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›› LETTERS Doctors Feelgood I read with interest Jason Walsh’s lengthy interview with psychologist and author Madeline Levine [“Marin, Your Kids Aren’t That Special,” July 27]. While the interview contained many interesting and worthwhile points, it still had one glaring omission that concerns me very much. This same omission was present in Levine’s first book, The Price of Privilege. In that book she accurately portrayed the many stresses and strains suffered by children and teens in an affluent community. However she made only scant reference to the problem of permissive parenting which is now rampant in American culture. Children and teens without sufficient structure and boundaries in their lives are indeed suffering. The consequences of permissive parenting are a different kind of suffering, different from the suffering caused by excessive parental expectations and extreme academic pressure to perform and achieve. As a psychotherapist and family therapist who has worked for 44 years in Marin, I have seen a tremendous increase in permissive parenting over the years. I define permissive parenting as the process of spoiling children and teens, giving them too much materially, refusing to set limits for them and a general difficulty in saying “no.” Widespread permissive parenting has produced a new, dysfunctional norm in American society. So many young people today behave at home and in public in ways that are self-centered, disrespectful and aggressive toward others. Many psychotherapists are themselves permissive parents. They raise their own children permissively and counsel their own clients either directly or subtly to do the same. I ask: When will

the psychotherapy profession be willing to tackle this problem head-on? The Sun’s Jason Walsh asked Dr. Levine a crucial question at the end of their interview: “Has parenting gotten worse?” Dr. Levine’s response was as enlightening as it was disappointing: “Well, it’s become different. [Laughs] I guess...well, I don’t want to say it’s become worse because that doesn’t make anybody feel good.” This type of “nice” statement sums up the essence of permissive parenting succinctly. The permissive parent does not want anybody to feel uncomfortable with a direct statement containing constructive criticism, the word “no” or just plain straight talk about the nature of the problem at hand. I hope Dr. Levine and certain other Marin therapists will one day make the study of permissive parenting and its attendant harm an important part of their professional repertoire. Kenneth Kelzer, Novato

He was listening to his trusted medical professional, Pliny the Elder I have had modern conversations with those who favor evolution and they still believe that “ontology recapitulates phylogeny.” This is the idea that the A member of Akin’s inner human embryo goes circle of medical advisors. though all stages of evolution including the appearance of gill slits in its neck. We now know through ultrasound and in utero cameras that this is not true. Yet

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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› it is still widely held as evidence for the theory of macro-evolution and last I checked it was still in some text books. Why? Because it was a foundational truth way back when and opinions get built upon it without re-examining the foundation. It made sense and it fits the theory, why question it? It is in that light that I believe that Rep. Akin made his comment about a woman’s body being able to prevent conception as a result of force and not desire. Statements from trusted professionals in the medical field informed him of that which he stated was accurate at the time. As it is with old knowledge, not everybody gets the memo that it is out of date e.g., “ontology recapitulates phylogeny.” As to the modifier “legitimate” rape, it fits with the above paradigm to the extent where there is a pregnancy of desire and not force being met with disapproval of a husband or father and out of fear or guilt they are told it was by force and thus becomes an “illegitimate” case of rape. This would of course in that paradigm skew the statistics for actual rape cases ending in pregnancy. I really think that that is what he meant. His knowledge base has been updated and he apologized for the offense caused by his statement based on old professional interpretations of science germane to the time. Eric Fransen, San Rafael

Ernst Haeckel’s recapitulation theory drawings persuaded no one, but did demonstrate one truth: kids are pretty cute until they hit that awkward ‘pig-rat’ stage.

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Eric! There’s nothing we appreciate more than thoughtful reader feedback that causes us to reflect and re-evaluate our previously held opinions. This, however, is not one of those times. To begin with, your analogy between recapitulation theory and Congressman Akin “not getting the memo” about pregnancy from

rape simply doesn’t, how shall we say, find itself on fertile ground. Recapitulation theory stems from German zoologist Ernst Haeckel’s writings in the early part of the 19th century, which held that human embryonic stages mimic evolutionary time tables—embryos literally changing form from resembling fish, salamanders and tortoises to resembling birds, rabbits and finally humans. Few subscribed to the theory even then, and by the early 20th century it was almost universally debunked. But the concept of the female body cutting off fertility when raped, however, dates back several centuries, standing alongside bloodletting and exorcism on the list of history’s absurd cure-alls. But around the time of the Roe v. Wade ruling, anti-abortion doctors began once again floating the concept—based, reportedly, on Nazi death camp studies!—that rape would trigger a “stop ovulating” button in women 99.9 percent of the time. Of course, none of it is true and the “evidence” of it was not scientifically based, but that didn’t deter abortion opponents, because obstetric knowledge wasn’t really their concern—rather, they were trying to eliminate an uncomfortable pro-choice argument that the vast majority of Americans support: women should be able to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy from rape. By denying the problem exists—and therefore, suggesting women seeking abortions for rape pregnancies are lying—the anti-choice crowd doesn’t have to answer for what most people the world over think is a morally abhorrent position. Todd Akin in all likelihood never really believed rape victims have a biologically induced not-tonight-I’ve-got-a-headache mechanism—heck, 8 percent of all Asian men are said to be descended from Genghis Khan, and it ain’t because he was a smooth-talking romantic. More likely, Akin lapped up the medieval theory that desire necessitates conception as a pro-life talking point that allowed him NOT to have to talk about anti-abortion absolutists’ most undesirable stance.

For womb the belles toll In this heated and critical political season, I urge all women to chant what their mothers were chanting 40 years ago: “U.S. out of my uterus!” Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

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Vision quest Civic Center station ground zero in battle for future of San Rafael by Pe te r Se i d m an


n the micro level, the “vision report” for the planning area surrounding the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit station at the Civic Center focuses on the nuts and bolts of traffic counts, parking, safety and housing densities. On the macro level, the debate over the report calls up a nationwide cultural clash over the future of suburbs. The San Rafael City Council last week unanimously accepted the Civic Center Station Area Plan. Sixteen members of an advisory committee worked two years to compile the document, holding monthly meetings, gathering input from the public, presenting workshops and hosting outreach meetings. The process, funded in part through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Station Area Planning Program, resulted in recommendations to the City Council some residents of the area dislike. Neighbors who attended the meeting said the recommendation that the half-mile-diameter area around the future train station at McInnis Parkway and Civic Center Drive area can handle affordable housing with a density of 44 units per acre or more and buildings with a height of up to five stories on the east and west side of Highway 101 take the concept of transit-oriented development too far.

Richard Hall, a spokesman for Quiet & Safe San Rafael, says the objections extend beyond the basic planning issues. “The tenor of the meeting was consistent with the tenor of the planning process [leading up to the meeting]. You have meetings where people show up and convey objections repeatedly and in number—and consistently not get through. Two hundred people left that chamber that night seeing their council not listening to them and questioning the committee the council had formed, trying to understand how they can get [their message] through.” Hall and other residents say the area just can’t handle the recommended density levels. The executive summary of the document looks at the east side of Highway 101 and suggests investigating and possibly implementing increases in retail and office density “and increases in residential density above 44 units per acre within identified traffic limits.” The summary also calls for looking at development sites close to the station to amend zoning to “increase heights to four stories for residential and mixeduse development only, subject to design requirements.” That last caveat is important because the document is only a vision. Any actual development will be subject to the 10 >


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Bill streamlines salmon habitat projects The upstream battle to save the coho salmon just got a smoother current from the state Legislature—as a bill to streamline habitat-restoration projects was approved this week by the state Assembly. Authored by Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman, AB 1961 speeds up the approval of voluntary creek-improvement projects brought before the Department of Fish and Game. According to Huffman’s office, the bill allows Fish and Game “to use a one-stop process” for approving proposals to protect the imperiled fish that, due partly to infringement upon habitat, are teetering on the brink of extinction in some parts of the state. According to some estimates, the state coho population has plummeted by nearly 99 percent over the past 50 years. “Coho salmon cannot afford to wait and neither can the communities where these restoration projects would provide much needed jobs,” says Huffman. Brian Stranko, north and central coast regional director for the Nature Conservancy, says the bill will make stewardship of the land that much easier. It “allows landowners to more easily return our streams and rivers to what they once were: free-flowing, complex, and able to support abundant wild salmon,” says Stranko.

Unkindest cut of all, say circumcision protesters The American Academy of Pediatrics office in San Rafael was the site of an angry protest this week, when a group called Bay Area Intactivists marched in cutting opposition to newborn male circumcision. The rally was staged after the Academy announced Aug. 27 that, after reviewing recent studies on circumcision, the health benefits of slicing off the foreskin of the penis outweigh the risks. A five-year circumcision analysis was recently released; it found the practice results in a reduced risk for penile cancer, urinary tract infections and HIV. Circumcision, in its modern incarnation, is an elective procedure typically conducted on newborn males in which medical professionals, using clamps and scissors, cut off approximately a half-inch ring of the prepuce surrounding the penis. The practice is believed to date back to the ancient Egyptians; it has historically been associated with religious beliefs. Critics of circumcision say it’s a medically unnecessary form of genital mutilation. Estimates are that between one-third and one-sixth of males worldwide are 10 > circumcised, mostly in the Middle East, southern Asia, Africa and the United States. 8 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2012



San Anselmo’s Lindh puts Shariah law above Terre Haute prison law by Jacob Shafe r

“And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember.”—The Quran, 11:114


Terre Haute is a high-security penitentiary in Vigo County; Lindh is one of about 3,000 prisoners being held there.

Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex in district court for restricting group prayer, which he claims is an indispensable part of his faith. Walker Lindh is housed in a unit of the prison populated largely by Muslims, and prison officials say allowing prisoners to congregate could lead to insurrection or facilitate terrorist plotting. “Mr. Lindh is allowed to pray in his cell,” Southern Indiana District Attorney Joe Hogsatt told the Associated Press. “He’s allowed to pray wherever he happens to be as many times every day as his religion suggests to him that he should.” Lindh says that’s not good enough. On Monday, he testified that prison policy shouldn’t supersede his beliefs. “I don’t recognize any law but the Shariah of Islam,” Lindh said on the stand, referring to the set of moral codes outlined in the Quran and by the Prophet Muhammad. “There is no compromise.” Walker Lindh is being represented by the ACLU, and his father recently told ABC News he was “proud” of his son. Other than that, he doesn’t have many allies. Much has changed since 2001, but some things remain the same. We’re no longer calling it the “war on terror,” but we are still fighting in Afghanistan. Our current president has softened his predecessor’s anti-Islamic rhetoric, but Americans are still being shot simply for wearing turbans. Put another way: Whether he wins or loses his lawsuit, it’ll never be easy being John Walker Lindh. ✹ Email Jacob at

Lindh, now 31, was captured during the Taliban prison uprising, now known as the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi.

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▲Officer Tara McGirr of the Richmond Police Department went above and beyond the call of duty to help DD, a Corte Madera resident. While Officer McGirr was at Tennessee Valley early Tuesday morning, she found DD’s wallet, containing cash, credit cards and driver’s license. Deciding to deliver the wallet personally, she drove to DD’s home. When DD didn’t answer, the officer gave the wallet to the next-door neighbor and included a note on the back of her business card: I found your wallet while I was out for a run at Tennessee Valley and thought I’d drop it off so you weren’t worried. Have a great day! Officer McGirr obviously takes her service credo seriously, clearly qualifying her to be our Hero of the week.

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▼Really? Taxpayers foot the bill for this nonsense? Last Sunday morning, about 2am, CHP officers tried to pull over a driver for weaving on 101 in San Rafael. The driver, identified as Novato resident Kathryn Tynes, fled the scene lickety-split, causing a high-speed chase. Tynes, 30, eventually stopped on the RichmondSan Rafael Bridge, exited the vehicle, jumped off the bridge and swam toward, ironically, San Quentin Prison. Rescuers from five public agencies searched for the woman, with tools including a police boat, a Coast Guard helicopter and a commercial tugboat. Eventually, Tynes was found in the water near Corte Madera, arrested and flown by helicopter to Stanford Medical Center. We wonder how much that joy ride cost. Bet it’s far more than Zero. —Nikki Silverstein


t isn’t easy being John Walker Lindh. Ten years ago the infamous “American Taliban,” who was captured in Afghanistan by U.S. forces shortly after 9/11, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. This week, he was back in court fighting for his right to pray behind bars. Walker Lindh’s story is as odd as it is polarizing. Before he became “Detainee 001” in America’s war on terror, he was an unassuming kid from San Anselmo. Inspired in part by the Spike Lee film Malcolm X, he found his way to the Islamic Center of Mill Valley as a young teenager. In the late-’90s he traveled to Yemen to study Arabic, and by age 20 he was in Afghanistan fighting with the Taliban against the Northern Alliance. It was May 2001. Four months later the planes hit the towers and everything changed. When images of Walker Lindh, with his dour scowl and scraggly beard, began appearing on TV screens across the country, America was wounded. Scared. Angry. The details didn’t matter; he was a traitor (or, as former President George H.W. Bush termed it, a “misguided Marin County hot-tubber”). And he had to pay. Today, Walker Lindh sits in a cell in Indiana. But he hasn’t given up on Islam. Recently, he sued the

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< 8 Vision quest city’s design review process, its planning department rules—and the City Council’s approval. Nevertheless, the wording that the city could “allow an additional story [for a total of five] for developments that propose a significant benefit or amenity in the planning area” has neighbors nervous. So does the mention that on the west side of the freeway, along Redwood Highway, the city could allow residential densities above 44 units per acre and increased height limits to four stories where residential is constructed over ground-floor retail. The summary notes that the committee “was not able to reach consensus” on some areas, including the Redwood Highway frontage. The planning area also includes Northgate, which for years has been identified as a prime candidate for high-density affordable housing. The vision document suggests investigating the possibility of increasing allowable density “above 44 units per acre” and amending the city’s general plan to “allow height increases to five stories for residential development at Northgate Mall.” The report notes that in planning for increased jobs and housing in the area, the city should pay attention to aesthetics, particularly with regard to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Civic Center. The city could protect those aesthetics through its design review process. The overall goal of the vision, according to the report, is “to set the stage for creating a vibrant mixed-use, livable area supported by a mix of transit opportunities, including passenger rail service.” It’s comparable to looking in a crystal ball to see what’s coming, says Mayor Gary Phillips. The committee met for those two years “to help us better understand some of the possibilities of development around the station. We want residential reasonably close to the station” rather than having new development “spread all over Timbuktu.” And that encapsulates a current cultural debate throughout the country: Should governments encourage transit-oriented development as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and suburban sprawl? Or should the free market be allowed to exert its influence without government interference? Planning for possible development, at least at the conceptual level, is prudent, says Phillips. “From my standpoint, I want to be prepared for the SMART station that’s going to be there. It’s going to happen. I am certain of that. I would much rather plan around people’s hopes and expectations than just let things happen.” That planning process should include more acceptance of neighborhood objections, especially to increased densities, says Hall. He and other residents talked with the mayor for about two hours the morning before the council meeting. “We wanted a modified report to make chang10 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

es to ensure that it represented the views of the community.” Phillips notes that the objections are included as an attachment in the official document. But Hall says the neighbors told the mayor “that was completely unacceptable,” based on the belief that attaching the objections to the report carries insufficient weight. Neighbors wanted them included in the report. “We took comments from a lot of people, including Richard and his group,” says Phillips, “and we will continue to do so. Our thought was that to incorporate them [as an attachment] in their entirety so those downstream looking at [the report] will know that there were serious concerns.” The city also will attach the objections to an electronic copy of the meeting. “They are given significant weight because they are included,” says Phillips. “The input is not lost.” Hall and other neighbors weren’t the only ones who voiced concerns at the meeting about increasing density in the planning area. “It was a robust meeting,” says Councilman Damon Connolly. “I have met with the group and other stakeholders. We have heard the concerns, and as part of the discussion at the hearing, I proposed three modifications.” Connolly wanted the council to support retaining current zoning and three-story height limit on the west side of Highway 101, at Merrydale Road and Redwood Highway. He also said the city should express a preference to keep the east side of Highway 101 commercial. Autodesk and other businesses, now and in the future, “are an important opportunity for the city. It’s not clear that high-density housing is appropriate there.” Connolly also said the city should look at Northgate Mall for increased housing density, including affordable units, a prospect Hall says his group wholeheartedly supports. Connolly notes that the Macerich Co., which owns Northgate, will conduct a feasibility study to fulfill a condition the city put on its completed renovation project. He wants the study “linked to the visioning.” For years, affordable housing advocates have said Northgate is a prime site for affordable housing, given its underused parking lot and vacant Rite Aid building. Connolly’s call to amend the vision report failed to get support from his colleagues. But they “did make it clear that all the comments are incorporated into the record and will be there for any consideration of any project, should ones ever arise in the future.” The process is a long and winding road, note Connolly and Phillips. The city will take the input from the vision plan, including the objections to it, and revisit the ideas when the city next looks at its general plan in a few years. “By that time, we’ll have a better sense of the impact of the train,” says Phillips, “and people will have actual experience with the train, so we’ll be more knowledgeable the 11 >

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Fast food playground-safety bill passes mustard For those Californians who prefer their ketchup on fries—and not on the playground slide—state Assemblyman Michael Allen has a meal-deal for you. The state Legislature this week approved AB 1513, a bill that would establish standards for cleaning and safety at restaurant playgrounds. While it may come as a surprise that there aren’t already state cleanliness and safety standards at burger-fueled play areas, it’s not as shocking as what Arizona researchers discovered after conducting a multi-state study of such playgrounds: cracked or broken play structures, spoiled food, soiled diapers and, in one instance, a used condom. “This is not just gross or disgusting: conditions like those mentioned above can be downright hazardous to a child’s health,” said Allen, the Napa County Assemblyman who, because of redistricting, is running as the incumbent for Marin’s District 10 seat on the November ballot. “And indeed, while record-keeping by health officials has been less than perfect, we do know that thousands of children each year have been injured at restaurant playgrounds, some quite seriously.” According to Allen’s office, the researchers also documented the presence at playgrounds of potentially harmful pathogens including Staphylococcus, fecal coliform and Streptococcus. With AB 1513, California would be one of the first states to require cleanliness and safety standards at the playgrounds. If Gov. Brown signs the bill into law, restaurants will be required to document a plan for ensuring cleanliness and safety at playgrounds; display or provide information on playground maintenance and inspection dates; post signs prohibiting customers from taking food onto playground structures. Hounding ban passes; Huffman votes ‘nay’ Most Marinites had been squarely behind the California state Legislature’s proposal to outlaw the use of dogs in the hunting of bears and bobcats—the Marin County Board of Supervisors even unanimously threw its support behind the ban, and Marin’s state Assemblyman Jared Huffman had also expressed disdain for the practice known as “hounding.” And thus several eyebrows were raised last week when SB 1221 was approved by the state Assembly by a vote of 44 to 29—but Marin’s state Assemblyman Jared Huffman was in the “nay” column. If signed by Gov. Brown, the bill, authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, will ban “hounding,” the controversial practice of allowing packs of radio-collared hunting dogs to chase bears and bobcats to the point of exhaustion, at which point the frightened animal is either torn apart by the dogs or climbs a tree where the human hunter then blows it away at point-blank range. According to a 2011 poll by Mason-Dixon Polling, more than 80 percent of Californians oppose hounding. So, several Sun readers have asked—what’s up with Huffman’s vote against the bill? “Like most of your readers,” Huffman told the Sun,“I don’t like [hounding].” But according to Huffman, he’d supported a previous version of the bill that would have, instead of an outright ban, placed an “indefinite moratorium” on hounding—a compromise he favored, he says, because it allowed the Department of Fish and Game the leeway to grant case-by-case exemptions to the moratorium. But when the bill emerged from committee and came to a vote before the Assembly, the moratorium was back to being a “ban.” “I worked hard to forge a compromise on this bill...and there were specific amendments promised as part of that, but key portions of that compromise were left out when the bill emerged from committee,” says Huffman, explaining his vote against the ban.“As a matter of principle, I require that agreements be honored in committee.” More than one county resident irate over Huffman’s vote questioned whether it had to do with the San Rafael resident’s quest to win the open congressional seat of the newly formed District 2, which now includes the more hunting-friendly counties of northwest California. Not the case, says Huffman, who is heavily favored to win the Nov. 6 runoff congressional election over Republican counterpart Dan Roberts.“That [compromise] was promised on the record, and when promises are not kept—that’s a pretty important thing in my book regardless of the issue.” 11 >


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next time we look at it.â&#x20AC;? The city will engage in a similar planning process, with input from the public when it proceeds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am pleased the community is engaged in the ďŹ rst step of what will be many before any development will take place. Economic conditions will be the drivers. We provide the zoning, and if economic conditions exist that approximate the plan, at least we have prepared ourselves.â&#x20AC;? Preparing for the future is one thing, but pouring concrete to lock it in place is another, and Hall has concerns that in accepting the ďŹ rst vision plan, the city could be setting the future in stone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our experience is what we have witnessed.â&#x20AC;? During the two years the committee worked on the vision, he says, and then at the council meeting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;community input appeared to be ignored. Why should we believe that is going to change?â&#x20AC;? But, as Phillips and Connolly both note, the legitimate concerns about trafďŹ c, safety, parking and height limits and view corridors, along with Connollyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations, have been included in the report for future reference. The objections call for a quantitative analysis that lends itself to planning debate and compromise. But the essential issue of whether Marin (and Sonoma County) should promote transit-oriented development is a qualitative proposition that elicits subjective stances from

those who support the idea and from those who oppose it. The injection of the Association of Bay Area Governments and other agencies regarding projected housing numbers that will be needed in the North Bay stirs the pot. ABAG, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the state and Plan Bay Area all see a planning future where housing development is tied to transit development. Building homes along a new rail line falls right into line with the thesis that housing should cluster along transportation corridors. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the vision of Marinites who decades ago created the vision of an urban corridor along Highway 101 that would be the focal point for new housing and commercial development. But a cohort of relatively recent residents balk at the proposal, along with some who never liked it. The goal from the start was aimed at stopping suburban sprawl and protecting open space. And that vision has been in the ascendency across the country among environmentalists and public-transit advocates. But a new vision coming from conservative circles posits that government controlling growth is antithetical to a vibrant culture, even given the challenge and threat of climate change. That position is evident in Marin when the topic of housing density arises, especially affordable housing.

It should be noted that Hall and other neighbors who object to the housing densities in the vision report base their objections not on the affordability of the housing but on its numbers. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a debate much easier to navigate than one that hints at latent bigotry or rejection of science. Connolly says San Rafael has â&#x20AC;&#x153;justiďŹ able concerns with the [ABAG housing numbers], and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something where we will continue to make sure San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests are represented.â&#x20AC;? But ABAG and Plan Bay Area numbers are not driving the Civic Center planning area process, Connolly says. The city is looking at the best options for the future, given that as SMART says in its promotional campaign, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a train coming to town.â&#x20AC;? But Hall still is unconvinced about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listening ability. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watched other cities going through similar planning processes regarding housing, density and development. Novato comes to mind. He says that in addition to a website at Quiet & Safe San Rafael, a new site is in the works called Marin Citizen. He and others who object to increased housing density through government dictate are talking about the possibility of making it the focus for a countywide coalition that could challenge the quantitativeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and qualitativeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;issues surrounding development with what he calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;a united presence.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š

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Pacifics win best-of-three battle for championship The San Rafael Pacifics beat the Maui Na Koa Ikaika 6-5 on Aug. 26 to win the North American Baseball League North Division Championship series. As their inaugural season as a minorleague baseball franchise came down to the wire, the San Rafael Pacifics were in a heated battle for first place with Maui Na Koa Ikaika in the North American Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north division.The league staged the two teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; final three games of the season, taking place Aug. 24 to 26, as a best-of-three playoff battle for the divisional crown. The Pacifics and Maui split the first two games of the series, before the Pacs closed the deal on the islanders in the Sunday game.The two franchises had already played 18 times this season, with the Pacifics winning 10 of the head-to-head match-ups. There will be no postseason play between the north and south divisions this year, the league announced.

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Their time is gonna come—in fact, it’s now! T Many things come in tens—from biblical commandments and l lords a-leaping to packaged hot dogs and lists of “top” things. But we’ve got something better than all of those put together: e the Marin 10, our annual look at the most fascinating people of o the coming year. With our fingers—all 10 of them—on the pulse of the county, we’ve homed in on the folks who stand at p the edge of the biggest year of their lives—the people who will t either rocket to the moon like astronaut Neil Armstrong, or fall e from dizzying heights like ill-advised aviator Icarus. f Whether the stars hold for them futures of triumph and glory or, o heaven forbid, public scorn and media ridicule, here’s our salute to 10 locals who aren’t afraid to reach for the sun. s —Jason Walsh

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Justin Hill, the Buck Institute brainiac Mill Valley scientist is putting mind over matter—with thought-provoking results




hen Dr. Justin Hill was 10 years old about the brain, which is unique to the brain, he joined his father, a South Carois that nerves can’t grow across scar tissue. lina orthopedist, on a trip to the Our approach was simply to say, let’s get rid emergency room. He saw people suffering of the scar tissue and see what happens.” from strokes and brain injuries and he asked What happened was remarkable. Even himself a simple, profound question: “What after scar tissue has formed, the point at can I do?” which patients are declared beyond the reach Twenty-five years later Hill is working on of modern medicine, the rats came back. that question—and he may have come up “They significantly improved function,” says with an answer. Hill. “It was quite exciting.” And, he says, the Earlier this year, Hill published a paper benefit may not be limited to stroke victims; in the Proceedings of the National Academy the enzyme could help people suffering from of Sciences focused on an exciting experiParkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer and a range ment he conducted at the Buck Institute’s of other conditions. Greenberg Lab. The paper’s cumbersome Hill thinks the treatment could move from title, “Intracerebral chondroitinase ABC and rodents to humans in the next two to three heparan sulfate proteoglycan glypican imyears. But, he cautions, there are signifiprove outcome from chronic stroke in rats,” cant hurdles left to clear. “I like the phrase belied its importance: Hill and his colleagues ‘under-promise, over-deliver,’” he says. “We had discovered an enzyme that can possibly were pretty amazed at how removing the scar heal damaged brains, even years after the fact. improved the rest of the brain. But before The key, Hill says, was to keep it simple. we think about human trials I want to know “You can view the brain as this incredibly a lot more. Let’s get rid of the scar, let’s see complex root of the soul and then it’s impos- what we can do to promote blood flow back sible to repair. Or you can look at it as two into that region, let’s really get the neurons to pounds of very complex tissue, migrate back, and at that point it’s but it’s the same as your bireally ready for clinical work.” by ceps and your liver and your Given what he’s already acJacob Shafe r heart,” he says. “Same cells, complished, it’s easy to forget same rules of the game.” Hill is just 35. Three years After a stroke or other trauago, during his residency at the matic injury, scar tissue forms. Once this University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he happens, according to the prevailing wisdom, started searching for a place where he could there’s not much hope. It’s the reason many focus specifically on the brain, which he calls stroke victims are stuck with paralysis, loss “the last frontier of medicine.” of speech and other impairments for life. But The Greenberg Lab, he says, was one of what if you could reverse the damage? That’s a handful of facilities worldwide that met the question Hill is daring to ask. his criteria. He emailed the titular Dr. David “You have a really damaged organ. And Greenberg on a Tuesday, got a call on a when you have a damaged organ, you get scar Wednesday and interviewed on a Thursday. tissue,” explains Hill. “One of the weird things The rest is (possibly game-changing) history.

Scar tissue was preventing nerve growth—so, thought Hill, ‘let’s get rid of the scar tissue.’

“Justin has been a great asset to our lab because of his enthusiasm, his keen clinical sense and his strong commitment to helping patients,” says Greenberg. “He designed his own project and pursued it doggedly.” Hill, who lives in Mill Valley, seems at home in the Bay Area. He bikes through Muir Woods and out the Tennessee Valley trailhead and sips fine wine. (“I can now tell the difference between a merlot and a cabernet,” he admits.) And he loves being surrounded by innovators. “You’ve got Silicon Valley and UCSF and Stanford and Livermore,” he says. “There are so many badasses.” Still, when we interviewed him, Hill was interviewing for a faculty position at Cornell.

While he said he hoped he didn’t get it so he could stay in Marin, he acknowledged that he owes it to Dr. Greenberg to carry on the work he’s been doing—wherever it leads him. Talking with Justin Hill, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. His topic, the brain, is opaque and hopelessly complicated. But it’s also unexpectedly simple. That dichotomy, which some might call a contradiction, works for Hill. “If you get it close, nature takes over,” he says. “We got rid of the scar and we’re still trying to figure out why the rats did so well. Now it’s our job to figure out how the DNA and the cells and all these things improved. It’s inspiring to watch.” ✹ Pick Jacob’s brain at

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here are not many people who have should wait and gather more public input.) served on a small but vocal town counDistrict decisions often put Egger and cil for 40 years. Most who have would Meigs at odds with the district general manhappily retire and rest on their laurels— ager Brett Richards. Richards, who encourpointing to all the work Fairfax accomplished aged the board to pass the rate increase and during their seven terms as mayor. But not bond measure, has become a controversial Frank Egger. figure in his own right. Richards’ contract After losing his re-election bid for the provided him $197,000 in salary and awarded Fairfax Town Council in 2005, Egger almost him an 18-month severance if he was fired; immediately jumped back into the political it protected him from being fired within arena. After two unsuccessful campaigns for months of a board election; and granted him the Marin Municipal Water District board, a $350,000 loan to purchase a house in the Egger has now found himself president of the Bay Area—a purchase that, three years into board of what may be the most controversial his term, according to public records, does public agency in Marin: the Ross Valley Saninot appear to have been made. (The county tary District (RVSD). district attorney is currently investigating.) “I thought this’ll be easy compared to what This past June, Kentfield resident Mary I’ve done in the past,” Egger says. Sylla was elected to the board, replacing He was wrong. longtime board member Marcia Johnson. When Egger was appointed to fill a vacancy Richards again came under criticism after on the RVSD board in late 2010, the district the election for a letter he sent Sylla that had come under fire for excessive spending, decried the politics, gossip and ill-will in frivolous lawsuits, a lack of transparMarin, specifically calling out other ency and poor relations with local officials and Sylla herself its constituents—which led for their alleged misinformaby to a vicious battle over a protion campaign against him Ke lly O ’M ara posed rate increase in midand the district. 2011 that prompted more than “I had hoped you were a 30 percent of ratepayers to file formal better person than you represent rate protests. The Marin County Civil Grand yourself to be,” he said in the letter. Jury has also issued three scathing reports In late June, perhaps spurred by the turn of since 2006 calling the district out for infighting events, Richards unexpectedly resigned. Acand interagency battles with the Central Marin cording to Sylla and Egger, they have received Sanitation Agency (CMSA). no additional information other than his resRVSD collects the wastewater for Fairfax, ignation letter, which was submitted by email. San Anselmo, Ross, Greenbrae, Larkspur In that resignation letter, Richards called out (through annexation agreement) and—until Meigs and Egger as working to undermine recently—San Quentin. The agency then the district. transports that sewage to CMSA, where it is When the new board took office, Egger was treated and disposed of. The Central Marin appointed as president to replace Johnson, as Sanitation Agency is made up of the San Rawell as being appointed the RVSD representafael Sanitation District, RVSD and the Corte tive to CMSA. Madera Sanitary District. RVSD has fre“It’s definitely going in a different direcquently found itself at odds over how much tion,” Sylla says. “It changed all at once.” it owes CMSA and how many votes it gets on “It’s a new board. Things are changing the CMSA board. quite dramatically, very quickly,” Egger agrees. “I didn’t realize how toxic the [sanitary] Perhaps it’s no surprise that Egger once district had become,” Egger says. again finds himself in the eye of public scruBut, when Egger joined former Fairfax tiny. In the past, he’s engaged in uphill battles planning commissioner Pam Meigs, who against the aerial spraying of the brown apple had been elected to the RVSD board earlier moth and a water district proposal for a in 2010, the two quickly formed a minority desalination plant. voting bloc—typically the dissenting votes— Egger first moved to Fairfax in 1963 and on the five-person board. In 2011, they both worked on the parks and recreation commisvoted against passing the controversial rate sion. But, in 1966, two large trees downtown increase. This past June, after a new board were cut and an old building demolished. had been elected but before they took office, Though he was only 26 years old, Egger found Meigs and Egger voted against authorizing himself drafted to run for the council by a the sale of $15 million in bonds—arguing, group of young residents who wanted to in part, that the results of the election were a change things. That election grew into a fourreflection of public opposition to the bond decade run on the council, as he fought to proposal. (Board member Peter Sullivan then keep the freeway from coming through town, changed his vote and agreed that the board to keep the Army Corps of Engineers from

It’s hard to keep track of what’s greater: the number of public boards Frank Egger’s been on, or the number of scathing grand jury reports issued about the Ross Valley Sanitary District.

concreting over the creek and to require strict pesticide notification. “It was a battle to keep Fairfax the last of the old towns in Marin,” Egger says. Even now, Egger has his hand in nearly everything. Along with serving on the RVSD board, he is Fairfax’s representative to the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District and the alternate to the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority. He’s also president of the North Coast Rivers Alliance and on the board of Stop the Spray Marin and the Pesticide-Free Zone. In addition, he runs Cazadero Winery—the newest licensed winery in Sonoma. Just try scheduling an appointment with him. When Larry Bragman, a Fairfax councilman now for eight years, wanted to get involved after moving to town 15 years ago, “it inevitably leads you to Frank,” Bragman says. Over the years, Egger became like a mentor to Bragman. And, they went on to work together on countless local issues, like banning Styrofoam in Fairfax and creating a living wage ordinance that requires a minimum wage of $14.75 if no benefits are included. “It’s a tremendous privilege,” Bragman says of working with Egger. “He’s an incredible public servant.” Egger is now focused on turning around the sanitary district. While he acknowledges there are still a lot of old, crumbling pipes that need to be replaced—which will cost money—first and foremost Egger believes the district needs to re-build public confidence. He wants to go

town by town and talk to each community about what needs fixing most in their area. That may even involve getting a measure on the ballot to gauge community interest. He also knows it’s important for the board to get a better handle on district expenses, not run over budget and to end the “constant, constant, constant” lawsuits. There are other smaller issues that have reverberating consequences, such as the recent loss of the San Quentin prison contract to CMSA while the two agencies battled. “I’d like to take a crack at it and sit down with the warden,” Egger says. Already on Egger’s watch, the district settled one ongoing lawsuit in early August with a contractor that had previously been blamed for two December 2010 spills totaling nearly 3 million gallons. The board also voted to delay going out for the $15 million in bonds. And, the board announced a committee to find an interim general manager while they search for a permanent replacement. Sylla adds that Egger does a great job running meetings and ensuring the public gets input. “They’ve taken a first, very important step toward righting the ship,” Bragman says. In the long run, Egger hopes to tackle issues like recycling treated gray water instead of dumping it in the bay, using recycled water at San Quentin and working with the water district on pilot residential gray water programs. Why retire from public service when there are more problems to tackle? “I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he says. ✹

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Hal Hickel’s monster year ahead... Tiburon special effects wiz on the ‘rim’ of big things with secretive Del Toro project




ig robots. Big monsters. Everythe Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and was thing about my next several nominated for both of the other films in months is going to be big!” the trilogy. Hal Hickel, one of the most accomLast year saw the release of Rango, the plished special effects animators in the first full-length animated film from Inmovie business, knows what he’s talkdustrial Light and Magic, on which Hickel ing about when he uses the word big. served as animation director. Featuring From big movies (The Phantom Menace, some astonishingly gnarly looking characPirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man) to big ters, all dusty, warty desert critters, the film creatures (Jurassic Park: The Lost World, went on to win the Oscar for best animated Super 8), the Oscar-winning Tiburon film. In many ways, Rango is the ultimate resident—a major player among the Hal Hickel film, a parade of realisticspecial effects wizards of Industrial Light looking creatures that almost immediately and Magic—has built a large-scale career make you forget they are animated. That’s that, in 2013, will get even bigger, as Hickel the kind of challenge that Hickel finds apcombines one of the most anticipated pealing: to bring realism to something that movies of next year with some of the larg- couldn’t, or shouldn’t, exist. est creatures ever put on film. “Those kinds of challenges are very The top-secret film, Pacific Rim, is being interesting,” says Hickel. “Whether it’s anidirected by Guillermo Del Toro (Hell Boy, mating Rango or Yoda or Davy Jones, you Pan’s Labyrinth). Hickel has been on board have to figure out how to give the audience as animation supervisor since this time a sense that the characters on screen are last year. A high-concept blend of Godzthinking, that there is a thought process illa and The Iron Giant, the live-action going in inside them, that they are not extravaganza features enormous, 250-foot just moving—like puppets being shoved monsters battling mammoth, humanaround—but that they actually have a operated robots in a fight for the future of personality, that they have idiosyncrasies, the planet Earth. that they have an inner life.” “This one,” laughs Hickel, “is big in That, of course, is easier said than done. every way.” Before the first Pixar movies, few would Hickel’s association with special have believed that computer animation effects—and with weird creatures—started would one day create toys or bugs or fish out when he was a young man in Coloor monsters that really do convey recrado, making his own movies and dreamognizable emotions and feelings. Now it ing of someday working for George Lucas. is widely accepted that, when done well, He studied film at the California Institute computer animation is every bit the art of the Arts in Southern California, and form that traditional hand-drawn animasoon after went to work for Will Vinton tion is. It takes an animator who is equal Studios, where he spent a number of years parts technician and artist. doing stop-motion animation for those But, as Hickel points out, there is somelegendary California Raisin commercials thing more. in the 1980s. In 1992, with no experience “Animation is one of those creative in computer animation—but endeavors,” he says, “that rely a clear knack for bringing heavily on animators being by personality to inanimate good observers of life. David objects—Hickel was hired When you’re out with your Te mp l e ton by Pixar and brought on family on a Sunday afterboard as an animator on the noon, and you see somebody with a really peculiar walk, or a really original Toy Story movie. When ILM began working on the Jurassic Park sequel, interesting way of using their face when they express themselves, then you take Hickel finally landed his dream job worknote of that, and you put it away in a little ing at the studio George Lucas built, and file in your brain, and you draw on it later he has gone on to create some of ILM’s most indelible computer-animated images. on when you need it. Like comedians do, animators are always paying attention to After The Lost World, he worked the way people do things, and the funny on the Star Wars prequels, becoming a little ways people behave.” lead animator on Star Wars Episode I: Today, after spending his life learning to The Phantom Menace, where—among work wonders with the latest technological other projects—he brought the droideka marvels, Hickel is seeing himself more as battle droids to life. On the Pirates of the an artist than as a technician. But it wasn’t Caribbean movies, Hickel was largely always like that. responsible for Davy Jones’ impressively “When I first got interested in this as a tentacled face. He won an Oscar, along kid,” he says, “and later when I started makwith the others on the team, for Pirates of

Hickel, catching up with a few old buddies...

ing movies in the early ’80s, the way that you’d put a creature into a movie was a very different process from how we do it today. You had a puppet, a stop-motion puppet, and you’d animate it, and then you’d use various optical techniques to combine that puppet with live action. Computers weren’t involved. In those days, I did not consider myself to be equally technical and creative. I was mainly interested in the cameras, and how we were shooting things, and how to combine the various pieces of puppet animation together. “But we are in a very different age now. Computers have allowed us to do so much more but, to be honest, I understand a much smaller percentage of the technical aspect now than I did when I started out. I’m still interested in it, but we have people here at ILM who are so much smarter than I am, who are writing our tools and using them on the more technical-heavy parts of our process, all the heavy computer-graphics horsepower that has to be brought to bear on projects like this. “So increasingly,” Hickel continues, “my job has become more about the creative end, figuring out what the performance of characters should be, working with the animators to perfect the acting of the animated characters. That takes the mind-set of an artist. It’s funny how that’s changed for me. These days I focus more on figuring out how a character should

move, and how to get it there, and less on how to write a piece of code.” In the case of Pacific Rim, of course, those problems are amplified. “One of the things that is most complicated about these robots,” he says, allowing himself to reveal a juicy detail about the story (mainly because Guillermo Del Toro already mentioned it at this year’s Comic Con), “is that the robots are not just giant robots. They have pilots driving them from the inside.” A large part of the movie’s drama comes from the mismatched pair of humans that must team up to pilot a rickety robot longsince thought too old to be effective. So Hickel and his team have the dual problem of making those robots reflect the personalities of the people who are operating them. “You get into a thing of asking, is this a vehicle? Or is it a character? Those are some of the questions we are dealing with every single day.” Hickel expects to be solving such problems until next spring. The finished movie is scheduled to be released in July. After that, he has no idea what project he’ll be tackling as a follow-up. He likes it that way. “I like having the mystery of not ever knowing what I’ll be doing next,” he laughs. “Besides,” he says, “after this I’m probably going to need a nice long vacation.” ✹ Animate David at

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Katie Rice steps out of the shadows


hat a difference a ton of votes can was very non-volatile. Some people have make! personalities that are more compliant than When an ailing Hal Brown had others and mine was not very compliant. his cousin the governor tap his aide, Katie But I don’t think I was that bad. I did get into Rice, to step in for him as District 2 supervisor some stuff that not even they know about. last fall, and then when she ran for the job, [She laughs] Looking back, I’m fortunate to be there was some eyeball rolling in various here and in good health. quarters, including at this very newspaper. “I was a pretty confident kid. Pretty much Was Rice, now 52, really the most quali- anything I wanted to do and tried to do I was fied? After all, her two opponents in the successful at. I was always a good student. I June primary—Fairfax councilman David cared about doing well.” Weinsoff and College of Marin trustee Eva Her mother adds, “Kids who show a lot Long—had a combined 19 years of early spirit, they can drive their in elective office. Surely they parents crazy. But that’s the by had a boatload of supportsame quality that can lead Steve ers. Could Rice, in her first them to do big things later M c N a m a ra election try, even make on. The kids with a milder a runoff? temperament may not do so Well, well, well. When the votes much. Katie acquired her smarts in a were counted she had crushed ’em both lot of different ways. It’s been wonderful to with 68 percent of the vote. Weinsoff watch her.” limped in with 21 percent and Long with Rice is twice married, twice divorced, 10 percent. has three children and is unique among How did Rice feel about it? Marin supervisors, perhaps in history, in “I was stunned; it was unbelievable. It that she has deep connections with three was very validating,” says Rice with a smile. of its five supervisorial districts. “It still makes me feel good. It was imShe grew up and went to elementary, portant to establish that I was not just an middle and high school in Mill Valley appointee. It really freed me to be totally (District 3), where her parents still live comfortable in my own shoes.” in the house where Rice grew up. She Some observers had wondered—some was admitted to UC Berkeley and chose still wonder—whether she isn’t bound instead to go to the University of Coloto operate in the shadow of her mentor rado in Boulder, mainly because she had Brown, the man who had served for 30 spent summers in Colorado and loved it. years, longer than any Marin supervisor Although her grades were good, she found in history. But maybe that’s the wrong the big school lecture format not appealshadow to wonder about. Her mother, ing, and the party scene way too appealPamela Lloyd, was (and is) a legendary ing. After three semesters she came back fighter for Marin environmental causes, to graduate from the Hutchins School at especially water conservation. And Rice’s Sonoma State. grandfather, George Melendez Wright, That’s when she moved to West Marin was a celebrated star in the National Park (District 4) for 15 years, from age 20 to Service before his life was cut short in a car 35. When she says West Marin she means crash at age 32. “real, old-time West Marin, the Marshall, “No,” says Rice. “My mother and Tomales area,” not weekend touristy West grandfather only had large shadows in the Marin. Why there? “Because at heart I’m worlds they occupied. In the world where really a country girl.” (Slim and wiry, she I’m sitting it is Hal. But he had a presence, looks it). “I worked at the deli, the elemennot a shadow. For people who don’t know tary school, the William Tell [restaurant me there might be a shadow. But I never and saloon]. I worked at the Tomales Bay operated in his shadow; I worked next to Oyster Company; ran their retail, was ofhim. I had my own presence.” fice manager. I lived on a dairy on Tomales Rice’s presence is noteworthy. Those Bay for five years. I love the country. I love who knew her when she was growing ranching. I rode horses a lot, pulled [birthup remember “a real pistol,” especially ing] lambs. I’ve had proposals from two compared to her mother, who was calm sheep ranchers because my small wrists and by-the-book. Does the characterizaare good for pulling lambs. tion ring true? “I haven’t heard that term “I wrote for the Petaluma Argus-Courier, in years,” says her mother, “but it’s a pretty had a color column called Shore Lines. I good one for her. She was bright, comwrote for the Sonoma Marin Business Jourpetitive. She made herself known. Very nal. I was their features article writer— independent; a little wild.” everything from grape appellations to Does Rice agree that she was a handthe Americans with Disabilities Act. I call ful? “I think it’s all relative. My mother those my formative years.”

Then in 1995 she remarried and job and school issues prompted a move to Sleepy Hollow (District 2). There were no lambs to pull but she hikes the Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Ridge five days a week. “I say it’s to exercise my dog but it’s really to clear my head.” After moving to Sleepy Hollow she became pregnant with daughter Aiden (now 15 and a sophomore at Drake), took time off and then plunged into school activism. She started the Ross Valley Schools Foundation and worked on Hal Brown’s re-election campaign in 2003. “We hit it off, so I became his aide the next year when Sandy Blauvelt, who had wanted to retire, was able to step down.” As Brown’s aide since 2004, Rice was immersed in District 2 affairs, especially during the time after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2010 [and died 15 months later]. “I miss him terribly,” says Rice. “We were very close. But I’m very different from Hal. We were alike in a real commitment to the community, and enjoying people. But he was more parochial, in a good way. He was focused on his district. I think that now you have to expand that and have a more regional perspective. “The biggest challenge is the budget, dealing with shrinking resources and more demands on them. It’s such a different environment than it was even five years ago. Hal and I were always looking at revenue that was growing. We could cover all our programs and attack new problems. I don’t anticipate us ever again seeing that 6 percent annual property tax growth. We have to take care of things with less; that’s the biggest immediate challenge. “This means we have to focus on proactive relationships with different jurisdictions. Do things more cooperatively, more efficiently. I don’t remember that happening much in the past. Everything we deal with—from the environment and housing to transit and traffic to crime and homelessness—we have to pool our resources and intellect. Get the cities involved, get the special districts involved. You make a much stronger case if you present ideas from a united community.” Rice notes two particular areas where action is needed: ● “The SMART train is going to get built and there’s an important role that county government and the municipalities need to play: to figure out a way to make it successful. We don’t have a plan yet for how to get people from the platform to their jobs if they aren’t within walking distance. If SMART is to be successful we need to have every seat filled. The business community was all for SMART and now


Former Hal Brown aide set to carve out her own legacy on the board

Katie’s a real pistol, agrees her mom.

they need to step up to the plate. Maybe businesses should buy seats, so even if their employees don’t get on, at least the seat is paid for.” ● The George Lucas/Grady Ranch mixup was a wake-up call, says Rice. We lost a lot, she says, including a multimillion dollar creek restoration project that now will never happen. And the probable outcome will be much more development and traffic than the naysayers to Lucas ever imagined. What we should have learned, says Rice, is that “people tend to be more engaged when they are critical. We never have as many people turn out when they support something. Also, policymakers could have been more proactive. Maybe this would have convinced Lucas to hang in there for another six months. Lucas would have thought, ‘Somebody is standing up for my plan.’ And he didn’t feel it.” Lastly, the event was a glaring example of how an agonizingly slow approval process can torpedo good ideas. “That’s what I think our job is all about: making government work. Right now, our government is not efficient. And the Grady episode made that fact crystal clear. We need to change that.” Katie Rice, daughter of Pamela Lloyd, granddaughter of George Melendez Wright, is not built to sit in a shadow. ✹ Steve McNamara was editor and publisher of the ‘Pacific Sun’ from 1966 to 2004. Email Steve at AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 19

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Deborah Koons Garcia’s latest ‘muck’-raking movie ROBERT VENTE

Mill Valley filmmaker gets down and dirty with ‘Symphony of the Soil’

‘It shouldn’t be about what we can get away with,’ says Koons Garcia, ‘because we won’t get away with it in the long run.’


K, soil sommeliers, compost queens, is precious and we need to protect it, helps earth science professors (nerds!), fortify us to do the many things we need to do organic gardeners and worm-worto save this beautiful planet.” shipping tree-huggers—this is your moment Not only do we need to change what we to shine. Documentary filmmaker Deborah do in our yards and kitchens, says Koons Koons Garcia has got your back. She speaks Garcia—we need to change Washington and your filthy language. Sacramento. Her new film, titled Symphony of the Soil, “We need policy support for good practices gloriously explains the wondrous, hidden “life” and serious consequences for bad actors,” in the soil and how our ubiquitous use of synsays the Mill Valley-based filmmaker. “And if thetic fertilizers destroys the nutrient-rich soil corporations are people, my friend, some of microbes while causing farmers to apply them should go to prison for murdering increasing amounts of insectiour soil.” cides and herbicides, which Koons Garcia is not one to by Annie over time can lead to pesticide shy away from the multibilSpie ge lman resistance and the need to lion dollar pesticide industry apply even larger quantities or and explore complicated or new chemical concoctions. controversial issues in her films. In You’ll leave the theater asking yourself: 2004, her internationally acclaimed docu“Can we stop the chemical madness before we mentary, The Future of Food, examining the all end up in the wacky shack?” propagating and patenting of the biotech inIt wasn’t until Koons Garcia was well into dustry’s genetically modified seeds across the the process of making Symphony of the Soil U.S., helped motivate Marin voters to place that she developed a real understanding of a countywide ban on GMO seeds. The film soil as a living organism. followed grain farmer Percy Schmeiser, one of “It is alive and amazingly miraculous. hundreds of American farmers who had been Before starting the film I knew facts—just the sued by the chemical company Monsanto, facts!—but once I realized how transformaafter the corporation’s “Roundup Ready tive soil is, that it is the primary recycler of life canola” had drifted into his field. Schmeiser on this planet, breaking down the componever planted the seed. He fought the suit nents of life and releasing nutrients, making and lost and had to pay Monsanto to plant the building blocks of life available to be his next crop from his own non-GMO seed. reformed into plants, animals and us humans, Ludicrous? Yes. True? Unfortunately, yes. it started to blow my mind,” she says. “The With Symphony of the Soil, Koons Garrealization that life, including life in the soil, cia travels across four continents sharing


the knowledge and wisdom of some of the concerned by the surrounding environmental world’s most highly esteemed farmers, soil degradation, she became a vegetarian and scientists and environmental leaders. self-proclaimed organic fanatic. Since then “Soil is incredibly complex and the vast ma- she has wanted to make a documentary about jority of microorganisms in the soil have not “healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy people.” even been identified nor is their role under“In the 1970s kids bugged their parents stood,” she says. “Because of advances in sci- into recycling and now they’re into the same ence, electron microscopes for example, we are thing with composting,” she says. “I’d like starting to learn more and more. There’s even to see organic community gardens in every a soil microorganism that increases serotonin town with experienced practitioners on site to production in humans—a advise people.” feel-good organism.” To Koons Garcia, it’s all COMING SOON The documentary explores about giving back. You can catch Symphony various successful and sus“We have to feed those of the Soil and hear tainable, wholesome farmbillions of soil microorganDeborah Koons Garcia ing practices—composting, isms, so they can do their speak at the 2nd annual growing cover crops to rejob of recycling nutrients! National Heirloom Festival, plenish nitrogen levels, crop That’s a big takeaway. Sept. 11 to 13 in Santa rotation, water conservation Composting supports Rosa. For screening and and mulching. that,” she says. “If we really speaker times, check out The film goes back in time understood that we need to show the invention of to protect and feed the the first nitrogen fertilizer, a soil, we need to give back product that came from the when we take, we’d change chemistry of war. German our practices. Plus, once scientists Haber and Bosch were looking for you really get that soil is alive and part of a a better explosive during World War I. The community of life that includes microortransition to the so-called “green revolution” ganisms, mountain lions, hawks, spiders, in agriculture in the 1960s is also presented. worms, salmon, bunnies and us, you really This technique relied on the extensive use of can’t stand the idea of pouring poison on pesticides and mono-cropping, the practice it. That’s poisoning ourselves, ‘a speciesof growing only a single crop over a wide area level suicide,’ as physicist Vandana Shiva in order to feed the world. With these young states so eloquently in the film.” and hopeful practices, unfortunately, came Symphony of Soil premiered in March at more inputs into the soil—not to mention the Smithsonian Natural History Museum the need for more pesticides and chemical in Washington, D.C. Koons Garcia hopes fertilizers, and the demand for more water her audiences will appreciate and support and fossil fuels. Today, agricultural chemicals farmers and communities that treat their account for approximately two-thirds of all soil well and protest the mindless spraying water pollution. of toxic chemicals on their land. With Symphony of the Soil, Koons Garcia Koons Garcia understands that it’s inhas teamed up again with the same crew creasingly difficult for people today to feel from her last film through her Marin-based a connection with nature. She says it’s seen production company, Lily Films. Director as “the environment” and something that is of photography John Chater’s breathtaking removed from our daily life. photography—along with Academy Award“I hope that audiences will be able to winning composer Todd Boekelheide’s mysti- feel what a miracle soil is and take positive cal compositions—takes the audience on a action by getting the toxins out and the life magical trip around the world and down into back into the soil,” she says. “Soil regulates, the mysterious ecosystem under our feet, truly purifies and sustains all of life. If we don’t blending science and art into a spectacular turn this around, scientists predict we symphony. have about 30 years before we’ve churned Koons Garcia, who has an M.A. in fine arts through our topsoil. from the San Francisco Art Institute, began “How we treat our soil these days in our making films more than 30 years ago. Her industrial practices mirrors what’s happenfirst, All About Babies, was about early childing in our larger society—take, take, take. hood development. After that came a feature We need to learn to give back to the soil film titled Poco Loco, and then Grateful Dawg, and to our larger community. It shouldn’t a film about the musical collaboration of Jerry be about what we can get away with, beGarcia and David Grisman. Koons Garcia is cause we won’t get away with it in the long the widow of legendary musician Jerry Garrun. It’s all about giving back.” ✹ cia, who, she shares, “was a closet film direcSoil your soul to Annie at tor.” When she was in college in the 1970s and

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Betty Pagett, Marin’s fairy grandmother...


etty Pagett’s vision of gathering comchildren grow. When you munity support to create low-income think about what it’s like housing for families with children not to be able to provide reached a milestone this year with the purfor your kids, to live in a chase of property in Novato. car, to couch-surf with Now Pagett, affectionately known as Oma kids, it seems incredible. by her grandsons, is working to raise funds I feel like my real priority needed to build homes on the site, threeis families with children quarters of an acre at 5394 Nave Drive forbecause you’re talking merly owned by Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, about the next generawhich had operated a 30-bed residential tion.” program for people in substance abuse reFrom the start, Pagett’s covery. The purchase price was $790,000. The vision of Oma Village Marin Community Foundation contributed included reaching out for $300,000; the county kicked in $250,000 community participafrom its general fund; and the Dominican tion. She enlisted help Sisters of San Rafael contributed $85,000. In from mothers’ clubs and addition, several substantial private donations religious congregations contributed to the successful drive to raise the in the county, and it purchase money. worked. Pagett has been working with Homeward “Lots of friends and Bound to transform the site into Oma Village, families joined in from a low-income housing oasis that will include all over the country 14 one- and two-bedroom cottages. Resibecause they like the dents, children and adults, will be able to use [Oma Village] model.” the facilities in a learning center, which will Pagett was instrumental include a children’s library and computers. in spreading the word The nonprofit organization Growing with about the cooperative Books already has committed its resources to community effort at creating the learning center. And a $50,000 Oma Village, and she anonymous donation is in the kitty toward continues her advocacy the $500,000 Oma Village will seek from of the village concept. individual and corporate donors to meet a She sends emails; projected $3 million target to cover construcfamilies send emails to tion costs. “With community development families. “My sister’s block grant money, Marin Community Foun- mother-in-law emailed Pagett’s eliciting community involvement from the start is a classic bottom-up approach to problem solving. dation money and money from a couple of her friends. That’s a vilsimple as it is poignant: “With everybody kind of basic. I go out and think where are other foundations,” says Pagett, “we’re well on lage at work.” in the community coming together, we there congregations with families?” That our way.” Families who find their housing oacan provide permanent supportive housthought process ends with a congregation Pagett now serves as head of the Oma Vil- sis in Oma Village will know they have a ing for young families who are working in holding a diaper drive for families who lage capital campaign committee. She had to secure home. They can improve their work the community serving us, and hopefully need some support. Others help where they miss the first meeting of the committee, she skills, increase their income and eventually this can be a way for people to remember can: A woman in one of the county’s mothsays, “because I was busy being Oma.” In ad- move to larger quarters. “When you build a mother or a child or a grandmother. ers’ groups wrote a grant proposal. dition to playing host to one of her two grand- something like this, you’re not serving just We can make [Oma Village] a memorial.” But it’s not all serious stuff: Pagett went children, one of her sister’s grandkids also was 14 families. You’re serving 14 families and It’s also a model for Marin that can be to the San Rafael Pacifics and asked if the staying with Pagett the day of the committee another 14 after that, and another after meeting. “I had boys 7 and 9 all week,” she says, that.” Oma Village, Pagett adds, will become replicated in other areas in the county and team would consider donating game tickets. They did, and the 25 tickets provided a wel“and that means you don’t do much else.” a permanent part of the county’s afford- its cities. All it takes is a piece of property, a builder, community commitment—and come day at the ballpark for some families. Missing a meeting won’t slow able housing infrastructure. someone like Pagett. “Thankfully,” says Pagett, “the Pacifics won.” Pagett’s dedication to comA key in creating the vilby In addition to the participation of That kind of outreach and response is pleting her vision to create lage was reaching out at the Pe te r Growing with Books, a Marin congregaon the agenda for the next year as Pagett S e i d m a n a place where families who beginning to neighbors and tion has offered to lead a homework club continues pursuing her Oma Village have gone through the Homethe city with the idea. Prefor the kids at Oma Village. That kind of dream, which includes more than the ward Bound shelter system and are senting the picture early should non-monetary contribution echoes Pagett’s homes that soon will be built. “We are ready to look for permanent housing can find make for an easier time going through the sentiment that community involvement is providing a tool for people to help,” says rents they can afford. By raising all the capital permitting process. In mid-August, Pagett key to creating a refuge for the Oma Village Pagett, who joined EAH, the nonprofit costs on the front end, purchase price and con- said a builder had been chosen and plans struction costs, Oma Village will be self-suffi- were ready for submittal to the city’s design families, who will have access to a variety of affordable housing organization, in 1991 support services. and retired after 16 years there. cient using rents of about $500 a month from review board. Pagett has no plans to slow her work But as anyone who knows Pagett will say, tenants. No subsidies will be needed. Pagett will continue reaching out to helping young families cope with the she’s anything but retired. ✹ The grandchildren “really inspired this,” the community to gather support for her challenge of living in Marin on a modest Contact the writer at says Pagett, “because you realize how much village concept. In this brutal, nasty and diincome. “Right now we have a number of it takes in terms of a village to help healthy visive presidential season, her concept is as babies, and we need diapers and wipes. It’s AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 21


San Rafael homeless advocate’s Oma Village dream is finally coming true

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Mark Squire, putting his stamp on the GMO industry


ark Squire has worked at Good slick PR from a very moneyed industry.” Earth Natural Foods for 42 years. He Because of Squire and his outspoken, knows a thing or two about health concerned and passionate comrades, in early and food—the good, the bad, the ugly. And 2012 the collection of roughly 1 million especially, the unnatural or fake: Food that is signatures was achieved—more than enough grown with genetically engineered organisms, to place the “California Right to Know” initiaor GMOs. tive, or Proposition 37, on the state ballot this With Squire at the helm of the healthful November. California voters will now be able Fairfax market, Good Earth was one of three to decide if they want food in their superfounding stores across the country to help markets to be labeled if it includes genetically establish the Non-GMO Project, a third-party modified ingredients. verifying organization for companies making When asked how challenging it was this non-GMO claims on their food products. year to coordinate and collect the thousands Not sure what a GMO is? of signatures, Squire says it was actually fun. These are seeds that are created in a lab “It’s great to be part of democracy in acby a biotechnologist taking a specific gene of tion,” says Squire. “Many people all over Calione species, let’s say a flounder, and fornia recognize the insanity of letting inserting it into another, such corporations put new aberrant by as a tomato, to make it more proteins in our food, without Annie frost resistant, or inserting a any labeling, so we actually Spie ge lman bacterium into a corn plant to collected almost a million make it resistant to certain pests. signatures when we only The production of genetically needed to collect about 600,000 to engineered seeds differs from traditional plant qualify.” breeding, which works within a species or, at How does this kind, soft-spoken, kalemost, within closely related genera that have loving dad make mincemeat of the pesticide Squire believes consumers have a right to know whether the tomato they’re purchasing is actually part flounder. been present in nature for millennia. industry’s insecticide-filled seed that Mother GMO production breeds different species Nature would chew up and spit out? It’s Times op-ed piece: “Beyond patent law, agrithe same time they are saying that they are no in a lab. simple. He’s been doing it since he was 17 cultural companies hold a pocketbook advan- different, they are also saying they’re unique After reading about GMO technology years old. His conviction that we needed to tage in terms of research. For example, they enough. That way they can patent them— in the 1990s and its lack of governmental change our agriculture away from pesticide fund much of the agricultural safety research which many believe is the true reason for their oversight and scientific testing information dependence and our diets back to a more done in the U.S. And when deciding whether existence.” on human health, Squire was inspired to do natural one led him to Good Earth Natural to allow a genetically engineered crop onto Squire warns that this campaign will be a more research and get politically involved. Foods in the ’60s. the market, the Department of Agriculture David vs. Goliath struggle with the giant pes“I think it is important to understand that “When Good Earth began in 1969 the con- and other regulatory agencies do not perform ticide and biotech corporations—Bayer Cropthe GMO food industry is made up of most cept of a natural food store was a new one and their own experiments on the performance Science, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont/Pioneer, of the same companies that used to be known the number of organic farms in California and safety of the product; instead, they rely Monsanto, and Syngenta—pouring millions as the pesticide industry,” says Squire. “By the could be counted on one hand,” says Squire. largely on studies submitted by the companies into a campaign to convince Californians that 1990s Monsanto, for instance, had shifted “Good Earth became a leader in developing themselves.” “we need their failed technology.” most of their R&D dollars away from chemithis new organic market.” Oh really. Isn’t that like my 16-year-old son “Those that understand the importance of cals and into GMO technologies. I guess you During the 1980s, Squire worked with the grading his own term paper and getting an this issue should consider helping the camwould say I started talking about the dangers early pioneers of organic farming. Together A+? Fascinating. Tell us more! paign financially. It’s a classic case of a wealthy of the pesticide industry in the ’60s and they created California Certified Organic How’s this: All 15 European Union nations, industry fighting for the minds of voters on watched it morph into the GMO industry in Farmers, which developed the first standards as well as Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New one side and a bunch of nonprofits, mothers the ’80s and ’90s.” for organic farming—standards that still form Zealand and many other countries globally, and 99 percenters on the other side, trying to In 2004, Good Earth was the hub of the foundation of our USDA national organic require labeling of genetically engineered get the truth out. The campaign needs funds Marin’s voter initiative to ban the cultivation program. food. to tell the other side of the story.” of genetically modified crops in the county. It Squire still works closely with the Non“The biotech industry is pounding the The other side of the story, according to passed with 61 percent of the vote. This was GMO Project; the nonprofit is busy creating a same messages—all of which are scientifically Gurian-Sherman, is that “transgenic” (genetithe first initiative campaign that Squire had product seal so that consumers incorrect. They say that cally modified) seeds reduce the use of some been involved in. He found it to be exciting can avoid GMOs in their food. insecticides. “But herbicide use is higher, and GMOs will help feed the JOIN THE FOOD FIGHT for two reasons: He got to work alongside his He is putting all of his organizrespected experts argue that some genetically future population of the To learn more about daughter, Oona, on the planning committee, ing energy into the November engineered crops may also pose serious health world when studies show Prop. 37, the 2012 and he also had the chance to work closely election to get Prop. 37 to pass. and environmental risks. The benefits of geGMO yields are worse California Right to Know with the late Charles McGlashan. He recommends that voters netically engineered crops may be overstated.” than conventionally bred Genetically Engineered “We ran the campaign on the same ballot read the scientific studies on And local soil scientist Professor Stephen crops,” says Squire. “They Food Act, visit labelgmos. when Charles McGlashan became supervisor sites like www.nongmoproject. Andrews at UC Berkeley writes, “Honestly, are also claiming they will org or and shared resources with his campaign, so org and www.responsibletechit’s a no-brainer! What are these GMO reduce pesticides when it was great to get to know Charles. The main and vote a resoundproponents afraid of? If they’re so great and studies show the reverse lesson I learned is that, at its core, a political ing YES on 37. wonderful for us to eat, be up-front about has occurred. They say that campaign is about educating the public. In What do the smarty-pants scientists say it and declare your GMO greatness on the GMOs are no different than what we have that context you can’t really lose—especially about GMOs? Doug Gurian-Sherman, a plant been eating for hundreds of years despite label. It’s label up, or go crawl back into with an issue like GMOs where most Califorpathologist and senior scientist at the Union your plasmid!” ✹ studies showing that there do seem to be nians haven’t really heard anything but the of Concerned Scientists, wrote in a recent L.A health issues from them. It’s funny because at Genetically modify Annie at



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Jared Huffman, not your average classic politician ROBERT VENTE

San Rafael frontrunner not yet measuring drapes for congressional office—but he’s got to be thinking about color, fabric...

Where he stands: Huffman says he’s for ‘making government work,’ but against ‘tearing it apart and grinding it into paralysis.’


ared Huffman looks like a classic politician. He talks like a classic politician. And his meteoric rise—from hotshot environmental attorney to California state assemblyman to the doorstep of the U.S. House of Representatives— mirrors that of a classic politician. But, Huffman insists, he isn’t a classic politician. “I think people who say that haven’t gotten to know me and my record very well,” he says. “Hopefully over the course of this campaign I can reach them, and convince them.” Huffman convinced enough voters in the June primary to grab nearly 40 percent of the vote in a crowded field of congressional candidates—all vying for the seat of retiring Lynn Woolsey—and trounce them all, even runner-up Republican Dan Roberts, by double-digits. Under the state’s new nonpartisan, “top-two” system, Huffman and Roberts will face off again in November. Barring a catastrophic meltdown, Huffman should carry the overwhelmingly blue 2nd District—and


punch a ticket to Washington. Still, Huffman claims, he isn’t taking anything for granted. “I’ve seen plenty HUFFMAN IN THE HOT SEAT The congressional hopeful on some of the biggest issues of the day... Climate Change “President Obama’s performance has been a mixed bag. He’s done some things to pull us out of the dark years we went through during the Bush administration. Science has a role again in policy- and rulemaking. We’re now regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. We have new fuel efficiency standards based partly on California’s leadership, and we’re seeing a new generation of automobiles that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve doubled our solar-electric capacity. But unfortunately, it’s not nearly enough. We have to go much, much further. I’ll push the president in that regard. Some of his policies are misguided—he continues to be enamored of nuclear power and so-called clean coal. These are areas of disagreement and I’m going to push back and hopefully

of supposed frontrunners falter,” he says. Oregon border, encompassing wealthy “I’m not measuring drapes.” Marin, a portion of agricultural Sonoma If he does win, Huffman will enter one and a range of deeply rural, much less afof the most divided, rancorous Confluent Northern California counties. The gresses in American history. How does key, Huffman says, is not talking out of that feel? “We cannot continue to have a two sides of your mouth. “You have to be Congress that is this dysfunctional, and very honest. You can’t tell one group one this focused on ideology and theatrics,” thing and then take a different position he says. “It’s not working.” While he harto pander to another group,” he says. “I’ve bors no Mr. Smith-esque delumade it a point to make sure I’m sions about single-handedly saying the exact same thing by changing the culture of to everyone, even on issues Jacob Shafe r Washington, Huffman that may be divisive.” does have an idea about It appears to have how to ease the gridlock: worked: Huffman carried kick the Tea Party to the curb. every county in the June primary, “People talk about having a fresh perincluding dyed-in-the-wool liberal spective, [but] we’ve had lot of so-called strongholds like Mendocino where activ‘freshness’ with this Tea Party class, and ist Norman Solomon labored to gain it’s already quite stale in my opinion,” he inroads. And, Huffman insists, he won’t says, his usually measured tone tinged forget about folks in the hinterlands after with disdain. “We need people who are he’s elected. “I am committed to represerious about making government work, senting everyone in the district,” he says. not tearing it apart and grinding it into “Will it be easy? No. This is a hard job.” paralysis.” Speaking of which, does Huffman— Huffman says he’s hopeful the Demowho has a wife and two children, ages crats will reclaim enough seats to loosen 9 and 12—have aspirations for higher the Tea Party’s stranglehold and maybe office? “God no,” he replies, quickly and even put the gavel back in Nancy Pelosi’s with a wry laugh. “This run for Congress hands. “I hope to be part of a major turn- has been exponentially more demandaround in that regard—bringing a new ing than anything I’ve ever done. I don’t attitude and a new way of working to the want to sound weak-kneed or anything, institution,” he says. but I don’t think I have it in me, mostly Dealing with intransigent rightbecause I want to have a life and have wingers, however, might not be the most a family. Don’t expect me to make any difficult part of the job. Whoever is moves up the political ladder. If I can elected to represent the 2nd District will serve this district well in Congress for the be tasked with serving a diverse constiturest of my career I’d be thrilled.” ✹ ency that stretches from Tiburon to the Discuss your platform with Jacob at make the president a bit greener in his second term.” Gun Control “I don’t think there’s anything express or implied in the Second Amendment that creates a right to possess assault weapons, or literally weapons of mass destruction. They’re not justifiable for hunting or personal safety.... Unfortunately, the NRA has swung the tide back away from gun control, and I think President Obama and others watched how that hurt John Kerry in 2004, and a lot of folks have just gone soft on the issue. I just hope it won’t take too many more tragedies to serve as a wakeup call.” Same-Sex Marriage “I’ve been a supporter of marriage equality for a long, long time. I don’t see it as a particularly controversial issue. It feels like the country is finally ready to embrace it, and... in a few years we’re going to look back and wonder what all the fuss was about.”

Economic Recovery “There are several concrete things we can do, things that were included in President Obama’s American Jobs Act. One is an infrastructure bank, which can begin to get some of these public works projects going that we desperately need. A lot of our long-term unemployment is in the building trades. We also need to take the mortgage foreclosure crisis much more seriously. You keep hearing economists describing this recovery as lackluster; the problem is that consumer demand just isn’t there. And one of the biggest drags on consumer demand is that you’ve got millions of Americans underwater [in] their homes....We need to provide equity relief to these homeowners so they can get out from under this dark financial cloud and start participating in the economy again. Probably more than any single thing we could do, that would put some wind in our sails.”

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To Pam Hartwell-Herrero, it IS easy being green...


airfax Mayor Pam Hartwell-Herrero has the ambition and energy of a small team of Olympic gymnasts. Bright, dedicated and contagiously positive, Hartwell-Herrero, 42, exudes the confidence required to get things done. Her first term in office has brought HartwellHerrero face-to-face with no shortage of long- and short-term community improvement projects that she will no doubt tackle; her record as executive director of Sustainable Fairfax and previous years’ work in nonprofit development, environmental advocacy and community building work shows that she has what it takes to help the community of Fairfax meet its sustainability goals—and then some. Aside from speaking as a delegate at the Green Party Convention in July, working as a development director for the Public Banking Institute, planning and promoting the Fairfax Streets for People Projects and co-authoring a new book, Grassroots Sustainability (whew!), Hartwell-Herrero is knee-deep in creating a zero-waste community in Fairfax. Hartwell-Herrero believes ground ‘zero’ for total sustainability is at the store. ‘We need to be knowledgeable about what we are buying and if items are recyclable, reusable.’ “Seventy-nine percent [of Fairfax] voted against plastic bags,” says Hartwellalso currently has bunkers with sand and that of the landfill’s collected gate fees, or way and operating efficiently through Herrero on a recent afternoon in downwood chips, free to residents for gardentipping fees as they are often called, a certhe volunteered time of Fairfax residents, town San Rafael. “This is an indicator that ing and emergency flood needs. tain percentage is marked to go back into Hartwell-Herrero has her hands in a few our community, as suspected, really cares But that’s not all. Although the Zero Fairfax in the form of educational grant other projects as well. about these things.” Waste project proposes a 100 percent dollars. The up to $10,000 per year will be Fairfax can expect to see about 24 The plastic bag ban, which went into diversion rate by 2020, the town’s agreeused toward outreach and sustainability pieces of public art around town. These effect in 2009, despite some opposition ment with Marin Sanitary seeks to save programs through Sustainable Fairfax. artworks, provided in partnership with from Save the Plastic Bag, an industry at least 94 percent of Fairfax’s waste from And with any such optimistic goal, sus- Cittaslow and Lexicon of Sustainability, lobby group, is just one of the steps the the local landfill in Novato by year nine of taining zero waste has its difficulties. For will not only be lovely new fixtures in the community has taken to improve envithe contract. With the national average of instance, as the economy is still currently area, but will serve as education tools: ronmental conditions in Fairfax. In 2011, waste diverted from landfills at 33 percent, working its way out of the recession, the Each piece defines terms often used in the town also instituted its own local Fairfax is already at an advantage with a volume of waste produced in these tough the sustainability world, encouraging the currency in order to promote support for rate of 72 percent. financial times is substantially lower than use of the terms as well as the use of the local businesses, which, in turn, buffers How, exactly, will the town get to zero usual. But as the economy improves, practices. the environmental impact of imported waste, or at least a 94 percent diversion waste increases and trash will not necesIn addition, Hartwell-Herrero hopes to goods. Hartwell-Hererro was instrumenas Hartwell-Herrero hopes to see? In sarily go where it needs to go. Garbage is see some changes in urban and suburban tal in getting the FairBuck off the ground partnership with Sustainable Fairfax, the tough to keep track of in this ever-teeterfood shed ordinances. An advocate for through her role as executive director of Zero Waste project relies on a few difing economy. food sharing and grassroots sustainable Sustainable Fairfax. ferent factors. First, Zero Waste educa“The best way people can contribute farming, she would like to see more re“The [plastic bag] ban got us on a tion is increasingly available, including [to the zero-waste movement] is through laxed regulations in regard to food stand conversation about waste,” says Hartwellproviding volunteer-run demos at every an awareness when shopping,” says sales. Hererro. “We thought: If people don’t Fairfax event. Dedicated volunteers stand Hartwell-Herrero. “We need to be knowlAnd finally, on a national level, mind if we take away the bags, by disposal bins at the events, edgeable about what we are buying and if Hartwell-Herrero, whose council seat let’s see how far we can take helping attendees select the items are recyclable, reusable.” will be up for election in 2013, is working by this!” proper receptacle for their But, as Hartwell-Herrero points out, diligently to change the rules around camDani And take it far, they will. trash. With the help of Fairfax residents are fortunate to have paign debates in order to include Green Burlison As part of the town’s these volunteers, the Fairfax consumer-conscious local businesses like Party delegates in debates. contract with Marin SaniFestival in June had a diversion Good Earth, which not only donates 5 Sure, her plate may be full, but from tary Service for curbside composting rate of a whopping 84 percent. cents per reused paper bag in their market where she is sitting it appears to be a big services, Fairfax residents will be offered “It can be confusing trying to figure out toward Sustainable Fairfax’s Zero Waste plate of sustainably grown, organic goodhazardous waste pickup and recycling for what can be recycled and what can’t,” says educational programs, but will actually ness. No doubt, with the support of the unused electronics like computers, televiHartwell-Herrero. “Closing that loop with refund 5 cents per reusable cloth bag that Fairfax community and with her seemingsions and other devices. And a big bonus curbside recycling and waste is what it’s shoppers bring in to fill with groceries (as ly endless reservoir of energy and passion of the curbside composting is that the all about.” does Fairfax Market)—every nickel and for what she does, Hartwell-Herrero is the compost will be returned to Fairfax for Aside from educating the public about reusable bag makes a difference. woman for the job. ✹ residents to utilize, free of charge. Fairfax waste, another piece of the contract states With the Zero Waste project under Sustain Dani at AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 25


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Never go against the Pirraglia family Novato restaurateurs trying to turn the ‘tavola’ in countersuit against Coppola




aving reviewed restaurants in the restaurants and went on to the Sawyer Bay Area for more than 15 years, School of Management at Suffolk School I have seen far more come and go in Boston. It was here that he developed than I can count on two hands. Restaura- an interest in fine dining establishments teurs know it’s a tough business and the and learning all he could about wines. odds are often stacked against them. Few After completing college, he went back to know this better than Jon Paul Pirraglia, Connecticut and assisted in the operations co-owner of the 100-seat Tavola Italian of both his family’s restaurants. It was Kitchen in the Hamilton Marketplace in during a trip to Italy where his family was Novato. researching pasta bars and looking at ways As if keeping food costs down, making to bring the concept back to America that smart menu choices and hiring dependthey hit on the idea for their first quickable staff isn’t hard enough, the 28-yearservice restaurant. By 2006, Pirraglia had old East Coast native was informed last moved to the Bay Area and opened Pasta January that the name of his restaurant Moto in the Westfield Centre. was in violation of an existing trademark. Running a restaurant in Novato is chalPirraglia and his family were hit with a lenging, admits Pirraglia, whose establishlawsuit by acclaimed film director Franment sits within a stone’s throw of La Boucis Ford Coppola—the suit was from the lange bakery, Sonoma Latina Grill, Toast Coppola Family Trust, to be specific—that and a Safeway. “The mix of retailers here claims the name Tavola was already owned doesn’t offer enough options for customand in use at his Geyserville restaurant, ers to shop and then stay on for lunch or Rustic. The Godfather director’s 93-page dinner,” explains the co-owner from one lawsuit indicates that Coppola’s eatery has of his many outdoor tables that sit steps trademarked the word “tavola” (which away from the shopping center’s ample translates to “table” in Italian) and insists parking lot. The impressive space boasts Pirraglia change his restaurant’s moniker four distinct dining areas and a glistening tout de suite. stainless steel open kitchen. High ceilings “If we have to change our name, we and large paned glass windows juxtaposed would have to close,” says Pirraglia who with warm wooden tables and painted has already revamped his concept once. In concrete floors give the place a contempo2006, Pirraglia’s family (parents and sister) rary, rustic feel. Though the restaurant has opened a fast-service pasta and pizza its regulars, there was a noticeable spike eatery—Pasta Moto in the Westfield San in customers once the news of the lawsuit Francisco Centre. Three years later they hit the press. Even so, Pirraglia wishes it brought that same quick-service concept would just go away: “For such a successto their current Hamilton Marketplace ful director, we don’t understand why location. But being new to Marin, the Pir[Coppola] is interested in a small family raglias soon learned the demographic in business like ours.” Novato was very different from that in the According to the multi-page document, city, and the suburban locale drew far less the Coppola camp is claiming trademark foot traffic than the busy downtown outinfringement and unfair competition post. They decided to close their doors for posed by Tavola Italian Kitchen. The a couple of months, remodel the interior, suit claims there could be confusion by completely change the menu potential customers as to which and hire a Napa-based chef. establishment is owned by by In July 2011 they reopened Coppola as the two are just Tanya as Tavola Italian Kitchen 50 miles apart. The suit also H e nr y and rolled out a rustic Italstates that a special dinner ian menu including pork and service the restaurant adverricotta meatball panini, wood-fired pizzas tises as “a tavola” is already trademarked topped with ingredients like figs and speck and has become a hallmark service that and fennel sausage with broccoli rabe. customers reserve months in advance. They also added a wine program that Finally, there is concern that customers Pirraglia oversees, and they now focus on will mistakenly visit Tavola Italian Kitchen utilizing locally sourced ingredients. in Novato when they had intended to go Pirraglia is no stranger to the restauto Rustic in Geyserville. rant business. He was born in Westchester In response to the lawsuit, the Pirraglias County, New York, and moved to Norfiled their own countersuit last month. walk, Connecticut, as a child. His parents According to Pirraglia, the response claims opened their first Italian restaurant, Tusthat the Coppola Trust is not using the can Oven, in 1992 and a second one folphrase “a tavola,” which in Italian means lowed in 1994—both are still in operation. “to the table,” as a trademark but is instead Pirraglia grew up working in his parents’ using it to describe the weekly dinner

Is the Novato eatery infringing on the filmmaker’s right to the word ‘tavola’? Or, as the Pirraglias allege, did the Coppola Trust try to pull a fast one on the trademark office?

service where there is no menu and dishes are brought “to the table.” According to the law, this does not constitute trademark use and it gives the Coppola Trust no rights to the phrase. And here is where it starts getting complicated. The Pirraglias’ countersuit says the Coppola Trust did not tell the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office what the phrase meant in Italian and instead said “tavola” meant something else in Portuguese when it really has no meaning in Portuguese. According to the countersuit, this distracted the trademark office from the descriptive issue based on the actual Italian meaning, and the registration was then granted when it would not have been

if the true meaning in Italian had been disclosed. In their response, the Pirraglias are claiming the trademark was actually obtained through fraud. Only time will tell what the outcome of this decidedly un-neighborly action will be, but if the Coppola camp thought they were dealing with a first-time, small momand-pop operation, they may be in for more of a fight than they imagined. It appears the Pirraglias are not backing down. Perhaps the “tables” have turned and this time it’s the famed director who should “never go against the family.” ✹ Make Tanya an offer she can’t refuse at

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dent scholarships and other programs of the Sausalito Arts Foundation. Tickets and information: http://sausalitoart.eventbrite. com. AN ALTERNATIVE ADIEU TO THE SEASON Wine countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big Labor Day event is Taste of Sonoma, the annual wine auction weekend, which has been booked for months and will be bringing hordes of guests to that county. Most of the wineries and restaurants will be dealing with that extravaganza, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to be had at the retro modern Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa at End of the Summer, a poolside barbecue buffet with much dancing to live Caribbean music. Sept. 3, noon-4pm; reserve at 707/523-4745. AND THE GOOD TIMES CONTINUE While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the subject of dancing, consider a day of immersion in Louisiana music and food Sept. 8 (11:30am-7:30pm) at Sebastopolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cajun-Zydeco Festival in Ives Park. Indulge in tropical drinks, gumbo, and crawďŹ sh and dance yourself silly. Tickets are $25, free entrance for those under 12. Info at FORGET SCHOOLBOOKS, GO FOR COOKBOOKS Book Passageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cooks with Books series has two September events at Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in San Anselmo, sure to ďŹ ll quickly (so act fast). Popular Los Angeles chef Susan Feniger (Border Grill, Street) will come to dinner Sept. 20 (6:30pm) to discuss Street Food, a cookbook with worldwide recipes from her multi-ethnic restaurant; $110 per person...A Sept. 30 lunch (12:30pm) will bring two California favorites, Alice Medrich and Diane Rossen Worthington, to celebrate their books Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts (Medrich) and Seriously Simple Parties (Worthington); $120 per person. Cost covers meal, tax, tips and signed copy of each featured book. Reserve at the bookstore, 415/927-0960 or â&#x153;š

IS SUMMER OVER ALREADY? Labor Day weekend in Marin is known for the Sausalito Art Festival (Sept. 1-3), a 60year-old tradition that has gained national and international attention. The huge celebration along the waterfront is one of the pioneers of juried art festivals and it is almost as well known for the nonstop mu- Contact Pat at sic acts billed for the occasion. As they walk among the exhibits and sit in the music tents, people tend to do a lot of drinking and eating. At this fundraising affair, all the foods are sold by local nonproďŹ t groups and they are deďŹ nitely a cut above carnival fare. It means a lot to know that the money is going to stu- The Sausalito Art Festival, a pioneer in juried art events, turns the big six-O.

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A little help from their friends Music community rallies around Marin musicians injured in car crash by G r e g Cahill


he evening began with a bang—and drunken driver suddenly came into view over ended with a crash. the crest of the hill. Riding high on their recent win at “The gig had gone really well. We stayed a the Haight Street Fair Battle of the Bands, little while to watch the other band because the Marin-based rock they’re friends of band Elephant Listenours. So we were ing Project—a local caravanning back to supergroup composed Marin. All of a sudof members of Monden there were lights trose, Chrome Johnon the freeway and, son, the Mo’fessionals, wham-o, boom!” Hangman’s Daughter Smyth says of the and Wall Street, among crash. “Then it’s all other acts—had kind blurry from opened on the night of there.” Saturday, Aug.18, for It’s estimated that the hard-rockin’ Shotboth vehicles were gun Harlot’s debut to a Marin music fans can give a hand—a fundraising one— traveling at 65 mph packed house at Span- to Uzi and Smyth this weekend in Fairfax. when the 1995 Nissan cky’s Bar in Cotati. Pathfinder driven by Driving back to Marin shortly after Smyth collided head-on with a 2002 Mazda midnight, southbound on Highway 101, ELP Protege driven by Dustin Troy Loff, 33, of vocalist and guitarist Erik Smyth, 42, and Santa Rosa, on the Cotati Grade north of guitarist Danny Uzi (aka Danny Uzilevsky), Petaluma. 43, both of San Anselmo, were basking in the Paramedics raced the two musicians to glow of that night’s successful show when Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The seriously the headlights of a wrong-way, suspected injured Uzilevsky, who had been trapped

in the vehicle, sustained a punctured lung, broken leg and lacerations, among other injuries. He was recovering from surgery and still on a ventilator in the intensive care unit a week after the accident (he was expected to be released from ICU earlier this week, but was likely to have a second surgery). Smyth suffered head lacerations, broken ribs and cracked vertebrae. He was released from the hospital after three days. “I’m definitely out of commission for a while, as far as work and playing music goes,” says Smyth, who works as a carpenter laying hardwood floors. “The doctors say it will be four to six weeks before I can work.” Like so many professional freelance musicians, neither Uzilevsky nor Smyth has health insurance. Their medical and living expenses during their recovery are expected to top $100,000, according to a website set up to raise funds for the medical costs. At press time, the online crowd-sourcing fund set on had raised more than $17,600, much of it from appreciative fans rallying around the musicians. On Saturday, friends, fans and colleagues will gather at Peri’s Bar in Fairfax for a benefit

Show your support A multi-band benefit for injured guitarists Danny Uzilevsky and Erik Smyth will be held at Peri’s Bar in Fairfax Saturday, Sept. 1, from 3pm to 2am. Bands slated to perform are Sage, Beso Negro, AC/DShe, Sabbath Lives, Kelly Peterson, The KortUzday Band, Darren Nelson (Honeydust), The Treblemakers, Bonnie Hayes, Vinyl and members of Monophonics and the Mo’fessionals. A minimum $20 donation will be requested. In addition, proceeds from bands performing that night at Fairfax’s 19 Broadway Nightclub and The Sleeping Lady will also be donated to the recovery fund of both men. An online donation fund has been set up at www.

concert to help defray the costs the two musicians incurred after the accident. “The community here is just incredible,” says Smyth, who moved to Marin seven years ago. “I feel so lucky to have the support of friends and fans—it’s very touching. I feel blessed to be where I’m living and to be around the people I’m surrounded with.” Uzilevsky and Smyth are among thousands of musicians nationwide caught in a bind each year when unexpected medical costs occur. Nationally, such organizations as the Grammy-backed MusiCares and Sweet Relief offer assistance to musicians facing problems due to health or aging. Lester Chambers of the 1960s hit group the Chambers Brothers received help from Sweet Relief for substance abuse and homelessness. He now resides in Petaluma and frequently performs on Marin stages. The Folk Alliance International and the National Association for the Self Employed offer low-cost coverage to musicians who work as contractors. But often it comes down to family and friends. The family of Marin musician Jon Fromer gathered in May at Dominican University’s Angelico Hall in San Rafael to raise funds to offset costs associated with treatment of his stomach cancer. Musicians Helping Musicians, started two decades ago by former Zone Music store owner Frank Hayhurst, has hosted benefit concerts for local musicians in need. This past spring, the organization held a benefit concert for North Bay singer and songwriter Allyson Paige, who had been diagnosed with cancer last fall. The marathon event drew Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers and 24 other acts. These types of benefits underscore the lack of health coverage for rank-and-file musicians, who are paid little (if at all) and yet contribute so much to the cultural fabric of the community. Hayhurst says that these benefit concerts have an unintended consequence of bonding the far-flung music community. “[At the Rally for Ally] people who knew each other only by reputation finally met in person, and sharing a common cause, they also began sharing friendship, contacts, war stories and music.” ✹ Contact Greg at


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“A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm”—the First Law of Robotics, according to science fiction author Isaac Asimov

other hand, have always had a scene-stealing robot that often portrayed a greater humanity than the people who built them. Here are a few of the best: ● C-3PO Forget that goody two shoes R2-D2, the gold-plated egghead Threepio hat damn Russian’s got a lot to answer was more real than any of actors in the prefor in the way of movie robots. quels or, let’s be honest, Jedi. He’s a coward, The latest robot to fall in line with he talks too much and he’s campier than a Asimov’s rob-autocratism, row of pink tents. Lone fault: first introduced in his 1942 After being built by Anakin short story “Runaround,” is “Darth Vader” Skywalker in the eponymously named RoPhantom, he somehow fails bot from the new film Robot to mention this seemingly & Frank, an Odd Couple-type important connection to any of buddy comedy written by the characters in the final three former Lucas Valley resident films. ● HAL While HAL 9000 has Christopher Ford. The movie, which tied for a science-tech been vilified by film historians, award when it screened earwe see the 2001: A Space Odyslier this year at Sundance, sey icon more as a survivor. stars Frank Langella (Frost/ Sent against his will on a likely Nixon) as a codgery old cat suicide mission aboard the burglar who teams up with a Discovery 1, he methodically helpful robotic manservant Maria was the first robot created begins suffocating his astroto rob a corrupt library bene- to specifically stimulate censors, naut captors—that is until if you know what we mean. factor and win the heart of Dave Bowman manages to the town librarian (Susan Sarandon). First- shut the desperate computer-robot down. time screenwriter Ford deserves a pat on the Even then, he goes out with more style than back for getting the film made in the first any of the doomed crew—belting out a place—his pal Jake Schreier directed—and heart-wrenching rendition of “Daisy Bell” rounding up heavyweights like Langella and in his final moments. ● Maria Though this probably wasn’t Sarandon, not to mention Liv Tyler, James Marsden, Jeremy Sisto and Peter Sarsgaard intended in the 1927 German silent classic Metropolis, the dystopian rebel-cyborg was (voice of Robot) for the bill. likely the prototype of the “hot chick” robot Ford gives Langella some amusing robothat dominated bad sci-fi movies of the latphobic lines, and sprinkles enough twists ter part of the century. in the laid-back story to earn the film an 88 ● The Terminator And by this we mean percent approval rating at rottentomatoes. the T-800 assassin from the original film, com. However, it also falls into the familiar not the T-850 or T-101 from the sequels isn’t-it-cute-when-old-folks-commitin which the most deadly, unconscionable crimes trap for which condescending movcyborg in history becomes a father figure ies like Going in Style paved the way. for the sole purpose of protecting the hero But, worse, it’s got a boring robot. reputation of a schlocky actor with political Robot, which gets top billing by the way, ambitions. is a one-note—in personality, as well as ● Roy Batty A prototypical “good-bad voice—android; straight from the Asimov android,” the Blade Runner villain (Rutger School of Robot Congeniality, he’s simply Hauer) is trying to buck a creator that has here to serve. enslaved him and “replicated” him with a Cinema’s greatest robot movies, on the short life span—basically he’s been screwed Roy Batty, he by the system. Still, in his final moments he only wanted musters the strength to save Decker (Harto live... rison Ford) and issue one of the greatest soliloquies in cinema: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.” ✹


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While the climax to Dirty Harry (1971) is one of Marin’s most famous moments on the Big Screen, that film’s 1973 sequel, Magnum Force, found Det. Harry Callahan spending even more time in the swingin’ North Bay center of selfindulgence. Again, Harry is on the trail of vigilantes—this time someone working from within the police force who’s gunning down violent criminals who’ve evaded justice. In this somewhat creepy shot, the mysterious highway patrol officer spies from the bushes above a typical 1970s Marin-style pool party in the Tiburon hills (a pre-Three’s Company Suzanne Somers is one of the guests!). Belvedere Island sits in the distance to the left; Richardson Bay, beyond. In a few seconds, the psychotic officer will open machine gun fire on the reveling bevy. With the curmudgeonly Eastwood behind the camera, it’s hard to tell if early ’70s audiences were supposed to fear the officer, or cheer him.—Jason Walsh


How to kill friends and eradicate strangers Jennifer Lawrence’s superb perfor mance in THE HUNGER GAMES makes it more than just another event pic, and reader fans of Katniss Everdeen who didn’t line up for the theatrical run are in for a major treat. Post-apocalyptic America has See Mom? Those archery classes I begged you for came in handy after all... become Panem, and Katniss is one of 24 kids and teens caught up in a national “reaping” by lottery, hauled from her Appalachian coal-mining town to the rich, refined and brutalist world of the Capitol. As tribute for the colonies’ rebellion a century ago, they’ll hack it out to the death in a high-tech forested Thunderdome till just one is left standing. Katniss, at a basic nutritional and fighting disadvantage with some of her more Spartan competitors, will have to push her archer’s and survival skills to the limit just to stay alive—let alone get down to the business of killing. It takes nothing away from the film’s achievement to point out how many eerily similar versions of this story have appeared around the globe in the last 10 years (note to producers: Amelie Nothomb’s Acide sulfurique would make a great option). Something in us must feel that the great new social sort, combined with the voyeuristic appeal of reality TV, trends us toward some future Coliseum. —Richard Gould

â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, AUG. 31 The Hills Marathon Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like getting a lobotomy and spray-on tan at the same time. MTV. All night. My Ghost Story This is another paranormal investigation show but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Lifetime, so the ghosts also have steamy affairs with their husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law partner. Lifetime. 8pm. Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team The new cheerleaders show up at training camp. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a demanding regiment: workouts and choreography a l l d a y, p i l low fights and backstabbing all night. CMT. 9pm.

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The Expendables 2 (1:42) Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the Arnold…any questions? ● 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. ● 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. ● Ice Age: Continental Drift (1:34) Manny, Diego and company find the long trek home beset by high seas and rambunctious pirates! ● The Intouchables (1:52) True tale of the bond that developed between a disabled French aristocrat and his caretaker, a black Muslim ex-con. ● Lawless (1:55) Biopic of the three bootlegging Bondurant brothers and their bloody escapades in Prohibition-era Virginia. ● Little White Lies (2:34) The simmering tensions among a group of old friends come to a head during a seaside holiday; Marion Cotillard and Francois Cluzet star. ● Marvel’s The Avengers (2:20) An all-star cast of superheroes (Iron Man, The Hulk and Black Widow among them) team up to thwart a fiend bent on global domination; Joss Whedon directs Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson. ● 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. ● The Odd Life of Timothy Green (1:44) A mysterious young boy appears on a childless couple’s doorstep and changes their lives forever. ● The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (1:23) Googie, Zoozie and Toofie search Lovelyloveville for the balloons that will make Schuufy’s birthday party especially special. ● 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. ● The Possession (1:35) One of those random malevolent spirits makes mischief for yet another heretofore carefree all-American couple. ● 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. ● Robot & Frank (1:30) Retired cat burglar Frank Langella faces his golden years with lots of help from a robotic personal trainer. ● 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 flesh. ● 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. ✹ ●

Marion Cotillard gives Gilles Lellouche the oeil in ‘Little White Lies,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.

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. ● 2016: Obama’s America (1:30) Right-wing psycho-doc paints a dire picture for the nation if that Obama guy gets re-elected. ● The Apparition (1:22) Yet another college parapsychology experiment goes awry as a fear-feeding phantom bedevils a (comely) young couple. ● 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. ● 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. ● 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. ● Brave (1:35) Disney cartoon about an impetuous princess, an eccentric witch, troublemaking triplets and an ancient curse that threatens their kingdom. ● The Campaign (1:37) Political farce about the sleazy, slimy, mud-slinging congressional battle between unlikely foes Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. ● Celeste and Jesse Forever (1:31) A thirtysomething entrepreneur decides to dump her sweet slacker husband to save the relationship…but will it? ● 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. ● 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. ● Doctor Zhivago (3:17) Sweeping yet ponderous David Lean epic about the trials and tribulations of a Russian physician caught up in the Bolshevik Revolution; Omar Sharif and Julie Christie star. ●


›› MOViE TiMES 2 Days in New York (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Mon 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9 2016: Obama’s America (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:50 The Apparition (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 8, 10:20 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat-Mon 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Tue, Thu 7, 9:15 Wed 9:15 Bill W. (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Mon 5 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:15 Sat-Mon 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Tue-Thu 6:30, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Mon-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-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon 1, 4, 7 Tue-Wed 4, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45 SunTue 12:40, 3:50, 6:45 Brave (PG) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:50; 3D showtimes at 11:10, 4:35 The Campaign (R) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8, 10:25 Sat-Mon 12:15, 2:45, 5:25, 8, 10:25 Tue-Thu 7:15, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 3:05, 5:25, 7:40, 9:55 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7, 9:15 Sun-Tue 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 9:15 Sat 12, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:15 Sun 12, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45 MonThu 4:30, 6:45 Celeste and Jesse Forever (R) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Mon-Thu 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 3:15, 7, 10:30 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun 8:30 Mon-Wed 7:30 Thu 4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 1:55, 4:30, 6:55, 9:25

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❋ Doctor Zhivago (1965) (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 2, 7 The Expendables 2 (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 5, 7:45, 10:15 Hit and Run (R) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:35, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:20, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Hope Springs (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sat-Mon 11:45, 2:35, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Mon-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:25, 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 MonThu 4:50, 7:10 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 3, 5:30 Lark Theater: Fri 6:15 Sat-Sun 4, 6:15 Mon 3, 5:15 The Intouchables (R) ★★ Century Regency 6: 11:25, 2:15, 5, 7:50 ❋ Lawless (R) Century Cinema: 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 12:35, 2, 3:20, 4:45, 6:05, 7:30, 8:50, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sat-Sun 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Mon 1:50, 4:25, 7 Tue-Thu 5:10, 7:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Tue 1:20, 4:05, 6:50 ❋ Little White Lies (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 7:15 Sat-Mon 1:45, 7:15 Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 10:25; 3D showtime at 7:15 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: FriWed 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, 9:45 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) Mon 1:15, 5:30 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) TueThu 5:20 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 8:15 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Mon 12, 2:25, 5, 7:30, 10 Tue-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11, 1:35, 4:15, 7:05, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7, 9:25 Sun-Tue 1:30, 4:25, 7 ❋ The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (G) Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1:05, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 ParaNorman (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 4:50, 9:45; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12:15, 2:45, 5:30 ❋ The Possession (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20 Premium Rush (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35 Robot & Frank (PG-13) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Mon-Thu 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:40, 7:55, 10:15 Sat-Sun 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55, 10:15 Mon 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55 Tue-Thu 5:40, 7:55 Ruby Sparks (R) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Mon 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Tue-Thu 5, 7:30 To Rome With Love (R) ★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:20, 4:45, 9:10 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”) MonWed 12:20, 4:45 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 3:15, 7:30 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”) MonWed 7:20 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”)

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward take it on the lam in ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ now at the Fairfax, Marin and Regency.


F R I D AY AU G U S T 3 1 — F R I D AY S E P T E M B E R 7 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

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Live music 08/31 and 09/07: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No cover. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392.

08/31-09/02: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. 08/31: Agape Soul Funk. With Darryl Anders. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 4851182. 08/31: Curtis Woodman Quartet Jazz. 7:308pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/31: Fely Tchaco World music, Afro pop. 9pmmidnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/31: Four Guys Named Mo Jazz, New Orleans, blues. 6:30-9:30pm. Station House Cafe, 11180 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1515. 08/31: Glass Brick Boulevard Jazz. Greg Johnson, piano; Edo Castro, bass and Jimmy Sag, drums. 8pm. $5-10. JB Piano Company, 540 Irwin St., San Rafael. 456-9280.

08/31: Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire Johnny Cash tribute. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 08/31: Suzanna Smith Trio Jazz. 7pm. Deer Park Villa Steakhouse, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax.

08/31: The Courtney Janes Folk. Americana. 8pm. $10-15. The Magic Flute, 182 Northgate One, San Rafael. 479-3112. 08/31: The Monophonics Psychedelic soul, funk. 9pm. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

08/31: Tony Saunders and The Romancing the Bass Band Jam, rock. $16-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 08/31: Wall of Rhythm Percussion trio. 6:309:30pm. Rickey’s at Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato. 883-5952. 08/31:The Coverlettes A cabaret tribute to the 1960s girl groups. With Katie Guthorn, Darby Gould, Carol Bozzio Littleton, Terry Haggerty, Vince Littleton, Alex Baum and Randy Craig. 8:30pm. $20-25. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

09/01-02: 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.

09/01: 60th Anniversary Sausalito Art Festival Music Lineup Features America, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and more. 10:30am-5:30pm. $25; $15 seniors 62+; $5 children ages 6-12; under 6 free Marinship Park, Marinship Way at Tesla Street, Sausalito. 09/01: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz, swing, pop. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-9477.

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For six decades, the SAUSALITO ART FESTIVAL has lured flocks of art lovers to its charming bay shore with promises of amazing visuals, lively musical performances and scrumptious food. Every Labor Day weekend carries on the tradition. With over 20,000 pieces of original art to ogle and purchase (think: upcoming holiday season), there is no wonder that the festival attracts a whopping 30,000 people every year. In addition to the vast array of visual art, the festival includes live musical entertainment from performers such as America, The Yardbirds, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Smash Mouth, The Grass Roots, Murasaki Ensemble and so many more. The 60th anniversary fun kicks off with the black tie 2012 Diamond Jubilee Gala Friday, Aug. 31, at 6pm. Marinship Park, Marinship Way, Sausalito. Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2, 9am-6pm; Monday, Sept. 3, 9am-5pm. Prices vary. —Dani Burlison

‘Mamma Mia!’ indeed. Sept. 7 at Old Mill Park.

09/01: Benefit for Danny and Erik Concert to help raise funds for local musicians injured in a car accident. 3pm. Donation. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/01: Community Hearts Benefit Show Arts, crafts, raffle, live music. 12-2pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/01: Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs Blues, rock. 9-11:30pm. $20-27.50. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 09/01: ELephant Listening Project Rock. 9:30pm. $10. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/01: Evolfo Doofeht and Project Blue Book Funk, soul, gypsy. 8pm. $8-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

09/01: Labor Day Art Show Music Lineup 1-4 pm Lau, Brazilian jazz;4-7pm Fiver Brown; 9pmmidnight West African Highlife Band with Baba Ken. 1pm-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/01: Sugarfoot R&B, rock. 10pm. No cover. Finnegan’s, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. 09/01: The Fabulous Tookus Brothers Rock, blues, soul. With Etta Tookus, Johnny “Guitar” Tookus, Tydell Tookus, Elvis Tookus, Wilson Tookus. 8:30-11:30pm. $7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina at Fort Baker, Sausalito . 09/01: The Gaters With Doug Adamz. 6-8:30pm. No cover. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. 09/01: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Free. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax.

09/02: 60th Anniversary Sausalito Art Festival Music Lineup Features Herman’s Hermits, The Yardbirds and more. 11am-5:30pm. $25; $15 seniors 62+; $5 children ages 6-12; under 6 free Marinship Park, Marinship Way at Tesla Street, Sausalito. 09/02: Charlie Musselwhite Blues. Barbecue on the lawn show. 4pm. $22-25. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 09/02: Homestead Valley Music Festival With Petty Theft, Lucky Finn, Skin and Bone featuring Max Perkoff, and a youth performers showcase including Caroline DeLone, Sofi Rox and Matt Jaffee. 11am-

5:30pm. Free admission. Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford, Mill Valley. 388-0137. 09/02: Noel Jewkes Jazz on the terrace. 1-4pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/02: Open Mic with Diana Lerwick First Sunday night monthly. Accompaniment provided upon request. Classic space near a lovely beach. 8pm-midnight. Free. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 09/02: Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion Salsa. 5-10pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/02: Zilla Bash 5 Hip-hop, rap, DJ. 9pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

09/03: 60th Anniversary Sausalito Art Festival Music Lineup Features Smash Mouth, The Fixx, The Lemon Hammer and more. 11am-5:30pm. $25; $15 seniors 62+; $5 children ages 6-12; under 6 free Marinship Park, Marinship Way at Tesla Street, Sausalito. 09/03: Bluegrass Open Mic Advanced and intermediate players are invited to participate. 5:30-9pm. No cover. Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/03: Willie K Band Hawaiian. Labor Day weekend barbecue on the lawn show. 4pm. $22-25. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

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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 08/31: 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.

09/01-03: Meet Sausalito Artists at Work Labor Day Weekend 2012 marks the fifth annual artists at work event. Visit more than thirty artists at work and purchase art from them. Enjoy the opportunity to observe each artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unique approach to the creative process in real time. 11am-6pm. Free. The ICB Art Studios, 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito. 7065051.

09/01-06: American Icon Art Competition Competition created by the Sausalito Art Festival. Its mission is to collect, showcase and celebrate painting, photographs and videos of the IconicGolden Gate Bridge. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 09/01-10/27:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alive 1965â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Solo exhibition of new paintings by Bay Area artist Laura Lengyel. Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception 4-7pm Sept. 8. Hours: 11am-5pm Wed., Thurs., Fri; 11am-4pm. Sat. Free. Linda Penzur Gallery, 71 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo. 457-4097.

09/01-26: BayWood Artists Celebrate Point Reyes The Baywood Artists present an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the national park with proceeds to benefit the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Call or check web for hours. Free. The Red Barn, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station. 663-1200 x303. 09/01-30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;2 Here: Gardner + Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Banionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Special collaborative space in the book room, centered around an artist book project with Nance Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Banion and Casey Gardner. Mill Valley Artwalk participant, Sept. 4, 6-8pm. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288. 09/01-30: Marseille Exhibition Features multilayered works in encaustic inspired by the Bay Area and recent travels in Scandinavia and Argentina. Reception 6-8pm Sept. 8. Catalog available. 11-6pm. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288.

09/04: Mill Valley First Tuesday Art Walk Come for an evening of art and enjoyment. Exhibitions will be at Galleries, stores, City Hall, and the Community Center. Sip your beverage and chat with the atists. 6-8pm. Free. Downtown, Mill Valley. 7211856.

09/07-30: First Fridays at Frame Crafters Gallery S.F. based artist Mark Ulriksen is best known for his work in The New Yorker. This exhibition focuses on his love for baseball and jazz. Recep-

tion 6-8pm Sept 7. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-7688.

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), Ros . 454-9561.

Through 09/13: Pacific Sun Photo Contest Winners Exhibition View the winning entries for our 2012 Photography Contest. Photos will be on display in the back dining room. 11:30am-9pm. Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G St., San Rafael. 485-6700 ext. 306. 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 09/30: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. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. Through 09/30: 14th Annual Box Show Closing party/live auction 3-6pm Sept. 30. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. Through 09/30: Barbara Crow Street parking only. (Church open to public Sundays 10-noon) Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 308-6204.

Through 10/05:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Puzzled:Image, Art, & Metaphor by Brain Injury Survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Presented by the Brain Injury Network. Gallery is open weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. The Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr. at Bon Air, Greenbrae. 461-9000.

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

Talks/Lectures 09/05: Lecture: Man Ray/Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism Docent and lecturer Maureen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien will explore the mercurial relationship that resulted in some of the most powerful works of each artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career and how they helped shape the course of modern art. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 09/07: First Friday: Jeanne Woodford â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Warden to Advocate.â&#x20AC;? The former warden at San Quentin State Prison will talk about her career in the criminal justice system and why she is an ardent supporter of Prop 34. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 3894292, ext. 203.

Thursdays: Toastmasters Talk of the Town Guests invited free of charge. Members speak and evaluate the goal of improving lecture and presentation skills in a fun and informative setting. Free of charge for guests. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St. , San Rafael. 377-1224.

Readings 09/01: Louise Penny Louise reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel,â&#x20AC;? the eighth novel in the N.Y. Times bestselling, Agatha Award-winning, and critically revered series. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/04: Claudia Sternbach Left Coast Writers Literary Salon presents the editor in chief of Memoir Journal. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/04: Robert Currier Marin Shakespeare Artistic Director Robert Currier and Hula kumu and Hawaiian chant composer Shawna Kealameleuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uleialoha Alapaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i talk about their Hawaiian version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dreamâ&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/05: Amanda Coplin Coplin reads from her debut novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Orchardistâ&#x20AC;? set at the turn of the twentieth century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/06: Jonathan Kozol Special Lunch to Benefit 10,000 Degrees. Ticket price includes lunch and an autographed copy of the book. Join us for lunch as Kozol discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire in the Ashes.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $60. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 09/06: Poetry Reading The Marin Poetry Center presents the nineteenth Traveling Show reading of the season hosted by Roy Mash and featuring: Judy Halebsky, Jacqueline Kudler, Alyse Benjamin, Bonnie Long, Gloria North and Judy Wells. Rebound Bookstore 7-9pm. Free. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth Street , San Rafael. 8895295. 09/06: Sheryl Cotleur Local contributors Sheryl Cotleur (Book Passage), Paul Yamazaki (City Lights), and Michael Barnard (Rakestraw Books) discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read This! Handpicked Favorites from Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Indie Bookstores.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/07: Laurie R. King King reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garment of Shadows,â&#x20AC;? her latest suspense novel featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 09/07: Film Night in the Park:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mamma Miaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Film adaptation of the musical featuring the songs of successful musical pop group ABBA. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Old Mill Park, 300th block of Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley . 272-2756.

Community Events (Misc.) 09/01-03: 60th Anniversary Sausalito Art Festival 9am-6pm Sept. 1 and 2; 9 am-5pm Sept. 3. Nearly 300 award winning artists exhibit and sell more than 25,000 works of art from the San Francisco Bay and around the country. $25; $15 seniors 62+; $5 children ages 6-12; under 6 free Marinship Park, Marinship Way at Tesla Street, Sausalito. www.

09/02: Bocce Benefit for Marfan Syndrome Join in a fun day that starts with Bocce Lessons, a friendly Bocce ball tournament, full lunch, silent auction, prizes and medals for the winning teams. Proceeds benefit Marfan Syndrome research. 9am4pm. $15 or $35 and is a tax write-off Marin Bocce Federation, 550 B St., San Rafael, CA 94901. 4579111. BocceBenefitforMarfanSyndrome 09/02: 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.








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(2007) PG, 107 minutes. 2:30pm. Free. Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. 09/01-03: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. 09/01: Rebecah Freeling Freeling presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mashenka and the Bear,â&#x20AC;? a puppet show for preschoolers (recommended for ages 2 to 6). 11am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/01: Rumpelstiltskin The classic tale of spinning straw into gold will be told with silk marionettes by storyteller Rebecah Freeling of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center. Appropriate for children two to six. There will be finger games, songs and surprises before and after the program. 11am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/02: Scott the Storyteller Part of the Outdoor Summer Entertainment Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 09/02: Sunday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Program A short Buddhist talk for kids followed by an activity such as crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden and yoga. 10-11:30am. Green Gulch Farm, 1601 Shoreline Hwy., Sausalito. 383-3134. 09/04:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Monsters, Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (2001) Rated G. 92 mins. Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and Pillows provided. 2:30-4pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 ext. 4741. 09/05: Game and Puzzle Day Pick a card, roll the dice, or make a puzzle. Fun for the whole family. In the Creekside Room. 2:30-4pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 ext. 4741. 09/06: First Thursday: Good Neighbor For High School Students: The improv comedy foursome Good Neighbor is traveling from L.A. to do a very special performance and Q&A. To attend, bring your school- or government-issued picture ID. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext. 129. 09/07: End of Summer Party Celebrate the end of summer reading with friends and library staff

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under the redwood trees. Enjoy a bubble show with Bubble Man Mike Miller, crafts, live music, ice cream, hula hooping and more. 2:30-4pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 ext. 4741.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 08/31: A Walk into History: Evening at Royâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Redwoods Join Supervisor Steve Kinsey, naturalist David Herlocker, local open space advocate Jean Berensmeier, former open space planning and acquisition manager David Hansen, to celebrate four decades of open space protection in San Geronimo Valley. The night will begin in the meadow with a picnic dinner and a talk about the history of the land of the San Geronimo Valley. 6-8pm. Free. Roys Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Nicasio Valley Road, San Geronimo. 8939508.

09/05: Nature Lovers Sought to Enrich Lives of Bay Area Elementary School Children Nature lovers and life long learners are invited to attend Audubon Canyon Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award winning Docent Training Program at its Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon in West Marin. 9:30am2pm. Free. Martin Griffin Preserve, 4900 Shoreline Highway 1, Stinson Beach. 868-9244.

Ongoing: Mt.Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Learn about Mt. Tamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique plant and animal life while contributing to their continued survival. This program focuses on invasive species control and native planting. Tools, training and inspiration for the outdoor work provided. Volunteers receive a free day parking pass. Meeting location varies. Call or visit website for event details. MMWD - Sky Oaks Headquarters, 49 Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 945-1128. Ongoing: Plant A Tree Help plant a stand of oaks that will immediatly be sequestering carbon and purify rain from surrounding streets. Wear gloves. Must be 18 or older. Training and safety regulations on day of planting. Call, email or check website for details. 9:30am-1:30pm. Free. Plant A Tree, Hwy 101/ Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 721-4374.

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Saturdays through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange 9-10am. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 419-4941.

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

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

Food and Drink Thursdays: Downtown San Rafael Evening Market Fun evening market with fresh produce, live music, food, treats, craft vendors, jumpies, rock wall. 6-9pm. Free. Downtown, Fourth St., San Rafael. Thursdays: Ross Valley Farmers Market Every Thurs. at the post office parking lot in the town of Ross. Features local farmers with organic fruits and veggies, cheeses, and bakery goods. 3-7pm. Free. Ross Farmers Market, Ross Common, Ross. 382-7846. Tuesdays: Novato Farmers Market Treat yourself to flavor packed produce, a serenaded dinner, and a twilight stroll through downtown Novato. The market also features activities for children. 4-8pm. Grant Ave., Downtown, Novato. 472-6100.

Tuesdays:Tamalpais Valley Certified Farmers Market Local and regional farmers, bakers, and vendors showcase fresh, diverse seasonal foods, flowers and more. Bring your own bags! 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley, Tam Junction, 215 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 382-7846. Wednesdays: Fairfax Farmers Market Wear some flowers in your hair at this charming market featuring West Marin farmers, food purveyors, and artists. Bring your own bags to help keep the event green. 4-8pm. Bolinas Park, Broadway Blvd and Pacheco Ave, Fairfax. 472-6100. â&#x153;š

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Mars continues his journey through your house of intensity and intimacy, suggesting that lust is the spice of life for the next five weeks. Admittedly, finding frequent “fooling around” occasions while the demanding Sun insists that you organize your professional life, schedule regular exercise AND eat a well-balanced diet is a time management challenge. Fortunately, there is more than one way to get regular exercise... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Being immovably stubborn, you tend to stick to your side of an argument until the other person gives up. Now, however, the opposition refuses to back down. Once begun, a minor disagreement can develop into a full-on war. So, unless you want to spend the next month waging battles, you might consider avoiding controversial topics of any sort—including (but not limited to) politics, global warming, immigration and food additives. It is probably safe to discuss puppies and/or kittens... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Gemini is primarily a cerebral sign. A good debate, a wellwritten book or a fascinating class is what is needed to satisfy your intellectually active mind. Nevertheless, there are times—and this is one of them—when the body craves the attention normally given to your brain. The planets suggest that you focus on fitness for the next month, and they don’t mean a stroll around the block while listening to a book on your iPod. Although, that’s not a bad way to begin... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Yes, even you domestic types have a wild side—you may as well enjoy it while it’s happening. Throw yourself into the things that make you feel good. Fall in love. Do chalk paintings on the sidewalk. Skip work to go to an outdoor concert. Invite a stranger to dance with you. Every two years you get to express yourself fearlessly. So what if your escapades are captured on someone’s smartphone? Fame is your friend—as long as you’re not robbing a bank... LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) You REALLY want to make changes to your home— whether via a Home Depot shopping spree or by hiring an interior designer. Fortunately, your ruler is in the practical sign of Virgo, so chances are you won’t overspend. Although, as an extravagant Leo, you consider it your “duty” to keep the economy flowing via regular generous outlays of cash. Speaking for the vendors of luxury items everywhere, the retail business thanks you. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) This year’s birthday chart is certainly a dynamic one. Assertive Mars has moved into your communication house. To say that you are now capable of using words as weapons is an understatement. Offering gentle advice falls by the wayside along with patience for anyone who can’t keep up with your creative ideas. You are passionately expressive, idealistically romantic and intimately experimental. The new edition of Virgo has just hit the stands. LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) As a rational air sign, you believe you are immune to jealous emotions and unreasonable behavior. The planets refuse to support this particular quality this week. You are, in fact, rather susceptible to having your feelings hurt, while at the same time inclined to get involved in situations where feelings are bound to be in danger. You can’t rationalize your way out of this—although you’re sure to try, aren’t you? SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Many things can happen when one is brave enough to leave familiar comforts to explore the world. Go on a voyage of discovery and you just may find true love while on your journey. There are, of course, literal journeys where you travel to another country. And then there are metaphysical journeys that can take place in a local environment. As long as you are open to new views, you are following the right starlit path. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) It’s not a pretty thing to watch an upbeat Sagittarius suffer from paranoia. But, when combative Mars starts mucking around with your subconscious awareness, he has a tendency to make you see enemies everywhere. Meanwhile, your career is in the spotlight and creative progress can be made right now. You only have to trust that the powers-that-be are not out to get you... CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) Travel plans are inspired by a strong desire to meet new people, see more of the planet and learn about other cultures. Whether you are actually able to depart now or sometime in the future, you are encouraged to organize the details soon. Meantime, your sweetie is feeling romantic and is in the mood for pleasurable experiences. You now have a good reason to leave work on time—and possibly an even better reason for getting to work late... AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) In general, you’re experiencing a long period of financial fuzziness—with good days and bad days when it comes to your cash flow. This weekend is less than ideal for negotiations and making deals. Rather than shopping for a high-ticket item, you should go to the beach instead. You continue to be lucky in love and easily entertained. Does it really matter that you can’t buy a new Prius this week? PISCES (February 18 - March 19) It’s that time of the year when you are meant to review the last six months to determine whether the path you began on your last birthday is still relevant. If your goals did not include music, photography, film, design or art, you may need to make an adjustment. Whatever other priorities you have in life are influenced by imaginative Neptune in your sign for the next 13 years. If you can’t release your inner artist now, then when? ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 42 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

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995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130177 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BELLA CASA, 9 MONTEGO KEY, NOVATO, CA 94949: STACEY AYRES TEMPLETON, 9 MONTEGO KEY, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130242 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PICTUREYOURPURPOSE.COM, 105 BAYPOINT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LINDA MARIE, 105 BAYPOINT 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 August 24, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130250 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CONICHO’S FOOD, 17 SKYLARK DR. #17, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: HECTOR C. TORRES, 17 SKYLARK DR. #17, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; MERCEDES A SAZO TORRES, 17 SKYLARK DR. #17, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 August 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130253 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LONDON SALON, 170 E. BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: KIM NGUYEN NGO, 1 VIA SAN FERNANDO, TIBURON, CA 94920; DAVID D. NGO, 1 VIA SAN FERNANDO, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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 August 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130155 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BURNS & KAPLAN FLOWERS, 1414 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KRISTA LINKOGLE-KAPLAN, 119 MARINER GREEN CT., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) 997 All Other Legals 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 OWNERâ ™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)883-8459, Monday â “ 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. Registrantâ ™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)

›› TRiViA CAFÉ ANSWERS From page 9 1. Larkspur, Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Oakland, Alameda, Vallejo 2. Magellan 3a. Augusta 3b. Ankara 3c. Accra 4. The Secret Service; Department of Homeland Security 5. Pupil 6a. Vincent Van Gogh, “Starry Night” 6b. Edvard Munch, “The Scream” 6c. Norman Rockwell, “The Dugout” 7. Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Oakland A’s 8. Bicycle 9. Archbishop of Canterbury 10. Tom Cruise, Keith Urban BONUS ANSWER: Peach, pear, persimmon, pineapple, plum, pomegranate, prune (which is a dried plum)...others?

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I’m in love, and I just said yes to marrying the man of my dreams. We’ve only known each other for two months, but we’re in the Peace Corps. You really see the core of a person when conditions are not so comfy. We’re planning on traveling home to get married on our next monthly break. (We get two days off.) Afterward, we’ll have a big celebration back here with all our local friends. My best friend’s begging me to slow down, but my parents married two weeks after meeting, and that worked out. Marrying now feels very romantic and like the most right thing I’ve ever wanted to do. What’s wrong with saying yes to romance?—Excited


It’s easy to find a lot in common with a guy when you’re both living thousands of miles from home: “Wow—you live in a mud hut?! I live in a mud hut! You have a hole for a toilet? I have a hole for a toilet!” This could very well be the voluntourism version of two 14-year-olds deciding they’re the second coming of Romeo and Juliet because they like EXACTLY THE SAME MUSIC AND MOVIES! Eventually, the 14-year-olds hit their 20s. (Life in one’s 20s, like life back home, includes a few more complexities.) A mutual obsession with geeksta rap suddenly matters lots less when one turns militant vegan while the other has problems with hunting, but only because she prefers her meat already killed, skinned and cooked, and delivered to her with a side of asparagus on fine china. You say you’re in love, but it’s the part of love that can’t be trusted—the infatuation stage. (Say hi to your hormones, because you’re their bitch.) Anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher and her colleagues found that infatuation correlates with a surge in the neurotransmitter dopamine, and Fisher told Psychology Today that infatuation shares elements of a cocaine high—“sleeplessness, loss of a sense of time, absolute focus on love to the detriment of all around you.” In other words, getting married now is like signing a binding lifetime contract while on an extended coke bender. It doesn’t help that the human brain is like a grabby toddler, prone to go for immediate rewards without weighing the consequences. Later, it comes back around and does the adult job of justifying all of its unwise choices. For you, even the absurdity of marrying somebody you barely know becomes a justification: “I’m not an idiot; in fact, I’m bright! So marrying somebody I just met isn’t idiotic; it’s romantic!” You also turn your parents’ marital impulsivity into precedent. Guess what: They were dumb—and lucky. They turned out to be compatible, as you two may—or may not—two years from now, once you’re back in the land where chicken is something sold in shrink-wrap, not something that hops across your head at night. Waiting to get married doesn’t preclude you from throwing a party. Use those two days back home to invite your friends to celebrate with you, to witness you experiencing the joys so many of us take for granted—hot showers, doing laundry in a washing machine and encountering enormous bugs, but only the kind that come with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty.


I’m a 31-year-old guy, a part-time model, newly single and scared to talk to women. Yesterday, I saw a beautiful woman checking me out at Whole Foods. I didn’t know what to do, so I unlocked my bike and rode off. This happens maybe three times a week.—Getting Ridiculous


The roof of Whole Foods will not open up while you’re shopping, and a beautiful woman will not fall into your cart and say, “Oh, wow—I’ve been waiting for a man like you to take me home and smear me with cruelty-free peanut butter.” Sadly, this means you’ll need to approach a woman, open your lips and make words come out about something she’s wearing, doing or carrying: “Kelp steaks! They’re even better than the tofu T-bone!” The way to get comfortable doing this is by actually doing this. For two weeks in a row, give yourself a weekly quota: You have to make moves on 21 women you’d be interested in dating—three per day—even if it takes going out expressly to find women to hit on. If you fall short one day, make it up the next. Come up with a punishment, like giving $50 to charity, should you fail to meet your weekly number. Every woman you talk to isn’t going to go out with you, but you’ll certainly get more dates than you do with your current strategy: “A beautiful woman is looking at me! Quick, unlock the bike and speed away!” ✹ © 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 31, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

Pacific Sun 08.31.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 31, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly