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›› LETTERS This sounds like a case for ‘Perro’ Mason! This is regarding Nikki Silverstein’s recent column [“It’s Raining Emergency Responders!” Aug. 24] about the bike accident at Blackie’s Pasture. Nikki, if your bicyclist was traveling 25mph, or 36.7 feet per second, and you had a three-second exchange with him— “put your f***ing dog on a leash,” he said; “slow down,” you said—that bicyclist traveled around 100 feet. More if the exchange was longer. Perhaps that hunky cop blamed the cyclist, but I know several attorneys who might be able to convince seven jurors that an illegally unleashed dog was responsible, hunkiness notwithstanding. Just FYI.

advice I received that stressed the importance of differentiating between “bad behavior” as opposed to a “bad child”—an important distinction, I think. Let’s try to be mindful of what we say around our children—they are listening. And if we mindlessly buy into party rhetoric and carelessly fling sound bites around, this partisan divide will only continue to grow. Tanya Henry, San Anselmo

TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK TOWNSQUARE ›› Vaccinations enforced at local schools? I think it is time that the local schools back off with trying to enforce their agendas on our children. First, they insist on teaching evolution and next, they demand we... Surge in unwanted telemarketing calls In the past two months or so I’ve gotten numerous, unwelcome telemarketing calls started by a recording and none with any relevance to my life: mortgage, credit cards, falling... Vile bile uncalled for The discourse here is quite bilious. How about taking a deep breath, and practicing a little more respect and compassion. Differing opinions are good, as is a real dialogue, which none of these political postings are. We all want...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› in prices, they’d always say, “We changed the price, but forgot to change the sign under the product.” I’d go in the next day, and the sign was still “unchanged.”

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all the excitement of listening to you spew out your insults I lost track whether you had any acting ability left inside you—so the question I have before you is: Do you feel lucky? Well do ya, punk? Joe Bialek, Tiburon

But is it OK to tell them Cheney shoots people in the face? “George Bush is killing the polar bears,” “Barack Obama is a terrorist.” These accusations came from children in the backseat of my car during recent field trips for my son’s elementary school. Of course these 8- and 9-year-old children were simply repeating what they had heard their parents say. It gave me pause. With a big election looming, let’s remember that this is an opportunity to engage and educate our children about the political process. Instead of attacking candidates, why not discuss the role of the presidency and what is required of a person who is elected into the highest office in the land. How about communicating the fact there will always be disagreement and differing opinions, but that doesn’t mean that civility and respect aren’t warranted. I’m reminded of a bit of parenting

The tithe that binds We know what she means; our kids won’t stop yammering on about Alan Greenspan and the repeal of GlassSteagall...

Suing Staples: That was easy! Glad to read that Staples paid nearly $1 million to settle a lawsuit for screwing over their customers by putting one price on their shelf under the product, and then charging a higher price at the checkout. I take great pride in being one of their “screwed customers” who constantly called up Weights and Measures to “turn them in” and sent my receipt to W&M to show them the price they were charging me, and then the “corrected” receipt where they gave me the lower price when I complained. This went on too much for it to be a “mistake” as Staples employees stated. And when I pointed out the difference

So now Mr. Romney can’t release his tax returns ’cause that would be revealing how much he has given to his church. Perhaps the true issue could be he fears his church will find out how much he is NOT properly giving 10 percent of, as tithing mandates. What if the church will be equally surprised by how much of Mr. Romney’s wealth is hidden from taxation, and from tithing. It may be far worse for Mr. Romney to have spoken falsehoods to the Mormon elders. After all, he does not seem fazed by outright lies and deceptions perpetrated upon the U.S. public. Hobart Bartshire, Fairfax

He sure made the Democrats’ day... This letter is in response to the Clint Eastwood speech given at the Republican National Convention. In a word; vulgar. It comes with great surprise that such a Attempts to dispel view of Republicans as out-of-touch old-timers successful actor would choose is set back decades. to stoop so low to embarrass himself. And who in the Mitt Romney (aka Dagwood Bumstead) campaign approved this reprehensible charade? Is Mr. Eastwood so empty of self-esteem that he craves the attention (so desperately) enough to make a buffoon out of himself and the entire convention? Anyone who considers themselves “undecided” in this election was (in all likelihood) finally convinced of this failed argument and (more than likely) will vote for the incumbent. Most everyone in this country would agree that if the Republicans had nominated someone stronger than the half-wit they did, this race would not even be close. Instead the country had to listen to an attempt by Mr. Eastwood to do stand-up comedy at his own (and the Republicans’) expense. You know, Clyde (Mr. Eastwood), in

Absence doesn’t make NUSD heart grow fonder... I watched last week’s replay of the Novato Unified School District’s board meeting in disbelief and anger. They had just voted to deny Debbie Hanks’ request for a leave of absence, effectively terminating her employment after 16 years of dedicated service in the school system she and her sisters and brother attended, in the town she’s called home for 49 years. It has been my honor to work beside Debbie at Hill Middle School for many years, to witness her unfailing professionalism and uncommon love and commitment to her students and their families. If you know Deb Hanks, if you had the good fortune to have her for a teacher, or had a child in her classes, please let the school board members know what you think of their decision. Dick Pearlman, Novato

But is the one we ordered from Battle Creek, Mich., legit? I’m writing about last week’s Trivia Cafe question, “What is the four-word name for the highest military decoration given to a member of the U.S. armed forces?” [Pacific Sun answer: Congressional Medal of Honor]. The Medal of Honor is not “Congressional.” It is awarded on behalf of or in the name of the Congress, but is awarded to each of the service branches...Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard or Air Force. Richard McKee, San Rafael

Wish someone’d protected us from KC’s ‘Boogie Man’ back in ’78 Mitt says: “Obama doesn’t even believe in the boogie man; how is he going to protect you from him, if he doesn’t even believe in him”?! Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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Anchors away! Boat mooring floats to top of Tomales Bay Vessel Management Plan by Pe te r Se i d m an


omething is tearing Marin apart. Literally. The San Andreas Fault runs right up Tomales Bay. The east side of the bay is moving south. The west side is on its way north, leaving one of Marin’s natural gems between the two shorelines. But the gem has a few flaws that need polishing. A new plan attempts to lay out a basis for protecting the ecology of the bay while at the same time ensuring that current uses, from recreation to aquaculture, can remain vital. It’s a complicated task that navigates through an alphabet sea of agencies and sometimescompeting special interests. The study is called the Tomales Bay Vessel Management Plan. Among other issues, it deals with where vessels should be allowed to moor in the bay, where they should discharge their heads, how vessel operators and agencies can protect against invasive species. The Vessel Management Plan is just one of several efforts to protect the health of a bay with worldwide significance—for plants, animals and people. And one that the state Water Resources Control Board declared an impaired water body. The management plan, dated Aug. 23, is a draft version available to the public and open for comment, a process that will lead to a hearing on it in Point Reyes Station on Sept. 18. The Gulf of the Farallones National Sanctuary and the California

Lands Commission are the lead agencies behind the plan. They may be the lead agencies, but they are just a sampling of the participants that created the document. The two lead agencies collaborated with the Tomales Bay Interagency Committee, which comprises 11 agencies. And an advisory working group, with representatives from various stakeholders, hashed over the goals its members thought important to the plan and made early recommendations. The number of agencies and participants highlight overlapping jurisdictions, each with its own rules and regulations affecting the bay. Creating the plan is in part an attempt to coordinate rules among the agencies dealing with where vessels can moor. It also lays out requirements for inspecting and maintaining moorings. Where boats moor is of no small consequence because of the ecological sensitivity of some areas in the long, narrow waterway so closely associated with the San Andreas Fault. In the 1906 earthquake, a road across the top of the bay moved 21 feet, “the maximum offset recorded,” according to the U.S. Geological Survey. All that earth movement, along with other geologic forces, created a bay and watershed “that support more than 900 species of plants and animals within a diversity of habitats, including eel- 10 >


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Hoffman, Hawkes, Billy Bob highlight film fest With “Ratso Rizzo” himself leading the way, the Mill Valley Film Festival’s 35th anniversary could be one of its biggest years ever. This year’s festival, which runs Oct. 4 to 14, is among its most star-studded—with Dustin Hoffman set to receive a career tribute; a “spotlight” event with Billy Bob Thornton, who directs Jayne Mansfield’s Car; and a spotlight on indie critical darling John Hawkes (Deadwood, Winter’s Bone, Martha Marcy May Marlene). Also scheduled to appear for screenings of new films are Ben Affleck, William H. Macy, singer Stevie Nicks and acclaimed Indian filmmaker Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake). Opening night will featuring a movie based on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Silver Linings Playbook from director David O. Russell. The festival closes with Ang Lee’s The Life of Pi. For tickets and info visit, Attempt made to circumvent death penalty moratorium An attempt this week by a So-Cal lawyer to get San Quentin’s death row back in business was put down by a Los Angeles judge. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley made a play Sept. 10 to skirt the 6-year-old state moratorium on executions by suggesting that the controversial three-drug cocktail—which led to the moratorium due to criticisms that its alleged painfulness constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment”—was no longer available for death-penalty use, and therefore the moratorium should be lifted. Earlier this summer, corrections officers have begun testing a single-drug protocol for executions, but the 9th District U.S. Court of Appeals has yet to approve of such a method. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler denied the request, according the Associated Press, on the grounds that ordering an unapproved execution procedure was beyond his jurisdiction. Cooley’s bid to restart executions was targeted at a pair of murderers: Mitchell Sims and Tiequon Cox. Sims was found guilty in 1985 of shooting a pizza deliveryman in Glendale; Cox was convicted for the 1984 shootings of two children, their mother and grandmother. In the November election, Californians will vote on an initiative to kill the death penalty once and for all. If passed, the Savings, Accountability and Full Enforcement for California Act would replace California’s death penalty with life in prison with no chance of parole. According to the SAFE California campaign,“convicted killers will remain in high security prisons until they die—with no risk of executing an innocent person.” Additionally, the 725 prisoners currently on death row in the state would have their sentences converted to life. SAFE California also requires persons convicted of murder to work and pay restitution into a victim’s compensation fund and creates the SAFE California Fund, which takes $30 million a year for three years in budget savings and puts it into the investigation of unsolved rape and murder cases. California has spent $4 billion on the execution of 13 inmates since reinstituting the death penalty in 1978; the state has put to death no one since 2006, when a federal judge suspended executions. Supes refute need for new fiscal watchdog In response to a grand jury call for the creation of an independent county budget watchdog, the Marin County Board of Supervisors says it will keep hold of its own purse strings, thank you very much. 10 >




Republican candidate Dan Roberts has a lot of minds to sway in blue Marin... by Jacob Shafe r


an Roberts is a Republican. He wants to abolish the federal Department of Education. He believes there is no “viable alternative” to a carbonbased economy. And when he says the word “progressive,” it sounds like an insult. So it’s difficult, if not impossible, to imagine him representing ultra-liberal Marin in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hold on, though. Roberts also says the government shouldn’t “reach into the bedroom” to restrict same-sex rights (he adds he wouldn’t “lead the parade” to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act). He opposes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he calls “wasteful and unnecessary.” And he blasts President George W. Bush for his “irresponsible” tax cuts. Who is this guy? A fifth-generation Californian, Roberts lives in Marin and runs a small San Francisco investment firm. He’s never held state or national office, though

Roberts isn’t sure he’s met a Tea Party member—well, Dan, here’s what you’ll be dealing with...

years in this district,” he says. “It’s time for a change of direction.” Though he’s running as a Republican, Roberts prefers the term “independent reformer.” He cites Ron Paul as an influence and, indeed, his positions hew closely with the plainspoken Texas congressman, a darling among the libertarian set. Roberts says he isn’t sure he’s ever met a member of the Tea Party, which Huffman recently blasted in these pages. “If they’re conservative then I stand with them,” he says. “We have to cut the level of federal spending—it’s unsustainable.” What about Wall Street? Does Roberts support any government intervention to avert another crisis? While he concedes he’s fine with “reasonable regulation,” he rails against the Dodd-Frank bill, a piece of Democratic legislation passed in the wake of the 2008 meltdown. “It’s easy for the bureaucrats, including Jared and other professional politicians, to pass the cost on to the private sector with impunity,” he says. “I would fight against that.” When it comes to the environment, Roberts acknowledges the reality of carbon dioxide-induced climate change but he doesn’t think energy sources like wind and solar can replace fossil fuels. “My campaign is about economic recovery,” he says. “There’s a trade-off between environmental purity and jobs.” Clearly it’ll take a lot for Roberts to convince voters in the overwhelmingly blue— and generally green—2nd District that he deserves a job. But he’s been preparing for the challenge since birth. “My parents were all union Democrats,” he admits with a wry chuckle. “I have been through a crucible of liberal progressive ideas—and forged my own opinions.”< Got a tip for Marin Uncovered? Email Jacob at




BONUS QUESTION: In 1927, what 25-year-old was the first, and the youngest, Time magazine Man of the Year?

Howard Rachelson welcomes you to live team trivia contests, on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael, and invites you to send in an intriguing question with answer (including your name and home town), to; if we use your question in this column, we’ll give you credit!

VLast week, JE went to the Sweetwater’s Open Mic Monday to watch his son perform. After JE’s son rocked the room, he was followed by a gentleman who recently recovered from a severe brain injury. Midway through his rendition of “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, he had trouble remembering the words and stopped singing. (It’s a tough song.) The audience launched into Hero mode and began singing the words, allowing the young man to finish the song. Fans then gave him an enthusiastic and well-deserved ovation. We think the Sweetwater was full of Heroes last Monday, including the brave young man who overcame his serious injury and performed publicly, as well as the audience that supported him. Let’s give them all a rousing round of applause.

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VPesky weeds are growing on Marin Municipal Water District land. This week, a man wearing camouflage clothes and carrying pruning clippers was detained near MMWD property. Several law enforcement agencies investigated and the Marijuana Eradication Team conducted a raid. Agents estimate approximately 4,500 plants, with an average height of five feet, are spread out over a quarter-mile area. Pretty fancy operation, featuring an elaborate irrigation system fed by natural springs, plus the use of fertilizers, pesticides and rodent poison. The growers are criminals, but worse, they’re Zeros for polluting public land. Zeros, keep your chemicals off our land and out of our water supply. —Nikki Silverstein


he has gotten his feet wet in Washington as a regional representative of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In June, Roberts finished a distant second to Democrat Jared Huffman in the 2nd District congressional primary. Thanks to California’s new open”toptwo”system, the pair will tangle again in November. The math looks bleak for Roberts: Huffman captured nearly 40 percent of the vote in a crowded primary field, and all of the other top finishers—activist Norman Solomon, Supervisor Susan Adams and political newbie Stacey Lawson—align left-of-center, meaning their supporters will, theoretically, flock to Huffman. Roberts, however, believes he can win in a “post-partisan” race. His pitch begins with two questions: “Is California broken? Is the federal government broken?” In both cases, Roberts answers with a resounding “yes.” “The liberals have had their way for 40

Roberts doesn’t march lockstep with the entire party platform.

1. What Marin County school district has the largest number of students? 2. Complete the famous Star Wars phrase: “May the ______ be with you.” 3. Beginning Dec. 7, 1987, Air Canada became the first air carrier to prohibit its passengers from doing what? 4. From 1949-1990, what were the capital cities of West Germany and East Germany? 5. Pictured, right: Identify these popular Woody Allen movies whose titles contain women’s names. 6. The Wrigley company says that it needs more than 50 square miles of farmland to grow all the ____ it needs for its chewing gum. 7. When transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated in 1927, a three-minute call between New York and London cost how much: $15, $25 or $75? 8. Cows have sweat glands in what part of their bodies? 9. Coca-Cola was first sold in bottles in what year ending with 9? 10. Who were the two main villains in the novel Oliver Twist?


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< 8 Newsgrams This week the board issued its formal response to “Advantages of Creating an Office of Independent Budget and Legislative Analysis”—the grand jury’s June report which cited the “prompt” need for the establishment of an office to analyze the fiscal impacts of County budget decisions. And, ultimately, the supes say they’re going to have to agree to disagree with the jury. This particular money squabble dates back to last year when the grand jury, having been told that “the County of Marin’s finances are in better shape than those of most other counties,” decided to “test” that premise. But during the test, according to the grand jury report, what was surprisingly revealed was that “the level at which many of the County’s most important recent decisions appear to be driven solely by economics.”Through staff reductions, department consolidations and other cost-cutting approaches, the report continued, the County seems to be following the “approach taken by for-profit corporations, intent on improving the bottom line.” In essence, the grand jury concluded, since the Board of Supervisors typically rely on the county administrator or third parties contracted by the board, there is no truly independent entity keeping tabs on how the county coffers are being spent. On the contrary, the board says.“Independent, fiscal oversight is provided by the Financial Audit Advisory Committee, as well as legally required financial audits,” say the supes. Plus,“the grand jury itself is funded by County government and is established to provide independent oversight.” The board points out in its response that its decisions are informed by a wide variety of sources—from the county administrator to 12 appointed department heads to three independently elected department heads. No separate office of Independent Budget and Legislative Analysis is utilized in any other county comparable in size and demographic to Marin. “Simply put,” concludes the supes,“we don’t believe that creating another layer of government will best achieve” better fiscal effectiveness and efficiency. The grand jury, meanwhile, seems to have expected such a response. In its report last summer it added that in case the Board fails to act, the grand jury advises the citizens of Marin to “give serious consideration” to mandating the creation of one through the state initiative process.

Appeals panel strikes down Osheroff restitution The $1.4 million restitution awarded the family of Melody Osheroff, the 9-year-old girl run over and killed by drunken motorcyclist Edward Schaefer in 2009, has been struck down by a state appeals panel. The three-judge panel ruled that the restitution order should have been abated when the 44-year-old Schaefer was murdered on the prison exercise yard in 2010 by fellow inmate Frank Souza. The legal principle of abatement is premised on the idea that a convict who dies with an appeal pending should not stand convicted or be held to restitution without resolving the merits of the appeal. But after Schaefer’s death, Marin Superior Court Judge Terrence Boren struck down the convictions, yet upheld the restitution order. It is unclear whether Schaefer, who qualified for a public defender, left anything of value that could have been used to pay restitution to the Osheroffs. Now, with the panel’s reversal, the restitution ruling will return to Boren for his voidance. In a separate matter, the Osheroff’s lawsuit against the city of Novato and Schaefer’s estate, is slated to go to court in November. MUTA purges progressives If there were any lingering questions over whether MUTA had mutated into two separate tax-watchdog factions, that matter was cleared up last night— when the more conservative board members of the Marin United Taxpayers Association ousted a trio of progressives from their held “offices.” At a MUTA board meeting on Sept. 5, attended by eight of the 12 board members, MUTA president Alex Easton-Brown, secretary Regina Carey and treasurer Placido Salazar were voted out of their offices, to be replaced by Basia Crane as president, Nancy Okada as secretary and new board member Dennis Welsh as treasurer. According to Easton-Brown, the vote was held while the ousted officers were all out of town; Carey and Salazar, he says, are at the Democratic Convention this week in Charlotte. Tempers have been simmering since 2010 within the longtime government-finance watchdog group, founded in the 1970s by such fiscal conservatives as Fielding Greaves, the longtime president and public face of the group. But as the octogenarian Greaves gave up control for health reasons, struggle over the future of MUTA splintered it into two factions: one fiscally conscious but progressive, the other representing the more hard-line philosophy of the Greaves era. Last month, for instance, county elections officials received two separate arguments against Measure A—the proposed quarter-cent sales tax to fund county parks—from two separate groups of people claiming to represent MUTA. For the moment, it appears the “Greaves era” has won out. Easton-Brown says he’ll remain on the MUTA board, but probably won’t be very active in the group. He jokes that he knew he was in trouble with the conservative MUTA members when “the Pacific Sun called me a progressive” in its recent endorsements issue [“For Those About to Vote, We Salute You!” June 5]. “It’s been a good two-year run,” says Easton-Brown.“As long as we did not let the culture wars intrude on our call for non-wasteful government spending and fair taxation, it did not matter which party one belonged to.” He says that with the November election on the horizon, there’s been “nothing” the rival MUTA factions could agree on—aside from opposition to Measure A. “[It’s] a propitious time for me to leave,” says Easton-Brown. 10 PACIFIC SUN SEPTMBER 14 - SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

< 8 Anchors away! grass beds, intertidal sand and mud flats, and saltwater and freshwater marshes,” according to the management plan. During the winter, as many as 50,000 waterbirds depend on the bay. And it is estimated that 20,000 shorebirds use the eelgrass beds and adjacent areas in Tomales Bay as a feeding ground. The bird species include surf scoter, greater scaup, great blue heron, marbled godwit, western sandpiper, dunlin and willit. A lot of birds. The bay also supports seals, whose population ranges from 500 to 800 individuals. And where seals live, the great white shark isn’t far behind. The mouth of Tomales Bay is notorious great white country. The bay also supports a variety of fish species, including herring, a prize sought by commercial fishing operations; and halibut, an often-targeted recreationally fished species. Eels and sturgeon also live in the bay. And it’s an important ecological linchpin for salmon, including the endangered coho. Those species rely on the eelgrass beds to spawn. A boat mooring in an eelgrass bed can cause serious destruction. To moor, a boat operator will take a 55-gallon drum and fill it with concrete. The drum connects to a mooring line, which connects to a float, the visible part of the system above the water. The problem is when that drum gets dumped into the bay on an eelgrass bed, it can destroy the bed. Even dumping a mooring contraption into the water close to an eelgrass bed can degrade the bed. “While several individuals from the local boating community have indicated that the majority of moorings in Tomales Bay consist of an anchor of one or two concrete-filled 55-gallon drums and heavy chain,” the plan states, “some moorings in the bay are also attached to anchors fabricated from a variety of materials, including cement blocks, engine blocks and tires.” The management plan delineates areas where mooring will be prohibited, including near oyster farming operations and swimming beaches. It also caps the number of boat moorings allowed at 165. That number includes “landowner moorings, and the 35 moorings associated with Lawson’s Landing.” It does not, however, include moorings for which the aquaculture operations in the bay have permits. Including those moorings, the total number of boats moored under the cap will be 178. Currently a mish-mash of rules across multiple jurisdictions makes it hard for boaters to follow mooring best practices. The plan seeks to streamline the permitting process for moorings across jurisdictions. “We’re in a kind of Wild West situation now,” says Gordon Bennett, who served on the advisory committee. (Bennett represented the Sierra Club on the committee. He’s no longer with the club; he formed a new organization, Save Our Seashore.)

Some pushback has surfaced from Marin residents who say the management plan is another example of over-reaching government regulation. “I understand that concern,” says Bennett, “but actually if you look at the plan carefully, it makes the process simpler. You get a one-track process.” The current process requires submitting material to several agencies, “each of which has somewhat overlapping and somewhat conflicting regulations. So much so that it makes it almost impossible to do it legally.” The plan establishes no new authorities or agencies but coordinates existing ones. The “vast majority” of current moorings “are not currently authorized...and are therefore considered in trespass and illegal,” the plan states. The plan charts mooring zones in which boats could legally tie up, providing operators secure a permit from the California State Lands Commission. The permits will cost more than a 55-gallon drum full of concrete, but protecting the bay is worth the priceand more-says Bennett. The permitting process and other goals in the plan seek to codify environmental elements to protect the vitality of the bay. Those goals include preventing boats from discharging waste into the water and establishing pumping stations and dumping stations. The plan also underscores the prohibition against discharging oil, gas and other toxic substances. After sewage systems are installed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would declare the bay an official no-discharge zone under the Clean Water Act. The management plan also calls for removing abandoned vessels, and reducing the hazard of introducing invasive species. That last goal would be part of an education effort. Another pushback that already has surfaced focuses on the fact that not too many boats are moored in the bay now and the need to cap the number is unnecessary. But as Bennett says, now is the best time to act. “We can look to Richardson Bay and Sausalito and see all the problems they have had there with anchor-outs. We want to head that off and have an organized plan before a crises hits, not after it hits.” Other critics have said the eelgrass in the bay is healthy and there’s little need for protection. But Bennett’s caveat holds in that case as well. He does, however, say the advisory group discussed how the plan should deal with the eelgrass mooring prohibitions. Patches of the eelgrass tend to move around, but the plan designates set areas where mooring is prohibited because currently eelgrass beds exist. What happens when the grass, of its own natural accord, moves to another area and takes hold? It’s not something a management plan can pinpoint, although the idea is to revisit items in the plan. (The California Department of Fish and Game already prohibits mooring in an eelgrass bed; the management plant would underscore that prohibition.)

Bennett says the advisory committee discussed whether laying out sites where boaters could moor and keep eelgrass beds safe might, considering their shifting nature, “give people a false premise that if they anchor there, it’s OK.” The answer, says Bennett, is that boaters have to look at where they drop their anchor, no matter what a management plan chart states. “If there’s eelgrass there, don’t do it.” The importance of preventing boats from flushing their heads into the bay is underscored by the number of days commercial aquaculture activity must shut down in an average year. The management plan states the Regional Water Quality Control Board reported in 2005 that the oyster operations were forced to suspend operations 70 days a year due to high bacteria counts. The bacteria identified, according to the management plan, “is associated with human waste.” The most likely source of the bacteria was “discharge of a land-based sewage disposal system, improper waste handling on shore, or from overboard discharge by vessels.” Installing pumping stations and dumping stations creates a firm foundation for the probation against boat discharges. The plan outlines steps to investigate creating a cross-agency enforcement strategy that could include using a Twin Otter aircraft to fly over the bay. In 2010, the Tomales Bay Watershed Council held a State of Bay conference. Ann Russell, a research scientist with the geology department at the University of California at Davis was a keynote speaker. She noted that since the Industrial Revolution, accumulation of fossil fuel carbon in the atmosphere has changed ocean pH to the point that organisms are facing a 30-percent reduction in the ability to form shells and skeletons. Russell said the Bodega Marine Laboratory is studying the effect of ocean acidification and climate change on organisms in Tamales Bay. One thing seems certain: climate change, and rising sea levels, will have a profound effect on the bay. (The Watershed Council will hold its 2012 state of the Bay Conference Oct. 26 at the Inverness Yacht Club.) The process that created the draft management plan that will be the focus of discussion Sept. 18 began in 1994, when stakeholders began discussing strategy. A review of the work toward completion of the draft management plan was a topic at the 2010 watershed council conference. Rob Carson is the water quality program manager with the watershed council. “Obviously we are supportive of the goals of the plan,” he says. Carson also noted that using a “process involving public comment” and early input was a constructive approach.< For more information about the plan and the Sept. 18 meeting, visit http://farallones. Contact the writer at

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o more people from Marin,” she said. “I’m banning them!” This somewhat shocking declaration was from a woman who runs a small business in the Bay Area (the vagueness is for good reason, as you will see). I check in with her now and again mostly to hear her stories. She adores her customers and gets people from all walks of life and all over the world, including the occasional celebrity, and for the most part a good time is had by all. But once in a while someone comes along who demands special treatment, is relentlessly difficult and thoroughly haughty and unpleasant. And lately a surprising number of these customers have come from Marin—hence the “Marin ban.” But she’s not serious, of course; she can’t know where people are from before they walk in the door. I think. “You’re kidding, right?” I ask. She laughs, but doesn’t answer. There is nothing new in business people grumbling about bad customers


(the second oldest complaint?); even as they declare, “The customer is always right” they’re thinking, “This customer is not too bright.” But in the old days (eight years ago) a customer could raise a stink on site or complain to his friends and that would pretty much be it—now, with the explosion of online reviews, the disgruntled can scream loudly and their complaints, justified or not, will live on forever for all to see. Another thing has become clear: Anonymous posting on the Internet does not encourage the better angels of our nature. Of course, entertainers, politicians, musicians, authors and high-end restaurant chefs and servers have long been subject to being reviewed, and some have had to grow very thick skin indeed. But now everyone with even the remotest contact with the public is under constant scrutiny—hairdressers, dentists, fast-food workers, retail clerks—and their notices can be scathing. Even 2,000-year-old redwoods are not immune: “I was not very

impressed. Yes the trees are very tall and I liked reading about the different trees and events that have happened ... but overall I was bored after an hour,” writes “Katie L.” on Yelp about Muir Woods. Nor are 75-year-old icons considered sacred: “Went on the bridge, found it to be too windy, quite large and painted like a whore. once i got across i was told there is another bridge to the city any way so its like a total waste,” wrote Yelp’s “Jordan M.” in his one-star review of the Golden Gate Bridge. Those two “yelpers” are not from Marin, of course, and are apparently quite young, but older and supposedly wiser Marinites are second to no one in stomping their cyber feet when they are displeased. These princesses are loud and proud, and it may be that there are just as many, if not more, male princesses as female. (A note about the sexist nature of the term “princess”: When applied to an adult it indicates someone who is spoiled, entitled, self-centered.

But call someone “A prince of a fellow” and it means just the opposite. We acknowledge the sexist nature of the term but, in the absence of an alternative, surrender helplessly before it.) For instance, the Mangia e Bevi deli in Novato apparently makes superb food but keeps eccentric hours and the owners take vacation now and again, according to several Yelp postings. But “Jason C.” of Novato took great personal umbrage to their practice in a recent lengthy onestar rant. “If you want to close early for football games, family vacations, lack of supplies and every Bank Holiday then COUNT ME OUT! I don’t care if you want to piss away what could have been an excellent opportunity,” he wrote, obviously truly believing that the chance to make him a sandwich is “an excellent opportunity.”   


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calling, of course, which seem to be largely ignored. It doesn’t take long to find plumbers, lawyers and others referred to as “a crook” and everyone out there is “rude.” There’s also the curious phenomenon of white Marinites accusing non-whites of being racist. “Kathleen B.” of San Rafael went to Anita’s African Hair Braiding salon in Berkeley and was unhappy with the way her “caucasian hair” was treated and that the salon did not take credit cards. She also wrote, in her one-star review: “I was soooooooooooooo uncomfortable in the shop. Talk about racism!!! Nobody would look me in the eye. Nobody addressed me when talking. All the ladies (customers AND employees) were chatting about movies, families etc.etc. NOBODY would even acknowledge me.” Mill Valley’s “Matt B.” visited a local, family-run, highly regarded Thai restaurant, but was not pleased. “Invited my African American friend and his GF (caucasian) there, and were never told any of the usual words you teach a five year old,” he wrote in his lengthy negative review. “Words like: thank you, you are welcome, please.... Everything was with attitude. It was as if they hated us, or my evil twin had not flushed his #2 in their WC.” The delightful “Matt B.” then goes on to describe his server as “rude,” “stupid” or “lazy.”

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THERE IS A lot of chatter this election season about small businesses. Both Republicans and Democrats in this close race talk about the effect of taxes, the economy and regulations on small businesses. But if they really want to get the attention—and perhaps the undying devotion—of small-business people, all they have to say on the campaign trail is: “And we’ll do something about Yelp.” Not that they have to be specific (details on any policy issue are hard to come by anyway), and not that there’s much that they can do. Business owners have long been frustrated about online write-ups that are full of errors (nice way of saying “lies”), negative reviews obviously planted by competitors, apparently fake positive reviews on competitors’ sites, and just outright hurtful and damaging “reviews.” Yelpers have been known to threaten negative reviews unless they get special treatment, or—the other side of the same coin—have offered “good” reviews in exchange for freebies. A major contention is that Yelp aggressively sells expensive advertising with the understanding that “good” reviews will move up higher and not-so-good reviews will be filtered out. Allegedly, businesses that refuse to buy ads find their “good” reviews filtered out and their ratings instantly drop. Yelp, which is based in San Francisco, denies all these charges, declares that they’re just “trying to make the world a better place,” and, so far, have successfully fended off lawsuits. Individual Yelp

You might be a princess if... Your online reviews are all one star or five stars; there are no gray areas in your kingdom. And you tend to use the phrase “If I could give NO STARS I would.” You feel that if one exclamation point is good, seven in a row really drive home the message. You enjoy using the word “rude” to describe people. You like to use ALL CAPS to really make your points. And would use bold and italics, too, if it were possible. Spelling is not your forte, but you feel people should ignore your mistakes because what you have to say is far more important than little things like punctuation or grammar. You’re proud that you’ve never worked for tips and feel that the satisfaction of serving you well is reward enough for others. If they really please you they’re rewarded with a mention in a five-star review with plenty of exclamation points!!!!

reviewers have been sued as well. And a Canadian restaurant owner attempted particularly creative backlash against a yelper who had written bad reviews, according to The Ottawa Citizen. The restaurateur was convicted last week of libel; police say she set up a false dating site profile of the reviewer and sent lewd emails to the customer’s boss’s email claiming she was “a tiger in the bedroom” who was transgender and liked group sex. The restaurateur will be sentenced in early November. That’s probably going a wee bit too far, but still there are at least some signs of hope that the Reign of the Online Review Princess is waning. As more reviews pile up (Yelp boasts of having more than 30 million reviews), any single write-up loses power. And although Yelp is still the giant, the number of review sites is also growing, including TripAdvisor and Google. In August Google (which had earlier tried to buy Yelp) bought the longtime travel guide producer Frommer’s, which, along with the company’s acquisition last year of Zagat, the restaurant guide, signals confidence that there is a place for professional, no-axe-to-grind reviews online. When the purchase was announced the stock price for Google rose and those of Yelp and TripAdvisor fell significantly. So maybe in time online reviews will become a genuine force for good. And rainbows will sparkle across the sky and dogs will live forever and some business owners won’t inwardly wince when they find out their customers are from San Rafael or Novato or even Mill Valley. < Rate Julie at

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hough worldwide bee health has been on the decline since the 1990s, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until the fall of 2006 that beekeepers nationwide began noticing millions of bees vanishing from their hives. This syndrome, named colony collapse disorder, or CCD, is characterized by the disappearance of adult honeybees from the hive, leaving the newborns to fend for themselves. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a huge fan of the bee, why should this matter to you? Well, if you like to eat food, you should be concerned. Besides gathering nectar to produce honey, bees pollinate agricultural crops, home gardens, orchards and wildlife habitat. As they travel from blossom to blossom in search of nectar, pollen sticks to their furry body and is transferred to another ďŹ&#x201A;owering blossom enabling it to swell into a ripened fruit. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated that about one-third of the human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants and threequarters of all plants on the planet depend on insects or animals for pollination. Most scientists now agree that the main causes of colony collapse disorder are nutritional stress, pathogens (mites, viruses and fungus) and pesticides. Two recent studies published in Science strengthen the case that a relatively new class of systemic insecticides called â&#x20AC;&#x153;neonicotinoid pesticidesâ&#x20AC;? are indeed key drivers behind recent pollinator decline. I spoke with Heather Pilactic, co-director of Pesticide Action Network, North America, about the recent bee die-offs and what consumers can do to support the struggling beekeepers. O

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According to PANNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading of the latest science, these new studies show that pesticides do play a signiďŹ cant role in honeybee deaths. How large a role? How big a role neonics, or any other bee-toxic pesticides play in CCD and pollinator decline really depends on the situation. The relative contribution of each of these three main causes will vary with location, timing, exposure levels, genetic vulnerability of a hive, etc., in ways that defy meaningful quantiďŹ cation. But the really short answer is â&#x20AC;&#x153;big.â&#x20AC;?

$6.99 What we do know is that pesticides are absolutely driving bee losses in a number of different ways: Increased herbicide useâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;driven by Roundup Ready GE cropsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is killing off habitat that bees rely on for nutrition. As for older pesticides, foliar [spray] applications of any number of pesticides while bees are foraging is still common practice. Bees are especially vulnerable to many insecticides: When you spray when and where they are eating, they die. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depressing enough but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more. (Hang in there, pilgrim.) Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the talk we hear about neonicotinoid pesticides? Neonicotinoids cover at least 142 million acres of U.S. countryside, much of it cornâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on which bees rely heavily for protein. As systemics, these insecticides course through plantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vascular systems to be expressed in pollen, nectar and guttation droplets. This class also happens to be very long-lasting, so they are accumulating in the soil, and saturating the environment in ways we have yet to quantify. The most widely used of these neonicotinoids [including clothianidin, which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to later] are known to be highly toxic to bees, and have a variety of sub-lethal effects ranging from disorientation to memory, immunity and reproductive impairment. These pesticides are clearly making bees sick, and deadâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but so do a lot of other pesticides. What makes these neonicotinoids suspect is that they are known to be highly 17>

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supporting its registration. The back story is long and sordid, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still on the case. What it comes down to is that EPA has long been using this little-known loophole called â&#x20AC;&#x153;conditional registrationâ&#x20AC;? to speed pesticides to market with little or no safety data in hand. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, of the 16,000 current product registrations, 11,000 [68 percent] have been conditionally registeredâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-thirds getting an essentially free pass to market. So the EPA tests for safety after the product has been on the market? Registrants [such as Bayer] are supposed to submit safety data according to deďŹ ned criteria on a set deadline. What they do instead is delay, deliberately ignore certain criteria or otherwise game the system to avoid real oversight. In the case of clothianidin, the ďŹ eld study they submitted was so poorly done as to be laughableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it had no control and was on the wrong crop (canola instead of corn). EPA originally accepted it, then downgraded it and then neglected to close the loop. Sounds like the pesticide industry has the EPA by the balls...What can the public do to help shift policy decisions that can help bees, beekeepers and people who like to eat safe food?

Our food system has always been a political arrangement in one form or another. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heartening about the last ďŹ ve years or so is that the conversation is widening because folks are realizing that this is a political issue much more so than a lifestyle one. More people are seeing themselves as stakeholders in a rigged food system, and doing something about it. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s democracy. But still the 1 percent is calling the shots, right? It is true that corporations and wealthy people have too much power in governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change unless ordinary people engage the political process. Members of Congress truly are motivated by speaking with constituents who have a story to tell and know their issue. Decision makers still read the local

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papers, especially opinion pages. Get in the habit of writing letters to the editor, or op-eds. Or, get in the habit of making one phone call a week on one issue or another; before you know it, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be getting meetings with decision makers. Nobody can do everything, but we can all choose one thing and do it. For my money, I say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;get informed and get in the ring.â&#x20AC;? Go to our website [] to get engaged, or pick another group working on this issue. What matters is commitment. What is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;imminent hazardâ&#x20AC;? legal claim ďŹ led by beekeepers and environmental groups? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imminent hazardâ&#x20AC;? is policy-speak for â&#x20AC;&#x153;emergency so pressing that EPA has authority to take immediate action.â&#x20AC;? Bees dying off en masse, year after year, is an emergency by any meaning of the term, and we petitioned EPA urging them to take action on this basis. Earlier this month they declined to do so, sticking to their original 2018 timeline for completing the analysis of neonicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; impact on bees [decisions and implementation would stretch out further still]. Luckily, members of Congress are starting to pay attention. Senators Gillibrand, D-NY, Leahy, D-Vt., Whitehouse, D-R.I., and most recently, Rep. Markey, D-Mass., have all sent letters to EPA essentially telling the agency to hurry up. < Buzz Annie at


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very shop was closed, every pushcart was covered, everyone wore his best clothes, down to the babies. Every synagogue and hall available for worship was filled to overflowing for the services. The hush over the busy east side will continue today and tomorrow.” This is a quote from The New York Times, September of 1908, describing Rosh Hashanah. Reading it brought back memories of my first experience of High Holy Days on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. For more than a week women crowded the butcher shop, the fishmongers, bakeries and delicatessens, stocking their homes for the special meals. The corner vegetable stand displayed pyramids of pomegranates, bunched leeks and carrots, frilly bouquets of fresh dill, apples in all sizes and shades. Shipments of kosher goods filled supermarket bins and aisles. I could only guess at what was going to be made from all these very specific ingredients. By late afternoon in our neighborhood on the eve of Rosh Hashanah many businesses were closed, their shutters drawn. As the sky darkened I was able look into windows of apartments in the tall building across the street and see people gathered around candlelit tables, like scenes from old photograph albums. It was the beginning of their new year and they were feasting. Rosh Hashanah is a time for comfort meals. They don’t have the drama of Passover seders; they are for connecting with family and one’s past. They include symbolic dishes: whole fish complete with the head (rosh); round challah rather than long loaves, representing life’s complete circle; and honey to guarantee a sweet year to come, eaten at the beginning of the meal with slices of crisp apples, first fruits of the season. At the end of the High Holy Days Yom Kippur arrives. The most solemn occasion in the year, it is the Day of Atonement, a day of fasting. (The night before, people have filling but lightly seasoned foods—poached chicken or soup with stuffed dumplings.) Many contemplative hours are spent in the synagogue. Then families hurry home for break-fast, enjoying brunch style foods for dinner: blintzes, cheeses, smoked fish, coffeecakes and fruit. I think of New York when Rosh Hashanah returns. Local pomegranates remind me of those on the vegetable stands of upper Broadway, and dill that grows here year-round reminds me of the herb used 18 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 14 - SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

in rich chicken stock. I begin to long for smoked whitefish, honey cake from the bakery and authentic small, dense bagels to eat with lox and cream cheese, all once a part of my city life. Rosh Hashanah begins Sept. 16 at sundown; I wish everyone L’ShanahTovah! for the year 5773. O




As my circle of friends in Manhattan grew, it came to include many who had been brought up in Jewish homes. Even when they didn’t practice the religion, they kept their traditions and I was a fascinated learner. Chuck Rapaport, a close friend from university days, married native New Yorker Mary and I gained a stronger connection to the culture through their family—my first Jewish wedding, their son’s bris (the first and only circumcision ceremony I’ve witnessed), huge holiday dinners. It was through Mary that I first tasted homemade chopped liver and gefilte fish and it was her Romanian grandmother who introduced me to ekra, a food resembling a mousse of carp roe just like taramasalata, a now-favorite Greek appetizer. Mary has since lived in France, in lush Connecticut, and now in Southern California and most of her cooking is definitely Mediterranean, but the holiday foods she produces are straight from her New York childhood. A Rosh Hashanah recipe that she has shared can be described with a fine Yiddish word, hamish, meaning familial, comforting. Every cook has a personal version of how to cook brisket. This is just right, pure Jewish-American style and delicious.

Sweet and Sour Pot Roast 6-8 servings 3-4 pounds brisket 2 large onions, sliced 1 large garlic clove, mashed 1 cup clear vegetable stock plus more for adding later as needed 1 bay leaf 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons catsup 1/3 cup raisins

Brown brisket on all sides, then add onion and garlic to brown. Add stock and bay leaf. Cover tightly and simmer 1 hour. Add hot stock as needed to keep from burning. Add vinegar and sugar, cover and simmer 1 more hour. Add catsup and raisins. Cook 1/2 hour more, or until meat is tender. Slice on bias and serve with juices from

the pot. Great the next day reheated, or cold as sandwiches with horseradish.—based on a recipe from Edna Beilenson’s Simple Jewish Cookery (Peter Pauper Press, 1962) O




Carol Inkellis of Fairfax is copy editor of this newspaper. She is also an avid traveler and adventurous diner and a very good cook. (What more could I ask for in an editor?) I often end up talking food with her, whether we’re out for lunch or just catching up in emails. I’m likely to turn to her when I’m looking for references for Jewish cuisine, and this week is no exception. She was happy to share her family recipe for a kugel—a pudding that can be savory or sweet, a side dish or an entree, or even dessert. This one made with egg noodles has apples in it for Rosh Hashanah; it would be a fine way to break the Yom Kippur fast.

Lokshen Kugel 4-1/2 half tablespoons butter (margarine for kosher kitchens) 1-1/2 pounds medium-wide noodles Kosher salt 2 eggs 1/3 cup sugar 2 large tart apples 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/3 cup golden raisins 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-9-by-2-inch dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Cook noodles in slightly salted water for about 5 minutes or until al dente. Drain well. In a large bowl beat eggs and sugar until well combined. Peel apples, grate coarsely and immediately sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine apples, noodles, raisins, walnuts and remaining butter with egg mixture. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for about 1 hour or until top is golden.

Rosh Hashanah imagery often includes a shofar—blown for ‘remembrance’—and apples dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year.

Notes on New Year Dining The world of kosher wine just gets bigger and better. Sentimentalists may wish to pour the heavy sweet styles of the past during Rosh Hashanah, but today there are hundreds of certified vintages from all over the world, with bottles ranging from 2007 Hagafen Brut Cuvee Sparkling Wine from Napa to crisp chardonnays, sophisticated reds and late-harvest dessert wines. Bring a locavore touch to the table with native honey from Marin and new season fruits from nearby orchards: figs, Italian prune plums (perfect in tarts and cakes), heirloom apples and early pears. Sources for special ingredients for holiday cooking as well as prepared foods include delis (Max’s in Corte Madera, Miller’s East Coast Delicatessen in San Rafael), Paradise Foods, Woodlands Market, Mollie Stone’s and farmers markets throughout the county. Bakery specials for the High Holy Days: SusieCakes in Greenbrae celebrates apples many ways—look for applesauce honey cake and frosted apple-shaped sugar cookies; Arizmendi in San Rafael will be baking plain and sweet crown challah and honey cake tea bread. < Contact Pat at





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A LEGEND RETURNS On New Year’s Day of 1959 a Marin legend was born when The Trident in Sausalito opened its doors for the first time. It became a lair for the hipper than hip who crowded its decks and bars: musicians, movie stars, movers and shakers. Known for its sexy servers and strong drinks, the place had a long dramatic run. Things change. It segued into the more sedate Horizons. Now The Trident rises again; it may, in fact, be open within days. With a restoration of its enviable waterfront home there will again be life on those decks with million-dollar views. Chef Jorge Montejano (a Michael Mina protege) is polishing a new menu that features seafood and local products and—something one would not have imagined in the ’60s—kids’ meals in bento boxes. All I can tell you is to keep checking to see when the official opening takes place! CHANGE—IT’S ALL GOOD Dining changes are in the air as the seasons change. At Bubba’s Fine Diner in San Anselmo, a new chef, Rene Cage, is modifying the menu as the mood alters. Wine and beer are available and there is a greater emphasis on mainline American food than on grease. New general manager is Annie Bear and Debbie Omiela is handling the front of the house. Always a magnet for kids because of its ’50s vibe, Bubba’s should be even more inviting to them with weekday after-school soda fountain specials for those 15 and younger; 566 San Anselmo Avenue, 415/459-6862...Novato’s popular Golden Egg Omelet House has morphed into Left Coast Depot under the ownership of chef Mike Garcia, a founding chef at Toast Restaurant (both Mill Valley and Novato). He’s dedicated to serving California comfort food and plans to add dinner service and special events (wine and microbrew dinners) to the program. Right now things are familiar: breakfast and lunch daily; 807 Grant Avenue, 415/897-7707...There are three venues 20 PACIFIC SUN SEPTMBER 14 -SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

under the Boca name, the original Boca Steak and Seafood and Boca Pizzeria in Novato and a second Boca Pizzeria in the Village at Corte Madera. Recently named pastry chef for all three, Jenna Katsaros comes here from working at Healdsburg’s noted Cyrus Restaurant. Her sweets will be simple ones in keeping with the rustic menus. At the Corte Madera branch a weeknight (Monday-Friday) happy hour offers cocktails, wines and appetizers at $5 each, with draft beers at $4 per pint. TAKING IT TO THE STREETS The fourth annual Taste of San Rafael takes place Sept. 19(4-8pm) on Fourth Street and surrounding side streets with restaurants and merchants serving samples of fine wines and foods. The event is free; tasting wristbands are $25 per person, which may be purchased online or at a Court House Plaza ticket booth (cash only). A free shuttle cable car will make the trek easier. Details: EAT WELL—AND IGNORE THE STUDY Servino Ristorante in Tiburon will play host Sept. 20 to Marin Organic’s Farmer and Author Dinner (6:30-8:30pm). Carol Field, San Francisco writer/teacher, will be present for a discussion of regional and local dough specialties. Her recipes will be used for the evening menu that will include Marin products (Pt. Reyes Manila clams, field-raised beef, heirloom salad). Farmers from Green Gulch, La Tercera and Marin Roots will be in attendance, too. Cost is $80 per person; this covers the meal, tax, tips and wines. Reserve at the restaurant: 415/435-2676. NEW VIEWS OF ASIAN CUISINES Explore Asian foods at Book Passage in Corte Madera this month when writers drop by to discuss their new works. Naomi Duguid’s Burma: Rivers of Flavor introduces us to the cuisine and culture of a less familiar country (Sept. 26, 7pm). Nancy Singleton Hachisu speaks of organic foods and family life in Japanese Farm Food (Sept. 27, 5:30pm). Information: 415/927-0960. GET OUT OF TOWN Taste all kinds of street foods, learn about urban homesteading, and shop for food crafts at Eat Real Fest, Sept. 21-23, Jack London Square, Oakland. Full details: < Contact Pat at

Many of us have moved to Marin from the East Bay or San Francisco and distant memories of our favorite late-night spot for Chinese, cheap manicures and unforgettable flaky fruit-filled scones now haunt us. Lucky for us transplants, the much beloved Cheese Board Cooperative that began selling bread in 1967 out of its Vine Street store in Berkeley (now on Shattuck Avenue), then opened another outlet in San Francisco, now has an outpost in San Rafael. Happily, piping hot berry-filled scones are no longer a wistful memory from my past life. Though the origins of this cooperative began with cheese and bread, it has since expanded to include pizza. The bakery is now known for its sourdough breads and pizza dough featuring a single “pizza of the day” offering. Seasonal toppings include everything from roasted fennel and smoked mozzarella with garlic oil to shiitake, portobello and button mushrooms with a sesame-ginger-garlic-vinaigrette. There is nominal seating inside at two large communal tables and a couple of smaller ones, but it’s really all about the rolling racks filled with an assortment of savory and sweet baked goodies. With clever names like wolverines, kookie brittle and a chocolate thing, every item intrigues. Mostly organic ingredients are used and the bakery sources fruits and vegetables as locally as possible. Breads are in the $2.50 to $4.25 a loaf range and include such delectable combinations as fig-fennel sourdough, corn-cheddarjalapeno, and provolone olive. You can also find straightforward multigrain loaves, challah and a honey whole wheat. Whether picking up a pizza to go, grabbing a loaf of bread for dinner or enjoying a morning pastry with coffee, this bakery has it covered. And it’s nice to know this cooperative is run by people who are committed to a philosophy of preparing good, healthy food that everyone benefits from.—Tanya Henry


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The breeze off the canal cooled my plate of “healthy fries” (tempura fried green beans) just enough so I could wolf them down in quick succession. Seated on the patio on a late summer evening, the crunchy, tender beans seemed to enhance the perfect surroundings. They came with a ginger aioli and another spicy sauce that had a subtle heat, contributing to their delectableness. Like many of the dishes at Jason’s Restaurant in Greenbrae, the beans were a combination of pan-Asian flavors. Take the dragon prawns, tempura fried to a crispy turn; the wasabi drizzle packed a one-two punch with a swirl of chili oil, the small plate decorated with tobiko. Another hot appetizer, coconut mussels, came bathed in a curry sauce redolent of Thai spices. Hawaiian poke served in a martini glass, reflected the flavors of the Islands while the ceviche was spot-on Mexican with jalapenos, lime juice and avocado. The menu is also full of classic items like a perfectly prepared Caesar salad, rosemary lamb chops with a hint of Dijon and house-made pastas. A seafood stew special was bursting with clams, mussels, chunks of fish and prawns soaking in a flavorful broth. Thin-crust pizzas, Cajun-inspired dishes and expertly prepared fish round out the main courses and showcase the culinary talents of chef/owner Jason Lee. The vast restaurant is tucked into an office complex with a park-like setting along the Larkspur Canal, making for pleasant vistas. Bright and airy, the dining room has a welcoming bar area as well as comfortable seating inside and out. The patio at Jason’s is a perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal amid soft summer breezes.—Brooke Jackson

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot out, but the canyon is cool. The Larkspur Walkers are crossing Magnolia Avenue en masse, waving their thanks to stopped cars, picking up the pace as they head into the redwoods. Keeping an eye out on Madrone for uneven pavement that could prompt a fall, they resume walking and talking. The chatter is of gardening and grandchildren, a recent operation, a good read, an upcoming trip. There is discussion of personal challenges, reďŹ&#x201A;ection on current events. Several minutes in, someone points and announces, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where Janis Joplin lived!â&#x20AC;? While most know this, there are bound to be newcomers who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. For their sake, the landmark is duly noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a social club on its feet,â&#x20AC;? says Nancy Spivey, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder and leader of 25 years. Spivey was honored last week by the Larkspur City Council for her years of public service. A Sept. 22 potluck supper in Piper Park, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular point of departure every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, will unite former and current walkers as Spivey ofďŹ cially â&#x20AC;&#x153;hangs up her sneakersâ&#x20AC;? this month as leader of the legendary Larkspur Walkers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The group takes the place of the old Welcome Wagon,â&#x20AC;? says Spivey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone can join, learn the ropes, ďŹ nd a plumber or doctor, explore the neighborhoods. They can learn about the community and make new friends. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always easy at our age. You see people who look like they could be friends, but how do you meet them? This is a good way.â&#x20AC;? Clearly. What began in 1987 as a clutch, with Spivey the ever-attentive mother hen, is now a parade of strong, active walkers from diverse backgrounds. Nearly 100 residents from Tiburon to Fairfax are listed on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roster. Typically, 35-45 walk on a Nancy Spivey takes the lead for the ďŹ nal time this past Monday on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Tiburon walk from Blackieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pasture.

given day, with 55 showing up on a bright and breezy recent Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were lucky to get ďŹ ve or six in the beginning,â&#x20AC;? remembers Jeanne Zanzi of Corte Madera, an East Coast transplant and one of the ďŹ rst to enjoy the â&#x20AC;&#x153;long walks made short by conversing with friendly folks.â&#x20AC;? Like many of her fellow walkers, Spivey came from somewhere else. The Iowa City high school P.E. teacher, school-board member and parks and recreation commissioner came west more than four decades ago. She studied gerontology at San Francisco State and taught tennis, dance and aerobics classes at the new Larkspur Recreation Department before becoming its director in 1979. During her tenure, older residents were always on her mind. Acknowledging that â&#x20AC;&#x153;not everyone can play tennis,â&#x20AC;? although the ďŹ ercely competitive Spivey no doubt wished they could, she encouraged creation of a community garden. For the past 30 years, the garden has been ablaze in blossoms and awash in veggies. But Spivey, a big Giants fan, is, at heart, a promoter of physical ďŹ tness. In the 1980s she saw that runners were having knee problems and knew that jogging was not in the cards for many seniors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was looking for something that would involve regular outdoor activity along with the social interaction. Walking seemed ideal,â&#x20AC;? she said. She came up with a formula that workedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;structure coupled with ďŹ&#x201A;exibility and fun. The regular routineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;meeting three times a week at the same time and place, year-round with no interruption, rainy days and holidays includedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;makes it easy for walkers to come and go as busy lives demand. The price is right at $20 a year. With the growth in the group, walkers now have a choice: striding at a threemile-an-hour pace, taking the â&#x20AC;&#x153;low roadsâ&#x20AC;? to avoid hills and steps, or walking laps around the park. Then there is carpooling to special â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ rst-Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;? walks, postwalk coffees and holiday gatherings. By always looking to include everyone who wanted to join, Spivey forged a cherished community institution that shows all signs of continuing to thrive. Vicky Young, who works part-time and walks full-time, is one of a dozen members who are signed up to help keep the group going. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just being selďŹ sh,â&#x20AC;? says Young, who will be coordinating walk leaders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nancy is leaving us this wonderful legacy, and I want to help carry it on. Besides, I just enjoy doing it!â&#x20AC;? < Tell Ellen to take a walk at







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Get your grooves back Center your needle on the online record collection of ‘world’s oldest DJ’ by G r e g Cahill


e called himself “the world’s oldest DJ.” But the rock world remembers BBC disc jockey and record producer John Peel as the man who introduced the world to Roxy Music, the Smiths, Pulp and the Sex Pistols, among others. Since May, eight years after his death at age 65, rock fans have had a chance to tap a small portion of Peel’s massive record collection of 25,000 vinyl albums and 40,000 vinyl singles, as well as rare studio sessions, radio shows, personal notes, an extensive photo gallery and filmed interviews. The ambitious pilot project for John Peel’s Record Archive, an interactive online library that is quite unlike anything else on the Internet, is a treasure trove of pop and a testament to a man who spent 40 years on BBC radio romancing his passion for new music. Through October, you’ll have a chance to explore the archive—on which 100 albums are being uploaded each month—via a clever, virtual tour of Peel’s home studio that allows visitors to click onto his mixing board, radio cassette player and other items in the room to read and hear items in the

collection. But the most impressive features are shelves stocked with images of thousands of record albums that line the walls. You can browse the albums by rolling over the spines with a mouse and then clicking on an album to “pull” it out of the collection and listen on a streaming music player (either Spotify or iTunes). You can even look at Peel’s handwritten notes jotted on the album dust jackets. And though you can’t actually download the music directly from the archive, the interactive experience is akin to visiting Peel’s studio and spinning a disc from his private record collection. The project is being paid for with grants from the British Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. The interactive archive is hosted by the performance-arts website known as the Space ( Plans call for the online archive to continue growing until all of the material is uploaded. Tom Barker, director of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, writing earlier this year on the John Peel Radio Blog, expressed hope that the 26-week pilot project is just

In 1997, the Guardian UK asked John Peel to name his 20 favorite albums. On the list were ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico,’ PJ Harvey’s ‘Dry’ and, at No. 1, Captain Beefheart’s ‘Trout Mask Replica.’

the beginning. “Because of the tight timescales and the funding only running until October, what we are doing on the Space is very much only the beginning of what we hope will be an even more exciting project,” he noted. “In the long term, and with extra funding, we hope to release the entire contents of John’s huge collection.”

And what would Peel have thought of this grand gesture in his honor? Shortly before his death, when asked to comment on the importance of new music—and, by association, his life’s work of spreading the gospel of pop—Peel grudgingly told the London-based underground publication the Metro: “Important is one of those words like interesting; it means everything and nothing. In the great scheme of things, it’s probably not important at all but, in terms of people developing their own taste and through that, their own characters, it would seem very important.” < Make Greg a mix tape at

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Falling by Seapony (Hardly Art) The shiny ’90s dream-pop sound of Mazzy Star, and such twee bands as Talulah Gosh, shine brightly on strong follow-up to this Midwest trio’s acclaimed 2011 debut, Go With Me. Jen Weidl’s atmospheric vocals (the All Music Guide has likened her style to “a lovestruck girl singing dreamily on a walk through the park”) drift hazily above catchy reverb-saturated, fuzzed-guitar lines. This is retro jangle-pop at its best— such songs as “Be Alone,”“Fall Apart” and “See Me Cry” would have fit nicely on a college-radio playlist during the Clinton administration. The perfect complement to those lazy golden-hued days of autumn.—GC 22 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 14 - SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, SEPT, 14 Scandalicious Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s episode focuses on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nearly Naked Celebs,â&#x20AC;?the courageous young starlets who saunter the red carpet in outfits made possible only by double-sided tape, extensive waxing and the suspension of gravity. LOGO. 8pm. The Ultimate Fighter Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reality show about young men competing for a contract to fight savagely in the Ultimate Fighting Championsip series. Spartacus doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lead the uprising until episode III. FX. 9pm. Gridiron Gang Teen criminals at a youth detention center form a champion football squad. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heartening to see young people steered away from a lifestyle of drugs and violence to a completely different lifestyle of drugs and violence. (2006) MTV. 10pm.


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Get yourself dazzled when ‘Samsara’ opens at the Regency Friday. O 2016: Obama’s America (1:30) Right-wing psycho-doc paints a dire picture for the nation if that Obama guy gets re-elected. O Arbitrage (1:40) Hedge-fund financial baron Richard Gere races to unload his diminishing bubble of a trading firm before detective Tim Roth takes him down; Susan Sarandon and Laetitia Casta costar as wife and mistress. O Beasts of the Southern Wild (1:33) Highly acclaimed film fest fave about life in a Louisiana bayou as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. O The Birds (2:45) Fed-up avians attack the innocent (sic) residents of Bodega Bay, Tippi Hedren and Suzanne Pleshette among them; Alfred Hitchcock directs the apocalypse. O The Bourne Legacy (2:05) A novice secret agent with dreams of being the next Jason Bourne is forced to go on the run, spooks on his tail; Rachel Weisz and Albert Finney star. O The Bridge on the River Kwai (2:41) David Lean’s WWII epic stars Alec Guinness as a by-the-book POW whose hubris destroys his sense of right and wrong; commando Bill Holden provides the fireworks. O The Campaign (1:37) Political farce about the sleazy, slimy, mud-slinging congressional battle between unlikely foes Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. O Cane Toads: The Conquest 3D (1:25) Irreverent look at the rampant, pesky, awe-inspiring amphibian that was imported to Australia in 1935 and has since multiplied from a population of 102 to 1.5 billion. O Celeste and Jesse Forever (1:31) A thirtysomething entrepreneur decides to dump her sweet slacker husband to save the relationship…but will it? O The Cold Light of Day (1:33) A family vacation in Spain turns action-packed and violent when spies kidnap Pop and Junior takes it on the lam; Bruce Willis stars. O The Dark Knight Rises (2:45) Bruce (Batman) Wayne emerges from self-imposed exile to take on a ruthless terrorist as well as the fabulously feline Catwoman; Christopher Nolan directs Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. O Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (1:34) Wimpy little Greg Heffley tries to navigate the shoals of summer vacation (camp, parttime jobs, public swimming pools) with the expected horrific results. O The Expendables 2 (1:42) Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme, Chuck

Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the Arnold…any questions? O Finding Nemo 3D (1:40) The 2003 Disney cartoon about a clown fish’s search for his son returns in three absolutely aquatic dimensions. O Glenn Beck’s Unelectable II Live (2:00) The conservative pundit/talk-radio host serves up an evening of right-wing quasi-comedy. O Hope Springs (1:40) Longtime marrieds Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones try to reignite that long-lost spark and spice at a cutting-edge couples retreat; Mimi Rogers and Steve Carrell costar. O Ice Age: Continental Drift (1:34) Manny, Diego and company find the long trek home beset by high seas and rambunctious pirates! O The Intouchables (1:52) True tale of the bond that developed between a disabled French aristocrat and his caretaker, a black Muslim ex-con. O Lawless (1:55) Biopic of the three bootlegging Bondurant brothers and their bloody escapades in Prohibition-era Virginia. O Moonrise Kingdom (1:33) An island community is turned upside down when two 12year-olds run off into the wilderness to make a life of their own; Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are among the clueless grownups. O The Odd Life of Timothy Green (1:44) A mysterious young boy appears on a childless couple’s doorstep and changes their lives forever. O ParaNorman (1:33) A weird little kid on speaking terms with the dearly departed is the only guy in town who can vanquish a battalion of ghosts, witches and zombies bent on destruction. O The Possession (1:35) One of those random malevolent spirits makes mischief for yet another heretofore carefree all-American couple. O Premium Rush (1:31) A New York bike messenger delivering a high-priority somethingor-other finds himself pedal-pushing through the mean streets with killers on his tail. O Resident Evil: Retribution (1:35) Milla Jovovich and her form-fitting catsuit are back, taking on that pesky planet-ravaging T-virus and lots and lots of flesh-eating zombies. O Robot & Frank (1:30) Retired cat burglar Frank Langella faces his golden years with lots of help from a robotic personal trainer. O Ruby Sparks (1:44) A novelist with writer’s block creates a character so lively and inspirational, she appears out of thin air and in the flesh. O Samsara (1:42) Lyrical, wordless documentary explores landscapes and cityscapes in 25 countries and their connection to the human experience. O Sleepwalk with Me (1:30) A comedian’s anxieties about love, career and life in general are expressed, not onstage, but in mountingly dangerous and hilarious incidents of somnambulism. O The Words (1:36) Struggling author Bradley Cooper confronts his overwhelming ambition when that great American novel he plagiarized from another man catapults him to fame and fortune. <


›› MOViE TiMES 2016: Obama’s America (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 9:55 NArbitrage (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 SatSun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) ++++ Rafael Film Center: Fri, Tue, Thu 8:30 Sat-Sun 2, 8:30 Mon, Wed 9:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:50, 9:10 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:10 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:50 NThe Birds (1963) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 12:55, 4:05, 7:20, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3:50, 7:05, 10:05 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 Mon-Tue 4, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:40, 6:45 NThe Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 2, 7 The Campaign (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 8:10, 10:25 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 3:50, 9:45 Sun-Thu 3:50 Lark Theater: 7:30 NCane Toads: The Conquest 3D (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Mon, Wed 9 Tue, Thu 6:45, 9 Celeste and Jesse Forever (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Sun-Wed 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 Thu 12:25, 2:50, 5:15 The Cold Light of Day (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:10, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) ++++ Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 3:15, 6:55, 10:30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) ++ Century Northgate 15:


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10:55, 1:25, 4, 6:45, 9:15 The Expendables 2 (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:20, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:15pm Finding Nemo 3D (G) Century Cinema: Fri-Sun 11:10; 3D showtimes at 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 1:45; 3D showtimes at 4:20, 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 10:45; 3D showtimes at 12:05, 1:30, 2:50, 4:15, 5:35, 7, 8:20, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30; 3D showtimes 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 2; 3D showtimes at 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Mon-Thu 4:40; 3D showtime at 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Sun-Thu 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7 NGlenn Beck’s Unelectable II Live (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8 Hope Springs (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:10, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:25 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 Sun-Tue 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 Sun-Thu 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7 MonThu 4:30, 7 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 3:20, 5:50 The Intouchables (R) ++ Century Regency 6: 11:35, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:40 MonThu 4, 6:40 Lawless (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Mon-Tue 4:50, 7:40 Thu 4:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20,

4:05, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:05, 6:50 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) +++1/2 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 8:15 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 ParaNorman (PG) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:15, 2:45, 5:30 The Possession (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:40, 5:05, 7:35, 10 Premium Rush (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 NResident Evil: Retribution (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:50; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Robot & Frank (PG-13) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 Sun-Thu 12:05, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:40, 7:55, 10:15 Sat 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55, 10:15 Sun 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55 Mon-Tue 5:40, 7:55 Wed 3:25, 5:40, 7:55 Thu 3:25, 5:40 Ruby Sparks (R) +++1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 NSamsara (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:30, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:30 Sleepwalk with Me (Not Rated) ++1/2 Rafael Film Center: FriSun 4:15, 6:30 Mon-Thu 6:30 The Words (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 7:55, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:25, 7:55, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:40 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun-Thu 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 2:15, 4:35, 7:15, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12, 2:15, 4:35, 7:15

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

William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Geoffrey Horne make macho in ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai,’ at the Regency and Sequoia Thursday.


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09/14: Big Wide Grin Theatrical trio. 8-10:30pm.

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. 09/15: Honey Cooler Original funk, reggae. 9:30 p.m. $8. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 4591091. 09/15: Jennifer Bryce “Songs of the Sea.” Jazz. With Jean Michelhure, guitar. 5-8pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 3312899.

$13-15. Studio 55, 1455 East Francisco Blvd., Suite A, San Rafael. 453-3161. 09/14: Candye Cane Red Hot Blues Women series. With Laura Chavez, guitar. 8:30 p.m. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 6622219.

09/14: Fenton Coolfoot and the Right Time Roots rock, funk, reggae. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 09/14: Firewheel Rock, blues and country. 8:30pm.-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/14: J. Diggs Rap. 9 p.m. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/14: Marco Benevento Rock piano. Tiger Face CD release performance. 7:30 p.m. $15, Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 09/14: RonKat Spearman’s Katadelic High energy funk rock originals. 9 p.m. $12. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 3883850. 09/14: The Detectives Elvis Costello tribute. And Bubba’s Taxi. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/14: Wonderbread 5 Hits from the ’70s-’90s. 9:30pm-midnight. $20. George’s Nightclub,

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09/15: Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons Original songs, Irish fiddle music, and popular favorites. With Roy Marcom, keyboards and Phil Sollar, drums. 6:30-10pm. Taste Of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito . 09/15: Joan Getz Quartet Vocalist Joan Getz with Chris Huson, piano; Gary Lillard, bass and Dave Getz, drums. Jazz standards, ballads, blues and Brazilian gems. 8-11pm. No cover. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. 09/15: Mambo Caribe Featuring Ray Obiedo and Juan Escovedo 9 p.m.-12 a.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 09/15: Marble Party Indie rock, jam. 9pmmidnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

09/15: Music at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Noon, Sofi Rox; 1pm Caroline and Austin

ViDEO The Buck whispers here First-time director Cindy Meehi has painted a fascinating portrait in BUCK and the Sundance documentary winner, which is now on DVD, isn’t to be missed. Horse trainer extraordinaire Buck Brannaman was a consultant to Robert Redford during filming of The Horse Sometimes they whisper back. Whisperer and in real life he travels the country giving obedience clinics for small groups. Brannaman’s gentle way with the creatures works miracles, and it’s amazing to see how quickly he has them responding to their riders’ slightest word or gesture. But his real specialty is in calming unruly, uncontrollable horses, and we soon guess why. Buck’s childhood was a horror show, rife with a father’s abuse so horrible that his coach, discovering the welts covering his body, had him and his brother removed from their house by the Madison County sheriff. This has taken a toll (you guess it’s not an accident he’s alone on the road and away from his family most of the year) and given him a gift: The purest empathy with horses. To watch Brannaman communicate with one, modulating his voice and stroking to calm it, then leading it by the slightest pull of the rein, is a wonder. You sense he got into the business to share a deep sense of inner serenity with his charges. —Richard Gould

Eat ’em and smile... The sun hasn’t left us just yet, so if you are a big fan of the local, fresh bounty that summertime delivers, San Rafael offers one final opportunity to enjoy the taste of the season before calendars officially flip over into the first days of autumn. Next Wednesday, the fourth annual TASTE OF DOWNTOWN Wednesday night in San Rafael: Taste, shuttle, repeat and repeat. SAN RAFAEL provides such opportunities. With samplings of appetizers and delicious wine from local restaurants, Fourth Street and surrounding areas will be a Mecca for all that is scrumptious and good in Marin. The event also provides cable-car shuttle transportation for quicker access to those nibbles you’re seeking. Get out, get to San Rafael, and soak up the last tastes of summer. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4-8pm, Downtown San Rafael. Free, $25 for tasting tickets. Tickets at http:// or the day of at the Downtown Plaza, between A Street and Lootens Place. — Dani Burlison deLone; 2pm Emily Bonn and the Vivants; 3pm Matt Jaffe Band; 4pm Claudia Russell and the Folk Unlimited Orchestra. 10am-5pm. $10, free for kids 12 and under. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 381-8090. 09/15: Super Diamond Neil Diamond tribute band. 9 p.m. $30. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/15: The Overcommitments Also Firewheel. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/15: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Free. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 09/16: Ben Taylor Folk rock. Singer/songwriter Milow opens. 7:30 p.m. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/16: Hot Club of Marin, Moonalice Free brunch shows. Jazz. Jam rock band. 11 a.m. No cover. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/16: Jam Pact Soft rock, country. Part of the Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961.

09/16: Mazacote featuring Louie Romero Salsa. 5-10pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

09/16: Music at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Noon Jimmy Dillon Band; 1pm Matt Eakle Band; 2pm Beso Negro; 3pm Laura & Anton of Foxtails Brigade; 4pm Kathryn Claire Band. 10am-6pm. $10, free for kids 12 and under Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 381-8090.

09/16: Ned Endless and the Allniters, Points North Old time rock, reggae and originals. Points North performs at 9pm. 6pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 497-2448.

09/16: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers Blues, rock. 4 p.m. $20. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

09/18: Eddie Roberts and the West Coast Sounds Funky boogaloo. 9 p.m. $10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 3883850. 09/18: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 09/18: Pat Metheny Unity Band Original contemporary jazz guitar master. With Chris Potter, saxophone; Antonio Sanchez, drums; Ben Williams, bass. 8 p.m. $60-65. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707)226-7372. 09/18: Swing Fever “American Music Breaks Through: Songs of Berlin, Porter and Gershwin.” 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993. 09/19: Audrey Moira Shimkas Jazz duo. With Jef Labes. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Il Davide Restaurant, 901 A St., San Rafael. 454-8080. 09/19: Elvis Johnson Soul Revue Rock, soul. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/19: James Nash and the Nomads Original Americana, rock. 9 p.m. $10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/19: Jed With Jason Beard of Poor Man’s Whiskey. 8 p.m. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 488-1490.

09/19: Phil Hardgrave and the Continentals ’50s rock. 8-10 p.m. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

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Kim Cataluna and Jim Pasquel. 10pm-1am. No cover. 4th Street Tavern, 711 Fourth St., San Rafael. 497-2448. 09/19: Sonny Walker’s Tao of Rock Rock duo. Sonny Walker, guitar, Jeff Cohlman, drums. 10 p.m. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 4591091. 09/20: Bill Hansell’s Guitar Pull Rock. 9 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 09/20: Deborah Winters Jazz. With Cedricke Dennis. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 09/20: MAGC Summer Concert Series The Marin Art & Garden Center summer concert series. Every Thursday. 5:30-7:30pm. $10, kids free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260. 09/20: Terese Taylor Acoustic original. Also performing will be The Skunks and We Are Men. 8 p.m. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 4591091. 09/20: The Blues Broads With Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli and Annie Sampson and special guest Deanna Bogar. 8 p.m. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/20: Tony Marcus and Paul Anastasio Jazz and fingerstyle violin and guitar. 8 p.m. $15-20. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 09/20: Youth Rock the Rebuild World Day of Peace Concert. 7 p.m. $15-50. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. www. 09/21: Black Water Gold Vintage world funk. 9 p.m. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/21: Dgiin French, folk, funk fusion. 9 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

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Contemporary jazz. Composer Greg Johnson, piano; Rob Fordyce, bass and Jimmy Sage, drums. 8pm. Suggested donation $10 students $5 JB Piano Company, 540 Irwin St., San Rafael. 385-0400.

09/21: Marin School of the Arts Student Showcase Live music, dance and mixed media art works. Part of the Pacheco Plaza Summer Music series. 6-9pm. Free. Pacheco Plaza, Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 09/21: Sage Rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/21: Talib Kweli (DJ set) With Broken Silence Sound and DJ Dans-One. 9 p.m. $15-20. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/21: The String Rays Original Americana, soul. 8 p.m. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 0919: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic guitar and vocals. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

Concerts 09/15: Golden Harp Concert Sound Healing Series with Joel Andrews Uplifting harp music concert. 8-9pm. $30, $20 for seniors and students. The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. 09/20:‘Through the Ear to the Heart’ Music of Hildegard von Bingen with Devi Mathieu. 7 p.m. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes. 663-1075.


Theater/Auditions Through 09/23:‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ Neil Simon play. 8-10pm. $22 GM/$20 Seniors and students 32 Ten Studios, 3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 883-4498. Through 09/23:‘The Liar’ Marin Shakespeare Company presents the West Coast premiere of a new comedy set in the flamboyant cavalier period about a charming man who’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 Night’s Dream’ Marin Shakespeare resets its outdoor production of this dreamlike tale in Hawaii. Picnics welcome. Visit the website for specific performance dates, days and times and info on special ticket options. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488 . Through 10/14:‘Lend Me a Tenor’ Comedia musical theater. See website for performance details. $10-15. Ross Valley Players, Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross. 456-9555.

Comedy 09/14: Will Durst’s Countdown to the Most Important Election of our Lives (Yes, Again)! Insightful political satire. Deb and Mike open the show. 8 p.m. $18-28. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/19: Roy Zimmerman “Hope, Struggle and Change.” Funny songs about ignorance, war and greed. 8 p.m. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Art 09/09-11/30:‘You Did What to my Comics!?’ Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik takes cut-up pieces of comics and biblical text to visually retell familiar stories in his papercuts. Opening reception 4-7pm Sept 9. 4-7pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000.

09/14-10/27: Falkirk Bi-Annual Art Exhibition Opening on Friday, Sept.14, with a reception from 5:30-7:30pm, Falkirk presents an exhibition of mixed-media works by Marin and Bay Area artists. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

09/14: Blue Collar Part B Art Walk Reception Dramatic Images from artist Larry Bryson that relate to his other careers in the taxi, park maintenance, fire fighting, and nonprofit coordinator. 6-8pm. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A Street, San Rafael. 898-7730.

09/15-16: 56th Annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Showcasing more than 140 fine artists from all over the country and offering live musical entertainment and children’s activities each day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 and free for kids 12 and under Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley . 381-8090. 09/20: Martha Braun Reception “Under Construction. Acrylic and Paper on Canvas.” Wine reception. 6pm. Free. Room Art Gallery, 86 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 380-7940.

Through 05/17/2013: Wind Art Exhibition Lyman Whitaker, sculpture. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260 ext. 1. Through 09/15:‘Kings of Imagination’ Jack Carter, Bill Dempster & Stonefox, sculpture, illustra-

tion, mixed media works. Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake , Fairfax. 747-8696.

Through 09/26: 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. Through 09/27:‘Presence in the Wild’ Wild Carrots group show by artists from a workshop founded by Toni Littlejohn. Reception 3-5pm Sept. 15. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 (#)252.

Through 09/29:‘The Bigger Picture: 7 Artists Paint Large in Support of Coastal Clean Up’ Seven Northern California artists join forces with the S.F. chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in support of our oceans by creating large scale waterscapes. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

Through 09/30:‘2 Here: Gardner + O’Banion’ Special collaborative space in the book room, centered around an artist book project with Nance O’Banion and Casey Gardner. Mill Valley Artwalk participant, Sept. 4, 6-8pm. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288.

Through 09/30:‘Fall National Juried Exhibition’ 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 09/30: 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. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-7688. Through 09/30: Marseille Exhibition Features multi-layered works in encaustic inspired by the Bay Area and recent travels in Scandinavia and Argentina. Catalog available. 11-6pm. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288.

Through 10/05:‘Puzzled:Image, Art, & Metaphor by Brain Injury Survivors’ 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 10/06: Marin Society of Artists ‘Fall Rental Show’ Exhibition of original artworks by MSA members which are available for rent. 11am-4pm. Free. MSA Fall Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 454-9561. Through 10/27:‘Alive 1965’ Solo exhibition of new paintings by Bay Area artist Laura Lengyel. Artist’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.

Through 12/10:‘Marin Society of Artists: 85 years’ 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 09/15: Marin Gray Panthers Everyone is invited. A speaker from the Marin League of Women Voters will discuss ballot measures for November and answer questions from the public. Bring sample ballots for taking notes. 1:30-3:30pm. Free. Activities Room at The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 453-1550.

09/17: David Wolfe Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association representative will speak on current propositions to appear on the California ballot dealing with raising taxes, including the controversial CalFire tax. 7-9pm. $10. Corte Madera Inn, 56 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 308-8112.

liest Prescription Drugs Ever.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/18:Steven Johnson Johnson discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Future Perfect: The Case For Progress in a Networked Age.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Book Passage, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/19: Naomi Wolf Priority seating with purchase of the book. Wolf talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vagina: A New Biography.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/20: Martin Amis The author reads from his new novel,â&#x20AC;? Lionel Asbo: State of England.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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Louise Boydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work and accomplishments on her Arctic expeditions during the 1930s and their bearing on modern systems science and climate studies. 7pm. $15 general admission; $10 MHM members Maple Lawn, San Rafael Elks Lodge, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 454-8538. 09/20: Mary Lindheim Discussion Local author Abby Wasserman will talk about the biography: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary Lindheimn: Art and Inspiration.â&#x20AC;? This richly illustrated program will focus on Lindheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elegant, innovative sculptures and ceramics. 1-2pm. Free and open to the public. Outdoor Art Club, One West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley . 388-9886. 09/20: SAT/ACT Prep for Parents Get advice on the best SAT/ACT strategies, how to optimize chances for acceptance at the top schools, how to obtain the best financial aid package. 7-8:30pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 454-9607. 09/20: World Affairs Council Brazilian Consul General Eduardo Ramos lectures on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brazil: Our Giant Neighbor to the South.â&#x20AC;? Brazil is exploiting vast economic resources under a dynamic new President, Dilma Roussef. 7:30-9pm. $6-$9; students free. Creekside Room, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 293-4600.

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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 09/14: Caleb Scharf The renowned scientist discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gravityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/15: Courtney Miller Santo The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Roots of The Olive Tree,â&#x20AC;? a debut novel about five generations of firstborn women living together in the same house on a secluded olive grove in the Sacramento Valley. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/15: Junot Diaz Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;az reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Is How You Lose Her.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Ticketed Event: Buy a book and ticket is included. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/15: Maria Mazziotti Gillan Gillan reads poetry from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Place I Call Home.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/16: Douglas Foster Introduced by Anne Lamott. Douglas Foster presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/17: Kathleen Sharp Sharp presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood Medicine: Blowing the Whistle on One of the Dead-

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09/15: San Quentin Documentary Film Premiere Experience ground zero of the capital punishment debate as this film revisits the 2005 execution of Tookie Williams. 11am-1:30pm. $25 online, $40 at the door Lark Theatre, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 09/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My Cousin Vinnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1992). Starring Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei (Best Actress) and directed by Jonathan Lynn. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library , 375 Throckmorton , Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext 203.

09/21: Film Night in the Park:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gritty action adventure demonstrating Tom Cruise still has what it takes. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756.

Community Events (Misc.) 09/14-16: San Rafael Gem Faire Quality jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, silver, rocks and fossils at low prices. Fri. Noon-6pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am5pm. $7 weekend pass Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

09/15: Marin County POW/MIA Recognition Day Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 229,000 POW/MIAs will be honored at this free event, which includes guest speakers, music by the Air Natâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l Guard Band of the West and a reception. 11am-1pm. Free. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorim, Civic Center-10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 445-8334. 09/15: Woofstock 2012 Music Festival and Adoptathon at the Marin Humane Society Fee waived adoptions for dogs/cats. Donations encouraged. Outdoor concert from 2-5pm. Snacks, wine and beer available. Kids zone. 1:30-5pm. Free. Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato. 883-4621. 09/16-17: Two Day Library Book Sale Featuring books of all genres/types. 9am-4:30pm. Free admission. Prices as marked. Mill Valley Library , 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext 203. www. 09/16: Alderslyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tivoli Fesitval Join the fun at Aldersly. Dine on Danish specialty foods, Smâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;rrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;brâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d (open face sandwiches), Aebleskiver (Danish pancakes) and Kringler (original Danish pastry). Nordic House will be selling traditional Scandinavian candies, supplies and gifts. Live music with Grammy Award winning violinist, Mads Tolling and the popular Bay Area band Swing Fever. Also on the stage will be the NGL&S Norwegian folk dancers and fun for all ages with Magic Dan. Additional entertainment with Jim Murdoch, accordionist; Jean Sawyer, fiddler; Dave Marty, banjoist; Mryle Dahl, Scandinavian

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09/16: John of God Meditation Group Experience the power of the entities from the healing center of John of God in Brazil. Bring your requests for healing to this meditation. 2-3:30pm. No charge. st. Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, san Rafael. 457-3474. 09/18: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10:30pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516.

09/18: Mill Valley Masonic Lodge Information Night The community is invited to “On The Level,” a Masonic information program and open house. The event is open to men and their families who would like to know more about Masonry or who are interested in membership. 7:30-9pm. Free. Masonic Lodge, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley. 593-7327.

09/19: Fourth Annual Taste of Downtown San Rafael Located at a variety of locations throughout Downtown San Rafael, the rain or shine event offers a unique and fun way to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine from local eateries and wineries. 4-8pm. $25. Downtown San Rafael, Fourth Street and surrounding streets, San Rafael. 800-310-6563. 09/19: History of Marinship Join Ranger Bill to learn about the diverse missions and objectives of the USACE’s 1775 inception under General George Washington. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 09/19: Team Trivia Cafe Team trivia contest, hosted by Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, featuring great questions, music and visuals, and cash prizes. 7:30-9:30pm. $4 entry/player (goes to prizes for winners) Broken Drum, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael.

Kid Stuff 09/15: Caravanniversary: Headlands’ 30th Birthday Party A family friendly festival featuring an array of interactive artist projects, games, musical entertainment, and local artisan vendor booths. Noon-5pm. Free admission. Purchase tickets for activities Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito. 331-2787. event/birthday-party/ 09/15: Dan Zanes and Friends 21st century social music for kids and kid sympathizers. These Grammy award winners occupy a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music and soulful originals collide. 2 p.m. $15-30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707)2267372. 09/15: Louise Arner Boyd Day Celebration of the birthday weekend of this fascinating woman of Marin. Activities include walking tours of the Boyd estate and Victorian-era crafts and games at the museum. 11am-4pm. $10 for general admission, free for MHM members and kids under 12 Marin History Museum, 1125 B. St., San Rafael. 454-8538. 09/21: Margaret Petersen Haddix The author reads from “Caught,” the fifth book in the bestselling series, “The Missing.” 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/21: National Circus of the People’s Republic of China “Cirque Chinois.” Direct from Beijing and founded in 1953, this is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes from China. 7 p.m. $20-35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707)226-7372. 09/21: Nature for Kids: Indian Tree Head up the hill and visit several different forest habitats. 10am-1pm. Free. Indian Tree Preserve, Vineyard Road, Novato. 893-9508.

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BEST BET Happy birthday, Headlands! For 30 years, HEADLANDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS has been more than just a pretty slice of real estate. Set u p to s u p p o r t the arts through artist residencies, classes, works h o p s, e x h i b i tions and walks through the beautiful landscape, Headlands Jay Nelson’s surf transport vehicle is among the many unique works on view at the remains commit- Headlands Center. ted to offering free programs for the public. One such program is the epic 30th Birthday Party. The event includes art projects and games, bike and surf activities, food trucks from San Francisco and beyond, activities for kids, guided nature hikes, art for sale and so much more. There will also be live music and a pre-party beach cleanup. All of this good, clean artsy fun takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15, noon-5pm. Headland Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito. Free (tickets for food and games available at event). For more information, visit —Dani Burlison 28 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 14 - SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. Classes every Monday at 3:30pm and Saturday at 1:30pm $14. Studio C, 10 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 6152246.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 09/15: Ring Mountain Burn Recovery Join Naturalist David Herlocker and Ring Mountain Steward Sam Abercrombie for a special walk behind the scenes of the recent wildfire on Ring Mountain. 10am-noon. Free. This walk is for adults. Ring Mountain Preserve, Taylor Road. 473-2128.

09/15; San Pedro Paddle: Kayak from McInnis Park to Santa Margarita Island Supervising Ranger Adam Craig hosts this paddle from McInnis Park to Santa Venetia Marsh. Noon-2pm. Free. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 446-4423.

09/16: California Coastal Cleanup Day in Marin County Please check the Bay Model website for over 35 volunteer cleanup sites in Central, Southern, West and North Marin. 9am-noon. Free. Cleanup Sites Throughout Marin County. 332-3871. or

09/19: Birding from White House Pool to Bolinas Start the day in the willow lined marshes at the south end of Tomales Bay, then head south to the forest at Pine Gulch and the shores of Bolinas Lagoon. 10am-3pm. Free, This walk is for adults. Open Space Preserve, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. 8939508.

Ongoing: Mt.Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Learn about Mt. Tam’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.

Benefits/Gala Events 09/15: Beyond the Book Bash Fundraiser for the Mill Valley Library. With Michael Pritchard, Tim Hockenberry with the Mostly Dylan band, Peabody Award winning storytellers the Kitchen Sisters, best selling author Jason Roberts, Liss Fain Dance and teen slam poet Billy Butler. Food and wine will be served and are all inclusive. 7 p.m. $120-250. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

09/15: Marin Symphony Prelude Concert Held at an exclusive Ross estate featuring awardwinning violinist Emma Steele. Address provided upon ticket confirmation. 5:30-8:30pm. $100. Ross. 479-8100. special-events/prelude-recitals/ 09/17: Huddle Up for Tommy O Featuring Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. 8 p.m. $375. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

09/21: Syzygy Dance Project Fundraiser Performance Bring dance to everybody. Dance performances, music by Laura Inserra and dancing

to the live music of the Bop Divas. Raffle and silent auction. 7-10pm. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $150 for VIP tickets Mill Valley Community Church, 8 Olive St., Mill Valley. 272-1896.

Home and Garden 09/19: Turn Your Lawn Into Garden Fall is the perfect time to replace lawns with interesting native plants or vegetable gardens The Marin Master Gardeners will tell you the how and why Sheet Composting to remove unwanted lawn. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058. Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael. 419-4941.

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.

Nonprofits/Volunteers 09/15: California Coastal Cleanup Marin County Parks is teaming up with REI to pick up trash and recyclables on the Mill Valley Bike Path. Please visit and click events calendar for details regarding this event. 9am-noon. Free. Mill Valley-Sausalito Pathway, Park 100 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 473-3778.

Food and Drink Thursdays: Ross Valley Farmers Market Every Thurs. at the post office parking lot in the town of Ross. Features local farmers with organic fruits and veggies, cheeses, and bakery goods. 3-7pm. Free. Ross Farmers Market, Ross Common, Ross. 382-7846. Tuesdays: Novato Farmers Marktet Treat yourself to flavor packed produce, a serenaded dinner, and a twilight stroll through downtown Novato. The market also features activities for children. 4-8pm. Grant Ave., Downtown, Novato. 472-6100.

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

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Usually you prefer skipping the details; this week, however, you’re highly motivated to personally pay attention to the minutiae rather than handing it over to someone else. You continue on a streak of focus and energy for working AND working out. Not only making major progress on your job duties, you are becoming physically fit as well. As your ruler (sexy Mars) remains in the lust area of your chart, this operates in your favor... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Opportunities for romance are abundant this week. You’re also incredibly creative and imaginative. Now, this could play out in many ways, most of them good. Just remember—with your ruler (romantic Venus) in the dramatic sign of Leo, every encounter seems significant. If tempted to leave your sweetie for an attractive stranger, don’t. This isn’t Hollywood and you’re not starring in a movie. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Saturday’s New Moon in the discerning sign of Virgo shows you where you are capable of making improvements and where you need to simply forgive your flaws. On Sunday, your ruler (analytical Mercury) enters the fair-minded sign of Libra, providing a balanced approach to life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Sadly, political mudslinging can wreck this wonderful experience. If you can’t hide away in a quiet forest for the next few weeks, then turn off ALL media. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) You begin the weekend in organizational mode, but you finish it in the mood to relax. Don’t schedule anything too taxing for Sunday. By Tuesday, there’s an emphasis on fate—especially in regard to your love life. If you’re attached, you are meant to merge souls with your sweetie. If you’re single, you need to overcome your fear of getting close and accept that a potential mate may be someone that you already know. Or not. LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) After a few weeks of giving unsolicited (and unwanted) advice, you may not be quite as popular as usual. Fortunately, charming Venus comes to the rescue. Your talent to charm improves. You’ve lost the urge to criticize. Instead, you come up with the right words at the right time and most of your comments are flattering. (It’s nice to know you can give compliments as well as receive them.) OK. You’re ahead in the polls again. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) A big day in your birthday cycle occurs Saturday when the brilliant Sun and the emotive Moon join forces. This is when you should create a heartfelt goal and begin to visualize how to accomplish it. Call it magic or a friendly lunar cycle. In either case, it works. After the weekend, you become savvy with your finances when your ruler (clever Mercury) moves into your money house. Return any unwanted birthday gifts and keep the cash. LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) Your ruler (hedonistic Venus) is gliding through the luxuryloving sign of Leo. When it comes to treating yourself and others to expensive gifts, you are not holding back. Booking yourself and your sweetie into a luxurious spa for the week is not a bad idea—providing that you just inherited mega bucks or won the lottery. If you aren’t in the top 1 percent, then perhaps a couples massage session will have to do. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Energetic Mars in your sign is changing your pace. Not that you move too slowly, but as a fixed sign, you can get stubbornly static. Some of you may find this charged-up power quite refreshing, while others may find it a bit too dynamic. Just make the best of it. If nothing else, you’ll find your physical stamina to be impressive—at least that’s what your honey is counting on. 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AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) Many of you are better at being self-employed since you tend to rebel against rigid rules that often come with corporate jobs. If you are professionally independent from being supervised, you can count on making progress this week. If under the thumb of a boss with nothing better to do than give unnecessary orders, then you’re likely to be making an inventive escape plan. One which may or may not require a trip to the patent office... PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19) This weekend is all about your primary relationship(s): How you communicate with those you love, how you feel about your mate and how you demonstrate your affection. You are definitely in the mood to connect. Here’s the challenge: You sometimes mistake empathy for love. And, with illusionary Neptune in your sign long-term, you are highly susceptible to this. So, after your weekend of bliss, a reality check is in order. 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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. 2012130053 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUGAR PIE BAKING COMPANY, 1545 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JENNIFER HIRT, 342 4TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130188 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FITUWEAR, 338 PALOMA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SUSANNE D. BROWN, 338 PALOMA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130263 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DIGITALCIGGZ.COM, 1560 FOURTH ST. SUITE C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DIGITAL M.W.M LLC., 1017 WATERBROOK CT., SANTA ROSA, CA 95401. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 28, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130274 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DINNA DAVIS SEARCH & ASSOCIATES, 1525 CASA BUENA DR. SUITE A, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: DINNA DAVIS, 1525 CASA BUENA DR. SUITE A, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130163 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAM REALTY; MT TAM REALTY; MOUNT TAM REALTY; 609 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DAVID SWAIM, 54 EL CERRITO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 August 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130289 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KING JAMES CONSULTANTS, 21 MARIAN CT. #2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JAMES DOMINIKO, 21 MARIAN CT. #2, 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 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130295 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE UPCYCLE FACTORY, C/O VENTURE GREENHOUSE 30 CASTRO AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EMILY WONG, C/O VENTURE GREENHOUSE 30 CASTRO AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 4, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2012)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1203411. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BUUNGOC TRAN DANG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BUU-NGOC TRAN DANG to JADE BUUNGOC TRAN DANG. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: September 20, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 26, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. (Pacific Sun: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF

USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304386 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): UNIQUE PRODUCTS, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. Filed in Marin County on: August 24, 2011. Under File No: 127620. Registrant’s Name(s):SHAMILA AGHAJANLOU_MOHAMAD PAHLAVAN, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 9, 2012. (Pacific Sun: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304395 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): FOUNTAIN SPA, 817 B 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: August 15, 2012. Under File No: 130168. Registrant’s Name(s): DANNY NGUYEN, 600 ELLIS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2012.(Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, SAN ANSELMO. In accordance to the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, there being due an unpaid storage charge for which the Mini Storage is entitled to a lien on the goods hereinafter described, and due notice in the time specified in such notice for payment having expired, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that these goods will be sold at a public auction at the MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960, at 11:00am WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012. The public is invited to attend. 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. Name of owner is followed by lot number: ANNA STEVENSON: UNIT #323; ERIC WHITE: UNIT #035 & #045; LOTUS FARMER: UNIT #120; TYE WILLIAM: UNIT #228; FALASHA GAINES: UNIT #332; STEPHEN ROCKWELL: UNIT #251; ALBERT DE FUENTEZ: UNIT #285. Pacific Sun: (September 7, 14, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1204083. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ELYSSA ASHLEY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ELYSSA ASHLEY to ELYSSA ASHLEY MOSES. 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: November 5, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. 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: September 7, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2012)

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What is an appropriate amount of togetherness time for a couple? My 9-year-old son spends half the week with me, plus every other weekend. My girlfriend of a year wasn’t happy with only the other half of my time, so she started joining me and my son. She and I are now together five-and-a-half days a week (three-and-a-half of which are also with my son). I’m never alone; I have no time to go grocery shopping, etc.; and no one’s happy. My son prefers being alone with me; she enjoys him but feels she’s sacrificing our time together. On Saturday, I had an important business meeting at 10am and a 2pm coffee with a visiting guy friend. I had paperwork to do in between, meaning I’d be away from her from 9 to 5. She was really upset, acting almost betrayed, and wanted me to reschedule everything for my Saturday with my son. I said no. She then said she’d come for coffee before my meeting, lunch afterward, and join me and my friend. I’m normally nonconfrontational, but I again said no. She complained all weekend. Now I’m afraid to even schedule a haircut on Saturday, the only time I can go. —Overwhelmed


Your girlfriend makes intestinal parasites seem like bong-hitting slackers. It sounds so nice when a woman tells you she always wants to be by your side—until you realize that she means like your ear or your right arm. (At a carnival, it must be a tough fit in the Porta-Potty.) Contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, your needing a haircut or wanting to spend time with your son or a guy friend without female supervision isn’t a sign that you’re a failure as a man and a boyfriend. And beyond needing to be off-leash long enough to hit the grocery store, a man needs time to sit on the pot like “The Thinker” or grunt and drool a little in front of the TV. Don’t mistake this woman for someone who loves you just because she’s in a relationship with you, and love is usually considered the point of that sort of thing. A woman who loved you would want you to be happy and comfortable and would respect that you’re trying to be a good dad, even if it meant seeing you less. If that didn’t work for her, the loving approach would be ending it with you, not guilting you into saying, “Sorry,’ll have to throw the ball across the yard and go get it yourself. Daddy’s girlfriend hasn’t seen him in almost 45 minutes.” Did you, by some chance, forget your testicles on a picnic table in the summer of 2011? There’s something very wrong with your girlfriend (probably that she never fixed the Big Empty within). She might’ve been compelled to get cracking on the repair job had you stood up to her from the start. But, by wimping out, you enabled her, basically giving her the go-ahead to colonize every moment of your time and giving her a year to get used to it. At this point, doing what you obviously need to—getting time to yourself and quality time alone with your son—should go over like ripping a Band-Aid off a burn victim. But, if you want things to change, you have no other choice than to lay down limits and stay firm on them. It’s possible you’ll lose her, but that surely beats slapping a police officer and tripping a jail guard just to get a few days of alone time in a cramped, windowless cell. <


Why would my hubby keep pictures of his ex-fiancee? I found the photos in a box he told me to go into to get a document we needed. He doesn’t know, and I don’t want to bring it up.—Disturbed


He married you, and probably not just because you were both in Vegas and he had a Groupon for the Elvis wedding chapel. Also, these photos of his ex were in a box, not framed in hazy hearts and bouncing around as his screensaver. They’re part of his personal history—which isn’t to say he’s looking to have history repeat itself. Chances are, he has photos of every other ex-girlfriend plus some shots of himself with disastrously groovy hair. Assuming you married him in part because you find him trustworthy, trust that he’d tell you if he had the retroactive hots for his ex. Try to divert your focus to a less emotionally fraught mystery, like why he has three sets of toenail clippers. (You never know when a man has a secret third foot stashed away in a safe house somewhere.) < © 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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