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›› LETTERS If we outlaw irony, only outlaws will use irony! Listen up you bleeding heart liberals. After the debacle in Colorado, I thought: How wrong you are again. It’s not less guns—but more. If everyone in that theater were armed the shooter would not stand a chance. He would be gunned down at the first sign of trouble. Oh, there might be a few casualties in the crossfire, especially in the dark, but the bad guy would be down and that’s a small price to pay for freedom. I propose that everyone, including children, should be required to be armed as soon as they are out their door. We’re developing a tiny, lightweight gun for the kids—like that little one that got dinged at the movies. The peace of mind we all would have knowing that we could defend ourselves against any perceived threat would be comforting. We need to look to role models like George Zimmerman for inspiration. To quote one of the wisest philosophers of our time, the great senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, “the definition of empathy is choosing sides.” Which side are you on? Name Withheld, San Rafael

Perhaps we should rethink where we purchase groceries... Passing a cyclist, I straddled the double yellow line, so she didn’t feel I was about to shave the hairs off her arm. It was quite safe to pass. The officer who stopped me said, “You live in California, so you know that it’s against the law to cross a double yellow line.” Since I got this ticket, I have paid attention to double yellow lines and cyclists. A consis-

tent feature of West Marin roads is the double yellow line. I drove from Bolinas to Mill Valley. I witnessed seven people breaking this law. I drove from Bolinas to Fairfax. I witnessed nine people breaking this law. I drove from Bolinas to Dillon Beach. I witnessed 23 people breaking this law. (It was a weekend) That’s not per day, just during my trips. Can you imagine what would happen if everyone obeyed this law and didn’t pass cyclists? I tried it one day. I stayed behind a cyclist. After a few minutes the cyclist began waving me on. I didn’t break the law. After five more minutes, the car behind me honked their horn. I noticed several more cars forming an impatient line behind me. There was more honking. I didn’t break the law. To pass the time I calculated how long it was going to take me to get to Whole Foods in Mill Valley. It’s 20 miles. Usually the trip from Bolinas (without breaking speeding laws) takes about 45 minutes by car. Behind the cyclist I figured

TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK TOWNSQUARE ›› Marin to tuna industry: ‘Sorry, Charlie…’ This week, Marin District Attorney Edward Berberian announced a major victory in the war against tuna shortchanging--when the “big three” tuna packers agreed to pay $3.3 milli... A case of “legitimate rape”? Disgusting Republican thinks so....! This comment from a Republican man shows just how little they care about women... Hillary Turns Down Offer to be Vice President During Thursday night’s “The Kudlow Report” on CNBC,“The Amateur” author Ed Klein said that according to sources within the Clinton camp, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton w...

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Regarding Mary Jane Burke’s op-ed, I should say pitch, for Proposition 30 [Gov. Brown’s education-funding tax initiative]. The Federation of American Immigration Reform estimates that it costs the state of California $10.5 billion annually to incarcerate, educate and provide health care for the 3 million illegal immigrants residing in the state. Am I missing something here? Ten-and-a-half billion dollars goes a long way toward fixing that $16 billion deficit without raising taxes or cutting services for the legal residents of CaliTraffic out of Bolinas was reportedly backed up for hours last time Vivienne fornia. It’s really a matter of made a Ben & Jerry’s run. priority; shouldn’t we educate and provide health care for the I was traveling an average of 7 miles an hour. legal residents of this state first? If Gov. Brown That’s nearly three hours. really wants to “level with the people of CaliI broke the law. Anyone else believe we fornia,” he would have an honest discussion need to rethink this? with us about immigration reform. Vivienne Verdon-Roe, Bolinas

was not able to provide adequate ID. And by your own admission, PG&E initially said that it didn’t have any workers in the area at the time. Now, he may have been bona fide— but it troubles me that PG&E uses contract employees, lets them make visits in their own vehicles, and apparently doesn’t keep track of their movements. How carefully do they check these people out before they hire them, if they are this loose in their other requirements? This should be a heads-up to the SRPD, who should put PG&E on notice that they had better do better than this! Lil Walters, San Rafael

This fee is a powder keg, much like our properties... An illegal move by the Legislature and the governor is going to cost the owners of 15,000 structures in Marin $115 per structure, per year. This new Cal Fire tax is particularly onerous because the residents of Marin and five other counties will receive no additional fire protection and because we already pay a

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State parks already blowing hidden $54 mil on new signs... You are on a roll with the State Parks mismanagement! Jacob Shafer’s “Parks and Wreck” article [Aug. 10] is SO on point!!! Unfortunately, it looks like your art department used some old “stock” photo of Samuel P. Taylor signage. For the next issue of the Pacific Sun, show two photos: old “stock” photo and a current photo of the signage. This would really get people talking and continue your excellent coverage on such an important issue! You ROCK!!! Richard Morris, Kentfield

PG&E conducting safety inspections? That IS suspicious... Regarding the last article in the Newsgrams of your latest issue [“PG&E Imposter Not an Imposter After All,” Aug. 17], perhaps your writer Julie Vader should have been at the meeting I attended on Monday night at the Panama Hotel, where the new San Rafael police chief told us about this incident. What we were told was that this person was very insistent about getting into the house and 5 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 24 - AUGUST 30, 2012

One of our favorite passages from ‘Walden’ is Thoreau’s tirade against the Cal Fire fee.

fire prevention fee for our existing services. Instead, this is just a sneaky gimmick to prop up an otherwise crippled state budget. The Marin United Taxpayers Association insists that the Cal Fire fee is an illegal tax forbidden by Proposition 218 in that no direct services are to be provided in exchange for the $115 fee per habitable structure. Alex Easton-Brown, Lagunitas

Phelps’ primary event is the 4x20... I know Michael Phelps won a lot of gold at the Olympics, but I still call him Long Bong Silver. Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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rapped in a proposed tax hike to help pay for Marin parks and open space are issues that stretch back to 1972, implications that derive from a famous (or infamous) restriction on property tax—and the Marin version of peace in the Middle East. In a unanimous vote Aug. 7, Marin supervisors approved putting Measure A on the November ballot. If passed, the measure will hike the county sales tax a quarter-cent for nine years. At the current rate of consumption in Marin, that quarter-cent hike would raise about $10 million each year. Out of that, the county’s parks and open space programs would received 65 percent of the income; farmland preservation would receive 20 percent of the revenue; cities, towns and special districts would receive 15 percent. Marin County Parks would use $5.2 million a year to “restore important natural areas including watersheds and wetlands, reduce wildfire risk, maintain existing county parks and preserves, improve visitor services, and improve public safety,” according to the parks department. It would use $1.3 million a year to “acquire for preservation additional lands to fulfill Marin County Parks Strategic Plan goals related to permanent preservation of land for public open space, community separators, wildlife corridors, greenbelts and habitat.”

Taking that $1.3 million a year to advance the goals of the strategic plan goes back to a vision that resulted in the formation in 1972 of the Marin County Open Space District. The county now has 16,000 acres of protected open space. “Preservation of all these precious places in Marin was not an accident,” says Linda Dahl, director and general manager of Marin County Parks. “Voters directed the establishment of the Open Space District, and through a countywide parcel tax they developed a means to acquire and steward the natural lands.” That open space now permeates Marin and in large part defines the county. The plan to use parcel-tax income to buy and steward open space and to protect it from rampant development took a big hit in 1978 with the passage of Proposition 13, which restricted the amount of money the county could collect to purchase and husband parks and open space. “The intent of the voters was still there,” says Dahl. “They wanted us to acquire the lands. They wanted us to take good care of the lands, but Prop. 13 had a lot of unintended consequences, and this was one of them.” Proposition 13 rolled back property assessments to 1975 levels and capped property tax increases at 2 percent a year. The proposition freezes the amount of property tax on a property at the time 8 > of purchase, with only that yearly


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Huffman urges lawmakers to oppose CEQA ‘power play’ More than 30 Democratic legislators have signed on to a letter this week urging Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez to oppose a proposal to weaken the California Environmental Quality Act. The letter, originating from the office of Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman, was in response to proposed changes to CEQA by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, among others business interests, which would exempt projects from CEQA if they comply with local planning documents that have already undergone environmental review. As it is now under CEQA, an environmental review is required for a project if there’s a fair argument based on substantive evidence that a project will have a significant environmental effect. In the letter, Huffman calls CEQA an “important law” that “could probably be improved while retaining its many benefits—but only if such improvements are undertaken in a good faith process and are crafted very carefully.” He says the “major changes” now floating around Sacramento are being “advanced by special interests in an end-of-session power play.” “As you know,” writes Huffman,“this 42-year-old law has made countless projects better by requiring consideration of environmental impacts. It has protected communities from pollution and allowed citizens to have a voice in decisions affecting their neighborhoods, public health, and quality of life. The protections CEQA affords are too important to change without careful, thoughtful analysis and review by stakeholders, the public, and a full, deliberative legislative process.” Chick-fil-A proposes to Novato “Would you like flak with that?” is the question they’ll be asking in Novato—as the controversial Chick-fil-A chain has purchased the Carl’s Jr. building at 35 Rowland Way. Though little known in the Bay Area, the Atlanta-based fast-food chain made national headlines this summer when company president Dan Cathy stepped into the gay-marriage debate by telling a Baptist publication he supported the “biblical definition of marriage” and that to support gay marriage is to invite “God’s judgment on our nation.” The comments sparked a heated backlash from gay-rights advocates—with “kissing protests” held at various Chick-fil-A restaurants, including its thus-far only Bay Area franchise in Fairfield. In their criticism of Cathy’s statement, gay-rights advocates pointed out that there is no “definition of marriage” in the Bible, though it does contain instances of polygamy, the stoning of adulterous women and the legal treatment of wives as property of their husbands. In light of the unwanted publicity, the chain’s management quickly backtracked, vowing to stay out of politics and to keep its focus on frying up its char-grilled chicken sandwiches, waffle-potato fries and Chick-n-Minis. Chick-fil-A purchased the site next to Moylan’s brewpub for $2.7 million, but doesn’t plan to move in for more than a year. 8



It’s raining emergency responders! After shocking collision, one question remained: Where’d Tiburon find all these hunks? by N ik k i Silve r ste in


thetic about his pain. Placing my hand on his shoulder, I told him an ambulance was on the way. Two policemen arrived first, blocking off the area with their cruisers. Helpful and handsome fellows. Paramedics followed. These men were absolutely beautiful. They kept on coming. A truck full of firemen pulled up. One hunk after another bounded toward us. Were we on a movie set? This must be a casting call to find the newer, younger version of George Clooney. Did I have on my cute yoga pants that accentuate my bubble butt? No. Was I wearing even a hint of makeup or just a little lip shine? Of course not. The gorgeous men evaluated the young boy and the reckless biker. Both would recover. With that finished, I wanted to get out of there before someone figured out that I saw the whole thing. I grabbed Kate. “They’re so cute,” she said. “And, they love Kayden. Why are we leaving?” Just then a police officer motioned to me and pulled his notebook out of his breast pocket. I told him what I saw, glossing over the f---ing dog part. He smiled, explaining that a dog didn’t cause the accident and that riders must maintain a safe speed. Another witness, a cyclist, stated the man was going 25 mph. Way too fast. I dragged Kate away, just in case the officer changed his mind about Kayden. Now I’m left with a million questions. Where do you Tiburon public service guys come from? Are you genetically engineered? Are you single? Surely, some of you are single. Where do you hang out? Why haven’t I ever seen any of you before? Most of you look kind of young for me. Got an older brother, a father? I just want someone from your gene pool. Who hires you? I bet it’s a woman. How do I get into your HR department? Clearly, for the sake of this column, we need to delve further into the workings of the Tiburon Police and Fire departments. I must interview each of you gentlemen individually (hopefully over a candlelight dinner). Please email me your availability for our, er, meeting. In the meantime, we hope that Tiburon’s finest will patrol Blackie’s Pasture, catching speeding bikers before they mow down another kid. And, if you have a lull in the traffic, look for Kate and me. I promise that both of our dogs will be on leash. <

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VEven in affluent Marin, there are people who have nowhere to live. Homeward Bound of Marin believes that everyone deserves a place to call home. Working toward that goal, the nonprofit agency recently purchased property on Nave Drive in Novato to build approximately 15 homes for low-income families. This week, Homeward Bound secured a $400,000 loan from the city of Novato to help develop the property. The agency is the county’s chief provider of shelter and residential services for homeless families and individuals, serving approximately 1,400 people per year. Because of the invaluable work they are doing to end homelessness in Marin and provide safety, dignity and hope for their clients, we pay tribute to the staff of Homeward Bound. Heroes indeed.

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told you so. Not two months ago, I wrote a Zero about the speeding cyclists at Blackie’s Pasture. I even voiced my concern to the Tiburon police and they promised to send more patrols. Apparently, the threat of a traffic violation didn’t slow down a grown man with a sense of entitlement and an expensive bicycle. Neither did the risk of hitting a young boy. Last Sunday afternoon, my best friend Kate and I hit Blackie’s trail with our pooches and made it 200 yards from the parking lot. Somebody’s dog was off leash. (I’m not saying whose dog, but I will say it wasn’t mine.) Engrossed in our fascinating discussion about Kohler soaking tubs, Kate and I barely took note of the numerous pedestrians, joggers, kids and bikes passing by. We would have missed the cyclist flying toward us, if not for the barnyard epithets he hurled our way. “Put your f---ing dog on a leash,” he screeched. For the record, the canine to which the speeder referred was off leash and meandering aimlessly across the path; however, he is not a f---ing dog. Kayden is neutered. Doggone it; he couldn’t f--- if he tried. The cyclist, without missing a beat, avoided Kayden, proving that he needn’t have subjected us to his potty mouth. Kate couldn’t let it go. Just as the pugnacious man pedaled past, she shouted at him to slow down. We have now provoked the angry white man. I spun around to see if he was going to confront us. With his bike headed away from us and his beet-red face turned toward us, he again yelled about the dog, the leash and fornication. Which is why he didn’t see the boy in front of his bike. In slow motion, I watched the boy and bike face off. The impact was harsh with bodies flying into mid-air. Sounds melded into a terrible cacophony. Metal crunching. The thud of a large body falling to earth, followed by the thwack of a plastic helmet hitting the pavement. I ran to the innocent, injured boy and the guilty, incapacitated man. The man, flat on his back, didn’t move. His face was pale with beads of sweat forming above his upper lip. There was blood. The boy was sitting, slightly dazed and somewhat disheveled. Kate phoned 911. Within a minute, we heard sirens. A crowd assembled. The boy’s father was among them, calm and cute, like his son. The cyclist was speaking, worried about moving his head and neck. Ambivalence is the best way to describe my feelings. I was upset that he was careless, yet I was empa-




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< 6 Does money grow on trees? 2 percent increase possible. Since 1978, the significant reduction in the amount of money from property taxes flowing to the state and back to counties has resulted in myriad cutbacks in services. Prop. 13 received 64.8 percent approval from voters. A 2009 Field Poll showed support for the proposition remained strong by more than 2-to-1 margin. Voters in 1978 said clearly they had enough of increasing property taxes, but, as Dahl says, in Marin, residents also maintained their desire to surround themselves with open space. “You pay for things one way or the other,” says Dahl. That other way for Marin’s parks and open space is the proposed sales-tax hike. The numbers are stark: During the past five years, the parks department budget has been cut by $1 million; its staff cut by four full-time employees. It has cut hours parks are open, reduced summer schedules at McNears Beach Park pool to five days per week and increased fees at Stafford Lake, Paradise Beach Park and McNears. One of the most telling results of budget crunches is deferred maintenance. The parks department estimates that Marin County Parks will need $41.4 million during the next 20 years “to realize the strategic plan vision for the park system.” Including the parks and open space in the county, Marin County Parks now oversees about 20,000 acres. The strategic plan calls for adding another 15,000 acres. Out of the $41.4 million the parks department says it will need to realize the strategic plan, $23,456,698 of that total needs to go toward maintenance deferred during the last 40 years. That relatively modest $1.3 million a year from the sales tax will go toward the process of purchasing land for “permanent preservation of land for public open space, community separators, wildlife corridors, greenbelts and habitat,” according to the parks department. That isn’t enough to buy land outright. At the current rate of about $7,500 an acre, it would take $112.5 million to buy those additional 15,000 acres. But the $1.3 million a year can work as leverage to compile surveys, conduct negotiations and act as leverage for matching funds from public and private partners. The unanimous vote that put Measure A on the ballot was not without some dickering. Supervisor Judy Arnold said she and Supervisor Steve Kinsey both “thought it was not politically wise to put acquisition on; people are saying if you can’t take care of what you have why are you asking us to buy more?” That’s a pushback proponents began hearing almost as soon as the supervisors approved the ballot measure. Dahl says she’s “very happy” with the percentages of money that will go toward maintaining what the county already has and using the $1.3 to leverage new acquisitions. The money, Arnold notes, will come in handy when it comes to helping pay for things like feasibility studies as part of a prospective purchase plan. “It’s difficult with all the 8 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 24 - AUGUST 30, 2012

other needs of the department to devote more money to buying more [land] until and unless we are really confident we can care for what we already have,” says Dahl. Taking care of the 16,000 acres of open space isn’t easy when budgets get squeezed. “We’ve got a lot of chaos, a lot of illegal activities going on up in the preserves,” Dahl says. Her department has to deal continually with homeless encampments, people cultivating marijuana, people cutting illegal trails into fragile habitats. The infusion of sales-tax revenue will enable the parks department to add staff to a skeleton crew. Skeleton may be too generous a description. “We looked around at all the Bay Area open space districts,” says Dahl, “and we have the highest density of trails per acre, and we have the lowest number of rangers per acre.” The parks department assigns eight rangers to the Open Space District to cover 16,000 acres. “But you know,” says Dahl, “they work five-day weeks,” and with vacations and sick days and such, the contingent available for duty can be mighty small. “Last Friday I had one ranger covering 16,000 acres.” Dahl says. She and her department are working on how to spend the proposed tax income in specific places, including how many rangers to hire. How people get along in the county’s parks and open space in part affects how many rangers are needed. For the past two years, the parks department has been working to bring a peace accord to historically contentious user groups. The work has focused on a road and trail management plan. The department has worked with representatives from the bicycling community, the hiking community, equestrians and environmentalists. Dahl says Saturday workshops have drawn 80 people from organizations representing the various interests. The Marin Horse Council, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, the Marin Conservation League and other organizations “are all working well together.” It might not be peace in the Middle East, but for Marin it’s close. “Each one of those groups,” says Dahl, “eight of them, stood before the supervisors and said they think the department’s headed in the right direction and they think the road and trail plan is going to serve their needs and reduce conflict—and said they want the board to put this [measure] on the ballot, and they will support it.” Last week, Dahl was at a meeting with the groups and they said they are “all volunteering to campaign on behalf of the measure.” Access for Bikes, the Marin Bicycle Coalition, the Marin Conservation League, the Marin Audubon Society, Marin Baylands Advocates and the Marin Horse Council all “signed up” to work together for passage of the tax measure. In addition to using the sales-tax money to protect and preserve parks and open space and attack deferred maintenance, 20 percent of the total proceeds, a projected $2 million a year, will go toward preserving Marin’s working farms and ranches, 10 >

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Actor William Windom, 1923-2012 Actor William Windom died of heart failure last week at his home in Woodacre—the Emmy winner was 88. While he might not have been a household name, his face was likely familiar to anyone who owned a television from the 1960s through the ‘80s. The actor had memorable roles in Combat!, The Fugitive, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, All in the Family, Dallas and a regular part on Murder, She Wrote. Trained as a stage actor, Windom made his big-screen debut opposite Gregory Peck—as Atticus Finch’s opposing counsel in 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Windom is survived by his wife, Patricia, and four children. Marin to Big Tuna: ‘Sorry, Charlie...’ Marin is known for many things—but sitting by while tuna companies make stooges out of us isn’t one of them. This week, Marin District Attorney Edward Berberian announced a major victory in the war against tuna shortchanging—when the “big three” tuna packers agreed to pay $3.3 million in civil penalties to Marin, San Diego and Riverside counties for failing to meet the required amount of tuna in cans packed with water, oil and vegetable broth. The three DA offices opened the case following a 2010 investigation by the state Department of Food and Agriculture, which found the tuna packers failed to meet the federal “standard of fill” requirements for tuna in its tuna cans. As part of the settlement, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea and Starkist tuna companies did not admit to any fish-mongering wrongdoing. The $3.3 million will be broken down to $969,500 for each DA office, an additional $86,000 to the California Department of Food and Agriculture and $300,000 worth of canned tuna to the California Association of Food Banks. Unfortunately, those still feeling the hunger pangs from their underfilled cans of tuna won’t be reaping any rewards—save for the comforting knowledge that Marin officials are looking out for their intake of omega-3 fatty acids. “As your district attorney, I want our Consumer Unit to focus on making sure Marin consumers get what they pay for and expect,” said Berberian.“Labels help consumers make selections—what is on the label is what a consumer expects to get.” The DA’s office could not confirm whether it’ll get a chance to look into the matter of that extra-airy bag of barbecue potato chips Marin purchased in July. Supes to take stab at body art ordinance County officials may start casting a more probing gaze at Marin body art—as the Board of Supervisors will consider next week whether to adopt stricter health regulations for Marin tattoo and piercing parlors. Marin’s inked masses may “heart” their tattoos, but so do the hepatitis, HIV and other blood-borne viruses that can infect folks when needles and other equipment aren’t up to code. Last October the state Legislature adopted Assembly Bill 300—the Safe Body Art Act— establishing sterilization, sanitation and safety standards for tattoo and body-piercing parlors. As part of the bill, local health agencies received authorization to inspect and regulate body art businesses, including temporary booths. The ordinance the Board of Supes will consider would authorize the Community Development Agency Environmental Health Services Division to regulate Marin’s body art. An accompanying resolution would establish fees to cover the cost of the division’s tattoo tending. According to a 2007 report from the Pew Research Center, 36 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 25 had a tattoo and 30 percent had a non-ear body piercing, and that 40 percent of those age 26 to 40 had a tattoo and 22 percent had a non-ear body piercing. Sausalito council race draws a crowd Sausalito’s not exactly known as a hotbed of political unrest—but it’s going to have one heckuva city council race this November, as seven candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the recently contentious council. Sausalito’s council has been sharply divided for the last few years, as councilmembers Carolyn Ford and Linda Pfeifer have often comprised a voting bloc in opposition to councilmembers Mike Kelly and Jonathan Leone, with Herb Weiner a swing vote that’s tended to swing in the direction of Kelly and Leone. The contentious nature of the council made headlines in a surreal episode last September when Ford, while attempting to listen to a city staffer, put up her hand to silence the concurrently talking Kelly seated next to her—only to have Kelly slap her hand away. Ford later went to the Sausalito police to file an assault charge against her political rival. Charges were not filed, and Kelly made a formal apology at a subsequent council meeting. On the Nov. 6 ballot, the seats of Kelly, Ford and Pfeifer are open—but Kelly and Ford say they’ve had enough; Pfeifer is the sole incumbent seeking re-election. Until the Aug. 15 filing deadline, the only filings for the three seats were from Pfeifer, architect Donald Olsen and biotech company adviser Ray Withy—it was looking like a breezy election in breezy Sausalito. But it appears a handful of Sausalito residents were monitoring the political winds—as well as the candidate numbers—and threw their Panama hats into the ring. Joining the trio of early filers in the council race are Vicki Nichols, who’d made an unsuccessful bid for the council in 2008; retired corporate lawyer Thomas Theodores; strategic planner Ann Matranga; and financial executive Michael Sobel.


About a boy Marin ‘shoots for the moon’ Sunday with fundraiser for Vincent, age 7 by Dani Burlison


sk any parent and she will likely tell of treatments, in fact. What this means is you that a child’s serious illness is at that he will miss an entire year of school and the top of her list of greatest fears. Ortelle, a single mother, will need much time Watching a child physically and emotionally off of work to drive him to his treatments at suffer is one of the most harrowing things to Oakland’s Kaiser Hospital. face. Factor in the added financial stress of Luckily for Ortelle, her employer has not paying for medical expenses and an illness only been flexible with her schedule, Peter can be so overwhelming that it is difficult to Levi Plumbing has been very supportive and see any light. instrumental in raising funds to help offset This is certainly the case for Cassandra Or- medical and living expenses. telle of San Rafael, whose 7-year-old son was “When we found out about Vincent, I diagnosed with leukemia July 13. thought, what would happen if I were in her “No one wants to hear shoes? So I decided, let’s that a child has cancer,” see what we can do to IT TAKES A VILLAGE... says Ortelle by telephone help,” says Cheyenne Levi, from her office at Peter Levi whose husband, Peter, has The Alley Fair Fundraiser for Vincent takes place this Plumbing. “And when he run his San Rafael-based Sunday, Aug. 26, and features was diagnosed I just felt— plumbing business for live music from Fire Wheel, ‘not him...not this sparkle.’” two decades. “I figured, The Greening, The Rumors Vincent, who his proud let’s shoot for the moon! It and The Connies. 11am-7pm, mother describes as a could turn out that we end 1819 Fourth St., San Rafael. resilient and positive kid, up in space.” Contact Peter Levi Plumbing at has been responding well to And shoot for the 415/454-7771 for more inforchemotherapy treatments moon Ortelle’s employers mation or to make a donation but has a long road ahead have. to help Vincent. of him. About three years After a small company


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The community support has been overwhelming and positive. Local businesses and individuals like Dharma Trading Company, The Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Tours, Deer Park Villa, several local wineries and restaurants and even the “clown prince of rock ’n’ roll,” Wavy Gravy, have donated to the 50and-counting items to be raffled this Sunday. And the event is, of course, entirely run by volunteers. “Vincent is like sunshine,” says Levi. “We want to support him in any way we can.” “I have so much gratitude for the support of this community,” says Ortelle. “And the shining star that he is, I have faith he will recover.” <



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barbecue raised a few hundred dollars for Vincent’s treatments, Levi decided to go bigger, planning a block party fundraising event in downtown San Rafael where their business office is located. In just a month, the event has attracted many local business partners and sponsors and several donations for the party’s large raffle. Both Ortelle and Levi want the event to be a community party of sorts, as well as a fundraiser. They’ll have bouncy houses, face painting, children’s activities, four bands, beer and wine for grown-ups and food to nosh on throughout the afternoon and into the early evening. “Vincent and I will be there, too,” says Cassandra. “He’s really excited about seeing everyone and working at a craft booth with me.” And Vincent isn’t the only beneficiary of the event. As a fiscal sponsor, the Milo Foundation—which helps place foster animals in caring homes—will receive 15 percent of the proceeds from beer and wine sales. “It is so great to see how much community support has gone into this event in such a short amount of time,” says Cheyenne Levi.

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open space have direct beneficial effects on the health, happiness—and economic vitality—of communities. When voters approved the formation of the Open Space District in 1972 and agreed to a parcel tax to pay for land acquisition, they made a commitment. It’s one that has paid off in home value across the county. One-third of all Marin residents live within a short walk to an open space preserve. According to Active Living Research, open space near a Boulder, Colorado, neighborhood contributed “$5 million to the overall property tax revenue of the neighborhood.” In other words, the homes were worth more with the open space. And Marin County Parks notes studies have shown direct economic (not to mention health) benefits of open space in the Bay Area. The tax measure on the November ballot will ask Marin voters in a polarized political year with competing tax measures on the ballot whether they will continue to invest in, to preserve, the county’s biggest geographical asset. “Parks and open space represent who Marin is,” says Arnold. “We don’t have industry like the East Bay. We don’t have wineries like Napa.” People come to Marin for its open space and recreation. “If we’re not able to take care of it—that’s a bad business decision.” The outcome of Measure A will tell whether the heart of Marin has changed since 1972. < Contact the writer at


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Who let the dogs out? Marin’s got its tongues, tails wagging about all the coyotes! by D av i d H e r l o c ke r ARNIE BATTAGLENE

which effectively protects open space and prevents development. Another 15 percent, $1.5 million a year, will go to cities, towns, and parks and recreation districts. “We’ve been working with cities and towns and special districts,” says Dahl. “I regularly hear from them, and they ask for assistance. They don’t have a lot of parks, but they have a lot of programs, and they’re struggling too. We decided to carve off that 15 percent off the top for them to distribute among themselves.” The parks department could bank the $1.3 million a year for pursuing new purchases until the department can demonstrate that it can take care of its current resources, notes Dahl. The $1.3 million is a nod to the environmental community. The revenue for the towns, cities and special districts should garner support on the local level when voters see local impacts. It’s the beneficial impacts of open space and parks that proponents of the tax measure will have to present to voters. An undeniable anti-government, anti-tax wave has swept across Marin. Whether the wave has sufficient force to drown out a quartercent sales-tax hike aimed at preserving what most Marinites see as the essence of the county will be the issue at hand in the next few months. Open space and parks are far from frothy icing on a suburban cake. Study after study across the country shows that parks and

ated a virtual smorgasbord of treats for them with our vegetable gardens, fruit trees, garbage cans, pet food and the rodents and other small animals Coyote contact with humans that we attract. So it is is no longer relegated to mailorder deliveries from the Acme no surprise that these corporation—just ask this fellah seen observant, intelligent recently in Tam Junction trotting over animals have a habit of for lunch at the Dipsea Café. visiting our neighborhoods. Coyotes rarely hen we talk about coyotes behave aggressively toward humans, but there are very few questions for they will prey on free-roaming cats and which there are simple answers. they will sometimes put on an aggressive What do they eat? Do they live in packs or show when they encounter dogs during pairs? Where are they most common? The the breeding season. The first reaction answers to all of these questions usually to these situations is often an attempt start with: “Well, it depends...” Coyotes are to eliminate the coyotes by hunting and extremely intelligent, observant and adapttrapping. Communities that have followed able. This combination of traits means that this course have learned that this is not an they can take advantage of whatever food effective, ecologically sound or ethically source or shelter suits their needs, and as justifiable approach—as killing creates a soon as a situation changes, they quickly vacant territorial niche that will soon be change their habits as well. filled by other coyotes. Moreover, lethal For instance, right now there is an control can result in greater pup survival, abundant supply of manzanita berries, so thus increasing the local coyote population. it is easy to know when there are coyotes So when coyotes become too comfortable and manzanita nearby just by observing around people we need to take advantage the scat you see along the trails. When the of their intelligence and adaptability by rerodent population swells in early spring moving those things that attract them—we you’ll see coyotes acting like cats, pouncing need to exercise a bit of intelligent adapton mice in the grass. And of course, when ability of our own. somebody starts to leave pet food out on Recently several Marin organizations— the back porch, the local coyote will figure including Project Coyote, the Marin Counthat out too. ty Department of Agriculture, the Marin As the human population expanded and Humane Society, Marin County Parks and spread across North America, we altered the the Animal Welfare Institute—have parthabitat along the way; coyotes have followed nered in an effort to improve coordination along and taken advantage of the changes and response to residents’ we caused. We hunted concerns about coyotes. wolves, grizzly bears Coexisting with Coyotes And an important part of and mountain lions to that outreach has been to The forum takes place Tuesday, near extinction in places Aug. 28, from 7 to 9pm. Free of educate folks about how where we raised livecharge, no registration is necesto properly exist with stock and built towns, so sary. The Marin Humane Society, coyotes. On Aug. 28, a coyotes moved into the 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. forum called “Coexisting vacant niches that were with Coyotes” is takcreated when these other ing place at the Marin predators were extirpatHumane Society in Novato. Camilla Fox, ed. The range of the coyote was once condirector of Project Coyote and wildlife confined to a portion of western North America sultant with the Animal Welfare Institute, and central Mexico, but they are now found will discuss the ecology and behavior of from coast to coast, north through most of these fascinating animals, and she will proCanada and Alaska, and in virtually every vide tips and tools for living with coyotes. type of habitat including urban areas like Chicago, Manhattan and our own San County Agricultural Commissioner Stacy Carlsen will also be on hand to comment Francisco. on the successful efforts in minimizing Here in Marin we have thousands of conflicts between coyotes and livestock in acres of hills and forests where coyotes can West Marin. < find plenty of mice, manzanita berries and


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Original ‘Sin’ Film follows plight of Novato family torn apart 20 years after parents’ border crossing

Sam, Elida and little Dulce, a U.S. citizen, were forced back to Guatemala in 2009, leaving their two teenage children behind in Marin.


in Pais, Spanish for Without Country, a short documentary that recently premiered on PBS, illuminates the plight of illegal immigrants throughout the United States by capturing one family’s heartwrenching struggle to stay together in Novato. The film shows Elida Perez and Sam Mejia being deported in November 2009. While immigration officers escorted them onto a plane bound for Guatemala, Mejia carried his youngest child in his arms. Looking back forlornly as they passed through security, 4-year-old Dulce rested her head on her father’s shoulder and waved goodbye to her sister, her brother and the only life she’d ever known. Perez and Mejia allowed their two older children to remain in the United States so Helen, then 13, could continue studying at Novato High School and Gilbert, then 19, at Santa Rosa Junior College. The deportation split the tight-knit family apart. Their story could be the story of millions of people who illegally cross the border into America seeking opportunity and a better life for their children only to encounter emotional suffering on a scale they never could have imagined. But after San Francisco filmmaker Theo Rigby finished the 20-minute documentary, the Perez-Mejia family’s journey veered off the normal course and onto an extraordinary one.

In what immigration attorneys called a families with an illegal-immigrant adult and rare turn of events, the an American-born child. government allowed the Undocumented imby Ronnie Cohen couple to temporarily migrants brought about come back to California 1 million children here under a little known and sparingly used provi- illegally, and 4.5 million were born here. sion of the law called “humanitarian parole.” Mejia and Perez always spoke softly, made Since the 1950s, the American government sure to drive within the speed limit and did has used the parole power to temporarily everything they could to avoid detection and admit refugees from Hungary, Cuba, Vietnam trouble. They worked hard, Sam as a carpenand Haiti. In 1996, Congress tightened the ter and Elida as a nanny. They bought a ranch law. Nowadays, humanitarian-parole applihouse on a busy street with a backyard, worcants must prove extreme, unusual hardship. shipped at a Catholic church and had dinner Attorney Marc Van Der Hout successtogether with their three children nightly. fully made the case for the Perez-Mejia Until one day in 2007, when immigration family. “It was a devastating situation, a lot officers, looking for someone else, raided their of psychological damage done to the chilNovato home and changed their life. The offidren,” he said. “It’s unfortunate this family cers woke them at gunpoint, pulled them out was ever deported in the first place. The of bed, handcuffed and shackled Mejia and administration has finally done the right hauled him into jail. For the next two years, thing. They’ve brought them back.” Perez and Mejia fought deportation. Mayans who fled Guatemala during a civil Desperate, they launched a public plea for a war, Perez and Mejia illegally crossed into chance to hit the immigration jackpot for the the United States with 1-year-old Gilbert 20 opportunity to remain in the U.S. But in Noyears ago in search of peace and the American vember 2009, the couple and their youngest dream. By virtue of being born in the United child bid the two older children goodbye. States, their daughters, Helen and Dulce, O O  O  O are American citizens. Born in Guatemala, I RECENTLY TALKED to Perez in her Gilbert is not. Novato kitchen. It was dinnertime, and The Pew Hispanic Center estimates at she was chopping parsley and steaming least 9 million people, including 5.5 million potatoes. Helen, now 16, stood nearby children, live in so-called “mixed-status”

smiling and hand-patting tortillas. “He made a miracle,” Perez said. “Who?” I asked. “God. I believe in God. God made a miracle.” In July 2010, nine months after their deportation, Perez and Mejia returned to California in what immigration experts say is nothing short of miraculous. Immigration attorney Allison Davenport, who teaches at the University of California Berkeley School of Law’s Human Rights Law Clinic, said she had never heard of a case like Perez and Mejia’s. “Usually a deportation is a one-way ticket,” she said. Before Perez and Mejia were forced to return to Guatemala, attorney Van Der Hout predicted deporting the couple would wreak havoc in Helen and Dulce’s lives. And it did. Helen’s grades dropped from As to Ds, and she fell into a deep depression, Van Der Hout said. Dulce, already a tiny girl, lost a frightening amount of weight. Sam Mejia could not find work in rural Guatemala, and Perez earned about $15 a day selling tortillas on the street. The family had no money to pay their home mortgage, and the bank threatened to foreclose. When school recessed for the summer in 2010, Helen went to Guatemala to be with her parents and sister, while 12> AUGUST 24 - AUGUST 30, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 11


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basis and need not renew it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy for now, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still all in limbo,â&#x20AC;? Van Der Hout said. Gilbert, who continues to study at the junior college and work, expects to be allowed to remain in the U.S. under President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive action suspending the deportation of young illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. But Gilbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to remain here also would be temporary. Since Perez and Mejia returned to Novato, life has improved for the family. Perez and Mejia successfully negotiated with the bank to keep their home. Helenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grades have gone up, and she plans to attend college next year. Dulce has gained weight and enjoys giggling with her brother and sister. Perez, Mejia and Gilbert all have work permits. But the family continues to live with lingering uncertainties, and hurdles reguThe family was reunited in 2010 for Helenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quinceaneraâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; where she celebrated the transition from girl to woman, and larly surface. Perez said it took six months danced with her father. for her to get a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, which she needs to work as a nanny. < 11 Original â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to graduate from high Gilbert remained in Novato. Because of an school, and we were able to keep the ongoing immigration ďŹ ght of his own, had house, but still we worry because we have he left the U.S. he would not have been to work hard with our lawyer every year, allowed to return. and we are afraid theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to send us Perez felt certain the family would lose back,â&#x20AC;? Perez said. their house because they saw no way to Perez, Mejia and Dulce returned to Califorcontinue to hold the bank at bay. Without nia in July 2010, a few months before Helenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the house, Perez could not imagine allowing 15th birthday, which she celebrated with a Helen, then 14, to return to Novato. Perez told quinceanera. Helen said she could not have Helen she would have to stay in Guatemala. faced the religious celebration marking the Helen did not know anyone her age in transition from childhood to womanhood Guatemala. Her friends, her life except for without her parents. her parents and her sister, were in CaliforAt the mention of her quinceanera, the nia. No matter where she lived, she would Novato High School senior goes into her feel the tug of deep loss. bedroom and returns to the family living Van Der Hout kept ďŹ ghting to reunite the room with a scrapbook of family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We said to the Dequinceanera photographs. partment of Homeland SecuFor more information In one, she wears a silk royal rity, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to bring these about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sin Pais, go to blue gown and dances with people back because these kids http://sinpaisďŹ her father. She explains that are in serious danger.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; To their the father-daughter dance is credit, they did bring them part of the ritual. back,â&#x20AC;? he said. When she looks at the picture of herself â&#x20AC;&#x153;They take a handful in an ocean of dancing with her beloved father, Helen does people,â&#x20AC;? said Gilbert, now 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like you not remember the song that was playing. won the lottery.â&#x20AC;? What she does remember, what she will never Still, Perez and Mejia could lose their forget, is that she had tears in her eyes. < winning ticket. The government grants Contact Ronnie Cohen at Follow her humanitarian parole on a year-to-year on Twitter at:

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Succotash is one of the products of the bean harvest. Derived from the Narragansett word msikwatash, it is generally a combination of corn and shelling beans and was thought to have been on the table at the first Thanksgiving dinner. My version substitutes green beans for limas and adds some ham for smokiness and peppers for zip. I also love tender okra pods this time of year so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve thrown some of those into the mix, with tasty results. Another recipe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing with is a salad of quinoa with summer vegetables. Quinoa has won my heart over for its nutty flavor, ease of preparation and nutritional benefits. Here itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paired with the ubiquitous beans, tender raw zucchini cut in thin matchsticks and cherry tomatoes, married together with basil and a garlicky vinaigrette. Another quick preparation is an Asian-influenced recipe where the beans are wok-fried with ginger, garlic, sesame and soy, for a delicious side dish to summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finale of grilled meats. Summer beans are at their prime right now. Whether colorful purple or yellow wax or traditional types like Romano or Blue Lake, the bounty of green beans is upon us. Try one of these recipes to take advantage of the season and, I guarantee, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gag on the results. O




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he airwaves and blogosphere were Orchestra, Flaming Groovies, Bitches Brew abuzz last week after three memand the Real Vocal String Quartet (the screenbers of Pussy Riot, the all-women ing will be reprised Aug. 30 at the Bernal Russian punk band, received two years in Heights Outdoor Cinema in San Francisco). prison for blasphemy after performing a Custer—a composer, bandleader, claripolitically charged “punk prayer” in a Rusnetist and keyboardist—started blending sian Orthodox church. silent-era film screenings and original music The punkers are the latest Russians persescores in 1981 as a founding member of the cuted for their art, but hardly the first. Among Clubfoot Orchestra (the ensemble performed others, in 1929, Soviet authorities shipped and recorded original scores for the silent filmmaker Kote Mikaberidze to a remote films The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis Siberian gulag for 15 years after he mocked and other classics). bureaucratic hypocrisy in the sly, surreal She began working on the score of My silent-era movie My Grandmother (the title Grandmother more than a decade ago, and refers to a Russian term for the sponsor who after receiving an Aaron Copland Recordguides folks through, er, red tape). ing Fund Award, recorded it in 2005 for a Marin audiences will have a BC Records DVD edition of chance Sunday, Aug. 26, at the the restored film. COMING SOON 142 Throckmorton Theatre “The Pacific Film Archive The Beth Custer in Mill Valley to experience [in Berkeley] had contacted Ensemble performs the a restored version of this me about scoring the film,” score to My Grandcinematic masterpiece with she recalls. “They had gotmother, Sun., Aug. 26, an original score by Bay Area ten an NEA grant to work at 7:30pm, at the 142 composer Beth Custer, perwith local composers and I Throckmorton Theatre formed live by her chamberwas picked as one of those, in Mill Valley. $15, $18. jazz group, featuring memmainly because they knew of 415/383-9800. bers of Spearhead, Clubfoot my work with Clubfoot.

“ I t ’s a g r e a t film,” she adds. “It has lots of slapstick, puppetry A riot of their own: The Beth Custer Ensemble may not be standing trial for hooliganism in and stop-motion Moscow, but they are known for occasional run ins with the fashion police... animation—it movement [an acronym for the Factory was way ahead of its time. It’s a fun ride. of the Eccentric Actor], a radical group “And, of course, it was banned upon its of actors who were really into American release.” industrialism, machinery and jazz. My My Grandmother portrays the exploits of score has a lot of jazz elements—I mean, a character known as the Worker, tracing his there’s a seven-minute segment in which rise through the rank-and-file proletariat the Worker’s wife does the Charleston after to paper-pushing bureaucrat. He has a wife returning from a shopping spree. obsessed with shopping, decidedly un-PC in a “There’s a blues section, when the Worker communist society. loses his job and comes home and sits in his Eventually, the Worker is fired and falls on daughter’s bassinet and sucks his thumb. hard times. The fast-paced, funny flick, Custer says, presented rich opportunities for composition. “The world is my oyster when I compose for silent-era films because I have a lot of opportunity to enhance the film, though I also wanted to stay true to the filmmaker’s vision,” she explains. “In this case, I did a lot of research. “I found out that Mikaberidze was a descendant of what was known as the FEKS

A still from Migaberidze’s 1929 classic—if this were our grandmother, we’d be thinking ‘gulag’ as well...

“There are angular sections, like the overture, that sets a whimsical tone. “And,” she adds,” since the title cards are in Russian, this gave me the chance to use a narrator, which I really liked.” But the best part of working in the silentfilm medium, she adds, is watching the reaction of the audience, most of whom have never witnessed live musicians performing a film score. “People love it—it’s like going to the ballet and experiencing the live orchestra as well as the dance,” she says. “It’s a lot like performance art, because you’re watching the film, but you’re also seeing a stellar ensemble. “And I do think the ensemble is stellar,” she adds with a sly laugh. < Glasnost with Greg at 18 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 24- AUGUST 30, 2012


‘Hopes Springs’ eternal Sexpert finally seduced by Streep-Jones-Carell menage... by Davi d Te mp l e ton

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a movie review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture.

what Kay [Streep] saw in Arnold [Jones], and I couldn’t understand how two people in their 60s, in 2012, ended up with this 1950s-style marriage. They sleep in separate rooms, they never talk, she does all the cooking and cleaning even though they both have full-time jobs, they don’t talk started out being a little angry at about anything except his job and golf, and this movie,” says fitness and sexu- they never do anything together—and by ality expert Joan Price, sipping a anything I especially” glass of water over her garden wrap sandIn Hope Springs, directed by David wich, after catching an Frankel (The Devil afternoon screening of Wears Prada, Marley the new sex-themed & Me), and written comedy-drama Hope by television writer Springs, starring Meryl Vanessa Taylor (Game Streep and Tommy Lee of Thrones, Alias), Kay Jones. “I didn’t think and Arnold have been I would like it, at all... married for 30 years (so but then I grew into they got married in the loving it.” ’80s, while still in their Countless partner30s), but they haven’t ships, from the begintouched since 2007, and ning of human couKay is ready to move pling, have followed out and move on. As a the same road map. On last-ditch effort to save the other hand, there the marriage, she signs are very few movies Price is in high demand as geriatric sex reaches them up for a week that show older people its zeitgeist. of intensive couples being seriously sexual, therapy in the tiny town or dealing honestly with the reality that of Hope Springs, Maine. Their therapist people don’t stop having sex the minute is the soft-spoken but sexually frank Dr. their AARP cards arrive. Feld (Steve Carell), who wastes no time in “What bothered me, at first,” Price figuring out that what this couple needs is says, “was that the filmmakers seemed to some good old-fashioned nookie. be making fun of something that is an “What was wonderful about the film,” enormous issue for seniors, something that Price says, “once it got to Hope Springs isn’t really a laughing matter. I couldn’t see and the therapy sessions, was that it settled


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down and took its time to flesh out some very real concerns and fears that older people have. At first we think that Arnold is the one who turned away from Kay, but then she admits that it was her who stopped having sex with him. But by then, after she started to miss it, there were so many hurt feelings and misunderstandings between them, that it was just a big mess.” Price (, a journalist and author once described as journalism’s “wrinkly sex kitten,” has been writing about fitness and exercise for over 15 years. Her 2006 guidebook, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk About Sex After Sixty, and its 2011 follow-up, Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex, launched Price’s reputation as a media commentator on the subject of senior citizen sex. She teaches regular workshops with titles such as How the Heck Do I Date at This Age? Today’s late afternoon movie is sandwiched in between Price’s various promotional activities. Tomorrow she’ll be heading down to L.A. to tape a segment on an afternoon talk show (she’s sworn to secrecy about which one), and next week plans to fly to New York for more high-profile television appearances. Apparently, the subject of geriatric sex is in the zeitgeist, as evidenced by all the media interest in the subject, and by Price’s recent success as an advocate for staying sexy forever. Even the release of Hope Springs seems to indicate that people are finally accepting that sex is not just for kids anymore. In the film we’ve just seen, Steve Carell plays it straight, trading in his usual goofball routine for a performance grounded in calm, quiet concern. On the other hand, Price isn’t so sure that Dr. Feld was all that responsible a therapist. “It actually bothered me a little,” says Price, “that Dr. Feld didn’t suggest that they get a medical opinion. If something changes in a man’s sex drive, there is often a medical reason. Men don’t stop wanting sex overnight, even if their wife did turn them down one or two times too often. That might happen gradually, but if it’s sudden,

then a man really needs to see a doctor. In this movie, we learn that he’s having erectile problems, and is afraid to put it to the test, so he avoids sex. But erectile problems could be an indication of heart disease, or diabetes, or any number of other treatable diseases. That message was never put into the movie, and it should have been, by the therapist, if no one else.” In the film, after many rocky starts and stops—including Streep’s failed attempt at performing oral sex on Jones in a movie theater—the couple does discover the long-lost affection in their relationship. But most of the conversation about sex revolves around Streep’s need to be more sexually adventurous. “I wonder,” asks Price, “if, at any point in this couple’s history, there was ever any sex between them that was for her pleasure? The therapist even—and this completely shocked me—asked if she’d ever had orgasms...’vaginal or otherwise.’ Excuse me? Orgasms come from the clitoris. Was this guy trained in the 1940s? I can’t believe this film was written by a woman! “And later,” she continues, “when Tommy Lee Jones is pleasuring her, it’s pretty clear that it’s just to get her ready for the main event, which is his orgasm. In healthy sexual relationships, there are two main events. One partner’s orgasm, and then the other partner’s orgasm.” So even though Price is happy that Hope Springs was made, presenting important issues that are rarely dealt with on screen, she’d have liked to see a little more balance between them. “At the end of this film, they do seem happy together,” she says, “but I hope that Kay hasn’t just settled, I hope it isn’t enough for her to just be wanted by him. I hope they’ve worked through their problems and begin having sex that is mutually satisfying. I want to believe that Arnold finally discovered how wonderful it is to be able to please your partner.” < Share your desires with David at

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Juliette Binoche turns on the wattage in David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis,’ opening Friday at the Sequoia.

2 Days in New York (1:31) Sequel to “2 Days in Paris” follows French photographer/expatriate Julie Delpy over a tumultuous weekend as she and boyfriend Chris Rock contend with an unexpected visit from her nettlesome relatives. O 2016: Obama’s America (1:30) Right-wing psycho-doc paints a dire picture for the nation if that Obama guy gets re-elected. O The Apparition (1:22) Yet another college parapsychology experiment goes awry as a fear-feeding phantom bedevils a (comely) young couple. O The Awakening (1:46) A 1920s skeptic reconsiders her cool scientific outlook when she tangles with a ghost at a British boarding school. O Beasts of the Southern Wild (1:33) Highly acclaimed film fest fave about life in a Louisiana bayou as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. O Bill W. (1:43) Documentary looks at the life and times of Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, through interviews and seldom-seen archival materials. O The Bourne Legacy (2:05) A novice secret agent with dreams of being the next Jason Bourne is forced to go on the run, spooks on his tail; Rachel Weisz and Albert Finney star. O The Campaign (1:37) Political farce about the sleazy, slimy, mud-slinging congressional battle between unlikely foes Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. O Celeste and Jesse Forever (1:31) A thirtysomething entrepreneur decides to dump her sweet slacker husband to save the relationship…but will it? O Cosmopolis (1:48) Intense David Cronenberg drama stars Robert Pattinson as an under30 billionaire contemplating his collapsing legacy on a limo ride across New York. O The Dark Knight Rises (2:45) Bruce (Batman) Wayne emerges from self-imposed exile to take on a ruthless terrorist as well as the fabulously feline Catwoman; Christopher Nolan directs Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. O Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (1:34) Wimpy little Greg Heffley tries to navigate the shoals of summer vacation (camp, parttime jobs, public swimming pools) with the expected horrific results. O The Expendables 2 (1:42) Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme, Chuck O


Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the Arnold…any questions? O High Noon (1:25) Resolute sheriff Gary Cooper takes on a gang of desperadoes all by his lonesome in Fred Zinnemann’s ponderous sociological Western. O Hit and Run (1:35) A college student has some tough and grisly issues to deal with when she finds a near-dead stranger impaled on her bumper. O Hope Springs (1:40) Longtime marrieds Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones try to reignite that long-lost spark and spice at a cutting-edge couples retreat; Mimi Rogers and Steve Carrell costar. O 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 La Source (2:16) A hunter, a sprite and a Persian beauty make a heck of a triangle in Delibes’s fantastical work, performed here by the Paris Opera Ballet. O Moonrise Kingdom (1:33) An island community is turned upside down when two 12year-olds run off into the wilderness to make a life of their own; Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are among the clueless grownups. O The Odd Life of Timothy Green (1:44) A mysterious young boy appears on a childless couple’s doorstep and changes their lives forever. O ParaNorman (1:33) A weird little kid on speaking terms with the dearly departed is the only guy in town who can vanquish a battalion of ghosts, witches and zombies bent on destruction. O Premium Rush (1:31) A New York bike messenger delivering a high-priority somethingor-other finds himself pedal-pushing through the mean streets with killers on his tail. O The Queen of Versailles (1:40) Documentary focuses on Florida billionaires David and Jackie Siegel and their obsession to build the biggest, most ostentatious mansion in the USA. O Raymonda (3:05) Glazunov’s classic tale of a maiden and her two suitors is brought to dazzling life by Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet. O Robot & Frank (1:30) Retired cat burglar Frank Langella faces his golden years with lots of help from a robotic personal trainer. O Ruby Sparks (1:44) A novelist with writer’s block creates a character so lively and inspirational, she appears out of thin air and in the (comely) flesh. O Sparkle (1:57) Singing sisters Lonette McKee, Irene Cara and Dwan Smith rise from a Harlem church choir to stardom as a ’60s girl group. O To Rome With Love (1:52) Woody Allen kaleidoscope about interconnecting lives in the Eternal City; Ornella Muti, Judy Davis, Penelope Cruz and Roberto Benigni star. O Total Recall (1:58) Remake of the Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic stars Colin Farrell as a blue-collar dreamer whose life is upended when he goes on a brain-implant fantasy vacation; Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel costar. <

›› MOViE TiMES 2 Days in New York (R) Rafael Film Center: 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 N2016: Obama’s America (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:40, 5, 7:25, 9:45 NThe Apparition (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55, 10:15 The Awakening (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 5:10, 7:40 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) ++++ Rafael Film Center: 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Bill W. (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 4:15, 6:30 Tue 4:15 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) ++ Century Cinema: 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Sun-Thu 12:40, 3:50, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3:50, 7:05, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 Mon-Wed 4, 7 Thu 4 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45 SunTue 12:40, 3:50, 6:45 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-Tue 3:50, 6:45 The Campaign (R) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:30, 8, 10:25 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:50, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 12:35, 3, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7, 9:15 Sun-Tue 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7 Celeste and Jesse Forever (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 Tue 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 NCosmopolis (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:40, 7:20, 10:05 Sat 1:45, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 1:45, 4:40, 7:20 Mon-Wed 4:40, 7:20 Thu 1:45, 4:40, 7:20 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) ++++ Century Northgate


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15: 11:40, 3:20, 7, 10:35 Lark Theater: 7:30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) ++ Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:30, 5:05 The Expendables 2 (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:15 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 NHigh Noon (1952) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 2, 7 NHit and Run (R) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Hope Springs (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:35, 10:10 MonThu 6:30, 9 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:30, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Sun-Wed 11:30, 2:30, 4:40, 7:15 Thu 11:30, 4:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 9:55 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 Sun-Tue 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05 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: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:30 Sun 3:30, 5:30 The Intouchables (R) ++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:25, 2:15, 5, 7:50 Sun 5, 7:50 Mon-Thu 11:25, 2:15, 5, 7:50 NLa Source (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 10am Tue 6:30 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 2:40, 7:05 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 5:30, 9:45 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) Sat-Sun 1:15, 5:30 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) Mon-Thu 5:20 (double bill with “To

Rome With Love”) Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 2:15, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 Sun-Tue 12, 2:15, 4:30, 6:50 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10 Sat-Sun 11:35, 2:10, 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: 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: FriSat 1:30, 4:25, 7, 9:25 Sun-Tue 1:30, 4:25, 7 ParaNorman (PG) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 4:35, 9:25; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: FriSat 4, 6:30, 9; 3D showtime at 1 Sun-Tue 4, 6:30; 3D showtime at 1 NPremium Rush (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 The Queen of Versailles (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon, Wed, Thu 8:45 Sat-Sun 2, 8:45 Raymonda (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sun noon Tue 7 NRobot & Frank (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Sun-Thu 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30 Ruby Sparks (R) +++1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Sun 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 Sparkle (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 3:10, 6, 7:15, 8:50, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15 To Rome With Love (R) ++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:20, 4:45, 9:10 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”) SunThu 12:20, 4:45 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 3:15, 7:30 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”) MonThu 7:20 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”) Total Recall (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 7:35, 10:30

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Live music 08/24: Eddie Neon Blues, r&b. 9pm.-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/24: Elliot’s Evil Plan Blues, rock. With Cathey Cotton. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 08/24: Eugene Huggins and Friends Part of the Jazz and Blues by the Bay Fri. night outdoor music series. Lawn seating. 6:30pm. Free. Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito. 289-4152. 08/24: Gator Beat Cajun, zydeco, blues. Part of the Pacheco Plaza Summer Music series. 6-9pm. Free Pacheco Plaza, Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 08/24: Hapa Pan-Polynesian/Hawaiian music. 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/24: Liv Gibson Singer/songwriter. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 08/24: Notorious Six-piece, high-energy band. Rock covers. 9:30pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 08/24: Paul Knight and Friends Jazz. 6:309:30pm. Station House Cafe, 11180 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1515. 08/24: Shana Morrison & Caledonia with Andy and Renee Pop/rock, blues vocalist. 8pm. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 08/24: Todos Santos Blues. 7pm. Deer Park Villa Steakhouse, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 456-8084.

08/25-26: 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. 08/25: Brad Bann Sinatra vocalist. 6:30pm. Deer Park Villa Steakhouse, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 456-8084. 08/25: Jazz Luncheon With David and John. 1-4pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/25: Lady D Jazz vocalist. 5-8pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 3312899. 08/25: Melody Wake and Tia Carroll Concerts in the Mill Valley Depot Plaza. Bring friends and family and a picnic. 3pm. Free. Mill Valley Depot plaza, Throckmorton and Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

08/25: New Orleans Funky Bohemian Soul Circle Featuring Johnny Vidacovich. 9pm. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

08/25: Pete Escovedo and His Orchestra Latin jazz, salsa, funk and R&B. Celebrate percussionist Pete Escovedo’s 77th birthday. 8:30pm. 22 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 24 - AUGUST 30, 2012

$20-35. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 08/25: Swingset Jazz, blues. 7pm. Rickey’s at Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato. 883-5952. 08/25: The Gary Gates Band With Special guest Terry Haggerty of the Sons of Champlin. 8pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773.

08/25: Tom Huebner and the Real Deal Americana. 9:30pm-1am. $5. Old Western Saloon, Main St., Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1661. 08/25: Trenz Classic rock, disco. 9pm-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/25: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Free. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax.

08/26: Asleep at the Wheel with The Muddy Roses The Muddy Roses open for nine time Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel as a part of Rancho Nicasio’s “Barbecue on the Lawn” series 3pm. $37.50-40. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/26: Beth Custer Ensemble The Ensemble will be performing Custer’s award-winning live soundtrack to the 1929 silent film, “My Grandmother.” 7pm. $15-18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/26: Cathey Cotten’s Allstar Evil Plan Blues, rock. 9pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

08/26: Dore Coller and Bermudagrass Brunch show by the beach. Noon-3pm. Free. The Sand Dollar, Hwy 1, Stinson Beach. 215-7196. 08/26: Dore Coller and Bermudagrass Bluegrass tropicale. 8-11pm. Tips for the band. The No Name Bar, Bridgeway, Sausalito. 215-7196. 08/26: Jazz on the Deck With the Judy Hall and Bill Vitt Band. 4-8pm. Free 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

08/26: Mindy Canter and Fluteus Maximus High energy blues and jazz flute. Original, contemporary, groove oriented flute and vocals. 3-6pm. Free. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-8059. 08/26: New Copasetics Acoustic. 5pm. Station House Cafe, 11180 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 6631515. 08/26: Solid Air Folk rock, Americana. Part of the Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 08/26: Sunday Salsa with Candela “Edgardo & Candela” S.F. salsa band. 5-10pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/28: Core Tuesday Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay Area artists. 9:30pm.1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax .

Reed—all about it! Though more than a century old, Reed College has basically bottled and preserved the Mill Valley of 1968—not Berkeley— and the southeast Portland institution has remained unchanged ever since. A “labyrinth of post adolescent mysticism” (to quote Knitted caps and cellophane body armor are part of the unofficial Time’s profile of Steve Jobs) dress code at Reed College. fomenting with radical ideas, Reed is home to food-scrounging students, coed bathrooms, atheist communism and hallucinogens, thrift-shop fashion and free love, not to mention the toughest academics in the nation. I count my years there the best and worst of my life, and always hoped that one of its carpenter grads would get it together enough to make a filmic memoir of this ultra-cinematic school. Well the day has come and BLUE LIKE JAZZ, a hilarious and heartfelt film in its own right, arrives on DVD shelves sporting—gasp!—a Christian theme. Marshall Allman stars as a disillusioned high schooler who flees his Texas Baptist future for a shot at “the most godless school in the world.” Culture shock meets the blossoming thrill of intellectual freedom, but new friends advise him to keep his religious notions—past and present—deep in the closet. Based on the bestselling memoir by Donald Miller, this one’s not to be missed. —Richard Gould

08/28: Marcello and Seth Tango. 8-10pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/28: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894.

08/28: The Art of the Duo: Mad and Eddie Duran Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/28: The Pine Needles Acoustic eclectic, country. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993. 08/28: Underground Illuminati Featuring drummer Jay Lane(Prius, Ratdog, Furthur, Alphabet Soup) with Zach Mose (Band of Brotherz), vocals; Happy Sanchez (Los Mocosos, Latin Soul Syndicate), bass; Andy Stern (Laura LaRue), guitar plus special guests. 9pm. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

08/29: Audrey Moira Shimkas and Jeff Labes Jazz, pop and Latin favorites. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover; reservations suggested. Il Davide, 901 A Street, San Rafael. 454-8080. 08/29: Big Dog Trouble Band Quartet with high vocal harmony. 1-5pm. $5, kids free. Maple Lawn Estate, 1312 Mission Street (top of , San Rafael. 721-7661. 08/29: Slowpoke Acoustic. 8pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 488-1490. 08/29: The Dedicated Maniacs Jam. 8pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773.

08/30-09/02:Last Chance to Ramble this Summer With Phil Lesh, Neal Casal, Mark Karan, Joe Russo, Adam Mac Dougall and Jon Graboff.

7pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 08/30: Elaine Lucia Eclectic jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/30: Lisa Frisch and Tam Junction Marin musician collective. Roots, soul and blues. 8-11pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

08/30: MAGC Summer Concert Series: Rumbache Salsa, funk. The Marin Art & Garden Center summer concert series. Every Thursday. 5:30-7:30pm. $10, kids free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260. 08/30: Roy Book Binder Masterful original country blues. 8pm. $20-25. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846.

Concerts 08/25: Opera in Creek Park Featuring East Bay Royal English Opera Company performing aria highlights. Sponsored by San Anselmo Parks and Recreation Dept. Bring seating or blankets and picnic refreshments. 3-4pm. Free. Creek Park, downtown, San Anselmo.

Dance 08/24-25: Dance Auditions at College of Marin The College of Marin Dance will hold auditions 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 Marin, Acacia Ave., Kentfield. 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. 08/25-26: Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble 20th anniversary with a salute to Philippine dance. Shows at 7pm August 25; 2pm August 26. Tickets available at $20-25. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.. 08/30: 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.

Theater/Auditions 08/28-09/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Circle Mirror Transformationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; During a six week creative drama class, four strangers and their teacher learn more about themselves than they do about acting in this quirky comedy. $36-57; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. 08/31-09/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Mousetrapâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; College of Marin Drama Club presents this student designed/ produced/directed/performed classic thriller. Proceeds benefit the COM Drama Club. Tickets at door only. 8-10pm. $10 students/$15 general College of Marin Studio Theatre, Corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and Laurel Ave., Kentfield. 485-9555.

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 Drake Blvd., Ross . 251-1027. Through 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 .

Through 09/30: A Midsummer 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 .

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. 4856700 ext. 306.

08/25-09/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fall National Juried Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fall National features work from across the U.S. selected by Juror Renny Pritikin, Director of the UC Davis Nelson Gallery. Opening reception 5-7pm Aug. 25. Juror talk at 6pm. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art,

500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

08/26-09/30: Barbara Crow Opening Reception noon-3pm August 26. Street parking only. (Church open to public Sundays 10-noon) Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 308-6204. 08/31: Court Street Art Show Special event featuring the photography of Thomas Lawn and illustrations by Olivia Wise. 5-7:30pm. Free. Mountain View Winery, 1040 Court St., San Rafael. 328-3245. Through 09/01: Marin Society of Artists â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Summer Harvest Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Juried MSA member mixed media group exhibition. 11am-4pm. No charge. MSA Summer Harvest Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., (Marin Art and Garden Center), Ross. 454-9561. Through 09/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kings of Imaginationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jack Carter, Bill Dempster & Stonefox, sculpture, illustration, mixed-media works. Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake , Fairfax. 747-8696. Through 09/28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Organic Intentionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mari Andrews, annealed steel wire sculpture; Mary Button Durrell, works made solely from tracing paper and wheat paste and Patricia Lyons Stroud, sculptural works from wood, cement and beeswax. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St. , San Rafael.

Through 09/30: 14th Annual Box Show Closing party/live auction 3-6pm Sept. 30. 11am5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347.

Talks/Lectures 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. 08/25: Divorce Options Workshop Workshop is designed to help individuals understand the legal, financial, psychological and emotional aspects of divorce. 9am-1pm. $45, no one is turned away due to lack of funds.. Family Services Agency, 555 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 295-5665. 08/26: Dr. Isaye Barnwell of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sweet Honey in the Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sausalito Presbyterian Church welcomes Dr. Barnwell of the African-American female a capella ensemble as special musical guest. 10-11:30am. None. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 08/28: Coexisting with Coyotes Marin Humane Society, Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institute present this program. Learn about the coyoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior, biology and the beneficial role they play in our ecosystems. Also, learn to avoid conflicts with domestic animals. 7-9pm. Free. Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato.

08/30: Enhance Your Relationship Forever with Author Cary Valentine â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Love Foreverâ&#x20AC;? author presents tips and tools for couples to help transform challenges. 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 448-5980 .

08/30: Recent and Historic Impacts of the CA Drift Gillnet Fishery on Marine Mammals Chris Pincetich from the Turtle Island Restoration Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international headquarters in Marin County discusses the harmful and often deadly impacts of the California Drift Gillnet fishery. 7pm. $5 suggested donation goes toward Educational Research Grant Competition. Saylors Restaurant and Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 9370641.

Readings 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. 08/25: Amanda McTigue Left Coast Writers Launch presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going to Solace.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 08/25: Dietrich Stroeh Stroeh talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Months: A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/25: Marty Brounstein Brounstein presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Among the Righteous Fewâ&#x20AC;? about a remarkable Dutch couple who saved the lives of more than two dozen Jews in southern Holland during World War II. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/25: Pamela Ribon Ribon talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Take It From Here.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/25: Stephanie Marohn Marohn talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary.â&#x20AC;? 3pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/25: Susan Kirsch and Jane Mellor Susan Kirsch presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simply Go*d - Praise Poems Celebrating the Divine in Daily Life.â&#x20AC;? Jane Mellor discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delicate Availability: Prose and Poetry.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/25: Tamara Greenberg Greenberg discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Someone You Love Has a Chronic Illness.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/26: Gerald and Janice Haslam The authors talk about the biography â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/26: Jean Symmes Symmes, who writes under the penname Geraldine Boyce, discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Inheritance.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/26: Joy Reichard Reichard presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate the Divine Feminine: Reclaim Your Power with Ancient Goddess Wisdom.â&#x20AC;? 3pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 08/26: Lian Gouw Gouw discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Only a Girl.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/26: Louis Breger The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psychotherapy: Lives Intersecting.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 08/26: Peter Fairfield The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deep Happy: How to Get There and Always Find Your Way Back.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/27: Gregg Hurwitz The bestselling author discusses his new thriller, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Survivor.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/28: Robert Hass Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.






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24 hour community event celebrating survivors, remembering those lost to cancer, and fighting back to build hope for a future where cancer no longer threatens the lives of the people we love. 10am10am. $10 Registration Fee College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 497-8768.

08/25: Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration Project Join us for a regular drop-in volunteer program to help to restore native grasslands. Work is midly strenuous but family friendly. Drop in days last Saturday of the month. Through Oct. 27. 10am1pm. Free - Volunteers of all ages welcome. Ring Mountain Preserve, Top of Taylor Road, Tiburon. 473-2128. 08/25: San Rafael Parks Service Day Volunteer to help on Parks Service Day. Projects will include litter, weed and graffiti removal on Mahon Path and Anderson Dr. 9am-noon. Free. Parks Service Day, Mahon Path @ Anderson Drive, San Rafael. 485-3407. 08/25: Trekking the Model Join a guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5 acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 08/26: Fairfax Streets for People Try out Bolinas Road in downtown Fairfax without cars. Featuring free back to school haircuts, street mandala, mini bicycle tune ups, shopping, outdoor dining, yoga, youth music showcase and more. Noon-4pm. Free. Downtown Fairfax CA, Bolinas Road (between Elsie & Broadway), Fairfax.

08/26: Sunday Morning Meditative Hike Easy walk around Lake Lagunitas. Meet at the Fairfax Community Church at 8am for carpooling or at 8:20am in the Lake Lagunitas parking lot at the animal postings board. 8-10am. Free. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 08/26: 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.

08/27: Marin Energy Authority Update and Discussion The Marin Peace and Justice Coalition will be hosting and information update and discussion concerning the MEA. Please bring questions and ideas for the panel. 7:15-9pm. Free. Marin Energy Authority Update and Discussion, 9 Ross Valley Drive, San Rafael. 388-2821. 08/28: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. 08/29: Having Fun in the Delta Ranger Bill discusses fun and interesting adventures you and your family can have by exploring this hidden gem. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 08/29: 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.

Kid Stuff 06/28-29: Little Music Circle for Toddlers Small instruments, bubbles, songs, movement, bubbles and laughter. Music is live, classes are ongoing and drop ins are welcome. 10:15-10:45am. $10,

a fun night. Bring blankets, family and friends. 8pm. $3 per person/$10 per family. Strawberry Recreation District, 118 E. Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley. 383-6494. 08/25-26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Much Ado About Nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Family friendly production presented by the Curtain Theatre. 2pm. Free. Old Mill Park Amphitheatre, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 08/25: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Sale Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; books for toddlers up to teens, reference books and parenting at sale to benefit the library. 10am-3pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library, Corner 5th Ave. and E St., San Rafael. 453-1443.

08/25: Melon Mania: Heirloom Melon Festival Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watermelon seed spitting contest at 10:30 am. Taste over 50 varieties of rare organic heirloom melons, grown from the Baker Creek Seed Co. vault. 9am-2pm. Free. Marin Country Mart Farmers Market , 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 461-5715. 08/25: Northgate Kids Sing and Play Interactive musical playgroup that will be led by talented local Marin music teachers. Held every other Sat. 10 a.m. Free. Northgate Mall, Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wing, San Rafael. 479-5955.

08/27: End of Summer Movies:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Secret World of Arriettyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (2010), G, 94 Minutes. 2:30pm. Free. Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley.

08/29: Music Makers Strings Day Preview Class 45 minute free preview music class for you and your child, ages 1.5 to 6 years old. 10 a.m. Free. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 461-1066.

08/30: End of Summer Movies:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Loraxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (2012), PG, 86 minutes. 2:30pm. Free. Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 08/25: Sunset Wine and Cheese Cruise Great views of the San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and Belvedere. Wine and cheese plus free parking included. RSVP needed. 5:30-8:30pm. $30. Tiburon Ferry Pier, Tiburon . 331-0100.

08/30: Moonlight Paddle at McInnis Park Rangers will guide you from the dock at McInnis Park and out Las Gallinas Creek to the mouth of San Pablo Bay to watch the sun set in the west and the full moon rise in the east. Bring a flashlight. Meet at the canoe dock. 7-9pm. Free. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 473-6387.

BeneďŹ ts/Gala Events 08/25: Concert for Casa Bay Area teen musicians perform to raise funds for Tijuana orphanage. Mexican dinner for $15, silent auction. Pre-order tickets at 5:30-10pm. $10 for students/$15 for adults. Hillside Church of Marin, 5461 Paradise Dr., Corte Madera. 342-4702.

08/26: MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adoption Fair and Benefit â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Can Be Heroes.â&#x20AC;? Meet some new avian friends. Learn why these beautiful birds make great pets. Cool auction and raffle items. 2-5pm. $20 suggested donation. Romberg Tiburon Center, 3152 Paradise Dr., Tiburon. <

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 Clerk-Recorder 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 Clerk-Recorder 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, 2012) 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130192 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ABIGSYS RESEARCH; AR*CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS, 44 DOCKSIDE CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: NANCY A. MARTIN, 44 DOCKSIDE CIRCLE, 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 August 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130043 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALMA DEL TANGO, 26 RUTHERFORD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SOCIAL DANCE CULTURES 501c 3, 26 RUTHERFORD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130168 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOUNTAIN SPA, 817 B 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DANNY NGUYEN, 600

ELLIS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130171 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHADM CAPITAL ADVISORS, 253 TULANE DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: DARREN PACHECO, 253 TULANE DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130211 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MATEMUSE, 21 PROSPECT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARGARET COTHERMAN, 21 PROSPECT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 24, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129890 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAYAREA TROPIC SUN, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: SHAMILA AGHAJANLOU, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 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) 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) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division B of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: IGNACIO MINI STORAGE, 394 BEL MARIN KEYS BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94949. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415)8838459, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. TENANT: GREGORY OSBORN: UNIT #289, CAMMIE ANDERSON: UNIT #220, CAMMIE ANDERSON: UNIT #248. Pacific Sun: (August 24, 31, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1203411. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BUUNGOC TRAN DANG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BUU-NGOC TRAN DANG to JADE BUUNGOC TRAN DANG. 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 20, 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 26, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. (Pacific Sun: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304386 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): UNIQUE PRODUCTS, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. Filed in Marin County on: August 24, 2011. Under File No: 127620. Registrant’s Name(s):SHAMILA AGHAJANLOU_MOHAMAD PAHLAVAN, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 9, 2012. (Pacific Sun: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012)

›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alko n


I’ve been separated from my wife for three years, but I find myself craving her. I say “crave” because I don’t think I ever really loved her. We only got together 15 years ago because she asked me out. I would never have approached her, as I’m not attracted to her. She is overweight, has a 10thgrade education and is wildly irresponsible with money. I’ve been in five one-sided relationships that started like this one, with my fear, insecurity or laziness allowing me to be led in. I’ve been spending time with my wife and realized that nothing about her has changed, and there’s little chance of our being happy together. I guess I should’ve had a bunch of dates and physical intimacy with attractive single women, but I haven’t been with anyone since our separation. What is my problem? —Chained


If somebody needs an asteroid shifted or wants to know whether Lois Lane is wearing any underwear, they call Superman. You, on the other hand, are the anti-superhero, Do-Nothing Man. You don’t fly (or even crawl) after what you want; you just turn into a giant sticky target so the universe can drop space debris on you—a broken chair, a wife, beer cans the astronauts threw out of the Mir. The Declaration of Independence talks about “the pursuit of happiness.” Hint: You actually have to chase it. That takes having the guts to go after what makes you happy instead of going home with whatever plucks you off the dessert table and drops you in her purse like a miniature cupcake among men. Unfortunately, on the alpha male scale, you’re pretty much Hello Kitty. Let’s be clear: You don’t crave your wife; you crave the easy way out. You’d rather go back to a woman you find physically repellent than risk being rejected by one you actually want, probably because you feel your worth is determined by whether people like you (what other people think of me-esteem). In The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (a book you need to read), therapist Nathaniel Branden writes that self-esteem—feeling worthy of happiness and competent to deal with what life throws you—comes out of self-acceptance: choosing to value yourself, to treat yourself with respect and to stand up for your right to exist. If you’re shipwrecked on one of those little islands in a New Yorker cartoon and you ask the lone woman there, “You wanna climb the coconut tree with me?” and she says no, you have a problem. Otherwise, a no is just reason to ask the next woman out—and the next, and the next—until one you like says yes. Statistically, if you approach a lot of women you want, you should eventually get one—and, in the meantime, get to the point where rejection is something you mostly find boring. Yes, you do need to work on your self-worth, but you can’t wait for it to be all shiny and great. Fixing yourself takes time. Acting fixed takes only guts and a clean shirt, and then, if all goes well, making moves that suggest you’ll be an animal in bed, and not the kind that stands frozen in headlights in the middle of a country road.


A work buddy swears that if he’s kind of mean to women, they want him way more than if he’s respectful and nice. Seriously? I’m no wimp, but I wouldn’t know how to treat women like this and am kind of afraid to start. —Han Solo


Women just love it when a man pulls the chair out from under them or leans over and says, “Shall I compare thee to a box of Summer’s Eve?” The notion that you can “neg” a woman—insult her into bed—comes out of the Pickup Artist community. In The Game, Neil Strauss explains the neg as an “accidental insult” meant “to lower a woman’s self-esteem while actively displaying a lack of interest in her—by telling her she has lipstick on her teeth...or offering her a piece of gum after she speaks.” “Accidentally” demeaning a woman into bed is a more successful scheme than trying to flatter her there, but it’s still a scheme and one plenty of women are now on to (marking a guy who uses it as loserville). If your first impulse isn’t to lick a woman’s shoes in hopes of making her like you, maybe the secret is not having a secret but being comfortable with yourself and letting women see that you’re warm, interesting and fun to talk to. Unfortunately, this will leave you with a far less amusing “how we met” story for your future children than “Well, kids, I told your mom she had a fat ass, and the rest was history.” < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Section 1 of the August 24, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly