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›› LETTERS Oh say does that self-promotional spangled banner yet waaavvvee.... Nikki Silverstein’s Hero from last month [Hero&Zero, July 13] is really a Zero! David Kurland, resident of San Rafael’s 110-unit Quail Hill Townhouses, admired real estate agent Jim Walsh for placing American flags at each of our privately owned units, including one at his listing. Each flagstaff had an ad for his firm, not allowed by the CC&Rs of our association. The flags were not removed at dusk, or for several days, until the Association Board was advised of this impropriety. Public Law 94-344 In her original design, Betsy Federal Flag Code Ross stitched a plug for her requires flags to Beds ‘n’ Threads upholstery business into the corner of each only be out after dark with direct new American flag. illumination, not applied here. Mr. Walsh’s actions insulted the flag and many Quail Hill residents. Frank Seywald, Quail Hill resident, San Rafael

All we can say is: $14 for the shrimp cocktail... Putting Rickey’s in the top 10 in the country, with food sales of over $18,000,000 [“Rickey’s in Novato a ‘Top Grosser’ According to Forbes,” July 27]?? They would have to be jam-packed every minute of every day, 365 days a year. Apparently, no one took the time to do the math, as that equals $11,000 in sales


for every hour they are open! That’s almost $200 a minute. There are two bigger stories here: 1. The credibility of Forbes; they clearly used a source that was not credible and put out blatantly false information. Makes one wonder... 2. Someone clearly made a mistake here; but if (in the 1 in a 1,000 chance) Rickey’s reported over $18,000,000, then there is something else going on here. Drive up there sometime and you will see they probably do $50,000 a month in food sales, not $50,000 a day!!

TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK TOWNSQUARE ›› What is Mitt Romney’s secret? When will Mitt Romney release his tax returns? What is he hiding? We already know he invests his money oversees and I am certain Mitt has uses the best accountants and lawyer... Homeowners on the Hook For School Districts Bad Debt This is going on in San Diego County, a conservative enclave. Lets make sure it doesn’t happen here in Liberal Marin. Do not discount the lengths to which some will go to ... Single in the Suburbs: Alone together While the weak economy continues to inflict pain upon many people, I’m reaping some mighty strong benefits. Sure, freelance writing gigs aren’t plentiful, but I have plenty of...

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Or, they’re the pumper and we’re the sucker rod... So Chevron screws up, and then charges us for it at the pump? This, children, is what is known as “sticking it to you, and breaking it off inside.” Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

AND you need a shucking knife to open those things! In the midst of the battle over banning plastic bags [“It’s Not Quite in the Bag,” Aug. 3], has anyone noticed that now everything from blueberries to fresh herbs comes in a plastic clamshell? The plastic industry is finding new ways to protect its profits rather than the oceans and landfills. Marika Love, San Rafael

We ate some bad stromboli once, had a few eruptions of our own... Love your Trivia Cafe...Concerning this week’s question about Mt. Etna [“What

European volcano has been erupting almost continuously for the past 3,500 years?”]. But what about Stromboli (not far from Etna), it erupts every 20-40 minutes (small eruptions)...two to 20 years (large eruptions)...We were one of the lucky who went by it at 5:30 in the morning and witnessed its incandescent glow and majestic plume of steam in the early dawn darkness. Pierre Flandreau, Santa Venetia

Not-so-special edition Thanks to Jason Walsh for the great interview with the smart and funny Madeline Levine [“Marin, Your Kids Aren’t That Special,” July 27]. I read her first book and told about 50 people about it. I have three children: 27 (son), 32 (daughter), and 40 (daughter). My son was diagnosed with ADD by an excellent child development professional when he was very young. The Marin public schools did not know what to do with him and tried to get me to put him on medication, which I refused. He has been on his own supporting himself and attending school since he was almost 18 and is now finishing a degree in computer science. I was told if I did not medicate him he would become a homeless drug addict (possibly in jail) and never be a functional person. He now has friends (a couple he has known from childhood) and has a girlfriend (he has been with her for 10 years), so all the dire predictions did not come true. My youngest daughter was diagnosed by the same child development professional with a learning disability at the end of second grade, which caused her to have difficulty learning to read. She did not want to attend special ed classes because of the stigma, so she went to the mainstream curriculum and saw a tutor for a while. She is the first child on either side of the family to graduate with her class. Now, get this: a high school counselor wanted me to get her prescribed with antidepressants. I refused, as you can guess, because I know how dangerous all of these drugs are for children. I also want to add that my oldest was raised on welfare her entire life, my middle child raised on welfare most of her life and the youngest only for only eight years because I got married to a man who

made tons of money. The only reason I mention this is for you to see that I was not a typical or average Marin mom because I know what it is to be poor and I am not ashamed to admit it. BTW, I spent six years of the time I was a welfare mom getting an MA degree from USF but it did not get me off welfare, as most people would assume. This is the common myth that if welfare moms get an education, they get off welfare, but in reality the overwhelming majority get off government aid by marriage. Again thanks for the great interview; I hope it will help other parents. I am so glad I followed my instincts and did not allow myself to be pressured into medicating my children. Most children can have success without drugs, and my kids are proof of this fact. Eileen, Marin

We only want to know why Major Nelson never came out... Astronaut Sally Ride, who died of pancreatic cancer last month, bore a remarkable physical resemblance to my late uncle Wayne Whatley who, as a test pilot, was one of 37 finalists from which the original Mercury 7 astronauts were chosen. I wish people would stop co-opting Ms. Ride and deciding for her as to whether she should have come out while she was alive. It was her life and her decision, regardless of what she would have chosen. Ride’s own sister, who is gay and active in gay-rights causes, supports her sister’s choice, stating, “She was just a private person who wanted to do things her way. She hates labels, Seriously, who do these astronauts including think they’re fooling? ‘hero.’” So please, let’s respect her choices in death as in life, regardless of what they were. We don’t “own” her. Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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Thinking outside the strongbox Can public finance beat Wall Street? Take it to the bank! by Pe te r Se i d m an


he next time you hear someone say the Occupy Wall Street movement was interesting but is losing steam and that all its participants do is protest and demonstrate rather than take positive action, don’t believe it. For the most part, the national media stopped covering Occupy Wall Street when images of protesters became too mundane to make the nightly news—not enough sensationalism. Critics say the movement is doomed to a slow decline because its proponents have turned their backs on participation in the traditional political process. But looking at the corruption of the big banks and the rigged financial system that brought down the economy, a group of people in sympathy and synchronicity with the Occupy movement decided to push for a new way of doing financial business: use a public-banking model that can eviscerate the power of the few big financial institutions that now control a great deal of state and municipal wealth. When Ellen Hodgson Brown came to Marin in December 2010, she delivered a presentation that described how California could create a state bank. Brown is the president and chairman of the Public Banking Institute (PBI). “Once you grasp the principle here” it seems like a natural solution to the economic crunch, she said

at the meeting organized by Supervisor Susan Adams. “You have to understand that Wall Street is leveraging our money— and not to our benefit—lending it back to us. When you realize that we could do that in-house, keep it all local, leverage our money for our own purposes, when you understand that is the point here—why not do it?” That’s what North Dakota has done— with great success. While other states, like California, are wrestling with crippling budget deficits, North Dakota is on sound financial ground and has low unemployment. It’s investing in education, commercial enterprises and state infrastructure in the state rather than sending its wealth to Wall Street. “It’s a big money maker in North Dakota,” said Brown. “Since 2008, when other state governments were going bankrupt, the [Bank of North Dakota] returned between 19 percent to 25 percent on equity. It didn’t all go back to the state, but it could have. When the state didn’t need it, [the bank] plowed it back into capital for the bank to make yet more loans.” North Dakota has realized the rewards of its own state bank since 1919. At the turn of the 20th century, the state’s economy was centered on agriculture. Grain markets and market makers outside the state kept a lid on prices. North 9 >


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Construction bill requires payment upfront If you want to build it, they will bid— at least they might now that the state Legislature has approved Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s Building Construction Jobs Act. Assembly Bill 1671, according to Huffman, is designed to improve “the competitive bidding process for projects awarded by the Department of Transportation.” The bill will do two things: Allow for electronic bidding for Caltrans projects and—perhaps more important—better ensure prompt payment from the state to contracted businesses as work progresses on projects. That latter point has to do with something known as “retention proceeds” that are routinely withheld from “progress payments” on a project. Retention proceeds represent a percentage—usually 10 percent—of the amount of a contract that is withheld from the builder during the construction period until all the work on a project is completed to the satisfaction of the state agency. Phil Vermeulen, a legislative advocate for the Marin Builders Association, says AB 1671 will help ensure the “viability” of many California contractors. “The most important issue for a contractor is receiving prompt payment for work that he has satisfactorily performed,” says Vermeulen.“The profit margin for virtually any project is razor thin, due to the highly competitive nature of bidding; therefore, the difference between surviving or going broke for many contractors often rests on the speed for which they receive their progress payments and ultimately their retention [final] payments.” The bill passed unanimously in the Assembly. It next goes to Gov. Brown’s desk for final consideration. Sanitary district seeks new pied ‘piper’ Anybody know anything about running a sewer agency? That’s what the Ross Valley Sanitary District wants to know, as officials embark on a search to replace embattled former general manager Brett Richards. Richards resigned last month after four tumultuous years leading the district—his tenure was punctuated by heated disputes with other sanitary districts, controversial hiring schemes, multiple sewage leaks, a reliance on court challenges, a bizarre written diatribe to then-board candidate Mary Sylla, and the coming to light of a $350,000 housing loan the district made to Richards—with no apparent housing purchase on record. The hunt for a new pied piper for the district comes as an apparent new board majority settles in, following Sylla’s election win over incumbent Marcia Johnson in June. The General Manager Search Committee met to plan out the hiring process Aug. 14. The board will consider the matter at its next meeting on Aug. 22. Innovation programs very innovative, say program innovators Three “innovative” programs were recently awarded their second round of shares in $73,157 of one9 time funds as part of the county’s Innovation Grants Program, a project launched




by Howard Rachelson

1. What section of San Rafael was planned in the early 1900s to be a little Venice, with houses built along canals? 2. What two graphic symbols are found on pirate flags? 3. Is Los Angeles 300, 400 or 500 miles from San Francisco? 4. The earliest Olympic games, beginning in 776 B.C., consisted of only one kind of competition. What was it? 5. Pictured, below: Identify these actors who portray U.S. presidents 5a. 2012 film, Lincoln 5b. 1939 film, Young Mr. Lincoln 5c. 2012 film, Hyde Park on Hudson (about F.D. Roosevelt)




6. Of the 13 original U.S. states, which was the southernmost? 7. The important biomolecule, chlorophyll, helps plants obtain energy from light by what process? 8. What country entirely within Europe borders the largest number of other countries, nine? 9. In terms of number of locations, what are America’s three largest quick service (fast food or beverage) restaurant chains? 10. What is the smallest positive number that, when divided by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8, always leaves a remainder of 1? BONUS QUESTION: What patriotic American song has the same melody as the national anthem of the United Kingdom,“God Save the Queen”? Howard Rachelson invites you to live team trivia contests on Wednesdays at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael, and a Team Trivia Fundraiser for the Marin History Museum on Saturday evening, Aug. 18, at the Boyd Mansion (current Elks Club) in San Rafael. Contact and visit


WThe Marin County Sheriff is looking into whether a breakin attempt at Juvenile Hall last Friday was actually an attempt to break out inmate Max Wade. Did Wade’s friends try to spring him from juvie and save him from the big house? Let’s review: 1) Last spring 17-year-old Wade was charged with stealing chef Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini and later hiding it in a storage locker; 2) Wade recently turned 18 and was scheduled to move to the grown-up jail on the day of the break-in/break-out; 3) Wade was in his cell, which happened to be the exact location where the suspects pounded loudly on the outside wall and window with a sledgehammer. Zeros, leave Wade where he belongs, let the wheels of justice grind and try to become productive citizens. —Nikki Silverstein

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VWhat Marinite doesn’t love passing by the historic buildings that constitute the Mill Valley Lumber Company? Last month, when the owners of the 120-yearold business began looking for a buyer for the property, folks came out of the woodwork to express their fond feelings for the rustic structures situated in the middle of Miller Avenue. Concerned that a new owner might demolish the buildings, someone created a Save Mill Valley Lumber Facebook page, while others were attempting to list it in the Register of Historic Places. Thankfully, Mill Valley residents Matt and Jan Mathews came to the rescue, announcing this week that they purchased the property and will preserve the buildings. Matt and Jan, you’ve earned your place in the Marin history books and your status as our Heroes.

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Do Something Awards Saluting young people making a difference in the world, basically the kind of people who don’t watch VH1. VH1. 9pm. Face Off This is Project Runway but with special effects makeup artists turning models into reptiles, aliens and such. Maybe one of them can make host Sean Astin look like he still has a career. SyFy. 9pm. SATURDAY, AUG. 18 NY Med This is a docu2012 At this point, a mentary series set inside Mayan doomsday would a busy New York hospital. almost be an improveIt’s reality, but not a “reality ment. (2009) FX. 4pm. show.” Immunity comes Shark Week’s Best Bites in a shot and not in an The most vicious toothy John-Boy, after a few too many years of the idol. The only people who Baldwin sisters’ moonshine. Friday, 6pm. predators are actually get to vote anybody “off busy this summer doing the island” are insurance campaign analysis on the news networks. executives. ABC. 10pm. Discovery Channel. 8pm. Carole King and James Taylor Live at the WEDNESDAY, AUG.22 UFO Files A visit to Troubador The iconic vocalists sing songs “Mexico’s Roswell” where the aliens didn’t from their duet album,“Music to Macrame crash but they did have to borrow a pair of By.” KQED. 10:30pm. jumper cables. History Channel. 7pm. The U.S. vs. John Lennon Apparently, the SUNDAY, AUG. 19 Finding Amelia FBI kept extensive files on the Beatle. For a Earhart: Mystery Solved? Researchers while, they even thought he was the walrus. ponder the discovery of new evidence: (2006) Sundance Channel. 8pm. duty-free receipts from a liquor shop in Criminal Minds The team tracks a copycat Manila. Discovery killer, unaware Channel. 10pm. that they are Married to Jonas trapped in a A new reality series copycat plot about the home life of used in about pop star Kevin Jonas three dozen and his wife, Danother crime draielle. If ratings drop, mas. CBS. 9pm. she’ll get a different Jonas each week and THURSDAY, all three during the AUG. 23 The November sweeps. E! Truman Show 10pm. A man is raised At this point, King and Taylor aren’t so much fire and rain as in a false realMONDAY, AUG.20 they are warm slippers and a slight chance of precipitation. ity with every A n t i q u e s R o a d - Saturday at 10:30. person and show Tonight’s epithing around sode was filmed in Tucson, where many him planned and calculated to make him of the sun-damaged locals were inadvert- the center of his own odd little universe. But ently appraised as antique leather furniture. he doesn’t even get a dancing horse or an KQED. 8pm. elevator for his car. (1998) AMC. 8pm. Sideways A pair of middle-aged men One Car Too Far In this variation on the surembarks on a viniculture excursion in cenvival show genre, two men not only have to tral California wine country, discovering survive in different and challenging wilderessential truths about life, secret dreams ness settings, they have to bring a car with and why the difference between an alcothem. That makes it difficult but still not as holic and a “wine enthusiast” is about $40 a challenging as, say, finding parking in North bottle. (2004) Sundance Channel. 8pm. Beach on a Saturday. Discovery Channel. The Tonight Show “You may be Jeff Fox10pm. < worthy haven’t written a new joke Critique That TV Guy at

< 7 Thinking outside of the strongbox Dakota farmers were getting squeezed; interest rates on farm loans were increasing along with the price of supplies. The state Legislature established the Bank of North Dakota to foster local agriculture, commerce and industry. The legislation that created the bank envisioned it working with existing banks rather than replacing them, acting as a partner with smaller, local financial institutions. It worked. PBI has been spreading word of the North Dakota model to other states. Although politicians have expressed interest in the idea, when it comes down to the actual votes, public banking seems to get put on the back burner, despite its benefits as proved in North Dakota. But there’s another way, says Marc Armstrong, executive director at PBI. After Brown’s presentation in Marin she took questions from the audience, including: “What about a county bank?” That certainly is possible, she answered. But the focus of her presentation was on the possibilities, practicalities and rewards of setting up a state bank. Armstrong has been on the road espousing the county bank idea. A Sonoma resident, he has given presentations in his county and he’s also presenting the idea in Mendocino. “We educate people about how public banks can come about. It’s moving much quicker than we ever expected because of Occupy and because of the headlines in every other newspaper” about bank scandals and financial-system fraud. The latest and most far-reaching example of bank collusion came recently with the news that big banks rigged the London Interbank Offered Rate, referred to as the LIBOR, which affects how much interest everyone in this country pays on mortgages, credit cards and other financial instruments. The LIBOR is the rate at which big banks can borrow funds from other banks in the London interbank market. They lend to each other. Good credit risks, such as a sound multinational corporation or a major bank, can borrow at the LIBOR plus a few points of interest. The LIBOR also is the foundation on which banks set rates for less desirable borrowers. Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States rely on the LIBOR to set interest rates. Banks allegedly colluded to fix artificial rates to manipulate the borrowing market in which their customers participated. Some banks inflated or deflated the LIBOR to control the entire market. If, for example, the LIBOR was jacked up when a customer applied for a mortgage, the rate was artificially jacked up as well. This is just the latest evidence that big banks and the Wall Street financial system have been rigged. Other examples include the municipal bond scandal in which major banks and finance companies on Wall Street managed to rig municipal bond bids to the detriment of towns and cities across the country, forcing them to pay extra out

of their beleaguered budgets. Has the steady drip of banking scandals and financial-system fraud made the job of getting the public’s and the politicians’ attention any easier? “Yes. Undoubtedly,” says Armstrong. “People connect the dots a lot quicker.” Although the foundation for a county public bank has many similarities to that of a state public bank, the more intimate scale of a county public bank can make it especially attractive to those open to the idea. By connecting the attributes of the live-local gestalt and the Transition Town movement and the efforts to move toward sustainability, proponents are trying to show people how investing in their own communities can provide the kind of rewards that sending money to the big banks on Wall Street can never match. And at less risk, says Armstrong. “Private banks are accountable to shareholders,” he says. “The question is how do you do it with the best underwriting standards? We think the best approach is to provide money to capitalize local [community] banks, and they provide the money to fund specific sectors in the [local economy]. The underwriting as well as the loan origination are done by a private banking partnership.” As an example, Armstrong says, a community bank could use public county-bank capital to go into the community and say to a customer that the bank has money to offer that can increase a business owner’s manufacturing capabilities. “The loan happens,” says Armstrong, “and the manufacturer ramps up his capabilities. The loan is paid off, and the interest that is realized as profit goes back to the pension fund that funded and capitalized the public bank.” That’s right. The county public-bank proposal posits that a relatively modest portion of a county’s pension fund would do better, in financial and social terms, placed in a county public bank than in a Wall Street monolith. The North Dakota record shows that it could be in safer hands than if it were sent to Wall Street. Sonoma County has about $1.8 billion in public pension funds, says Armstrong; $100 million could be used to capitalize a county bank. While loan origination remains in the hands of responsible community bankers, policy could be set by an oversight board that included a county treasurer and elected officials appointed to the governing body. The public would have ultimate oversight in that structure. The experience in North Dakota shows that a public-banking model can yield better financial results than a private banking model. A county public bank, Armstrong emphasizes, would never be a lender of last resort. It actually would be at least as conservative—if not more so—as a private bank. “Right now, the credit of Sonoma County is essentially being given away to private banks because we put so much of our money into a very small number 10 >

< 7 Newsgrams through County Administrator Matthew Hymel’s office with the goal of promoting innovative ideas that will “enhance the efficiency and effectiveness” of Marin’s government services. The county administrator updated the Board of Supervisors Tuesday on the progress of the trio of programs. The Electronic Ticketing System—which received $39,595—was implemented as a new electronic ticketing system for Marin Center events and the County Fair. The new system uses social media and online marketing tools, while offering ticket purchases through mobile and tablet devices. The administrator expects an $85,000 a year return on this investment. The RMS and Training System received $17,280 in grant moneys to establish new records management and training coordination in the County Fire Department that, according to the administrator,“will result in a higher rate of reporting to the State of California Join Apprenticeship Committee.”That committee partially reimburses the county for completed training hours. Hymel’s office expects the new system will bring in $8,500 a year in additional reimbursements,“covering the initial and ongoing cost of the system in two years.” The E-Poll Program was awarded $15,877 for implementing a pilot electronics pollbooks program at 10 county polling places for the Nov. 6 election. The electronic poll books would, in time, replace the current paper street guides, rosters and indexes, resulting in poll workers having “all the necessary voter information available, speeding up the voter sign-in process, and alerting poll workers earlier regarding issues with voter eligibility,” according to the administrator. The county estimates that, if administered throughout Marin, the electronic poll booking would save $12,000 per election in printing costs. The three programs were chosen out of a total of 13 proposals by an Innovations Grants Program Committee—all submissions were evaluated based on general funds savings, return on investment, increases in efficiency, viability, number of departments impacted and the public benefit.

Friends try to spring ‘lonelyhearted larcenist’ from juvie Young people often underestimate the difficulties of adulthood tasks—such as changing your own oil, or busting your pal out of the clink. When staff at the Marin County Juvenile Hall in Lucas Valley heard someone pounding a sledgehammer against a wall at 4:30am last Friday morning—they knew something was up. Turns out, according to police, the nighttime knockers were likely a couple of chums of incarcerated San Rafael resident Max Wade, an 18-year-old who was arrested last year and is being charged as an adult for attempted murder, vehicle theft and burglary. Wade is scheduled to be transferred to the Marin County Jail soon, and police suspect the hammering henchmen were trying to spring Wade before the move. He could face 30 years to life up the river if convicted. Witnesses say they saw a pair of men outside the detention center with sledgehammers, who soon fled the scene. A pair of bolt cutters was found nearby, as well as a backpack containing a change of clothes. A window was damaged and a fence had been cut through. Wade was arrested in April after a Mill Valley incident in which he allegedly fired a handgun into a truck occupied by a girl who had spurned his advances. The girl and her boyfriend, who was also in the truck, suffered minor wounds from the truck’s broken window. After obtaining a search warrant for a storage space Wade had in Point Richmond, investigators found the handgun believed to be used in the shooting, a fake San Francisco police uniform, phony out-of-state IDs, assault weapons—and the $200,000 yellow Lamborghini owned by flamboyant Sonoma County chef Guy Fieri. Prosecutors say Wade stole the car in 2011 to help in his attempts to woo the girl, but she was apparently unimpressed by her suitor’s bright yellow 2008 Gallardo Spyder convertible. Wade, who’s being referred to in the media as “the lonelyhearted larcenist,” had previously been arrested in February for impersonating a millionaire after breaking into and occupying a vacant Tiburon mansion in the hopes of impressing his friends. Wade’s being held on $2 million bail. Ross Valley Sanitary to receive $630,000 in compensation The Ross Valley Sanitary District has tidied up one of its messes—this time a legal one. The embattled district this week arrived at a settlement in its suit against JMB Construction, a South San Francisco contractor the district blamed for a pair of costly sewage spills allegedly caused because JMB workers left debris clogging pipelines. The spills occurred in 2010, leaking 2.6 million gallons of waste near Kent Middle School in Kentfield and near Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae. Former RVSD general manager Brett Richards initially suggested the spills may have been a case of eco-terrorism. He later backed away from that theory when shoddy work10 manship became the more plausible allegation for the district.



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of Wall Street banks,â&#x20AC;? says Armstrong. They use the money to create bank credit that they use to buy ďŹ nancial instruments, often in a market that sends the credit overseas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of a sudden the credit that we had with our [local] money is being transferred to banks to use for their private gain.â&#x20AC;? The focus of the public-banking model on the county as well as the state level is taking that credit back and â&#x20AC;&#x153;using it for the good of the people the bank is serving,â&#x20AC;? says Armstrong. The intimate scale of a county bank brings that goal into especially sharp focus. A county bank could, for instance, choose to invest in local renewable energy products and systems, mechanisms that a traditional private bank might eschew. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean a public county bank would try to displace local community banks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our starting point,â&#x20AC;? says Armstrong, is looking at how a county public-banking model can â&#x20AC;&#x153;meet the needs of the community bankers and the credit unions, as well as business associations. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a partnership approach.â&#x20AC;? Instead of competing with a community bank, a county public bank could provide the community bank with a new chunk of capital to lend in a cooperative endeavor for the good of the community and the safety of public pension funds. Sending those funds to Wall Street, after all, hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t proved to be an especially safe investment. And the credit crunch that cratered the economy could (and probably will) happen again. Investing in a diversiďŹ ed local portfolio could provide the best beneďŹ ts, say pubicbanking proponents. <9

Jerry Allen, chairman of the Investment Committee for the Sonoma County Employee Retirement Fund, authored the article Investment Risk RedeďŹ ned in the Light of World Chaos and the Need for Local Resilience, in which he wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;By using sound investment structures and local loan underwriting processes, with local accountability and transparency, conďŹ dence among potential investors is built up that the local investments are sound, well-placed, and have the best possible chance of being repaid. This can happen by utilizing local credit unions and banks that have a commitment to invest locally.â&#x20AC;? Even if the social beneďŹ ts of a county public bank donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t strike a chord, the pure bottom-line ďŹ nancial implications may do the trick. Because a public bank serves its customers and community rather than its shareholders, a public county bank could offer lower interest costs for bonds to ďŹ nance local infrastructure projects. A public bank also could offer lower interest rates to consumers and local merchants. And a public county bank could provide those beneďŹ ts with a transparency unknown with investments in the big banks. That means lowering the risks for the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public-employee pension fund. The ideas Ellen Hodgson Brown presented in Marin regarding state banks are just as relevant in connection with county banks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a no-brainer,â&#x20AC;? she said. And Armstrong underscores the sentiment by pointing out that an equivalent to county public banks has proved successful in Germany, where the concept has helped fund the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exit from nuclear power and entrance into a solar future. It could happen here. < Contact the writer at

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Novato sting nets two naughty enablers Even when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really hot out, beware of providing some kinds of liquid refreshment to others, especially in Novato. Novato police report that one of their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth Access to Alcohol Enforcementâ&#x20AC;? sting operations was conducted Aug. 12, and that they nabbed two suspects. The first, bartender Luis Perera, is accused of serving a drink to an underage â&#x20AC;&#x153;decoyâ&#x20AC;? at 349 Enfrente Road, the address for the Maya Palenque restaurant, in Novato. And although 27 people were tapped on the shoulder and asked to buy alcohol for a minor outside 7473 Redwood Blvd., the address for a Shell station, police say just one person, Melissa Muller, fell for a decoy trap and agreed to make a purchase for a minor. Both cases were referred to the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, police say.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julie Vader PG&E imposter not an imposter after all San Rafael Police said Wednesday that the man who was reportedly posing as a utility worker in San Rafael last weekend is actually a legitimate contract employee for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. On Saturday the police asked for the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in tracking down a man, described as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;black male, late 30s to 40s, 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10â&#x20AC;?, 225 poundsâ&#x20AC;? driving a silver 1998 Mercedes Benz utility vehicle. The man had reportedly knocked on the door of a Reservoir Road house at 10:45am Saturday and asked to be let in to â&#x20AC;&#x153;check the heater.â&#x20AC;?The resident declined to let the man in and reported the incident to police. The initial report said that PG&E claimed it did not have any workers in the area at the time. But todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release said â&#x20AC;&#x153;police confirmed that the man in question is a legitimate contract employee of PG&E. It is common practice for PG&E to use contract employees in the field and for those employees to use their personal vehicles for business.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J. V.


THE HEAT IS ON Even in Marin, teaching climate change isn’t always an exact science by Jacob Shafer


ast spring the Los Alamitos Board of Education, in Southern California, voted unanimously to amend district policy number 213, which covers the teaching of “controversial issues.” Specifically, the change required teachers to present “a balance of viewpoints” and to report to the board annually, “detailing how multiple perspectives of controversial issues are taught in class.” That could easily have been the end of it. In the discussion and lead-up to the vote, which is given only a passing mention in the official board minutes, no parents or teachers protested. But a local reporter picked up the scent and wrote a story—in which board member Jeffrey Barke is quoted as saying he’s “not a big fan of global warming”—and almost instantly the heat was on. Suddenly Los Alamitos, a nondescript Orange County municipality with fewer than 15,000 residents, became a magnet for controversy—and derision. “Since some people believe that cigarette smoking is good for you, we should give cigarettes to the kids who take this class, so they can see for themselves whether or not they cause cancer in a few decades,” sneered blogger Joe Romm of Writing for the Huffington Post, former National Geographic editor Bill Allen sarcastically praised the board for its “stupidity quotient.” “The reality is that anybody who challenges global warming comes under a firestorm of criticism and demagoguery from those who are true zealots,” Barke said in a subsequent interview with The Guardian. “My opinion is that [students] should hear both sides and not be taught that global warming is uncontroversial and that the jury is in,” he added. Los Alamitos isn’t alone: Other places, from Texas to South Dakota, have advocated for a more “balanced” teaching of climate change. (One bill, considered by the South Dakota state legislature in 2010, may be the only piece of education legisla-

In education circles, those who deny global warming can easily get burned.

tion ever to reference ninth-century Norse explorer Erik the Red.) But for the vast majority of scientists, the case is closed. Earth’s climate is changing and human activity, specifically the release of massive amounts of carbon dioxide, is the primary cause. New evidence will refine and sharpen the picture, but the underlying question has been settled. Politically, however, it remains a scalding hot button. Even if the majority of Americans accept climate change as fact, as polls suggest, a vocal minority of doubters and deniers have shoved it, along with topics like evolution and sex education, into the crossfire of the culture wars. Marin isn’t Texas or South Dakota or even Los Alamitos. Here people drive Priuses, donate to the Sierra Club and own Blu-ray special edition copies of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s seminal 2006

documentary. Teachers in the county’s science classrooms, by and large, don’t have to worry about irate parents or skeptical school board members. “This is Marin. Nobody denies global warming point-blank within our hearing,” says Michael Wing, who teaches integrated science and independent science research at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo. Wing says he, like most science teachers, screens Gore’s film and does climate-change demonstrations, including one that simulates the greenhouse effect with a shoebox, Saran Wrap and a lamp. Barton Clark, a physics teacher at Drake, makes climate change a recurring theme in his curriculum, beginning with the Permian extinction—a prehistoric mass dying that resulted in part from CO2-spewing volcanoes—and culminating with the impacts of post-industrial

fossil-fuel burning. Clark also touches on other contemporary environmental scourges, including mountaintop removal for coal mining. “I find that the science is much more relevant to students in general if we focus our conversation on the real changes happening right now,” says Clark. California’s education standards don’t specifically reference human-induced climate change. They only require students to understand that the planet’s climate “has changed over time, corresponding to changes in Earth’s geography, atmospheric composition and other factors.” So teachers like Wing and Clark are, in a sense, taking matters into their own hands. That’s not to say they discourage debate. Mary Buchanan, a colleague of Wing and Clark, teaches her Drake chemistry students about ocean acidification, a lesser known but no less crucial aspect of climate change. “The students that I have taught, when presented with the research, readily discuss and even question some of the conclusions,” says Buchanan. “My goal is for students to be able to look at complex issues [and] be able to intelligently read the research and to think critically.” Of course, acknowledging climate change isn’t the same as doing something about it. “Humans just aren’t wired to get very excited about a disaster that unfolds on a time scale of decades,” says Wing. “Also, there’s the ‘tragedy of the commons’ aspect to it—even if an individual makes changes to reduce consumption of fossil fuels, that just allows somebody else to burn more. So our students and families are maybe making baby steps in that direction, but mostly they are just living their lives as they always have.” Then again, if we want the next generation to attack the problem with more than mere lip service, the first step is to arm them with information—and to teach them that truths, particularly inconvenient ones, are often controversial. < Put the heat on Jacob at AUGUST 17 - AUGUST 23, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 11


&5,,30%#425How changes to autism classification will affect ‘Aspie’ education by Jordan E . Rosenfe ld


ince 1944, when Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger first noticed a set of characteristics in children that would eventually bear his name, Asperger’s syndrome has gone from a largely misunderstood condition to one that has captured the attention of popular culture, showing up on television shows like Parenthood, in bestselling novels and in films (many feel that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander is textbook Asperger’s). While Asperger’s syndrome, considered by professionals to be on the autism “spectrum,” has made its way into the social consciousness, ironically, those with the condition, who call themselves “Aspies,” have trouble understanding and using basic social cues. Because of Aspies’ obsessive interests in specific subjects, and oftentimes repetitive behaviors, socializing can be an awkward, even agonizing, experience—many are bullied and teased—and they can prove challenging for teachers who don’t have experience dealing with their unique brains.


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Yet, while Aspies may have difficulties communicating in “socially acceptable” ways, they do communicate, and often articulately. Many Aspies (and high-functioning autistics) have high I.Q.s and are extremely bright. Many marry and have children and successful careers. Those are the lucky ones. For other Aspies, because of the limits of public schools, a lack of special education among teachers and the cruelty of peers who don’t understand them, they may spend years struggling with the conundrum of being a bright person who nonetheless struggles or even fails in school and work. The diagnosis first entered into the American Psychiatric Association’s “bible”—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM)—in 1994 and since then, Asperger’s has always been considered a separate but “similar” developmental disorder to autism, with which it shares many traits. Before then, Aspies were often misdiagnosed with conditions ranging from ADHD to schizophrenia. Now, a proposal to remove Asperger’s as a separate diagnosis, and lump it into the generic “autism spectrum disorder,” is causing concern among educators and Aspies. Janet Lawson, MFT, is founder and CEO of Autistry Studios in San Rafael, a private nonprofit organization that offers pre-vocational (and new this summer, vocational) skills to kids with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Her son Ian, now 17, was diagnosed autistic at the age of 2-1/2. “Our folks with Asperger’s need services,” she says. “They often pass because they’re very bright and seem to be quite capable, and yet again and again we see our Asperger students fail at college, and employment. They may be able to do high math and physics but can’t seem to get to work on time or self-motivate and take initiative in a way that makes them a productive employee.” Lawson’s concern about the change in the DSM classification is that it could allow for a re-prioritizing of funds from regional centers that are in charge of allotting funds to schools. “I can imagine a re-defining of funding where they may look into it and say ‘we’re only going to fund those people with lower I.Q.s.’ Well, high-functioning individuals with Asperger’s often have high I.Q.s.” Courtenay Bell is the creative director of Autistry, a special education teacher and a self-identified Aspie. She says there is some comfort in the label. “Growing up many of us were called things like spaz, freak, bookworm, etc., and when I was diagnosed as having Asperger’s I was relieved and happy to have

a community of people like me.” Bell points out that one in 88 children is now being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder every year. The high-functioning kids need vastly different educational support that many lament is hard to find within the public school system. Bell is grateful to have been able to attend private schools most of her life. Asperger’s syndrome is not typically funded in the public schools in any special way. Parents can co-create Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, for their kids, but overwhelmed and often inexperienced teachers don’t always have the ability to accommodate these plans. Marin has several private schools that are geared directly to the autism population, including Oak Hill in San Anselmo, Star Academy and Anova in San Rafael. Oak Hill School, started 11 years ago by four families with autistic children, is an “NPS” or non-public school designated to receive students the public schools can’t educate, with tuition paid by the school district. The families’ shared therapist, Barbara Kalmanson, of Kentfield, a clinical psychologist and 40-year veteran in special education, helped advise them. Kalmanson emphasizes that there is no “one size fits all” approach to helping children with autism spectrum disorders; educational programs must be tailored to meet the children where they are. Because of the need for such specialized education, there are many who fear lumping Asperger’s into autism spectrum disorder with no distinction in functionality has the potential to place those higher functioning kids into “catchall” classrooms where they will fail. “[Asperger’s and autistic] brains work differently,” says Susan Andrews, executive director of Oak Hill School. “In an ideal world, children on the spectrum benefit best from a tailored environment, at least in the early years.” At Anova School’s San Rafael campus of 60 students with developmental disorders, about half are diagnosed with Asperger’s. Executive Director Andrew Bailey isn’t worried about the proposed change in labeling of Asperger’s because it doesn’t factor into the school’s educational strategies. “I don’t think the labels are particularly helpful for anybody except for those people

Janet Lawson and son Ian.

who are on the spectrum and want to understand themselves better. Just like with a cold, you look at the symptoms—so with autism we treat symptoms.” Of course, helping people with Asperger’s doesn’t end at school. With their high I.Q.s and ability to hyper-focus, they seem like perfect candidates for college and employment, but they often wind up failing there as well. “Where they need help is with executive functioning: planning of a task, organizing of a task—you can see in terms of employment how important that is,” says Andrews. The folks at Autistry Studios understand that what is often labeled a weakness in school or life is actually a strength. Says Lawson, “These are the kids that you grew up with who knew everything about dinosaurs or solar systems or trains. In fact,” she says with a chuckle, “If you have a significant interest in trains, I can almost guarantee you’re on the spectrum.” Courtenay Bell attributes strong memory recall, information retention and critical thinking to her Asperger’s. Within their area of interest, Aspies (and autistics) “hyper-focus” and become very dedicated. The idea, then, is to meet them where they are and slowly expand their thinking. “If they are into trains, we build trains,” says Lawson. “Then we’ll say, ‘Tanks have a lot in common with trains,’ and we walk slowly to enlarge their world.” Autistry is also expanding, thanks to a grant from the Bothin Foundation of $36,500, into on-the-job training, starting “Autistry Enterprises.” Here, students will take their own ideas from concept to product—they will design, make and market their products, providing them valuable practical skills they can take out into the world. “We start by listening to them and responding to their particular needs and building a program around that,” says Lawson. For parents who can’t take advantage of private programs, advocacy in the schools is important. For Aspies themselves to succeed better, Lawson suggests, “they need to teach others how to communicate with them.” < Contact Jordan at

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s it the best of times or the worst of times for charter schools in Marin? Well, it certainly hasn’t been the best of times in the Lagunitas School District for the past few months. In fact, it seemed to be “deja vu all over again.” Forty years ago a group of parents and educators fought hard to bring the child-centric Open Classroom emphasizing individual learning styles to the small district—a program that continues to flourish. In addition to the Open Classroom and a Montessori program, the district offers the Lagunitas Waldorf Inspired Program (LWIP), based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. It is one of very few public school Waldorf programs in the state or country. (The Novato Charter School is also a Waldorf-inspired model.) The LWIP has support not only from the families within it, but the school district and board of trustees as well. It has co-existed with the other programs since its humble beginnings with a kindergarten class in 2004. (It now serves close to 50 children from kindergarten through fifth-grade.) As the newest of the district’s offerings, parents feared that current and future cuts, especially the loss of a teaching position, would erode the program, so the Administrative Council (elected by LWIP parents) explored different options and decided that a charter school was the best choice. Although, according to the Administrative Council, “99 percent of the parents” backed the idea, the proposal was fraught with problems from the start. While the accusations and

allegations flew in the San Geronimo Valley, a group in Novato formed the North Bay Education Foundation with the intent of starting a second charter school—to open in August 2013—in the Novato Unified School District. This group’s approach is quite different— for a number of reasons. The Lagunitas program is established and sought charter status based on known and expected financial issues facing the district and program. The process didn’t really get under way in earnest until last spring. The charter petition was submitted in April this year with the goal of starting as a charter school this month. NBEF, on the other hand, is allowing much more time NBEF board member MJ Lonson says the charter petition is complete and currently being reviewed; it will be submitted to the Novato Unified School District by early October. The enrollment process for students is now open, and, as of press time, it appears that approximately 600 students have shown intent to enroll. There is no school site (the closed Hill Middle School has been mentioned) or staff yet. A group of parents, unhappy when Rancho Elementary converted from a magnet school with a back-to-basics emphasis and high test scores to a neighborhood school, morphed into the NBEF, which plans to implement the Core Knowledge curriculum—currently used in close to 800 schools nationwide, including charter, public and private. Lonson says, “The tremendous level of parent interest...reveals a desire in Novato for a progressive educational alternative. Educa-

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tion reform is a nationwide conversation, and NBEF believes the proven success of the research-based The Lagunitas Waldorf Inspired Program sought a charter for Core Knowledge curriculum and its Steiner-inspired curriculum of promoting play and discovery, methodology provides a unique while limiting competition and media. approach to academic excellence for all students.” third grade at the LWIP, says the process Marin currently has three charter schools: that led to the charter petition was not Phoenix Academy in San Rafael, this past year democratic. Beyond his concern regardserving 13 students in grades 9-12, opened in ing the lack of transparency, Ovetz says the the fall of 1995; the Novato Charter School, a petition itself was “highly flawed.” He cites K-8 program with about 250 students opened a number of issues that could have longin August 1996; and Willow Creek Academy term negative effects, ultimately putting the in Sausalito, also K-8 with about 250 students, program at risk. Primarily, though, it was opened in the fall of 2001. Marin School of not feasible financially. According to parent the Arts in Novato and the Ross Valley School Mia Terziev, the charter committee formuDistrict’s Multi-age Program at Manor School lated budget numbers with the help of a are not charters, in spite of many referring to financial consultant—and it seemed viable. them as such. The district’s initial analysis showed that as The California Charter Schools Assopresented, the charter would cause larger ciation states that the Charter Schools Act, deficits in the district. Though the board of signed into law 20 years ago, allows “partrustees and district staff were supportive, ents, organizations or community groups the initial analysis stated, “The Petitioners to restore, reinvent and reenergize the are demonstrably unlikely to successfully public school system.” The schools, which implement the program set forth in the are tuition-free (though many charters do petition.” The petition was missing other key request hefty “donations” from parents) elements as well. and open to all students, are designed and The possible negative fiscal impact on the governed by a local community rather than a district along with the divisiveness in the central bureaucracy. community led the LWIP Parent Council What some parents see as reorganizing to withdraw the charter petition. For this and reenergizing a school, others perceive school year, the Lagunitas Waldorf Inspired to be an attempt to run an elite, taxpayerProgram continues as part of the school funded private school that drains resources district—with two new teachers on board. from established programs. And right now, The Administrative Council is hoping almost every school district in the state is to work out “longstanding differences and struggling to provide for its students, includpoints of contention within the district at ing both Lagunitas and Novato. A Novato large.” Members are particularly concerned parent, who requested that her name not be that the program’s parents and teachers are used, feels quite passionately about what she seen as elitist and selfish. Some tough lessons considers the privatization of public schools. were learned—by the adults. And in Novato? She says that charter schools, organized and The NBEF is taking it slowly and carefully. run by a self-selected group of well-educated Supporters—and opponents as well— parents, eventually will devastate neighborshould be mindful of what happened in hood schools and cause more “white flight” the Lagunitas district. But when it comes to in her relatively diverse community. And, as what’s best for our children, many of us need she researches the law governing charters, a refresher course in rational thinking. < she becomes more disillusioned. Read Carol charter and verse at Robert Ovetz, whose daughter is in the


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ake two, and butter them while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hot.â&#x20AC;? The invitation is like saying grace at a Southern meal. Warm under a white linen napkin, biscuits wait to be delicately pulled apart and spread with butter that melts down into their soft-textured centers. In my childhood they were our common bread: They might be served at breakfast, dinner (the midday meal, our largest) or supper. Rare leftovers could be toasted, spread with homemade jelly and enjoyed with a glass of milk as a bedtime snack. Right now there is an excited surge of interest in the foods of the South. Restaurants in all sections of the country are using its basic ingredients in ways that might not be recognizable to those who lived with the centuries-old recipes. Biscuits are no exception, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen some curious examples: too-crusty ďŹ&#x201A;at ones, tall dried-out ones, biscuits made with yeast (more roll than biscuit), some the size of small hamburger buns. A regional version known as catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head biscuit is quite large but still tender, used for occasions like ďŹ shing camp breakfast or to make a sandwich with a spicy pork sausage patty. At a Sonoma cafe one morning I ordered biscuits with my scrambled eggs. Looking at what was servedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; huge lumpy dry thingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;my Alabama-born friend Ashley muttered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I would call a dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head.â&#x20AC;? Starting from scratch, using three or four ingredients, cooks over the years developed variations in the styles of biscuit craft. Most of these have to do with how and with what other foods they are to be served. A beloved appetizer ďŹ lled with thin slivers of genuine country ham requires a smaller, ďŹ&#x201A;atter round of dough; bigger biscuits are required when gravy is involved, to be split and topped with creamy chicken or pork chop gravy, or milk gravy made from fried salt pork called streak-olean. Another old-fashioned way to savor them, especially in summer, is to top them with sweet creamed corn; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an addictive combination. As for ďŹ&#x201A;avorful additions to the basics, purists are restrained: nothing outlandish. Tiny bite-size biscuits tangy with cheese (cheddar) are favored for appetizers, as are those with toasted sesame seeds, a Charleston specialty. A relatively recent acceptance is sweet potato biscuits, popular with Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure where the current custom of serving honey on biscuits with meals other than breakfast originated, and I resist it. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because I associate it with my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories of teaching in a

The need for easily stored food that would last for long journeys at sea is what gave rise to the biscuit.

rural school during the Depression when children brought lunches of biscuits with homemade sorghum syrup, nothing else. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because I feel it just ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ ttinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would I eat jam on bread with dinner? One of the most arcane remnants of early baking is the specialty known as beaten biscuits. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a literal title for the way the bread was made in days before the invention of baking soda and baking powder for leavening. Cooks mixed and kneaded dough made only of ďŹ&#x201A;our, lard and milk, and then they actually beat it, using a mallet or a stick or the ďŹ&#x201A;at blade of an ax on a sturdy ďŹ&#x201A;at surface (a tree stump in the yard, a marble slab in a kitchen). This involved turning and blistering the dough until it was ready. One saying went, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three hundred times for family, ďŹ ve hundred for company.â&#x20AC;? This exertion produced pale, almost crisp biscuits, nearly cracker-like. In the late 19th century a machine known as a biscuit brake with metal rollers became available, but its use was obviously restricted to wealthier households. In fact, there was an implied class distinction between those who ate only cornbread (made with cheap cornmeal, sometimes only with water added) that could be cooked on almost any heat surface and those who had stoves with ovens and money for expensive wheat ďŹ&#x201A;our. Today we can turn out reasonable facsimiles of beaten biscuits using a food processor, and specialty retail shops in the South will send them to your door. The ďŹ nest compliment a cook can receive is being said to have â&#x20AC;&#x153;a light hand.â&#x20AC;? The less manipulation of the dough the better, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made with butter or lard or shortening. Another rule to remember is to use a cutter with a sharp edge to keep layers of dough from compacting, quickly pushing the cutter

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straight down, not twisting. Usually there will be little scraps of dough left and these can be gently formed into an extra biscuit. If you have kids in the house, let them use the funny-shaped scraps to make something sweet; lightly spread with butter and sprinkle with sugar and/or cinnamon before baking. My grandmama allowed me that treat in her kitchen, one of my ďŹ rst cooking experiences. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reason the biscuit is such an appreciated American classic and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to include it more often in our lives. Make small ones for canapes, cat heads for Sunday breakfast with sausage, medium sizes to accompany fried chicken (sans gravy). As Garrison Keiller reminds us in his â&#x20AC;&#x153;commercialâ&#x20AC;? for Powdermilk Biscuits, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heavens, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tasty and expeditious.â&#x20AC;? O




An ideal recipe for a novice, cream biscuits donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve worrying with shortening of any sort. The method is simple, the results are delicious. This one began with James Beard.

Cream Biscuits Makes 8-10 2-1/2-inch biscuits 2 cups all-purpose ďŹ&#x201A;our 1 teaspoon sugar (optional) 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon table salt 1-1/2 cups heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rack should be in upper middle position. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add 1-1/4 cups cream and stir with wooden spoon until dough forms. Transfer dough from bowl to countertop, leaving ďŹ&#x201A;oury bits in bowl. Add remaining cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, to bowl until remainders are moistened. Add them to rest of dough and knead by hand about 30 seconds. Roll or pat out dough gently to about 3/4-inch thickness. Cut into rounds and place on baking sheet. Immediately place in oven. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve as soon as possible.




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If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re curious about the legendary beaten biscuit, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how to do it today. Craig Claiborne says that they used the stump of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sawed-down walnut treeâ&#x20AC;? for the manual method of his childhood. He also maintains that these are to be served only with country ham, never with jam, as a savory for afternoon entertainment.

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WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD Chef/restaurateur Stephen Simmons has been front and center in some favored Marin locales: Lark Creek Inn, retro Bubba’s Diner and most recently, Skywalker Ranch as executive chef. This week his latest project, Lincoln Park Wine Bar in San Anselmo, opened its doors to those looking for relaxed sipping and supping. First of all, it’s a pleasure to discover such a sophisticated setting, one that veers toward urban chic but manages to retain a warm feeling. Simmons, his wife, Jennifer Ashby-Simmons, and wine director Holly Bragman, all Marinites, have created a place where color and furnishings— padded black leather banquettes, red metal bistro chairs, hanging lights that glow rather than glare—provide comfortable seating options in addition to the handsome bar. I was happy to see that a table for two by the tall window overlooking the sidewalk is still a feature of the larger room, just as it was when Fork and Dream Farm were former occupants of the space...The ever-changing wine list is small and innovative, sourced through West Coast vineyards with the monthly addition of one red and one white import, available by the bottle, glass or flight. The present summery list includes a white Viognier/Roussane/Marssane blend from Oregon’s Cowhorn Vineyard and a cult 2009 Cab from Napa’s Bialla Vineyards and two selections from Argentina. Plates of seasonal food on the constantly updated menu (depending on what’s best in the market) range from little handmade treats like olives with dramatic stuffings to heartier offerings: hard and soft cheeses with soppressata, pickled onions and West Marin honeycomb; Skywalker Ranch wagyu sliders with Full Belly Farm red potato salad; and heirloom tomato salad with a shaved corn and basil 20 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 17 -AUGUST 23, 2012

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Sipping a Peach Passion at an outdoor table while watching the world go by has become one of my favorite post-workout indulgences. After this sustenance I just about have the energy to tackle shopping at the always-busy Trader Joe’s next door. Planet Juice Smoothie and Juice Bar, nestled between Pinky’s Pizza and TJ’s in Montecito Plaza, has a vast menu of fresh juices, frozen yogurt, lunch items, waffles, espresso drinks and killer smoothies. The smoothie list encompasses 15 or so combinations of fruits, yogurt and sherbet as well as a list of Power Smoothies that include supplement boosts and even spinach. Try the Specialty Smoothie: cranberry juice, strawberries, blueberries, frozen yogurt, spinach and ice; or the Island Surfer with OJ, pineapple sherbet, peaches, frozen yogurt, energy and protein boosts. The Kona Sunset with watermelon juice, strawberries, mango and frozen yogurt is a refreshing treat that will surely have you hula-ing through your day. The helpful staff can customize your smoothie with supplements or make it non-dairy by substituting ice for yogurt or sherbet. For lunch on the go, there are hot dogs, bagels and sandwiches to tame even the hungriest appetite. Soft-serve style frozen yogurt and Belgian waffles with various toppings satisfy a sweet tooth and the menu of espresso drinks provides that jolt of caffeine. I can’t wait for my next post-workout smoothie at Planet Juice. —Brooke Jackson


ANOTHER BiTE OF THE COUNTY’S FAVORiTES Bar Bocce 1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415/331-0555.

Bar Bocce is what happens when a successful company like Real Restaurants rolls out a winning concept and has the resources and talent to execute it. It also helps that the group (which owns Buckeye, Bix, Bungalow 44 and Picco) landed one of the all-time best spots for a restaurant in Marin. It’s not perfect, but given the fabulous outdoor patio, superb food and tasty beverage selection, Bar Bocce is mighty close. Before the word got out, primarily South Marin yupsters came to enjoy the Cal/Med menu that features a nicely balanced list of offerings including sourdough pizzas, inspired small plate appetizers and a handful of salads and entrees. A simple salad of mandoline-shaved zucchini ribbons is one of the best zucchini preparations I’ve ever tasted. I’m not a big fan of the squash, but here, nothing more than fresh Meyer lemon, Parmigiano Reggiano and toasted pumpkin seeds elevate the often bland, raw courgette. An inventive calamari a la plancha offers ringlets of charred squid atop a mound of spicy Israeli couscous, pine nuts and capers. Finding the entrance requires walking around to the back of the small shiplap-sided off-white building that opens up into a lovely multi-level back patio complete with a pergola-covered firepit and a bocce ball court. Best of all, the restaurant sits literally steps away from the bay. Along with some very nice wine choices and a fun beer selection, the pizzas are front and center here. All are prepared with sourdough crust (so as not to compete with their sister property Picco). A recent favorite boasted thinly sliced purple potatoes, pesto and a tangy fontina cheese. A margherita easily gets a thumbs-up (way up) from my 10-year-old for its zesty tomato sauce, crispy, thin crust and cheese in all the right amounts. Service is the only X factor here and can be very slow. But then again, watching the sailboats lolling on the bay, breathing in the salty offshore breezes, or maybe even taking a turn on the bocce ball court are all fine ways to fill the time.—Tanya Henry

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I shall be re-released ‘Basement Tapes’ back on the tracks for Dylan’s 50th anniversary by G r e g Cahill


he seed of Americana music, so ubiquitous now, entered this world on the afternoon of July 29, 1966, amid the sickening screech of metal scraping on hot asphalt and a sudden spray of gravel. On that fateful day, just two months after the release of Bob Dylan’s Top 10 album Blonde on Blonde, the Bard of Hibbing dumped his Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle on a narrow tree-lined country road outside Woodstock, in upstate New York, breaking his neck in an accident hidden at the time from his fans. The accident marked the end of an exhausting four-year-period that saw Dylan’s transformation from folk hero and activist to jaded New York hipster to pop star. But it also paved the way for his shift from rock to a rootsier sound grounded in country and blues traditions, music more often heard, not in London’s plush Royal Albert Hall, where documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker had captured Dylan and his back-up band in 1965 in Don’t Look Back, but in the seedy juke joints and honky-tonks that line the dusty back roads of rural America.

It would be another year before Dylan—who, at 71, last week announced a three-night series of fall shows in San Francisco and Berkeley—would realize that vision on what came to be known as The Basement Tapes, two discs of demos recorded in 1967 in the cellar of the Band’s pink ranch house in Woodstock. Those relaxed, acoustic-oriented sessions, widely bootlegged and covered, but unreleased by Columbia Records until 1975, were recorded on a Revox A-77 reel-to-reel tape machine in a cinderblock cellar with the musicians packed around a churning furnace, clanging pipes and an oil-stained concrete floor. The tracks—newly reissued as limitededition high-definition LPs—evoke what Dylan biographer Greil Marcus, in his 1997 book Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes, has branded “that weird old America.” “At a time when the country was tearing itself apart in a war at home over a war abroad, the music was funny and comforting,” Marcus opined. “It was also strange, and somehow incomplete. Out of

The cover photo of ‘The Basement’ tapes was shot in 1975 in the basement of a Los Angeles YMCA, and features Dylan and the Band alongside a scattering of friends—some real, some not—made to look like characters from the songs.

some odd displacement of art and time, the music seemed both transparent and inexplicable when it was first heard, and it still does.” Those fabled sessions—composed of 107 songs, including 60 originals—remain a window into one of the most productive collaborations in pop-music history. “He would record week after week after week with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson (and, before the end of the year, with Levon Helm, too),” Sid Griffin wrote in 2007’s Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, the Band, and the Basement Tapes. “It proved to be

his longest sustained period of recording.... Any barroom musicologist could make an argument for the entire Americana/No Depression/alt-country scene beginning right there in Woodstock sometime in the first half of ’67.” Yet, despite the significance of these sessions, Dylan fans have waited a decade for an audiophile edition of The Basement Tapes, which was excluded from Columbia’s ambitious 2003 hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) reissues of Dylan’s catalog. This new pressing, from one-time North Bay label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, bodes well for audiophiles. The label’s patented Gain 2 Ultra Analog remastering system has scrubbed the sonic crud from the aggressive Red Book CD (on which the Band sounds like a garage band) and delivered in its place a warm, nuanced, intimate performance. The result is nothing short of stunning: it feels as if you’re standing at the top of the basement stairs at 2188 Stoll Road— immortalized in the Band’s 1968 debut Music from Big Pink—listening to Bob and the boys spin their magic while conjuring the ghosts of America’s musical past. This newly released 180-gram double LP—an Ultradisc UHR SACD edition is due for release soon—is the vanguard of MoFi’s own Dylan reissue series; there’s also an SACD and hi-def two-LP version of Freewheelin’, on 45 RPM no less (arguably the definitive version), and a 180-gram audiophile pressing of The Other Side of Bob Dylan (with the SACD due next month). SACD and hi-def vinyl pressings of Blonde on Blonde, Bringing It All Back Home and Blood on the Tracks all are due next year. Dylan’s 50th anniversary album, Tempest, reportedly packed with dark balladry and augmented by Los Lobos’ multi-instrumentalist Dave Hidalgo, will be released Sept. 11. < Take Greg into the basement at Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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›› CiNEMARiN Movies in the county that Hollywood couldn’t tame…

›› MADE IN MARiN a l o o k a t t h e m o v i e s M a r i n m a d e f a m o u s

The Turner diaries When it comes to TCM, you can color me impressed... by M at t hew St af for d


n the late 1980s Ted Turner outraged York. right-thinking movie lovers everywhere Most of the time the movies are introwhen he purchased the film libraries of duced by film historian Robert Osborne, Warner Bros., RKO and MGM and anan affable grandfatherly sort, or his wiseass nounced plans to colorize some of the stucounterpart Ben Mankiewicz, the grandson dios’ revered masterworks. An uproar greeted of legendary wiseass Herman Mankiewicz, the mogul’s pastel-ization of The Maltese but sometimes TCM brings in guest proFalcon and Casablanca (Herb Caen said the grammers to pick the flicks du nuit, so you process looked like “makeup on a corpse”), might have found Gore Vidal introducing and before long there were anti-colorization Fire Over England, Spike Lee discussing Night congressional hearings with testimony from of the Hunter, Chris Isaak on Touch of Evil or the likes of James Stewart, Milos Forman Rose McGowan chatting up Out of the Past. and Woody Allen. The controversy came to a Now and then there are fascinating househead when Turner tried to sic the colorization produced documentaries on Budd Boetprocess on Citizen Kane. The courts ruled ticher or Johnny Mercer or Michael Powell that late director Orson Welles’ 50-year-old godfathered by the likes of Clint Eastwood contract with RKO, granting him complete or Martin Scorsese, or annual festivals like 31 artistic control over the film’s final form, was Days of Oscar (a month of Oscar-nominated still binding, and colorization hasn’t been the movies past and present), or Turner-subsisame since. dized restorations of silent classics complete A few years later with newly comTurner launched a cable missioned musical TV channel to showscores. case all of those old The chanmovies he’d purchased, nel fills the time and if there’s such a between movies thing as redemption, with a variety of Turner Classic Movies fascinating loose is it. At the time TCM ends—vintage wasn’t available in trailers, 1930s greater Marin County travelogues, terand, as a lifelong movie rifically surreal nut I would gaze with The official launch of TCM in 1994—that tall guy’s Ted Turner, This Month on longing and envy upon surrounded by, from left, director Arthur Hiller, actors Arlene TCM promos and, Jane Powell, Celeste Holm, Van Johnson and TCM host the network’s weekly Dahl, best of all, retro Robert Osborne. schedule, rife with soundies featuring screwball comedies, lustrous noirs and pre- the likes of Duke Ellington and Buddy Rich. Code classics, many of them seldom-seen rar- I also like the often insightful five-minute ities I’d been hankering after for years, and end voice-over essays current stars contribute up settling for the commercial-laden dreck about their favorite old icons—Jennifer Jason served up on pre-Mad Men AMC. Leigh on Barbara Stanwyck, Meryl Streep on Happily, modern-day Marinites can enjoy Bette Davis, Christopher Walken on Gene TCM’s intelligently programmed, beautiKelly, Jane and Peter Fonda on their old man. fully presented lineup of classic films just like Right now TCM is in the middle of its everyone else. It isn’t just about MGM, RKO Summer Under the Stars marathon—each and the Brothers Warner, either. The chanday during the month of August is devoted to nel licenses tasty stuff from the Paramount, a different actor or actress—and the tribute Columbia, Fox and Universal archives on to Katharine Hepburn on the 18th (Bringing a regular basis as well as Disney comedies, Up Baby, Adam’s Rib, The Lion in Winter and Roger Corman cult classics and an amazing nine others), the tribute to Gary Cooper on array of foreign films (what other channel the 26th (Ball of Fire, Man of the West, Love in would devote 24 hours to Toshiro Mifune or the Afternoon, et al.) and especially the tribute a month of Tuesdays to Ingmar Bergman?). to pre-Code sleazoid Warren William on the TCM is especially good about showcasing 30th (Three on a Match, Gold Diggers of 1933, forgotten jewels like Max Ophul’s Reckless Lady for a Day) look especially promising. Moment, a multi-textured noir about the Like all TCM treasures, they’ll be shown in complex relationship between a housewife gorgeous silvery prints uncensored, uninterand her blackmailer; Bitter Victory, a nihilistic rupted, letterboxed when appropriate and study of men in war; and The Half-Naked absolutely free of toxic digital crayons. < Truth, a smart, cynical 1932 comedy about a Colorize Matt at con man on the loose in Depression-era New


Filmed around Nicasio in the early 1980s, Shoot the Moon is perhaps the quintessential “Marin” movie—it’s a critique of upper-middle class suburbia, without the wink-and-a-nod satiric elements that marred The Serial (1980) and The Californians (2005). Director Alan Parker’s study of a crumbling marriage stars Albert Finney as successful West Marin novelist George Dunlap, whose affair with a younger woman (Karen Allen) is discovered by George’s bored, depressive wife, Faith (Diane Keaton). Faith kicks him out, intending to raise their four woefully undisciplined daughters on her own, only to take up with Frank (Peter Weller), the hunky contractor she’s hired to build a tennis court at their gated country estate. In the film’s climactic finale set at a party for the court’s unveiling, George slams the family station wagon through the fences, obliterating the tennis court, in a symbolic gesture to win back his family from Frank—only to be beaten to a simpering pulp by the buff builder. As his daughters rush to his side, George extends a hand toward Faith—and, before we see whether she takes it or not, the film ends in this dramatic freeze frame.—Jason Walsh

ViDEO Abominable ‘Snow’ man Certain filmmakers have a gift for revealing the creepy and lawless subcultures we know exist beyond them hills. Harmony Korine did it in Gummo and Julien DonkeyBoy, as did Winter’s Bone writer/director Debra Granik. And now Justin Kurzel does it in THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS, the story of Aus- If you ask us, people who like ice cream this much can’t be all bad... tralia’s worst band of serial killers. But Kurzel is up to much more. A faithful reconstruction of the 1990s stranglings, hangings and choppings done by a loose-knit group of families and friends against their own circle (known to Aussies as “the bodies in barrels murders”), this film is not for the faint of heart. Two men and their young protege, as empty and guileless as the white metal suburbs they live in, start revenge-targeting pedophiles at first, then gays, junkies and the different, and soon anyone who fogs a mirror. Galvanizing the families into action is newly arrived stepfather John Bunting (now serving 11 life sentences), who, if he’s anything like the man incarnated in this film by Daniel Henshall, scares one right down to one’s socks. There’s gore and nastiness as you would expect, but the real spirit of violence hovering these sun-bleached tract houses, times a whole town, calls to mind Alec Baldwin’s advice for playing a charismatic psychopath: Reach down through your eyes all the way down to the little light bulb of humanity inside you—then turn it off. —Richard Gould


Friday August 17 -Thursday August 23

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Ice Age: Continental Drift (1:34) Manny, Diego and company find the long trek home beset by high seas and rambunctious pirates! O The Intouchables (1:52) True tale of the bond that developed between a disabled French aristocrat and his caretaker, a black Muslim ex-con. O Jaws (2:04) Spielberg’s best movie, about a great white shark seeking protein along the New England coast, is really about the terrific acting chemistry between Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss need a bigger boat in mammals Robert Shaw, Roy ‘Jaws,’ playing Wednesday at the Regency and the Sequoia. Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss. O Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (1:31) The globO Moonrise Kingdom (1:33) An island ally renowned Chinese dissident artist is community is turned upside down when two the subject of Alison Klayman’s insightful 12-year-olds run off into the wilderness to documentary. make a life of their own; Bruce Willis, Bill O The Awakening (1:46) A 1920s skeptic Murray and Frances McDormand are among reconsiders her cool scientific outlook when the clueless grownups. she tangles with a ghost at a British boarding O The Odd Life of Timothy Green (1:44) A school. mysterious young boy appears on a childO Beasts of the Southern Wild (1:33) less couple’s doorstep and changes their lives Highly acclaimed film fest fave about life in a forever. Louisiana bayou as seen through the eyes of O ParaNorman (1:33) A weird little kid on a six-year-old girl. speaking terms with the dearly departed is O The Bourne Legacy (2:05) A novice secret the only guy in town who can vanquish a agent with dreams of being the next Jason battalion of ghosts, witches and zombies Bourne is forced to go on the run, spooks on bent on destruction. his tail; Rachel Weisz and Albert Finney star. O The Queen of Versailles (1:40) DocuO Brave (1:35) Disney cartoon about an mentary focuses on Florida billionaires impetuous princess, an eccentric witch, David and Jackie Siegel and their obsession troublemaking triplets and an ancient curse to build the biggest, most ostentatious manthat threatens their kingdom. sion in the USA. O The Campaign (1:37) Political farce about O Ruby Sparks (1:44) A novelist with the sleazy, slimy, mud-slinging congressional writer’s block creates a character so lively battle between unlikely foes Will Ferrell and and inspirational, she appears out of thin air Zach Galifianakis. and in the (comely) flesh. O Celeste and Jesse Forever (1:31) A O Singin’ in the Rain (2:00) Classic musithirtysomething entrepreneur decides to cal comedy about Hollywood’s terrifying dump her sweet slacker husband to save the transition to talking pictures stars Gene relationship…but will it? Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and the awesomely O Clifford’s Really Big Movie (1:13) The acrobatic Donald O’Connor. big red dog runs off and joins the circus! O Sparkle (1:57) Singing sisters Lonette O The Dark Knight Rises (2:45) Bruce (BatMcKee, Irene Cara and Dwan Smith rise man) Wayne emerges from self-imposed exile from a Harlem church choir to stardom as a to take on a ruthless terrorist as well as the ’60s girl group. fabulously feline Catwoman; Christopher NoO Step Up: Revolution (1:39) The dancing lan directs Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. demons of a cutting-edge flash mob take O Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (1:34) on a real estate tycoon who wants to level a Wimpy little Greg Heffley tries to navigate historic Miami neighborhood! the shoals of summer vacation (camp, partO To Rome With Love (1:52) Woody Allen time jobs, public swimming pools) with the kaleidoscope about interconnecting lives in expected horrific results. the Eternal City; Ornella Muti, Judy Davis, O The Expendables 2 (1:42) Sly Stallone, Penelope Cruz and Roberto Benigni star. Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme, O Total Recall (1:58) Remake of the Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic stars Colin the Arnold…any questions? Farrell as a blue-collar dreamer whose life is O Farewell, My Queen (1:40) Sumptuous upended when he goes on a brain-implant French costume drama about Marie Antoifantasy vacation; Kate Beckinsale and Jessica nette’s clever if coldblooded plot to escape Biel costar. the encroaching mob by switching places O 2 Days in New York (1:31) Sequel to “2 with her lady in waiting. Days in Paris” follows French photographer/ O Hope Springs (1:40) Longtime marrieds expatriate Julie Delpy over a tumultuous Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones try to weekend as she and boyfriend Chris Rock reignite that long-lost spark and spice at a contend with an unexpected visit from her cutting-edge couples retreat; Mimi Rogers nettlesome relatives. < and Steve Carrell costar. O

›› MOViE TiMES N2 Days in New York (R) Rafael Film Center: 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (R) Rafael Film Center: 8:45 SatSun 2, 8:45 NThe Awakening (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7:20, 10 Sat 2, 4:45, 7:20, 10 Sun 2, 4:45, 7:20 MonThu 4:45, 7:20 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) ++++ Rafael Film Center: 4:45, 7, 9:15 SatSun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) ++ Century Cinema: 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Century Regency 6: 10:30, 12, 1:35, 3:10, 4:45, 6:20, 7:55, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 12:40, 2:40, 3:50, 5:50, 7:05, 9, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 MonThu 4, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12:40, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:45, 9:40 Sat 12:30, 3:50, 6:45, 9:40 Sun 12:30, 3:50, 6:45 Mon-Thu 3:50, 6:45 Brave (PG) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 4:35 The Campaign (R) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8, 10:25 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 10:55, 12:05, 1:20, 2:40, 3:55, 5:15, 6:30, 7:50, 9, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7, 9:15 NCeleste and Jesse Forever (R) Century Regency 6: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Clifford’s Really Big Movie (G) Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am


New Movies This Week

The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) ++++ Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 3:20, 7, 10:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12, 3:45, 7:20 Lark Theater: 5, 8:30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) ++ Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25 The Expendables 2 (R) Century Northgate 15: 11, 12:10, 1:40, 2:45, 4:20, 5:25, 7:05, 8:05, 9:40, 10:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Farewell, My Queen (R) Century Northgate 15: 9:45 Hope Springs (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9 Century Regency 6: 11, 12:20, 1:40, 3, 4:20, 5:40, 7, 8:20, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 9:55 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Sat 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Sun 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:10 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 4:50, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:20 The Intouchables (R) ++ Century Regency 6: 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Wed-Thu 11:05, 10:05 NJaws (1975) (PG) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 2, 7 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) +++1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:30, 9:50 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 9:50 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30 NThe Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20,

10 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 12:25, 1:50, 3:05, 4:25, 5:45, 7:10, 8:25, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: FriTue 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 1:30, 4:25, 7, 9:25 ParaNorman (PG) Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1:15, 3:40, 6:15, 8:40; 3D showtimes at 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 4:35, 9:25; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 4, 6:30, 9; 3D showtime at 1 The Queen of Versailles (PG) Rafael Film Center: 4:15, 6:30 Ruby Sparks (R) +++1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:15, 7:15, 9:45 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:15, 7:15 Singin’ in the Rain (1952) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 NSparkle (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 12:20, 1:45, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:35, 9:05, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15 Step Up: Revolution (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 2, 10; 3D showtimes at 7:15 To Rome With Love (R) ++ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:55 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:55 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Tue 4:30, 7:10 Wed-Thu 4:30 Total Recall (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:40, 10:35

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

Film Night in the Park presents ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ Saturday night at 8pm in San Anselmo’s Creek Park. Donations appreciated; popcorn, candy and soda pop available for purchase. Call 272-2756 or visit for info. AUGUST 17 – AUGUST 23, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 23


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

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Live music 08/17: Concerts Under the Oaks: The RaveUps Yardbirds ’60s tribute. 6-8 p.m. Free. Oak Plaza, 5800 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 479-3212. www. 08/17: Dirt Floor Band Americana. 9:30pm-1am. $5. Old Western Saloon, Main St., Pt. Reyes Sta.. 663-1661. 08/17: Iamsu and the HBK Gang Hip-hop duo. 10 p.m. $20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 08/17: Jeb Brady Band Blues, R&B. 8 p.m. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/17: Johnny Z and Trenz ’50s-’70s and beyond. 8:30pm-12:30am. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Harbor and Clubhouse on Horseshoe Cove, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. www.presidioyachtclub. org/

08/17: Junius Courtney Big Band with Denise Perrier Part of the Jazz and Blues by the Bay Fri. night outdoor music series. Lawn seating. 6:30 p.m. Free. Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito. 289-4152. 08/17: Keiko Matsui Contemporary Jazz Pianist Keiko Matsui is a truly verstile performer fusing elements of classical, new age, jazz, R&B and ambient music. 2 Shows at 7 and 9:30pm 7-11:30 p.m. $35/$40/$47.50 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

08/17: Poolside Jam featuring the Mike Gibbons Trio Bring a picnic and sit poolside or jump in the water and relax while listening to music. No alcohol or glass allowed. 5-7pm. $5, free for pool pass holders. Strawberry Recreation District, 118 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 383-6494.

08/17: Roy Obiedo and the Urban Latin Jazz PRoject Jazz. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 08/17: Vinyl Rock. 9 p.m. $20. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 08/17: Wendy de Witt “The Queen of Boogie Woogie Piano.” 9pm-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.

08/18-19: Live Local Music on Angel Island Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4:30pm. Ferries available from Tiburon and S.F. Rain will cancel. 2-4:30pm. Free. Cove Cantina & Oyster Bar, Angel Island. www. 08/18: Cup O’ Joe Funk, r&b, jazz. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.perisbar. com 08/18: Eldon Brown Band Americana. 9:30pm1am. $5. Old Western Saloon, Main St., Pt. Reyes Sta.. 663-1661. 08/18: Saturday Live 1-4pm David and John, jazz. 5-8pm Amy Katchur, Brazilian jazz. 9pm The Afrofunk Experience, funk. 1pm-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 33124 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 17 - AUGUST 23, 2012


08/18: Sofi Rox and Dick Bright, Forest Sun Concerts in the Mill Valley Plaza present. Indie/Pop, Americana/Folk. 3-5pm. Free. Mill Valley Depot Plaza, Throckmorton & Miller Aves, Mill Valley. 721-1856. 08/18: The English Beat Intimate venue to see some pop royalty doing their thing. With Dave Wakeling. Doors at 9pm. 10 p.m. $20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. http:// 08/18: The Fall Risk Rock. With Jeff Pehrson of Further. 7:30 p.m. $15. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 08/18: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Free. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 08/18:The Cheeseballs,THUMP Dance hits from the ’70s-’90s. 8:30-11pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

08/19: An Afternoon With The Danny Montana Band Country and western swing, blues. 1-5pm. $5., kids free. Maple Lawn Estate, 1312 Mission Street (top of , San Rafael. 721-7661.

08/19: Hank Maninger and the Tear Jerkers Honky-tonk. 12-3 p.m. No cover, lunch encouraged. The Sand Dollar, 3458 Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach. 868-0434. 08/19: Jeff Wessman Tribute to Sinatra and Friends. Part of the Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 08/19: New Monsoon Barbecue on the Lawn show. With Dead Winter Carpenters. Doors at 3pm. 4 p.m. $17-20. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/19: Sunday Salsa with Mazacote Featuring Louie Romero. 5-10pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/20: Local Talent Acoustic. 8-10pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 3312899. 08/21: Core Tuesday Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay Area artists. 9:30 p.m.1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 08/21: Noel Jewkes with friends Jazz saxophone. 8-10pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/21: SSV Trio Original Jazz, blues. WIth Mitch Stein, keys; Tony Saunders, bass and drummer Bill Vitt. 9 p.m. $10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

08/21: Steve Wolf,Teja Bell, David Smadbeck and Iseult Jordan Blues, rock, fingerstyle guitar. 9 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

08/21: Swing Fever Music of Harold Arlen. 7-11pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993. 08/22: Chris Peck the Town Crier w/La Fiva plus Major Powers and the Lowfi Symphony Funk. 9pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax.

08/22: Gary Vogensen & Austin deLone Blues, r&b. 8:30 p.m. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 08/22: James Nash and the Nomads FeaturingJeff Miller, guitar; John R. Burr, keys; DeWayne Pate, bass and Paul Revelli, drums. 9 p.m. $10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 08/22: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic guitar and vocals. 7-11pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/22: Whiskey Family Band Original old timey Americana/bluegrass with Jason Beard, Josh and Zack Brough. 8 p.m. Free. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 08/22:Marcello and Seth Tango. 8-11pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

Shana Morrison comes back to life Aug. 24 at the Sweetwater.

Sundays: Town Center Summer Music Series Town Center Summer Music Series every Sunday afternoon through September 30 from 2pm to 4pm in the center court area in front of the Elephant Fountain. Fun for whole family. 2-4 p.m. Free. Town Center, 100 Corte Madera Town Ctr, Corte Madera . 924-2961 .

08/23: Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic Zydeco, hip-hop, jazz, blues. 9 p.m. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 3883850. 08/23: LIP-Sticks with Paula Helene Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993.

08/23: MAGC Summer Concert Series: Family Lines Trio Original folk, blues, roots. Part of the Marin Art & Garden Center summer concert series. Every Thursday. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10, kids free. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260. 08/23: The Billylove Express Funk, soul originals. 8 p.m. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/24: Elliot’s Evil Plan Blues, rock. With Cathey Cotton. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 08/24: Hapa Pan-Polynesian/Hawaiian music. 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/24: Notorious Six piece, high-energy band. Rock covers. 9:30pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Concerts 08/19: Consort Chorale 19th Annual Summer Concert Consort Chorale premieres Kevin Memley’s “Magnificat” & “Gloria” for chorus, brass quintet, timpani, percussion, & Memley on piano. Allan Petker’s Bay Area chorale also performs a cappella selections. 7-8:15pm. $18. and students $10. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 568-0550.

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08/24: Shana Morrison & Caledonia with Andy and Renee Pop, jazz, rock. 8 p.m. $15.

dances of the English countryside. Live music, experienced callers, refreshments. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfy shoes. Second and fourth Sundays. 2-4:30pm. $12. Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-3077. http:// 08/23: Dance at Sweat Your Prayers Dance to Ecstatic World Music on beautiful sprung wood dance floor. Join the tribe and let go of stress, worry and tension as you express your most creative self. Beginners welcome. 7-9pm. $15. San Geronimo Community Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road, , San Geronimo.

Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. Fridays: Live Music @ Max’s Rock. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Boulevard, Corte Madera.

tions for the Fall Dance Concert at 6 pm or on Aug. 25 at noon in the Dance Center, Kentfield Campus. No prep necessary. Attend only one date. College of

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08/24: Country Friday Night Country western dance alternating between couples and line dancing. Lessons from 7pm-8, and open dancing from 8-11:30 pm. Pot luck, water for sale. 7-11:30pm. $10 for lessons and dance, $7 for just the dance, and $5 for NHI members The Clubhouse at Novato Horsemens, 600 Bugeia Ln., Novato.

Theater/Auditions 08/17-09/23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Liarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Shakespeare Company presents the West Coast premiere of a new comedy set in the flamboyant cavalier period about a charming man whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pathological liar. Picnics welcome. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488 . 08/18: Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare loads up Cupidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arsenal for a comic battle of the sexes and mistaken identities in Curtain Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor perfomances in Old Mill Park. Great for all ages! 2pm. Free. Old Mill Park, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. 510-708-9837.

Through 08/26: Circle Mirror Transformation During a sixweek adult Creative Drama class, four strangers and their teacher learn more about themselves than they do about acting. $36-57; under30 $20, rush $15, senior discount available Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 3885208.

Through 08/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Journey: Chronicles in Clay Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Terra Linda Ceramic Artists chronicle their personal journey working in clay. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. www. or www.terralindaceramics. com Through 08/19:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Horizonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Artwork by MarinMOCA artist members will be featured in the main gallery exhibition. Works by Richmond artist Jeffrey Sully will be in the Hamilton Gallery. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 637-9730.

Through 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. During the opening reception of his solo show the artist will share his creating process. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454.

Through 08/26: Mary Hardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Master Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Treasures From The Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Botanical art that is not often seen; one that exalts plant matter as it exists within an ecosystem, with all its holes, rips, insect bites, dried leaves, withered seed blossoms, and empty seed pods.. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. http://www.spn.usace.

Through 08/29: Andrew Spalding:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Have a Look-Seeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Through 09/08: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Our Countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Porchlight Theatre Company presents this outdoor production. A British officer in 1780s organizes a stage play with a cast of misfit and illiterate prisoners. Picnics welcome. 7:30pm. $15-30. Redwood Amphitheatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis The Marin Society of Artists Drake Blvd., Ross . 251-1027. www. celebrates 85 years with an exhibit, featuring the works of Linda Olive, above, and other members, at the Through 09/30: A MidsumMarin Civic Center. mer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream Marin Shakespeare resets its outdoor production of 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 .

Comedy 08/21: Mark Pitta Tuesday comedy night. With special guests. 8 p.m. $16-26. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/23: Kevin Meaney Standup comedy. 8 p.m. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Art 08/17-09/13: Pacific Sun Photo Contest Winners Exhibition View the winning entries for our 2012 Photography Contest. Photos will be on display in the back dining room. 11:30am-9pm. Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G St., San Rafael. 485-6700 ext. 306.

08/20-12/10:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marin Society of Artists: 85 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Non-juried member group exhibition. First and Third floors. 9am-5pm. no charge Marin Civic Center Building Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael.

Solo exhibit of photography by Andrew Spalding. In the Valley Room of the Maurice Del Mue Galleries. Reception 4-7pm Aug. 12. 10:30am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francs Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 ext. 252.

Through 08/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Realm of Dreamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. 4822453.

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08/19: John of God Meditation Group Experience the power of the entities from the healing center of John of God in Brazil. Bring your requests for healing to this meditation. 2-3:30pm. No charge. St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael. 08/24: Rigoletto Opera preview SF Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming preview lecture sponsored by the Marin chapter of the SF Opera Guild. Featured speaker will be UC Santa Barbara musicologist, Derek Katz. Refreshments at 7:30pm. 8:30-9pm. $10-12. Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Ave., San Rafael. 457-1118.


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08/17: Laura Lippman The author reads from her new novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;And When She Was Good.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/18: Gail Tsukiyama Literary Luncheon Catered by Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant of San Anselmo. Gail Tsukiyama reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Hundred Flowers.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $55 includes lunch and an autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/18: Marianne Betterly Left Coast Writers Launch. Marianne Betterly and other featured poets present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Poetry.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 08/19: Fault Lines Journal Marin County poet Terri Glass hosts the first Bay Area reading of Fault Lines, a new West Coast journal which includes work from 70 poets from British Columbia to San Francisco. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/20: Selden Edwards Edwards talks about his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lost Prince.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 08/24: Daniel Wolff Wolff talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fight For Home: How (Parts Of) New Orleans Came Back.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 08/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Film Night in the Park: Surf Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Turfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Two films serving up a taste of land and sea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Cyclesâ&#x20AC;? is the story of the bike, from its creation to its demise. Sea film TBA. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. 08/17: Occupy the Bay documentary Local filmmaker Kevin Pina presents his film about the Occupy Movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique activies in the Bay Area that have gained national and worldwide attention. 7:30-9:30pm. $5-10 donation. First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Dr., San Rafael. 924-3227.

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Aug.18; 10am-5pm Aug. 19. $6. Marin Showcase Theatre, 19 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. www. 08/18: Back In Time Step back in time to about 18,000 years ago & watch as the sea level rises to form one of the largest natural estuaries in the world called the SF Bay Estuary at the Bay Model. 10:30-11:30am. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

08/18: Green and Organic: An Eco Experience 9am Yoga; 10am Breakfast by Whole Foods Market; 11am Green Spa, facials, makeup, hair and nails; With organic lunch cafe, wellness, organic beer/ wine and live music. 9am-4pm. Donations appreciated. Marina Plaza Park, 2330 Marinship Way, Sausalito. 289-1001.

08/19: Green Sangha Marin Monthly Retreat Meditation and awakened environmental action. Guest speaker: Dale Miller, President of the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association. Please bring eco-friendly snack to share. No plastic please. 10am-1pm. Free, donations accepted. Tiburon. 510532-6574. 08/19: Sunday Morning Qi Gong Obtain powerful tools for self healing. You are also invited to stay afterwards for a positive, life-affirming service at 10am. 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested $10 donation. Corte Madera Rec Center Patio, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera,. 389-8707. 08/19: Yoga in Bolinas Park, Fairfax Free outdoor yoga class taught by Yoga Mountain Studio owner Sienna Smith. Live music by Todd Boston. All levels/ages welcome. Please bring a mat. 9:30-11am. Free. Bolinas Park, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 4599642.

08/22: MIC Forum: Taxes and the November CA Ballot MIC offers a forum with Anne Ryan, from CompassPoint, who will lead us in an educational, interactive review of the various tax related initiatives that will be on the ballot this November. 7pm. Free, $10-20 suggested donation. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 456-6957. www. 08/22: Team Trivia Cafe Team trivia contest, hosted by Howard Rachelson, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master of Trivia, featuring great questions, music and visuals, and cash prizes. 7:30-9:30pm. $4 entry/player (goes to prizes for winners) Broken Drum, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. Tuesdays: New Moms Support Group Drop in, weigh baby, get to know other moms, relax and share experiences. Facilitated by Newborn expert Georgia Montgomery. Help with feeding, sleep and balancing your busy lives. Repeats every Tuesday. 11am-12:30pm Donations welcome. UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 608-8308. Wednesdays: The Eldersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Circle This group uses the Principals of Attitudinal Healing to face such problems as aging, relationships, loneliness, and illness. Facilitated by trained volunteers. 10-11:30am. Free, donations welcome. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 457-1000.

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a fun time in Creek Park. 2-4 p.m. Free. Creek Park, At the hub, between Sir Francis Drake Blvd and San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 258-4640. 08/17: Pajama Night Kids put on their pajamas and enjoy pizza, crafts, stories and face painting fun. 6-9 p.m. $25-30. Doodlebug, 641 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 456-5989. 08/18: Fish Feeding Frenzy Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of rock cod, sea stars, and steelhead trout. 2-2:30 p.m. Free Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

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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. Wednesdays: Fairfax Farmers Market Wear some flowers in your hair at this charming market featuring West Marin farmers, food purveyors, and artists. Bring your own bags to help keep the event green. 4-8pm. Bolinas Park, Broadway Blvd and Pacheco Ave, Fairfax. 472-6100.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) You may be caught up in legal issues, but you shouldn’t let that spoil your weekend. Friday’s New Moon is perfect for making a fresh start—preferably in the area of romance or creativity. Attend that gala art opening, flirt with an artist. It could be satisfying on many levels. On Monday, most practical problems can be solved easily. Instead of hiring a lawyer, try cooperating. Think of the art you can buy with the money you save. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Things could be a little tense at work, but try to rise above the fray. If you resent being told what to do, you’ll only make things worse. Over the weekend, you’re meant to indulge your love of good food. On Wednesday, it occurs to you that there are only four weeks left to enjoy summer. Fortunately for you frugal types, the BBQ grills and outdoor lounge chairs are on sale—AND you still have vacation days to use. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) It’s time to figure out what your ideal environment would be. Even if you don’t have plans to move soon, you are encouraged to consider what (and whom) you like having in your neighborhood. You are exploring possibilities without being too concerned about the details. You’re not completely free from your innate tendency to over-analyze your options, but, you ARE willing to look at a broader range of choices—even one that requires learning another language... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Being the cautious type often prevents you from taking financial risks. However, sometimes it keeps you from making ANY sort of changes to the way you handle money. This week’s transits make you braver about managing your finances. Don’t worry. You aren’t about to buy a house you can’t afford or fly around the world on credit cards. However, if you eventually DO want to buy a home or see the world, now’s the time to start planning. LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) Whether you gamble with money, love or fame, you are willing to risk a little to gain a lot. This weekend, trust clever Mercury in your sign to make sure you know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em. Still awaiting birthday greetings? Expect the sentimental Moon to send out reminders Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, you relinquish center stage to Virgo as the spotlighting Sun moves out of your sign. Fortunately, your pals are sticking with you... VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) Although you’re waiting in the wings for most of this week, you know you’re up next in the zodiac party circuit. The Moon in your sign over the weekend helps you get comfortable with the idea of being noticed—just in time for your Wednesday birthday month debut. Meanwhile, this week emphasizes your romantic agility. You may spend your free time adeptly rescuing one flaky friend after another. Ah, yes, Virgo—that’s one of the things we all love about you. LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) Career progress is being made via socializing with important business contacts. Thanks to the influence of charming Venus on your professional standing, you’re likely to be particularly popular with the VIPs. Meantime, you’re feeling that your personal life is in crisis mode, and you just may be right. If you let your emotions remain rooted in past hurts, you are creating your own unnecessary suffering. Drop the baggage and move on. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) As your ruler (fateful Pluto) occupies the ambitious sign of Capricorn, you are dealing with some heavy career issues. A compulsion to succeed at any cost needs to be acknowledged and removed from your agenda. It’s never easy for you to give up on a desire. You enjoy being described as powerful, but flinch at accusations of being a control freak. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to choose determination over manipulation. This forecast will self-destroy after reading... SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) Your intimate life appears to be quite romantic, while friendships are a lot of hard work. These two sectors of your life are on different paths—one smooth, one rocky. You have lessons to learn in regard to being a pal—starting with being more agreeable and less of a know-it-all. So, while OK in the lust department, you’re a bit weak in the camaraderie department. Start with the premise that you might not know more than everyone else and go from there... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Do you feel poised on the brink of transformation? It’s never been so important to nourish the body and excite the spirit. This is a time of dual strengthening as the planets bring intense levels of development on the physical and emotional planes of existence. On a lighter note, you can easily attract admirers thanks to matchmaking Venus in your relationship house. When you get tired of revolutionizing your life, enjoy a romantic fling or two. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) You pride yourself on being rational and you do have excellent intellectual skills—except when you have to deal with financial matters. The brain fog rolls in as soon as you start thinking about money—making it, spending it, saving it, sharing it. You want to believe this is a short-term influence, but in fact, you won’t really have a clear fiscal plan for years. You will, however, find much beauty in the non-materialistic elements of life. Treasure the experience. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) If anyone can take a strange situation and turn it into something magical, it’s you. But first, you play the victim before your innate wizardry shows up. At any rate, Friday evening’s sadness turns into an opportunity for bliss before the week is over. You should keep this in mind. That way you can skip the whining and moaning and go straight for the pleasure and enchantment. 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129973 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOFITEL MASSAGE, 514 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHING MEI WONG, 165 MING CT., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 28, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129959 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STUDIO C, 699 FOREST WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CARLA E. BROOKS, 699 FOREST WAY, 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 July 18, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 18, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129992 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN HOTELS LLC., 706 MEADOW SWEET DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: MARIN HOTELS LLC., 706 MEADOW SWEET DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. 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 23, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130004 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MADERA FURNITURE, 1585 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JAYME DEAN STUBBINGS, 231 SAN FRANCISCO BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94860. 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 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129838 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOPHIA’S PARADISE; JEWELRY & MORE, 26 MEDWAY RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ERICKA A. BARILLAS CORADO, 345 BAHIA LN., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; DOUGLAS MUNDO, 345 BAHIA LN., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 July 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130010 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE PASQUAN LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, 18 EUCALYPTUS RD., BELVEDERE, CA 94920: STEPHAN L. PASQUAN, 18 EUCALYPTUS RD., BELVEDERE, CA 94920; PAMELA PASQUAN, 15 PROSPECT AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 11, 1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129864 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CARMEN ECOLOGICAL CONSULTING, 145 ELDRIDGE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WILLIAM JOHN CARMEN, 145 ELDRIDGE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 July 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129849 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAUSALITO TACO SHOP, 1115 BRIDGEWAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: BREE THATCHER, 304 SACRAMENTO WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 July 3, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130030 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAMBOO STUDIO, 720 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ANDREW WOLOSHKO, 720 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; ANNA WOLOSHKO, 720 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 July 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129937 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IMPROVCONSULTANTS, 116 VILLA AVENUE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LISA SAFRAN, 116 VILLA AVENUE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129976 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUCK NICKELS, 78 MADRONE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LAWRENCE R. CRAGG, 78 MADRONE AVE., 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 N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130039 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HEAR SO GOOD, 2154 4TH ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LEE M. WEISSMAN Au.D AUDIOLOGIST PROFESSIONAL CORP., 2154 4TH ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129963 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SWEET LIFE PRODUCTIONS, 17 GROVE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CAMILLE GOLDBERG, 17 GROVE 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 July 18, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129998 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BADRI’S DESIGN, 355 ORCHID DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: FUTEMEH HAGHANI, 355 ORCHID DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 July 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130073 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOUNTAIN SPA, 817 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THU TRAN, 2145 W CHERRYWOOD LN, ANAHEIM, CA 92801. 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 August 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130092 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE SHIP’S STORE; FOG CITY HARBOR SHOP, 100 BAY ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: NORMAN PEARCE, 576 14TH ST. #2, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103; ROBERT RUBY, 150 FORREST AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 2, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129972 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THOMPSON PACIFIC CONSTRUCTION, 10 HOTELING COURT, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: PETER THOMPSON, 10 HOTELING COURT,

KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 11, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on July 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129995 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOL DOC MUSIC, 2845 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JEREMY RUSSELL SOTO KNUDSEN, 2845 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 23, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130007 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EVIL OCTOPUS, 319 OAKDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: PETER R SHUMAR, 319 OAKDALE 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 July 23, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130105 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAN DOMENICO SWIMMING, 20 LOCUST AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: MARIN SWIM LLC., 20 LOCUST AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. 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 August 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130114 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as REMAX PROS, 10 SOUTH KNOLL RD. #4, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: REAL PROPERTIES INC., 6250 STATE FARM DR., ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 3, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 201 2) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129950 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ZIP CAR COVERS, 81 FOREST LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: RICHARD P. STAVRO, 81 FOREST LANE, 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 August 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130098 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MLS PLUS, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: SOPHIA ROSE PRIOLO, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 8, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 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 1203204. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SARAH ROSSI, 1012 2ND ST., NOVATO, CA 94945 filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ALYSSA LEIGH PARSEGIAN to ALYSSA LEIGH ROSSI. 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: September 17, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 11, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: GAIL/ STEPHAN GOLDBERG: UNIT #D-88; GOLRIZ JAHANGIRI: UNIT #RA18; SANDRA SMITH: UNIT #D-49. Pacific Sun: (August 10, 17, 2012)

NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1203277 In the Matter of: The Gerald G. Hoytt Revocable Trust, dated July 26, 1993, Gerald G. Hoytt, Decedent. Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above-named decedent, who died on June 19, 2012, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Superior Court, at P.O. Box 4988, San Rafael, California 94913-4988, and mail a copy to LEE HOYTT, as Successor Trustee of the Gerald G. Hoytt Revocable Trust dated July 26, 1993, of which the decedent was the settlor, c/o Zuckerman & McQuiller, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2480, San Francisco, California 94111, within the later of four (4) months after the date of the first publication of notice to creditors or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, sixty (60) days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt request. Lee Hoytt, c/o Zuckerman & McQuiller, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2480, San Francisco, California 94111. Tel (415) 392-1980, Fax (415) 392-4016. (Pacific Sun/ Publication Dates: July 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1203652. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MICHELLE SIMOTAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: DYLAN EVERSON TROEN to DYLAN TROEN SIMOTAS. 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: October 12, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: August 8, 2012 /s/ ROY CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2012)

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I’m in love. This person makes me feel like a shakenup Coke bottle ready to explode with happiness! But, not even my therapist understands. She wants to hand me pills for the problem. Being in love isn’t the problem; it’s the fact that I’m in love with someone who doesn’t exist. I’m 19, and I’ve been in love with him for nine years, since I was a kid with no friends. I love him for his courage and willingness to help. He’d run faster than anyone in the world to catch me when I fall. I understand that he isn’t real and that I’m supposed to have had real relationships with real men by now. (I have the complete capability to get a real guy and have let lots of opportunities go by because of him!) Why am I in love with someone who will never love me back? How can something so unreal feel so good?—Clinging


Well, you do have a great way to get those pesky flesh-and-blood guys off the phone: “Gotta go. Just heard my boyfriend’s unicorn pull up outside my apartment.” When you are 7 and have no friends, an imaginary boyfriend is the ideal tea party guest. When you’re 19 and turning down real live guys for Prince Nonexistent But Charming, you’re digging yourself into a psychological ditch. You’ve been engaging in the literal version of what clinical psychologist Dr. Robert Firestone deemed a “fantasy bond”—when two (actually existing) people use the pretense that they have love as a way of avoiding the risks of real love. In Fear of Intimacy, Firestone calls this “an addictive mode” of retreating to “an emotionally deadened existence.” (Kinda takes the imaginary bloom off the imaginary 26 dozen roses, huh?) An imaginary boyfriend never shoots you a disappointed look when you go back for more pie, but he also never challenges you in the good ways a real boyfriend would. A real relationship requires compromise and empathy. It’s also an interpersonal flashlight of sorts, pushing you to grow as a person by highlighting what’s less than ideal about you—stuff you can’t learn by spending your nights going to second base with your pillow. There are risks in dating a guy you can’t put your hand through. He might try to catch you when you’re falling but miss or not even notice you’re falling because he’s staring at some other girl’s jigglies. Of course, there are also risks in not taking a risk with somebody real, like waking up at 40 and realizing you’ve been pretending to have a life for 30 years. Retiring from your emotional slackerhood starts with evicting “that special nobody” from your head. Whenever he pops into mind, recite the Turkish alphabet or count backward from 100. (You can’t do these things and moon over him at the same time.) You might even follow the lead of comedian Amy Sedaris, who told David Letterman that her imaginary boyfriend, Ricky, had been murdered— brutally stabbed 18 times. If that’s too violent for your taste, maybe tell yourself that yours finally realized he’s gay and he’s off at a pool party comparing little gold Speedos with his imaginary new boyfriend.


I’m 50-something, as is this man I met at a meeting for a nonprofit. We exchanged some emails, and then he asked me out. The week before our date, he texted me, asking me to go on a several-day trip with him, and he clearly wasn’t kidding. I found this inappropriate—my return text made that clear—and I nixed our date. He responded that he didn’t want to be with anyone so touchy, who couldn’t take him for who he is. Wouldn’t any man in his right mind know this invitation was out of bounds?—Apparently Touchy


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A man can have a crazy thought fly into his head, like “We’ve emailed three times already. Let’s spend 44 hours together in bed!” If he’s in possession of the Adult Social Skills worksheet, he’ll keep that thought parked in its thought hangar, predicting that a woman will answer as you did: “Don’t mind if I don’t.” This guy might’ve had a shot with you if he’d immediately pulled back: “Sorry...a little rushed on my part. Gimme another chance.” But, why would you want to take him for who he is—a guy who screws up and then hurls blame at you instead of taking responsibility? I mean, come on—for a woman who isn’t 22 and really impulsive or a needy mess, a weekend getaway invite from some man she talked to at a meeting is probably about as tempting as “So...deserted country road at 8? I’ll be the guy carrying the rope coil and the duct tape.” < © 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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