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$3.1 million to get the media center out of the starting gate. The company agreed to front the money in exchange for a stipulation that it would add a 49-cent fee to customers’ bills to recoup that money during the 10-year term of the franchise contract. Not long after everyone signed on the dotted line, the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act became state law. (Whether DIVCA spurred competition or restricted it is still debated.) Telecommunication companies in the state had lobbied heavily for the bill because it imposed a statewide franchise. Local telecommunications agencies, like the MTA, weren’t so enthusiastic because the legislation reduced local control and ceded it to the state. Previously, local governmental entities could strike their own deals. Telecommunications companies, like AT&T, had to get approval from each local entity across the state, and each local entity could mandate different requirements and set different fees and rates. The telecommunication companies wanted a level playing field. Under DIVCA, a company applies to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a franchise agreement that allows it to provide video service. One of the requirements is that 1 percent of local gross revenue help fund local 9 >


by Jason Walsh

Marin officials ‘elated’ by pres’s support of gay marriage With the news Wednesday of President Obama throwing his support behind gay marriage, Marin representatives are weighing in on the importance of the first sitting president to publicly champion marriage equality. Marin state Sen. Mark Leno, the first openly gay man to be elected to the California Senate, says he was “elated” by Obama’s announcement. “This is an historic moment for our country, and I applaud President Obama for standing up for freedom, justice and equality for all people in a time when other elected officials are reluctant to do so,” said Leno, via a statement.“Denying committed same-sex couples the choice to marry has no benefit to our society and only divides communities and hurts loving couples and their families. I am confident the president’s support will help build momentum for the international movement to achieve full equality for same-sex couples everywhere.” When Leno was a member of the state Assembly, he authored a pair of bills that would have given same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The Legislature passed the marriage bill in 2005 and again in 2007, but both measures were vetoed by legendary marriage expert Gov. Schwarzenegger. Marin Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey sees it as a sign that the country is “moving closer to living up to our founding ideals as a nation.” She says,“We are moving further away from a past in which LGBT people were marginalized, delegitimized and often completely ostracized, their relationships relegated to second-class status.” The congresswoman, who is retiring at the end of her term this year, recalls that the year she arrived in Congress, 1993, the “dreadful” Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was adopted. “As I leave Congress, DADT has been repealed and now the president affirms the fundamental dignity of LGBT Americans by expressing his support for their basic right to marry and raise families,” notes Woolsey. Lucas moves forward with low-income plans for Grady Ranch Instead of a billionaire moving in across the street, Lucas Valley residents may find their new neighbors are folks in a slightly lower tax bracket. As the company promised after pulling the plug last month on its palatial film studio plans, Lucasfilm is partnering with the Marin Community Foundation to explore options for the development of affordable housing at the Grady Ranch property. George Lucas had dreams of erecting a 263,000-square-foot filmmaking wonderland in the picturesque hills of Lucas Valley, but after neighbors in the Lucas Valley Estates subdivision complained about the size and scope of the project the Star Wars filmmaker withdrew his proposal, saying via a statement to the Board of Supervisors,“The level of bitterness and anger expressed by the homeowners in Lucas Valley has convinced us that, even if we were to spend more time and acquire the necessary approvals, we would not be able to maintain a constructive relationship with our neighbors...”The statement went on to express Lucasfilm’s desire to sell the property to “a developer who will be interested in low-income housing since it is scarce in Marin.” MCF president Thomas Peters says the foundation is “thrilled” that San Anselmo resident Lucas sees it as an opportunity to address one of the “most critical issues” in the county. “In many instances, this is housing for people who work in the county but can’t afford to live here and for people who grew up here but who now cannot afford safe, secure housing in their home county,” says Peters.“And we have always paid particular attention to 9


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MONDAY, MAY 14 Two and a Half Men If Jake is graduating from high school, does that make it“Three Men?”CBS.9pm. The Bachelorette Another season, another 25 bachelors, another file folder full of lab results to keep straight. ABC.9pm. Invention Hunters We’re guessing these are kitchen-gadget inventions, the kind of thing that slices, dices and crawls to a shelf in the back of the cabinet when you stop using it. Food Network.9pm. The Tonight Show What do you get when you put all three Kardashians on the same couch? A good reason to go to bed early. NBC. 11:35pm.

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1. Which city council in Marin has the following order:“No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash”? 2. The musical Jersey Boys tells the story of what singer and music group? 3. The shape of a DNA molecule is usually referred to by what two-word phrase that describes its appearance? 4. What did Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay do on May 29, 1953? 5. In a baseball field, is the pitcher’s mound located closer to second base, home plate or exactly halfway between? 6. Pictured, right: Name these presidential pets (often known as “first dogs”): 6a. George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier (Bush called him the son he never had) 6b. LBJ’s twin beagles with similar threeletter names. 6c. Richard Nixon’ s famous cocker spaniel 6d. The Obama family’s Portuguese water dog with a two-letter name 7. According to a January 2012 poll in Vanity Fair magazine, which two James Bond actors were voted the most popular or favorite? 8. In 2010, the year the Giants won the World Series, their longest winning streak consisted of how many consecutive games: five, 10 or 15? 9. Around 1500 B.C., Hatshepsut was the first woman ever to do what? 10. Name the world’s three countries whose names begin with “F.”

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VLarken and Mark were strolling around the Las Gallinas nature ponds when they spotted an injured baby goose in a muddy creek bed. The poor little gosling was by itself, with no other geese nearby. The couple notified Las Gallinas Sanitary District employee Joe Selstrom, who descended a steep slope, beating his way through tangled, overgrown foliage to rescue the baby bird. Though covered in mud from head to toe, Joe brought the gosling to safety and provided Larken and Mark with a box to transport the frightened creature to WildCare. We give a tip of the wing and a honk-honk to the three Heroes who made a big effort to help an injured little goose. Thank you Larken, Mark and Joe.

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WWarning: This Zero contains gross imagery. As you approach the Porta-Potty, you don’t expect to fling open the door and find a sparkling bathroom recently scrubbed by someone with OCD. Yet, is it too much to ask for the potties in Sausalito’s Dunphy Park to be emptied occasionally? It’s a busy park, especially with the beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing. Still, that’s no excuse for last Sunday, when poop piled up so high in the toilet that it almost touched the seat. Did we mention the odor? City of Sausalito, please empty the potties more frequently. On behalf of the patrons and vendors of the weekly farmers market, the bocce ball players and the parents who bring their children to romp at the water’s edge, we thank you.—Nikki Silverstein

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< 7 Newsgrams the need for affordable housing by the county’s expanding senior population.” After the film studio proposal was withdrawn last month, county officials clamored for Lucas to change his mind—a pro-Lucas rally was staged at the Civic Center and county supervisors all but guaranteed the project would clear regulatory hurdles. But Lucas said the decision was final. County officials sounded cautious in their response to the latest development regarding the possible low-income development. “I’m looking forward to learning about Mr. Lucas’ latest vision for his property in conjunction with the foundation,” said Supervisor Susan Adams, who represents the Lucas Valley area.“As with any development, we’re ready to hear more and work together on this.” Affordable housing has been a hot-button issue in the county, as important state funds are tied to communities meeting state-mandated affordable housing numbers. But, as happened last year in Novato, some community members have vociferously opposed lowercost housing in their neighborhoods, saying—incorrectly, according to most studies—that affordable housing raises crime. Peters, on the other hand, describes affordable housing as “often the linchpin for family and financial stability.” Lucasfilm public relations director Lynne Hale says the company is “delighted” Marin Community Foundation is taking the reins in the search for a suitable developer of the land. “The foundation has had a solid track record for over 25 years of helping in the development, rehabilitation and restoration of over 2,600 affordable homes in Marin,” says Hale.

Ross write-in candidates: ‘Well, somebody’s gotta do it...’ Ross may not be a hotbed of political activity—but it appears it will at least have enough willing volunteers to field a five-member town council. Ross found itself in a bit of a political pickle in March when the candidate filing period ended, and no one—not even the two incumbents whose seats were up—wanted to run for three open seats on the Town Council. In the meantime, Ross Mayor Carla Small issued a statement imploring residents to answer the call to community service. Since then, five residents have tempered their non-enthusiasm for higher office and agreed to be write-in candidates on the June 5 ballot: Elizabeth Brekhus, Barbara Call, Kathleen Hoertkorn, P. Beach Kuhl and Jed Nelson. Learn more about the somewhat-willing candidates at a forum on May 22 at 7pm in the Barn Theatre at the Marin Art and Garden Center. Marin has sobering news for alcopops Marin officials are hoping to put the lid on a popular source of underage drinking, as the Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 4-0, with Susan Adams absent, to adopt a resolution to support “Alcopop-Free Zones” and encourage local alcohol retailers to stop marketing and selling the controversial products. Bill Daniels, of United Markets, and Andy Bacich, of Sun Valley Market, have already pledged not to stock the fruity tasting hooch. Alcopops are pre-mixed malt-liquor beverages with high sugar, fruity flavors and colorful packaging—critics of such brands as Bacardi Breezer, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Zima XXX say they’re deliberately marketed toward youth and are frequently consumed by underage drinkers. The resolution, brought to the board at the request of Supervisors Steve Kinsey and Judy Arnold, would recognize underage drinking as an “epidemic” and define alcopops as “youth oriented” malt beverages that are “marketed in a way that encourages underage youth to drink them.” If adopted, the resolution would declare that the Board of Supervisors “supports the establishment of an Alcopop-Free Zone” in Marin and ask retailers to voluntarily stop buying, stocking, selling and marketing the drinks. According to statistics compiled by county staff, about one-third of girls ages 12 to 18 and one-fifth of boys that age have tried alcopops. Grant funds flow into Marshall septic project Marshall residents are flushed with gratitude this week after news of a hefty Clean Water Act grant came down the pipeline. A $750,000 grant through the state Water Resources Control Board will fund half the cost of adding 20 homes and Tony’s Seafood Restaurant to the Marshall Wastewater Project—a 14-year-old plan to create a fully functioning septic system for more than 50 homes along the “Marshall Mile” in West Marin. The project stems from a 1998 controversy when area oyster beds were found to be polluted with human waste—an investigation identified nearby Marshall homes as the likely source. Soon after, the Wastewater Project was launched, grants were sought to finance the septic system and Marshall residents voted to assess themselves for the balance. The first portion of the project was completed in 2008, serving 32 homes; the grant moneys awarded this week will go toward completing “phase 2” of the project. Marin County Environmental Health Director Becky Ng credits Marshall residents with wiping away their stains on the environment. “It was quite a leap of faith for the community to vote almost unanimously for the assessment,” says Ng.“This project is the next logical step in our efforts to both address water quality pollution and help property owners with the high cost of fixing septic systems, and we are delighted with this news.” The county expects to field bids and launch construction in 2013.

< 7 Media Center SOS PEG programming. (Service providers also pay a 5 percent fee to member agencies of the MTA joint powers agency. That fee adds a boost to the bottom line and is the subject of a debate about whether MTA members should kick some of their 5 percent to PEG programming, which is taking a 50 percent hit in the next few years.) When the MTA decided to move its agreement with Comcast to a state franchise agreement, it meant PEG in Marin would receive that 1 percent of gross revenue. But Comcast said it would withhold all PEG payments until Marin paid off the $3.1 million. The MTA disagreed, saying that would violate DIVCA. Comcast countered that asking it to pass on the entire 1 percent without withholding what was owed was unfair because the company would have to add another charge to customer bills to collect the money owed. And that would create an unlevel playing field because AT&T, now in the Marin market, would not be under the same structure. In his annual report to the MTA in April, Michael Eisenmenger, executive director of the Community Media Center, wrote, “We project that by the end of the 2012/13 fiscal year, the balances available in both our operating account ($50,921) and our capital account ($359,801) will be insufficient to allow continued operations for more than a scant couple of months.” Unless something changed the outlook, he wrote, the center’s board would be forced to “make hard decisions to lay off staff and suspend operations and to take actions to collect and preserve valuable... equipment, leasehold improvements, and other assets.” The settlement with Comcast changed the outlook. But only by half. Comcast is now funneling half of the PEG fee it collects until it recoups its front money, which is now about $1.6 million. Under the settlement agreement, that should be paid off by 2017—sooner, if Comcast increases its gross revenue, meaning that instead of about $625,000 a year in PEG franchise fees, only $312,500 will be available for PEG. (AT&T has its own agreement with the MTA for the full 1 percent fee, but a small number of customers resulted in only about $45,000 generated for PEG programming last year.) “We still can’t downsize any more,” says Eisenmenger. “We started with a very austere budget, and we stuck to that to extend the time necessary to get all this sorted out. We can’t get any smaller. The good news is we’re not going to close next year. The bad news is that the next five years will still be challenging. We will be operating with a zero-growth budget. We’ll still have to make up a lot of a deficit through different revenue-generating projects. We’re hoping the cities and the MTA will offer some support over that time.” At the end of the period, when Comcast

has received its full payback, the entire 1 percent will go toward PEG programming as stipulated in DIVCA. But, says Eisenmenger, even that is still a paltry amount given the possibilities and promises of PEG. And the Comcast settlement deal will leave the media center with little to no reserves. The media center has been outfitting town halls with video equipment and airing meetings on the government side of PEG. Larkspur, San Anselmo, Ross and Fairfax are next on the get-wired list. The media center generates some revenue from the installations. But backers of PEG would like to see Marin towns and the county move more aggressively to hire the media center on a fee-for-service basis. Fairfax has agreed to do that. Promoting fee-for-service among the members of the MTA “is necessary and proper,” says Fairfax Councilman Larry Bragman. He serves on both the MTA and media center boards, which gives him an interesting perspective. The media center and PEG are “are important functions to pursue and to fund,” says Bragman, “and truthfully, compared to [projects like] resurfacing a road,” the financial impact is minimal. The 10 MTA member agencies could cover the amount Comcast is withholding, about $35,600 a year, for the few years until Comcast receives its payback. And, says Bragman, the amount members would need to cover actually would be even smaller because the media center already has begun generating about $130,000 a year in fees for service, bringing the amount the members would need to cover down to about $22,600 a year until 2017—sooner if Comcast recoups its money faster. “We’re talking about more than broadcasting public meetings,” says Bragman. “We’re talking about education, public safety and public health. As this thing grows, it’s got infinite potential. And I think information technology is an area of economic and community growth that we need to pursue. And we ignore it at our own peril.” Bruce Baum was among the staunch advocates who lobbied heavily in support of the media center and PEG programming in the county and who viewed, and continue to view, PEG programming and the media center as a valuable democratic tool. He says fee-for-service and other revenue streams always were part of the vision, necessary to keep the center and PEG alive after Comcast’s initial infusion of cash. The original backers always thought the MTA members should step up and hire the media center for services, as Fairfax is doing. But there hasn’t exactly been a rush to hire, at least not yet, which disturbs Baum. He notes that in 2003 Comcast contributed $1.6 million to MTA members from a 5 percent fee in place before DIVCA and the 1 percent PEG-dedicated fee. In 2011, says Baum, the total from MAY 11- MAY 17, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9

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the 5 percent fee climbed to $3.4 million. MTA members â&#x20AC;&#x153;arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paying their fair share.â&#x20AC;? The increase should result in members dedicating some of that increase to the media center to get through the next few years as it fashions a long-term sustainable revenue strategy. Mill Valley City Councilman Andy Berman agrees that MTA members should look at ways to help the media center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city of Mill Valley has encouraged the media center to come to it with proposals for fees for service. We did a feefor-service [for hardware installation].â&#x20AC;? Berman says the city attorney, who also is the MTA general counsel, advised that members cannot â&#x20AC;&#x153;just give outright gifts of public funds.â&#x20AC;? Members can, however, give the media center funds in exchange for services, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we have encouraged the media centerâ&#x20AC;? to consider that option. Eisenmenger has been reaching out to the community in a plan to broaden his revenue stream. The city of Belvedere donated $2,500. The county has a $50,000 challenge grant. And the center has membership and donor programs. But Eisenmenger says media centers like Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s typically receive the vast majority of their revenue from franchise agreements. That revenue source is of note in a piece of proposed congressional legislation. HR 1746, the Community Access Preservation Act, would, among other things, increase the minimum PEG franchise fee to 2 percent, giving ďŹ nancially shaky PEG programs across the country a badly needed ďŹ nancial boost. The legislation also would help ensure that PEG channels remain free of interference from telecommunication and cable companies. And it calls for an investigation into the impact of state franchise agreements on local programming. Another critical issue: The legislation would lift restrictions on how local PEG operators can spend their franchise money. The FCC ruled that,

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with some exceptions, PEG fees can pay only for facilities and equipment, not operating expenses. (The money coming from Comcast through 2017 is one of those exceptions.) The legislation has received bipartisan support, but it also has languished. In California, the telecommunications legislative picture isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so optimistic. SB 1161 would eliminate important consumer protection provisions for telecommunication services in the state. It also would, among other things, essentially eliminate the role of the CPUC in matters concerning voice over Internet protocol (Vo IP), just as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s becoming a critical part of the telecommunications infrastructure. If SB 1161 becomes law, the only way a municipality could challenge a company about VoIP is by going to court rather than to the CPUC. (Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what DIVCA did to video services and PEG.) Avoiding a protracted court case is one reason the MTA agreed to the settlement with Comcast, which Berman describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a necessary step in the right direction on the roadâ&#x20AC;? to making the media center selfsustaining. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still more work to do,â&#x20AC;? he adds, including ensuring additional funds for future growth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like preserving open space lands,â&#x20AC;? says Bragman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;preservation of media open space will require the cooperation and support of both government and the public. This can be accomplished only through a collaborative effortâ&#x20AC;? of the MTA, the media center and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;burgeoning community media audience.â&#x20AC;? The potential beneďŹ ts of a robust media operation â&#x20AC;&#x153;far outweigh the interim costs that will be incurred over the next few years.â&#x20AC;? The MTA and the media center have a tremendous responsibility as â&#x20AC;&#x153;caretakers of a ďŹ&#x201A;edgling institution of open media that can deepen our perception and strengthen our community.â&#x20AC;? < Contact the writer at

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Everything you’ve always wanted to know about the June 5 open primary, but were afraid to ask...


Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote in The Last Tycoon: “There are no second acts in American lives.” Maybe not. But in California this year, there are second elections. Approved by state voters in 2010, Proposition 14 allows for open primaries in state and federal elections— meaning all party- and non-partyaffiliated candidates are on a single ballot in the June primaries, with the top two vote getters squaring off in the fall. Supporters of open primaries say they encourage more moderate

CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 2 With the retirement of Lynn Woolsey, this is Marin’s and western Sonoma County’s first open congressional race in nearly 20 years. And following redistricting, the newly formed 2nd now runs up along the coast through Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte counties. So it should come as no surprise there were plenty of hats thrown into the ring. Yet it still seems like a heavy congressional ballot with a cool dozen names to sort through. Here’s a brief alphabetical-order summary of the contenders: Susan Adams has been an effective supervisor for Marin’s 1st District (most of San Rafael and its unincorporated neighborhoods to the north) for going on about 10 years. She’s played no small role in the establishment of the Health and Wellness Campus in the Canal area, helped negotiate a suitable compromise between Loch Lomond neighbors and the Dutra quarry, and was an early champion of Marin Clean Energy. Andrew Caffrey of Garberville is running on an “environment-in-crisis” platform, asserting that the other progressive candidates may acknowledge the 12 PACIFIC SUN MAY11 - MAY 17, 2012

candidates—and that’s a good thing. Critics of open primaries say they discourage third-party candidates— and that’s a bad thing. We’ll see. At the very least, the new rules will give us more exciting state Assembly and congressional races into the November elections, as the top two vote getters regardless of party will roll up their sleeves for a Nov. 6 bout. Here’s our endorsements for the June 5 election—from a big-time open congressional seat to the smaller, but always intriguing Ross Valley Sanitary District board.

scientifically evidenced devastation that could result from climate change, but don’t seem like they’re in any hurry to do anything about it. The former Earth First! member is the only candidate to make curbing climate change the centerpiece of his platform. And while the chances of voters sending Caffrey to Washington are about as slim as Mill Valley imposing a ban on SUVs, he may be the one candidate our great-grandchildren wish we’d sent to Congress. It’d also be cool to be represented by someone who dresses all in black. Brooke Clarke runs a small Internetbased business from his home “in the Mendocino County forest,” according to his website. He supports progressive causes and the platform he presents on his campaign website links to Wikipedia pages for those interested in further research. He says he scores low on the “authoritarian scale” for personality and says he does not plan to run in future elections if he fails in his 2012 bid. Whether he advances to higher office or not, voters can at least rest easy that Brooke Clark will never seize America in a clenched grip of totalitarian rule. William Courtney is a marijuana advocate from Caspar who’s running on a legalize-the-loco-weed platform—an idea

“One got pushed overboard – and then there were two” —Agatha Christie

that’s anything but loco. Most experts agree that it would be a financial boon to the state and would probably render foreign drug cartels obsolete. Its societal benefits (fiscally, criminally and medically) would almost certainly outweigh its detriments (more stoned people walking around). Larry Fritzlan is a Mill Valley marriage and family therapist specializing in drug intervention. He’s a solid progressive, but his most passionate issue is campaign finance reform—he says Congress is corrupt (both parties included) and says the only cure is to get Big Money out of politics. Few would argue with him on that. If elected, he says he’d stage monthly protests on the steps of Congress with signs advancing such truths as “This House is Corrupt!” Michael Halliwell is a retired sociology professor (Long Beach State) who lives in Cotati. We wish he’d lived about two miles more to the west, though, which would actually place him as a resident of our beloved 2nd District. (As long as he lives in California, he’s allowed to run, apparently.) Halliwell sounds a bit further to the right than the other Republican candidate in the race, Dan Roberts, but that could be due to the McLaughlin Group talking style he’s demonstrated during the debates. Or, it could be because of platform points such as: The Republican Party needs to court African-Americans more, because he believes they’ll help uphold the ban on gay marriage—which is another way of saying “we need to stop ignoring the black vote, so they’ll help us suppress the pink vote.” It’s not a new line of thinking in some conservative circles—but we’re nevertheless stunned when it’s actually vocalized. Jared Huffman lives in San Rafael and is being termed out following six legislatively busy years in the state Assembly. Of all the candidates for the job he’s got the strongest claim to “I’ve done this before”—albeit on a smaller level. His critics frame him as a career politician who would practice “politics as usual”

from the Dem side of the aisle. His supporters might say he’s a pragmatist who may not like the rules of the game, but will play within them to achieve the best results possible. Huffman may look a bit corporate, but he’s no blue dog. Stacey Lawson moved to Marin about three years ago after striking it rich in the business world. Though a campaign neophyte, she presents herself well in debates alongside some of her more seasoned opponents; she says her business acumen makes her the best candidate to create jobs in the 2nd District. Lawson’s also had the most arrows slung at her from supporters of other candidates. A group called “Who Is Stacey Lawson?” recently unearthed a series of, how shall we say, eccentric Huffington Post blog entries written by Lawson prior to her interest in politics. While the couple of posts that have been made public are hardly the stuff of Watergate-tape material, they do betray a political naivety (the Pacific Sun’s Advice Goddess, Amy Alkon, even dedicated a 2008 column to mocking the then-unknown Lawson) and they also reveal a deep Eastern spirituality that for reasons unknown is not part of Lawson’s congressional-campaign persona. The Lawson campaign has reportedly made an effort to remove the blog posts from cyberspace. More concerning than her blogging career was the news last month that Lawson has not voted in eight of the past 12 elections; she has since said it was a mistake and that she’d been disenfranchised. Perhaps, but it’s more likely that she just wasn’t terribly interested in politics at the local or national level. There’s no big crime in that. But it doesn’t exactly scream “send me to Washington” either. It also leaves open the suggestion that Lawson’s sudden interest in higher office is a vanity play in the Meg Whitman mold. Though Lawson presents herself well and seems to have a lot of good qualities, perhaps a campaign for the San Rafael City Council and a bit more dedication to the ballot box is where her political aspirations should be at the moment. John Lewallen owns a seed company

Note from the Pacific Sun Endorsements Department With the new open primary system for state and federal elections sending two candidates to a November runoff, it presents newspapers with various options when putting together endorsements. Since voters still get only one vote, we will still endorse only one candidate. But our goal is to steer our readers—all 75,000 of them—toward electoral outcomes that will result in the best candidates in the runoffs. To that end, if there is a candidate who has well in Mendocino County. He’s describing his run as an “upwelling for fundamental reform,” which earns him points for best campaign tagline. He supports the legalization of pot, single-payer healthcare, a “peace conversion” of the economy and regulation of financial speculation. His self-deprecating quips such as “I’m the candidate for the hopeless because I’m the most hopeless candidate” have been debate highlights. Tiffany Renee is a website designer by day and serves on the Petaluma City Council by night (elected in 2009). She says she’s the city’s first Latina councilperson. Renee’s platform is a solid reflection of Marin-Sonoma-MendocinoHumboldt progressive values (she lists them at the top of her campaign website). As the only Sonoma County Democratic candidate, Renee might fare better than polling suggests. Daniel Roberts is a Tiburon financial adviser and one of two Republican candidates in the race. He positions himself as the lone veteran in the campaign (he served in ’Nam) and is against “wars of adventure,” which should win him some points from anti-Bush centrists. His conservative platform is largely predictable (google his campaign website); he’s been endorsed by the state Republican Party and its affiliates in Marin, Mendocino and Humboldt. He’s obviously hoping the many Democratic candidates will split their votes in this Dem-dominated district, opening a hole for him to squeeze through to a November runoff. Norman Solomon hasn’t held elective office, but the Inverness author/ political activist is a good bet to know as much or more about the workings of Washington than the other 11 candidates. He’s written several books about national media and politics and has divided his progressive-Democrat efforts between the national stage (he touts his work with Congressman John Conyers, D-Mich., for the Healthcare Not Welfare campaign) and the local level (co-chair of the Green New Deal for the North Bay). He’s a lowkey, almost bookish candidate who has such media-meets-politics heavy hitters as Sean Penn, Phil Donahue and Elliot Gould campaigning for him. The 2nd District would likely be well

distanced himself or herself ahead of the pack in reliable polls, we may tip our endorsement scales toward an equally worthy candidate who may have a tougher fight ahead in this primary, in order to have a greater effect on that second runoff position. To that end, this issue’s state and federal endorsements should not necessarily be seen as an exact preview of what we may say in our September endorsements for the Nov. 6 election. represented by most of the folks running—even the candidates who focus on a single issue and lag behind in finances and poll numbers seem as if their values are pretty in tune with Marin and its northerly district county cohorts. The polls we’ve seen have pretty consistently placed Huffman, Solomon and Adams toward the top—any one of them would be a worthy rep in Washington. Huffman is the most likely candidate to advance to the November runoff. Solomon, despite his lack of legislative experience, could be the most Ready for Eastern Standard Prime Time Player in the group. We don’t see any of the candidates compromising core political values—but Solomon seems as though he’d not only hold close such issues as single-payer, women’s health and the environment, but also be able to keep them in the national media spotlight. (Google his campaign website to view a 2007 CNN clip of Solomon schooling Glenn Beck about the corporate-owned media.) Solomon was an early critic of the Iraq war and even made post-9/11 visits to both that country and Afghanistan. To some degree, one could say Solomon has the most experience working with Congress—he just hasn’t been working IN Congress. lists him as one of three non-frontrunner congressional candidates in the country who deserve attention. We think of all the candidates Solomon, if given the chance, could grab more of a national spotlight for 2nd District concerns; he could—could—become a prominent member in the House. We recommend Norman Solomon

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 10 With Jared Huffman terming out of his District 10 Assembly seat (representing Marin and a western slice of Sonoma County), this was expected to be a wideopen contest—but then the new kid moved to town. That “kid” is 64-year-old Michael Allen, the first-term SonomaNapa assemblyman who, because of last year’s redistricting, found himself living in a district already represented in the Assembly by a more established Democrat. Instead of sticking around to run

a combative race against an Assembly to demonstrate his “fearlessness,” dares colleague (and possibly lose), Allen hired readers to “ponder what follows” in his a U-Haul and moved his belongings to decree. It goes on pretty long, so here are an apartment in downtown San Rafael to a few highlights: He’d arrest about 1,800 run in the incumbent-free Marin district. corrupt judges (he’s got the evidence); In fact, due to state election rules, Allen he’d arm gays and lesbians with congets to run as the incumbent in his new cealed weapons so they can fight back home, simply because he’s already in the when attacked by criminals; and he’d Assembly. deny LGBT’s their right to marry because This didn’t go over too well with some he says their relationships are “unequal” of the other Assembly hopefuls. San Rato heterosexual relationships. Mancus fael City Councilman Damon Connolly says he is motivated by an intense “hate” was expected to run, but didn’t—and toward many things such as violating the quickly threw his support behind Allen. rule of law and political correctness. Another San Rafael City councilman, Connie Wong is a bit cheerier than Marc Levine, is running—and the central Mancus. She’s got a refreshing attitude theme of his platform is essentially: I’ve for a first-time politician and a warm lived here, Michael Allen hasn’t. demeanor. She was inspired to run after The other candidates are Petaluma chi- serving in the state Air National Guard ropractor H. Christian Gunderson, San and finding it to be a corrupt “old boys” Anselmo businessman Joseph Boswell, club. She suggests pretty much all of the Sebastopol attorney Peter Mancus, Lastate’s problems would be solved by the gunitas sociologist and MUTA president formation of a Bank of California, patAlex Easton-Brown and Corte Madera terned after the Bank of North Dakota. real estate agent Connie Wong. She also isn’t as well-versed in many of Easton-Brown is the straight-talking the state issues that a serious Assembly new president of the Marin United candidate should be. Taxpayers Association, the tax-watchdog H. Christian Gunderson wants to cregroup that has long been associated ate jobs, rebuild education and save the with the arch-conservative views of environment. The Petaluma Dem has founding member Fielding Greaves. But directed some campaign ire at Michael Easton-Brown is an old-school progresAllen—he’s against Allen’s bill to allow sive whose toughest challenge—tougher farmworkers to receive overtime pay— than running for Assembly if you ask and echoes the cry that the first-term us—is re-establishing MUTA’s reputation Assemblyman is a career politician from as an advocate of sensible taxation and Sacramento. He says his chiropractic not merely an embodiment of Jarvisexperience of easing pain makes him the Gann anti-tax philosophy. Looking on person to ease the pain of California. the bright side of things, the Lagunitas Marc Levine is taking the most aggresresident is hoping the votes he gets from sive stance against frontrunner Allen—in Tea Party supporters who like MUTA and a recent debate at Dominican University don’t realize he’s a Democrat may edge he accused the assemblyman of every him into a runoff in the Assembly race. ethical violation short of kidnapping (Don’t worry Alex, we doubt they’re read- the Lindbergh baby. Corruption charges ing this.) against Allen stem largely from a fine Joseph Boswell works for his fam- levied by the California Fair Political ily’s wine-barrel business; he’s running Practices Commission upon him when he as an independent. The three legs of his was a member of the Santa Rosa Planplatform tripod are “reform,” “jobs” and ning Commission. He was being paid as a “environment.” His campaign website fea- consultant for the Sonoma County Water tures huge photos of “Joe,” it rants about Agency when he joined a unanimous Sacramento “gridlock” (there’s a photo planning commission approval of a draft of Boswell photoshopped general plan that included a against a shot of a traffic map that showed land-use jam, in case we needed a vichanges for the water agency. sual) and very few specifics A consultant of the water about what policies he actuagency, of course, shouldn’t ally favors. A one-sentence have been voting on its call for deregulation is the SUN ENDORSEMENTS land-use change, hence the ++++++++++ only detail we found. fine for which he paid. Allen Peter Mancus is the lone says he didn’t notice the map Republican in the race—which gives him detailed the land-use change—and if a a boost simply by not having to split any planning commissioner did want to fidof his party’s votes, right? Well...a brief dle an outcome for his client, why would reading of his campaign manifesto at he do it on a 7-0 vote? You could recuse reveals a candiyourself and it would still pass 6-0. Obvidate who’s not afraid to be different. “I ously Allen should have examined the am fearless,” he boasts. He also admits plan more carefully, but it’s disingenuous to being charmless and humorless. Nor the way Levine holds it up as evidence of is he “delightful,” he adds. “I am the opAllen’s supposed moral depravity. posite of those qualities.” He claims to The Levine-Allen squabbling has be “the solution” to the state’s woes, and percolated since early in the race, 14>


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< 13 Pacific Sun Endorsements most notably at a Democratic executive committee meeting last December in Burlingame when Levine used part of a speech before the environmental caucus to mock Allen for moving to Marin; Allen later told Levine he’d “kick his ass” if he ever pulled a stunt like that again. Allen needs to keep his cool—but after hearing the many cheap shots Levine threw at Allen at a recent debate, the assemblyman may deserve credit for showing remarkable restraint. Levine is an intelligent guy and polished campaigner who could do better than pin his hopes on running an attack campaign against Allen who, even harsh critic Gunderson says, “seems to be a nice guy.” The Assembly debate at Dominican was a particularly ugly display—but it wasn’t Allen who came off looking bad. Levine’s still in his first term on the city council and we’d like to see him take more of a leadership role at that level before considering him for state office. His most well-known vote for the council thus far tipped the scales for the Target approval in San Rafael—and Levine promotes among his environmental accomplishments the fact that Target will be held to very strict green-building regulations. We question whether the construction of a discount superstore and all the disposable products it sells should be part of any politician’s environmental platform. As for Allen? We too rolled our eyes upon hearing he was moving to town to keep his Assembly job. But that’s not enough to suggest he wouldn’t be a decent Marin representative in Sacramento. During the redistricting hullabaloo last year, Marinites made a huge deal about how alike we are with Sonoma County and the two counties must remain combined as a district. Well, guess what—Allen is from that county that is allegedly so much like ours. He’s shown a commitment to supporting labor and workers rights issues and has a healthcare background from his earlier career as a psychiatric nurse. We’re more concerned about Allen’s slow legislative start—he’s only pushed through a small handful of bills in his freshman year. (For a point of comparison, Jared Huffman enacted about 60 bills in his six years in the Assembly.) Allen says he spent most of that year meeting people and learning the job. If he goes on to retain his seat, we’d like to see less learning and more doing. Allen is well funded and has the backing of many state and local Democrats. He is likely to be a name in the November runoff election. We don’t agree with Easton-Brown on every issue—he supported the recently failed Measure Q recall effort, and is among those progressives who won’t forgive Barack Obama for not holding Wall Street accountable for its years of criminal 14 PACIFIC SUN MAY11 - MAY 17, 2012


negligence. ( We college, knows agree with you, the importance of but let it go...) listening to voices He’s a longtime on all sides of an politico, but by no issue. means a smarmy Weinsoff is an politician—his environmental s e l f - co n f i d e n ce attorney and has doesn’t seem to be served on the ego-driven. EasFairfax Town ton-Brown is baCouncil for six sically a populist years. At the time ++++++++++ who doesn’t hold Weinsoff was t o a ny s t r a i g h t first elected, the party line—and seems like he’d be a good Fairfax council had a reputation for the representative of the 99 percent. bizarre—community confidence was at a We recommend Alex Easton-Brown low, disorderly council meetings dragged on deep into the night, and personal attacks between councilmembers were SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 2 being published as op-eds in the press. In The late Hal Brown was appointed to fill the ensuing years, with an almost comBarbara Boxer’s Ross Valley-Larkspur plete turnover in members, the Fairfax supervisor seat back in 1982—and went Town Council is one of Marin’s more reon to win re-election each time up until sponsive and responsible elected boards. his death from cancer in March. Which means District 2 hasn’t had a non-incum- It’s been a leader in efforts to ban plastic bags and SmartMeters—and whether you bent win a seat since Pacific Sun reporter agree with those stances or not, there’s Boxer did it in the late 1970s. no denying Fairfax has been on the It would fine by us if Katie Rice confront lines of some big issues. Weinsoff tinued the trend. Rice was appointed to deserves his share of credit. Like his two the seat by Jerry Brown last autumn after opponents (and pretty much anyone else the guv’s cousin, Hal Brown, recomrunning for anything anywhere in Calimended her upon his retirement. Rice fornia), he puts pension reform high on had been the longtime supervisor’s aide his list of priorities, along with fire and for several years and knew the issues as flood safety, and the county’s continuing well as any non-supe in the Ross Valley and was most likely to uphold Brown’s vi- move toward environmental sustainability. He also cites the Ross Valley’s need sion on the board. Rice has a good grasp for better bike paths between neighborof the pressing issues facing the county: hoods and schools, and suggests local the need to meet rising costs with lower municipalities could make a more-thanrevenues (i.e., the pension-reform problem); further preventive measures against symbolic gesture by moving their funds from Wall Street banks to local financial always-present threats of flood and fire; institutions as a show of support for the and the promotion of nonmotorized 99 percent. forms of transportation, while continuThis is the toughest call on the June 5 ing to be responsible stewards of the land. ballot. All three candidates are worthy of Asked how she’d differ as a supe from endorsing. There’s a tendency in the press Brown, Rice says environmental concerns to fall back on satisfactory incumbents are closer to her heart than they were to under the theory that “it’s their job to her old boss. The Sleepy Hollow resident lose.” But Rice’s incumbency was basically has yet to make an imprint on the board; bequeathed to her from her former boss; she’s only been on the job for half a year if Hal Brown had served out the remainand no contentious issues have arisen ing months of his term and there were no yet to define the board of 2012—unless incumbent in this race we think Weinsoff one wants to hang the Lucas debacle or would likely be the person to beat. decades of the county wearing pension We recommend David Weinsoff blinders on Rice, which we shouldn’t. Challenging Rice and running on SUPERVISOR, platforms of more experience are Marin Community College Trustee Eva Long DISTRICT 4 and Fairfax Town Councilman David In the oddly arranged district that enWeinsoff. compasses West Marin, Corte Madera, Eva Long has been a steady presence on southern San Rafael and even a tiny westthe embattled College of Marin board— ern chunk of Novato, 16-year-veteran of voters have stuck with her through the Board of Supes Steve Kinsey is facing years of accreditation threats, teacher vs. a challenge from Corte Madera Town administration battles and the outcry Councilwoman Diane Furst. over the spending of Measure C bond Furst is still in her first term on the funds on the 55,000-square-foot Gateway Corte Madera council, but says she was Complex. Long is a gracious community spurred to run for supe due to the lack leader and, after getting a taste of the of transparency she sees in the board passion Marin holds for its community of which Kinsey is currently president.


She also says her Forest Knolls opponent hasn’t stood up to regional planning agencies such as the Association of Bay Area Governments, which enforces state mandates on cities’ and towns’ affordable housing elements. In fact, Furst joined three of her Corte Madera councilmembers earlier this year in voting to end the town’s membership in ABAG—the only town in the Bay Area to currently do so. Whether that was a good decision or not (the town will still have to adhere to the housing numbers, but won’t have a say in them) will be up to Corte Madera voters in future council elections. (There’s a likelihood the town could reconsider its decision before its membership officially expires at year’s end.) Nevertheless, the housing issue is partly emblematic of this race. Kinsey paints the choice as coming down to two philosophies: Should Marin be realistic and responsible about its slowly rising and slowly changing population, or should we continue to try and lock the gates? Following the deaths of two of its members in the last two years, the Marin County Board of Supervisors is in transition. As its long-standing member and current president, Kinsey, for the first time, is the leader of the board. It’s a board that’s taken its lumps this year— as no-win-situation pension reform has become the cause de rigueur with recession-plagued populists, and George Lucas’s calling quits to the Grady Ranch project became something of a black eye on the county. It’s been an interesting couple of years for the Corte Madera council, as well. First, a scathing grand jury report questioned the Corte Madera council’s financial management—problems with financial reserves that pre-date Furst’s tenure. Nevertheless, she echoes the council’s hard-to-prove justification for its lack of rainy day funds by saying the money had been spent on flood control—which they say was a smart move because the town wasn’t soaked in the 2005 flood. (This is a logical fallacy known as “evidence of absence.”) We also question the council’s rejection of ABAG and to what sort of voter it may have been hoping to appease in the wake of a bitter affordable housing controversy last year in Novato. (Furst had been a “decline to state” before registering recently as a Democrat.) We’d like to see Furst complete an entire term on Corte Madera’s controversial council before backing her for supe. Kinsey, meanwhile, has supported the Marin Energy Authority, SMART, nonmotorized transportation and has a broad knowledge of West Marin and the issues its residents face. We’d like him to be a bit more outspoken in his championing of issues that matter—perhaps an open and honest debate about Marin and affordable housing. Because at the moment, the pulpit is his, if he wants it. We recommend Steve Kinsey

BELVEDERE CITY COUNCIL With Marin’s other super-wealthy enclave of Ross initially failing to entice any residents or incumbents to run for the three open seats on its council, Belvedere is looking like a bastion of civic responsibility for simply having candidates at all. A city with a population of 2,000 and change, Belvedere island is virtually entirely residential and shares few formidable issues with other towns in the county—let alone the Bay Area. Neighbors fight for elbow room with deer, and beefs with City Hall tend to be over what type of additions one can make to one’s multimillion-dollar home. Tighter flood-control regulations could find the city locking horns with FEMA in the next year, and the 116-year-old city was in the news recently when five people drowned near the Farallones last month after launching their boat from the San Francisco Yacht Club. Overall, Belvedere keeps a pretty low profile. There are four candidates duking it out for three open seats on the Belvedere Council; Sandra Donnell is the lone incumbent seeking another term. Donnell says she moved to the Tiburon peninsula in 1979 and cites time on the Belvedere Parks and Open Space Committee, the Save the Redwoods League and the Marin Education Fund (now called 10,000 Degrees) on her list of community involvement activities, along with other county-commission positions that come with serving on the City Council. She says, “Being on the City Council is more than attending a meeting once a month,” and believes councilmembers should be active in agencies and commissions within and beyond the city’s limits. She was named the town’s 2007 Citizen of the Year. Donnell has earned another term on the council. James Robertson is a director of sales for a financial services business; he says he was inspired to run for council after a recent remodel of his home left him frustrated with the city’s planningdepartment “bureaucracy” and exorbitant permitting fees. He says he decided to “follow the money” and discovered the city’s budget was teeming with overpaid staff positions and encouraged “fines” on development in order to boost the town’s financial coffers. It sounds as if Robertson is running to shake up City Hall—he wants to streamline inefficiencies, pare down costs and weed out employees with side careers that create conflicts of interest. He wants to work with the Humane Society to curb the growing wild-ungulate population since, he says, “cars in Belvedere don’t move fast enough for deer reduction.” (We’re pretty sure he’s joking.) Claire McAuliffe describes herself as a community volunteer with a background in business and the government sector. She’s served on the board of the TiburonBelvedere Sanitary District, the board

of Marin/Sonoma Mosquito Abatement and Control District and the BelvedereTiburon Library Foundation. She says the city’s most significant issues in the coming years are pension reform and the proposed FEMA flood regulations, “which would affect the scope and character of our community.” But one of her initial priorities if elected would be to promote better outreach between the council and the community. Rounding out the candidates is Bob McCaskill, a retired accountant and 22year resident of the city he describes as a “picturesque community that is cherished by its residents.” McCaskill’s been a member of the Belvedere General Plan Committee, the Belvedere Community Foundation and served on the board of the Belvedre-Tiburon Recreation Department. His list of priorities would include streamlining city planning policies and responding to the changing FEMA flood control regulations. As for pensions, he says he’d consider eliminating outright defined benefit plans for new city employees. The good news for Belvedere is that it’s got four quality candidates who would likely serve the town well—all appear to be worthy of consideration. We’re sometimes cautious about candidates who decide to run for office following a frustrating personal experience with city governance. Donnell, McCaskill and McAuliffe have dedicated a lot of time to serving the city of Belvedere and we think they deserve a chance on the council. We recommend: Sandra Donnell, Bob McCaskill and Claire McAuliffe


countability. Marne, 47, promotes himself as a lifelong Democrat and his campaign website boasts an impressive list of recognitions for pro bono work. He’s a smart and likable guy who appears to have provided a lot of free or low-cost legal work for needy folks. He’s also right about the voters not having enough say in who sits on the Marin bench; appointees aside, judges often run for re-election unchallenged because it’s so difficult to beat a sitting incumbent in Marin—a suburban court with a battered past reputation if there ever was one. (That being said, when the retiring Michael Dufficy left an open seat in the 2010 election, Marne entered the race but then dropped out when Legal Aid of Marin director Roy Chernus announced his candidacy; Marne said he respected Chernus too much to run against him.) So we’d love to see more grassroots judge hopefuls like Marne find their way to the Marin Superior Court. We just don’t think it should come this year at the expense of Chou. Chou, 49, and his family have lived in Corte Madera for 10 years; prior to the MSC, he’d been a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office and the San Francisco District Attorney. In essence, he fulfills two important criteria that Marin court critics call for: He’s local, but he’s not a Marin court insider. And, from what we’ve seen, he’s thoughtful and exudes competence. He’s been endorsed by all the sitting judges and most county lawenforcement officials, Marin supervisors and city councilmembers. Yeah, they always endorse the incumbent judges, right? Probably, but this time there’s good reason. We recommend James Chou

Judge James Chou is in his first campaign ROSS VALLEY of his nascent time on the bench—Sleepy SANITARY DISTRICT Hollow attorney Russell Marne is chal- The Ross Valley Sanitary District has just lenging the 2010 Schwarzenegger appoin- about everything thrown at it but the tee who was handed the gavel two years kitchen sink. Which is a good thing—beago when John Sutro retired. That Chou cause the sink’s pipes are about 100 years is a Schwarzenegger appointee is one of old and need replacing. the primary reasons Marne is running. He The RVSD for years has been the sanisays the Marin County Superior Court tary district Marin loves to hate. Before judgeships are rarely held accountable to 2006, customers were reading headlines the electorate, as retiring judges have a about their sanitary district board memhabit of stepping down in the middle of bers’ DUI arrests, mounting legal fees terms, as Sutro did, paving the way for and extravagant expense accounts. As one appointees from county official put Sacramento. He it to us recently— says it’s emblemboy, those were atic of the Marin the days. Since court’s long-held 2006, the folks reputation for juelected to replace the Diamond Jims dicial crony ism on the living-large and the county political and leboard have earned gal community’s a reputation for penchant for cirapproving steep rate hikes, picking cling its wagons fights with memto protect judges from voter acbers of the Cen++++++++++



tral Marin Sanitation Agency and mounting more legal fees. In 2010, a Marin grand jury, echoing a previous grand jury report from 2006, called for a voter revolt against the RVSD board. In the board’s defense, it’s taken seriously the need for Ross Valley to replace its aged infrastructure and has shown it understands the imperative of doing so before a devastating leak occurs. District Manager Brett Richards didn’t help matters two years ago, though, when he proposed a slew of new full-time employees be hired to attack the pipe replacement—during a time the district was approving rate hikes and the county was still mired in recession. If the district admits to anything, it’s got to be that it’s had terrible PR. Two seats are on the ballot this time with incumbents Frank Egger and Marcia Johnson vying for another term, and challenger Mary Sylla hoping to unseat one of them. Egger was appointed to the board when Susan Brown stepped down in 2010. Egger’s well known to Ross Valley residents from his many years on the Fairfax Town Council, and has made it a priority to try and rebuild the public’s confidence in the RVSD and resolve differences with the CMSA. He and Pamela Meigs are something of a minority bloc on the board, voting against a consolidation study that lacked input from wouldbe consolidators and a $100 million bond measure without voter consent. Sylla’s been a sanitary district watchdog the past few years; she’s running to “bring rationality and civility” to the board. She says certain expenses are “wildly out of alignment” with similar sized districts and sees herself as representing “change” on a board whose majority, she says, often seems intent on having its own way. Marcia Johnson is part of that majority Sylla and Egger campaign against. Johnson has worked passionately for the RVSD since winning a seat in 2006 and has a deep knowledge of its inner workings. We suspect, though, that she may not be accepting enough of outside criticism—especially in a district that has received so much of it. She says the RSVD is an “honest, ethical and upstanding agency” and she usually finds that critics of the agency are “not knowledgeable about what it is we are actually doing.” She dismisses the critical grand jury report as being “ill informed” and that the jurors who interviewed her were void of “basic facts of general knowledge.” She says that RVSD is creating a “higher standard of service for sewer districts” that will one day make less-innovative local agencies look bad in comparison. Perhaps she’s right. But it’s also the sort of circle-the-wagons style that has made it difficult for the district to win the confidence of Ross Valley residents. There’s a reason the board majority does not want the proposed $100 million pipe-replacement bond to go before the voters—they’re afraid they’d lose. As 16> MAY11 - MAY 17, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 15

< 15 Pacific Sun Endorsements valuable as Johnson’s commitment has been to the district, we think the cleaner slates of Sylla and Egger would serve customers best going forward. We recommend Frank Egger and Mary Sylla

PROPOSITION 28: LIMITS ON LEGISLATORS’ TERMS IN OFFICE Ah, term limits. The political equivalent of a John Stamos TV show—the public likes how they look and demands a new one every few years, yet the results are usually just more incompetence. Prop. 28 exists in order to reform our current state Legislature term conditions, which currently allow a person to serve up to three 2-year terms in the Assembly and two 4-year terms in the Senate for a total of 14 possible years (actually up to 17 if an incumbent were initially appointed to a seat in the middle of a term). Prop. 28 would reduce the total amount of time a person may serve in the California state Legislature from 14 to 12 years—but wouldn’t dictate how many years can be spent serving in one branch. Thus a politician can seek six terms in the Assembly, three terms in the Senate, or split them up in the various configurations—but if someone’s lucky enough to hold a seat in the Legislature for 12 years, he or she is then termed out. (Still with us?) Proponents say the initiative would achieve two worthy goals: lowering the total amount of years one can serve, and lowering the amount of ineffective legislators at any given moment. That second point is key: With, say, 30 percent of all seats in the Legislature turning over in any given year (either through term limits or incumbents voted out of office), Sacramento is both teeming with political neophytes learning where the bathrooms are, and teeming with seasoned veterans spending the final year of their term campaigning to win a seat in the other branch. (Proponents of Prop. 28 say the number of newbies in the Assembly after an election is actually closer to 40 percent!) Opponents of the initiative argue that it would actually weaken term limits because


it allows an assemblymemda Vinci, Bach, Newton, Einber twice as much time in stein, Hemingway and Disthe Assembly, or a senator ney—Mr. John Q. Packaday? four extra years in the SenWell, this’ll teach you! ate. Where one stands largely At some point in recent rests on whether one believes history, America decided there’s no such thing as an SUN ENDORSEMENTS that smokers needed to be honest politician—or there redacted. They needed to dis++++++++++ are some good ones, and appear. They’re not allowed district voters should be in bars, they’re not allowed able to send them back to Sac if they so on sidewalks. They’re shunned from movie choose. screens and, in some cases, their own apartProp. 28 isn’t perfect. If we wrote this initia- ments. With Prop. 29, we’ll punish their stale tive, we’d have included that the Assembly habit (perfectly legal, still) in order to raise terms be increased to four years (like the money for cancer research—not research Senate)—at its current two years, a job in the solely directed at smoking-associated Assembly is practically a constant campaign. cancers like lung and throat, according to But we see Prop. 28 as a reasonable termthe text of the proposition, but all cancers, reform measure—lowering the total time one even the ones we non-smokers (who won’t person can stake out territory at the Capitol, be paying for this tax) might get. Huzzah while curbing the amount of time some for the 88 percent! legislators spend campaigning, and others Smoking is terribly unhealthy, and spend figuring out where all the best park- smokers would be better off if they didn’t ing spots are. smoke. And it should be incumbent upon We recommend YES on Proposition 28 smokers to take reasonable measure to keep their fumes from annoying the rest of us. But the amount of the tax doesn’t PROPOSITION 29:

IMPOSES ADDITIONAL TAX ON CIGARETTES FOR CANCER RESEARCH We’d be tempted to endorse this initiative simply because Philip K. Morris was against it. But, hopefully, Prop. 29 would also produce an overall good to society, so there’s a reason beyond “sticking it to Joe Camel” to support it. We’re endorsing Prop. 29 because it’ll take a few kids off the road to black lung but, like the product it’s aimed at stamping out, something about it leaves a bad taste in our mouths. Here’s the deal: Prop. 29 would impose an additional $1 per pack tax on packs of cigarettes, with the estimated $735 million in revenue going toward providing grants for cancer research and tobacco education programs. The tax on cigarettes is already at 87 cents per pack; this would make it $1.87. As proponents of the tax like to point out, 88 percent of us won’t have to pay a dime of this tax—it’ll all fall on the vile 12 percent of the population that chooses to commit that abhorrent affront to society: smoking. You intend to imbibe in the same habit beloved by such maladroits as

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seem quite high enough to really be about pricing people out of the market. A similar initiative narrowly failed in 2006 that would’ve increased the tax by $2.60. Prop. 29’s lower tax seems aimed more at passing the proposition than having maximum impact on smoking prevention. Proponents of Prop. 29 say the tax will keep 228,000 kids from smoking and save 104,000 lives. We sure hope so. Though we’re not sure how they arrive at those numbers. We’d be more enthusiastic if it were $10 a pack, an amount guaranteed to bring down smoking numbers. At $1, it’s just enough to hurt and probably not enough to keep that many people from gritting their yellow-tarred teeth and ponying up. It’s also a regressive tax that would be levied on lower-income folks, who make up the largest percentage of smokers. Hopefully, Prop. 29 would stop all 228,000 of the estimated kids from smoking—even a single percentage of that would probably make it worthwhile. We recommend YES on Proposition 29

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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Cutting a ribbon strung with bright red chiles, Joanne Weir and Larry Mindel opened their shiny new Sausalito spot last week at 739 Bridgeway. Last minute staff changes brought in sous chef Dilsa Lugo (La Cocina-trained, a horticulturist and expert in traditional Mexican cooking) to join general manager and tequila “curator” Fernando Guzman. Copita Tequileria y Comida is a unique restaurant/bar concentrating on serving 87 specialty tequilas. These are available for sampling in flights, for sipping in copitas (small glasses) or as high quality ingredients in cocktails. Foods on the menu are chosen to complement them, urban seasonal bites and small plates and large ones. Already a hit is the Mexico City-style quesadilla—filled with potatoes and chorizo, then fried (yes) and served with queso fresca and crema. Tacos come with fish in Modela beer batter or exotic wild mushrooms, chips show up with seasonal salsas instead of the ubiquitous red and green choices. Most of the produce comes from an organic garden nearby, overseen by Lugo. In a glass-fronted rotizador with a cobalt-blue hood, roasting chickens turn slowly, waiting to be enjoyed with heirloom beans, chorizo and pickled vegetables. Sweets include Oaxacan chocolate shakes and caramelized pineapple spiked with tequila and cinnamon. No, there are no burritos. Yes, there are inventive foods. Outdoor cafe seating is great in warm weather; the small interior is charming; 415/331-7400. PASS THE CHIPS, PLEASE Did someone say salsa? How’s your personal recipe? Show it off in the Marin Salsa Tasting Competition at the Larkspur Flower & Food Festival May 27 when more than 60 cooks (home chefs, Latino specialists and restaurant chefs) will serve up plenty of hot stuff. The contest is open to individuals, restaurants, groups and organizations, or businesses producing two gallons of their creation to be judged by professionals (people’s choice award, too). 18 PACIFIC SUN MAY 11 -MAY 17, 2012

CHANGE IS GOOD... Chef shuffles: new faces in familiar places. Third chef to arrive at Mill Valley’s Hawk’s Tavern is Joseph Waggoner (lately of Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco). His first contribution is the addition of brunch service for the gastropub, 10am-3pm on weekends. Look for comfy offerings like hash with root vegetables and smoked trout with a soft egg in dill/butter sauce; 415/388-3474...Out in Point Reyes Station, chef Christian Caiazzo of Osteria Stellina has named Brian Bowen as his chef de cuisine; 415/663-9988...With the sudden death of chef/owner Jun Kikuchi in February, the longtime Samurai restaurant in Mill Valley closed down. Now it has been reopened by new chef/owner Brian Kim who is retaining much of the original menu with additions of his own, especially among the maki choices. Dinner service Monday-Saturday; 415/3813680...Ah, mysterious West Marin. Olema Inn has been closed for some time, but questions abound. It has new owners (as yet unnamed) and there are whispers about who will be chef. At this writing, rumors are rife, answers are unavailable. Stay tuned. GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING Who needs last-minute suggestions for Mother’s Day gifts? You know you’re out there, you laggards! Three cookbooks for moms who love their kitchen art: 1.Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts by Bay Area treasure Alice Medrich, with time- and energy-saving recipes that produce spectacular results—no-roll, press-in pie crusts, one-bowl chocolate torte, food processor-friendly sweets. 2. Jacques Pepin’s Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food, by the star chef/teacher/author. This includes a DVD with Pepin’s masterful demonstrations of technique. 3. Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food by ex-chef Sam Mogannam, who owns the San Francisco gourmet mecca, and Dabney Gough; advice on how to shop best, with recipes from the store’s imaginative takeout foods menu...Make up a big basket filled with small pots of organic starter plants: herbs and edible flowers (violas, nasturtiums, calendula)...Give her a cooking class in a favorite or new cuisine. Local sources: Cooking School at Cavallo Point (, In The Kitchen Culinary (www.itkculinary. com), The Fork Kitchen ( <



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Back in black Bonnie Raitt back in the ‘stream’ of things after much loss by G r e g Cahill


onnie Raitt is back. After a seven-year absence from the recording scene, the Marin blues woman’s new CD, Slipstream, has re-ignited the career of the multi-Grammy-winning artist, who is in top form throughout the 12 tracks. In mid-April, she appeared on The Colbert Report, even singing a duet of her signature cover of John Prine’s ballad “Angel from Montgomery,” with host and comedian Stephen Colbert. The following week, the American Music Association announced that in September Raitt will be awarded an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. She’s been all over NPR. And is in the midst of a whistle-stop national tour. Her return comes in the wake of considerable personal loss, which is reflected in her heartfelt vocals. In recent years, she’s dealt with the death of both parents, her older brother Steve, who died of brain cancer, and her longtime friend and colleague, Texas guitarist and songwriter Stephen Bruton. “I was surprisingly tired and overwhelmed,” Raitt, 62, told USA Today recent-

ly. “My brother had fought for eight years and then got another tumor. He was blind and paralyzed. I really felt I needed to take time off after he died. It was wrenching. “It’s amazing how the scaffolding of your everyday life and your job hold you together,” she added. “Grief therapy brought up other things that needed to be addressed, childhood stuff. It was time to look at it. At first I thought, maybe I’ll buy an easel and get my watercolors out or sculpt with clay or go to some exotic place. But I realized you can’t run away from things you’re feeling. I’m lucky. A lot of people don’t have the luxury of unplugging from a job.” Raitt also has taken a fresh tack professionally. After decades-long associations with Warner and Capitol Records, Slipstream, a collaboration with red-hot Americana producer Joe Henry—whose credits include Elvis Costello and Rambin’ Jack Elliott—was released on Raitt’s own Redwing Records. The album, her first independent release, debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s Top 200 and No. 1 on the Top Blues Albums chart. “After a break, and given the changing landscape [in the recording business], she

Raitt, shown above at the recent New Orleans Jazz Fest, didn’t achieve commercial success until her 10th album— the Grammy-sweeping ‘Nick of Time’ from 1989.

felt it was worth a shot to go at it herself,” Raitt’s manager Kathy Kane told Billboard for an article about brand-name acts disillusioned by the major-label system and lured by the benefits of going indie. “As Bonnie puts it: ‘Do the math.’ It seemed to make sense at this stage of her career.” Considering that a successful album released by an artist-owned label can double or triple an artist’s profits, Billboard noted, compared to what the act would make

through a superstar royalty deal with a major, it’s easy to see why this trend is gaining momentum. And Raitt’s not the only Marin-based brand-name act exercising a newfound sense of self-determination: On May 15, Carlos Santana will release a mostly instrumental album, Shape Shifter, on his new Starfaith label. Meanwhile, Marinites hoping to catch Raitt in the act will have to be patient: she’s currently on a lengthy tour of the South and Northeast and not scheduled to perform in California until the fall. < Slip a note to Greg at

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Red Eyes — Mina Agossi If the cover blurb is to be believed, the main attraction here is a duet with free-jazz sax legend Archie Shepp on shaky vocals and a tentative tenor, which turns out to be the album’s most challenging track. So stick with your first impression: Mina Agossi is full of sass on the opening cut, a cover of Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without a Face,” which gets a sultry samba-meets-Burt Bacharach treatment as the half-French, half-Beninese jazz singer talk-sings over the lilting melody. Indeed, throughout this impressive collection sparsely of sparsely arranged piano jazz, which features four originals and a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House,” Agossi seduces the listener on a disc that just sounds better and better with each listen.—GC 20 PACIFIC SUN MAY 11 -MAY 17, 2012

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Hollywood’s ‘Golden’ era For many films, the GGB has been a bridge to success... by M at t hew St af for d


he Golden Gate Bridge is San Fran- Came from Beneath the Sea. Kim Novak cisco’s Big Ben, its Eiffel Tower, its attempted suicide in the bridge’s lonely, Acropolis, Empire State Building and looming edge-of-the-continent shadow Roman Colosseum rolled into one, the single in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo; and a few man-made object years later Hitch that immediately wanted The Birds tells the viewer that to have an absowe are in the City lutely hair-raising by the Bay and that finale (nixed by cable cars, Alcatraz the studio and/ and other subsidor a beleaguered iary symbols can’t special-effects be far behind. But department)—the the bridge isn’t just trio fleeing avianabout San Francisoverrun Bodega co. Virtually every Bay emerges from postcard and estabthe Waldo Tunnel lishing shot of the Ray Harryhausen and his octo-pal make the morning commute to find a bridge GGB encompasses even lousier in ‘It Came From Beneath the Sea.’ covered with its northern anchor, thousands of Marin County, as well, and while practically roosting birds. Most disturbing of all is all of the hundreds of movies that have fea- the moment in On the Beach when a lone tured the bridge either as backdrop or fea- submarine enters postapocalyptic San tured player have focused on our glamorous Francisco Bay and beholds a Golden Gate neighbor to the south, Marvelous Marin de- Bridge empty of traffic at high noon. serves its co-star billing. As more and more moviemakers The earliest glimpses of the bridge brought their cameras to San Francisco, in Hollywood movies were of a skeletal the celluloid bridge became more ubiqunder-construction behemoth rising from uitous and unavoidable. Classics and the waters of the bay, captured in rare (for sub-classics like Dirty Harry, The Towerthe time) location footage. There it is, ing Inferno, High Anxiety, Invasion of the off in the distance, when Nick and Nora Body Snatchers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Charles arrive at their Telegraph Hill digs Interview with the Vampire, Basic Instinct, in After the Thin Man; viewed from above The Rock, Zodiac and Milk used the icon as Pat O’Brien kicks off the first transpacif- to establish mood and setting; other films ic flight in China Clipper; presented in full featured the bridge in more prominent movie-star close-up in the post-quake up- roles. In Herbie Rides Again, the magical from-the-ashes montage at the end of San VW straddles the bridge’s cables instead Francisco. The bridge was completed in of using the more traditional roadway; in 1937 and was an international superstar by Superman, the Man of Steel saves a school the attack on Pearl Harbor, and no World bus from plummeting off the span during War II movie set in the Pacific Theater was a Lex Luthor-created earthquake; in Star complete without a somber, spooky shot Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Kirk and Spock of the troops heading westward into God cross the bridge en route to the “Sausalito knew what, the bridge the last pop-icon Cetacean Institute” (actually the Monterey citadel of home safe home: sailors in The Bay Aquarium); and in A View to a Kill, Caine Mutiny, submariners in Destination Roger Moore (aka agent 007) grapples Tokyo, the flyboys in Howard Hawks’ Air with Christopher Walken, of all people, Force departing Novato’s Hamilton Field on the cables high above the bay. The span on Dec. 6, 1941. was threatened by a tsunami in The Abyss, Although the bridge is a lovely, delicate ozone-free sunlight in The Core and ramarchitectural poem conducive to reflecbunctious primates in Rise of the Planet of tion and romance, postwar filmmakers the Apes—it was even relocated in X-Men: primarily employed it in a sinister context. The Last Stand—but you’ll be happy to In Dark Passage, San Quentin escapee know that the bridge is shown beautiful Humphrey Bogart finds a police roadblock and intact well into the 23rd century in at the bridge’s north end barring him from both Bicentennial Man and Star Trek. And why not? No moviemaker with an eye for the safety and seclusion of Lauren Bacall’s San Francisco. A Ray Harryhausen-crafted beauty, danger and romance, past, present or future, would allow our bridge to come mutant octopus destroys the span with a-tumbling down. much thrashing of giant tentacles in It

Scottie (James Stewart) rescues Madeleine (Kim Novak) from what he believes is a suicide attempt near Fort Point in Vertigo (1958). While this scene features the towering Marin Headlands in the background, Alfred Hitchcock’s cast and crew never made it over the Golden Gate on this production—despite what many people think. The film’s famous stroll-in-the-redwoods scene is often assumed to be Muir Woods. In fact, it was filmed partly on a Hollywood set and partly in the forests of Boulder Creek in Santa Cruz County. One of the reasons people make the mistake is that Hitchcock seems to want us to believe it. Scottie and Madeleine, for instance, depart San Francisco mid-day for an unplanned visit to the redwoods; it’s quite logical to assume they’d prefer the 20-minute jaunt up Highway 1 rather than the two-hours-plus trip to find Sequoia sempervirens elsewhere. There’s also a cross-cut redwood annotated with historic dates, as we’ve seen at Muir Woods. Like Kim Novak’s character in the film, Marin’s role in Vertigo is not at all what it appears to be.—Jason Walsh

ViDEO Hit me with your best shot Steven Soderbergh thinks the international thriller needs a do-over, and his films in recent years have had a lingering, world-is-flat feel to them, especially in suspensers like Traffic and Contagion, as well as his producer’s imprint on Syriana. I like HAYWIRE best of all, as much for its kick-ass mar tial arts (of which there’s plenty) as not sure if beating up Ewan McGregor can be considered for Soderbergh’s sheer autho- We’re an accurate gauge of one’s ‘toughness.’ rial nerve. Newcomer Gina Carano headlines as Mallory Kane, a private black-ops contractor betrayed by her agency colleagues while on a Barcelona job, and now desperate to find a way back out of the cold. Carano, beautiful with the poise of a Praxiteles statue, comes on loan from the world of MMA cage fighting, and here delivers the sort of gunplay and elbow-led follow-through that will make a John Woo fan sit up. Pouring mayhem onto hallway baddies, careening into glass shelves and through panel doors, she downs men twice her size with utter conviction—all without cutaways or body doubles. Join to this the cool yellows and chartreuses, split-focus framings and hurtling time flashbacks that have become Soderbergh’s hallmark. One learns from a bonus track that Carano accidentally took a punch to the head from Ewan McGregor. She asked, “Are you OK?”—Richard Gould

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Girl in Progress (1:30) A prepubescent girl with a distracted, inattentive mother decides to skip adolescence altogether and take a quick shortcut to adulthood. 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 Lou Harrison: A World of Music Loving portrait of the avant-garde composer who wrote many of his works in a rustic Northern California cabin in the woods; Merce Cunningham, Michael Tilson Thomas and others provide insights. O The Lucky One (1:41) An ex-Marine 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: Die Walküre (5:30) The second installment in Wagner’s Ring cycle is presented direct from New York complete with Wotan, Brunhilde and the kids. O The Metropolitan Opera: Siegfried (6:00) Part three of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle features sorcery, conquest and the lovely Brunnhilde. O Monsieur Lazhar (1:34) An Algerian schoolteacher living in Quebec connects with pupils still recovering from the suicide of their old headmaster. O National Theatre London: One Man, Two Guvnors Rollicking comedy about an out-of-work musician employed by both an East End killer and the killer’s victim, who’s really the victim’s sister and the killer’s girlfriend in drag. 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 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 Sound of My Voice (1:25) Thriller about an LA cult and the weird and mesmerizing high priestess whose followers obey her every command. 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 Wings (2:24) William Wellman’s Oscarwinning WWI silent epic features the everglam Clara Bow plus some fantastic aerial dogfight photography. < O

Martin Barass decants in ‘One Man, Two Guvnors,’ playing May 17 at the Lark.

The Artist (1:40) Dazzling Oscar-winning Michel Hazanavicius silent about a Hollywood superstar, a hopeful extra and the life-changing effect the talkie revolution will have on their careers. O Battleship (2:11) Swabbies Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson are enlisted to protect the planet from marauding aliens. O The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (1:58) Maggie Smith and Judi Dench head to India for some post-retirement exotica and find themselves living in a run-down yet charming old palatial hotel. O The Bright Stream (2:05) The Bolshoi presents Shostakovich’s zany ballet about a band of traveling players who take over a 1930s Russian farming collective. 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 Dark Shadows (1:53) Big-screen sendup of the cult Gothic soap opera stars Johnny Depp as an 18th century vampire who rises from the dead smack dab in the middle of the swinging, dysfunctional 1970s; Tim Burton directs. O Darling Companion (1:43) Ensemble dramedy about a missing pooch and the misadventures of the people who set out to find him; Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline and Sam Shepard star. O The Dictator Sacha Baron Cohen as a deposed North African dictator trying to recreate his former majesty in the blasé USA. 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 First Position (1:34) Documentary follows six talented young ballet dancers as they compete in the grueling, prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. 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

›› MOViE TiMES The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Sun, Tue, Thu 4:50 NBattleship (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm NThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) Century Regency 6: FriSat 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 Sun-Thu 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7 The Bright Stream (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue 6:30 Bully (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 1:45 Chimpanzee (G) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:25 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 5:10, 9:40 Sun-Tue 12:40, 5:10 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 6:30, 7:45, 9:15, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:30, 1, 2:15, 3:45, 5, 6:30, 7:45, 9:15, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 7:45, 9:15, 10:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 10:45, 11:40, 12:35, 1:40, 2:35, 3:35, 4:35, 5:35, 6:25, 7:30, 8:25, 9:20, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:10, 12:30, 1:50, 3:20, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 9, 10:20 Thu 11:10, 12:30, 1:50, 3:20, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 9, 10:20, 11:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 1:15, 2:45, 4:10, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 9:40 Sun-Thu 12, 1:15, 2:45, 4:10, 5:30, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:15, 4, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:15, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 NDarling Companion (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:10 SunThu 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30 NThe Dictator (R) Fairfax 6 Theatres: Wed-Thu 12:15, 2:30, 4:40, 6:50 NFirst Position (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45 The Five-Year Engagement (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:20 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:20 MonThu 7, 9:45 Century Regency 6:


New Movies This Week

11, 1:50, 4:50, 7:50 Wed 11, 1:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Sun 2:20, 7:20 Tue, Thu 7:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 12:50, 3:50, 6:50 Mon-Thu 3:50, 6:50 Footnote (PG) +++ CinéArts at Marin: Sun 2:10, 4:40, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Tue, Thu 4:30, 7 Wed 4 NGirl in Progress (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35 The Hunger Games (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12, 3:20, 7, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:55 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:25, 3:50, 7:10, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3:50, 7:05, 10:15 NLou Harrison: A World of Music (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (filmmaker Eva Soltes in person) The Lucky One (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:55, 2:25, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Marley (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) ++++ Century Cinema: FriTue 12:30; 3D showtimes at 3:45, 7, 10:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:10, 3:30, 6:50, 8:50, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 10:50, 11:30, 12:50, 1:30, 2:50, 4:10, 4:50, 5:30, 6:10, 7:25, 8:10, 9:30, 10:35 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11, 5:30; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 2:15, 3:45, 7, 8:45, 10:10 Thu 11, 5:30, 11:50; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 2:15, 3:45, 7, 8:45, 10:10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:45, 1:45, 4, 5, 7:15, 8:15; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 3, 6:15, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:45, 1:45, 4, 5, 7:15, 8:15; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 3, 6:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30

Mon-Thu 4:15, 7:30 The Metropolitan Opera: Die Walküre (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Mon 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Mon 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon 6:30 Lark Theater: Sat 10am The Metropolitan Opera: Siegfried (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Lark Theater: Wed 1 Monsieur Lazhar (PG-13) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 4, 6:45, 9 Sun 4 Mon, Thu 6:45, 9 Tue, Wed 9 National Theatre London: One Man, Two Guvnors (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7:30 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:05, 4:55, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 5; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:15, 9:35 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 2:55, 7:15 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Sun 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 5 Wed 6:30 Safe (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:20, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 Sun 11:40, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40 Mon 11:40, 2:25 Tue, Thu 11:40, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40 CinéArts at Marin: Sun 2, 4:30, 7 MonThu 4:30, 7:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sat 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Tue, Thu 4:45, 7:15 Wed 4:30 NSound of My Voice (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:40 Sun-Thu 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20 Think Like a Man (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 10:55, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 NWings (1927) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 7

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

Dazzling ballet documentary ‘First Position’ opens at the Rafael Friday. MAY 11 – MAY 17, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 23

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

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information.

Live music 05/11-12: Danny Click’s Texas Blues Night Blues. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 05/11-12: Vinyl Rock. 9 p.m. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

05/11: Amber Morris 2012 Vocal Student Showcase Amber Morris returns to George’s with an allstar band featuring lead guitarist/music director, Tal Morris and some of Marin’s up-and -coming young vocal talent. 8pm. $20-25 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 05/11: Bud E Luv Lounge with the “fabulous” one. 8:30-11pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/11: Hot Rod Jukebox Rock, rockabilly, Latin and jazz hits of the ’50s and early ’60s. 8:30-11:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Sommerville Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. 05/11: Pride and Joy Pop/soul. 9:30 p.m. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

05/11: Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire Johnny Cash tribute. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 05/12: Doc Kraft Dance Band Latin, country, jazz, reggae, R&B, rock, zydeco. 8:30 p.m.-1:30am. $5. Fort Baker Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker

Road., Sausalito. 601-7858.

05/12: Gator Beat South Louisana music. 8:3011pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/12: George Cole and Eurocana Gypsy jazz. 8pm. $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 05/12: HopHead AcoUUstic Cafe. Eclectic folk trio. 7:30-9:30pm. $5-10 240 Channing Way, San Rafael.

05/12: May Madness Classic Car Parade and Rockin’ Street Dance Main stage at 4th and “A”: Re “Pedal To The Metal Rockabilly!” at noon, Mitch Woods and his rocket 88’s “jump ’n’ boogie” at 1:45 and Revolver “Rockin sounds of the ’60s” at 3:30. 12-6 p.m. Free Fourth St., San Rafael. 388-7208.

05/12: Nicasio Barn Dance with the Rancho Allstars Rock/blues/R&B. Nicasio School’s 150th anniversary benefit barn dance and local farms dinner. With special guests. 6-10:30pm. $50, includes dinner. Big Barn at Collins Ranch, 2681 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. 662-1049. 05/12: The 85s, Zoo Station Classic pop and rock. 9:30pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 05/12: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. None. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 05/13: Jazz Nite 2012 Ann Brewer & Jorge Castellanos with Ross Gualco, keyboard; Tom Shader,

BEST BET It was a dark and boozy night… Every odd-numbered month, Fairfax transforms into a hub of literary excitement with Pints & Prose. Hosted by Tuesday Night Writers, Pints & Prose takes over Peri’s Bar in Fairfax and features emerging and established wordsmiths behind an open mic. This month, the group has a few special tidbits in store as they celebrate a two-year anniversary of the event. Along with the group’s readers— They may call themselves the Tuesday Night Tuesday Night Writers consists of poet Writers—but quite frankly these folks are happy to Chris Cole, author Tanya Egan Gibson hang out at Peri’s pretty much any day of the week. and a whole gaggle of other talented locals—this month’s featured guest readers are Molly Giles and Glen David Gold. And if all of this literary magic isn’t enough to ensure the wildest celebratory night Fairfax lit-lovers have seen in seasons, local gypsy jazz favorites Beso Negro will be on hand to provide tunes to usher attendees into the night. Tuesday, May 15, 6pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. Free, donations accepted for Mama Hope.—Dani Burlison 24 PACIFIC SUN MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2012

F R I D AY M AY 1 1 — F R I D AY M AY 1 8 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar bass. 5:30-10pm. 1025 C St., San Rafael. 459-4593. 05/15: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 05/15: Noel Jewkes and Guests With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 05/15: Swing Fever Featuring Bob Schulz, trumpet. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 05/16: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz, blues. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 05/16: Kinky Buddha With Aaron Redner (fiddle, mandolin), Chris Haugen (guitars), Ben Jacobs (keys), Bryan Horne (bass), and Denielle Basom (vocals). 8 p.m. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 488-1490. 05/16: Marcelo and Seth Argentine Tango. Every third Wednesday of the month. 8-11pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 05/17: African Showboyz Brothers from Ghana, West Africa perform world music. 8pm. $16-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 05/17: Deborah Winters Jazz. With Jean Michel Hure. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 05/17: Nicolas Bearde Jazz at George’s. 8pm. $16-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 05/17: Robert Donnay Jazz vocalist. 8-11pm. No cover charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

05/17: Rusty Evans and Ring of Fire Dance Party Listen and dance, dance, dance to Rockabilly Hall of Famer, Rusty Evans and his band. Proceeds for this event benefit the Fairfax Food Pantry. 7:30-9:30pm. $15-20. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 755-3775. www.fairfaxcommunitychurch,net

05/17: Singer Songwriter Series Hosted by Lauralee Brown Gets together to enjoy and support local musicians. 7-10pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/17: Sofi Rox Sultry jazz. With Dick Bright, cello. 7-10pm. $5 or free with dinner. Nourish at Harbor Point, 475 E. Stawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-4400.

05/18: Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys Americana/roots, western swing, rockabilly, and traditional country. 8:30-11pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

05/18: Firewheel, The Overcommitments Roots rock. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.

05/18: Hemispheres w/ Yassir Chadly Jazz Across All Borders: Gnawan Music of Morocco. 8pm. $18-28. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 05/18: Whisky Pills Fiasco Rockabilly, Surf, Americana. 9 p.m. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

Concerts 05/11: Mayflower Community Chorus “From Sea to Shining Sea.” 8-10pm. $5-20. Marin Center Showcase Theatre and Aldersgate Methodist Church, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 491-9110. 05/12-14: Santa Rosa Symphony “The Brothers Ferrandis” 8pm May 12 and 14; 3pm May 13. Bruno Ferrandis conductor; Jean Ferrandis, flute. Works by Debussy, Mozart, Ibert, Rave. $15-65. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-8742.

05/12: Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival National Finals Marin’s longest running a cappella music festival. 8-10:30pm. $29-39. Marin Veterans Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 455-8602. 05/13: Russian Chamber Orchestra Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in A Minor. J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor. Glinka: Valse - Fantasy. Rachmaninov: Lento for Piano and Orchestra. 4-6pm. $20-25. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 3 05-7658.

05/15: Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band 54th annual Spring Concert. 7:30 p.m. Free, no tickets needed. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 472-4190. 05/16: Throckappella Concert 142’s youth program Throckapella Ensemble, under the leadership of Jessica Nicholson, is an advanced chamber ensemble for singers in 9th-12th grades. 7:30pm. $5-10. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 05/18: Musae “Beat the Drum; Dance and Sing!” Featuring music for women’s voices and drums, this program explores rhythms and dances from a variety of cultures. 8pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853.

Dance 05/11: 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. Newcomers always welcome. 7:30-11pm. $7. Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley. 05/12: Maui No Ka ‘Oi - Ho’ike 2012 Celebrate outdoors the beautiful Valley Isle, Maui through mo’olelo (storytelling), mele (song) and hula (dance). Featuring students from Halau Hula Na Pua o Ka La’akea. 1-3pm. $10, children under 10 are free Hamilton Amphitheater, 601 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato. 381-1616. 05/13: English Country Dance San Rafael Think Jane Austen. Live music, refreshments. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfy shoes. Second and Fourth Sundays, 2-4:30pm. Beginners welcome. 2-4:30pm. $9-12. Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-3077. 05/13: Just Dance Academy 2012 Spring Performance. Includes abbreviated “Sleeping Beauty” ballet. 4pm. $20-22. Marin Veterans Auditorium, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www. 05/17: Dance at Sweat Your Prayers Dance to Ecstatic World Music on beautiful sprung wood dance floor. Join the tribe and let go of stress,

worry and tension as you express your most creative self. Beginners welcome. 7-9pm. $15. San Geronimo Community Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road, , San Geronimo. 05/18-19: SOTA Dance â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Years of Dance!â&#x20AC;? Dance concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ruth Asawa School of the the Arts and SOTA dance program. 8 p.m. $15-25. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.. 695-5700.

Theater/Auditions 05/11-12: 51st Rhubarb Revue: Viva Las Rhubarb 60s Vegas themed variety show. Comedy, 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 Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 05/17-06/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Night of the Iguanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By Tennessee Williams. Directed by Cris Cassell. See website for showtimes. $20-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 4569555.

Through 05/20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;References to Salvador DalĂ­ Make Me Hotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AlterTheater produces JosĂŠ Riveraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Through 05/25: Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cut Five Improv Directors, each with their own unique theatrical vision, guide and direct a variety of improvised scenes. 8pm. $17-20. Bayfront Theater, B350 Fort Mason Center, S.F.. 474-6776.

Comedy 05/16: Marga Gomezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funny Lady Friends Shazia Mirza, Karinda Dobbins, Amy Miller, Lydia Popovich An all-women comic blast starring Marga Gomez& four other cool women comics, sorta Beyonceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women Rule The Worldâ&#x20AC;? only funnier, with more clothes! 8:30pm. $10-15. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Art 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. 05/11-05/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Untetheredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Greg Martin, new paintings. Reception 6-8pm May 11. 6-8pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Avenue , Larkspur. 945-9454.

05/11-20: 22nd Annual Spring Art Show Showcases the work of 100 artists from the San Geronimo and Nicasio valleys. Reception 6:30 -9pm May 11. Galleries open Sat and Sun Noon-6pm. 10-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 ext. 252. 05/12-06/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Le Triangleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Celebrates the art and artists of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The French Club.â&#x20AC;? Reception 2-5pm Sat. May 12,Works by Pierre Flandreau, Jean MarcBrugeilles, Geoff Bernstein. Refreshments/parking Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 454-6484.

05/18-06/24: Andrew Romanoff, Patti Trimble and Dorothy Nissen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then and Now.â&#x20AC;?

Andrew Romanoff, paintings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vanishing California.â&#x20AC;? Patti Trimble, paintings and poems. Dorothy Nissen paintings in the Annex. Reception 3-5 pm Sunday, May 20. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One / POB 937 , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347.

Through 05/13: 19th Annual Marin Open Studios May 12-13 locations include Marshall, Pt. Reyes, Inverness, Olema, Bolinas, Stinson Beach, Ross, Kentfield, Greenbrae, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Belvedere, Sausalito, Tiburon. See website for details. 11am-6pm. Free. Marin Open Studios, 74 Digital Dr., Novato. 331-9520.

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

Music, Dining, Dancing... Fun! FRI MAY 11

ings and other work of local artist Edwin Ferran in his working studio. 10am-6pm. Free. www.hap46st. com, 43 Marquard Ave., San Rafael. 510-375-0361.

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 05/26: Marin Society of Artists 2012 Spring Rental Show Exhibition of original artworks by MSA members which are for rent. 11 a.m.-4pm. No charge. Marin Society of Artists , 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., (Marin Art and Garden Center), Ross. 454-9561. 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 05/31: Leslie Lakes â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lyrical Artist.â&#x20AC;? 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. Through 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. mil/bmvc 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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05/15:‘Realizing your Closeness to God’ Lecture by Christian Science healing practitioner Suzanne Riedel. 7:30-8:30pm. Free. Belvedere Community Center, 450 San Rafael Ave. , Belvedere. 999-8984.

05/16: Happy 75th Birthday Golden Gate Bridge Illustrated lecture by a Fine Arts Museum docent describing the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. 7-8:30pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444.

05/16: Marin Scuba Club Monthly Meeting Dan Kiely, wildlife vagabond, Solo kayak adventures in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. 7:309pm. $3-5. The Flatiron, 724 B St. , San Rafael.

05/17: Embodying the Power of Our Dreams Our nighttime dreams are like emails from our soul. Learn techniques to decipher the messages and valuable teachings your dreams bring to you with Susan Audrey, CHT. 7-9pm. $5-20 donation requested. No one turned away for lack of funds. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 707-695-3097.

05/17: Marin Audubon Speaker Series: Kenya’s Birds An illustrated presentation on Kenya’s birds and other wildlife by premier Kenyan wildlife guide Preston Mutinda, and photographer Gerald Corsi. See the Marin Audubon website for more info. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd., Tiburon. 789-0703.

05/17: Marin Conservation League’s Business-Environment Breakfast Marine expert Ed Ueber will discuss how marine protection is politicized and how the public can contribute to the health of the oceans. 7:30-9am. $25 for MCL members and $30 for non-members Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. 485-6257.

Wednesdays: Marin History Museum Gallery Tour Join local legend Jeff Craemer for a gallery tour of the “Marin Independent Journal: 150 Years of Ink” exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538.


05/12: Elena Shapiro Shapiro reads from her novel “13 Rue Therese.” 11am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/12: Hal Mooz The author talks about “Make Up Your Mind.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/12: Jennifer Futernick Futernick discusses “I Never Expected This Good Life.” 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 05/12: Kirby Surprise Surprise discusses “Synchronicity: The Art of Coincidence, Choice, and Unlocking Your Mind.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.

05/13: David Downie and Don George Join Downie and George in conversation about “Springtime in Paris.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/14: Kevin Wilson The author reads from his novel “The Family Fang.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/15: Ben Fountain The writer reads from “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

05/15: Pints and Prose Two Year Anniversary Join the Tuesday Night Writers for a special night including the amazing Molly Giles and Glen David Gold for a rambunctious evening of literature and fun. 6-8pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 717-7848. 05/15: Rachel Dratch Former Saturday Night Live comedian Rachel Dratch talks about “Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 835-1020.

05/12: David St. John and Anna Journey National Book Award finalist David St. John reads from “The Auroras: New Poems.” Debut poet Anna Journey reads from “If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 26 PACIFIC SUN MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2012

05/17:‘One Man Two Guvnors’ Broadcast from London’s National Theatre Sex, food, money, music: the classic Italian comedy, “A Servant of Two Masters” updated to 1960s Britain. 7:30pm. $24. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 9245111.

Community Events (Misc.) 05/12: May Madness Classic Car Parade and Rockin’ Street Dance The streets of Downtown San Rafael will come alive once again as the tradition of “cruising” and ’50s and ’60s nostalgia as one of the North Bay’s largest car displays and parade comes to Fourth Street. Noon-6pm. Free. Fourth St., San Rafael. 388-7208.

05/11-13: House of Air,Trampoline Dodgeball World Championships First ever Trampoline Dodgeball World Championships. 4-10pm Fri.-Sat.; 9am-2pm Sun. Free to attend or $180 to play House of Air, West Crissy Field, Building 926, 926 (Old) Mason St. in The Presidio, S.F.. 345-9675. 05/12: 2012 Ross Garden Tour Five private gardens in the town of Ross will open for an annual fundraising event. Visit a variety of gardens with historical significance and abundant ideas for garden enthusiasts. 9am-3pm. $40. Parking at College of Marin’s Lot #15, Ross.

05/12: Family Fair for Haiti Fundraising and Garage Sale With Haitian music, sale of Haitian folk art, garage sale items and homemade snacks for sale. All proceeds go to three worthy and wonderful nonprofits. 10am-5pm. Free. 501 Drake Ave., Marin City.

05/16: Business Breakfast with Michael Sandel Michael Sandel discusses “What Money

05/12: Freshwater Fishing at Stafford Park Lake Rangers will teach the basics of freshwater

Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of a Market.” 7:30am. $25, includes breakfast & an autographed book. Dominican University, Caleruega Hall, San Rafael. 485-3202. 05/16: Isha Judd Judd discusses “Love Has Wings: Free Yourself from Limiting Beliefs and Fall in Love with Life.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/17: Bill Bradley Former Senator Bill Bradley discusses “We Can All Do Better.” The widelyadmired former U.S. senator, presidential candidate, and NBA athlete offers his own personal review of the state of the nation. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/17: Traveling Poetry Show The Marin Poetry Center presents Stephie Mendel, Meryl Natchez, Leah Shelleda, Karla Clark, Maggie Morley and Andrea Freeman in a reading hosted by Becky Foust. 7-9pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael. 05/18: Steve Berry Berry reads from his mystery “The Columbus Affair.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

fishing at Stafford Lake Park in Novato. A limited amount of fishing poles, bait, and tackle boxes will be provided first-come, first-served to novice angle 11am-1pm. 16+ fishing license; $10 per vehicle Marin Parks, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. 499-6387.

05/11: Elizabeth Percer Pushcart Prize nominee reads from her debut novel, “An Uncommon Education.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

maker Eva Soltes will present and discuss a screening of her music documentary, a vivid and intimate portrait of Lou Harrison (1917-2003), a legendary American composer who followed his own dreams. 7pm. $10.50. Smith Rafael Film Center, 111 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.

Film Events 05/11-17: First Position Exhilarating and suspenseful documentary follows six young ballet dancers as they face the challenges of one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix 6:30pm. $10.50. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 05/13: Lou Harrison: A World of Music Film-

05/12: How the Tides Work for You by Kame Richards Cruisers, racers, and recreational boaters will see and learn how the waters move on San Francisco Bay. $15 cash. Reservations a must. 1-3pm. $15 cash. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 408-263-7877.

05/12: Laurel House Antiques Patio Sale and Raffle Raffle drawing at noonTickets on sale at shop for chance to win diamond Victorian lapel pin. Find treasures at bargain prices. 10am-1pm. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 485-6709. 05/12: Marin Human Race The Marin Human Race is a collaborative fundraiser for Marin nonprofits and schhools. Dogs join the fun this year as well. Free kids races, pancake breakfast and more. 7amnoon. Kids 12 and under are Free; $25 for walkers and $35 for dog walkers until May 4 (add $10 after) Marin Center Fairgrounds , 10 Ave. of the Flags , San Rafael . 448-0335. 05/12: Save Spring Hill Discussion Supervisor Susan Adams and natural resources staff host a community meeting about the Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Goatgrass Removal Project. Turn right at Las Pavadas follow until it becomes Las Colindas. Meet at gate at the end of Wintergreen Terrace. 9am-2pm. Free, rain may cancel. Marin Parks, Terra Linda/ Sleepy Hollow Preserve, San Rafael. 473-3778. www.

05/13: A Family Funfair: Honoring Diver-

sity and Celebrating our Interconnectedness Bring your mother, family and friends to celebrate with speakers,storyteller,live music, improv,dance, exhibits, games, food and more. 11am-4pm. Free. Anubhuti Meditation & Retreat Center , 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, , Novato. 884-2314.

05/13: Mothers Day BBQ at Martin Griffin Audubon Canyon Ranch and Marin Audubon Society have hosted this fundraiser in the beautiful setting of the Martin Griffin Preserve. For benefit of education and conservation programs. Rain or shine. 11am-3pm. $25 for adults, $12 childern under 12 Volunteer Canyon, 4800 Shoreline Highway 1, Stinson Beach. 453-2216.

05/13: West Point Inn Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and spectacular views from Mt Tamalpais. Guests must hike or bike to the historic inn. Parking available at Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs or near the Mountain Home Inn. 9am-1pm. $5-10. West Point Inn, Mt Tamalpais, Marin County. 388-9955.

05/14: The Away Station Grand Celebration Grand celebration of reuse and creativity at its home at Fairfax Lumber. This unique opportunity to view recycling in action offers an activity filled day which will include a treasure hunt, crafting tables, art exhibition and examples of ReUse products. Supplies for purchase are available from nails to bathtubs, art supplies, lumber and hardware, appliances and more. An evening fundraiser is also planned; for details, check the website. Noon-4pm. Free. The Away Station at Fairfax Lumber, 109 Broadway, Fairfax. 457-9032. 05/15: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. 05/15: Novato Farmers Marktet Treat yourself to flavor packed produce, a serenaded dinner, and a twilight stroll through downtown Novato. The market also features activities for children. 4-8pm. Grant Ave., Downtown, Novato. 472-6100. 05/16: Fairfax Farmers Market Wear some flowers in your hair at his charming market featuring West Marin farmers, food purveyors, and artists. At Bolinas Park. 4-8pm. Bolinas Park, Broadway Blvd and Pacheco Ave, Fairfax. 472-6100.

05/16: History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Join Ranger Bill to learn about the diverse, complex, many faceted missions, goals and objectives of the USACE’s beginning in 1775 under General George Washington. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 3323871. 05/16: Learn How to Dowse Heidi Irgens discusses how to dowse and use dowsing in your daily life. A little history and lots of hands-on. 7-9pm. $20. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 453-4307. 05/17: Museum by Moonlight Every Thursday the Boyd Gate House will stay open until 8pm for visiting and special evening events. Programs will include book signings, historical movie screenings, Curator talks, and more. 4-8pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www. 05/18: McNears Beach Block Pary Marin County Parks celebrates turning 40. Join the first annual McNears Beach block party. There will be food, music, a sand castle contest, swimming and plenty of fun for the family 4-7pm. Entrance fee waived, swimming $5 per person Marin Parks, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. 499-6387.

05/18: The Movable Feast: Creating Herb and Salad Gardens in Containers Marin Master Gardener Toni Gattone will show you how to create colorful, aromatic and delicious herb and salad

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05/12: Ross Valley Mothers Club Community Playgroup Kick-Off Event! Get to know your community and neighbors at the park for the Ross Valley Mothers Club Community Playgroup Event. New member sign ups receive a free tote. 10am-noon. Free. Peri Park, Bolinas and Park Ave, Fairfax.

05/12: St. Anselm Annual Festival of Fun Fun event with carnival rides, midway games, live music, a delicious BBQ Café, cakewalk and more. A White Elephant rummage sale will also take place in the school gym, on the same day 9am5pm. 10am-9pm. Free admission. St Anselm School, 40 Belle Ave., San Anselmo . 454-8667.

05/15: Nature for Kids at Mount BurdellMeet at San Andreas Gate The pond here is called Hidden Lake because it dries up every year and when that happens thousands of newts, treefrogs, and different kinds of insects that grew up in the water are nearby. 10am-2pm. Free, rain may cancel. Marin Parks, San Andreas Dr., Novato. 893-9527. 05/17: Mac Barnett The author of many children’s books including “Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem” will share stories and tales from his adventures as a children’s writer. Book signing will follow. Space is limited, please RSVP . Children ages 5 and older please. 4 p.m. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

Through 05/13: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Presented by the Stapleton Theatre Company. Performances at 7pm Fri.Sat.; 2pm Sun. $14-$20. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 454-5759. 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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added surprises. All proceeds go to support Center for Domestic Peace’s critical programs and services for domestic violence victims and their children and prevent domestic violence in our communities. 10:45am-2pm. $75. Embassy Suites, 110 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael. 457-2464. 05/11: Mole Tasting Dinner Benefit for GRO’s Latino Photography Project and their exhibition at GRO. April 6 - May 13 Call for reservations. 6:30pm. $5-15. The Dance Palace, 5th and B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. 05/11: Stand Up for Autism Benefit for Oak Hill School, STAND UP! for Kids with Autism, will start with a 6:30pm Wine Reception and Student Art Exhibit, then 8pm Showtime, followed by a 10pm Champagne Dessert Reception at Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante. 6:30 p.m. $150. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

05/12: Tam Sailing Dinner and Auction Fundraiser Join the Tam High sailing team for a special America’s Cup presentation with author, editor and sailor Kimball Livingston at the Sausalito Yacht Club. Cocktails, silent auction and dinner. 5-9pm. $40 adults/$15 students Sausalito Yacht Club, Nest to Sausalito Ferry Terminal, Sausalito.

05/14: MWPAC Birthday Celebration Marin Women’s Political Action Committee is celebrating its second birthday by hosting a buffet featuring ribs, shrimp, and spicy chicken wontons. Wine and drinks. Raffle, awards. 5:30-7:30pm. $10. Fallkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael. 897-1224.

05/17: Benefit For Fairfax Food Pantry The Fairfax Food Pantry has been giving food to 200 people per week and they will celebrate one year of operations with a concert fundraiser with Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire. Help to keep this important boost to those in need going. 7:30pm. $20 at the door. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 258-9516.

05/13: Mother’s Day Hike Head into the hills to identify blooms, practice field sketching techniques and learn about popular pollinators. Then stop by the Headlands Native Plant Nursery for a stewardship and seed planting project. $12 per person, pre-registration required. 1-4 p.m. NatureBridge Golden Gate, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. 331-1548..

05/17: Marin Audubon Society Birding Walk Deer Island A two mile walk with David Herlocker to study a diversity of breeding birds. See the Marin Audubon Society website for directions and information. 8am-noon. Free. Deer Island Open Space, Deer Island Lane, Novato. 299-2514.

Benefits/Gala Events 05/11: Benefit Fashion Lunch Fundraiser benefitting Leukemia/Lymphoma society. Take in views of the bay while sipping a complimentary glass of wine, browsing selections from Sandjune Activewear plus hand-picked artisan vendors while savoring a sumptuous lunch. 11:30am-2pm. $40. Nourish, 475 E Strawberry Dr. , Mill Valley. 299-5914.

05/11: In Celebration of Mothers Luncheon Opportunity for women and men to honor their mothers, to celebrate Center for Domestic Peace’s 35 years of services and commitment and to raise funds for this life-giving organization. With keynote speaker Kathryn Keats. Emmy Award-winning news anchor Dana King will be the Mistress of ceremonies. Event will include a silent auction, raffle of themed baskets and

Food and Drink 05/13: Left Bank Celebrates Mother’s Day Left Bank celebrates Mother’s Day with a la carte brunch, lunch and dinner specials, plus a limited regular menu. Free flowers and cards for kids to bring to their table to give to their moms. 10am10pm. Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-3331. 05/13: Mother’s Day A Mother’s Love is Always in Bloom! Celebrate Mother’s Day with sweeping 10 miles views of Marin County, beautiful ambiance and classic American cuisine. Book you reservations for brunch or dinner. 10am-9pm. Hilltop 1892, 850 Lamont Ave , Novato . 893-1892. 05/13: Mother’s Day Brunch Adults $32 seniors $27 Kids up to 12 $ 15 and under 4 eat free. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Nourish at Harbor Point, 475 E. Stawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-4400.

05/17: Left Bank Spring Lamb Celebration Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur will offer a “head-to-tail” selection of Fallon Hills Ranch milk-fed spring lamb a la carte dinner menu specials. 5:30-10pm. Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-3331. <

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Week of May 10-May 16, 2012

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) While your ruler (mighty Mars) remains in the down-to-earth sign of Virgo, Uranus (the planet of upheaval, revolution and futuristic changes) remains in your sign, determined to shake, rattle and roll your personality. Mars and Uranus are both strong-willed planets. You must keep an open mind, without abandoning common sense. In other words, you can add a Harley to your vehicle list, but you should probably pick up your mom in an Audi station wagon. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) With curious Mercury, the playful Sun and expansive Jupiter in your sign, life is neither boring nor sedentary—you experience the joys of being entertaining and happy-go-lucky all week. And, let’s not forget “generous.” After all, it is Mother’s Day on Sunday. An opportunity for love or travel may make Wednesday an unforgettable day. The stars are smiling down on you. Stretch out on your lawn chair and wave to them. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Have you been feeling that there’s not enough time to get everything done? Good news: Saturday and Sunday are productive days for you, when you manage to be efficient and capable as well as diplomatic and charming. This helps you breeze through Mother’s Day, even if you forgot to make reservations and you have to bribe the restaurant to provide a table. On Tuesday, romantic Venus comes to a standstill in your sign. Some days are just meant for playing hooky... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) You are going through a long phase where you want to reinvent your professional life. This month, look at the big picture. What do you need to make your existence meaningful? Picture yourself in an ideal situation. There’s a lot more to it than a steady job and a big savings account. There’s no rush. This is simply a starting point. And speaking of starting points, you had one yourself. That would be your Mom and Sunday is her day. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Finding ways to explore the world while working on your career is a current theme in your chart. If there’s a way to take advantage of the global economy, now is the time to do it. Research your options for telecommuting. Trust me. Your laptop doesn’t care about time zones. As long as you don’t forget to send flowers to Mom on Sunday, it doesn’t matter how far away you are. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21)Only you and your significant other know what sort of passion lurks beneath your dignified exterior. This week your sweetie is in for a treat as spicy Mars, seductive Pluto and flirtatious Mercury bond together to emphasize romantic pleasures and sensual experiences. As for Mother’s Day, the compassionate Pisces Moon is lovely for expressing one’s feelings—the flattering ones. Save the constructive criticisms until next week, please. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Saturn (planet of constricted and conventional thinking) continues to put a damper on your personality. It’s best to take a balanced approach where you don’t bow to Saturn’s authority, but you do listen to his wisdom. And, speaking of wisdom, don’t forget to thank Mom for all the smarts she generously passed along while you were growing up. What? Did you think you were just born brilliant? SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Sometimes it is actually helpful to have someone give a counter opinion to your viewpoint. Instead of resisting this, try listening with an open mind, since blending ideas with a partner brings superior results. Sunday’s Moon in imaginative Pisces puts you in a creative mood. If you forgot to buy a Mother’s Day card, you are inspired to make one. Just don’t expect Mom to display it on the refrigerator door. You’re not 6 anymore... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The generous Sun and your ruler (expansive Jupiter) join forces this weekend to make you feel as if life is one big bowl of richness. The opportunities that come your way are likely to be extravagant and dramatic. A major Mother’s Day celebration should be an easy feat. Meanwhile, matchmaking Venus begins moving backwards in your relationship house on Tuesday. If you passed up any viable opportunities to fall in love, you just may get another chance. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Change is occurring in the home sector of your chart, some good, some not so good. If in the midst of a remodel or renovation, you may be frustrated by some pesky county official insisting on tons of building permits. Meanwhile, your artistic abilities are impressive, thanks to the creative Sun’s influence on your chart. You could try your hand at a homemade Mother’s Day card. Or, you could counterfeit a slew of building permits, but you probably shouldn’t... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) It’s true you have at times been accused of a certain lack of sensitivity. Nevertheless, you do have a soft side—which happens to be apparent right now. This is one of those weekends when you are tenderhearted and family-oriented. It won’t last long, but at least you are prepared for Mother’s Day, when you’re meant to focus on the woman who put up with your odd hairstyles, chemistry experiments and numerous inventions cluttering up the garage. It’s only fair. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) One moment you feel like being combative. The next moment you feel like accepting everyone’s opinions, no matter how flawed. This is what happens when argumentative Mars opposes your ruler, sympathetic Neptune. You bounce back and forth between being a fighter and being a pacifist. Meanwhile, Sunday is Mother’s Day and your temper should be stowed away for the occasion. Your mom told me to say that... 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129219 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DWIGHT FRANKLIN PRINTING, 37 GLENAIRE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBERT R. PULVINO, 37 GLENAIRE 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 April 11, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129250 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JA MCKERNAN & ASSOCIATES, 29 OWLSWOOD DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: JOHN A. MCKERNAN, 29 OWLSWOOD DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129314 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CITY ELECTRIC SUPPLY, 60 GOLDEN GATE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CONSOLIDATED ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTORS, INC., 1920 WESTRIDGE DR., IRVING, TX 75038. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129333 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HONEY POT, 120 BELLAM BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SEEMA SANDHIR, 117 OLIVA COURT UNIT D, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129328 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CRISPIN & CRISPINIAN LIMITED, 368 MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CRISPIN & CRISPINIAN LTD, 368 MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 23, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 2012)

997 All Other Legals 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 KRAVCHENKOBANOS 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. Registrantâ ™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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201567. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JONNAH LEE NACES ALBOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JONNAH LEE NACES ALBOS to MEYANEE DAMAYO CABALES. 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 3, 2012 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE IGNACIO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division B of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: IGNACIO MINI STORAGE, 394 BEL MARIN KEYS BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94949. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415)8838459, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. TENANT: GREGORY OSBORN: UNIT #289, CAMMIE ANDERSON: UNIT #220, CAMMIE ANDERSON: UNIT #248. Pacific Sun: (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 1201923. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MAYA LONCHAR ON BEHALF OF VALENTINA LILY QUEZADA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: VALENTINA LILY QUEZADA to VALENTINA LILY QUEZADA LONCHAR. 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 19, 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 24, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 2012) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): DR110814 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): THOMAS PATRICK KELLEY, 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 com-

plaint 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): CHESTINE L. ANDERSON 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 courtâ ™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): October 27, 2011. Kerri L. Keenan Clerk, by (Secretario); David V., Deputy (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 2012)

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After my girlfriend and I split up, I wrote a creative nonfiction piece about our breakup (changing some identifying details). I published it on a popular blog and linked to it on Facebook. We’re back together, and things are great; however, she saw the story and was humiliated. I explained that what I wrote was beautiful and vulnerable and true, and many people were moved by it. She really wasn’t down with that and told me to consider her off-limits in my writing. This seems unfair. I write nonfiction. What will I write about if I can’t write about my life?—Expressive


As lame as some creative writing exercises sound—“Write a haiku about what you had for lunch!”—a thinly veiled portrait of your chicken salad will cause way less relationship stress than “Turn your fight with your girlfriend into a blog post!” (And no, you can’t just change her name from Molly to Holly so nobody but your 546 Facebook friends will know it’s her.) Yes, I’ve heard—privacy is reportedly dead. It was pronounced dead in 2006 at an Internet security conference. This doesn’t mean that it is actually dead or should be—just that lots of people are finding their dirty laundry uploaded to Instagram and their private conversations turned into content. Chances are, those nonchalantly ripping away others’ privacy online would be spraining their tongues tsk-tsking if somebody did it the non-virtual way, like by hijacking the mic at an outdoor concert series: “My girlfriend, Molly...second row, that blonde in the red...FORGOT to tell me she was weapons-grade slutty in college. She’d have a tat of that McDonald’s ‘x million served’ sign, except that there’s no room on her disturbingly small breasts.” Like websites, relationships these days seem to require a privacy policy—one agreed upon in advance (before anybody becomes relationship-o-tainment) and maintained in the event of a breakup. Clearly, your preferred policy would be “By sharing your life with me, you agree to share it with anyone with an Internet connection.” Sorry, but the more private person gets to set the standards, and sadly, this woman only wants to be your girlfriend, not your cure for writer’s block. Yeah, I know, you’d think it’d be any woman’s dream, sitting with you in some out-ofthe-way Paris cafe as you chronicle her shortcomings on your netbook. But wait—if you and your girlfriend have a fight and nobody comments on it on Facebook, how do you know your lives are worth living? The answer is, decide which you want more, this girlfriend or an audience. This isn’t to say you have to stop writing about her; you just don’t get to hit “publish.” Try to see this as an opportunity to expand your writerly horizons. Go do things you can write about: Climb something. Fish for marlin. Drop in on the Spanish Civil War. And remember, everybody’s got a story, and lots of people are just dying to have theirs told. Seek them out, look deep into their eyes, and say, “So, tell me the horrors you experienced as a prisoner of war, and would you mind not leaving any participles dangling?”


I’m a writer, and I went to a book party where there were many interesting writers, including a very cute, witty man. Problem is, I’m afraid to go talk to new people, especially cute, witty men, so I hung back and eventually left. Now I’m ruing yet another missed opportunity.—Regretsville


You apparently learned your social skills from a park ranger. Playing dead is a successful strategy when you’re being chased by certain types of bears. When you’re hoping to be chased by a man, you need to go over and say hello. But, you whimper, you’re scared. Yeah, OK. But, why would that be reason to avoid doing it? By making yourself do something you’re afraid of, you shrink your fears and probably feel better afterward, unless it’s something like walking off the ledge of a tall building. Don’t worry if you aren’t a genius conversationalist. Just ask questions: “Are you a friend of the author’s?” “Is that soup on your shirt?” If somebody likes you, he’ll talk to you. If not, it’s a big world; go talk to somebody else. And don’t see every interaction as some statement about your worth. Some people will like you; some won’t. Unless you’re running for office, who cares? The more people you talk to, the bigger your life will be, and the less each interaction will matter in the grand scheme of you. Until then, remember, 90 percent of success is just showing up—and then not running back out to your car, power-locking your doors, and speeding home. < © 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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Section One of the May 11, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

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Section One of the May 11, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly