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saddening to see the poor, shortsighted decisions people can make...and then it just becomes sort of funny in a surreal way. Thanks again for writing about this. Cheers!

Adding insult to near-vehicular injury

Geoff LeGallais, Novato

I’m writing in regard to the letter by Drina Brooke of Novato [“Reverse Dissemination,” June 22] who complained about “nearly escap[ing] a horrible fate” after almost getting hit by cars in various parking lots. Drina, here’s a handy tip for walking through shopping mart parking lots: ● Put away your cell phone, BlackBerry or i-device. ● Look at the back-up lights on the rear of cars—if the lights go on, it means the vehicle is...backing up. ● If this happens, stop walking; the car is 25 times heavier than you. I hope this rudimentary information helps you escape another “horrible fate.” Alexandra Bell, Mill Valley

Do you mean funny ‘ha ha’ or funny Dada? Surreal? Heck, no. This is what Novato will look like after a few more years of global warming.

Just read your article about the city of Novato’s decision to opt out of Marin Clean Energy [“Is Novato Pennywise, Or Climate Foolish?” June 22]. Nice job. I’m a Novato boy, born and raised pretty much, but have always been environmentally respectful. It’s

Better than GOP’s mandate for health callousness... Oh, great. We’re all mandated to “buy” health insurance. But, where’s the mandate that we all have to receive actual health care? Cindy Ross, Fairfax

Signs get stolen—this is why we got that ‘Humphrey-Muskie ‘68’ tattoo... Every Marin County election and associated political campaign, for the most part, is worthy of the incredible county in which we live—professional, diplomatic, and respectful, both between the candidates themselves as well as between their supporters and volunteers. Unfortunately, an exception may have been the June 5 primary. Campaign signs that had been posted in multiple areas throughout the county disappeared, while campaign signs for competing candidates in the same areas remained in place. It is my unconfirmed suspicion, therefore, that the signs were being taken down by volunteers of rival campaigns. This is a very serious offense that not only goes against how campaigns are traditionally conducted in Marin, but also violates each candidate’s right to free expression and each candidate’s rights under California law. Section 5405.3 of the California Outdoor Advertising Act makes clear that any candidate for elective office has the right to place campaign signs throughout Marin County with prior permit authorization from the



Grand jury takes exception to exemptions Are Marin property owners paying hundreds of dollars more in property taxes than they should? Read the full story here &.... Heroes of the Week It’s in extremely poor taste when a middle-aged man runs around Stinson Beach in a thong bikini.... Mortgage crisis ‘settling’ down? Bank foreclosure settlement puts $2,000 price on devastated lives.

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› appropriate jurisdiction. In addition, such signs are and remain the personal property of the candidate. Indeed, most campaign signs are quite expensive to make, and typically volunteers donate considerable time to construct and post these signs in compliance with applicable law, and provide sign maintenance, an arduous task, throughout the campaign season. The removal of campaign signs prior to the election without the prior authorization of the candidate is, quite simply, against the law. Every candidate has the right to post signs under the California statute, and these signs belong to the candidate. By removing these signs, the perpetrators are infringing upon the rights of the candidate and stealing their personal property. But even more troubling, in my opinion, is the sheer disrespect that such actions show toward the candidates, their volunteers and our community. Candidates and their volunteers are exercising their right to participate in our democratically elected local government, and the blatant theft of campaign signs is an ugly attempt to silence them. Our community cannot condone such petty, illegal, and undemocratic behavior. After all, it goes against a strong tradition of Marin political campaigns where serious debate and respect for each other should, and usually do, win the day. Bryan Haines, Novato

You could use them to balance world’s biggest wobbly table... Thanks to Nikki Silverstein who wrote about AT&T’s phone book overload and unwanted delivery [Zero, June 15]. I manage a 39-unit apartment complex, about 150 people. Nobody wanted the phone books, they are now in the Dumpster waiting for Joe to recycle them. AT&T has overcharged me before but I’ll never use them again. JR Spinner, Corte Madera

Now he knows what it’s like to receive letters from weirdos... I am writing on behalf of my friend Craig Whatley, who is primarily known to Sun readership as an (unofficial) contributing social/political humor writer, via your lettersto-the-editor page. However, this letter is quite serious. Mr. Whatley, for his own reasons, has a publicly posted sign which expresses his lessthan pride for his country. Recently, he was

left with an anonymously placed note (copy enclosed). As Mr. Whatley, as a patient, was parked at Marin We’d nearly forgotten the ‘you’re a tad tedious’ part of the Hippocratic General oath... Hospital when this occurred, it would appear that the person leaving the note was likely one of the personnel/staff at the hospital, owing to their use of the phrase: “...for the 99 percent of us...taking care of folks like you...” In addition, it was handwritten on three hospital cards. (Also, as Mr. Whatley is disabled and was properly parked in a disabled space, this came as a double insult.) He is, however, taking it with good humor, although he still intends to complain to Marin General Hospital. Comments anyone? Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

The note found on Mr. Whatley’s car read as follows: Hey, Found your sign on the back window to be most interesting. Long may it wave! It illustrates exactly what is so great about America, which guarantees your right to be exactly as stupid and visibly moronic as you wish. A lot of places—all of which you are invited to go live—you cannot do that, of course. I will admit that for the 99 percent of us who find your sign amusingly boring (children acting out always bore adults), taking care of folks like you sometimes does grow a tad tedious. Nevertheless, be assured that the rest of us will always have your back, whether sacrificing in pitched battles overseas, or simply forking over part of our earnings every April so that you can indulge your pointless fantasies of being somehow relevant. Now run along and play. But please keep the sign up. It reminds the grown-ups that there is an election coming up, and apathy kills. Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at JULY 13 - JULY 19, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7


A clean break Eighty percent of county choosing green energy over PG&E by Pe te r Se i d m an


espite a continuing onslaught of misinformation, Marin Clean Energy continues to expand its cleanpower portfolio and customer base. Call it the little energy company that could. By the end of this month all potential remaining energy customers in Marin will be brought into MCE unless they choose to opt out. About 20 percent of potential customers have opted out since the energy utility began providing service, a percentage that is holding during the current and largest enrollment phase taking place month. While MCE has been bringing in the remaining customers, the attacks against the state’s only up-and-running community choice aggregator have increased in intensity and quantity. As has been the case since the Marin Energy Authority—the joint powers agency that oversees MCE— formed in 2008, some of the attacks have been grounded in a misunderstanding of the complex rules, procedures and processes that govern delivery of electricity from suppliers to homes and businesses. But some of the attacks have been based on disingenuous misinformation. Some critics have charged that the optout procedure was an attempt to confuse potential customers, to make it hard for them to stay with PG&E, which, until the legislation that created the opportunity to

form community choice aggregators, was the only option for Marin residents. AB 117, the 2002 California bill that allows cities and counties to choose alternative power suppliers and bail from monopoly investor-owned utilities such as PG&E, allows community choice aggregators, whether a single entity or a group of entities (as is the case in Marin), to buy power based on their own criteria. The Marin Clean Energy model calls for as much green power and local generation as possible while maintaining competitive rates. After weathering initial attacks from those who said a local-power plan for Marin plan was ill advised, MCE started up in 2010 when it mailed notices to 7,500 customers. The opt out is embedded in the legislation. Although it’s true that creating an opt-out system does tilt the scales, proponents of community choice understood the power of investor-owned utilities in the state. The opt-out procedure was an attempt to help balance the scale. But complaints about opt out bubbled in Marin, and continue to surface, although not as vigorously as they did. An automated opt-out procedure caused some problems. “There were a couple of issues with our call line that we resolved by getting live operators on and available 24 hours a 10 > day, seven days a week,” says Dawn


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Apocalypse ‘tavola’ “Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in!” lamented Michael Corleone in The Godfather III—but it may just as well have been filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola regarding all the bad publicity surrounding the Coppola Family Trust’s lawsuit against owners of a small Novato restaurant. As we previously reported, the Pirraglia family—owners of Tavola Italian Kitchen in the Hamilton Marketplace—was slapped with a lawsuit in April by the Coppola Family Trust, which claimed a trademark infringement over the use of the word “tavola,” which means “table” in Italian. The dispute over use of the word stems from Coppola’s restaurants Zoetrope in San Francisco and Rustic in Sonoma County that claim to offer “a tavola” style dining—a menu-free service in which waitstaff brings various dishes directly to the tables. The Coppola Family Trust has registered “a tavola” as a U.S. trademark on the grounds that it refers specifically to the dining experience at the Apocalypse Now director’s restaurants. But, as reported in the Chronicle this week, the Pirraglias are now countersuing—arguing that the Coppolas should know full well that the word “tavola” isn’t specific to their restaurants’ service. Not only has it been a common Italian word since the 12th century, but more recently, they point out, it’s been used as the catchphrase for celebrity Italian chef Lidia Bastianich who begins her meals by saying “tutti a tavola!” Novato two days late and $6,800 short We reported June 22 that the city of Novato saved a whopping $7,800—about 0 percent of the town’s annual budget—when the city’s councilmembers voted 4-1 to “opt out” of Marin Clean Energy and purchase brown energy from PG&E. But now it’s being reported that two days after the council vote, PG&E released its new rates—and, according to Marin Clean Energy officials, the city will actually only save about $1,000 with the less-environmentally friendly energy company. Sources say the council had the option of waiting the two days to see the new rates before choosing its energy aggregator—but decided to vote without knowing the updated numbers nevertheless. San Geronimo residents pin hopes on cartoon fish Can an anthropomorphic cartoon fish bring together a divided community? That’s what a fire-safety awareness group is hoping—as Sammy the Salmon is officially swimming into the San Geronimo Valley on behalf of FireSafeMarin in an effort to advocate for sensible creekside protection of coho salmon. The feckless faux fish has an upstream journey ahead, that’s for sure. Tempers have been splashing over salmon protection in the Valley in recent years as the salmon-advocacy group Salmon Protection and Watershed Network has lobbied fiercely for the county of Marin to move ahead with plans to set a larger conservation area around streams—SPAWN filed a lawsuit in 2010 to force the issue; a tentative ruling against the suit was issued in May—while area home10

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›› TRiViA CAFÉ 1. In 1851, Harvey Butterfield established a dairy ranch along a winding two-mile trail, where in today’s San Anselmo? 2. What is London’s largest and most famous park? 3. Identify the female author of each of these works of fiction, present and past. 3a. Twilight (2005) 3b. Pride and Prejudice (1813) 3c. Anne of Green Gables (1908) 4. The Old Testament of the Bible was primarily written in what language? 5. Name the cities where these people were assassinated. 5a. 1963 — John F. Kennedy 5b. 1980 — John Lennon 5c. 1968 — Martin Luther King 5d. 1914 — Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand 6. Released by Mariah Carey and Madonna, two of the most popular song titles from 1990 began with “V.” What were they? 7. How many species of lizards are venomous: most or few? 8. Pictured, right: Identify these celebrity siblings 9. The supreme leader—who died in December 2011 after 18 years in control— of what Asian country was replaced by his 27-year-old son? Can you name them? 10. What does each of these scales measure? 10a. Fahrenheit 10b. Richter 10c. Fujita

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▲Sometimes small-town parades, mouthwatering aromas wafting from barbecues and booming fireworks displays eclipse the true reason we’re celebrating on the Fourth of July. Declaring our independence from George III was monumental in building our sovereign nation. Jim Walsh, a Marin real estate agent, didn’t overlook that fact when he placed an American flag in front of each of the 110 units at the Quail Hill condominiums in San Rafael. “It was a very special sight and made us proud that we live in America. Jim is our Hero,” said Quail Hill resident David Kurland. We salute you, Jim Walsh, for inspiring American patriotism with the 110 red, white and blue gifts you delivered to San Rafael on Independence Day.


▼If you drove in Marin last weekend, you couldn’t miss the bicyclists taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Unfortunately, some also took advantage by failing to follow the rules of the road. Cyclists riding next to each other in clumps of two, three, four and sometimes more create great angst for car drivers. As does watching riders run red lights and blow through stop signs. We don’t mind sharing Marin’s major thoroughfares with our two-wheeled friends, but we expect riders to obey traffic laws. If you’re a law-abiding cyclist, we thank you. If you’re a violator risking the safety of everyone around you (aka Zero), you might ride right into a hefty ticket. Several Marin police departments promise we’ll soon see more enforcement.—Nikki Silverstein

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he last time we visited, I was preparing for my first-ever camping experience. Some might say it was my second, because I confessed that during my college days, there was an aborted effort. I maintain this was my first. A failed attempt does not a camping trip make. Anyway, the past no longer matters, for I am a camper. And a happy one at that. I slept in a tent in the woods. No lock. No electricity. Just a thin mat with a few breaths of air inflating it, a single sleeping bag and me. Glitches were few. In fact, what causes my friends to roll their eyes has no impact on me whatsoever. Yes, I packed all my gear in a suitcase with wheels and I’m glad. My stuff was heavy. Granted, driving to a campsite and parking your car within inches of where you pitch your tent is not a totally satisfying experience for some. For me, it works. My friend, a captain in the U.S. Army who is stationed in Afghanistan, is mortified. “Anything but a suitcase,” he writes on my Facebook wall. Yancey, send me one of those hip camo duffel bags and I’ll use that next time. That’s right. There will be a next time. I am a camper. Why shouldn’t I be? My editor reminded me that my people spent 40 years in the desert. My Jewish genes are absolutely oozing with camping capabilities. In fact, two of my tribesmen were there with me. My carpool buddies, Evan and Charles, are both experienced campers and Jews. Who knew? We arrived in Hendy Woods in Mendocino County by 10am on Saturday. I met the other writers attending the retreat at our picnic table, which held a bounty of fresh food. The 11 of us noshed a while, took a hike through the beautiful redwoods and then got down to the business of writing. A delicious gourmet lunch followed, prepared by Jacques. We engaged in a second round of writing exercises, took another hike and then headed back to camp for a snack of fresh fruit. I was roughing it, yet I didn’t complain once. Well, maybe once. Mendocino doesn’t just grow large weeds, it breeds huge mosquitoes. Those West Nile-carrying varmints feasted upon my delicate skin until I dug out the organic bug repellent that my friend Jon Stern made for me. It actually works. I highly recommend that you try it. Ten parts water to one part Madagascar vanilla. You’ll smell nice and it beats covering yourself with carcinogens or mosquito bites.

When we sat in our writing circle just before dinner, I felt familiar enough with my fellow campers to share my fear: serial killer leaves our campsite a mass gravesite. They reminded me that other campsites were about 20 yards in each direction and we were directly across from the bathrooms, which remain lit all night. Not to mention the four strong men in our group who were positive they could keep us alive through our one-night expedition. With their assurances, I was comfortable going to the restroom alone. I never even broke open my two-ply toilet paper, because what the state park supplied was similar to mine. The three-pronged electrical outlet provided was perfect for running my blow dryer. Luckily, my Sonicare toothbrush kept its charge through my stay. After washing up for dinner, I walked back to camp, where the writers were awaiting my return. They bestowed me with the honor of starting the campfire in the fire pit. I succeeded and have photos to prove it. Next time, I might even help gather the kindling and wood, rather than just lighting it. We’ll have to see how I’m feeling. Jacques cooked supper over my roaring fire. The delicious meal was accompanied by fine wine and beer. We shared ghost stories, gossiped about the dissolution of Tom and Katie’s marriage and discussed the writing craft. A few people took a night hike and found bear poop nearby. Rosie was scared, but we all know the real threat to campers is the serial killer. Besides, I was glad to learn the answer to that age-old question: Does a bear sh-- in the woods? One by one, we made our way to our tents and went to bed. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Pacific Sun writer, Dani Burlison, for pitching my tent prior to my arrival. And, kudos for making sure it was the biggest tent of all, twice the size of the rest. I needed the extra space to unpack my suitcase, which contained everything in my medicine chest, most of which came in handy during my 26-hour stay. The last thing I heard before drifting off was a couple of insomniacs outside my tent trading melatonin for Benadryl. When I awoke, it was 6am. As soon as I heard another person rustling around, I left the safety of my tent and saw Dani. “I did it,” I yelled. “I slept in the woods.” “Good,” someone shouted. “Now, shut up so we can.” ✹ Email:

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< 8 A clean break < 8 Newsgrams owners calling themselves the San Geronimo Valley Stewards say overly strict building regulations infringe upon their rights as property owners. The Sammy the Salmon campaign was inspired by fire safety officials as an educational vessel to promote both fire safety and fish safety at creekside residences.

Grand jury morgue proposal DOA County officials are all but tying a toe tag on a grand jury proposal for a state-of-the-art county morgue. In a report released June 7, titled “Marin County Morgue: Where Do We Go From Here?,” the Marin Civil Grand Jury took the Marin Board of Supervisors to task for sitting in limbo in the wake of previous grand jury calls for better morgue operations. But in a response from the supes, along with County Administrator Matthew Hymel, which is expected to be officially endorsed by the board on Tuesday, county officials are saying the grand jury’s recommendations are simply too pricey at this time. Or, to put it in morgue terms, the grand jury is asking for a 20-gauge steel casket, when all the county can afford right now is a pine box. Currently, the vast majority of the 100-plus autopsies performed each year by the sheriffcoroner’s office are conducted within a rotation of three local funeral homes, with a handful of cases being referred to the Napa County Morgue. The grand jury ultimately called for the supes to “approve retrofitting a Marin County owned space for a morgue in either the Marin Commons building or the Civic Center” and, in the meantime, have all the county’s forensics needs served in Napa. But in a letter addressed to Marin Superior Court Judge James Ritchie, the supes say it wouldn’t be cost effective to place a morgue in the Marin Commons or the Civic Center, or to use the Napa morgue for all the county’s forensics needs. “We estimate that a County morgue [at Marin Commons] would cost approximately $2 million in one-time costs to outfit and include significant ongoing operating costs to staff the morgue,” write the supes. The county would also lose out on revenues from current plans to lease space at the Commons. The Civic Center, meanwhile, needs its extra space to house other county departments, say county officials. The Napa County Morgue is “cost effective and convenient” for special forensic cast autopsies, states the letter, but “for over 95 percent of autopsies performed by the Coroner in 2011 that were not special cases, the overall costs to the taxpayers would more than double if all autopsies had been performed at the Napa County Morgue.” Despite the stiff response to the grand jury’s morgue manifesto, the county isn’t resting peacefully on the topic. According to the board,“the Sheriff-Coroner is in the process of selecting one mortuary in Marin for most of the autopsies.” “The selected local Marin mortuary facility will provide the benefits of being a single, secure facility with all upgrades being requested...provided by the mortuary at no cost to the County,” states the letter.“The selected local mortuary has the incentive to treat all remains respectively with consideration given to the family of the deceased.” The benefits of choosing a single local mortuary as the morgue include local proximity, more security and lower overall costs for service, according to county officials. Fairgoers enjoy funnel cake; fair enjoys record revenues The Marin County Fair was indeed fresh and fun for the locals this year—as 122,000 attendees helped push the fair’s 2012 revenues to a recordbreaking $1,400,586. While attendance represented a healthy 1 percent growth from last year’s numbers, the revenues saw a 12 percent increase, according to festival officials. As anyone who waited in line to feel the bite of the Viper or a spin around on the Wacky Worm could tell you—it was a very busy fair. Fair director Jim Farley called it a “banner year.” “The community came out in full force and created some truly wonderful things from art chairs to cherry pies, to amazing quilts to spectacular chicken coops,” says Farley. In addition to gate admission revenues, the fair pulled in $110,922 in parking revenue from folks not willing to hoof it from further up North San Pedro Road. Meanwhile, food and beverage sales reached $1,175,162. The dates for next year’s fair have already been set: The carnies will be barking from July 3 through July 7. Marin property values up 0.82 percent One percent is the new 15 percent—at least in Marin County real estate assessment circles. While the days of huge gains in property values may be a distant memory, hopefully so are the days of devaluation in county homes. The Marin County Assessor-Recorder’s office has released the 2012-13 “preliminary 10 PACIFIC SUN JULY 13 - JULY 19, 2012

Weisz, executive officer at MCE. Some people trying to opt out simply were not dialing the initial 1 in front of the phone number (1-888-632-3674). “In other cases, the account number being punched in wasn’t working.” Remaining potential MCE customers will be enrolled automatically this month on the date for their meter reading. Customers who choose to opt out also can visit “Clearly, absolutely, there was no intent to make it difficult to opt out,” says Weisz. “Quite the opposite. We were trying to be as proactive as we could with an automated system. We just had some glitches, so we reverted back to live operators.” Another perennial charge against the concept of community choice agencies that focus on a clean, renewable product centers on the nature of the energy grid. All electricity travels over the same lines, say critics of clean-power programs. No one can tell whether the electricity that comes out of an outlet in a home was produced by a clean source, a solar installation for instance, or by a dirty fossil-fuel source. Paying any premium for clean energy is a rip-off, say critics. But that position fails to take into account the nature of the power supply and the power grid. The late Supervisor Charles McGlashan, a champion of community choice, played an instrumental role in creating Marin Clean Energy as a way to reduce the county’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. He said the electrical grid is like a pond. Following his analogy, electricity is like water in the pond: Putting dirty water (fossil-fuel generated electricity) into the pond dirties the entire pond; putting clean water into the pond (the electricity grid) cleans its entire contents, displacing dirty water with clean—or dirty electricity with clean. The most important thing is what goes into the pond, McGlashan would say. If producing a cleaner energy grid is the goal, supporting companies that produce clean electricity and supply it to the grid is the means to that end. Air quality is another analogy that works: We reduce vehicle emissions to improve air quality, even though the air we breathe doesn’t necessarily come from the vicinity of our vehicle. It’s a common goal toward a common benefit. Critics also have said running a small clean-energy utility is a proposition doomed to failure because the investor-owned monopoly utilities can beat small community choice providers into rate submission. That, however, has not proved true. New PG&E rates took effect July 1. An average Marin residential customer uses about 540 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. According to MCE calculations, most residential customers this summer will pay $3.85 more per month for MCE electricity than PG&E’s product. Part of that premium for MCE electricity comes from additional fees that PG&E imposes—

thanks to the community choice law—on MCE customers to protect the PG&E business model as customers depart. That additional amount will decrease over time. Using the new rates, the average residential customer with PG&E will pay $89.66 in July for an electricity product that is a hair over 20 percent renewable. The MCE customer will pay $93.51 for a 50 percent renewable product. And Marin customers who choose to purchase the MCE deep-green option will pat $98.91 for a 100 percent renewable electricity product. MCE’s average commercial customer uses 1,312 kilowatt-hours of electricity during a summer month. That average customer will pay 91 cents less than PG&E customers for a 50 percent renewable product; the deep-green commercial product will be $12.21 more than PG&E. In other words, premiums for MCE light green and deep green (if any) are relatively inconsequential, and they deliver a much cleaner product than PG&E currently offers. MCE now has a rate calculator on its website, where residents can determine specifically how much PG&E and MCE will charge. The differential in rates could decrease if the state Public Utilities Commission grants a PG&E request for a 15.6-percent rate increase by 2016 to make its gas and electricity infrastructure safer and more reliable. A portion of the increase would go on the electricity generation portion of the bill, according to the request filed with the PUC. That means PG&E customers would pay the generation portion increase while MCE customers would not. Although it’s unlikely the PUC will grant the PG&E request without alteration, any increase in the generation rate at PG&E will fall in favor of MCE. Another recurrent charge has resurfaced during the July enrollment period. Critics say MCE has increased its green portfolio by using what are called renewable energy credits rather than “real” renewable energy. Although hard-core advocates of clean energy would prefer to eschew the use of energy credits, they acknowledge that they can be a legitimate way to subsidize renewable energy. And that’s an especially important point in light of report after report substantiating the critical need to increase renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible. It’s no longer an option, say reputable scientists. But what can be done when the capacity to produce clean energy cannot yet meet environmental demand? In essence, renewable energy credits provide a stimulus mechanism for the renewable energy industry. When a wind farm, for example, produces 1 megawatt-hour of renewable energy, it gets one renewable energy credit (REC). It can sell the energy along with the one REC. The REC proves that the energy was produced from a renewable source. RECs can be sold along with the energy or decoupled and sold separately. They

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Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s referring to the city of Richmondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent decision to join Marin Clean Energy, which will increase the MCE customer base by about 30 percent and increase its purchasing power. In June, the Novato City Council decided the city should opt out and stick with PG&E (although its residents are free to move to MCE). The rationale centered on the assumption that the city would have

enough energy to power 280 homes for a year. The company building the project, Synapse Electricity, is a Muir Beach-based outďŹ t. Critics said MCE would never be able to produce local projects. About 25 jobs have been created during the construction phase for the project, which will allow the San Rafael Airport to sell electricity to MCE under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Weisz says that a major parking-lot solar panel project in Marin â&#x20AC;&#x153;looks like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to go forwardâ&#x20AC;? and a public statement regarding the participants and the location could come within a month. Another project that went before the MCE board last week would bring about 20 megawatts of electricity from Kings County in the Central Valley. Critics of MCE scold the utility for buying power from centralized facilities and contracting with big companies like Shell Energy and EnXco, which are both part of multinational corporate structures that are far from pristine. But moving as quickly as possible to clean energy necessitates compromises and tough decisions, argue MCE ofďŹ cials, especially until the homegrown renewable energy industry gets a kick-start in this country. MCE constantly looks for generation opportunities. Several contracts under review include one for landďŹ ll waste to energy that would come online in 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x153;to align with the date that we will start serving Richmond customers,â&#x20AC;? says Weisz.


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et me introduce myself by kindly inquiring, “Where the HELL did the F word go?” I’m talkin’ “FEMINIST.” You know, the “get out there and make it happen” kind of mother/wife/professional woman. Webster’s Dictionary defines a feminist as one who believes in social, political and economic rights for women equal to those of men. Gender equality in 2012. Is that really too much to ask? Back in 1979, my mom took me to see author and activist Gloria Steinem and U.S. Congresswoman and lawyer Bella Abzug speak at Manhattan’s City Hall. They were advocating for gender pay equity. Outspoken, articulate and heroic, I had never seen such fearless and unstoppable women. Today, women are still making about 75 cents to a man’s dollar. Today, women hold merely 17 percent of the seats in the U.S. Congress and 23 percent in state legislatures. That puts the United States 78th in the world (tied with Turkmenistan) for the percentage of women holding office. And 2010 was the first election since 1978 in which the number of women sworn into Congress was fewer than the term before. What’s goin’ on here? What’s up with such dismal female power and representation? Where are my peeps?! I just don’t get it. Is it because women have been collectively brainwashed to “just wanna shut up and look good,” complicitly allowing a predatory, sex-sationalized mainstream media to make misogynistic misrepresentations of most modern women? Or is it that powerful, vocal and vision-focused female candidates are labeled “too controversial” when bravely speaking “inconvenient truths” and, therefore, can’t get elected? Or is it women aren’t 12 PACIFIC SUN JULY 13 - JULY 19, 2012

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I SAT WITH 150 appalled audience members (female and male) watching an orchestrated visual barrage of bikini-clad young women in TV commercials selling beer, (so-called) reality “stars” in lingerie waging staged catfights, gossiping gold diggers fighting for a man they’ve known for barely 10 minutes, fairy-tale weddings that predictably end badly, lip-plumped

housewives kvetching about their nonproblems, a plethora of body-shaming weigh-ins and facelifts, and non-apologetic pregnant teenagers with attitudes suggesting they know everything about life... As if that wasn’t enough torture for my brain, juxtaposed with these exasperating images were startling statistics, like the Crisis Intervention Center’s report asserting that 15 percent of rape victims are under the age 12, or that the rates of depression among women and girls have doubled in the past 10 years. OK, hang in there soldier, just one more: The number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth 18 or younger more than tripled from 1997 and 2007. Soon after the film’s opening noxiousimage overload, a teenage girl comes on the screen wearing a navy-blue school uniform, and in a trembling voice pie ge lman asks, “When is it going to be enough?” (Let me just warn you: You will leave the theater feeling as if you just rifled through 15 People magazines at the dentist’s office and are in dire need of a lobotomy.) Newsom, who lives in Ross with husband Gavin Newsom, graduated with honors from both Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and was named one of Newsweek/Daily Beast’s 150 Women Who Shake the World in 2011. She runs Girls Club Entertainment, a production company that develops independent films focused primarily on empowering women. Newsom says she created the film to be a change agent and inspire both men and women to recognize women’s collective voice, leader-

ship capacity and equal rights. “I was inspired to make the film after finding out I was pregnant with a girl,” says Newsom. “I had witnessed an injustice toward women in the media that has worsened over time with the 24/7 news cycle and the advent of infotainment and reality television. Today’s media is sending a very dangerous message to young people, in particular, that women’s value and power lie in their youth, beauty and sexuality and not in their capacity as leaders. This just doesn’t hurt women. It hurts all of us.” Interspersed in the film are short clips of interviews with academics, politicians, journalists and entertainers, including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, Geena Davis, Lisa Ling and Margaret Cho. Comedian Cho comments on how the network wanted her to lose weight when she had her own TV series and then when her show was taken off the air they replaced it with (the overweight) Drew Carey. Newsom herself talks about her days as an actress in Hollywood. “I started in Hollywood at the ripe old age of 28. I was told to take my Stanford MBA off my resume and to lie about my age. I didn’t do either but I certainly had my confidence shaken. I was cast as a trophy wife or a dumb blonde. Not as a strong character who doesn’t take her clothes off.” Jane Fonda comments on today’s generation being bombarded by “toxic, hyper-sexualized” images. Rachel Maddow recounts how, when she started out, she’d receive an incredible amount of hate mail about her appearance and her gender. She amusingly claims she still gets lots of hate mail but it’s just spelled worse. Katie Couric talks about her daughters feeling so much pressure to fit into a society that features anorexic

actresses, models and TV stars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get conditioned to think this is what women should look like,â&#x20AC;? Couric says in her interview. She also comments on how the media tried to pit her and Diane Sawyer, both female anchors, against each other behind the scenes, which in reality never happened.

women support other women and are smart, strong, conďŹ dent leaders and uniters. Think of your girlfriends and your sisters. CatďŹ ghts? Really? Statistically, women hold only 3 percent of media clout or decision-making positions. The rest are held by men who, more often than not, are programming television and writing content for advertisements as if they were still 12-year-old boys. (No offense, â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? 12-year-old boys.) ed HOW DOES THIS deluge The ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s producers have partner â&#x20AC;&#x153;Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media climate is tiar np e no of slanted messaging oc- with the 2012 Project, thag extremely toxic for women en cour e wom cur? Well, for starters, in the san campaign to en and girls, and for people of e. litical ofďŹ c American media industry, to run for po color. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the main women own just 6 percent of purpose of TV programming commercial broadcast stations and hold less today is not to entertain, engage or inform than a third of top news jobs. Since the 1980s us,â&#x20AC;? says Jennifer L. Pozner, author of Reality when television became deregulated, leading Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty to less oversight, parents have been concerned Pleasure TV and the executive director of with the dwindling â&#x20AC;&#x153;family hourâ&#x20AC;? on televi- Women in Media & News. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sad but true. The sion. In 2001, the American Psychological As- purpose is to generate sky-high proďŹ ts for sociationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program the six conglomerates [Disney, Time Warner, estimated that by the time children leave el- News Corp, Viacom, CBS and GE] that own ementary school they will have seen 8,000 and control the vast majority of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re murders and 100,000 other acts of violence on given to watch, see, hear and play in newspatelevision alone. Add in the torrent of inappro- pers, magazines, TV, radio, movies, billboards priate content on the Internet and cell phones and video games.â&#x20AC;? and parents may as well quit their day jobs so The good news? Newsomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social action they can be on kid-screen patrol 24/7. campaign, centered at www.MissRepresentaJump to 2012 and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be shocked to, has partnered with six national orlearn American teenagers, on average, now ganizations to drive change: Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Media spend 10 hours a day consuming media. Center, Step Up Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Network, Girls Inc., â&#x20AC;&#x153;The average child develops over 18 to Girls for Change, The White House Project 24 years and full brain development doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and the International Museum of Women. really occur until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in your 20s, so the idea that kids at 8 or 10 or 15 have the same â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Media creates consciousness and, if level of intellectual and emotional maturity what gets put out there is created by men, as an adult is nuts, â&#x20AC;? says Jim Steyer, CEO of weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to make any progress,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Jane Fonda, who learned that the Common Sense Media, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading hard way in then-husband Roger Vadimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s independent nonproďŹ t advocating for kids 1968 sexploitation ďŹ&#x201A;ick, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Barbarella.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have different emotional abilities and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a much more vulnerable class of society.â&#x20AC;? Is it time to â&#x20AC;&#x153;unfriendâ&#x20AC;? Snookie and Khloe? Yes! (Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there enough dysfunction in our own families for us to pay attention to?) Turn off those regressive, 1950s stereotyped women staging catďŹ ghts. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inauthentic and portray women as catty, shallow, hypersexual, vindictive and pathetic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Realâ&#x20AC;?

The campaign has also created an educational curriculum focused on gender in media that includes age-appropriate modules with ďŹ lm clips and lesson plans for K-12 schools as well as universities. As of January 2012, the Miss Representation curriculum has been purchased by over 1,500 schools in North America. The ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s producers have recently linked with The 2012 Project (www.the2012project. us), a national, nonpartisan campaign to inspire women to run for political ofďŹ ce this November and in future elections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When women legislate, they change the agenda, procedures, content and outcome of public policy debates,â&#x20AC;? says Mary Hughes, founder and director of The 2012 Project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their work is informed by their experience as daughters, wives and mothers. They bring subjects to light that they are particularly qualiďŹ ed to advanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wage discrimination, day care, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, universal preschool, violence against womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and many more that will not be raised unless women are there to raise them.â&#x20AC;? According to the latest report from www., women leaders also tend to support legislation for clean air, clean water and overall environmental protections with the aim of promoting public health and resource conservation for future generations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once every 10 years, women have a greater opportunity to win election to Congress and state legislatures,â&#x20AC;? claims Hughes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are more new, open and competitive seats due to post-census redistricting and reapportionment. And once every 20 years, redistricting coincides with a presidential

Women by the numbers (and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean measurements!) With the proliferation of infotainment and reality TV, media have become the predominant communicators of cultural values and gender norms, telling us all who we can and cannot be. s /NLYPERCENTOFNEWSARTICLESARE about women, and many of these stories are of violence and victimhood. s 4HROUGHMEDIAANDADVERTISING BOYS get the message that they should be violent, in control, unemotional, and that women should be treated like objects and second-class citizens. s 2ATESOFDEPRESSIONAMONGWOMEN and young girls have doubled in the PASTYEARS s 3IXTY lVEPERCENTOF!MERICANWOMEN and girls have an eating disorder. s 4WENTY lVEPERCENTOFWOMENARE abused by a partner during their lifeTIMEINTHE5NITED3TATES s /NEINWOMENISASURVIVOROFRAPEOR attempted rape s 4HE53HASTHEHIGHESTRATEOFTEEN pregnancy in the industrialized world. s 7OMENAREMERELYPERCENTOF&ORTUNE#%/S s 3TATISTICALLY GIRLSGRADUATEINHIGHER numbers and earn more Ph.D.s than their male peers. s 7OMENHOLDPERCENTOFTHESEATS INTHE(OUSEOF2EPRESENTATIVES4HE EQUIVALENTBODYIN2WANDAIS percent female.)

election, which draws an electorate that is open to newcomers and not as attached to incumbent ofďŹ ceholders; 2012 is such a year.â&#x20AC;? In other words, the perfect storm is on the horizon! In 2010, nearly 80 women nationally lost their state legislative seats. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plain wrong. Take home message: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a chump! Vote for qualiďŹ ed female candidates at the polls this November nationally and usher in a record number of women in ofďŹ ce. Global monitoring studies, says Newsom, continue to prove the economic beneďŹ t 14>

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EDIBLE EXTRAVAGANZA This year’s SF Chefs event in San Francisco is slated for Aug. 3-5, when big tents go up in Union Square for chefs’ demos and seminars, ending with spectacular “grand tastings” open to the public. This is a chance to find out all that’s going on in the local restaurant world, to sample signature foods from the exciting culinary mix that is the region’s claim to fame. Before the big weekend, ongoing previews of the festival include adventures with the city’s best cooks, like Sweet Inspirations at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market featuring peach desserts by Francis Ang of Fifth Floor (July 21), or the Aug. 1 Celebration of Contemporary Mexican Restaurants hosted by Traci Des Jardins at her own Mijita. At the Westin Saint Francis on Aug. 2, 49 Square Miles will star specialties from each of the city’s neighborhoods and, also on Aug. 2, Jan Birnbaum of Epic Roasthouse will host Party with Pork, showcasing four chefs serving “pork bites” with drinks. Some of the featured meals have sold out already; act now to secure reservations. For details, check out COMMEMMORATE ANOTHER REVOLUTION... Last minute suggestion for celebrating Bastille Day: Chateau St. Jean in Sonoma is staging a free courtyard celebration July 14 (11am-4pm) with French accents—can-can dancers, music by Haute Flash Quartet, petanque and (naturally) wine tasting. An 11:30am lunch catered by the Girl & the Fig is available for $55 per person; reserve at 877/478-5326. EXPERIENCE ESPANA CLOSE TO HOME For 20 years Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves has used its spectacular setting for the summer Catalan Festival, bringing authentic touches of Spain to Sonoma. The 2012 celebration (July 21 and 22, 11am-4pm) will be bigger than ever, including the 18 PACIFIC SUN JULY 13 -JULY 19, 2012

TASTEFUL, TASTY AND ANIMAL-FREE How often do vegans get to have a wine country dining experience tailored to their tastes? The July 26 Sunset Supper at DaVero Winery in Healdsburg (6:30pm) is just such a rare happenstance. Known for its award-winning olive oil and sophisticated condiments, the estate will be the setting for a four-course organic vegan dinner by chef Matteo Silverman from New York, with complementary wines. Cost is $85 per person. Phone 707/431-8000, ext. 1; act fast, since space is limited. HANG OUT IN THE ‘HOOD Marin restaurants are savoring the season. At Murray Circle (Cavallo Point, Sausalito), chef Justin Everett makes up a special Market Menu (Monday-Thursday) that changes weekly with choice selections from the farmers markets. A sample menu: lemon cucumber/melon soup, fried green tomatoes with burrata, ravioli filled with braised lamb, and peaches with brown sugar cream, toasted oat financier. The four-course meal is $38 per person; check each week’s menu at marketmenu and reserve at 415/339-4750... In its 10th annual gesture to oenophiles, the Lark Creek Group has cut the price of every bottle of wine by half for the month of July. This bonanza is in effect at Tavern at Lark Creek and Yankee Pier, both in Larkspur...A new evening service with an Italian enoteca atmosphere now prevails at Rustic Cafe in Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. Look for Mediterranean-inspired small plate accompaniments for wine—with an emphasis on local and regional varietals—and warm weather seating on the patio, right across from the ferry landing. LOW-KEY AND LOCAL Friday Nights on Main (6-9pm, through Sept. 14) turn the movie-set charm of Tiburon’s downtown into a pedestrian paradise with food from the street’s popular restaurants, arts and crafts sales, live music (dancing is allowed) and kids’ activities. It’s a mellow scene as crowds mingle and eat and drink together in the summer twilight. New this year is wine tasting on the last Friday of each month. Information: www. Contact Pat at

With its stripped down cement floors, brick walls and Orange Crush-colored banquettes, Cibo (pronounced chee-bo) is one of Sausalito’s hippest spots. Spandex-clad cyclists roll in on weekend mornings for espresso drinks made with the deliriously potent Blue Bottle coffee and freshly baked pastries prepared daily; and businessmen hold meetings over ‘Cibo’ means food in Italian—they may lunch here. want to think about trademarking that! Cibo knows food and does it well. The attention to fresh, local ingredients is evident. At lunchtime panini are front and center and include a host of variations such as a hot shrimp version with pesto, tomatoes and arugula, prosciutto and smoked mozzarella and smoked salmon and herbed mascarpone. Each sandwich comes with a small side of pickled cauliflower, carrots and jalapenos. This spicy combination is an unexpected treat and the crisp sweet/salty condiment works well with the broad range of flavors. The vegetable combination changes throughout the season depending on availability. Breakfasts are equally nourishing and simple. Housemade granola with Straus yogurt is an option and so are hearty, disk-shaped frittatas chock-full of onion, potato and zucchini. Cibo, which means simply “food” in Italian, lives up to its name. And for Blue Bottle coffee lovers, this is one of only a few Marin spots where you can get your hands on this East Bay organic java that is sure to make you swoon.—Tanya Henry


ANOTHER BiTE OF THE COUNTY’S FAVORiTES Las Camelias 912 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415/453-5850.

For 34 years, Las Camelias has been dishing out some of the most original Mexican food in the Bay Area. The restaurant has the feeling of a charming hacienda with antique tables and chairs, hardwood floors and original works of art by co-owner Carol Holtzman Fregoso. I’ve been dining here since I moved from San Francisco in 1992 and could wax poetic about the beans, a soothing puree of navy beans that elevates “refried frijoles” to an ethereal level, or the Chiles Encuerados, poblanos stuffed with roasted vegetables in a delectable sauce. To Hint: the agave margaritas can really take the start, the flawless agave margaritas take the edge off... edge off a rough day, salty rim contrasting nicely with the sour/sweet drink. They are the perfect partner to the chips and salsa, set on the table as soon as you sit down—addictive and satisfyingly spicy. Glasses of housemade sangria are a refreshing option that tempers the heat of the Enchiladas Diablo, a filling chicken dish that packs an incendiary punch. Chef/co-owner Gabriel Fregoso has a way with seafood, as demonstrated in the ultra-fresh ceviche appetizer and delicious Camarones del Fonda—shrimp marinated in ginger, garlic and agave, then simmered in a tomatillo salsa. The menu features specialties from every corner of Mexico grounded in California, using local, fresh ingredients. A lunch or dinner at Las Camelias is a welcome respite from the day-to-day routine.—Brooke Jackson

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ali Hai!â&#x20AC;? a little Asian girl shouted at the end of one of local televisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more memorable commercials from the early 1990s. It was an advertisement for Bali Hai Chinese restaurant in Novato, located in the Days Inn on Redwood Boulevard. The commercial was cheap, starred the friendly ownerfamily and was bemusedly endearing. So was the restaurant. But a change in management converted Novatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweet-and-sour-sauce haven into the insipidly named Garden Court Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like old times again at the Days Inn. restaurant (the Polynesian-sounding Bali Hai was always a brave choice for Chinese For starters, the lettuce wrap ($2.50 cuisine) and things were never quite the each) literally burst with savory minced same. Garden Court quietly brought its chicken encased in large, crisp greens. A lazy Susans to a stop late last year. single serving is a descent-sized appetizer In early May, the restaurant reopened as for two. Even better was the salmon and Mandarin, under the guidance of owner avocado roll ($8.95; a chef â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special, acBenson Hong (long of Cecilia Chiangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cording to the menu) that was a refreshing Mandarin restaurant in Ghirardelli Square); change from typical egg or spring rolls. also helming the venture are wife Lily and Another special that looked enticing is son Raymondâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;both of the ďŹ sh roll, featuring whom, we think, were a celery, bean sprout MANDARIN RESTAURANT chatting up and servand carrot ďŹ lling, with a 8141 Redwood Blvd., Novato; 415/897-1555. ing guests the night we spicy ďŹ sh sauceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;$5.95. Open for came. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good Our entrees included lunch Monday through Friday 11:30amtime to launch a Chilamb with mixed veggies 2:30pm; dinner Monday through nese restaurant this is it: ($11.95), sesame chicken Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 5-9:30pm, Sunday the Year of the Dragon. ($9.95), honey-glazed 4-8:30pm. In Eastern astrology, prawns ($12.95) and the dragon is a symbol mu shu chicken ($8.95). of risk-taking and good Like we said before, fortune. And if our initial visit to Mandarin nothing disappointed, but a special menis any indication, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gung hay fat choy for tion should be made for the honey-glazed Marin Chinese-food lovers. prawns. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a standard dish at American The look of the restaurant has changed Chinese restaurants, often the most sugary somewhat from its earlier incarnationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; choice on the menu and sometimes the new paint, updated tableware, etc., yet heaviest. Mandarinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was a lighter-glazed the place still has its Days Inn-y retro feel. version, which gave the accompanying The long, northwest side of the room is walnuts more of a presence and allowed walled with modern-era windows lookthe prawns to ďŹ&#x201A;avor the dish on equal ing out on the innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool and gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it measure with the honey. We were also gets great light in the daytimeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and some impressed with the mu shuâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which comes of the decor may still pre-date the Bush pre-wrapped in large pancakes by the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and we mean H.W. As waitstaffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and its tangy hoisin sauce. before, a medium-sized ďŹ sh tank greets Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to root for Mandarin Restaudiners as they enter. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fancy, but it rantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the servers are enthusiastic, but not has its charms. smothering. Better yet, they were timely We wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say the menu breaks a lot in taking orders and anticipating when we of new groundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s divided up were ready to move on to the next course. into the typical beef-lamb-poultry-seafood Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got its share of Chinese restaulists, with a lot of â&#x20AC;&#x153;kung pao,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;sweet and rantsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a few pretty good onesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yet new sourâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Szechuanâ&#x20AC;? options thrown in. ones donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to pop up at the same (And, of course, there are family dinners rate as other cuisines. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rememfor up to six people.) But to our delight, ber the last Chinese restaurant to open everything we sampled was quite pleasing, in the north-of-the-bridge 415 area. So and a few things really stood out beyond weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy to see Mandarin getting off the norm in Marin. (In the kitchen are to a tasty startâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping its fortune head chef Rei-Li Lin and dim sum â&#x20AC;&#x153;mascookies herald good days ahead. â&#x153;š terâ&#x20AC;? Li-Feng Lin.) Go sweet or sour on Jason at jwalsh@paciďŹ

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, JULY 13 Aliens in the Attic Those arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aliens in your attic.Those are raccoons. (2009) FX. 6pm. Twister Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton play meteorologists chasing tornadoes through a storm system of over-realized digital special effects. If tornadoes were really that much fun, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d all have one. (1996) TNT. 8pm. Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox had just finished Back to the Future and was at the height of his fame when he chose to make this movie about a high school basketball player who turns into a werewolf. Apparently it was this curse of the werewolf that caused him to sign on to Doc Hollywood and Life with Mikey. (1985) MTV. 8pm.

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nauts await rescue while facing a bleak landscape devoid of color and human culture, with an aching, spiritual loneliness that tears at their souls. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like Bakersfield. (2000) AMC. 8pm. The Tonight Show Charlie Sheen is promoting his new Anger Management show.Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure â&#x20AC;&#x153;angerâ&#x20AC;?is what Charlie needs to be managing. NBC. 11:35pm.

TUESDAY, JULY 17 Batman Begins The latest retelling of the BatSATURDAY, JULY 14 man myth reveals more Dial M for Murder See it about how Bruce Wayne now before they remake became the caped cruit as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Text M for Murder.â&#x20AC;? sader, embarking on an (1954) KQED. 8pm. almost mystical training Clash of the Titans In program, learning the this remake of the 1981 discipline of the mind classic, the effects are digand attending a fetish ital. We prefer the old Ray convention for costume Harryhausen stop-motion ideas. (2005) FX. 8pm. animation. The Kraken Hunt and Paxton, facing the storm before The Secret Life of Elelooks much less threaten- the calm in their careers, Friday at 8. phants Apparently they ing wearing an Intel logo. read romance novels and (2010) TNT. 8pm. watch Project Runway. Animal Planet. 9pm. True Life In â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Hate my Tattoos,â&#x20AC;? we meet Tour de France This is just the rest day. On young people who have come to regret their tattoos.Tattoo parlors should be forced the rest day, they only exercise as much as you do in one year, not your whole life. NBC to offer digital simulations of what your Sports. 9pm. tattoo will look like in 20 years.That tramp stamp is going to look a lot less sexy when it WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Leonardoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream starts sliding under your support hose. Machines Few people know that Leonardo MTV. 9pm. da Vinciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inventions included the Ab Roller and the ShamWow. KQED. 10pm. SUNDAY, JULY 15 Alien vs. Predator If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the latest alien romp, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Cruel Intentions Too rich, too attractive Manhattan teenagers know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alien vs. The engage in a ruthless Scriptâ&#x20AC;? at this point. game of sexual conquest (2004) AMC. 8pm. without morals or conHome Run Derby Basescience.Then one of them ballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest sluggers blows it and falls in love. swing for the fences with (1999) Oxygen. 10:15pm. easy pitches. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like Mitt Romney getTHURSDAY, JULY 19 ting interviewed on Fox Jail Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour of corNews. ESPN2. 9pm. rectional facilities takes us Strange Sex Apparently to the San Diego County thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something called Jail, the only jail in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;revirginization.â&#x20AC;? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re nation with a tanning not sure if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a surgical Our senior photo was cursed in a similar salon and a food court. procedure or a mail-order fashion. Friday, 8pm. certificate. TLC. 10pm. Spike TV. 6pm. The Real World Should we point out that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MONDAY, JULY 16 Night at the Museum: been 20 years since the first season and the Battle of the Smithsonian In this sequel to young people who lived in that New York the original Night at the Museum, the exhibapartment are only a few years away from its come to life and battle a loose plotline. getting their AARP cards? MTV. 7pm. The real â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle of the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;?is getting Critique That TV Guy at letters@paciďŹ your 9-year-old past the gift shop without buying anything. (2009) FX. 8pm. Turn on more TV Guy at Mission to Mars Stranded on Mars, astroâ&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş

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Music brewin’ in Petaluma Local lager head figures out way to bring live show to the beer... by G r e g Cahill


mmylou Harris has gone to the successful beverage company. dogs—the rescue dogs, that is. Tony Magee, the founder and president On July 3, the Grammy-winning of the brewing company (and an accomsinger and songwriter performed at a benefit plished singer and blues guitarist), has said for a San Francisco-based nonprofit agency he plans to present shows every four or that finds foster homes for dogs slated to five weeks. Many of those shows, except be euthanized—Harris benefit concerts, will be even sang a heartfelt free, but ticketed (ticksong dedicated to Bella, ets are being given away the big black dog that through KRSH-FM in inspired the progressive Santa Rosa). country star to build a Harris is just the latest rescue-dog facility in big-name artist to perthe backyard of her own form at what has emerged Nashville-area home. as one of the North Bay’s The fundraiser for best music venues—a reRocket Dog was held at laxed atmosphere (this is, the newly rechristened after all, a company that “mini”-amphitheater at emblazons its product laLagunitas Brewing Co. bels and advertising with in Petaluma, a 300-seat the pot smoker’s code outdoor stadium with Magee and Harris bond over hops and hounds. 4/20), a nearly endless professional staging and supply of hand-crafted a state-of-the-art sound beers, California sunshine system that sits in a small redwood grove in and great music that walks on the rootsy the shadow of the new, shiny, towering, mul- side of the street. (One caveat: The slope timillion-dollar brewing tanks at the highly of the lawn is so extreme that you feel you

may slide downhill and can’t set a drink on the ground.) The amphitheater, adjacent to the brewery’s popular taproom, was built last year from a heap of adobe soil that accumulated on the site during construction of the new brewing tanks. Peter Rowan and his Big Twang Theory christened the upgraded space last month at a free jam-based show that ran three hours. Last fall, John Hiatt and James McMurtry performed free shows there.

Upcoming shows include Dumpstaphunk (July 31) and Dave Alvin (Sept. 10). Marketing for the shows is fairly lowkey—the company’s Facebook page often has event listings before its website. Meanwhile, Lagunitas Brewing, named after the small West Marin village that spawned the company in 1993, is positioning itself to be a major player in the boutique-brews market. This spring, the company finalized a deal to open an $18 million brewing operation in Chicago; Petaluma will serve as the hub of its West Coast production and distribution. It is expected that by the end of next year, Lagunitas’ New Dogtown Pale Ale will be served in all 50 states. ✹ Groove with Greg at

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Spider Eating Preacher (Delmark) Eddie C. Campbell Blues singer and guitar legend Eddie C. Campbell, who hails from Chicago’s West Side, returns with a mighty follow-up to 2009’s Blues Music Award-nominated Tear This World Up. Campbell is a master of tone and groove (blues, soul, funk, jazz). On “Call Me Mama,” he pleads with a lover while cleverly reshaping the signature guitar line from the blues classic “Smokestack Lightning” into a new melody line blessed with his rich singing tone and ultra-cool attitude. The bouncing “Cut You a Loose” and the mid-tempo “Soup Bone (Reheated)” showcase the soul-drenched vibe that permeates many of the tracks on one of the best blues albums of the year. Chicago blues harp master Lurrie Bell makes a guest appearance.—GC JULY 13- JULY 19, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 21

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don’t deal in that slice-of-lifeThe Wrong Man and Vertigo, and Psycho, The stuff,” Alfred Hitchcock once Birds and Marnie were still to come. This was mused to an interviewer, and also one of the great unsung eras in film hisNorth by Northwest just might be the great tory, when the conformity of the Eisenhower filmmaker’s ultimate comic fantasy. and McCarthy eras was coming to an end, the Like Hitch’s 39 Steps and Saboteur, it’s a old studio system was falling apart, the first tongue-in-cheek chase movie about an un- stirrings of rebellion were in the air and the justly accused everyman who has to take movies were getting more edgy, grown-up flight across the continent to prove his in- and dangerous: think Anatomy of a Murder, nocence, dodging secret agents, clueless cops, Some Like It Hot, A Face in the Crowd, The icy blondes and the Apartment, Touch occasional national of Evil, The Sweet landmark on his way Smell of Success, The to absolution. What Hustler and The makes North by Manchurian CandiNorthwest tops of the date, not to mention genre is playwright the new wave of Ernest Lehman’s witgritty imports from ty dialogue and beauFrance and England tifully constructed ‘You gentlemen aren’t REALLY trying to kill my son, are you?’: and Italy. North by scenario, the propul- The suspense builds when Thornhill and his mom wind up in Northwest isn’t for sive musical score by a crowded elevator with the two thugs out to bump him off. one moment gritty, Bernard Herrmann, Robert Burks’ VistaVi- but it’s one of the most blatantly sexy things sion cinematography of the North American that old horn dog Hitchcock ever pulled off, continent and the charismatic performance and it takes a far more contemptuous attitude of Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill, the glib toward Cold War politics and the dirty busiMadison Avenue hotshot who has to grow up ness of espionage than the more conservative fast when he’s mistaken for a CIA agent. Bond films ever did. Fans suffering from Mad Men withdrawal It’s said that the huge success of North can delight in North by Northwest’s acid por- by Northwest convinced Harry Saltzman trayal of a hard-drinking, womanizing circa- and Cubby Broccoli to purchase, film and 1959 ad exec (the film was one of the prime franchise the Ian Fleming novels, and you can influences on the show’s creator, Matt Weiner) see the connection between the 1959 film and when newly restored prints of the Hitchcock its offspring: a suave, witty man of the world triumph are shown at the Regency and Se- encountering and besting (and occasionquoia cinemas Wednesally bedding) a variety of day, July 18, at 2 and equally urbane bad guys 7pm, part of Cinemark’s and girls. But Hitchcock’s summer-long series of film is about so much classic-film revivals. more than espionage. Like the TV show, the It’s about the romance movie isn’t as surfaceof train travel, the excess simple as it appears. It’s of Manhattan and the usually described as the stillness of a cornfield, the story of an innocent unsung genius of Saul Bass man on the run, but to ‘Funny, that man’s dustin’ crops where there ain’t (he designed the opena Jesuit-raised, deeply no crops’: Count Roger Thornhill among those ing credits), the glowing fearful man like Hitch- who believe in the chemtrails conspiracy theory! health of Cary Grant cock, Thornhill—twice divorced, a chronic (55 when he made this film), martinis and boozer and, most damning of all, a man who Mercedes-Benzes and perfectly tailored suits, manipulates minds for a living (“In the world Philip Johnson versus Frank Lloyd Wright, of advertising there is no such thing as a lie. and the imperishable presence of the Master There is only the Expedient Exaggeration.”)— of Suspense (did we mention that North by is anything but innocent. Time and again the Northwest is exciting as hell as well as funny director cuts away from the action to reveal a and sexy?). Screenwriter Lehman said that God’s-eye view of Thornhill, scurrying from he’d wanted to write the Hitchcock picture to one disaster to another as his aplomb dissolves end all Hitchcock pictures—“something with and his humanity gradually reveals itself. wit, glamour, sophistication, suspense...a real North by Northwest came along right in the movie movie.” They succeeded admirably. ✹ middle of Hitchcock’s greatest period—he Get Hitched with Matt at had just made Rear Window, To Catch a Thief,

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San Rafael filmmaker Jonathan Parker’s 2005 indie film, The Californians, is based on Henry James’ novel The Bostonians, but replaces the author’s semisatiric take on women’s rights with a semi-satiric take on the Marin environmental movement. In this scene, county residents line the aisles of Woodlands Market in Kentfield, immobilized by their determination to study lists of product ingredients. The film takes special delight in balancing its demonization of gated communities with the suggestion that Marin itself is one giant gated community—its affluent citizens floating in a bubble of self-congratulatory political correctness. The film features Noah Wyle, Illeana Douglas (pictured, center) Cloris Leachman, Keith Carradine and Jane Lynch.—Jason Walsh

ViDEO What’s the matter with kids these days? I really, really hated the source novel for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. Although hailed on publication as a masterpiece of feminism, Lionel Shriver’s Columbine roman a clef was just the latest in a long line of I-should-have- Tilda Swinton finds parenting is no cup ‘o soup in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin.’ feelings-but-I-don’t narratives, tactfully ripped from the headlines and full of a mother’s self-ironizing over her killer son—an attitude that already seemed faded to sepia after 9/11. At less than two hours and freed of the 100-page monologues of the former, Lynne Ramsay’s film adaptation is all surface, and a lot more interesting. Told in a series of parallel threads that never lose their track, the film follows Eva Khatchadourian’s adjustments to the nightmare of mass murder in real time and flashback. Tilda Swinton devastates as the mother of two who reacts as blankly to her son’s budding sadism as she does to slaps from strangers and a bloodsplattered porch. One thing keeps her going: the elusive hope of learning why from her son on a jailhouse visit. Were Klebold and Harris the natural spawn of post-motherhood? Does modern life hold out a tantalizing invitation for parents to stand a foot-and-a-half to the left of their emotions? Young Kevin’s eyes brim with violence to come, but the terror lies in their righteous accusation—unsettling to see during a game of catch. And that makes for a good horror movie. —Richard Gould


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The Amazing Spider-Man (2:16) Prequel reveals how teen screw-up Peter Parker became everyone’s favorite human arachnid; Andrew Garfield stars. ● Beasts of the Southern Wild (1:33) Highly acclaimed film fest fave about life in a Louisiana bayou as seen through the eyes of a six-yearold girl. ● 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. ● The Dark Knight Marathon (7:35) Catch “Batman Begins” (6:15pm), “The Dark Knight” (9pm) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (midnight) and get discount popcorn, hot dogs and soda pop plus a commemorative lanyard into the bargain! ● The Dark Knight Rises (2:45) Bruce (Batman) Wayne emerges from self-imposed exile to take on a ruthless terrorist as well as the fabulously feline Catwoman; Christopher Nolan directs Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. ● Dolphin Tale (1:53) True story about a disabled dolphin whose perseverance (and new prosthetic tail) inspire millions around the world; Winter the dolphin stars as herself. ● Ice Age: Continental Drift (1:34) Manny, Diego and company find the long trek home beset by high seas and rambunctious pirates! ● The Intouchables (1:52) True tale of the bond that developed between a disabled French aristocrat and his caretaker, a black Muslim ex-con. ● 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. ● 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. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Lucia de Lammermoor (4:20) The Met presents Donizetti’s lilting tale of a woman’s descent into madness. ● 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. ● North by Northwest (2:16) Suave ad exec Cary Grant is mistaken for a CIA agent and is plunged into a world of cool blondes, death by bourbon and rampant cropdusters; Alfred Hitchcock directs. ● 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. ● 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. ● The Sleeping Beauty (3:00) Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet is brought to dazzling life by the terpsichoreans of London’s Royal Ballet. ● 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 The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) ★★★ Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 1; 3D showtimes at 4, 7, 10 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:05, 2:15, 5:25, 7:05, 8:35, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 10:15, 11:55, 12:35, 1:25, 3:05, 3:40, 4:30, 6:15, 7:45, 9:30 Thu 11:05, 2:15, 5:25, 7:05, 8:35, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 10:15, 11:55, 12:35, 1:25, 3:05, 3:40, 4:30, 6, 7:45, 9:05 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Mon, Wed 10, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 1:05, 2:35, 4:10, 5:40, 7:15, 10:20 Tue 8:45; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 1:05, 2:35, 4:10, 5:40, 7:15, 10:20 Thu 10am; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 1:05, 2:35, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 1; 3D showtimes at 4, 7, 10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:40 ❋ Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Bernie (PG-13) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: 4, 6:15, 8:30 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4, 6:15, 8:30 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG13) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: 5:15 Brave (PG) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 10:10; 3D showtime at 7:30 Sat-Sun 11:30, 5, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7:30 Mon-Thu 9; 3D showtime at 6:30 Century Northgate 15: 10:25, 1, 3:35, 6:10, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 9:55, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Thu 9:55, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 ❋ The Dark Knight Marathon (PG13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 6:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 6:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Thu 6:30 free popcorn ❋ The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Century Cinema: Thu 11:59pm Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:56pm, 11:57pm, 11:58pm, 11:59pm CinéArts at Marin: Thu 11:59pm Fairfax

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6 Theatres: Thu midnight Dolphin Tale (PG) Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am CinéArts at Marin: Tue noon Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 9:40; 3D showtime at 7:15 Sat-Sun 11:45, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 4:45, 7:15 Mon-Thu 9:40; 3D showtime at 7:15 Century Northgate 15: 10:20, 11:10, 12:50, 1:40, 3:20, 4:10, 5:50, 8:15, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 12, 2:30, 5, 6:40, 7:30, 9:10, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:35, 4, 6:25, 8:50; 3D showtimes at 10:05, 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Thu 11:10, 1:35, 4, 6:25, 8:50; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sun 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7 MonThu 4:45, 7 ❋ The Intouchables (R) Century Regency 6: 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:30; 3D showtimes at 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45; 3D showtimes 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:30 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 4:35, 9:45; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7:15 Magic Mike (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:50, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 1:20, 4, 6:55, 9:35 The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 10am The Metropolitan Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor (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: 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10

Wed 12:15, 2:40, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05 Sun-Tue, Thu 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 Wed 1:45 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 5, 7:15, 9:30 Sat 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:15, 9:30 Sun 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:15 MonThu 5, 7:15 ❋ North by Northwest (1959) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 Prometheus (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 4:25; 3D showtimes at 10:35, 10:30 Thu 3D showtime at 10:35am Lark Theater: 8 ❋ Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 10am Savages (R) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:20, 12:55, 2:30, 4:05, 5:40, 7:15, 8:50, 10:20 Wed 11:20, 2:30, 5:40, 8:50, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10 Take This Waltz (R) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon 3:45, 6:30, 9 Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, 9 Mon 3:45, 6:30, 9 Tue-Thu 6:30, 9 Ted (R) ★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8, 10:35 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8, 10:35 Mon-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 10:30, 11:50, 1:10, 2:35, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:20, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 2:15, 5, 7:30, 10:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 To Rome With Love (R) ★★ Century Regency 6: 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 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:30, 7:10 Wed 4:15 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:30, 7:35 Thu 1:30

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

Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ opening Friday at the Rafael. JULY 13 – JULY 19, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 23

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

F R I D AY J U LY 1 3 — F R I D AY J U LY 2 0 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

The Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils will lay down their sinful beats Friday at George’s.

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

Live music 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: Tender Mercies, Windshield Cowboys With Dan Vickrey and Jim Bogios of Counting Crows. Also special guest Van Morrison keyboardist John Allair. 10pm. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 07/13: The Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils Retrospective hits. Celebrate the release of their recently digitized catalog. 9pm. $20-25. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 07/14-15: 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.

07/14: Jazz Vocalist Dee Bell with the Marcos Silva Band Jazz. 7:30pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

07/14: Foreverland 14 piece Michael Jackson tribute band. 9:30pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 07/14: Rewnel Americana. 9p.m. $5. 9pm-1am. $5. Old Western Saloon, Main St., Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1661. 07/14: Rob Hart Trio Jazz/soul. Noon-3pm. Free. Sand Dollar Restaurant, 3458 Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach . 07/14: Rupa and the April Fishes Euro-gypsy cultural fusion. Free parking. 7-10pm. $5-25. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000.

07/14: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. None. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax.

07/15: JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople Western. surf. Noon-3pm. Free. Sand Dollar Restaurant, 3458 Shoreline Hwy, stinson Beach. 07/15: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 07/15: Phillip Percy and Judy Hall An evening of jazz standards. 6-9pm. No cover. Deer Park Villa, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 244-2665. 07/15: The Blues Burners Blues. Part of the Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 07/17: Core Tuesday Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30pm.-

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1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 07/17: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 07/17: Swing Fever “The Country Boys” songs of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 07/18: Marcello and Seth Argentine tango. 8-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2898. 07/19: Deborah Winters Jazz. “Lovers After All” CD release. 8pm. $12-16. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

07/20: Todd Boston Surprise special guests will help bay area guitarist Todd Boston launch his new album, “Touched by the Sun.” 8pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Concerts 07/14: Golden Harp Healing Concert Joel Andrews. 8-9:15pm. $20-30. The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley. 381-4465.

07/20: Patrick Ball and the Medieval Beasts “The Flame of Love:The Legend of

07/19: Lisa Ferraro extraordinary jazz vocalist Jazz vocalist. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner

Tristan and Iseult” With Patrick Ball, Celtic harp and spoken word; Shira Kammen, vielle, voice and medieval harp; Tim Rayborn, lute, psaltery, medieval harp and voice. 8-10pm. $15. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1100 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael.

encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.


07/19: MAGC Summer Concert Series: The Continentals Rockabilly. The Marin Art

07/14: Bay Area Playback at Open Secret

& 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. 07/20: Pride and Joy R&B, soul. 9:30pm. $20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Experience a unique form of improvisational theater, where true life stories and dreams from audience volunteers are brought to life on the spot. 8-9:30pm. $8-18. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191.

07/20-09/30: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Marin Shakespeare resets its outdoor production of

Learn the history of Marinship with Ranger Bill this Wednesday at the Bay Model.







this dream like tale in Hawaii. Picnics welcome. Visit the website for specific performance dates, days and times and info on special ticket options. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488. Through 07/21: Loot! A Pirate Musical The Fairfax Theatre Company presents a world premier musical by Sam M. Parry. Fun for the whole family, swashbuckling, pirate tale with a twist, rollicking songs and action. See website for performance times and details. Adults $15, Seniors/Students $10, under three free. Fairfax Pavilion, Bolinas Road and Elsie Lane, Fairfax. 302-0659.

Through 08/12: Marin Shakespeare Company:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;King Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.

Comedy 07/19: Will Frankenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bright Yellow Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The comedian/satirist returns to the Throckmorton Theatre with his latest one-man show before leaving for a UK tour. 8-9:30pm. $18 general ($21 day of show) Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Art 07/14-08/22: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Duende: Junkyard Melodiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Solo exhibition of new paintings and mixed-media assemblages by Marin County artist Tim Weldon. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. 07/14: Image Flow Opening An evening of photography, music, food and beverages to celebrate the grand opening of their new, larger location. 7-11pm. The Image Flow, 401 Miller Avenue, Suite A, Mill Valley. 388-3569.

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 07/15: 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 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:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Moon Risingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Griffin Moon, photography. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 07/31: Frame Crafters Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Just Passing Through,â&#x20AC;? solo art show featuring photographs from the road by Jesse Rowbotham. Free. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-7688. Through 07/31: Linda Larsen Abstract paintings. Muscioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant, 1200 Grant Ave., Novato .





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BEST BET As ‘Good’ as it gets Among the rites of summer around here is the arrival of the SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE with its annual blast at the frequently corrupt but ever sturdy pillars of American capitalism. I found their latest edition to be, as usual, both delightfully silly and refreshingly wise. For the Greater Good, or The Last Election has all the attributes of traditional melodrama. There’s the villain, investment banker Gideon Bloodgood (played with appropriate venality by Ed Holmes), who attempts to abscond with $2.5 million entrusted to him by a gullible army officer (Velina Brown). There are multiple damsels in distress, clueless onlookers and an erstwhile hero, Damian Landless (Reggie D. White), who truthfully doesn’t seem that heroic. There’s also a hat full of satirical songs by Pat Moran—some apt, some...well...Written and directed by Michael Gene Sullivan, For the Greater Good is old-fashioned street theater with a number of modern twists. Occasionally, people ask why the Mime Troupe keeps up its apparently futile campaign for fundamental change. The best answer came from a spokesperson whose name I didn’t catch at the end of the show:“We overthrow capitalism one musical at a time.” Enough said. For the Greater Good will be at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Thursday, July 19 at 6:30pm.—Charles Brousse Ingram; Anna Case-Hofmeister, photography. 1-4pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 08/18: ‘Journey: Chronicles in Clay Exhibition’ Terra Linda Ceramic Artists chronicle their personal journey working in clay. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. or Through 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.

Talks/Lectures 07/14: Guided Tour of St Patrick’s Larkspur Tour of the historic Larkspur Church. Learn the history back to the late 1890s. 4-5pm. Free. St Patrick’s Church, 114 King St., Larkspur.

07/15: John of God Meditation Group Experience the healing power of the entities from the Casa de Dom Inacio, the healing center of John of God in Brazil. Bring your healing requests to this special meditation event and experience firsthand the powerful healing energy from these Casa entities. Everyone is welcome. 2-3:30pm. Free. St. Luke Presbyterian Church, , 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael.

07/18: Adding Customers with Facebook With Facebook expert Peter Hottenstein. Free Parking, coffee and snacks. Sponsored by Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Network. 8:159:30am. Free to Sausalito Chamber Members / $10 others. Sausalito Bay Model Auditorium, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 331-7262. 07/19L Hormones and Health Free health workshop at PMCM Marin. Reservations strong26 PACIFIC SUN JULY 13 - JULY 19, 2012

ly encouraged. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Preventive Medical Center of Marin PMCM, 25 Mitchell Blvd. Ste. 8, San Rafael. 472-2343. 07/20: Emotional Currency Book Talk Dr. Levinson, psychotherapist, will discuss her book about giving people tools to understand and challenge their psychological relationships with money. Noon-1pm. Free. Marin Civic Center Board of Supervisors Room 330, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 473-6058.

Readings 07/13: Jennifer Woodlief The author discusses “A Bolt from the Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, and Heroism at 13,000 Feet.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/13: Joshua Henkin “ Swimming Across the Hudson” author talks about “The World Without You.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/14: Amanda McTigue Left Coast Writers Launch with Amanda McTigue speaking about her book “Going to Solace.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 07/14: Linda Fairstein The author discusses “Night Watch.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/14: Sean Meshorer Meshorer talks about “The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation,” a cross between The Power of Now and The Happiness Project. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/15: Aminta Arrington The author discusses “Home is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Fam-

ily’s Journey in China.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/15: Douglas Brinkley Brinkley talks about Walter Cronkite. 3:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/15: Ronda Giangreco Giangreco presents “The Gathering Table: Defying Multiple Sclerosis with a Year of Pasta, Wine & Friends.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/15: Valerie Coleman Morris Morris talks about “It’s Your Money So Take It Personally.” Informative guide that shows people how to create a financial plan for their money and their life. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/16: Barry Kraft and Lesley Currier Cosponsored by Marin Shakespeare Company. Join Marin Shakespeare Company’s Currier and actor Kraft for “King John: The Best Shakespeare Play You’ve Never Seen.’_ 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/17: Karen Thompson Walker The author presents her novel “The Age of Miracles.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

07/17: Marin Poetry Center’s Summer Traveling Show The is a unique community event featuring readings by local poets from throughout the bay area. Hosted by Gabrielle Rilleau and featuring Barbara Swift Brauer, Kate Peper, Sara Tolchin, Bill Noble, Marvin R. Hiemstra and Prartho Sereno. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 throckmorton, Mill Valley. 847-0270. 07/18: Abrahm Lustgarten Lustgarten presents “Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

07/18: Chris Cleave Literary Luncheon Catered by Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. Lunch as Chris Cleave talks about his new novel “Gold.” Noon. The ticket price of $55 includes lunch & an autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/19: John Lescroart In conversation with Al Giannini. Lescroart discusses “The Hunter,” a shocking, suspenseful tale about the skeletons inside family closets and the mortal danger outside the front door. 4:30pm. Free, but priority seating reserved for Book Passage Mystery Conference participants Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/19: Tarquin Hall The author talks about “The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: A Vish Puri Mystery.” 7:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/20: Don Winslow Winslow discusses “Kings of Cool.” In this prequel to” Savages,” Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. 7:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 07/13 and 20: ‘The Promise’ On a trip to Israel, an 18-year-old woman tries to fulfill a promise her grandfather made as a British soldier in Mandate Palestine after World War II. Parts 1&2: 07/13. Parts 3&4: 07/20. Free. First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Road., San Anselmo.

07/13-19: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance & the Caméra d’Or at Cannes, this original & poetic paean to human resilience is set in The Bathtub, an endangered bayou community in southernmost Louisiana. 7pm. $10.50 General Admission Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.

07/13: Film Night in the Park: ‘Across the Universe’ Star crossed lovers are swept up in a volatile counterculture movement to the songs of The Beatles in the psychedelic musical “Across The Universe.” Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 272-2756. 07/16: Monday Movie: ‘Skin’ (2008). Based on a true story, “Skin” traces the growing up of a dark-skinned girl born to white South African parents during apartheid. Increasingly persecuted and denied rights, she is forced to choose. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library , 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext 203.

07/20: Film Night in the Park: ‘Steve Prefontaine Documentary’ Prefontaine was an American long-distance runner before his tragic death at age 24. Film selection to be announced. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756.

Community Events (Misc.) 07/13-15: San Rafael Gem Faire Fri. noon6pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm. $7. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 503252-8300. 07/13: 7th Annual Creekside Fridays Very popular summer family event. Bring blankets or chairs. Each week features Marin’s finest musicians playing great music. Purchase food & beverages. Kids play area with jumpee and more. 6:30-8pm. Free. The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

07/14: 12th Annual Breastfest Beer Festival A good time for a great cause. Festival welcomes over 60 breweries for a day to help raise $$ for the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic. Music, food and drink. 2-7pm. $45-65. Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion, 38 Fort Mason, San Francisco. 461-4677.

07/14: Marin Master Gardener: Creating Edible Container Gardens With master gardener Toni Gattone. Learn how to create colorful, aromatic edible gardens in containers. Seating limited to thirty. Register early. 10-11am. $5. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

07/14: Market to Table -- Joanne Weir Chefs and cookbook authors lead free cooking demonstrations in the CUESA kitchen (North Arcade). Joanne Weir’s many cookbooks have won awards like the James Beard Award. Join her for a cooking demo. 11am Free Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 835-1020.

07/15: Green Sangha Marin Chapter Monthly Retreat Meditation and awakened environmental action. This month’s guest presentation: Nonviolent Communication with Lori Grace, M.A. Bring eco-friendly snack to share (no plastic please!). 10am-1pm. Free - donations gratefully received. Member’s home , Please call for directions., San Anselmo. 510-532-6574.

07/15: Lifehouse Annual Summer Picnic Join Lifehouse, serving people with developmental disabilities, for an afternoon of fun in the sun and delicious barbeque served up by Big Jim’s barbecue. Noon-3pm. $8. Corte Madera Town

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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: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fire and Iceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. 3894292 x106. aspx?page=483&recordid=12430 07/14: Puppet Art Theater â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tommyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Space Adventure.â&#x20AC;? Family friendly puppet show. 11am-noon. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

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Tuesdays: Tamalpais Valley Certified Farmers Market Local and regional farmers, bakers, and vendors showcase fresh, diverse seasonal foods, flowers and more. Bring your own bags! 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley, Tam Junction, 215 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 382-7846.

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recovering from the disease of food addiction. 7-8:30pm. Free. United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. Thursdays: ACA weekly meeting All are welcome to the weekly (Thursday) meeting of the San Anselmo ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families) chapter. ACA is a worldwide organization similar in purpose to A.A. 7-8pm. Free St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 102 Ross Ave., San Anselmo. (800) 563-1454.

07/14-07/15: 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.

07/14: Summer Cycling Series Ride 2: Fox Hollow to White Hill Start at the end of Glen Dr. in Fairfax and ride the lower route over to White Hill with an optional trip into the Giacomini Preserve. Beginner to intermediate skill level with some climbing. 10am-noon. Free. Glen Dr., Fairfax. 473-6387. 07/18: Indian Tree Open Space Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ascend a shaded north facing slope to the top of a ridge

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Being the active type, you are ready to move forward when the impulse strikes. Having spontaneous Uranus in your sign (for years) emphasizes this particular quality. But, even an Aries has trouble figuring out the next step when both Uranus AND Mercury start moving backwards. And, with your ruler (dynamic Mars) struggling to make it through indecisive Libra, frustration could be your constant companion. Don’t commit to anything that you can’t change later. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Thursday and Friday are the top of your lunar cycle, which indicates something coming to fruition. Unfortunately, you may not have time to enjoy it before the planets start trying to cause trouble with either your work or your health. Be smart. Don’t antagonize a co-worker or eat anything that causes an allergic reaction. In better news, you could be financially rewarded on Monday or Tuesday for your job performance. If tempted to gloat over this in front of a co-worker, please don’t. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) The good news: Famous and influential people are helping you out. Travel, ethnic foods and bohemian coffeehouses provide endless pleasures. Thanks to optimistic Jupiter, it’s hard to feel gloomy when every cloud you see has a silver lining. The mediocre news: Your ruler (Mercury) starts moving retrograde on Saturday. Miscommunications, technical malfunctions and mechanical problems are likely to occur. If you’re traveling, leave early for the airport. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Your imagination has hit its stride. On a creative level, that’s a wonderful thing. However, you’re a bit more absentminded than usual. While it’s a great time to try new recipes, it’s not a good time to change passwords or safe combinations that you will undoubtedly forget. As for Wednesday’s New Moon, it is in your sign. Not only are you inspired, you are intuitively brilliant. It still won’t help you remember the password you updated on your Facebook account. LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) When your ruler (the Sun) occupies a water sign, you may experience possible side effects like mood swings, sensitivity and a sudden urge to cook (rather than stock the fridge from a gourmet deli). Meanwhile, your relationships with siblings and neighbors are a bit rocky. Fortunately, your new ability to nurture via culinary creations can go far in smoothing things out. Pass the homemade coconut cake. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) If you recently signed an employment contract or negotiated a raise in pay, chances are you’re going to encounter opposition to what you assumed was a concluded agreement. My advice? If possible, delay dealing with it until after Aug. 8. In general, you’re emotionally confused for the next few weeks and your analytical skills are not up to par. Keep your decision-making to a bare minimum and definitely do not buy a car, a computer or any device that has moving parts. LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) You’ve become a realist during the last year, and you want to put your education to practical use—preferably in the right career field. Now that independent Mars is in your sign, you are ready to make your own decisions. You don’t have to survey friends and family to take a vote on how to plan your future. Of course, your friends and family will still try to influence your decisions. But, you don’t have to listen. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) The celestial party in your house of sexual intrigue suggests that you are in for an interesting weekend. Only you know if you are personally experiencing this or are instead privy to someone else’s private life drama. Meantime, you should hold off on making career-changing choices for the next several weeks. The change you believe is happening will not in fact be the change that occurs. Fortunately, you’re really good at waiting... SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) The thing about fire signs (Sagittarius, Aries and Leo) is that you love a good competition. And a good competition is exactly what you can expect from your friends for the next month. Whether your pals are challenging you in sports or online Scrabble, the game is on. As for your love life, it continues to be the best around. Hopefully, you won’t have to compete for this... CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) Somehow, having to deal with so much difficulty is not as daunting for you as it is for the other cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer and Libra). In spite of being targeted by the most intimidating planetary alignment in centuries, you manage to cope. This is one time when your tendency to expect the worst actually works in your favor. After all, if you KNOW the sky is about to fall, you sensibly wear a helmet. AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) You can sit around bemoaning the fact that money slips through your fingers like water or you can do something about it. This is your year to use your creative talents to generate income. Your sweetie may oppose the idea of taking a risk, but do not let this deter you. You are innately independent and working for someone else is not your destiny. But, inventing your own future? This is something to consider. PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19) The focus is on where you live or where you want to live. Your home is taking on a significantly bigger role in your life, so expect to be spending more time making changes to it. You may even be moving, adding a room or remodeling. Meanwhile, your fired-up sexuality continues to be incredibly powerful. Don’t forget to reinforce your bedroom floor when you renovate. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN JULY 13– JULY 19, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County

on June 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129888 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUBBLE AND SQUEAKS, 29 MEADOW WAY, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: TRACY L. PARIS, 29 MEADOW WAY, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. 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 July 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129820 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CALISTA CREATIONS, 737 VIA CASITAS, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: DONNA M. RIGHETTI, 737 VIA CASITAS, GREENBRAE, CA 94904; LORENE ANNE RIGHETTI, 2705 SUMMIT DR., BURLINGAME, CA 94010. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 28, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129624 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CROSSFIT TERRA LINDA, 169 PAUL DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94949: TERRA LINDA STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING, 169 PAUL DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94949. 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 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129821 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OAK STREET SOUND, 155 ANDERSEN DR. SUITE 2201, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTOPHER M. MURPHY, 155 ANDERSEN DR. SUITE 2201, 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 June 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129831 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDPOST JEWELERS, 814 GRANT AVE., NOVATO, CA 94945: SINGERMAN ENT., 814 GRANT AVE., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by a corporation. 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 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129833 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AWAN INDAH PRESS, 7 LISA CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SHERMAN W. HOOL, 7 LISA CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 2012)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 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 Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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: WORKERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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-Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Registrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304384 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-Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): VALENTINO, 814 GRANT AVE., NOVATO, CA 94945. Filed in Marin County on: January 6, 2005. Under File No: 104384. Registrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Name(s): MARK SINGERMAN, 814 GRANT AVE., NOVATO, CA 94945. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on June 29, 2012. (Pacific Sun: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 2012)

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I broke up with my guy a while ago, which was the right thing to do. But, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found myself hooking up with guys for no reason other than getting caught in a provocative moment. Of course, as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve often written, men and women are very different when it comes to casual sex, and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s casual for men ends up feeling not so casual for a lot of women. Including me. So, I have to wonder, knowing what I know, why I keep going for pleasure and excitement in the moment when I know I will feel empty afterward.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Own Worst Enemy


Some women have a long list of requirements a man has to meet before theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have sex with him. You, for example, require a man to walk into the bar, be reasonably hot, be reasonably hetero and say things that make you feel really special, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;This seat taken?â&#x20AC;? Humans evolved to live in the now: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat the berry. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never know when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see your next berry.â&#x20AC;? This psychology made a lot of sense in the evolutionary environment, about 1.8 million years before 7-Elevens and Walmart grocery megastores. But, these days, our propensity to grab for immediate beneďŹ ts (while blocking out future costs) can cause some miseryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve discovered whenever the answer to â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, how long have you two lovebirds been together?â&#x20AC;? has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, about two-anda-half beers.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that your need-for-stimulation jets are set on high. In psychologyspeak, this means scoring high in â&#x20AC;&#x153;sensation-seeking,â&#x20AC;? a personality trait with a strong biological basis, expressed by a lust for novelty, variety and intense experiences and a willingness to engage in risky behavior to get them. Not surprisingly, sexual sensation-seekers often use alcohol to lubricate the way. (Just a guess, but you probably arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hooking up from a park bench or after getting hammered on an immuno-boosting peach smoothie with a wheatgrass chaserâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the absinthe of the juice bar.) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to ditch â&#x20AC;&#x153;the power of nowâ&#x20AC;? for the power of no. You create a personal culture through behavior you repeat over time, like repeatedly not giving in to the temptation to seize the moment (and whateverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the pants of the person on the next barstool). Being conscious of the psychology behind your behavior helps you change it. If you are a thrill-seeker, feed that in ways that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve dropping thong. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really looking for love, remind yourself that you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t likely to ďŹ nd it between your underwear and a stack of old porn mags under some bar dudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bed. And consider other reasons youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re drawn to casual sex, like maybe loneliness or a need for touch. (A massage will cost you money, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no â&#x20AC;&#x153;walk of shameâ&#x20AC;? afterward.) You might also try â&#x20AC;&#x153;precommitment,â&#x20AC;? a strategy originated by economist Thomas Schelling that involves prearranging to make it hard for yourself to duck a goal. Tell friends youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sworn off one-night soul mates, ask them to support you in that and avoid going alone to bars. As your last line of defense, do things that would make you too embarrassed to get naked with a guy, like wearing ratty granny panties and writing a message in permanent magic marker across your stomachâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something real come-hither-y, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Got herpes? (I do, and I love to share.)â&#x20AC;?


This woman Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been dating is smart, sweet and kind in addition to being beautiful, but I feel we miss more than we click. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like we almost connect but never fully do. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ďŹ nally admitted to myself that thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough. My only other girlfriends both cheated on me, so cutting the cord was easy. How do you break up with somebody who has done nothing wrong except seem kind of wrong? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Procrastinator


When you need to break up with a woman, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d at least have the decency to cheat on you, clean out your bank accounts and hit kittens over the head with a two-by-four. As awful as it seems to pink-slip a girlfriend whose character ďŹ&#x201A;aws run the gamut from kindness to hotitude, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really wrong is sticking around past the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ditch byâ&#x20AC;? date. This just eats timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;maybe taking months or years off her biological shot clock. The right thing to do is to tell her you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t click as soon as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ďŹ gured that out. So, buck up and set this one free. And try to have some perspective. There are worse things you could do to a woman than tell her itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;such as faking your own death and turning up in Mexico ďŹ ve years later. â&#x153;š Š Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Pacific Sun Weekly 07.13.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the July 13, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

Pacific Sun Weekly 07.13.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the July 13, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly