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›› LETTERS Taking cur of business I am so glad to read that people are starting to speak out against the unbelievable arrogance of the dog lovers out there [the Sun has received several letters to the editor in recent weeks about “entitled” Marin dog companions]. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs too, and have had them in my life ever since I was a child...but needing to have your dog along with you EVERYWHERE you go...come on! Let me share a few dog stories I’ve personally experienced lately... I was in the bank not too long ago and a woman set her pooch down at her feet while she went through her transaction with the teller. A child walked by with a parent to the window of the next teller and the little dog went crazy and almost bit the child. The woman immediately started yelling at the parent to “keep the child away!”—really?! My teller told me, sadly, there’s nothing we can do about it any more. I have been in Costco recently where I’ve observed a long-haired young man, with a young boy, dog in arms, at the snack area, ordering and eating food, all the while never letting go of his dog. Another time, a young couple with a baby in a stroller dragged their very stressed bulldog through a Saturday crowd. Both times I inquired with a Costco manager about the legality of having dogs in a food establishment. I was told it is a violation of the California Health Code but their hands are tied, since all the “dog people” have to do is say their pet is a “service dog” (no vest or permit required anymore) and the store personnel are powerless to do anything. And, to be sure, the dog people have spread the word about this loophole in the law. I’ve been in Home Depot where a man

came in accompanied by two fierce-looking German shepherds. He was given wide berth and cleared a few aisles. Why does one need guard dogs in Home Depot? I was in a restaurant with my husband where a couple had brought their two small dogs who barked throughout our meal; we could barely converse. At least the husband apologized to us as they were leaving; the wife walked out with her “snoot” in the air. We won’t go back to that place any time soon. ...There’s a man in our neighborhood who walks his three large, unruly dogs, er, they walk him. He was letting them “go” in my front yard till I caught him and yelled out the window to “pick it up.” Now he crosses the street and allows the dogs to relieve themselves over there instead! Physician, heel thy dog.



MALT protects Tomales dairy operation 126 acre spread was to be sold for a hefty sum to a non-agricultural buyer Read the full story here posted Friday, .... Bike program deflated by Congress, say Safe Routes officials Transportation Bill to cut funding for kids-bike program by 60 to 70 percent Read the full story here posted Thursday, .... Shakeup at Belvedere City Hall City Manager and building chief resign, along with two planners... Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 29.

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› Please assign me an appropriate pseudonym; I don’t want to make enemies of my dog friends and family. C. de Vil, Novato

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But the best dog story I have happened at the doctor’s office where I was in the waiting room and observed a woman come in, dog in arms. The receptionist said, “You’ve been told, no dogs in the office.” “But, but, but...” she stammered, finally going out the door, only to rush back a few minutes later and storm the door to the exam rooms and rush back there with her dog. The receptionist shrugged to the rest of us with our mouths hanging open, “Let the doctor deal with her, I’m no dog bouncer.” I ask you, is this world going to the dogs or what??

Famous last words from San Anselmo Mayor Tom McInerney regarding a building given to the town by George Lucas and demolishing it to build a park: “There shouldn’t be much in the way of any hurdles.” I assume we’ll all be dead and buried by the time the hurdles have been jumped. Too bad George didn’t give the building to a methadone clinic, massage parlor or for Hells Angels headquarters. How soon he forgets about the screwing over he got from our government. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Next, grand jury to investigate whether pope Catholic.... I read the short about the grand jury finding volunteers are a good return on investment [Newsgrams, June 22]. Wow, no kidding. Nice news flash. But we need the grand jury to say so? Aren’t there more pressing things for them to attend to? Anyone with any business sense knows this intuitively. Free is good. I recently volunteered myself at the Marin Concours d’Elegance, held at the Marin Civic Center, benefiting Hospice of Marin. Big deal. We all help out where we can...don’t we? There’s no shortage of historic precedents as to the benefits of an unpaid staff.

However, if the point of the grand jury report was to thank or acknowledge those very same people who donate their time, very fine indeed. With those same budget cuts aforementioned, it just seems like the grand jury would have better things to do. A piece in the Sun, maybe in Newsgrams, about a volunteer making a difference somewhere, say once a month, would keep the spirit of volunteerism in the readership’s 6 PACIFIC SUN JULY 6 - JULY 12, 2012

mind and provide “advertising” for the cause highlighted too. It could do some good on many levels. I sincerely encourage the Sun to undertake such an effort.

Wasn’t even president? Wow, this guy is crafty... Why even publish letters like the one from K. Burson about the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and Department of Homeland Security plans to round up citizens [“Can Army Resettle Us in a Moderate Climate Within a Good School District?” June 29]? It just encourages susceptible people to move even farther from rational debate in this country. I mean, come on, it’s obviously nutty to say, “In 2007, President Obama signed his worldwide mandated abortion bill...” because he wasn’t even president then—and THEN you run it as the caption to a photograph! Some readers may not see your tongue in cheek, which I hope this was. John Larmer, Mill Valley

We tried, but there’s just no reasoning with John from Mill Valley... Does the Pacific Sun really think there’s no conspiracy behind Agenda 21 [“Anyone for a Game of Agenda 21?” June 15]? Did you read about how the city of Tulsa intentionally destroyed a woman’s garden? This is becoming alarmingly commonplace. It is required by United Nations Agenda 21. It is in complete violation of the U.S. Constitution in favor of the U.N. charter. Local governments are pushing this 100 percent. They do not seem to be able to grasp the fact that they too will be living in this dystopian fascist dictatorship. Where no one will have gardens anymore, or organic food, or natural medicines, or yards, or cars, or pets, or self-employment, or private homes, or any other rights.... Time to address this openly. Seriously. And quickly. We are almost out of time. Please do not stay silent. Peggy Nicholson, Corte Madera

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Would regional lab pass the test? Proposal to close county health lab unleashes outbreak of questions... by Pe te r Se i d m an


n the latest round of a debate about whether Marin should close its public health testing lab and participate in a regionalized system, the head of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, Larry Meredith, has answered 37 questions. Earlier this year, Marin supervisors gave Meredith the go-ahead to look at the feasibility and practicality of entering into a joint-powers arrangement that would result in Marin contracting with a regional laboratory for tests. The health and human services department presented the proposal to the Health Council of Marin, an organization appointed by county supervisors. The council responded with a list of 37 questions. Many of the questions were discussed in a public meeting in March attended by county residents who strongly objected to the plan. “I propose that Marin join other counties in using a single regional public health laboratory to perform laboratory tests for all member counties,” Meredith wrote in a memo answering the 37 questions. The Sonoma County Regional Public Health Laboratory in Santa Rosa already serves Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties. The Napa-Solano-Yolo Public Health Laboratory in Fairfield serves those three counties. “Public health officials operating both of these laboratories have expressed strong interest in having Marin join their

networks,” Meredith wrote. But while public health officials may be amenable to regionalization of lab service, the visceral pushback in evidence at the March meeting demonstrated a problem among Marin residents. It also demonstrated that public relations can go a long way toward producing a productive process, especially when the subject is local control and health care. Marin residents don’t take kindly to big plans put on the table as fully formed proposals. Civic activists want to be part of the process from the start. The March public meeting was an attempt to reach out to residents with the lab proposal. But by that time positions were entrenched. Although Meredith and his department did reach out to the community, stakeholders and clients who would be affected, the effort needed to be strengthened before the board of supervisors would vote on whether to approve changes. Meredith said Supervisor Susan Adams “has been fairly insistent that I have a work group” that includes representatives from Marin General Hospital and the Marin Community Clinics, as well as a representative who can cover issues surrounding water quality. “We’re going to put them together in a small group and talk about it,” said Meredith. “We’re going to visit our lab and then we’re going to go up to Solano and visit their 9 >


by Jason Walsh

County’s ‘largest’ solar project begins at San Rafael Airport As part of its longterm plans to purchase renewable energy from local sources, Marin Clean Energy is off to a flying start—as construction on the county’s largest solar project was launched this week at the San Rafael Airport on Smith Ranch Road. Once installed by Muir Beach-based Synapse Electric, the airport’s 48 hangar rooftops will don nearly 5,000 solar panels that will have the capacity to provide power to 280 homes for a year and up to 1,200 customers during peak energy production. According to Marin Clean Energy officials, the community choice power aggregator will purchase the electricity from the airport project under a 20-year power-purchase agreement through MCE’s Feed-In Tariff program. Customers could be receiving power from the project as early as fall. Marin Energy Authority Executive Officer Dawn Weisz says the size of the project, which is expected to employ 25 local workers, plays a “significant role” in MCE’s local supply goals.“The San Rafael Airport project will benefit the local economy and the environment,” says Weisz.“We are excited.” Grand jury takes exception to secret exemptions Are Marin property owners paying hundreds of dollars more in property taxes than they should? That’s the question a Marin County Civil Grand Jury tried to find out recently after a low-income resident of Larkspur last year stumbled onto a little-known property tax exemption that saved him $109. That senior citizen’s lucky savings inspired the grand jury to investigate other property tax exemptions, and urge county tax officials to better publicize them. In its report, titled “Death and Taxes: For the Former There Are No Exemption, But for the Latter There Are,” the grand jury attempts to explain the details and language on a Marin County property tax bill. The report uses an anonymous tax bill from a Mill Valley resident as its example and assigns to it to a “fictional property owner” named John Doe [the real property owner named John Doe lives in Fairfax]. In its example, the grand jury shows Mr. Doe and his $1,317,946 home faced with a smorgasbord of local taxing agencies (i.e., school districts, sewer agencies, libraries, etc.), multiple types of tax levies, and mysterious mentions of a 1915 Act Assessment and taxes for a Mello-Roos Bond.“After that it becomes complicated,” states the grand jury.“There may be exemptions for Levy 3 items, Mello-Roos and 1915 Bonds. Then again, there may not be. There is no indication one way or the other on the tax bill.” Adds the grand jury:“At this point John’s head is about to explode.” The jury found the actual property tax based on home value calculated by the county assessor’s office to be generally straightforward—the main beef in the report is with the parcel tax agencies, which “are responsible for providing accurate, comprehensive and timely information to the property owner.” But the report argues that there isn’t enough information on the tax bill for property owners to determine if they qualify for a parcel-tax exemption; often those answering the phone listed on the bill with the taxing entities is “not always [as] responsive or informed” as they should be; and when the taxing entities make mistakes they don’t make it easy to correct said mistakes. According to the report, there are about 153 parcel-taxing entities in Marin—of those, only about one-third offer any type of exemptions. In its conclusion, the jury recommends that the county modify its “User’s Manual: Special Assessment System” to require taxing entities to list what exemptions are allowed and 9 > recommend that the entities maintain the information on their websites. They also JULY 6- JULY 12, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7


by Howard Rachelson

1. Our beloved Marin County Fair first took place in September 1925 as a countywide event in what city? 2. The month of July was named after what person? 3. The U.S. Congress first established a minimum wage in 1938—was it 15¢, 25¢ or 50¢ per hour? 4. Brits are celebrating this summer like never before: first, the Queen’s Jubilee celebration; next, the Olympics; and in August, a celebration to honor the 50th anniversary of what music-related event? 5. Pictured, below: Do you know Jack? Identify these people named Jack.




6. On June 14 this year, Mr. Matthew Cain of San Francisco became only the 22nd person to accomplish what amazing feat? 7. Five years ago, mid-summer 2007, 14 U.S. cities were competing for the distinction of hosting the premiere of The Simpsons Movie. What did these cities have in common, and which city won? 8. The 15th U.S. president, the only one from Pennsylvania, was the only unmarried president. Who was he? 9. Four of the world’s ten highest waterfalls are located in one country in Europe, and it’s not Switzerland. What is it? 10. Name an 11-letter word that begins and ends with UND. BONUS QUESTION: This large-scale fan action, which would be scientifically known as metachronal motion, was first seen in the 1970s at hockey games, but since then has spread to baseball, football, soccer and Olympic games all around the world. What is the more common name?

▲We stand and salute the Marin County Sheriff ’s deputies who foiled the alleged antics of a Woodacre man and his Speedo thong. It’s in extremely poor taste when a middle-aged man runs around Stinson Beach in a thong bikini, and when he’s pulling it down to show his stuff to beachgoers, it’s also a crime. Last Sunday, Ashley Craig Sanderson, 43, was arrested and booked on suspicion of public nudity, indecent exposure and soliciting a lewd act. It’s nice to wave your little flag during the Independence Day holiday week, but we’d prefer it be the cloth kind with stars and stripes, rather than the kind a pervert should keep in his pants. Thank you, deputies, for keeping our beaches clean.

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▼Karene is banned from checking out materials from the Marin County Free Library. Until, that is, she pays $30 for missing the due date for 10 borrowed DVDs. Three days past due, one buck a day per flick. Does Karene, a single mom, deserve mercy for her scofflaw behavior? Absolutely. Her 6-year-old daughter was ill with a high fever. “Renewing library videos? Not even a blip on my Mom radar,” says Karene. Although she explained the situation to the Fairfax Library, thus far, the fines haven’t been excused. It’s been over a year since Karene and her daughter have enjoyed reading books and watching videos from the library. We hope the library will reconsider and show compassion to a mom struggling to make ends meet.—Nikki Silverstein

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< 7 Would regional lab pass the test? < 7 Newsgrams suggest that Marin County Secured Tax statements be amended to explain why taxing agencies’ phone numbers are on the bill and to designate with an asterisk which taxing agencies offer exemptions, and to include the exemption information on the inserts that come with the bills.

MALT puts dairy sale out to pasture The Marin Agricultural Land Trust had some “udderly” pleasing news about a Tomales dairy family this week—as the agricultural land preservation nonprofit announced the permanent protection of the family’s 126-acre organic farm. Monique and Mike Moretti had leased the spread for 16 years and last year had transitioned the operation into an organic pasture and dairy. But when the owners of the property put the land up for sale, their dreams of providing fresh and healthful milk began to sour. “I grew sick to my stomach with each car that drove through our dairy on the easement road to view our pastureland,” says Mike.“I knew each was a potential buyer that could end our livelihoods and change the land forever.” Sure enough, a non-agricultural buyer emerged with an offer well above a price the Morettis could match—and it seemed their milking days would soon be drying up. That’s when MALT hoofed in. The Morettis’ grazing lease contained a first-right-of-refusal clause, giving them 20 days to match the offer. MALT immediately put together a plan that entailed purchasing an agricultural conservation easement to reduce the Morettis’ cost and ensure the land is permanently protected as farmland. Through contributions from MALT supporters, the ag-preserving foundation was able to act quickly and, according to Land Trust officials, on the 20th day the Morettis were able to match the offer and save their dairy. MALT director Bob Berner says there was more at stake than just the Morettis’ milk metier. “The development of this key piece of pastureland, which is surrounded almost entirely by MALT-protected farms, would have not only jeopardized the future of this family’s farm, but impacted wildlife corridors, grassland bird habitat, as well as the water quality of Stemple Creek,” says Berner.“It also would have introduced the serious conflicts that arise when nonagricultural residential development is located in the heart of working farms and ranches.” Since its founding in 1980, MALT has permanently preserved more than 44,200 acres of farmland on 69 family farms. Check out City Hall shaking in Belvedere Though the Belvedere City Council candidate who promised to “shake up City Hall” failed in his bid for higher office, it appears the shakeup has happened anyway. The Belvedere City Council this week announced four staff resignations—including those of City Manager George Rodericks and building chief Rachel Lang, along with two city planners. Though the resignations are coming just after the election, in which one council candidate campaigned against the pay and alleged conflicts of interest of Rodericks and Lang, respectively, town officials insist the timing is merely a coincidence and the staff members are leaving of their own accord. As part of his terms of departure “for personal reasons,” Rodericks, 45, will receive six months’ pay after stepping down from his $182,700-a-year position. Lang said she’s stepping down for health reasons, according to town officials. During the campaign for city council, candidate James Robertson was the most ardent critic of town management—specifically the planning process, which left him with a sour taste in his mouth after completing a remodel of his home. He also railed against what he thought was exorbitant pay for City Manager Rodericks, telling the Sun recently,“the city manager is being paid more than Dianne Feinstein.” He said the planning department’s permitting fees are the highest in the nation and that he would “seek to have each department justify its expense and value add to the taxpayer.” Perhaps his biggest criticism of Belvedere city workings was regarding Lang’s ownership of a Sebastopol building-plan review and inspection firm called Code Source, which Robertson named as one of several possible conflicts of interest in city government.“She owns a plan-checking service...and is also the city employee that tells you if your plans are viable or if they need to be redone,” said Robertson.“This is the biggest conflict of interest and she cannot continue to serve in this capacity.” Robertson finished fourth in the race for three open seats on the council. Assistant City Manager Felicia Wheaton will step in as interim city manager. Bike program deflated by Congress, say Safe Routes officials Safe Routes to School is hitting a bumpy road in the new Transportation Bill that passed through Congress last week—as funding for the popular nonmotorized transportation program will suffer cuts of 60 to 70 percent, according to Safe Routes officials. While the wheels won’t be completely knocked off the program designed to improve bike and pedestrian access to schools, Deb Hubsmith, director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, is calling it a “dark day” for two-wheeling kids. “We are deeply concerned that bicycling and walking programs suffer large and disproportionate cuts in funding in the new bill,” say officials from Safe Routes and the America Bike Coalition in a joint statement.“Programs that save lives and dollars are eliminated. The full extent of cuts to biking and walking funding will be determined at the state level and may be even deeper. We will continue to work in states and local communities to support safe, accessible streets.”

lab. I think actually seeing the lab will blow them away. We’re working in a lab the size of a postage stamp, and it’s crowded, and we can’t afford the latest technology. Solano, built three years ago, reflects the modern approach.” The Marin facility dates to the early 1950s, Meredith noted. “The building is of brick and masonry construction and lacks a backup generator. The lab occupies about half of the space or about 2,000 square feet.” The rest of the building is home to county dental staff. But critics of the plan say Marin is better served by a dedicated county lab than it would be by a regional lab system in which Marin is just one participant. They want assurances that Marin would not find itself at the bottom of a test priority list. The response, says the county health department, is that a regional lab tests samples according to the importance of the test and the urgency required, not according to the origin of the test. Critics also say that in the event of a major earthquake or tsunami, roads and bridges would be destroyed, preventing samples from reaching a regional lab. In his memo, Meredith wrote that the issue of disaster preparedness “has received attention at national, state and local levels, particularly since the 9/11 attacks.” Public health authorities can use a system of “overlapping and interlocking response systems” at each level. “For example, the California State Public Health Laboratory in Richmond can act as a backup to the loss or compromise of local facilities.” The Laboratory Response Network, a group of reference and screening laboratories, covers the country. Three of the laboratory facilities are in Northern California: in Sonoma, San Mateo and Richmond. But, say critics, if roads and bridges are down, it won’t be easy to get samples to any destination outside Marin. In response to that point, people more amenable to closing the Marin lab say a natural disaster in the Bay Area is likely to affect all counties, including Marin, and getting samples to the Marin lab might be just as dicey—if a 1950s building can even survive. There are no easy answers. And the questions are complicated. That’s why the supervisors extended the timeline for a decision. California established a board of health in 1870, but it wasn’t until 1905 that a diagnostic bacteriological lab opened in the state. All counties with populations of more than 50,000 must have either a public health lab or be affiliated with a public health lab. That point was mentioned in the March meeting in response to a question about whether closing the Marin lab would be legal. It’s the access to a health lab that’s required, not necessarily having one within a county. About half of California’s 58 counties maintain their own lab facilities. The labs perform tests that diagnose and track communicable diseases in the environment and in persons who are sick during outbreaks. Flu, mumps and measles are just a few of the illnesses tracked. The labs also perform tests for hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis, in addition to testing for food- and water-related

illness, tick-transmitted illness and environmental conditions such as chemical and biological contamination. Regionalization is working in other areas of the state, according to the county health department. The San Joaquin public health lab serves eight counties, some as many as 200 miles away. San Diego has a single lab that serves 3.1 million people from as far away as 100 miles. “The Napa-Solano-Yolo regional lab serves 750,677 people over an area less than two-thirds that of San Diego County,” Meredith wrote in his memo. “And Marin, which is the county that has the second smallest geographical area, has a public health lab serving 270,000 persons across a service area one-eighth the size of San Diego.” That doesn’t sound too bad to supporters of a local Marin lab serving Marin residents. Marinites expect top-notch protection. And critics of the closure plan say the money it would save isn’t worth degrading lab service. Closing the lab and joining a regional system would save about $300,000 a year, according to the health department. The lab has a total of 5.88 full-time employees. Keeping just a Marin drop-off point for tests would result in a turnaround time for tests the same as it is now, but with a loss of local jobs. At the March meeting, a member of the audience said it’s reasonable to assume that Marin residents are willing to pay about $1 a day to cover the costs to keep the lab open. “That’s for this year,” said Meredith, but the amount needed to keep the lab open could increase in the future. And, he noted, Marin residents already pay a wide variety of taxes to support local services. Putting another government service on the ballot may be a bridge too far. One of the people Meredith says he would like on the work group that will take another look at the proposal is Jennifer Rienks, a board member of the Marin Healthcare District. She’s a veteran of the Sutter Health wars, which in many ways resembled the reactions to the proposed lab closure. “Not enough people who have creative ideas were brought into the [lab] conversation,” says Rienks, a health policy analyst and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, where she’s the associate director of the Family Health Outcomes Project. “Now, were having those conversations, and that’s good. There might be ways we can share services with Sonoma or even with Richmond. There might be ways we can preserve our local capacity. There might be partnerships we can do with hospitals or the clinics. The county directs a lot of money to a lot of different places. All these things need to be looked at and explored. I don’t think all those options have been thoroughly explored yet. I look forward to doing that.” The number of tests at the Marin lab has declined precipitously. The total number of clinical tests and water tests performed in fiscal year 2010-2011 was 40 percent less than the previous fiscal year. Estimated test volumes for fiscal year 2011-2012 are 25 percent less than 2010-2011. The sharp decline resulted in large part from the closure of the JULY 6- JULY 12, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9





countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OB/GYN practice, which shifted responsibility to Marin Community Clinics. Although that saved the county health dollars, it also undercut the need for a dedicated local testing lab. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were our own best customer,â&#x20AC;? says Meredith. A core issue now is whether the county should maintain its ďŹ nancial support for a testing facility that no longer performs as many tests as it once did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the short term and the long term,â&#x20AC;? says Rienks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you dismantle an infrastructure, your chance of reassembling it [is small] because of the amount of money it would cost to go back and re-create it.â&#x20AC;? Rienks says that focusing too closely on budget numbers can obscure the possibility of taking a wider and more creative tack to look at â&#x20AC;&#x153;opportunities to preserve, to take a different approach to the process.â&#x20AC;? Meredith says he and his department have looked at ways that could lead to better long-term ďŹ nancial footing of the lab. But options seem limited. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opportunities for [getting] other business and competing with the private sector are not realistic. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not possible. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t undercut the costs.â&#x20AC;? San Quentin and Marin Community Clinics already have contracts with Quest Diagnostics Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t contract with us. There are not the revenue opportunities that some people suggest.â&#x20AC;?

Critics of the proposal to close the lab have noted that one of its important functions is to train future professionals for labs in and beyond the Bay Area. But a regional lab could assume that responsibility. As with many recent contentious issues in Marin (SMART, Marin Clean Energy, Plan Bay Area), there are staunch proponents on each side of the debate table armed with competing sets of perceived facts. Sometimes a desired outcome is the ďŹ rst step. Finding corroborating facts to support a preconceived notion follows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We seek out conďŹ rmatory information,â&#x20AC;? says Rienks. She and Meredith both say they have at least a sense of optimism that the lab-closure process, which essentially has undergone a reset, now can yield useful guidance when the health department makes its ďŹ nal recommendations to the board of supervisors. That could happen in autumn, possibly September. Meredith says the ultimate decision should focus on more than money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ďŹ nancial issue may be the least important part. The most important thing is that we would have new technology [in a regional lab system] to diagnose and analyze better and faster. If your interest is protecting the health and safety of all who live in Marin, then the regional approach trumps a local one.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Contact the writer at


As part of the new two-year transportation bill, MAP 21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), the Safe Routes program will be folded into a new program called Transportation Alternatives, and no longer will have dedicated funding. The bill also allows states to â&#x20AC;&#x153;opt outâ&#x20AC;? of grant programs that have previously been crucial to funding local small-scale biking and walking projects. Despite the legislative setback, Hubsmith is trying to see the glass half fullâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or, better yet, the tires half pumped. Republicans in the House of Representatives â&#x20AC;&#x153;wanted to completely eliminate Safe Routes to School,â&#x20AC;? says Hubsmith.â&#x20AC;&#x153;We remain eligible for funding and our projects are likely to be very competitive in the new Transportation Alternatives program given our focus on the safety and the health of children.â&#x20AC;? Launched in 2000, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program began with an initial nine schools, but now includes 52 schools and more than 23,500 students, according to Transportation Authority of Marin statistics. More than 12,000 schools across the country currently have Safe Routes programs, writes Hubsmith.

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Supreme Court upholds health care mandate Chief Justice John Roberts turned out to be the somewhat surprising key vote in the Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narrow decision to uphold the constitutionality of President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature piece of legislationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Affordable Care Act. The 5-4 decision upheld Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to mandate a fee for citizens who choose not to have health insurance; Roberts, who wrote for the majority opinion, reasoned that such a â&#x20AC;&#x153;feeâ&#x20AC;? is interchangeable with Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to â&#x20AC;&#x153;lay and collect taxes,â&#x20AC;? noting the penalty is collected by the IRS like any other tax. Passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president in 2010, the Affordable Care Act is still being rolled out over the next few yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the hope is that it will eventually provide health insurance to more than 30 million Americans who currently have none. The Obama administration has estimated that around 4 million people will choose to pay the penalty rather than enroll in the health care plan. The ruling on the individual mandate not only reaffirms the ACA, but also means that beginning in 2014, the IRS can impose an annual penalty of $95 on folks who do not secure insurance; exemptions would be permitted for financial hardship. Also to be rolled out in January of 2014 is the private-insurer prohibition from discriminating or charging higher rates for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. Lynn Woolsey, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd District congresswoman, applauded the decision, saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Supreme Court put partisanship aside and affirmed the will of the people, as expressed through their elected representatives in Congress and the White House.â&#x20AC;? But, she added, the struggle isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Republicans in Congress will still try to dismantle the Affordable Care Act piece by piece,â&#x20AC;? said Woolsey.â&#x20AC;&#x153;They still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it. They are still nostalgic for the old, broken health care system that left millions without coverage; bankrupted families and small businesses; and put the middle class at the mercy of the insurance industry.â&#x20AC;?


The EN–CYCLE–PEDIA Marinica Learn to correctly identify the Lycra’d wildlife commonly seen on the pathways of Marin...

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That mud is like gold to the reputation-upholding ‘mountain biker.’

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here are a lot of different kinds of bikes but they all have one thing in common: two wheels. A unicycle has one wheel, but you need a clown nose and some flaming torches to juggle to really pull off the look. A tricycle is designed for people at the opposite ends of the age spectrum—the toddler chugging down the sidewalk and the octogenarian racing the snails to the grocery store. Real bikes, with two wheels, have a much wider range of models, uses, attitudes and tribal affiliations and they all say a lot more about the cyclist than a car says about the driver. When you’re on a bike the all of you is on display. Especially if you’re wearing Lycra.

The ‘roadie’ knows that no one is impressed by a grinning, coasting cyclist.


Still, we can lump cyclists into a few categories and create a kind of en-cycle-pedia or field guide to the principal archetypes.

THE ROADIE A roadie is all about speed. Even huffing up Camino Alto, it’s important to be fast. Or at least look fast. The aero-channeled helmets and the swoopy carbon frames make that easier every year, even when your bike is leaned up against a lamppost outside San Anselmo’s Marin Coffee Roasters. But road biking is still about suffering. And then telling everybody how much you suffer: how far, how steep, how windy... The Look: Roadies are the peacocks of the

POLITO cycling world—look for flash and plenty of it. There was an era when a fine Italian-made steel frame with a monochromatic paint job that emphasized the clean lugs and lines was elegant. Now it’s a graphics package that makes the Vegas strip look understated. Then they need the pro-team jersey and shorts (when they’re really annoying they call this “a kit”). This is the equivalent of plastering NASCAR sponsor logos on your Nissan Sentra. Dude, you don’t have the motor! Tip: If you smile, you’re doing it wrong.

THE MOUNTAIN BIKER Mountain bikes started as a retreat to simplicity. Marin road racers like Gary

Fisher and Joe Breeze threw knobbies on old Schwinn cruisers and rode just for fun. That simplicity evaporated in the early ’90s when suspension forks became the norm. Now the high-end mountain bike is a fullon contraption with shocks front and rear, hydraulic derailleurs and integrated GPS. But it’s still about fun and getting into nature! Just bring your owner’s manual so you can adjust the suspension. The Look: The baggy cut-offs are over. Everybody dresses like a roadie now. But a handlebar mustache can’t hurt. Tip: Leave the mud on the bike. It makes it look like you’ve actually taken it off the roof rack on your Land Rover. 12> JULY 6 - JULY 12, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 11

Brakes are for wimps, to the ‘fixie hipster.’

with a single gear speed bike makes sense. Most of those places are in Kansas where it’s totally flat and there’s nothing worth stopping for. The Look: Tattoo? Check! Nose ring? Check! Pabst Blue Ribbon trucker cap? Not required but highly recommended. Tip: Riding without brakes is a style statement. And so is the brain surgery scar you’ll get from riding without brakes.

Often sighted on Bridgeway in Sausalito, the ‘tourist’ can carry a heavy load.


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THE FRED “Fred” is a term little known outside the bike world. A “Fred” is basically a nerd on a bike. He sits too upright. He wears one of those reflective yellow triangle vest things. He has two water bottles and a Camelback as though he were riding across the Outback instead of the Tiburon loop. And do you really need two handlebar bells? The Look: It’s all about the helmet mirror. You can get everything else right but attach a mirror to your helmet and you might as well be wearing Spock ears. Tip: You can buy a new helmet. That Igloo cooler you’ve been wearing since 1983 is a tad dated.

THE FIXIE HIPSTER Fixies are fixed-gear bikes. That means you can only stop pedaling when you stop and for the hard-core and hardheaded, it means you actually use your pedals to stop. The lack of brakes is part of the aesthetic and a nod to Darwin. There are places where riding a bike

Commuting has multiple benefits: You save on gas; you help the environment; you get to work and get a workout at the same time; AND you get to feel self-righteous and lord it over your co-workers while theyy nibble carrot sticks at their desk and you’re downing Doritos. If they made a helmet that looked like a halo, the bike commuter would wear it. The Look: Wrinkled led with a side order of sweaty. Tip: Black pants nd don’t show grease and a wad of baby wipes is ng, almost like showering, ented but stick to the unscented mper or you’ll smell all Romper Room.

THE BMXER R It’s a kid thing. If you u see an adult riding one, he either stole it or there’s a fast food uniform in thatt Grow up for backpack. crissakes, ‘BMXer’! The Look: You need a haircut, son. Tip: The girls stopped being impressed when you were 10. The ‘Fred’ definitely needs to loosen up a little.

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THE TOURIST A bike can be a great way to get away from it all. But bicycle tourists seem intent on bringing “it all” with them. These are the people you see with everything they own bungeed, strapped and duct-taped to their bikes. Why stop at a tent, sleeping bags and camp stove when you can bring a chaise lounge and cocktail shaker? If they were pedaling shopping carts instead of bikes, we’d call them homeless. The Look: It’d better look old, scuffed and soaking wet or you’re just a poser. Tip: Credit cards, hotels and laundromats.

THE NEWBIE These are the riders who, often at middle age, decided to “take up cycling.” And they have the credit card receipts to prove it. They have the latest, lightest, carbon-est everything and yet they The ‘hippie’ can often be seen feeding at such gathering places as the Woodacre Country Market and the Coast Café in Bolinas.

perch on the bike as though they were trying to use chopsticks to climb over a barbed wire fence. There are series of rites of passage in cycling; most of them involving hydrogen peroxide fizzing over road rash, but one of them is having a decent bike and longing for a better bike, usually for years. Walking into a shop and buying top-of-theline earns you a sneer at every bike rack. The Look: New. Tip: Cut the tag off, dammit.

THE HIPPIE There was a time when a Schwinn Varsity was almost an act of protest and you can date the hippie’s steed by the tree ring strata of protest stickers. Some number of layers under the Eat More Kale and No War for Oil stickers is a No Nukes sticker and under that a Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Zappa. The Look: Yes, that’s a glass water bottle. Plastic shrinks your gonads, man. Tip: Helmets are not a “tool of the man.” ✹ Share your fanny pack with Rick at

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s Nicole Miller exited Divinity Tattoo in Arizona, her new ink wrapped up, they reminded her not to sweat. “It was like really, have you been outside? It’s 120 degrees,” she said. “Oh, let me turn off my sweat button; it’s impossible.” She quickly dashed to a car and then to a restaurant. This tattoo wasn’t her first, nor will it be her last. Miller, 19, a Mill Valley resident, will attend the San Francisco Paramedic Association in September to study as an EMT. Six tattoos mark up various parts of her body: neck, back, thigh, ankle and arm. Her seventh, a peacock with flowers, will start on her lower left hip and go up her back. This week, at S.F.’s Moth and Dagger Tattoo Studio, she will start the nine-hour process, three sessions of three hours, to complete it. “He said, ‘If you get tired, let me know,’ and I was like ‘Oh, don’t worry, I will let you know,’” she said. Ever since Miller was little, she’s had a fascination with tattoos. And on her 18th birthday, she got her first: a red rose with green leaves on the upper right side of her back, dedicated to her grandmother, Rose. Over the next year, getting inked everywhere from Arizona to Picture Machine Tattoo in San Francisco to Spider Murphy’s Tattoo Shoppe in San Rafael, five more—ranging in price from $60 to $300—cropped up. Her right arm features a Victorian 14 PACIFIC SUN JULY 6 - JULY 12, 2012

lamp with a yellow flame curling out of it designed by Picture Machine’s Megan Wilson, who inked four of her tattoos. Close by is a birdcage with its door open to let a bird fly out, representing freedom. On her upper right thigh is a yellow rose with green leaves tipped with red, a pink bow wrapped around it with a bird toward the end of the stem. On one ankle is a red ginger leaf for her dog, Ginger, with the Chinese word for the leaf directly in the middle in black ink. Finally, on the back of her neck is an outline of the San Francisco Giants logo, for the self-proclaimed “huge Giants fan.” Her dad reminds her that while it’s her body, she might regret them when she’s older, but she has no doubt about the tattoos; she loves all of them and all have meaning. In a tank top and shorts, it’s easy to spot the tattoos when you see Miller, but the only person who doesn’t know is her grandfather. When she was 16 he told her that if she ever got tattoos, she would be disowned. So, every time she sees him she has to be “like a nun” and cover up all her tattoos via turtleneck, long pants and socks. Despite that, looking into the future, she knows one thing. “Oh, I think I’ll get more,” she said and smiled. “It’s very addicting.” ✹ If you’d like to show off your tattoo, call me at 415/485-6700 ext. 304 or email at

TASTY NEWS Looking for new places to dine? Two recent openings are here just in time for summer try-outs. Steakhouse Grill & Bar, a new take on an old Marin establishment, debuted a short time ago in the wooded setting of Deer Park Villa in Fairfax. The longtime venue for special occasions and weddings has morphed into a showcase for all-American chophouse classics. On the menu you’ll find flatiron steaks and prime rib with horseradish sauce and all the trimmings. A list of starters and small plates includes today’s popular takes on seafood (rolls, tartare), but I urge you to stay in the mood with an old-fashioned prawn cocktail or Caesar salad. Omaha Angus beef is the featured meat. Outdoor dining among the redwoods sounds very appealing right now. Head out to Fairfax between 5-6:30pm on weekdays for a three-course meal at $24.95 (plus tax). Open daily; 415/456-8084, shingled house at 24 Sunnyside in Mill Valley now houses Prabh Indian Kitchen with authentic cooking using organic goods whenever possible. Open for lunch and dinner (11am-10pm daily), it adds tempting touches to a roster of familiar Indian foods, dishes like Goa fish curry in coconut sauce, chilli chicken (marinated in sweet chiles and soy sauce), and lamb boti kebab marinated for 24 hours in a yogurt sauce. There are more than 10 breads from which to choose and many tandoori preparations. With an emphasis on thali—large plates laden with rice, vegetables and/or meats, flatbreads, yogurt and condiments—lunches are especially reasonably priced. Chef Harjeet Singh Bhangu honors requests for vegan and gluten-free foods; 415/384-8241, www. NO FROU-FROU AFFAIR Real pros will be at work in Sonoma Saturday, July 14, (1-5pm) for Wine Country Big Q, a serious competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Local ’cue fans can take advantage of that expertise when they’re turned loose to sample meats galore with all the fixings and plenty of beer and wine to wet their whistles. Live country and blues music will add to the down-home atmosphere on the grounds of Sonoma Academy. Cost is $45 per person, $20 for kids; profits go to Children’s Museum of Sonoma. Tickets: http://bigq. STORM A RESTAURANT! July 14 is also Bastille Day, so start making plans for a

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hen Marin home buyers battled with these very loose underwriting guideit out in 2005-06, it seemed lines,” says one senior loan agent at Provident there was no limit to how high Bank Mortgage. “What they created was one prices would go. The rapid jump in sales of the worst financial disasters this country was part of a national trend to satisfy has ever experienced. The banks can take the appetite of Wall Street investors for some of this brunt, but banks compete and high-risk mortgage-backed securities. To if they’re offered a product and they don’t feed this enormous hunger, underwritsell it, their competitors would.” ing guidelines were loosened, making Wa l l S t r e e t bought loans as fast as it incredibly easy to qualify for a home they could be made, then commodloan. In 2007, prices took a dive as waves itized them and later hedged against of short sales and foreclosures flooded the losses. the market. Since then, roughly 4 million “I give [the settlement] a half a thumb families have lost their homes and about up that it’s moving in the right direc11 million are underwater. tion,” says Beth Rader, a foreclosure A $26 billion settlement agreement was prevention counselor at Fair Housing made in 2012 between 49 states (exclud- of Marin. She says people come to her, It’s hard to decide whether the glass is half full or half empty... ing Oklahoma) and the five largest banks, many with predatory loans, trying to BofA, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Citi- save their homes at any cost. One couple of the problem with mortgages. There group and Ally Financial, got their payment modi- president and CEO of Bradley Real Estate. is about $17 trillion worth of residential to help the market move As far as compensating fied but the home was “It’s not beneficial for the market to real estate in the U.S. The meltdown reforward. California Attorworth $450,000 and the have people in their homes long-term sulted in a decrease in value of residential ney General Kamala Har- displaced homeowners debt was still $700,000. who are not paying their mortgages,” says real estate somewhere in the amount of ris fought hard to secure with $2,000, Rader “So, with no equity and Bradley. “It’s not good for the neighbor$4 trillion. Does $26 billion compensate the lion’s share (about $15 says, “It’s not much no chance of recovering hoods, for the real estate industry and for the American public for $4 trillion worth billion) for our state. The the value of the home, the overall economy.” of damage to our real estate market? settlement released these when you consider they’re essentially rentIt’s curious that Citibank and Chase Bradley points out that we can’t put banks from government the cost of their credit ing their own home,” have offered financial incentives of up to our banks out of business and we can’t claims over illegal foreclosays Rader. being wrecked and the $30,000 in relocation funds only to select make a settlement so big that we jeoparsures and misconduct in She favors the “single homeowners who agree to short sales. dize those institutions because they’re the servicing mortgages, in- emotional cost of having person contact” proviWere these banks motivated by know- same institutions that are now loaning cluding “robosigning,” in to move—the cost sion of the settlement which banks fraudulently because one of her clients ing that they had some problems with the for properties. We’ve gone from hundreds mortgage process, or something else they of banks competing for mortgages to signed thousands of fore- of what these people lost his home to forehad in the file, so that they had some po- a scenario where we’ll likely have only closure documents with- have gone through is closure during the loan tential legal exposure to these sellers? “I eight to ten choices of traditional lenders. out verification. modifi cation process immeasurable.” think where they offered $30,000, if we “I think these corporations are actually In return, we should due to dual tracking. looked into it a little deeper, we’d find going to fare well from that because the see more transparency in The person handling the out that the banks may have used even same corporations that are part of the lending, easier loan modifications, faster foreclosure had no idea a modification short sales and an end to dual tracking (a was in process with the same bank, so the more, let’s say devious practices and this is settlement, in the long run, are going to where I do believe these banks have some end up the primary lenders in the U.S. process where the bank forecloses while home foreclosed. also modifying a loan). Americans who As far as compensating displaced hom- liability,” says Bradley. Although he thinks That’s a $17 trillion market, so they’ll were illegally foreclosed upon from 2008- eowners with $2,000, Rader says, “It’s not the banks are acting responsibly by try- make up that 25 billion very quickly,” 2011 will receive up to $2,000. Fannie much when you consider the cost of their ing to do something to resolve it, he adds, concludes Bradley. “I pretty much guarantee you that in the Right now, the Marin real estate Mae (Federal National Mortgage Associa- credit being wrecked and the emotional next five to six years, we’ll find out what market is trending up, and in many areas tion) and Freddie Mac (Federal Home cost of having to move—the cost of what it was as bank executives leave, banks shut buyers’ needs exceed inventory, espeLoan Mortgage Corporation) products, these people have gone through is imdown and more discovery is done as a re- cially in the $500,000 to $900,000 price which make up about 80 percent of measurable.” sult of the settlement. There are some in- range. Now that the settlement has been all U.S. loans, are excluded from the “One of the impacts we’ve seen in the teresting things we’ll implemented, we should expect expedited settlement. Since they’re in government settlement is that find out, maybe some short sales and loan modifications. One conservatorship, they offer alternative the banks are now dirt that hasn’t been of the results of the mortgage meltdown solutions such as the HAFA program approving short Find more information on uncovered.” is record low interest rates, so you can outside of the settlement. sales at a greater the settlement and While $26 billion buy a home up to $750,000 in Marin with “In ’05-’06, it was ridiculously easy to get rate and more foreclosures at: sounds like a lot of only 3.5 percent down. ✹ a mortgage. I think even easier than it would quickly, so more money, it’s really just have been to buy a car. 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appy summertime music fans...this time of year the North Bay is full of great shows, but one of the best bets this month will be the seventh annual Far West Fest. One of the finest festivals in Marin, this outdoor, totally green, familyfriendly event will be held in beautiful Love Field in Point Reyes Station on Saturday, July 21. The musical lineup this year includes Grammy award-winning neo-soul sensations Les Nubians, L.A.’s hottest funk band Orgone, award-winning groovers Vinyl, Spark & Whisper (modern folk), Mi Gaan with Sol Doc (reggae/hip/hop), Just Friends and many others. As usual, there will be fresh oysters, barbecue, an Iron Springs Brewery tent, a KidZone, two music stages and lots of great local, organic food and beverages. The event benefits West Marin Community Radio Station KWMR (90.5FM Point Reyes/89.9FM Bolinas) and local youth programs. Gates open at 11am with continuous music until 7pm. Children under 10 are free with an adult (please, no dogs). Visit for info and tickets. For those still seeking more music, there will be an all-star jam ses-

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sion following the festival at the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station. One person who has been all over the local music scene recently is vocalist/guitarist Mark Karan. Best known for his work with the Other Ones (he was selected to fill Jerry Garcia’s slot in 1998), Phil Lesh & Friends and RatDog, Karan was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2007 but has been cancer-free now for more than five years. After a RatDog reunion commemorating the opening of TRI Studios and Sweetwater Music Hall this past January, Karan has returned to the Bay Area music scene with vigor. With his original songwriting, scintillating lead guitar and soulful voice intact, Karan has led a consistently sold-out Wednesday night residency at Sweetwater featuring guests such as Huey Lewis, Tommy Castro, members of Bonnie Raitt’s band, ALO, Vinyl, Mother Hips and Furthur to name a few. He performed for four straight weeks at Terrapin Crossroads alongside Chris Robinson, Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti, Tim and Nicki Bluhm, Rob Barraco and more. Karan and his band then headlined the Fairfax Festival and found time to play a benefit

for the Earth Island Institute as well as one for the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center (with Dan Lebowitz of ALO), Greg Anton (Zero) and ex-RatDog mate Robin Sylvester. Upcoming shows with the Ghosts of Electricity, Melvin Seals, Donna Jean Godchaux and Great American Taxi also fill his busy summer schedule. He will perform at the Trinity Tribal Stomp on Sunday, July 22, along with Bobby Vega (Zero), John Haynes and Steve Taylor (Jackie Greene) and will return to his Wednesday night shows at Sweetwater August 1, 15 and 29. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist and native son Carlos Santana has also been popping up lately on the local club scene. Santana sat in with Narada Michael Walden’s band (featuring Angeline Saris on bass) for three songs at George’s Nightclub recently, then joined Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs (which includes Carlos’s sister-in-law Tracy Blackman) for two songs at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. Those funky Monophonics are on the road most of the summer. Having just completed a seven-week national tour topped off by a quick jaunt to Canada, they will now spend most of July in Oregon, Colorado and the Midwest. The band will support the Phantom Blues Band on several dates, which features Monophonics’ keyboardist Kelly Finnigan’s father, Mike Finnigan. Fairfax guitarist Tom Finch recently returned from an international tour with Big Brother & the Holding Co. The band played festivals and club dates in Serbia, Germany, Austria and Italy. Tom and his

Mark Karan has been back with a vengeance.

talented friends will play The Sleeping Lady on Thursday, July 26. West Marin product MC Yogi, aka Nick Giacomini, along with “Binksy,” aka Robin Livingston, and Amanda “Devi” Giacomini have just returned from a successful national tour that culminated with their album Pilgrimage reaching No. 1 on the iTunes World Music charts and a call from Michelle Obama’s office inviting them to be part of a national outreach program. They will play Sebastopol’s Hopmonk Tavern Saturday, July 21. After recently leaving Mickey Hart’s band, Mill Valley’s Tim Hockenberry received rave reviews from judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and the crowd at S.F.’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for his performance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Don’t miss his upcoming show Saturday, July 21, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. Keyboardist extraordinaire and original Marin County rock ’n’ roller John Allair will play two local shows this month—Friday, July 13, at Fairfax’s 19 Broadway with the Windshield Cowboys and Thursday, July 26, at Sausalito’s Seahorse Restaurant. George’s Nightclub will host a reunion of the beloved Hoodoo Rhythm Devils on Friday, July 13. This retrospective of the Devils’ catalog will also be a tribute to bandleader Joe Crane who recently passed away. The band will include Glenn Walters, Michael White, Tony Lufrano, Anthony Paule, Ric Wilson (but no John Rewind?). The acclaimed Bolinasian purveyors of “Westmarinacana,” This Old Earthquake, will celebrate the release of their new CD Gospel Flats July 18 at Sweetwater Music Hall. The talented quartet has impressed none other than Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally, who says, “Their sound is spare, dark, elegant and contemporary.” The Treblemakers will play Sweetwater on Friday, July 6, featuring Frank Bohan and Lloyd Meadows of the Zydeco Flames. The local music community is sending healing thoughts and prayers to singer/ songwriter Steve Wolf who is undergoing chemotherapy and battling cancer right now and to Zero/Lansdale Station vocalist Judge Murphy who is having a bit of a rough time post-liver transplant. ✹


Whiter shade of pale White-face ‘Scottsboro’ paints dark picture of segregated South by Charles Brousse


merican Conservatory Theater’s in the melee said they had been raped by co-production with San Diego’s the black youths. In Alabama, as elsewhere Old Globe of The Scottsboro Boys in the racially segregated South, adverse takes its audience on a roller coaster ride testimony by a white female almost always that begins with a thrilling downhill rush led to conviction, followed by death in the for the first hour, eases (without intermisstate’s electric chair—that is, if a lynch mob sion) into a yawn-inducing second hour, didn’t get to the alleged perpetrators first. and finally ends with another exhilarating To give their somber story entertainhigh that leaves you deliberating whether ment appeal, Scottsboro’s creators frame the net effect was good, bad or just so-so. it as a reverse minstrel show. Black male As was the case with composer John performers put on whiteface to play AlaKander and lyricist Fred Ebb’s other pop- bama authorities and cross gender lines ular collaborations (Cabaret, Chicago), to portray the boy’s accusers as they tell Scottsboro is built around a highly unlikely in song, dance and emotionally charged subject for American musiscenes (book by David cal theater. In 1931, a group Thompson) what they NOW PLAYING of nine black teenagers ridclaim is the “truth” about ing the rails to Memphis this notorious incident in The Scottsboro Boys has been extended was arrested in Scottsboro, America’s racial history. For through July 22 at the Alabama, for engaging in the first 60 minutes it all American Conservatory a fight with white boys. To works amazingly well. As Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F. avoid being carted off to suspense over the group’s Information: 415/749the local jail, a pair of white fate mounts, the audience 2228, or women with dubious repuis treated to a dazzling tations who were caught up display of creative energy.

Not strictly Shakespeare Politicians may weep at the economy but there is no down time this summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Eighteen hundred audience members still fill three large theaters each evening, looking for their Shakespeare fix. Or maybe they are looking for a good laugh or cry from contemporary or classic drama. Some may be disappointed by artistic director Bill Rauch’s choices; he is a world populist who brings in the exotic and makes it down-home in fantastic productions that entertain even as they anger and confuse. But Shakespeare is always a sure thing—even as his stories move a long way from Stratfordupon-Avon.This is the case of The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa, a popular offering

this summer that can best be described as a 16th-century Saturday Night Live skit. And while Romeo and Juliet, set in a historical time when California belonged to Mexico, packs a political punch, Henry V, full of exciting battles between the English and the French, has a bit too much fun at the expense of the French who are seen as effete and not up to the battle—even though both sides lost a horrendous number of good men. Troilus and Cressida, set in war-torn Baghdad, adds contemporary touches that put Shakespeare’s dialogue right in your face. Meanwhile, As You Like It is a romp, with Rosalind and Orlando making out in the Forest of Arden, along with everyone and his/her brother, with gender confusion rampant, Actually, gender confusion is rampant in all


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the OSF productions. In Rauch and Tracy Young’s mash-up, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, both Jason and Creon are played by women (Lisa Wolpe and Robynn Rodriguez), while Christopher Liam Moore is the calm and deadly Lady Macbeth. All the roles are played to the hilt and whether they are done by males or females won’t affect how you feel about M/M/C. Seasoned audiences will find it fiendishly clever and, ultimately, involving, while drop-ins may wonder what all the blood’s about. Animal Crackers is a blast from the old days when theater was nothing but entertaining. And the OSF actors never slow the pace as the zany antics and jokes of the Marx Brothers take over the elegant drawing room, filled with poor young lovers and the middle-aged rich. Margaret

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Dumont’s victimized aristocrat set the bar in the films, but K.T.Vogt may raise it. Her sanguine acceptance of being rolled across stage like so much baggage is hysterically funny. Animal Crackers is all funny, and if critics finds it a bit tiresome by the end, the audience doesn’t. Standing ovations are standard at OSF and this one gets tumultuous ones. Good stories have always been at the heart of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. For those Bay Area theater-lovers who haven’t yet made the jaunt to Ashland, better hurry; the story is losing ground as productions become dazzling entertainment. Season runs through Nov. 4, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon. 541/482-4331 or 800/219-8161. —Lee Brady

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While not quite on the level of their earlier mega-hits, Kander’s ragtime-infused score and Ebb’s sometimes poignant (“Go Back Home,” “Never Too Late”), sometimes ferociously ironic (“Electric Chair,” “That’s Not the Way We Do Things”) lyrics set a high standard. Susan Stroman re-installs her celebrated choreography and staging from the 2010 Broadway production. And the cast? Well, what can I say other than I doubt that you could find more talented interpreters of this material anywhere, at any price. But then, just as everyone is congratulating themselves for being there, the show slides into its second half semi-letdown. Partly, it’s because the narrative sags as jury after jury (eight in all, in trials that extend throughout the ’30s) brings in guilty verdicts even after the accusing women recant their testimony, leaving us with no definitive conclusion. Partly, it’s because the persistently high-voltage minstrel staging begins to wear thin. Finally, while the rousing finale rekindled much

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Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse sizzle in ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ playing Thursday at the Marin, Regency and Sequoia. ● Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (1:45) Turns out Abe passed his off hours swinging an axe at the bloodthirsty undead. ● The Amazing Spider-Man (2:16) Prequel reveals how teen screw-up Peter Parker became everyone’s favorite human arachnid; Andrew Garfield stars. ● Bel Ami (1:42) Maupassant’s saucy tale of a Paris ne’er-do-well’s bedroom-hopping climb up the social ladder stars Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas as Robert Pattinson’s primary benafactresses. ● Bernie (1:44) Dark comedy about the unlikely real-life romance between a morticianturned-murderer and a much-despised Texas heiress; Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black star. ● The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (1:58) Maggie Smith and Judi Dench head to India for some postretirement exotica and find themselves living in a run-down yet charming old palatial hotel. ● Brave (1:35) Disney cartoon about an impetuous princess, an eccentric witch, troublemaking triplets and an ancient curse that threatens their kingdom. ● A Clockwork Orange (2:16) Stanley Kubrick-Anthony Burgess horror about a violence-loving punk and his grisly comeuppance in a near-futuristic totalitarian Britain. ● Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2:00) Familyfriendly comedy looks at a year in the life of a wiseacre 12-year-old. ● Ice Age: Continental Drift (1:34) Manny, Diego and company find the long trek home beset by high seas and rambunctious pirates! ● Katy Perry: Part of Me (1:35) Documentary follows the chart-topping diva backstage, at home and in concert, killer couture and all. ● Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (1:33) Manhattan expats Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman form a traveling circus and cross Europe in search of the Central Park Zoo. ● Magic Mike (1:50) Stephen Soderbergh dramedy about a male stripper and the life wisdom he imparts to a young novice. ● Marvel’s The Avengers (2:20) An all-star cast of superheroes (Iron Man, The Hulk

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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. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman (4:10) Catch Offenbach’s majestically musical bio of the amorous German scribe, direct from New York in all its highdef big-screen glory. ● Moonrise Kingdom (1:33) An island community is turned upside down when two 12-year-olds run off into the wilderness to make a life of their own; Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are among the clueless grownups. ● Peace, Love and Misunderstanding (1:32) Aging pot-dealing hippie Jane Fonda shakes up the lives of her conservative daughter and grandchildren in Bruce Beresford’s quirky comedy. ● People Like Us (1:55) Yuppie ad exec Chris Pine reexamines his meaningless existence when he reconnects with his estranged family. ● Prometheus (2:04) Ridley Scott sci-fi thriller follows Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and company as they explore the outer reaches of the universe and save the human race in their spare time. ● Raymonda (3:05) Glazunov’s classic tale of a maiden and her two suitors is brought to dazzling life by Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet. ● Rock of Ages (2:03) Rock musical about the romance between a city boy and a country girl in glamorous Hollywood is set to the music of Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister and others. ● Romeo and Juliet (3:00) Catch the Royal Ballet’s dazzling production of the Shakespeare-Prokofiev classic in big-screen high definition. ● Savages (2:11) Oliver Stone thriller about three pot-dealing hippies who take on a Mexican drug cartel; Salma Haykek, Uma Thurman and Benicio Del Toro star. ● Singin’ in the Rain (2:00) Classic musical comedy about Hollywood’s terrifying transition to talking pictures stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and the awesomely acrobatic Donald O’Connor. ● Take This Waltz (1:56) The comfy marriage of Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen is put to the test when an attractive young man moves in next door; Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman costar. ● Ted (1:46) Thirty years after a childhood wish brought his teddy bear to life, business executive Mark Wahlberg can’t shake the damned thing. ● To Rome With Love (1:52) Woody Allen kaleidoscope about interconnecting lives in the Eternal City; Ornella Muti, Judy Davis, Penelope Cruz and Roberto Benigni star. ● Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (1:54) Wall Street whistleblower Eugene Levy enters the witness protection program and finds himself shacking up with everyone’s favorite rambunctious grandma. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ A Clockwork Orange (R) Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:55, 5:10, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 2:35, 7:50 The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Century Cinema: Fri-Sun 10am; 3D showtimes at 1, 4, 7, 10 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11, 12:30, 2:10, 5:20, 7, 8:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 1:05, 2:35, 4:10, 5:40, 7:15, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1; 3D showtimes at 4, 7, 10 Sun 1; 3D showtimes at 4, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 5, 8 Bel Ami (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Wed, Thu 8:50 Sat-Sun 2, 8:50 Bernie (PG-13) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: 4:45, 7, 9:20 SatSun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:20 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8 Sun-Thu 7 Brave (PG) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10:20, 12:55, 3:30, 6:05, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 2:15, 4:55, 7:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 9:55, 3, 8; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 5:30, 10:25 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:40, 7 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) ★★ Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am CinéArts at Marin: Tue noon ❋ Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm; 3D showtime at 11:59pm Century Rowland

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Plaza: Thu 11:59pm; 3D showtime at 11:59pm ❋ Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) Century Northgate 15: FriWed 11:25, 2; 3D showtimes at 4:40, 7:15, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 2:50; 3D showtimes 12:25, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:50, 4:50, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:05, 12:35, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05 Lark Theater: Fri 5:45 Sat 3:30, 5:45 Sun 2:30, 4:45 Mon-Thu 4:45 Magic Mike (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10:40, 12:05, 1:20, 2:50 4:10, 5:35, 7:05, 8:20, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:45, 1:25, 4:05, 7, 9:45 Tue, Thu 1:25, 4:05, 7, 9:45 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 1:20, 4, 6:55, 9:35 Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10pm ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri, Mon 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 CinéArts at Sequoia: FriSat 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05 Mon-Tue 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 5, 7:15 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (R) ★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun, Wed-Thu 4:30, 6:45 People Like Us (PG-13) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri, Mon 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35,

10:15 Prometheus (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10:30, 4:30, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 7:30 Raymonda (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue 6:30 Rock of Ages (PG-13) ★★ Century Rowland Plaza: 10:35pm ❋ Romeo and Juliet (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sun noon Tue 7 ❋ Savages (R) Century Regency 6: Fri, Mon 11:20, 12:55, 2:35, 4:05, 5:40, 7:15, 8:50, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 ❋ Singin’ in the Rain (1952) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 2, 7 ❋ Take This Waltz (R) Rafael Film Center: 4, 6:30, 9:05 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9:05 Ted (R) ★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10:15, 11:20, 1, 2:05, 3:35, 5, 6:25, 7:40, 9:10, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:20, 10:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 To Rome With Love (R) ★★ Century Regency 6: Fri, Mon 10:30, 11:55, 1:20, 2:45, 4:10, 5:35, 7, 8:25, 9:50 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:55 Mon-Tue 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:50, 4:45, 7:35, 10:20

Due to this week’s early Independence Day deadline, showtimes for the Larkspur Landing and the Marin were unavailable as we went to press. Please call the theaters or visit or for updated information. We regret the inconvenience. 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

Michelle Williams and Luke Kirby are just looking for trouble in ‘Take This Waltz,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.


F R I D AY J U LY 6 — F R I D AY J U LY 1 3 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

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

Live music 07/06: Arturo Sandoval Music of Dizzy Gillespie. 8pm. $35-40. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707)226-7372. 07/06: David Grier Bluegrass guitar. 8pm. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 07/06: Dead Reckoning Americana. 9pm-1am. $5. Old Western Saloon, Main St., Pt. Reyes Station. 669-7837. 07/06: Hot Club of Marin Gypsy Jazz the first Friday of every month 6:30-10pm. Free Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. 07/06: Lyle Lovett Acoustic Group 12 and over show. 8pm. $85-95. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. 07/06: Mambo Caribe Featuring Ray Obiedo and Juan Escovedo. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 07/06: Moonalice Roots, rock with extended improvisation. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 07/06: Olive and the Dirty Martinis 60s-70s rock and soul. 8pm-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898.

07/07-08: Live Music On Angel Island Live Music at Angel Island’s Cove Cantina And Oyster Bar Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4:30pm. Ferries available form Tiburon and S.F. Rain will cancel. 2-4:30pm. Free. Cove Cantina & Oyster Bar, Angel Island. 07/07: Chris Zenarli and the High Beams Americana. 9pm-1am. $5. Old Western Saloon, Main St., Pt. Reyes Station. 669-7837. 07/07: Hot Buttered Rum HBR headlines the first of five multicultural, family friendly outdoor concerts. Dancing, cocktails, barbecue. Banjo player Bill Evans opens. 7-10pm. $20. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 07/07: Jamie Clark Americana, pop. 8pmmidnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898.

07/07: Pin-Ups at the Presidio: Bombshell Music Festival Bombshells and Rockstar’s annual vintage inspired Pin-Up Contest and burlesque show. Live music includes Acacia, Elliott’s Evil Plan, Mark’s Jamm Sammich, Flowerbox, Radioactive, Sage, Tony Saunders, Pat Wilder. 3-11pm. $15. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sommerville Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 446-9130. 07/07: Pop Fiction Pop favorites from the ’70s-today. 9:30 m. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.


What fools these mortals be! For more than two decades the MARIN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY has brought performances, instruction, camps and educational programs to youth around Marin. And every summer, the troupe offers a delightful experience to local audiences. There are few things as magical as the Marin Shakespeare Company’s summer performances. Set outdoors at Dominican University’s Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Shakespeare under the stars is a must for the whole family. This year, the company’s lineup includes King John, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and David Ives’ adaptation of the farce The Liar by Pierre Corneille. Previews begin July 6 and the closing night—under a full moon—is Sept. 30. Bring a picnic, enjoy a glass of wine from the West End Cafe and Audiences will be ‘braying’ pack a blanket for cool nights for this truly fantastic for more... experience. Marin Shakespeare Festival brings the magic on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, July 6-Sept. 30. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave. $20-$35 for single tickets, $75 for season tickets. Info on shows and times at 415/499-4488 or—Dani Burlison

Enjoy a sifter of Hot Buttered Rum this Saturday at the launch of Summer Nights at the JCC.

07/07: Stu Hamm Trio Jazz, rock. Noon-3pm. Free. The Sand Dollar Restaurant, 3458 Shoreline Hwy, stinson Beach . 868-0434 .

07/07: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. None. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 07/08 Rockit Science Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic lunch. 1-5pm. $5. Maple Lawn Estate, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 497-2448. 07/08: Bill Frisell and Friends “All We Are Saying: The Music of John Lennon.” With Tony Scherr, Greg Leisz and Kenny Wollesen. 7pm. $25-30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707)226-7372. 07/08: Los Boleros Cuban salsa. 4-10pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2898. 07/08: Savannah Blu Contemporary bluegrass in the afternoon. Noon-3pm. Free. The Sand Dollar, Hwy 1, Stinson Beach, Ca. 868-0434. 07/08: The Soul Shine Blues Band Blues. Part of the Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 07/10: Absynth Quartet Gypsy jam, bluegrass. 8pm. $10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 07/10: Core Tuesday Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30pm. -1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 07/10: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic guitar & vocals. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 07/10: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 07/11: EmK Extreme solo acoustic guitar. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

07/11: JImBo Trout and the Fishpeople Acoustic-eclectonica, bluegrass. 8-10pm. Free.

Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 07/11: Jonny Kelgwin Band With Nathanael Hoehner (Bass), Matt Benedict-Montgomery (multi instrumental), and Ethan Turner (percussion). 8pm. $10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 07/11: Phillip Percy and Judy Hall Jazz. Reservations are not required, but recommended. Outdoor seating available. 6-9pm. No cover. IL Davide, 901 A St., San Rafael. 244-2665. 07/11; Marcello and Seth Argentine tango. 8-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2898. 07/12: Greg Lamboy Songwriter/guitar. 8-11pm. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato.

07/12: MAGC Summer Concert Series: Sycamore Slough String Band Music of the Grateful Dead, bluegrass. The Marin Art & Garden Center summer concert series. Every Thursday. 5:30-7:30pm. $10, kids free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260. 07/12: Tracorum Rock, soul. 8pm. $10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 07/12: Wanda Stafford Jazz vocalist. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

07/13: Cathey Cotten and Elliott’s Evil Plan Rock ‘n Soul. Also The Neighbors. Psycho surf. 9pm-1am. $10-12. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 419-5338.

07/13: Dore Coller and Bermudagrass Bluegrass with a tropical flair. 8-10pm. Free. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 07/13: Fog Dub Americana. 9pm-1am. $5. Old Western Saloon, Main St., Pt. Reyes Sta.. 663-1661. 07/13: Ruthie Foster Quartet Soul, blues. 8pm. $21-31. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 07/13: The Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils Retrospective hits. Celebrate the release of the recently digitized catalog. 9pm. $20-25. George’s JULY 6- JULY 12, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 23


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Once again, the streets of downtown San Rafael will convert this Saturday into a cycling event extraord i n a i r e w i t h t h e S A N R A FA E L TWILIGHT CRITERIUM. The county’s most highly attended cycling event, the Twilight Criterium ushers bike lovers from hot afternoon into the cool breezy summer evening with this nationally recognized staged bicycle Lean into the turn this weekend at the Criterium. race. Bike enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the kids’ race, both male and female pro-cycling and an expo, which includes a beer garden and snacks to munch on as the spandex-clad racers speed by. Saturday, July 7, 2:30-9:15pm. Downtown San Rafael. Free. Info:—Dani Burlison

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Comedy 06/12: Scott Capurro “Islamahomo-

Dance 07/08: English Country Dance Graceful folk dances of the English countryside. Live music, experienced callers, refreshments. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfy shoes. Second and fourth Sundays. 2-4:30pm. $12. Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-3077.

Theater/Auditions 07/06-08/12: Marin Shakespeare Company: ‘King John’ Rarely performed rousing story of battle for the English throne is an action packed history play. Picnic welcome. 8pm Fri.-Sun. Showtimes vary. Visit the website for detailed performance information. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488 .

07/14: Bay Area Playback at Open Secret Experience a unique form of improvisational theater, where true life stories and dreams from audience volunteers are brought to life on the spot. Show times are July 14 and Sept. 22, 2012. 8-9:30pm. $8-18. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191.

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Art 07/06-07/31: Frame Crafters Gallery “I’m Just Passing Through,” solo art show featuring photographs from the road by Jesse Rowbotham. Opening reception 6-8pm July 6. Free. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-7688.

07/08-08/04: Marin Society of Artists ‘Open Fine Arts Show’ Juried mixed-media exhibition open to MSA members and non-members. 11am-4pm. No charge. MSA Open Fine Arts, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., (Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross. 454-9561 . 07/10-08/30:‘Realm of Dreams’ Barbara Andino-Stevenson and Phyllis Thelen will present their own individual and collaborative works. Free. Alemany Library, Dominican University of California, Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. 482-2453.

Through 05/17/2013: Wind Art Exhibition Lyman Whitaker, sculpture. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260 ext. 1.

Through 07/06: Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery “Transitions.” Susan Hersey presents an exhibition of paper, fiber, and mixed media works. Weekdays 8am-7pm. Closed holidays and weekends. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr. at Bon Air, Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 07/15: Summer National Juried Exhibition Juried by Berkeley Art Museum director Lucinda Barnes. Open Wed.-Sun. 11am4pm. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 07/17: Gallery 305 Spring Exhibit James Earl Jones is subjected to apartheid, and Richard Harris’s overacting, in ‘Cry, the Beloved Country,’ July 9 at the Mill Valley Library.

Fine art in acrylics, soft pastels and mixed media by Carol Allen, Eileen Nelson and Bernard Healey. Mon.-Fri. Closed holidays. 11am-4pm. Free. Tamalpais Community Services District, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 07/29: SGVCC Photography Group Show/Latino Photo Project Opening reception 2pm July 14. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 ext. 252. Through 07/31: ‘Moon Rising’ Griffin Moon, photography. Reception/benefit event 7pm July 6. With Lara Johnston, DJ entertainment, comedy act, photo booth, raffle, silent auction along with other fun diversions. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 07/31: Linda Larsen Abstract paintings. Muscio’s Italian Restaurant, 1200 24 PACIFIC SUN JULY 6 - JULY 12, 2012

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Through 08/01: Art in the Book Passage Gallery “Italia: Photographs from Rome, Venice & The Amalfi Coast.” Dana Kelly, photography. 9am-9pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Through 08/02:“Silver: A State of Mind” Portraits from photographer Vicki Topaz’s recent series featuring fifty two remarkable women who have let their hair grey. 10:30am-4pm. The Buck Institute on Aging, 8001 Redwood Highway, Novato. 209-2000 for appointment.

Through 08/05:‘Sojourns: Gallery Route One’s Annual Member Exhibition’ With artworks by Mimi Abers, Mary M.Eubank, Eric Engstrom, Tim Graveson, Madeline Hope, Candace Loheed, Geraldine LiaBraaten, Diana Marto, Zea Morvitz, Dorothy Nissen, Suzanne Parker, Andrew Romanoff. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. Through 08/06:‘The Outsiders’ Plein-air painting exhibition. 10am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. Through 08/12: July Exhibtions Works by Don Ed Hardy; “Trees Dreaming,” Una Hayes Ingram; Anna Case-Hofmeister, photography. 1-4pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

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Talks/Lectures 07/07: Stargazing with California Academy of Sciences Astronomer Binq Quock will discuss observing the summer night sky, with emphasis on the visible planets, constellations, and selected deepsky objects. 2pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058.

07/10: Lecture Health Cavallo Point Lodge Hosted by Dr Brad Jacobs, every second Tuesday of the month. Topics vary, lectures are complimentary. Beverages and light snack 5:30-6:30pm. Free. Cavallo Point Lodge , Healing Arts Center & Spa 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 624-5217.

Readings 07/07: Christian Kiefer The author reads from his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Infinite Tides.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

07/08: Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell Sheehan and Reffell talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seduction Redefined: A Guide to Creative Collaboration of the Feminine and Masculine.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/08: Katherine Chiljan The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth About Shakespeare & His Works.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/08: Lori Stewart Lori Stewart talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I Had As Many Grandchildren As You...â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/08: Sarah Robinson Robinson talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nesting: Body, Dwelling, Mind.â&#x20AC;? 3pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/08: Tim Ward Local author day. Ward discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father/Son Journey Above the Clouds.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/09: Storytelling Event for Adults Join storyteller Phill Sheridan as he engages the audience in a lively reenactment of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Wizard of Oz,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Abbott & Costelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on First?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and other favorites. For

adult children only. 7-8:45pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. 07/09: William C. Gordon In conversation with Isabel Allende. William C. Gordon reads from his new novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The King of the Bottom.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/10: Marin Poetry Center Join an evening of poetry with members of the Marin Poetry Center. This annual and always popular Summer Traveling Show will be hosted by Ethel Mays. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/11: Brian Doyle and Gerald Asher Doyle reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bin Ladenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bald Spot.â&#x20AC;? Asher reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Carafe of Red,â&#x20AC;? featuring essays on the subject of wine. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/12: Carlos Ruiz Zafon In conversation with Isabel Allende. Zafon presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prisoner of Heaven,â&#x20AC;? a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion and revenge that is set in a gothic Barcelona. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/12: Why There Are Words Literary reading series presents the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;After All.â&#x20AC;? With Lauren Becker, Joe Clifford, Sere Prince Halverson, Joy Lanzendorfer, Ericka Lutz, Aimee Phan, and Eric Sasson. 7-9pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-8272. 07/13: Jennifer Woodlief The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Bolt from the Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, and Heroism at 13,000 Feet.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/13: Joshua Henkin â&#x20AC;&#x153; Swimming Across the Hudsonâ&#x20AC;? author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World Without You.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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07/13: Film Night in the Park: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Across the Universeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Star crossed lovers are swept up in a volatile counterculture movement to the songs of the Beatles in the psychedelic musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Across the Universe.â&#x20AC;? Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 272-2756.

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07/10: Baby Time! Mother Goose on the Loose Baby Time is a fun-filled, 30 minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. 10:30-11am. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 485-3322.

07/11: Wednesdays on Stage: Carnival of Chaos This wildly witty husband and wife team performs fast-paced comedy and zany tricks using unlikely (and dangerous) props. Also performing at 1pm at the Council Chambers room, San Anselmo Library, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 3:30-4:30pm. Free Amphitheater, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 ext. 106. 07/12: Bookends Book Discussion Just for 8th and 9th graders: Join in a discussion about “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. Good conversation and delicious snacks. 6:307:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext. 129. 07/12: Jewelry Making for Beginners For youth in grades 6-8. Become your own jewelry designer, taught by Dragonfly Designs! Explore your creativity through interesting colors, textures, and techniques! Registration is required. 2:30-2:30pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael. 485-3322. 07/13: Campfire Tales: Stafford Lake Join forces with the Marin County Library for an educational and delicious evening.Festivities will start with a nature walk and end with hot dogs. 4-8pm. Free. Stafford Lake, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. 893-9508. 07/13: Mad Science: ‘Fire and Ice’ Explore crazy chemical potions and the wonders of dry ice - how cool is that? Investigate the three states of matter and concoct a spectacular bubbling brew. 2:30-3:30pm. Free. Amphitheater, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 x106.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 07/07-07/08: China Camp Interpretive Volunteer Training The China Camp State Park Docent Training Program is open to anyone seriously interested in serving the Park. Perspective and current volunteers start with and attend any of the four sessions. 10am-2pm. $5 materials fee. China Camp State Park, Ranger Station, San Rafael. 492-1933. 07/08: Pancakes in Paradise Visit the West Point Inn on Mt Tam July 8th to enjoy a pancake breakfast and spectacular views! Guests must hike or bike in. Park at Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs, East Peak, or near Mtn Home Inn. 9am1pm. is $10 for adults/$5 for children (12 and under) West Point Inn, Mt Tamalpais, Mill Valley. 388-9955.

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Home and Garden Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners every Saturday in San Rafael! 9:30-10:30am Free. Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael. 419-4941. 9-10am. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 419-4941.

Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange .. 10-11am. Free. Volunteer Park, Evergreen & Melrose, Mill Valley. 419-4941.

Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange .. 9:3010:30am. Free. Boyle Park, 11 East Drive, Mill Valley. 419-4941.

Food and Drink Thursdays: Ross Valley Farmers Market Every Thurs. at the post office parking lot in the town of Ross. Features local farmers with organic fruits and veggies, cheeses, and bakery goods. 3-7pm. Free. Ross Farmers Market, Ross Common, Ross. 382-7846. Tuesdays: 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.

Tuesdays: Tam Valley Farmers Market Every Tuesday next to the Walgreen’s Shopping Center off Hwy 1 towards Stinson Beach. Local farmers with fresh fruits veggie, cheeses, bakery goods and Roli Rotti rotisserie chicken. 3-7pm. Free. Hwy 1, Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley . 382-7846.

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Week of July 5 – 11, 2012

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) People from another time in your life are turning up, whether in person or in your email box. While you aren’t really the sentimental type, you might find it interesting to revisit your past—briefly. Meanwhile, aloof Uranus and passionate Pluto continue to directly influence your chart, taking you from hot to cold and back again without missing a beat. Now you know why your sweetie went camping without you... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You are in the mood to engage in conversation, or at least to express your thoughts out loud. If you don’t have someone nearby to listen to your ruminations, you may need to get a pet. Meanwhile, if you are part of a team on the job, expect competition from one of your co-workers. This person may attempt to discredit your slow and steady progress by suggesting a faster, but riskier, approach. We all know how this goes... tortoise 1, hare 0. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) In spite of certain difficulties in making progress on your creative projects, you are optimistic that things are on the upswing. You are allowing your imagination to flow freely without insisting that your visions conform to logic. You have a new perspective on what you want for your future and although you aren’t sure exactly how to reach it, you are willing to experiment. I think you’re on to something here... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon in the intuitive sign of Pisces for the weekend suggests that you enjoy your zodiac celebration via your favorite form of escapism. Whether this means hitting the beach, joining your friends for a pitcher of ice-cold martinis or dancing alone in your living room, the point is that you deserve a break from the planetary turmoil that is influencing your chart. And, if you want to keep dancing after the weekend, you can—as long as your boss isn’t looking... LEO (July 22 - August 22) Now that chatty Mercury is in your sign and impulsive Mars is in your communication house, you are prone to speak your mind without necessarily considering the consequences. This is not the best time to discuss politics, sex or religion with anyone you don’t know really well. Fortunately, you can talk to your pals, who are particularly open-minded and willing to listen—especially if you’re buying the drinks. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Finally. Defiant Mars has left your personality house, allowing you to start cooperating again. You may, of course, have to issue a few apologies to those who had to endure uncharacteristic belligerence from you during the last eight months. As for the weekend, it’s the bottom of your lunar cycle, which is a fabulous reason to skip your chores and settle into a lawn chair with a good book and a cold beverage of your choice. Really. A mowed lawn is highly overrated... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) As a cardinal sign (along with Aries, Cancer and Capricorn), Libra is being targeted by the most hard-to-handle planets. It makes you want to pack up and move to a different solar system. Although that’s not likely to happen, you might want to pack a suitcase anyway. The bright spot in your chart is your long distance travel house. If ever there was a year to take a trip abroad, this is it. Apply for your passport BEFORE Mercury goes retrograde on the 15th... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your ruler (perceptive Pluto) usually provides you with a high level of psychic understanding. Now, however, there is a strong disruption to your cosmic wavelengths. When you try to tune into hidden realms of consciousness, you are frustrated by the amount of static on the line. You may have to rely on mundane ways of getting information for the next month. Like, for instance, asking questions and listening to the answers... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) While clever Mercury is motivating you to enroll in school (again), impatient Mars is suggesting that your ideal future shouldn’t have to wait for you to attain yet another degree. Meanwhile, your ruler (expansive Jupiter) has big plans for your relationship status, which could mean freeing yourself from the wrong one and/or bringing you the right one. So many roads to take, so many ways to get wherever you’re going... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) So, just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, irritating Mars moves into your career house. This is not likely to do anything good for your boss’s mood. Or (if you ARE the boss) it may raise your aggressiveness to an uncomfortable level. Whether you believe in meditation, biofeedback, massage therapy or Valium, you are encouraged to seek tranquility. The ambition of Capricorn can take you far in life...just not right now. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) It’s a lovely weekend to give your financial concerns a rest and learn to appreciate the nonmaterial things in life. It’s summertime. There are art fairs, outdoor concerts and walks in the park to enjoy. You can rejoin the rat race on Monday when the impatient Aries Moon joins up with your ruler (unpredictable Uranus). Ready. Set. Explode. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Your lack of boundaries leaves you open to absorbing the emotions of nearly everyone you encounter. While this is certainly helpful in times when sympathy is an appropriate response, it can be overwhelming when you are around unpleasant or angry people. That’s why you should spend this week with very happy people. Unfortunately, you may have to go to Denmark to find any... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN JULY 6– JULY 12, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129623 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BLUE BARN GOURMET, 335 CORTE MADERA TOWN CENTER, CORTE MADERA, CA 94976: BLUE MARIN LLC., 2090 CHESTNUT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129651 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SERENA BEADLE CONSULTING, 8 ELMWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SERENA C. BEADLE, 8 ELMWOOD COURT, 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 May 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129643 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUTTERWEED QUILT SHOP, 112A CLORINDA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LISA VANCOR, 112A CLORINDA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129550 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AT THE DINNER TABLE., 1555 SOUTH NOVATO BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94947: REGINA DESCISCIO, 1000 GREENWOOD DR., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 16, 2001. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129436 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW EVOLUTION CARPENTRY & CONSTRUCTION, 50 TIBURON ST. SUITE 6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MIGUEL SOLII ANAYA, 50 TIBURON ST. SUITE 6, 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 N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129557 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SINGER SEAPLANE, 242 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SEAPLANE ADVENTURES LLC., 242 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 17, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129392 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STRONG HAMMER WOOD WORK, 34270 SHIMMINS RIDGE RD., WILLITS, CA 95490: TORY FOX BEAVERS, 34270 SHIMMINS RIDGE RD., WILLITS, CA 95490. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129669 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TOMMY BISTRO, 227 3RD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WANYING MAO,

227 3RD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129712 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OHANA ADVISORS, 899 NORTHGATE DR. STE 301, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: OHANA ADVISORS MANAGEMENT LLC., 899 NORTHGATE DR. STE 301, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129693 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SMALL WORLD SAILING ADVENTURES, 101 EL DORADO RD., WALNUT CREEK, CA 94595: DAVID MCGOWAN, 101 EL DORADO RD., WALNUT CREEK, CA 94595. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 2012) FBNS File No. 129628; Following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STARBOARD TAC, 448 WELLESLEY AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TWO REEFS LLC., 448 WELLESLEY AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Statement filed with County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jun 5 ‘12. (Pub Dates: Jun 22, 29; Jul 6, 13 ‘12) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129494 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LYDIA’S PILATES, 630 FAIRHAVEN WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947 : LYDIA WIRTH, 630 FAIRHAVEN WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 18, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129661 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WINIFRED PRESS, 16 OXFORD AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DAVID W. TOLLEN, 16 OXFORD AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129582 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KLM LOGISTICS, 24 MOODY CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KIM LESLIE MAGALINE, 24 MOODY CT., 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 June 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129598 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALOHA SIGNATURE TAN, 139 BOTHIN RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: VANESSA OLIVOTTI, 139 BOTHIN RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 31, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 31, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129755 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LATE BLUE HIGHWAY, 277 SAN MARIN DR., NOVATO, CA 94945: GAVIN LAKIN, 277 SAN MARIN DR., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 18, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 21, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129081 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MAHINA SKINCARE; MAHINA, 1560 FOURTH ST. STE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRENNA C. STRATTON, 345 BUTTERFIELD RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129757 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SALON CRAZY HAIR CUT, 88 BELVEDERE ST. SUITE J, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOSE VENTURA SARAT, 456 SOUTH 11 ST., RICHMOND, CA 94804; JULIA ELIZABETH LOPEZ, 456 SOUTH 11 ST., RICHMOND, CA 94804. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 June 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129781 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN COLLEGE FUNDING SOLUTIONS, 45 BALBOA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WILLIAM SPRIGGS, 45 BALBOA AVE., 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 June 19, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129735 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SCREENS FOR LIFE, 690 CASCADE DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: DONALD BROWN, 690 CASCADE DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129808 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CREATIVE METAL, 2170 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: LUIGI R PETRIGH-DOVE, 19 1ST 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 June 27, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129785 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PM COHEN PUBLIC AFFAIRS, 23 CHESTNUT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PAUL M COHEN, 23 CHESTNUT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129622 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AZAR’S BARBEQUE & KABOB PLACE, 401 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BEHROUZ AZARVAND, 26 OCEANO PL., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129815 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HAUTE SAUCY COUTURE LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE, 595 BRIDGEWAY #4, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: CASSAUNDRA ROSE CAMPBELL, 1259-A LENDRUM CT., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94129. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129819 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WISTERIA SALON, 747 SIR

FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: PHUONGLIEN NGUYEN, 2583 20TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116; TUYET VAN JACKSON, 14 VALENCIA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129826 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as 212 DEL CASA, 212 DEL CASA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CHARLES D. FABER, 215 REWARD ST., NEVADA CITY, CA 95959; CORRAINE M GERVAIS, 215 REWARD ST., NEVADA CITY, CA 95959; CAROLYN LEWIS, 1451 CRESPI, PACIFICA, CA 94044; CARRY LEWIS, 1451 CRESPI, PACIFICA, CA 94044. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. 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 June 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129784 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RPM MOTORS, 23 LISBON ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FERNANDO GARCIA, 211 UNION ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129827 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EMBODIED WELLNESS, 73 GREGORY DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: SILKE GREINER, 73 GREGORY DR., 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 June 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012)

997 All Other Legals AMENDED NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: GLORIANN HOPKINS. Case No. PR-1202148. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of GLORIANN HOPKINS. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: CARON SCHMIERER in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that CARON SCHMIERER be appointed as executor with limited authority to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate with limited authority be granted under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: July 23, 2012 at 9:00a.m. in Dept: A, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: KELLY R. MASON; BOUDETT

& MASON, PO BOX 188, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94979-0188. (415)454-4020. (Publication Dates: June 22, 29; July 6, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1202887. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MICHELLE MILLER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ROBERT HARRY MILLER-PHOENIX to ROBERT HARRY MILLER; NICHOLAS DOV MILLER-PHOENIX TO NICHOLAS DOV MILLER. 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: August 22, 2012, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Room 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: June 22, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012) STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS Workers' Compensation Appeals Board SPECIAL NOTICE OF LAWSUIT (Pursuant to Labor Code 3716 and Code of Civil Procedure Sections 412,20 and 4L2.30 WCAB NO. ADJ6432834 TO: DEFENDANT, ILLEGALLY UNINSURED EMPLOYER AVISO: Usted esta siendo demandado. La corte puede expedir una decision en contra suya sin darle la oportunidad de defenderse a menos que usted actue pronto. Lea la siguiente informacion, ALEXANDER PORTER, Applicant STEPHEN SERA (INDIVIDUAL) DBA STEPHEN SERA STUDIO, Defendant(s) 1. A lawsuit, the Application for Adjudication of Claim, has been filed with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board against you as the named defendant by the above-named applicant(s). You may seek the advice of an attorney in any matter connected with this lawsuit and such attorney should be consulted promptly so that yourresponse nay be filed and entered in timely fashion. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney reference service or a legal aid office. You may also request assistance/information from an information and Assistance officer of the Division of Workers’ Compensation. (See telephone directory). 2. An Answer to the Application must be filed and served within six days of the service of the Application pursuant to Appeals Board rules; therefore, your written response must be filed with the Appeals Board promptly; a letter or phone call will not protect your interests. 3. You will be served with a Notice(s) of Hearing and must appear at all hearings or conferences. After such hearing, even absent your appearance, a decision may be made and an award of compensation benefits may issue against you. The award could result in the garnishment of your wages, taking of your money or property, or other relief. If the Appeals Board makes an award against you, your house or other dwelling or other property may be taken to satisfy that award in a non-judicial sale, with no exemptions from execution. A lien nay also be imposed upon your property without further hearing and before the issuance of an award, 4. You must notify the Appeals Board of the proper address for the service of official notices and papers and notify the Appeals Board of any changes in that address. TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS! Issued by: WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD. Name and Address of Appeals Board: WORKERS’ C O M P E N S AT I O N APPEALS BOARD Name and Address of Applicant's Attorney: Jeffrey M. Greenberg, 825 Van Ness Ave., #601, San Francisco, Ca. 94109. Form Completed By: Jeffrey Greenberg Telephone No. 415-409-9900 NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED! You are served: Pacific Sun: June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 2012 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304383 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):

GLAMOROUS NAILS & SPA II, 747 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. Filed in Marin County on: February 15, 2012. Under File No: 128832. Registrant’s Name(s):GLAMOROUS NAILS & SPA INC., 1127 REDWOOD BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94947. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on June 28, 2012. (Pacific Sun: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 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, JULY 25, 2012 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415)8838459, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. TENANT: CHAD VANDENBERG: UNIT #147, CAMMIE ANDERSON: UNIT #220, CAMMIE ANDERSON: UNIT #248. Pacific Sun: (July 6, 13, 2012)

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1. Novato 2. Julius Caesar; the month was named in 44 B.C. 3. 25 cents 4. The Beatles, John, George, Paul and Ringo, the Fab Four, first performed together on Aug. 18, 1962—the rest is history. 5a. Jack Black (as Bernie) 5b. Andrew Jackson 5c. Jackie Bouvier Kennedy 6. Matt Cain pitched a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants. 7. They are all named Springfield, home of the dysfunctional Simpsons. The movie debuted in Springfield, Vermont. 8. James Buchanan; he was engaged to be married; however, his fiancee died suddenly after breaking off the engagement, and he remained a bachelor all his life. 9. Norway 10. Underground... more? BONUS ANSWER: The wave

›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alkon


At 19, I married the first man I slept with. He died last year after 23 years of marriage, and within a month, I was in a new relationship with a wonderful man I met online. I’m certainly still grieving, sometimes horribly, but my new man understands, and he’s patient. He appreciates me and insists on my total commitment to him (meaning that I can’t date anyone else). The problem is, he lives in another state, and in our year together, his work schedule has kept him from visiting me. He can make me quiver when we talk on the phone, but the distance leaves me lonely at night. Can a long-distance relationship ever work?—Cradling The Phone


So, in an entire year, your Mr. Wonderful couldn’t line up a single weekend to come see you because of his work schedule? Well, that sounds perfectly reasonable—if, for him, getting out of work early means digging a tunnel with a sharpened spoon so as to avoid the electrified razor wire and the armed guards. As a rule, Internet dating should be composed of very little Internet and a whole lot of dating. (Phone dates don’t count.) Until you spend considerable time in a man’s presence, your view of him will be part him and a good part you filling in the blanks with who you’d like him to be. And sorry, quivery romantic moments are just the sparkly topping on a relationship. The actual relationship is mostly the day-to-day stuff—how you are together at the grocery store and whether he’s mean to you when you forget to pick up the dry cleaning. And while your heart might be singing for him across the miles, you could hate the way he kisses and find that your nostrils make a strong argument for lashing him to an old mattress and putting him out with the trash. Where you go right is in not appearing to buy into cookie-cutter ideas about how you “should” be mourning, like the widely held myth that there are specific, neatly ordered “stages of grief ” everyone must move through and Freud’s notion that grieving people need to slog through all their thoughts, memories and emotions about the deceased. (Never mind that he had no evidence for this or that actual evidence suggests that ruminating can cause depression; he had some serious eyeglasses and that groovy Persian rug-draped armless couch.) When life as you knew it for a quarter-century suddenly developed a big husband-shaped hole, it’s understandable that you started rummaging around the Internet for a scoop of human grout. But, being desperate for filler meant that any critical assessments about this guy were drowned out by “Cripes! I’ll be alone!” At the same time, maybe you weren’t quite ready to be with anybody, so it worked to have a boyfriend who demanded your “total commitment”—creepy!—while not actually bothering to show up. You can strongly suggest that he hop a plane in the immediate future, but chances are whatever’s prevented him from giving you a peek at the real him will continue to prevent it. Maybe now would be a good time to try to get comfortable being alone. Only when you are will you be able to choose a man for the right reasons—and not simply because he talks a really good game, giving him something of an edge over the guy in the urn.


I’m almost 30 and still a virgin, but not because of religious beliefs. I have strong sexual urges, but I was a really late bloomer (mid-20s), traveled constantly for work and never had a relationship take off. (I’m not into casual sex.) How do I reveal my virginity to guys I date? Won’t they think I’m a freak? —Undone


Some guys will be weirded out that you’re still a virgin, but for many, it’s preferable to starting to have sex with a girl and having balloons and confetti fly around and a loudspeaker crackle: “Congratulations, son! There’s been quite a bit of traffic in and out of this particular garage, but you’re lucky number 100!” Don’t announce your virginity on the first date, like it’s the most relevant thing about you. Wait till a guy’s a little attached, and when the making out gets heavy, explain, “Oh, by the way...late bloomer, blah, blah, blah. Also, I’ve been saving myself for a virgin sacrifice on the edge of an active volcano.” Coolly offering an explanation and even poking fun at yourself suggests that your virginity is just a fluke, not a sign that you have psychological problems or low sexual desire—or that your pa came out with his shotgun and offed all the other guys before they could, uh, pull into your garage. ✹ © 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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Organic – Free Range. Rub Chicken with Olive Oil, Season, then Bake 11/2-2 Hours at 350º or until Internal Temp Reaches 165º. Serve with Sautéed Zucchini, Onions and Mushrooms lb




The Perfect Size for a Family of 4 – Slice and Enjoy the Tastes of Summer!

This Perennial Favorite is Made with a Touch of Golden Honey and Malt. The Perfect Multi-Grain Toast and Sandwich Sensation. Eight Grams of Whole Grains per Serving. 18oz.

Wild Caught – Previously Frozen. Dip Fillets in Egg Mixture then Seasoned Bread Crumbs. Bake for 15 mins at 450º. Serve with Sweet Potato Fries.





$ 98




398 ea




Old Vine Zinfandel . Flavors of ripe black cherry and vanilla bean are followed by a long, luscious finish.



32 PACIFIC SUN JULY 6 - JULY 12, 2012

San Rafael 515 Third St. 454-8912 San Anselmo 100 Red Hill Ave. 456-1271




FRESH & LOCAL PESTO COBEE'S CUISINE A Local Company – Marin County, CA A Farmer’s Market favorite is now available at United Markets! CoBee’s Cuisine makes a non-nut pesto with fresh ingredients including basil, garlic, salt, olive oil & Parmesan cheese! Delicious!

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ITEMS & PRICES IN THIS AD ARE AVAILABLE FROM JULY 7TH – 15TH All prices subject to change up or down only when our cost changes. We reserve the right to correct printed errors. No sales to dealers or institutions.

Pacific Sun Weekly 07.06.2012 - Section 1