns hadn’t been addressed.”

The group hired a lawyer to make sure it “did everything by the book” the board member says, and at no time did the group actually threaten to sue. “Those words never came out of our mouths. We were hoping to find the best outcome for everyone. We all have great respect for Mr. Lucas and his company.” But others note that having a lawyer involved in a CEQA appeal says what words don’t have to: It’s implied. “We are over 25 years into this project,” says Benoit, “and [we] were four years into trying to get the precise development plan permit for Grady Ranch with no end in sight. Time is our most precious commodity. We are no longer willing to suffer all of the combined delays. It’s time to cut our losses and move on.” Lucas had been thinking about contingency plans in case opposition mounted beyond a reasonable level and the Marin welcome mat got yanked. “There have been cities courting us but we were hoping to build a studio in Marin,” says Benoit. “We’re not at liberty to talk about the other locations right now.” The strong-arm CEQA pushback is giving Marin a black eye, says Mill Valley Mayor Gary Lion. He’s a member of the Marin Economic Forum, which estimated that the Lucas project would have created 690 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the county. The pushback “is going to cast a pall on all our efforts to bring targeted industries to

Marin County in the future for many years to come,” says Lion. “Here is an example of a great project, done with terrific environmental sensitivity by a philanthropist that went through all the hoops—and still we couldn’t avoid the effects of a thousand tiny cuts of neighborhood opposition.” Some projects, says Lion, obviously are harmful to the environment and should be opposed. And using CEQA makes sense in those situations. “But this one in my mind was clearly a situation where the environmental protection laws were used by a group to delay and eventually defeat a project, and environmental protection was not really the issue.” That’s a situation that’s being played out across the state, say business leaders, and it’s igniting opposition to CEQA. “We need to take this as a wake-up call,” says Cynthia Murray, president and CEO of the North Bay Leadership Council. “This is a company that [would have] made all kinds of amazing environmental improvements and [planned] green buildings and has donated open space. If all those things couldn’t make this project go through in an expeditious way, most [other business] people will feel they have no chance.” Murray’s organization and others, such as the Bay Area Council, continue to lobby Sacramento to loosen CEQA rules. Raising the possibility of “modernizing” CEQA elicits an immediate defensive response in the environmental community. En-

vironmental organizations remain firm that CEQA is a net benefit to the state and should not be dismantled, although some procedural changes might meet acceptance from both sides. The infamous document dump is one example. Under current rules, anyone can bring in comments right up until the eleventh hour of the last day of consideration. Then agencies must respond to the comments before anything can proceed. When Murray served on the Novato City Council, councilmembers were

considering a plan to light a ball field. One neighbor opposed the project and submitted 3,000 comments. That kind of last-minute submission helped break the camel’s back at Grady Ranch, says Murray. Shortly after Lucas pulled the plug, the Bay Area Council released a report titled “California Environmental Quality Act: Case Studies of Dysfunction and Abuse.” The first example? Lucasfilm’s Grady Ranch project. < Contact the writer at

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Point Reyes association throws down gauntlet to hikers Get your hiking boots on, Point Reyes lovers—that is if you’re up to the “challenge.” That challenge is the Point Reyes Trail Challenge, the Point Reyes National Seashore Association’s “hike-a-thon” in which individuals and families explore the PRNS while raising funds to support trail and wildlife projects. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the seashore joining the national park system, the self-paced “challenge” will run from June 2 to Nov. 1, during which time registered hikers will take part in one of five “challenge tracks” and solicit pledges from family and friends on the promise of completing their “challenge.”Tracks include an all-park 150-mile challenge; a “50 miles for the 50th” challenge; a family challenge; a “five habits” challenge; and an equestrian challenge. The event kicks off June 2 with a celebration at the PRNS headquarters in Bear Valley. Cicely Muldoon, superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore, calls the contest a “wonderful opportunity” for folks to get to know the seashore better. “The Trails Challenge will restore habitat, improve the trail system and introduce a whole new generation to this amazing national park,” says Muldoon. Funds raised will go toward the Point Reyes National Trust, which was established to restore and enhance the park’s trail network. The association has received about $50,000 in matchingfunds sponsorship for the challenge so far; the goal is to raise more than $100,000. Registration for the contest is free; pledge minimum is $50. Register at or call 415/663-1200, ext. 310.


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or those of us with sub-par spam ďŹ lters, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all received a ďŹ shy email or two. A friend, co-worker, relative pleading with us to send money: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been mugged in Paris. I lost my passport, wallet, train tickets. Please wire money to help me get home. Some are even on the receiving end of spam from strangers, needing our urgent help in order to relieve political oppression, to make their lives better through sending money their way. Or, did we ever tell you about our new business associate, the Nigerian prince? Aside from email scams, in which a friend or acquaintance appears to be asking us for urgent help in the form of wiring money to a foreign location, some of us get phone calls from someone claiming to be a relative in trouble. In early March, 84-year-old artist and Greenbrae resident Gerhard Weihl received a phone call from a man claiming to be his nephew, Eric, who said he was being held in a Mexican jail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He said he was in some sort of trouble and to not tell his dad about it,â&#x20AC;? says Weihl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He even put a man on the phone who said he was Ericâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney. It sounded legit.â&#x20AC;? The men instructed Weihl to go to the nearest Western Union location and wire $2,687 by 11am that day and that they would call back in order to verify the conďŹ rmation number. Weihl and Alice, his wife of 58 years, agreed and headed out to their nearest Safeway to send their distressed nephew the money he needed to settle his court issues and return home to his family in Washington state. The men called back at 11am, as promised. Recounts Weihl: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The man who said he was an attorney said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We have to hurry up. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give you any information right now

because the police are standing right here and the judge is waiting.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d call me back by 1pm and that everything would be ďŹ nished by then.â&#x20AC;? The men never called back and Weihl quickly grew suspicious. He called Western Union, who told him his funds were received, yet wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give him any further information about the identity of the person or people who pocketed his $2,687. Weihl knew something wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t right and immediately ďŹ led reports with the police department, the Marin County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department and the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce. He has also been very persistent with Safeway and Western Union about their accountability for scams like this one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They fell victim to what is called the grandparent scam,â&#x20AC;? says Jane Kreidler, outreach coordinator for Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contractors State License Board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It happens a lot and some people have been scammed out of as much as $20,000.â&#x20AC;? The grandparent scam involves a phone call made either early in the morning or during mealtime, when most people tend to be distracted or caught off-guard. The person running the scam usually poses as a relative and always asks the victim not to contact anyone about the call. Kreidler organizes regional seminars on senior scams with local legislators and representatives from government agencies with the agenda of educating the senior community about fraud such as the Weihls experienced. In fact, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;senior scam stopperâ&#x20AC;? seminar was hosted by the Contractors State License Board and state Assemblyman Jared Huffman earlier this month at the Redwoods senior living facility in Mill Valley. Unfortunately, the grandparent scam isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only way the senior community is being scammed out of their savings.


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Some of the other common scams are from people posing as bankers, asking for account numbers and even unlicensed contractors showing up at a residence offering home repairs for low, cash-only fees. Money is then drained from bank accounts and the contractors often donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up for work or simply do a poor job at the repairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seniors are targeted because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked all of their lives and have a nest egg,â&#x20AC;? says Kreidler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what kind of income they have, the people targeting them know they usually have money in their banks.â&#x20AC;? Kreidler suggests that seniors donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer the door to strangers or to take a business card and insist on calling any potential repairperson back after a trusted friend or family member can assess any issue with the home. She also recommends that people use their caller ID and not pick up the phone if the number isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognized. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They should just let the caller leave a message instead of risking a scam,â&#x20AC;? she says. And anyone emailing or calling for bank account information shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be trusted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Banks have all of the

account information at the bank. They will never call and ask for it.â&#x20AC;? And, though scams are growing increasingly common among the senior population, Kreidler says the incidents are under-reported. Many are embarrassed that they fell for scams or are worried that family members or caretakers will see them as incapable of handling their own ďŹ nances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most seniors are shocked that anyone would try to harm them or steal from them,â&#x20AC;? says Kreidler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to remind them that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in a handshake world anymore.â&#x20AC;? As for the Weihls, they are still hoping that large businesses like Safeway will become more aware of the scamsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if only to prevent others from losing money the way that they did. And, unfortunately, regardless of record keeping and reports ďŹ lled, the Weihls are not expecting to have their money refunded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about needing the money back,â&#x20AC;? says Weihl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I want to make a little difference so other people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go through this.â&#x20AC;? < For more information about avoiding or dealing with scams, call the Contractors State License Board at 800/321-2752.

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ou might know John Doe as the singer, i b bassist, i songwriter i and d cofounder of the seminal L.A. punk band X, a sometime actor and musician who the All Music Guide has hailed as “one of the most influential figures in American alternative rock.” But the punk icon who often wrote menacing tomes about bums and serial killers ers and druggies and other inhabitants of the dark side of L.A.’s underground-rock scene, all cloaked in raucous angst-ridden sonic blasts, is a father with three grown daughters who lives with his wife in a bucolic Fairfax neighborhood surrounded by gently rolling hills, chirping songbirds and swaying eucalyptus groves. “I love it—it’s fantastic. I lived in Bakersfield for three years before moving here and...yeah...,” he says, by Greg implying the lack of a favorable comparison. “You can just go dot, dot, dot. “I mean, I enjoyed Bakersfield because I was close to my daughter, who was graduating high school, and it was, um, very real. Yeah, Bakersfield is very real. When people talk about being disconnected from Middle America, you’re not disconnected when you live in Bakersfield or Lodi or San Joaquin or any of the other communities in the Central Valley. That’s very literary and it’s a fantastic opportunity [for a songwriter] because there are so many Luddites and foot draggers and things like that. But I’d much rather be with like-minded people and not feel like I’m, well, you start to get this weird feeling like, am I just slumming? Am I living here and looking at the rest of the city’s population like I’m superior to them? “It’s just sort of bullshit.” His move to Marin 18 months ago coincides with a milestone in Doe’s creative development. The artist who harnessed so much inspiration from pain and sorrow more recently confronted the challenge of writing songs under the influence of serenity. His ninth and most recent solo album, The Keeper (Yep Roc), finds the 58-year-old waxing poetic about happiness. It’s had the music press marveling that the acclaimed songwriter and former angry young man has found inspiration in contentment as he’s grown older. “It’s challenging to write songs if you’ve always relied on being unhappy or longing for someone, if you’ve relied on that kind of turmoil for inspiration,” he says, during a phone interview (Doe declined requests for a face-to-face interview). “I think everyone is looking for some sense of satisfaction, especially if you’re 45 or older—you should, if you’re not. I recommend it because otherwise you’re going to be 65 and bitter and nobody’s going to want to hang out with you. “That’s for real! “But it’s definitely a bit of a learning curve to write a song that’s a little happier or in which both

parties get loved in the song, a challenge to make that song have a sense of mystery and an edge, so that it’s not a soft and bad song.”   


BEFORE THE MUSIC world knew him as John Doe, his family and friends called him John Nommensen Duchac. He was born in Decatur, Illinois. His family made stopovers in Tennessee and Wisconsin before settling in Baltimore, Maryland, where Doe sang in church choirs and made his Cahill first public appearance at a school talent show singing “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck,” from the Guys and Dolls musical. He soon discovered rock—early rock. “I was in sixth grade when the first British Invasion happened, but Baltimore was behind the times, so you could still hear a lot of doo-wop and Chuck Berry on AM radio, and I’m part of that era when you could hear all that different music on a single station,” he says. “James Brown owned a station in Baltimore, like he did in a lot of East Coast cities, so I got to hear a lot of hard-edged soul and funk.” At 16, Doe started playing bass in a series of “crappy bands” at clubs along Fells Point on Baltimore’s historic waterfront, where many of the nation’s first naval ships were built and which in the 1960s and ’70s nurtured such local bohemians as kitschy filmmaker John Waters. “This was long before it was taken over by yuppies and frat boys,” Doe says. “It was a great education, playing for tips and stuff like that.” During trips to New York City, Doe attended shows at the landmark punk venue CBGB—the funky Bowery club that spawned the Ramones, Patti Smith, the Talking Heads and Richard Hell

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got together and started playing old Sam Cooke, Gene Vincent and songs like that, to see how we liked each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing,â&#x20AC;? Doe recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we hit it off.â&#x20AC;? Around this same time, Doe met his future wife and soon-to-be lead singer Exene Cervenka (born Christene Cervenka). The two clicked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We met at a poetry workshop. I ďŹ gured that the easiest way to get involved in the community that I knew something about or to ďŹ nd like-minded people was through the writing world,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had run a poetry-reading series with some other people in Baltimore. And there was a big poetry circle in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area that was all about performance and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take itself so seriously.â&#x20AC;? One day, Cervenka showed Doe a song she had written called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Coming Over.â&#x20AC;? Doe, who still had no original material for the band, thought he saw an opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told her Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do it with this band I was starting with Billy Zoom. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna do my song, I will,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he remembers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I thought I should ask if she wanted to be part of the band.â&#x20AC;? Drummer Donald â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.J.â&#x20AC;? Bonebrake rounded out the lineup. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big break came in 1978 when former Doors keyboardist and songwriter Ray Manzerak caught them as the opening act at a show at the Whisky A Go-Go on Sunset Strip. Manzarek and his wife, Dorothy, had gone that night to catch the headliners, the seminal rockabilly revival band Levi and the Rockats. During Xâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set, Dorothy pointed out to her husband that the band was playing a high-octane cover of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul Kitchen,â&#x20AC;? a Manzarek song from the Doorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ďŹ rst album. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even recognize it,â&#x20AC;? Doe muses, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but she did.â&#x20AC;? Manzarek was smitten. He helped X land a deal with the Doorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; label, Elektra Records, and went on to produce their ďŹ rst three albums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was awestruck. My jaw dropped,â&#x20AC;? Doe says of his ďŹ rst meeting with Manzarek, who now lives in the North Bay as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jim Morrison and his poetry and the Doorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music were something that as a teen I was completely infatuated with. I was drawn to their dark side. Having Ray validate our band was a huge conďŹ dence builder.â&#x20AC;?

John Doe at the Movies John Doeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who will appear in the upcoming post-Katrina zombie apocalypse ďŹ lm Zombex, due this fallâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has performed in at least 65 ďŹ lms and TV episodes. On TV, he portrayed the sheriff on the WB network paranormal-teen series Roswell and had roles on ER and 2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wizards of Waverly Place. His ďŹ lm credits include roles in Oliver Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salvador, the Jerry Lee Lewis biopic Great Balls of Fire (he was Wynona Ryderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad), Roadhouse with Patrick Swayze, The Good Girl (with Jennifer Aniston), the 2007 Bob Dylan biopic Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Not There, and the supremely creepy drug cautionary tale Bug. His three daughters have acted with him in director Allison Andersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1999 Sugar Town as well as Border Radio. He even had a role in Whitney Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1992 Doe plays a barkeep wh redneck breakthrough ďŹ lm, against Patro goes up The Bodyguard. in 1989â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;R ick Swayze oadhouse.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Doe can be heard on the jukebox at a country-and-western bar singing a country version of Dolly Partonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I Will Always Love You,â&#x20AC;?during a scene in which Houston (playing a pop diva) and Kevin Costner (the Secret Service agent hired to protect her) dance cheek-to-cheek in a pivotal romantic scene. Houston later reprises the song. Her version was a smash hit, Doeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has slipped into obscurity as it was excluded from the CD version of the soundtrack.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;GC

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in-store appearance at Amoeba Records to promote seven or eight songs on a CD that we sell at the few performances that we do together. She was onstage talking about some political thing, about how we had all felt that Ronald Reagan was going to be the end of the world and realizing now that that was such a naive time [in comparison to today]. If you project 15 or 20 years into the future, you realize that we’re going to think of this as being a very naive time. “And I’m thinking, holy crap, what’s that going to be like? “We’re definitely getting toward the top of the hill, where there are going to be even more serious crises. And you have to try to act responsibly and alleviate that. That’s one of the reasons I love living Coming Soon in this area. People do OOOO X-35 performs Wednesday, May try to eat better food and 9, at 9pm, at the Sweetwater THESE DAYS,DOE appears recycling isn’t requested, Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera to be comfortable in his own it’s mandatory—it’s part Ave., Mill Valley. The show is skin, able to express artfully of the price of living. After sold out. the sentiments of a middleall, in some parts of the aged family man and his recountry, people are acting sponsibility as a troubadour like it’s 1950 or something at a time when anarchy has gone mainstream and burying their heads in the sand. with the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests. “I think our music should speak to everyThat’s no easy task. one as much or more than it ever did,” he says “Struggling with the fears of the present of X at 35. “There’s a universal feeling of angst day is more of a challenge now than it was and I feel really lucky that X still translates 10 or 15 years ago, just because the world that and can bring it to the stage. has ramped up its intensity,” he says. “I had “I’m totally fucking grateful for that.” < a thought the other day: Exene and I did an Identify yourself to Greg at

concert celebrating the 100th birthday of folk legend Woody Guthrie. “[The attraction to roots music] was part of the return to two-and-a-half-minute songs. The musical ethic of punk rock is no more five-minute solos, no more fucking jamming and may God not strike me down right here in Fairfax, no more Grateful Dead,” he says with hint of a laugh. “It was all part of the revolution, the return to the notion that rock ’n’ roll was dangerous, the return to rock ’n’ roll as freedom. It’s a return to the thrust that rock ’n’ roll is youth and short songs and maybe the lyrics are dumb, or maybe not, but it’s to the point. “Our heroes were Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis because they did embrace that kind of rebellion.”


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he Bay Area band Montrose— ist, it sealed the reputation of Montrose as named after its axe-slinging leader a hard-rock guitarist who could shred with Ronnie Montrose—became “one of the best while carrying the torch for Bay the first American-bred hard-rock groups Area rock. to challenge British supremacy in the early Hagar and other rock glitterati will ’70s,” the All Music Guide has opined. gather April 27 at the Regency Ballroom “Montrose is remembered as, if not the in San Francisco at a (sold-out) tribute most successful, then certainly one of the concert to Montrose, who died March 3 of most influential, bands of the era.” a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a long As someone who experienced all the rock battle with prostrate cancer. He was 64. swagger of a decibel-shattering rendition The all-star lineup on the bill of A Conof “Spaceage cert for Ronnie Sacrifice,” in the Montrose—A sweltering conCelebration fines of Winterof His Life in land and at the Music includes height of Monguitarist Neal trose’s powers, Schon of JourI can attest that ney, ex-Journey there’s no hydrummer Steve perbole in that Smith, memstatement. bers of Tesla, That semivocalist Eric nal band not Martin of Mr. only served Big (the Marin Montrose and Hagar reunited on stage a couple of years ago; their early as the train- ‘70s legacy includes such rockers as ‘Rock Candy’ and ‘Bad Motor Scooter.’ rocker who ing ground for once auditioned its lead singer, for the spot Sammy Hagar, who went on to glory as the in Van Halen that went to his colleague frontman for Van Halen and as a solo art- Hagar), Ricky Phillips of Styx, Eric Singer

and Tommy Thayer of KISS, and Jimmy DeGrasso from Y & T and Alice Cooper. Also appearing is the original Montrose lineup (Hagar, vocals; Bill Church, bass; and Denny Carmassi, drums), who will be performing the landmark first Montrose album, with special guest Joe Satriani on lead guitar. The original Gamma lineup (Davey Pattison, vocals; Glenn Letsch, bass; and Carmassi, drums) also will be on hand, with special guest Marc Bonilla on lead guitar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ronnie Montrose Fund for San Francisco Bay Area Musicians through Sweet Relief, a national charity for ailing musicians and their families. Montrose, a San Francisco native, moved with his family to Colorado when he was 2, returning to the Bay Area 17 years later. In 1969, he started a band called Sawbuck with Bill Church, though that project got sidetracked when the versatile and accomplished young guitarist was hired to do studio work with Van Morrison (Tupelo Honey, Saint Dominic’s Preview) and Herbie Hancock (Mwandishi). His credits also included sessions with Gary Wright (Dream Weaver), Tony Williams (The Joy of Flying), and Edgar

The Bay Area legend, above in 1974, died from a selfinflicted gunshot wound in March.

Winter (They Only Come Out at Night), among others. Sawbuck cut one album in 1972. The following year, Montrose formed his namesake band, which recorded two albums together. The debut Montrose album went platinum and has been called the first American heavy metal album. In 1978, he recorded Open Fire, a solo album, and the following year formed the more prog-rock-oriented Gamma, which recorded four albums. In the 1980s, Montrose contributed guitar on Paul Kantner’s 1983 side project Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra and the Neville Brothers’ 1987 album Uptown, and worked as a producer for Mitchell Froom and Jeff Berlin. In the 1990s, he contributed songs to Hagar’s 1992 solo album Red Hot and the Red Rocker’s 1997 outing Marching to Mars. In 2000, he reunited Gamma for a fourth album, which was followed by Gamma 5 in 2005. That same year, he contributed to Pink Floyd: Back Against the Wall, a Floyd progrock tribute album that brought Montrose together with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull and members of King Crimson, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Styx. But to those who knew him best, and mourn his loss, Montrose was a husband, father and grandfather. “Ronnie was the kindest man I had ever met,” his wife, Leighsa Montrose, said in a written statement. “I am honored that he was my husband and best friend as well. We slept together, we woke each morning together and we shared every meal together. We savored every moment that we had together. I am so proud of him for the man he was, which extended far beyond his musical abilities.” < Share Montrose memories with Greg at APRIL 27 -MAY 3, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 25


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American Reunion (1:53) The horny teens of “American Pie” reunite 13 years later for a weekend of friendship and memories plus boozing, cussing and rampant sex. O Bully (1:38) Acclaimed documentary looks at five kids and how they endure the most common form of anti-youth violence in the U.S. today. O The Cabin in the Woods (1:35) Joss Whedon’s subversive horror comedy about a remote and sinister forest hideaway. O Chimpanzee (1:15) Disney True Life Adventure tracks the exploits of a fun-loving baby chimp in the lush forests of the Ivory Coast. O The Deep Blue Sea (1:38) Terence Rattigan’s classic drama hits the big screen with Rachel Weisz as a pampered barrister’s wife who gives it all up for the love of a young RAF pilot. O The Five-Year Engagement (2:04) Emily Blunt and Jason Segel as a quasi-committed couple making a tortured, half-decade journey from “yes” to “I do.” O Footnote (1:45) The intense rivalry between father-and-son Talmudic scholars intensifies when Dad wins the coveted (by both) Israel Prize. O The Hunger Games (2:22) In post-apocalyptic North America a teenage girl fights for her life against a squad of trained assassins on a popular government-sponsored reality show! O Jeff, Who Lives at Home (1:23) Listless slacker Jason Segel’s search for an ordained life path leads to strangeness, confusion and high comedy; Susan Sarandon costars. O The Kid With a Bike (1:27) French drama about an abandoned child’s complex relationship with a kindly hairdresser. O Lockout (1:35) Former G-man Guy Pearce and president’s daughter Maggie Grace find themselves in the middle of an explosive riot in an orbiting top-security prison satellite. O The Lucky One (1:41) An ex-Marine O

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searches for the unknown woman whose good-luck photograph kept him alive through three tours of duty in Iraq. O Marley (2:25) Reggae legend and sociopolitical icon Bob Marley is the subject of Kevin Macdonald’s insightful, music-packed documentary. O Marvel’s The Avengers (2:20) An all-star cast of superheroes (Iron Man, The Hulk and Black Widow among them) team up to thwart a fiend bent on global domination; Joss Whedon directs Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson. O The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata (3:15) Verdi’s timeless tragedy of a tubercular courtesan’s lost love is presented live from New York in glorious big-screen high definition. O Mirror Mirror (1:46) Exiled princess Snow White joins forces with seven rebel dwarves to overthrow an evil queen, reclaim the throne and snag a princely bf for good measure. O Monsieur Lazhar (1:34) An Algerian schoolteacher living in Quebec connects with pupils still recovering from the suicide of their old headmaster. O The Pirates! Band of Misfits (1:28) Swashbuckling cartoon about three buccaneers’ quest for their profession’s highest honor: Pirate of the Year. O The Raid: Redemption (1:41) Indonesian action flick about a team of undercover cops who have to fight their way out of a criminals’ skyscraper hideout when their cover’s blown. O The Raven (1:43) Edgar Allan Poe joins forces with a Baltimore cop to take down a serial killer who takes inspiration from the writer’s grisly short stories. O Safe (1:35) Martial artist Jason Statham runs afoul of the Russian Mafia and has to choose between running…or fighting. O Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (1:52) British fishery expert Ewan McGregor is ordered by the PM to bring angling to the desert at the whim of a Mideast sheik; Lasse Hallström directs. O Straight Outta Hunter’s Point 2 (1:20) Kevin Epps’ sequel to his 2003 documentary pays a return visit to the beleaguered, isolated S.F. neighborhood and its families, teachers, cops, thugs…and encroaching gentrifiers. O Think Like a Man (2:02) Four women learn to manipulate their boyfriends after reading Steve Harvey’s best-selling insiderinfo love guide. O The Three Stooges (1:32) Larry, Moe and Curly (hold the Shemp) are back, slapping and eye-poking their way through murder and mayhem; Jackie Chan and Larry David costar. O Titanic 3D (3:14) James Cameron’s disaster flick is back in three presumably lucrative dimensions; Kate and Leo star, of course. O 21 Jump Street (1:49) Ever-youthful LA cops Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover at a local high school and find those old adolescent anxieties as difficult to deal with as the drug ring they’re supposed to be investigating. O Wrath of the Titans (1:39) All hell breaks loose when Zeus is imprisoned by Hades and it’s up to Perseus and Andromeda to save mankind…AGAIN. <

›› MOViE TiMES 21 Jump Street (R) Century Northgate 15: 10:55, 1:35, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 American Reunion (R) ++ Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 4:30, 10 Bully (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sun 2, 4:15 (with educators panel discussion), 7:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45 The Cabin in the Woods (R) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Sun-Tue, Thu 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:25, 7:20, 9:35 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 9:35 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:40 Chimpanzee (G) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:15, 9:20 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:50, 5, 7:15, 9:20 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7, 9:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20 Sun-Thu 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:15 The Deep Blue Sea (R) +++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4:45 NThe Five-Year Engagement (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:25 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 11, 1:55, 4:55, 7:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:05, 7, 9:55 Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 Sun 1:10, 4:05, 7 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 6:45, 9:40 SunThu 1, 4, 6:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1, 4, 6:50 MonThu 4, 6:50 Footnote (PG) +++ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:30, 7 The Hunger Games (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:15, 3:40, 7, 10:15 Mon, Tue, Thu 6:30, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 1:10, 2:50, 4:25, 6:10, 7:50, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:50, 7:05, 10:15 Thu 12:40, 3:50,


New Movies This Week

7:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:20, 3:25, 6:30, 9:30 SunThu 12:20, 3:25, 6:30 Jeff, Who Lives at Home (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:55, 3:10, 5:25, 7:40, 10 Sun-Tue, Thu 12:55, 3:10, 5:25, 7:40 The Kid With a Bike (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 4:45, 9:35 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:45, 4:45 Lockout (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25 The Lucky One (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 1:05, 2:20, 3:40, 5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:50, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:15, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:20, 4:15, 7:10 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:35, 7:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:25 Sun-Thu 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 NMarley (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 NMarvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm; 3D showtime at 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm; 3D showtime at 11:59pm Fairfax 6 Theatres: Thu 11:59pm The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Mirror Mirror (PG) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:40, 4:15, 7:15, 9:55 Monsieur Lazhar (Not Rated) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 6:50, 9 Sat 2:30, 6:50, 9 Sun 2:30, 9:15 Mon 9:15 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9 NThe Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Century Northgate 15: 1, 3:25, 6, 8:10, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30

Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 5; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:30, 9:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 3:50, 6:10, 8:30; 3D showtimes at 12:10, 2:25, 4:35, 6:50, 9:10 Sun-Thu 1:30, 3:50, 6:10; 3D showtimes at 12:10, 2:25, 4:35, 6:50 Lark Theater: Fri 6, 8 Sat 2, 4, 6, 8 Sun 4, 6 Mon 7:15 Tue-Wed 5:15, 7:15 Thu 4 The Raid: Redemption (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 2:10, 7 NThe Raven (R) Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Thu 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:55, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 Sun-Tue, Thu 10:55, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 NSafe (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:20, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:20, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 5, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sat 1:15, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sun 1:15, 4:10, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4:10, 6:40 NStraight Outta Hunter’s Point 2 (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (filmmaker Kevin Epps in person) Think Like a Man (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 Thu 1:05, 4:05, 7:05 The Three Stooges (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Titanic 3D (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:40; 3D showtimes at 3:50, 8 Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 2:05; 3D showtime at 7:25

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

Scarlett Johansson in ‘The Avengers,’ sneaking in Thursday at midnight at the Fairfax, Northgate and Rowland.


F R I D AY A P R I L 2 7 — F R I D AY M AY 4 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 04/27: Craig Ventresco and Meredith Axelrod Americana, roots, bluegrass. 8 p.m. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846.

04/27: Jesse Kincaid Band with Cole Tate Multi instrumentalist singer/songwriters Jesse Kincaid and Cole Tate join in an acoustic evening of favorite songs, new songs, Irish, blues and jazz. 7-10pm. Taste Of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito . 332-7660. 04/27: Pop Fiction From Donna Summer to Journey to Lady Gaga and everything in between. 9:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 04/27: Swamp Thang Rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 04/27: The Jesse Brewster Band Rancho Debut! Original Rock, Americana and Alternative Country. This is a dinner show, please call to make reservations. 8:30-11pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/28:‘Crazy in Love With Patsy Cline’ Jazz, country and blues. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers with Bobby Black on pedal steel. 8pm. $21-31. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 04/28: Doc Kraft Dance Band Swing, Latin, country, reggae, rock. Open to the public. 8:30pm-1:30am. $5. Fort Baker Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker Road, Sausalito. 601-7858.

04/28: Sila Funk/world groove. 9pm. $12-18. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 04/28: Volker Strifler Band Singer, songwriter, and guitarist. This is a dinner show, please call for reservations. 8:30-11pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/28: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 04/28: Will Magid World music. 8-11pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 04/29: Pa’l Bailador Salsa with Nuyorican flavor.4pm salsa dance class with Steve Friedman. 5pm live music. Ladies free before 5pm 5-10pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 04/29: WTJ2 (starring Wendy Fitz) Featuring Tim Bush, John Molloy, Jack Pribble and Wendy Fitz. Country western swing, and pop. 5-7pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/01: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 05/01: Swing Fever “Jazz of the Great Swing Bands.” 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 05/02: Chris Lujan’s Right Now Instrumental groove. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San

BEST BET Reconnect the dots Filling the holes left in the larger social and environmental justice movements, JOANNA MACY’s approach to mending our tattered world leaves her WORK THAT RECONNECTS workshop participants with a sense of hope. An internationally acclaimed writer (Coming Back to Life, World as Lover, World as Self and Active Hope, among many others) and leader in the systems theory world, Macy carries her We’re calmer just looking at this photo. roots in Buddhism and deep ecology into everything she does. Simply listening to her speak tends to calm the worry about the future that rattles so many of us. Marin is fortunate to have her visit and share her wisdom this weekend for an afternoon workshop and an evening book signing and talk on Saturday, April 28. Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church, 11445 Shoreline Highway, Point Reyes Station. Workshop: 2-5:30 pm, $40. Book signing and talk: 7pm, free. Register at—Dani Burlison

Bill Champlin—formerly of Sons of Champlin and Chicago—will rock 142 Throckmorton on May 4; a little bluebird tells us his former bandmate Tim Cain will join him for a few songs... Rafael. 457-3993. 05/03: C-Jam with Connie Ducey Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 05/03: Kenny Washington Jazz vocalist. 8pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 05/03: Meklit Hadero Local singer-songwriter jazz/soul funk trio and special guest Quinn Deveaux. 7:30-9:30pm. $25-30. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000.

05/03: Philip Claypool and Special Guests Country, rock. 7pm. No charge. Nourish at Harbor Point, 475 East Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley. 381-4400. 05/03: Two Buck Chuck Rock. 8:30pm. $7-10. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 05/04: Bill Champlin Acoustic show with singer/ songwriter/leader of the ’60s Bay Area rock band The Sons of Champlin and former lead vocalist of the iconic rock/pop band Chicago. 8pm. $23-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

05/04: Jesse Kincaid Band with Cole Tate Rock, blues. 8:30-11:30pm. $7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito . 05/04: John Santos and his Sextet Five Time Grammy Nominee Santos is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments. 9pm. $15-25. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Concerts 04/27: Concert of Music and Mystical Poetry With Jami Sieber, cello; Kim Rosen, poetry. Poems from around the world with music that moves. 7:30-9:30pm. $15-20. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 7553775.

04/27: John Karl Hirten “Angels, Bells, Heroes.” Organ recital in the acoustically perfect St. Stephen’s sanctuary on the Opus 959 organ. With works by Franck, Langlais, Hirten, Mulet, Weaver and others. 7-8pm. $5-10. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere. 435-4501, ext.17. 04/29: Aswat Fairfax Redwoods Concert. Arabic music ensemble. 3-5pm. $15 online tickets / $20 at the door The Center for Peace and Compassion, 781 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 454-6666. 04/29: Musica Frivola Light-hearted music featuring Rebecca Jones, vocals; Mark Jordan, violin; David Shepard, piano. Proceeds benefit Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy. 4pm. $10-20. Marin Lutheran Church, 649 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-3782. 05/04: American Bach Soloists With Kathryn Mueller, soprano; Judith Malafronte, alto; Jon Lee Keenan, tenor; Mischa Bouvier, baritone. Works by J.S. Bach. 8 p.m. $18-53. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 621-7900. 05/04: Assisi Quartet Works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Debussy. 8 p.m. Donations welcome. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 892-9896.

Dance 04/27: Argentine Tango A fun evening to provide an introduction to the social form of Argentine Tango as danced in Buenos Aires. The one-hour introductory class 7-8pm is followed by a practice dance, a “Practica” from 8-10. 7-10pm. Free, In celebration of Bay Area National Dance Week Knights of Columbus, 167 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 482-7588. 04/27: Kopachka Folk Dancers Ethnic dances from the Balkans and beyond. Beginning teaching 7:30-8:00, intermediate teaching 8:00-8:30, dance program 8:30-10:30 then light refreshments. NewAPRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 27

Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-3077.

Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393.

04/30: Benefit Concert for Baby Vinnie. 8-11pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 05/02: Greek Folk Dance Dances from Northern Greece. 7:15-8:45pm. $35 / $32/ $10 drop in fee Pickelweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 570-1841. Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp 05/02: International Folk Dance Dances from Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania, Israel & more taught by Carol Friedman. Great fun, great music, great company! Beginners, newcomers, dropins always welcome. 7-8:15pm. Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-9512.

05/03: The Great Broadway Sing Along Mix of performance and audience participation in an evening of classic show tunes. Broadway singers perform and lead the audience in singing. Full lyrics provided. 7:30pm. $25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111.

Through 05/20:‘References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot’ AlterTheater produces José Rivera’s surreal drama about a desperate housewife in Barstow trying to hold her marriage together when her husband returns from war in the Middle East. 7:30pm Wed./8pm Fri.Sat./6pm Sun. $15-35. Lootens, 888 4th St., San Rafael. 454-2787.



04/29: 51st Rhubarb Revue: Viva Las Rhubarb ’60s Vegas themed variety show. Comedy,

04/27: Bizarro’s 10,000th Anniversary with Dan Piraro After 25 years at the draft-

music, satiric skits,and dance routines. Bring dinner. Buy the community lauded rhubarbstrawberry crisp for dessert. Shows on Fri.-Sat. evenings. 6:30-9:30pm. $20. Tamalpais Valley

ing table, the acclaimed cartoonist and creator of ‘Bizarro’ has just drawn his 10,000th cartoon. He’s putting his pens down and headed out to tour with his one man show. 8pm. $20-23. 142

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Swing Solo Acoustic ‘Bizarro’ creator Dan Piraro is celebrating his 10,000th cartoon; ‘ink’ it on your calendar for April 27 at 142 Throckmorton.


Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 04/27: Marin Murder Mysteries Fun, interactive, whodunnit event features a five course dinner served up with a comical case of murder and mayhem that includes the audience as key criminal investigators. 6:30pm. $44-$68 San Rafael Joes, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 306-1202.

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04/28: 10th Annual Artists of Issaquah Show Exhibit with works by Sausalito’s floating homes community artists. Guests have the opportunity to view and purchase outstanding art and very reasonable prices in a magical environment. 11am-5pm. Free. Waldo Point Harbor, Gate 6 Road & Bridgeway, Sausalito. 331-8989.

04/28: Marin Open Studios Preview Gala Vibrant, community wide event which celebrates Marin’s rich culture of art. Start at the Preview Gala on April 28th and meet artists, art lovers and supporters. 5-8pm. Free. Town Center, 325 Town Center, Corte Madera . 331-9520. 04/30-06/11: Topofilla Japanese-style woodcut prints by Tom Killion interpret the Bay Area elements of sky, earth and sea. These prints explore the local landscape and distant mountains in California 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 05/01 -05/31: Leslie Lakes “Lyrical Artist.” Sculpture, whimsical paintings and matted prints of animals on sheet music by Mill Valley artist Leslie

Lakes. For adults and children alike. No charge. Larkspur Public Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

05/01: Mill Valley First Tuesday Art Walk Enjoy some wonderful art at galleries, stores, city hall and the community center. Artists will be present and refreshments will be served. 6-8pm. Free Various locations around Mill Valley, Mill Valley. 388-4033. 05/04-06/22: Surface Design Mixed media art exhibit curated by SF gallerist Virginia Breier. Opening reception 5-8pm May 11 during 2nd Fridays Art Walk. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 04/27:‘The Elements’ Juried by SFMOMA Artists Gallery director Maria Medua. Featuring a variety of mediums, art inspired by 4 elements: fire, water, wind, water. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 4518119.

Through 04/28:‘Open Craft and Sculpture Exhibition MSA members and nonmembers working in three dimensional media. Works in clay, fiber, glass, metal, stone, wire, wood, etc., there are many talented artists in these media. 11am-4pm. No charge. Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (Marin Art and Garden Center) , Ross. 454-9561. Through 04/28:‘Optical Delusions’ Crome Architecture is proud to present the work of Bay Area painter Georgette Osserman who creates vibrant paintings that explore elements of visual movement, color and psychological relationships. Free. Crome Architecture, 905 Fourth St., San Rafael. 453-0700.

Through 05/04: Vin Antico Hosts Artist Stacey Kamp During the month of April artist Stacey


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Kamp will be showing her paintings. 5-7pm. Free. Vin Antico, 881 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-4492.

Through 05/13: Mimi Abers,The Latino Photography Project and Geraldine LiaBraaten â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emergences,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;A TravĂŠs de Nuestros Ojos (Through Our Eyes).â&#x20AC;? 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347.

Through 05/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Altered Book Show/Silent Auctionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wildly popular show returns to MarinMOCA with 150 Bay Area artists giving new life to old, discarded books. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 05/26: Annual Juried Exhibition Falkirk presents its popular annual exhibition of works by Marin and Bay Area artists. Juried by Richard Elliott, California College of Arts. Mixed themes and diverse media styles represented. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. Through 05/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Muslim Eyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibit of secular and religious art by Muslim artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Includes photos, paintings and sculpture. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. 464-2500. Through 06/28: Ron Kappe Recent oil paintings. Gallery hours: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No charge. College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 457-7801.

Through 08/02:â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver: A State of Mindâ&#x20AC;? Portraits from photographer Vicki Topazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent series featuring 52 remarkable women who have let their hair grey. 10:30am-4pm. The Buck Institute on Aging, 8001 Redwood Highway, Novato. 209-2000 for appointment.

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05/02: Sculpture in the Bay Area: Construction and Deconstruction Docent Clara Morrissey, of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will discuss the hidden sculptures around the Bay Area and highlight sculptures at the de Young in the Stephen De Staebler exhibition 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chamber, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 458-3321. 05/03: Current State of College of Marin Dr. David Coon speaks about the College of Marin and changes he envisions, managing budget shortfalls and course offering for older citizens. Light refreshments will be served. 1-2:30pm. Free. The Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 3889886. 05/03: Special Effects and Movie Magic For High School Students Only. Geordie Martinez of special effects powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic (think Star Wars) will create some visual sorcery and then reveal the method behind his magic. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. 05/03: The Legacy of the Kent Family California Room Librarian Laurie Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illustrated talk will shed light on the origins of Kentfield and profile the history of the Kent Family and their many contributions to Marin County. 7-8pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444.

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05/01: Tiburon International Film Festival â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Forbidden Zone.â&#x20AC;? Author Junger and photographer Reza travel deep in the Hindu Kush Mountains, Afghanistan, in search of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the resistance leader known as The Lion of Panjshir. 6-7pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

05/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Miss Representationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Benefit Screening for Beyond Hunger Presented by Beyond Hunger, a nonprofit that supports people suffering with eating disorders. Q&A with writer/ director, Jennifer Siebel Newsom to follow, as well as a silent auction and reception. 6:15-10pm. $25-30. Marin Country Day School, 5221 Paradise Dr., Corte Madera. 459-2270.

Community Events (Misc.) 04/27-30: Point Reyes Birding Festival Observe birds of the ocean, coast and wetlands! Family friendly events, a trip to Cordell Bank, a Friday night wine and dessert reception, a Saturday night banquet and much more. Varies. Pt. Reyes Station. 663-9312. www.pointreyesbirdingfestival. org

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ences and answer your questions about moving between these literary worlds. 2-4pm. $5-10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 04/29: Victoria Sweet Sweet talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hotel.â&#x20AC;? S.F. Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country. Sweet came for two months and stayed for 20 years. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 0429: Michael Lerner Rabbi Lerner talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Embracing Israel/Palestine.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/02: Hollister Rand The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Not Dead, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Different.â&#x20AC;? Working as a medium for the last 15 years, Rand has reached out to many loved ones. She talks about what she feels these spirits are saying. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/03: Ron Rash The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cove.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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04/28: Marin Master Gardeners: Worms Make It Happen Marin Master Gardener Joan Irwin discusses how worms recycle food scraps and other organic matter into worm compost and compost tea which can be used to feed your plants. Also Joan makes a worm bin. 10-11am. $5. Tama-

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04/28: Mt.Tam Watershed Centennial Hike: Oaks-Caterpillars-Birds Explore our oak woodlands with special guests, an insect expert, a bird enthusiast and an arborist. Look at specimens under a microscope, watch birds through binoculars and more. 10am-noon. Free. Phoenix Lake Dam, Natalie Coffin Greene Park Lagunitas Rd, Kentfield. 9451128.

04/28: Novato Celebrates: Multicultural Festival Novato Multicultural Commission Presents a festival celebrating cultural diversity. Meet neighbors at a fun family afternoon with live entertainment, food and sharing. Noon-4pm. Free. Miwok Park/Rain location:Hamilton Community Center, 2200 Novato Blvd./Rain: 503B S. Palm Dr. , Novato.

04/28: Ross Valley Mother Club Community Playgroup Kick-Off Want to meet your neighbors, kids who will be attending the same school as your child? Come to the park and meet new faces, sponsored by the Ross Valley Mothers Club. New member signups receive treats. 10amnoon. Free. Gerstle Park, San Rafael Ave., San Rafael.

04/28: San Rafael High Pancake Breakfast 6th Annual San Rafael High School Athletic Booster Pancake Breakfast, benefiting SRHS Athletics. With breakfast, silent auction, special guests and more. 9-11am. $5-10. San Rafael High School, 185 Mission St., San Rafael. 485-2347. 04/28: 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. 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

04/29: Israel in Marin: A Free Festival for All Grab your map and take a whirlwind tour of the food, culture, art, literature, music, and spirit of Israel: 9:30-11:30am live performances; 11:30am-2:30pm festival for all with a real camel. 9:30am-2:30pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8080.

04/29: Sunday Morning Meditative Hike Easy walk around Lake Lagunitas. Meet at the Fairfax Community Church at 8am for carpooling or at 8:20am in the Lake Lagunitas parking lot at the animal postings board. 8-10am. Free. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 04/29: 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 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera,. 389-8707. 04/30: Fly Gym Aerial Yoga Fitness Using swings that hang close to the ground, strengthen & lengthen those hard-to-reach places. All ages, abilities & disabilities welcome. 7:30-8:30pm. $14-20. Suzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio, 36 Woodland Ave., San Rafael. 302-0366. 05/01: 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. 05/02: Team 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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04/29: Children’s Garden Faire Enjoy a magical day and celebrate the 21st anniversary of the garden With live music, prizes, fairy house building contest, potion making, build a bird-feeder, make chicken pillows, jewelry making, henna tattoos, and face painting, apple bobbing, pie eating contest 12-4 p.m. Free Edna Maguire School , 80 Lomita Dr., Mill Valley. 04/29: Essence Performing songs from her CD “A Dog Named Moo.” 11 a.m. $8. Company C Ballet, 12 School St., Fairfax. 297-6897. www.

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cal instruments, singing and fun with teacher Melissa Ayotte. 10-10:30am. Free. Marin Kids Consignment, 814 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 456-4943. 04/30: Family Fare: Tim Cain Come eat and enjoy live kids music with the inimitable TIm Cain. 5:30 p.m. $3. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Boulevard, Novato. 878-4977.

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05/01: Baby Time: Mother Goose on the Loose Baby Time is a fun-filled, thirty minute inter-

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. Tuesdays: New Moms Support Group Drop in, weigh baby, get to know other moms, relax and share experiences. Facilitated by Newborn expert Georgia Montgomery. Help with feeding, sleep and balancing your busy lives. Repeats every Tuesday. 11am-12:30pm Donations welcome. UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 608-8308.

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Kid Stuff 04/28-29: Mad Hatter’s Spring Tea Party Join Alice, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse for a Wonderland tea party, complete with tea sandwiches, beverages, and dessert. The cast of characters in original costumes, from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, will entertain and make the little ones. Bring your camera for great photo opportunities. Reservations are required. Event is not appropriate for children under 2. Seatings at noon and 3pm. $22.50-27.50, includes all the food you can eat and a goodie bag for each child. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. (800) 838-3006.

04/28: Birds and Dunes of Abbott’s Lagoon Abbott’s Lagoon is a spectacular nature destination at Point Reyes. This is a family event led by popular naturalist Sharon Barnett. Easy walk followed by lunch on the beach. 8:30am-1pm. $35. Abbott’s Lagoon, Point Reyes Seashore, Point Reyes. 460-5385. www. 04/28: Perla Batalla Singer/storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor. 11am-noon. $5-14, includes museum admission. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. 04/28: Saturday Morning Storytime Weekly program including picture books, songs and fingerplays for ages 3 and up. Free. 11-11:30am. Free. Fairfax Branch Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 453-8151. 04/28: Spring Fling Celebrate springtime on the farm with live, kid-friendly music, local organic cuisine, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Activities include milking goats, feeding chickens, garden tour,butter and cheese making, sheep shearing, spinning wool, face painting, guided coastal hike. Bring a water bottle, layered clothing and shoes that can get wet and dirty. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25-30, under 2 free. Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy., Muir Beach. 381-6155. 32 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2012

05/01: San Geronimo Valley School Poetry Reading San Geronimo Valley School students from the first through sixth grades read their original poems about their lives, interests, concerns and the natural world. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/02: Toddler Story Time Stories, rhymes and songs in the library with Molly McCall. For children 0-3 and their caretakers. 9:40-10am. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. 05/03: Nature for Kids at Deer Island Head up through the forest to the ridge where an open meadow will provide plenty of places to enjoy lunch, explore and look for wildlife. Meet at Deer Island Trailhead. 10am-1pm. Free, rain may cancel. Marin Parks, 305 Deer Island Lane, Novato. 893-9527. 05/04: Madeline Miller The children’s author discusses “The Song of Achilles,” an epic retelling of the Trojan War, a tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/04: Trenton Lee Stewart Stewart talks about “The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.” 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. Thursday: After School Storytime Picture books, songs and fingerplays for children ages 3 and up. 3:30-4pm. Free. Fairfax Branch Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 453-8151.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) In spite of dynamic Mars motivating your work ethic, you might be avoiding the job Thursday and Friday. You’re either seeking comfort from career demands or simply have spring fever and don’t want to be indoors. For the entire week you see the beauty in your immediate environment, whether blossoming flowers, a new wine bar/art gallery or the attractive neighbor who moved in next door. When Venus wants you to enjoy your surroundings, she doesn’t cut corners... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) It’s yet ANOTHER fabulous birthday weekend as the dramatic Sun (in your sign) hooks up with passionate Pluto. Expect things to go well in the romance department, especially when you express your true feelings to the object of your affection. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the intuitive Moon brings you lucky hunches, so pay attention when you feel the urge to go somewhere or introduce yourself to someone. It’s your birthday. You’re supposed to show off... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Irritating Mars continues to give Gemini a hard time, twisting your emotions like a kite caught in a tree on a windy day. While not every aspect of life is under fire, there seems to be a lot of smoldering in regard to home and family. Fortunately, diplomatic Venus in your sign saves the week. You are determined to be as fair as possible, even when unjustly attacked. Charm—the weapon of mass captivation. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon is in your sign Thursday and Friday. With heart and head now working in sync, you are encouraged to set in motion a goal for the month. This is a lovely time for personal relationships of the romantic kind—if “falling in love” is on your list of goals. On May 1 you are energized and motivated to do something physical—try a new exercise class, hike up a mountain or bicycle across town to visit your new lover. Isn’t springtime grand? LEO (July 22 - August 22) No matter what the event, it’s easy to have fun with friends when sociable Venus lights up your house of group activities. The weekend is the top of your lunar cycle and the insightful Moon ensures you are in the right place at the right time. Whether hoping to enhance your professional or personal life, you can count on the universe to provide. Which is probably better than counting on the U.S. Congress... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) While you manage to remain calm and levelheaded on the job, once you leave work anything goes. You can be fearless, careless, impulsive, daring and impatient right now. On one hand, this leads to exciting adventures and sporty activities. On the other hand, this leaves you vulnerable to accidents and arguments. So, before you go racing off on your new motorized skateboard, put on a helmet—and try not to knock over any pedestrians. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Your ruler (self-indulgent Venus) remains in the logical sign of Gemini, which explains why you resist believing in your ever-expanding psychic powers. The battle between rationality and faith gets personal in your chart. The key is not to discard one in favor of the other, but to find a way to honor both. If you freeze with indecision while you’re attempting to find the right balance, ask someone to bring you a warm robe...and a crystal ball. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) As the Sun has moved into opposition to your sign, the focus is on evaluating how far you’ve come in the last six months. If you set any goals around your birthday, it is time to gauge your progress. You may not even be interested in sticking to your original plan, so go ahead and cut your losses. Whatever remains should be halfway to completion. Or maybe you haven’t even started yet; many of you do work better under pressure... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Seductive Venus continues to offer you romantic pleasures. Your ruler (Jupiter) in the sensual sign of Taurus points out the bliss of physical self-indulgence—the perfect week for spending time with a lover or booking a stay at a luxury spa resort—or both, since the room costs the same either way. That’s the thing about having your ruler in frugal Taurus—you know how to get the most value for your buck... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Usually, you are the pragmatic one. You plan for the future, organize your finances, make sure the boss knows that you are dependable and responsible by arriving to work on time and getting your projects completed before the deadline. Now, however, you’re straying off your path. You recognize that your emotional life is just as important as your professional one (if not more so). You are getting soft around your sharp-minded edges. It’s actually kind of cute... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) You like to think you are independent, but it’s one of those weekends when you want someone to take care of you. Not that you’re helpless, you just feel better knowing someone is there for you. This is a temporary setback for those who have been enjoying the lengthy journey started when Uranus (your ruler) entered adventurous Aries in March of 2011. But, since you still have years left to develop your daring explorer, you needn’t rush the issue. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) You think you’re being sympathetic, but you may have a hidden agenda. Every once in a while, when your ruler (empathetic Neptune) connects with assertive Mars, you start to succumb to passive-aggressive tendencies. As you shake your head in hurt and bewilderment, on some level you are trying to make the other person feel guilty. This eventually backfires since you ARE the empathetic one, and making someone else feel bad? 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Public Notices Continued from Page 32 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129197 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LIVINGCAPITALMETRICS.COM, 108 1/2 4TH ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: WILLIAM P FISHER JR., 108 1/2 4TH ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129138 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAMBRANO SEWING, 106 RIDGEWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELISE A SAMBRANO, 106 RIDGEWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129216 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RUBY’S DAY SPA, 1102 SECOND ST. STE 11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PING GUAN, 30 PONSETTA DR. #212, DALY CITY, CA 94015. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 10, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129156 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THOUGHT FOR FOOD CONSULTING, 236 C ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALLEN SEIDNER, 236 C ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 3, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129143 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ATLANTIC KRAFT; CELLMARK RECYCLING; KALEIDOSCOPE TRADING; NORTHWEST FIBERS; PACFOR; SIERRA FIBERS; TECNOTRADE USA; TRI STATE INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES; UNITED INTERNATIONAL, 22 PELICAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CELLMARK INC., 22 PELICAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129249 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PRESTIGE AUTOBODY COLLISION REPAIR INC., 180 GARY PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PRESTIGE AUTOBODY COLLISION REPAIR INC., 180 GARY PLACE, 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 April 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129222 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIA’S MERRY MAIDS, 2501 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. #12A, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: MARIA ALVAREZ, 2501 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. #12A, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. 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 April 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129268 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SLIPSTREAM PRODUCTIONS; LIQUID LOGISTICS, 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947: AWDIRECT INC., 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 9,

2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 18, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129255 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SKIN MARIN, 160 MARINER GREEN CT., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: SHERYL ROSENOER, 160 MARINER GREEN CT., 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 Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129288 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DANCE WITH SHERRY STUDIO, 4140 REDWOOD HWY STE 8, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SHARON L HINES, 46 CLAY CT., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129297 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INFINITY FLOORS DESIGN, 707 THORNHILL DR., DALY CITY, CA 94015: XANDRIA MICHELLE WILKINS, 707 THORNHILL DR., DALY CITY, CA 94015. 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 April 23, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012)

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 1201641. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SUTTIPONG SUVONNASUPA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SUTTIPONG SUVONNASUPA to DOMINICK LUCIAN SUVONNASUPA. 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: May 23, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: April 5, 2012 /s/ RAY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201087. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SHELDON CHARLESTON WILLIAMS ON BEHALF OF SHEDON CHARLESTON WILLIAMS JR. filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SHELDON CHARLESTON WILLIAMS to SHELDON CHARLESTON BYNUM; SHEDON CHARLESTON WILLIAMS JR. to SHELDON CHARLESTON BYNUM JR.. 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: May 9, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: March 6, 2012 /s/ RAY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2012) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): DR120070 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): SHARON RAE CHRISTINECULMER; the testate and intestate successors of SHARON RAE CHRISTINE-CULMER, deceased and all persons claiming by, through, or under such decedent, and all persons claiming any legal or equitable right, title, estate, lien, or interest in the property described in the complaint adverse to plaintiff’s title, or any cloud on plaintiff’s title thereto named as DOES 1 to 20, inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): WALTER D. COHN NOTICE!You haven been sued. The court may decide against you without you being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courtinfo., your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www. the California Courts Online Self-help Center ( selfhelp) or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO: Lo han demando. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escucher su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California ( en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte. o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT, 825 5TH ST., EUREKA, CA 95501. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): ERIC V. KIRK (Bar # 176903), Law Office of Eric V. Kirk, PO Box 129, Garberville, CA 95542. Phone No. (707) 923-2128, Fax No. (707) 923-2176. Date (Fecha): February 1, 2012. Kerri L. Keenan Clerk, by (Secretario); Kirby, Deputy (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2012)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201676. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GWENYTH MARIE BEALE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: GWENYTH MARIE BEALE to GWENYDD MOIRE BEALE. 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: June 1, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: April 6, 2012 /s/ ROY CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304369 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): RUBY’S DAY SPA, 1102 SECOND ST. STE 11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: April 28, 2011. Under File No: 2011126714. Registrant’s Name(s): LOURDES AU, 981 HACIENDA CIR., ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on April 10, 2012. (Pacific Sun: April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201720. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CHRISTINE DILLON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: FORREST DILLON-HURLEY to FORREST PENNDRAGON DILLON-HURLEY. 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: June 12, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: April 10, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201709. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JOHANNA CARTER FONDA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JOHANNA CARTER FONDA to JONNA CARTER FONDA. 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: June 13, 2012, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: April 10, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201865. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BINH HOA MATTHEWS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BINH HOA MATTHEWS to BINH HOA AU. 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: June 14, 2012, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: Apirl 19, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201823. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JANE CHESSON filed a petition with this court

for a decree changing names as follows: ELIZABETH JANE CHESSON to ELIZA JANE CHESSON. 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: June 13, 2012, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: Apirl 18, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201753. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LILIYA KRAVCHENKO-BANOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LILIYA KRAVCHENKO-BANOS to LILIYA FOX. 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: June 18, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: April 12, 2012 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 303363 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): SUNSHINE BODYWORKS, 1514 5TH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: July 8, 2010. Under File No: 2010124452. Registrant’s Name(s): XIUMEI DONG, 3034 COLONIAL WAY APT 8, SAN JOSE, CA 95128. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on April 23, 2012. (Pacific Sun: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012)


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This woman and I have been friends for a year. She’s a free spirit of sorts with zero boundaries. In the time I’ve known her, she’s been married and divorced and then engaged, and now that has ended. She always has another man on the side. (She did even when married and engaged.) She frequently mentions my husband—how he likes animated films and so does she (they’re not my thing) and offers to accompany him to them. She always gives him a big hug hello, even when I’m around, and goes on about how similar they are, and it just strikes me as odd. Here’s the killer: Last week, she saw my husband at a gathering, came up behind him and kissed him on the neck! Of course he told me, as he has no interest in her, but I was shocked. We are planning a business together, but now I don’t want her near my husband! Should I confront her?—Disturbed


“She’s a free spirit of sorts.” Of sorts. The classic, harmless sort is the cute hippie girl who dyes her hair teal, changes her name to Magic Rainbow and goes off for a year to live in a tepee. What does your free-spirited friend do, make lingerie out of found materials that she can wear when she climbs on your husband? Boundaries aren’t such a bad thing; they keep the cows from roaming the freeways. Should the urge strike to let one’s lips prowl the neck of another woman’s husband, true friendship and empathy make the best fences. A true friend might find herself attracted to your husband but would be careful to avoid saying or doing anything to tempt him or make you feel threatened. This “friend’s” sneak attack on your husband’s neck meat, along with her notion of sexual fidelity— “Till death do us part or the NBA shot clock runs down”—suggests that she’s a narcissist—a self-absorbed, manipulative user. Narcissists lack empathy and can’t be true friends or partners because their aggressive self-interest always comes first, although they tend to be good at faking friendship or partnership and painting their toxic opportunism as, say, free-spiritedness: A woman must follow her bliss!...right down the pants of another woman’s man. (Oh, come on, Stuffy...she always has another man on the side—why not yours?) Do you really want to be in a partnership with a woman whose moral compass seems fixed on magnetic ME! ME! ME!? In deciding that, be careful not to let momentum get the best of you. We’re prone to want to continue down the path we’ve been on and rationalize why that’s a good idea—even when evidence that it isn’t keeps popping up like dogs in humiliating outfits on YouTube. If you’re hellbent on working with her, get a partnership agreement drawn up by a lawyer (one who is not your alcoholic brother-in-law). Probably your best bet, however, is bowing out now with a host of vague but plausible reasons: You’re not ready; you don’t have the energy right now; it wouldn’t be fair to her. Keep the actual reason to yourself: A start-up takes a hands-on approach, but she’s only got two hands, and they’re usually crawling up some other woman’s husband.


My girlfriend had a drug problem but claimed she’d been clean for seven years. It turns out she’s been using for the entire year we’ve been together. Two months ago, she went to rehab. I thought she was doing all right afterward, but then she admitted that she’d twice gotten high and had sex with a guy she met at rehab. I think I can forgive her, but I’m wondering whether I can ever believe her again.—Duped


Random urine tests can say a lot about a person, like that she either got the dog to pee into a cup or could one day give birth to a fine litter of Labradoodles. Drug addicts lie. Yours has been lying to you from day one, and not about inconsequential stuff. (Don’t run to get an HIV test; grow wings and fly there.) Your girlfriend’s motto appears to be “Just say ‘Don’t mind if I do!’ to drugs.” You could say she’s been cheating on you with drugs. Actually, she’s been cheating on drugs with you. Make no mistake about what comes first and who comes second. That’s not going to change overnight—and maybe not ever. You can someday have a loving, mutual relationship—once you find a partner whose moments of painful honesty involve admitting to stuff like scraping your new car getting into the garage, not “Oh, I had sex with a crackhead I met in rehab. And how was your day?” < © 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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