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The few... the proud... the Marin Taliban...
Cervanek’s illustrations for ‘The Serial’ are known throughout the world—this one features Leonard and Kate drinking Wallbangers on the deck of Sam’s in Tiburon.
Are you being Cervenak? I am a publisher in the United Kingdom who is trying to trace Tom Cervenak, the Paciﬁc Sun’s art director from long ago who did the wonderful illustrations for Cyra McFadden’s bestselling book, The Serial, in 1977. If anyone knows how to reach him, please contact me at martyn@ apostrophebooks.com. Many thanks. Martyn Forrester, UK
Maybe he’s worried you’ll look him up... Jared Huffman has the wrong info on his yard signs. They should have his address and contact info in D.C. ... Jonathan Frieman, San Rafael
The Sun disappoints in its coverage of the touchy subject of U.S. empire. Jacob Shafer writes [“No God But God,” Aug. 31] that John Walker Lindh’s “story is as odd as it is polarizing,” mentioning that the “infamous” former San Anselmo resident converted to Islam and fought with the Taliban against the Northern Alliance and that, other than his father who is “proud” of him, Walker Lindh “doesn’t have many allies.” Odd, indeed, that sons of empire should switch sides to oppose the U.S.-backed (ﬁrst covertly, then openly and massively) warlords of Afghanistan. Odd, too, that a number of (little-mentioned) American soldiers in Vietnam took their guns and switched sides to ﬁght against the U.S. invasion of that country. Odd that there were sons of France who fought on behalf of the colonized Algerians. Stretch your imaginations and think why Walker Lindh’s father and others might justly be proud of him. Roger Stoll, San Rafael
Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Roger! We love nothing more than when a reader’s response leads us to pause, reconsider, and broaden our narrow world view. This, however, is not one of those times. Look, we’re with you to an extent. The Bush administration in 2002 was looking for heroes and villains—and a “Marin hot-tubber,” as H.W. so eloquently put it, made for a picture-perfect Benedict Ahmed. Lindh was certainly scapegoated to a degree; he was over there ﬁghting for a different cause when the American invasion went down. And, yes, we understand that occupied people
will struggle to overthrow occupiers. But, as Mom used to say, you’re judged by the company you keep. And Lindh hung with the Taliban—a scurrilous bunch known for massacring women and children, systemic and brutal subjugation of women and human sex trafﬁcking. Comparing those bullies to Algerians ﬁghting off French colonial rule is beyond any “stretch of our imaginations.”
Our ‘innate intelligence’ is telling us something else entirely...
A few months ago, Paciﬁc Sun reporter Jacob Shafer wrote a story about the people who complain about chemtrails [“Sprayed and Confused,” Jan. 20]. “What in the World are They Spraying?” is a groundbreaking documentary about the phenomenon by political activist Michael J. Murphy. Here’s a blurb about the ﬁlm: “By now everyone has seen crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, stretching from horizon to horizon, eventually turning the sky into a murky haze. Our innate intelligence tells us these are not mere vapor trails from jet engines, but no one yet has probed the questions: who is doing this and why. With the release of this video, all of that has changed. Here is the story of a rapidly developing industry called geoengineering, driven by scientists, corporations, and governments intent on changing global climate, controlling the weather, and altering the chemical composition of soil and water—all supposedly for the betterment of mankind. Although ofﬁcials insist that these programs are only in the discussion phase, evidence is abundant that they have been under way since about 1990—and the effect has been devastating to crops, wildlife, and human health. We are being sprayed with toxic substances without our consent and, to add insult to injury, they are lying to us about it. Do not watch this documentary if you have high blood pressure.” Richard Kiiski, Mill Valley
That would make it a double-double suicide... Seems that In-N-Out Burger might as well shoot themselves in the head (it’s less painful) than face the politicians in Novato who said “they’d welcome them; but they have to make some changes to their plans.” I’m sure the same thing was said to George Lucas; and after six long
years of “changing plans to get approval” he realized he should have shot himself in the head ﬁrst. We’ll see how many hoops and how many years pass before we get an In-N-Out Burger at the shopping center in Novato. Marcia Blackman, San Rafae
The velorution will not be motorized It is possible for motorists to pass cyclists safely without crossing the double yellow line, even on windy, West Marin roads. Your readers driving “over the hill” need not dawdle behind cyclists riding as slower, legal vehicles. Bicyclists can serve to remind motorists to drive these roads more safely by obeying the speed limit, not passing on blind curves, practicing patience and paying attention. However, even a wide vehicle can pass cyclists with 3 feet of space in a trafﬁc lane without crossing dividing lines. This is far safer than speeding by in the other lane on a blind curve as some motorists have been observed doing. Showing both motorists and cyclists how to share the road safely was my intent when I designed the ﬁrst Share the Road sign Simac’s helpful signage. in 1981, then updated it in 2006. I’ve offered their use for educational purposes to transportation agencies and cyclist organizations, since they’re a “velorutionary” improvement over the disembodied bike crossing trafﬁc icon. Like most velorutionaries, mostly ignored. When motorists, cyclists and pedestrians learn to share the roads more safely and predictably, the “transportation” system will actually beneﬁt more users as a public good. It’s been a hazardous, toxic, trillion-dollar infrastructure almost entirely built to allow greater speed by motor vehicles. Very little sharing was offered until recently, but cyclists and pedestrians have been taking to the streets and sidewalks in daily direct actions since the beginning. Stephen Simac, Stinson Beach
Oops! In our recent Marin 10 edition story on congressional candidate Jared Huffman [“Not Your Average Classic Politician,” Aug. 31], we gave the San Rafael resident a better primary result than the voters did. It was, in fact, Tiburon candidate Dan Roberts who carried Trinity and Del Norte counties in California’s District 2. Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at pacificsun.com SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7
Exiled on main street Fairfax calls for statewide Homeless Bill of Rights by Pe te r Se i d m an
he Fairfax Town Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution that calls on the California Legislature to adopt a “California Homeless Bill of Rights” seems at ﬁrst glance to be a nobrainer for all social activists. But that ﬁrst glance would be wrong. In the staff report that accompanied the information packet at the meeting on Sept. 5, during which council members voted to approve the resolution, town staff wrote an eloquent supporting presentation: “The homeless often suffer and incur discrimination, hardships, burdens and deprivation of constitutionally protected rights solely because of their status as being without a permanent home. It is long past due for this separate and unequal treatment to be replaced with compassion, respect, and the recognition that [for] those in our Fairfax community, Marin County and state who are blessed with great providence comes the moral obligation to care for those less fortunate than ourselves. It is for these reasons that a ‘California Homeless Bill of Rights’ should be formally added to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.” Mayor Pam Hartwell-Herrero and Councilman David Weinsoff brought the resolution to the council. They had been working on homeless issues in Fairfax and meeting with people in the com-
munity, says Weinsoff. Hartwell-Herrero heard about the governor of Rhode Island signing the nation’s ﬁrst homeless bill of rights. She asked Weisnoff what he thought about that legislation, which codiﬁes constitutional rights for homeless people in Rhode Island. Weinsoff said he would work to prepare a Fairfax resolution modeled after the Rhode Island legislation. “I looked at the legislation, and then I took a hard look at our fair housing law in California and ﬁgured how best to proceed.” He decided “it would be presumptuous for a small town like Fairfax to write an amendment to the state’s fair housing law.” He used the language in the Rhode Island bill, “which had really been well-crafted,” and put it in a format that advocates could then present to California legislators. “The real goal here,” says Weinsoff, “was to have a memorandum with a model statute that could be exhibited to other towns and cities in the county and to the county itself to see if we could get the ball rolling.” At least so far, the ball hasn’t moved much beyond Fairfax. But the reaction in town has been positive; negative responses have been absent, says Weinsoff. “If I had my dream, I would like to see [homeless bills of rights] rolled out nationally.” The Rhode Island legislation made national news in large part because it runs counter to a trend across the 10 >
by Jason Walsh
Huffman hopes to ‘restore public trust’ in state parks The governor and state legislators are putting the first—in what will likely be a series of many— bandages on the wounds stemming from this summer’s state parks scandal—in which $53 million in hidden funds were discovered in a state parks department that had allegedly been flat broke since 2010. The first bandage signed into law by Gov. Brown this week is Assembly Bill 1589, Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s bill requiring the Department of Parks and Recreation to “develop a prioritized action plan” for generating revenue and collecting unpaid user fees at the parks—and, perhaps more importantly, calls for accurate and transparent accounting of the state park funds. “Since news of the state parks scandal broke this summer, I have been working with legislative leaders and the Brown administration on the changes needed to restore public trust and confidence in California State Parks’ management and operations,” said Huffman. AB 1589 also allows taxpayers to redirect portions of their tax refunds to the California State Parks Protection Fund in exchange for an annual state park day-use access pass. Gov. Brown this week also signed AB 1478, coauthored by Huffman, which mandates a two-year moratorium on future state park closures, matching funds for park donors and local operating agreements, and additional funding toward audits and investigations of the management crisis at California State Parks. Though pleased with the passage of his bills, Huffman says,“We have a lot more work to do to restore public trust and confidence” in the state parks system. ‘Sound of Music’ to climb every Mountain Play in 2013 The hills are going to be alive indeed next May—as the Mountain Play has named The Sound of Music as its 100th anniversary production. Filling the big shoes left by longtime Mountain Play director James Dunn, the 2013 show will be helmed by Bay Area theater veteran Jay Manley, whose stint as artistic director at Foothill Mountain College in Los Altos has led to several Bay Area Theater Critics Circle awards, including best direction. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and story by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, The Sound of Music has become one of the most famous plays of the 20th century. Based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, the original Broadway production opened in 1959 starring Mary Martin and made standards out of such songs as “Do, Re, Mi,” “My Favorite Things,”“Edelweiss” and the title song. The 1965 film version featured Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and earned five Oscars. More opportunity for Marin to order drinks! Marin’s restaurant scene got some intoxicating news this week when Gov. Brown signed a bill allowing for additional liquor licenses to be issued each year. Assembly Bill 1320 will pave the way for the approval of up to 15 more liquor licenses at full-service restaurants, which seat 50 or more, over the next three years. The bill was authored by Napa Assemblyman Michael Allen—because of redistricting, Allen has chosen to run for re-election in Marin this November—who says local restaurateurs have struggled to expand or open a new business due to the difficulty in obtaining a liquor license. The current formula used by the state Alcohol and Beverage Control agency to determine the number of licenses to approve is based on population. But Marin’s rather 10 steady population numbers don’t result in the number of liquor licenses necessary
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Diamonds aren’t forever Former Giant Jesse Foppert takes a swing at life after baseball... by Jacob Shafe r
by Howard Rachelson
1. What two bays of water lie along the west coast of Marin County? 2. What percent of the American population did Mitt Romney recently refer to as dependent, entitled victims who don’t pay income taxes? 3. Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz, wore what colored slippers? 4. What is the predominant religion of each of these countries: 6a 4a. Argentina 4b. Indonesia 4c. Japan 5. What is the primary ingredient in tofu? 6. Pictured, right; All these have twoletter names: 6a. Longest river in Italy 6b. A song title in this movie has three of them 6c. Ancient Chinese game 6b 7. How many times have the San Francisco Giants played in the World Series? How many times have they won? 8. Plastic as we know it, made of purely synthetic materials, was invented in what year: 1909, 1919 or 1929? 9. What foreign cities lie just across the border from each of these U.S. cities? 9a. San Diego 9b. Detroit, Mich. 6c 9c. El Paso, Texas 10. If the price of the shares of a stock rises 20 percent one year and drops 20 percent the next year, what is the percentage change in value over those two years? BONUS: This bitter substance scraped from the bark of cinchona trees in the Andes was the first effective treatment for malaria. Today, some adults drink it as a tonic mixed with gin. What is it? 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 email@example.com; if we use your question in this column, we’ll give you credit!
VDavid McConnell of Novato was touched by a story his wife, Marilyn, shared with him. Marilyn works for HomeCARES in Marin, a nonprofit agency that collects donations of gently used medical equipment and redistributes the items free of charge. Recently, HomeCARES learned about a local couple. The husband has ALS and is unable to work; his wife quit her job to care for him. HomeCares connected the couple with a man in Tiburon and his sister in Petaluma who no longer needed the wheelchair-accessible van and motorized wheelchair used by their father. The generous siblings provided the expensive equipment to the couple at no charge. There are plenty of heroes in this story and we honor each of them.
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ee if this sounds tional League West, familiar: a hottheir second division shot San Frantitle in three years. cisco Giants’ pitching And, of course, in p ro s p e c t ro c ke t s 2010, the same year through the organizaFoppert was cut loose tion, expectations by the Marlins, the trailing him like the Giants won their ﬁrst tail of a comet. He World Series in San lands in the big leagues Francisco. “Mostly and has an immediate I was happy for the impact, helping his guys, especially the team reach the postones I came up with,” season. The only queshe says, citing fellow tion seems to be: how hurlers Matt Cain far can this kid go? and Brian Wilson. “I ‘Baseball America’ magazine ranked Foppert as the No. 1 Tim Lincecum, can’t say I don’t wish pitching prospect of 2003. right? Matt Cain? I had a ring on my Madison Bumgarﬁnger, though.” ner? Nope. Jesse Foppert. Asked if he considers himself ofﬁcially Today his name is familiar only to dieretired from pro ball, Foppert hedges a hards, but in the early 2000s Foppert, who bit. “I don’t like to say it’s over,” he begins. grew up in Marin, was the Giants’ young Then he pauses, and adds, “But it would arm du jour. After starring at San Rafael be really hard after taking this much time High as a middle inﬁelder, Foppert conoff to come back and try to do it again.” verted to pitching during his junior year Foppert’s brief time in the majors coinat the University of San Francisco. In 2001 cided with the steroid era and speciﬁcally he was drafted by the Giants in the second the BALCO scandal, when Bonds and othround and two years later he made his ers were accused of using performancemajor league debut on a team that would enhancing drugs. Baseball has since moved go on to win the division. to clean up its act with increased testing Foppert describes that season as “amazand harsher penalties, but just this year ing,” but it was also bittersweet: as the another Giants slugger, left ﬁelder Melky Giants marched to the postseason led by Cabrera, was suspended 50 games after a Barry Bonds and a cast of veterans, Foppositive PED test. pert underwent so-called Tommy John Foppert says steroids were never openly surgery to repair his damaged elbow. He talked about in the clubhouse during his came back to pitch the ﬁnal game of the playing days, though he does remember 2004 season against the Dodgers, strikseeing guys suddenly bulk up and “quesing out two in a scoreless inning. But his tioning their offseason plan.” Now, he says, arm, and career, would never recover. In the kids he works with consider using 2005 he was traded to the Seattle Mariners steroids “ridiculous.” and spent the next ﬁve seasons bouncing “It’ll take a while to get it out of the between various minor league clubs. After game completely, but hopefully these failing to make the Florida Marlins roster young players coming up will change the out of spring training in 2010, Foppert culture,” he says. went home to regroup. Though most of the players Foppert “It was disappointing, obviously,” he re- coaches won’t make it to the next level, calls. “Things ended sooner than I wanted some will. Does he encourage them to them to—but I just wasn’t getting it done.” attend college, as he did, even if they have Foppert was 30 years old at the time—an a chance to go pro right away? “It’s tough age where most professional athletes have for a ﬁrst-rounder to turn down three either made it or not. million dollars,” he acknowledges. “But it’s Like many ballplayers whose dreams get also hard for a high-school kid, based on derailed, Foppert turned to coaching. He maturity level, to transition directly into started the Jesse Foppert Pitching Acadthe minor leagues. And an education lasts emy, which offers personalized training for a lot longer than baseball.” all ages and skill levels, and is also the head If anyone understands that truism, it’s coach at Marin Catholic. “I love working Jesse Foppert. < with kids, and I feel I have a lot to offer Got a local story you’d like to see uncovered? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org them,” he says. Last week, the Giants clinched the Na-
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WKira, a Bolinas resident, finished shopping at Trader Joe’s in Greenbrae and returned to her car. Within seconds, she heard honking, which persisted while she buckled up. She glanced back, realizing that the man waiting for her space was causing the ruckus. The impatient driver threw his arms into the air and began yelling. Kira pulled out and asked him what was wrong. He approached her car. “Shut up. Shut your mouth, honey. Your husband is a really lucky guy, so just shut your mouth and get out of here.” Hey, Zero, Kira is unmarried, works hard as an RN in a cancer unit and you made her cry. We love Trader Joe’s too, and somehow we manage to maintain our civility in their busy parking lot. —Nikki Silverstein
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< 8 Exiled on main street country to narrow the rights of homeless people, a situation the Interagency Council on Homelessness noted in a report released in April. The agency was authorized as part of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, which became law in 1987. The council works to create, coordinate and maintain programs that cross jurisdictions in a coordinated effort to maximize the potential of programs for the homeless.
Underscoring the council’s concern about moves to criminalize “acts of living” in communities across the country, San Francisco last year began cracking down with its sit/lie law that enforces a ban on sitting and lying on city sidewalks between 7am and 11pm. Violators face a $500 ﬁne. The city passed the law to put teeth in its effort to prevent obstruction of sidewalks, public rights of way, especially in front of retail businesses. That’s an understandable reaction to proliferation of homeless
< 8 Newsgrams for restaurants to serve the many out-of-towners who travel to Marin each day. Robert Eyler, interim CEO of the Marin Economic Forum, says the added licenses are sorely needed in the always-tough food-service business.“The inability to gain an alcohol license can be a deal breaker for many restaurants and eating establishments,” Eyler wrote in a letter of support for the bill.“The profit margin on alcohol sales allows restaurants to spend more on food quality and service paid for by alcohol sales.” Allen adds that the current difficulty in obtaining a new liquor license created a kind of “black market” for licenses in the county. “Businesses that are no longer using theirs may sell them through a liquor license broker for upwards of $150,000, representing another significant barrier to people wishing to expand or create full service eating establishments in Marin,” says Allen.“The cost of an original eating place liquor license is less than $14,000.”
Marin public health lab to close Marin public health officials are known for “testing the waters”—but this week’s test was all about how the Board of Supervisors would react to their recommendation that Marin close its county health lab in San Rafael and consolidate services with one in Solano County. The supes unanimously agreed. On Tuesday, the Marin County Board of Supes approved the county Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendation to “move forward with the implementation of a shared-services model to provide public-health laboratory services with the NapaSolano-Yolo County Public Health Laboratory.” Stemming from state law dating back to the early 20th century, all counties must have either a public health lab or be affiliated with one. These labs perform tests that diagnose and track communicable diseases in the environment and in persons who are sick during outbreaks. Flu, mumps and measles are just a few of the illnesses the labs track. They perform tests for hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. The labs also test for food- and water-related illness, tick-transmitted illness as well as environmental conditions such as chemical and biological contamination. Critics of the proposal, which has been on the table since last spring, argue that a loss of local control over Marin’s health lab work isn’t worth the $327,000 per year savings estimated by county health director Larry Meredith. But Meredith and other health officials say Marin’s use of the lab simply isn’t worth the expense, as the number of tests at the Marin lab has declined precipitously. The total number of clinical tests and water tests performed in fiscal year 2010-11 was 40 percent less than the previous fiscal year. Estimated test volumes for fiscal year 2011-12 are 25 percent less than 2010-11. The sharp decline resulted in large part from the closure of the county’s OB/GYN practice, which shifted responsibility to Marin Community Clinics. Although that saved the county health dollars, it also undercut the need for a dedicated local testing lab. The health lab will officially turn off its Bunsen burners effective March 1, 2013. Officials name several Marin ‘tsunami hazard zones’ A handful of new safety signs in Marin’s coastal areas are sure to make waves—as they declare “tsunami hazard zones” from San Rafael to Dillon Beach. The collection of five dozen or so tsunami signs was inspired by the county Office of Emergency Services’ endeavor to raise awareness of the possibility of tsunamis in the event of an offshore earthquake. Emergency Services officials presented their sign proposal before the Board of Supervisors last week and have already begun posting the warnings in Dillon Beach. According to county officials,“The State has worked extensively via the California Tsunami Program to provide training, brochures, and support materials to those communities that want to have signage.” Communities such as Stinson Beach and Bolinas will be the target of the sign program, but other bayfront areas like San Rafael, Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito have also expressed interest in the signs. The signs show, in exciting detail, that in the event of a tsunami, a person should flee toward higher ground. 10 PACIFIC SUN SEPTMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012
people on the streets, but advocates for the homeless say other ways to deal with issue can achieve similar results while providing assistance to those on the streets. Berkeley has proposed an anti-sitting law similar to the one in San Francisco, possibly joining other communities trying to prevent the homeless from loitering on sidewalks. Cities across the country, including Dallas, Philadelphia and New York, have moved to make it harder for charities to distribute food the homeless. Although that’s not the case in Marin, the homeless here still face tough challenges. The Fairfax resolution is an attempt to urge the state to recognize that the homeless in California have the same constitutional rights as any citizen. “The long road of justice arcs in our time to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sex, age, and—in still incomplete fashion—sexual orientation,” the Fairfax staff report states. “Today we need to enact legislation to speciﬁcally identify homeless persons as having rights equal to those of us fortunate enough to live under a secure roof in a safe home.” The civil rights issues that rise to the surface in discussions about homelessness are similar across the country. In a civil rights case brought in 2003 after Pittsburgh police conﬁscated property in a homeless sweep, the city of Pittsburgh settled out of court to end the case. “It was a taking,” says Linda Tashbook, “in contravention of the Constitution.” She’s the foreign, international and comparative law librarian at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She serves as a homeless advocate, for which she received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Attorney Pro Bono Award in 2011. She is also the author of the Homeless Law Blog. Sometimes departments of public works conduct sweep to clear an area before a public event at a stadium, an understandable action. “But sometimes,” says Tashbook, “they’re done by the police, and incidentally, the police may ﬁnd incriminating evidence of something.” And that can result in a “search and seizure violation because they have just gone and taken stuff.” As a defense, she adds, police will say the homeless “can’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” But homeless advocates, Tashbook continues, ask why the homeless can’t expect privacy “in the inside of their containers, whether they be a box, a tent or whatever space they claim because they can’t afford to live indoors.” She says no court cases have provided a “satisfying answer” to that issue. In the out of court settlement in Pittsburgh, the city public works department agreed to ﬁrst post notices one week in advance of a sweep, allowing people to remove their own belongings. But, says Tashbook, the city has reneged on its promise. “Those steps are no longer being observed.” The bill of rights in Rhode Island lays the
legal groundwork for advocates to approach state and municipal governments and the departments within them and make note that they must respect the constitutional rights of the homeless. That covers much more than police issues. The bill of rights also ensures equal treatment for, among other things, jobs, health care, identiﬁcation, driving licenses, voter registration. Tashbook wrote a piece about the Rhode Island law for Jurist, a web-based news and research service specializing in legal issues. While she was researching her article, she ran across an objection to the Rhode Island bill that echoed in Fairfax: Does codifying the constitutional rights of the homeless elevate that group of people to a protected class? That’s a denigrating term in some circles. Fairfax and Rhode Island both maintain that their intentions are aimed at underscoring current rights for the homeless—not granting any new protections. The Rhode Island Bill and the bill that would result from the Fairfax resolution “would require the government to do its part in making government services accessible to the homeless,” says Tashbook. The charge that bills of rights grant extra-legal privileges to the homeless puts “a taint” on bills of rights. “In order to care for its poor, any community needs to have the government provide what it can,” says Tashbook. “But it’s also incumbent on the population through organizations” to provide services. “A homeless bill of rights merely reminds the government” that there are instances in which societal rules and legal strictures “can have discriminatory effect on people who don’t have an address or who are facing poverty.” Fairfax Town Councilman Larry Bragman says he reluctantly supported the resolution “because it ignores the underlying issue of homelessness. To me, [the resolution] is a gesture that ignores the real issue, which is the utter abdication of responsibility by HUD and other agencies that have given up on their responsibility to facilitate and sponsor housing for people.” The need for more affordable housing has been a longstanding issue in Marin. Every two years, counties take a one-day snapshot-in-time count of their homeless populations. According to the Marin Homelessness Planning Guide, updated in April 2012, the last Marin count in 2011 revealed that about 1,220 children and adults were homeless, although service providers say the number is higher because of uncounted residents. Another population includes people just one missed paycheck away from losing the roof over their heads, a medical problem away from the streets. According to the one-day count, 4,179 precariously housed people lived in Marin. Despite the many programs the county and service agencies offer to help the homeless, despite new federal initiatives such as the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009, homelessness still
persists to a disturbing degree. Shelters in Marin consistently have waiting lists, and despite adding some affordable housing to the countyâ€™s stock, the need still far exceeds the demand. â€œAnything that keeps the homeless issue in the public eye is beneďŹ cial,â€? says Bragman. His ofďŹ ce is across from the Ritter Center, a service provider in San Rafael. Itâ€™s an area frequented by homeless residents. Tashhook says homeless individuals may choose to locate in retail areas such as downtown San Rafael because the public location offers them some safety from personal attack. She says if businesses and cities want to help the homelessâ€”and themselvesâ€”they could provide safe areas away from retail centers that police could patrol. That would allow homeless people to get a sense of safety without staying on the sidewalks. It would be a municipally acceptable area for the homeless. Increased shelter accommodations wouldnâ€™t hurt, either. Bragman says Fairfax has been working on speciďŹ c projects to help the homeless in town, such as implementing new workforce housing and granting amnesty for illegal second units. The town also co-sponsored a â€œvery active food pantry program.â€? Other towns across the county are engaged in similar projects. Yet the need persists. The issue of whether homeless people have a right to sleepâ€”to liveâ€”in their vehicles has been part of the discussion surrounding homelessness for years across the country. Talking about whether Fairfax should instruct its police to leave people sleeping in their vehicles alone could be a touchy subject, as it could be in any community. â€œItâ€™s a homeless issue that challenges peopleâ€™s comfort level,â€? says Bragman. â€œItâ€™s very easy to make a statement, and I think itâ€™s a good statement, that we donâ€™t want to discriminate based on housing status. But the more meaningful discussion is when we talk about things that really affect us in our own community that may challenge some of our more self-righteous feelings.â€? Things like people being able to sleep in their vehicles. The potential downside of bills of rights is that that they can deďŹ ne a group as a class, â€œas an other,â€? says Bragman. â€œThey are not an other. They are us. I see folks on the street who I knew when they were living in houses; theyâ€™re the same people. They are homeless now, but theyâ€™re part of the community.â€? Tashbook says negative connotations associates with bills of rights may play a role in slowing any efforts to replicate the Rhode Island model. Political fortitude also may be lacking for broad-brush protection a la Rhode Island. But, she adds, targeted legislation that protects the rights of the homeless could be road worth traveling.< Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Maggie Smith will give Marin audiences something to cheer in ‘The Quartet,’ festival honoree Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut.
arlier this year, Smithsonian magazine named Mill Valley the fourth-best small town in America and the writer of a piece about it in the San Francisco Chronicle claimed “Mill Valley hasn’t received such attention since the song of the same name, recorded by third-graders and their teacher in 1970. . .” Uh. Where has this guy been for the last 35 years? Has he not heard that, increasingly, over three-and-a-half decades, the Mill Valley Film Festival has put Marin’s magical movie hamlet on the honor roll of international 12 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012
prestige showcases? Is he unaware this cinematic celebration has drawn to its houses the likes of Alan Arkin, Karen Black, Helen Mirren, Milos Forman, Robin Williams, Donald Sutherland, Mike Leigh, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gena Rowlands, Tim Robbins, Uma Thurman, Clive Owen, Woody Harrelson, Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Michelle Yeoh, Edward Norton and a stampede of others from virtually everywhere on the planet? Does he know 40,000 viewers will be here this year, that 6,500 kids will connect via the Outreach program, that even
honchos at Cannes talk about Mill Valley? For those of us who aren’t in a coma, this year’s coral anniversary highlights the remarkable Dustin Hoffman, along with directors Mira Nair and Ang Lee, actor John Hawkes, actor-directors Ben Afﬂeck and Billy Bob Thornton, and documentary wizard Ken Burns. The big-gun tribute to Hoffman on Oct. 9 at 7pm includes an on-stage discussion, clips from his amazing roles, and a screening of his directorial debut The Quartet, with Maggie Smith portraying a famous opera singer
who moves into an English countryside retirement home for musicians after realizing her talent has waned. But getting under the same roof with superstar Hoffman, who once cost me a mere $4 to sit in the front row at one of his ﬁrst acting gigs, will set you back $85—or $250 if you care to chow down afterward at co-sponsor (with Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith) Frantoio Ristorante. A similar tribute is planned for 7pm the following evening for Indian director Nair with an on-stage discussion and a screening of her latest, not-yet-released The Reluctant
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Fundamentalist. Tickets are $35, or $80 with political when it comes to ﬁlm. As we prepare a reception following, hosted by sponsor to count our hanging chads, we couldn’t Nourish at Harbor Point. help but notice two entries in the festival Festival “spotlights” (quieter than klieg program—one from Iran, the other from lights, brighter than ﬂashbulbs) are in the Israel—juxtaposed next to one another and works for Hawkes, who sent chills down our sharing the spine of the festival program spines as a vicious cult booklet. That may be leader in last year’s as close in our lifetime Martha Marcy May as these two adversaries Marlene, and Thorncome. Ironically, the ton, who is probably ﬁlms share not only the best remembered for same screening dates, his equally unnerving but a theme of warped role in Sling Blade. In morality. From Iran an on-stage interview, comes The Sinners accompanied by direc(Oct. 11, 9:30pm and tor Ben Lewin and coOct. 12, 12:15pm); and star William H. Macy, from Israel, The Slut Hawkes will talk about (Oct. 11, 9:15pm and The fest shines a ‘spotlight’ on the career of John Hawkes, endlessly lying on his who receives a bit of sexual healing from sex-surrogate Oct. 12, 9:30pm). Both back for his current Helen Hunt in ‘The Sessions.’ have ﬁercely indepenrole in The Sessions dent female protago(Oct. 6, 7pm) in which he portrays a polio nists unfairly judged and subjected to the victim relegated to an iron lung (sure hope shame-and-blame game foisted on them by he did some exercise between takes). Co-star an emotionally violent, disapproving society. Helen Hunt, who will be asked to plant the While we’re in Iran, Ben Afﬂeck turns to Mill Valley Award in his arms, plays a sex sur- directing himself, John Goodman and Alan rogate hired to de-ﬂower him. Thornton is Arkin in Argo (Oct. 5, 7pm and Oct. 12, also slated to chat with moviegoers about 9:15pm) as they struggle to free a handful his acting-directing gig in Jayne Mansﬁeld’s of U.S. embassy workers during the hostage Car (Oct. 7, 6:30pm), the story of a South- crisis of 1979-81. Afﬂeck plays real-life CIA ern family clashing with its distant relatives agent Tony Mendez and will juggle audience from England. questions following the Oct. 5 screening. On opening night the festival rolls out In The Attack (Oct. 10, 6:45pm and Oct. its usual twin offerings, this time with 13, 1:15pm), another Middle East story Brazilian director Walter (Motorcycle Diaries) that could have been ripped out of today’s Salles’ adaptation of headlines, a PalestinJack Kerouac’s quintian-Israeli physician’s essential American relatively comfy life in novel On the Road Tel Aviv is splattered (Oct. 4, 6:30 and like body parts when 6:45pm) and director an investigation sugDavid O. Russell’s Silgests his wife may have ver Linings Playbook been a suicide bomber. (Oct. 4, 7 and 7:15pm). Fortunately for most In Road, Sam Riley is of us who take our Kerouac’s alter ego, Sal survival for granted, Paradise, and Garthere are a few who rett Hedlund plays Ben Affleck gets serious—hence, the beard—in the don’t, and actually do Dean Moriarty, the Iranian hostage crisis drama ‘Argo.’ something about it. steamroller who Don’t look now, but threatens to flatten everyone he engages. chances are you’re living alongside an activist, In Playbook, a bipolar man institutionalized a ﬁlmmaker, a journalist, or any combo of the for assault moves back with mom and dad above. In a Sausalito houseboat, you’ll ﬁnd the only to have his newfound stability shaken by Mill Valley Film Group’s John Antonelli, Tom an emotionally corrugated woman. Bradley Dusenbery and Will Parrinello, who traveled Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De- to Kenya, the Arctic Circle, China and Russia Niro head the cast. to document the latest ecological headaches That’s just for warm-ups, folks. So forge on! in those countries for their Emmy-winning It’s a political year, though every year is series The New Environmentalists (Oct. 6,
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11:30am and Oct. 12, 2pm). Want to see a But when Richard Nixon landed in ofﬁce, Russian blonde take on Vladimir Putin, who battles resumed as his mantra quickly became “Even if Congress appropriates the money for decided to run a highway through her forest? the parkland, they’re not going to get it.” Evgenia Chirikova organized 5,000 demYou gotta love a guy like that—especially onstrators in Moscow and, in return, faced when he shows up again in another program, trumped-up charges she was starving her Long Distance Revolutionary, and is quoted children. The government backed down, at thusly: “The whole problem is really with least temporarily, causing one admirer to call the blacks. The key is to devise a system that her “our Joan of Arc.” But given that descriprecognizes this while not appearing to.” tion, we might hope for a better fate for her. Co-producer-director Stephen Vittoria Another local spreading his “gotcha” net is Marin’s Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, founder of calls the ﬁlm he created with San Francisco the Global Oneness Project, whose Elemental co-producer Noelle Hanrahan “the deﬁnitive (Oct. 9, 6:45pm and Oct. 13, 6:30pm) takes us documentary on the life and times (of Mumia from a gargantuan tar sands extraction zone Abu-Jamal) as a revolutionary journalist, (larger than England and Wales combined) author and public intellectual from Pennsylin Alberta, Canada, to India’s Ganges River, vania’s death row over the past 30 years.” Abuwhich nearly everyone uses as a dump, a toi- Jamal’s inspirational talks were ﬁrst heard on let, or cesspool for acid, chromium and lead. radio in July 1992 when Hanrahan, a private To see one underdog activist test the water and investigator and founder of Prison Radio, rethen sadly mumble, “We are all dead,” may corded him at Huntington State Prison. Long Distance Revolutionary break your heart. A screens Oct. 6 at noon third chapter in the and Oct. 8 at 4:45pm. ﬁlm, however, offers There are plenty of a note of hope in an peanut-size “revolutionAustralian inventor’s aries” at the troubled conviction that we Marina Middle School can reduce energy in San Francisco, but use and the need for all of them were better chemicals by using described as delinquents, nature’s blueprint for dropouts, troublemakers living organisms. and bullies stuffed into Meanwhile, Billy Bob Thornton guides viewers through one heckuva overcrowded classVaughan-Lee, who culture clash in ‘Jayne Mansﬁeld’s Car.’ rooms. Enter Berkeley is 32 and lives in mindfulness trainer Point Reyes Station, Megan Cowan whose job, according to San probably has no idea how close he (and the rest of us) came to being born into a high-rise Francisco activist-producer-director Russell horror on Inverness Ridge, the Headlands and Long, was to overcome deﬁance and contempt for authority by employing techniques other now-protected open space in Marin. In “to enable students to foster a deeper contheir Rebels With a Cause (Oct. 6, 6:15pm nection with themselves and others through and Oct. 9, 4pm), Greenbrae husband-andinner reﬂection and awareness.” wife team Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto Cowan hoped to “increase the space introduce us to planners as far back as the between stimulus and reaction” (meaning ’50s, who were greedily licking their chops the space between you push me, I pummel over a proposed Vegas-style strip of big budyou) but that is often easier said than done. get hotels overlooking Point Reyes. Long’s documentary Room to Breathe (Oct. Kelly induced the late Stuart Udall, secretary of the interior under presidents Kennedy 10, 9:45pm and Oct. 11, 4:15pm) follows four “lost cause” students in this local Stand and and Johnson, to talk about the struggle to Deliver-type story that he believes underscores save the seashore. But the county was also in “the need for social and emotional programs danger elsewhere, particularly the Headlands, to help rebalance the U.S. educational system.” which, Kelly says, “was (to be) a city of 30,000 Berkeley’s Lisa Fruchtman and her brother (called Marincello) that Gulf Oil and develRob’s Sweet Dreams (Oct. 7, 3:30pm and oper Thomas Frouge planned on building, Oct. 9, 7:30pm), which Russell Long also complete with multiple high rises on the tops executive produced, zeros in on the women of of hills and a mall a mile long.”In the early ’60s, Congressman Clem Miller, who was later Rwanda emerging from a history of civil war and genocide (resulting in 800,000 deaths) to killed in a plane crash, spearheaded the drive create a future of optimism by formto stop developers and found an ally in JFK. 14> SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13
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< 13 CORAL HISTORY surrender of army troops in American hismeeting you on these pages.) I dunno, maybe tory, survived the Bataan Death March, and the ancient Mayans have seen all 93 features ing the only female drum troupe—once died as a Japanese prisoner of war.” and 63 shorts, but as we all know, they could thought to be illegal—in the nation’s history. That’s quite a lineup in the festival’s Valley not have seen them in HD with Dolby sound. “Rwanda is a country of both darkness and of the Docs—and one of the foremost pracSan Franciscan Eric Black’s Heart of Sky, light,” Lisa says. “We ﬁlmed extraordinary and titioners of the art, Ken Burns, will bring us Heart of Earth (Oct. 7, 6:15pm and Oct. 8, joyful drumming, the humor of building an Central Park Five (Oct. 6, 3:30pm and Oct. 8, 8pm) employs mysterious imagery and the ice cream business in a country where most 3:15pm) about ﬁve black youths wrongly con- oft-devastating realities of our battered world people have never tasted it, and the deep grief victed and imprisoned to maybe scare the pants off us and let us in during the national for years for the rape on what contemporary Mayans think about month of mourning. and beating in 1989 of the impending doomsday. The women opened a white female jogger Perhaps not surprisingly then, the fest oftheir lives to us, and in New York’s Cenfers one ﬁlm called The Last Man on Earth, for this we are gratetral Park, a stunning another about the last woman on Earth, one ful.” miscarriage of justice about a man who wakes up knowing instincIf mindfulness can in an era in which tively that it’s his last day on Earth and, ﬁnally, help rescue youths at racism was supposed one about a man who initially wishes it was school, and drums to be a grim thing of his last day on Earth. and ice cream can the past. On the day of In The Last Man (Oct. 9, 9:30pm and Oct. help heal a nation, the ﬁ rst screening of 11, 7:15pm), aliens landing in Tuscany obvicertainly the circus A certain ‘space western’ from the ‘70s is screening Oct. 8. the ﬁ lm, at 11am, the ously know where to vacation and they may can help save some kids in a slum. Berkeley grad Kelly Rich- director—whose credits include Baseball, The keep Luca, a Bingo attendant, from getting lonely, even while creating chaos, desperation ardson fully expected to blossom as an acrobat War, Brooklyn Bridge, The National Parks and and a spiritual reckoning. Meanwhile, director The Civil War, (which received more than 40 or trapeze artist when she moved to Brazil Julian Roman’s last person on the planet is on major ﬁ lm and television awards)—will host to join up with a circus. The one she found holiday in Alpine country when she becomes had a free training program for youths living a master class conversation on ﬁlmmaking. Oh, by the way, did we mention MVFF is trapped inexplicably behind a transparent in poverty and headed for lives as druggies. “I had never considered being a ﬁlmmaker prior 35 years old? To put that in perspective, if we wall. Martina Gedick of The Lives of Others to that time,” she says, “but meeting people in scroll back in time to when the festival’s mar- has the formidable task of dealing with the the project and hearing their stories made me quees ﬁrst powered up in 1978, you might wilderness, her guts and her inner guides as think that someone should make a ﬁlm about note that Angelina Jolie’s dad, Jon Voight, took tools for survival. The Wall screens Oct. 8 at those stories!” Richardson landed a Fulbright home the Oscar for best actor and a ﬁlm called 1:45pm and Oct. 9 at 9:30pm. In director Alain Gomis’ Tey, a young for production funding but didn’t know how Star Wars by Marin’s George Lucas was rakto make a movie. “(In one year) I took a lot ing in a gazillion bucks at the box ofﬁce. Co- man in Senegal awakens one morn somehow knowing he only of classes and worked on other ﬁlm sets and incidentally sharing its 35th anniversary with has hours left to live. did several short student ﬁlms, speciﬁcally in the festival, Star Wars Well, what do you do preparation to make Without a Net (Oct. 6, will explode on Cenwith that? Make love 1pm and Oct. 7, 6pm).” tury Cinema’s monster to your lover? Call Oakland’s Melissa Howden was also screen in Corte Madera mom to say goodbye? initially unprepared to make Be Home Soon: Oct. 8 at 6pm. Show Strangle your doctor? Letters From My Grandfather (Oct. 13, Find out Oct. 6 at 6:45pm and Oct. 14, 2:30pm). “I did not think up an hour early with your light sabers and 3:30pm or Oct. 8 at this was a ﬁlm, but my friends did. As a way your Princess Leias and 6:45pm. of organizing my thoughts, I ﬁlled out the Rob Nilsson returns with more direct-action cinema in you can join a costume When an architect in application to the Paciﬁc Pioneer Fund. Then ‘Maelstrom,’ a take on Orestes-Electra myth. parade and get photoMexico is kidnapped they gave me a large chunk of money and, at graphed with Darth Vader. and held captive in a minuscule room, he can that point, I thought, ‘Oh crap, now I have to Now if you think of where you were only think of giving up and dying. Based on make something.’” in 1978 (that is, if you were around at all) a true story, Richness of Internal Space (Oct. The catalyst for the story came “at a and looked back another 35 years from that 11, 6:45pm and Oct. 13, 5:45pm) tests one stoplight when I thought I’d been sad most point, we would be in a world at war (not that man’s resources for survival as his inner world of my life, but didn’t understand why,” she it doesn’t seem that way now), a new car would is called upon to compensate for the decimasays. “Then I realized I’d inherited it from cost $900, the Golden Gate Bridge would be a tion of his outer world. Not an easy task. my grandmother and father. Shortly after 6-year-old baby, and “Casablanca” would win A couple’s enduring marriage is no slamthat epiphany, I found letters from my the Oscar for best picture. 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Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert headline. Former Camera d’Or recipient Rob Nilsson, who has had almost as many entries in these October-fests as there are days in October, returns with Maelstrom (Oct. 7, 4:30pm), a re-wiring of the Orestes-Electra myth from his Citizen Cinema Players Ensemble in Berkeley. It’s his most visually appealing ﬁlm to date and, given the addition of his startling poetry, perhaps the most thought-provoking. Branding his technique of creating stories wholly out of improv, Nilsson says, “It begins with a hunch, a surmise, a surprise attack of thought or feeling ... It’s (called) direct action, but often on a tripod. Another way to ﬁnd out where the chaos and the order join hands.” Which brings us to this question: If movies less than an hour are called shorts, how come features aren’t called longs? You don’t have to answer that, but local heroes who have done both and deserve a Paciﬁc Sun pat include: San Francisco’s Emiko Omori for To Chris Marker: An Unsent Letter (Oct. 6, 2:45pm and Oct. 8, 9pm), her 78-minute homage to a legendary ﬁlmmaker-friend who is famous to every ﬁlm student for the immortal short La Jetee; Berkeley’s Gary Weimberg, known for co-creating the PBS series Soldiers of Conscience and the ABC Story of Fathers and Sons, gets our Ruthless Editing Award for somehow whittling more than 600 interviews into a seven-and-ahalf-minute short of in-your-face truths from dads and their kids. Fathers and Sons: 10 True Stories screens Oct. 10 at 9:45pm and Oct. 12 at 5pm; San Francisco’s Spencer McCall for his put-on The Institute (Oct. 11, 4:30pm and Oct. 14, 2pm), a feature about an insidious cult “selling false nonchalance” to its members. The ﬁlmmaker even responded to our questions tongue-in-cheek, claiming “in 2008, a series of cryptic and mysterious ﬂyers began appearing around San Francisco (and lured) thousands of participants who got more than they bargained for”; San Francisco ﬁlmmaker Kevin Gordon for his short on those end-of-meal cookies that come with the bill at Chinese restaurants. In Manufactured Fortunes (on the same program with Fathers and Sons), machines are the main characters and you’ll get an insider’s view of how they make you a fortune. Very recently, Executive Director Mark Fishkin snapped up a metaphorical fortune for the festival by corralling Oscar-winning director Ang Lee and his The Life of Pi (Oct. 14, 5pm and 5:15pm) for closing night—so very re-
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ontrary to what Mitt Romney would like most of us to think, the lowly 47 percent are not all sleeping in until noon and then wandering the streets in mismatched slippers, stained bathrobes and tattered hats asking for handouts, crying and blaming society for their bad luck. Instead, most of the so-called 47 percent who will vote for Obama take care to launder and even press their clothing before heading out into the world. Many are even fashion-conscious and a large chunk of them live right here in Marin, the county which voted more heavily in favor of Obama in the 2008 election than anywhere else in the state. What may also come as a shock is the fact that many even have have jobs(!) and blend in with the 53 percent, making it nearly impossible to pick them out of crowds. The poor are among us. So how do they do it? And by â€œitâ€? I mean, â€œnot look poor.â€? A few stylish Marin women speak for themselves: Joslyn, a 41-year-old self-employed writer who has operated her own business in Mill Valley for the past ďŹ ve years; Leslie, a 39-year-old branch manager for a private in-home professional health care agency; and Stephenny, the trafďŹ c coordinator and a production designer at Marinâ€™s mostread newspaper, all manage to ďŹ t some fashionable threads into their lower-tomoderate budgets (while two of them also pay out of pocket for health care). â€œI was taught that you donâ€™t get a second chance to make a ďŹ rst impression and how you dress counts a lot toward that ďŹ rst impression,â€? says Stephenny, at her ofďŹ ce in downtown San Rafael. â€œI think fashion is a mirror of your personality and traitsâ€”if you look professional you are professional. It matters.â€? Though Stephenny claims she could get away with wearing yoga pants to her casual ofďŹ ce and Joslyn mostly works from her home ofďŹ ce, they both manage to avoid looking like the disheveled zombies Romney seemed to describe in his recent display. â€œRight now Iâ€™m helping a trio of attorneys write a book about investing. I have had to meet with them ďŹ ve times so far,â€? says Joslyn. â€œThatâ€™s ďŹ ve attorney-worthy outďŹ ts Iâ€™ve had to come up with. Luckily, Iâ€™m creative.â€? Leslie, on the other hand, doesnâ€™t have the same level of freedom with her wardrobe and needs to select items that will cover her tattoos while she works with her clients. So where do these ladies ďŹ nd profes-
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‘Memoir’ of an invisible man Marin to Salman Rushdie: ‘Where you been hiding all these years?’ by Dani Burlison
or most in the Western world, it is quite difﬁcult to imagine living a life in hiding, as Salman Rushdie was forced to do for a dozen years. It is harder still to imagine emerging from 12 years of fear with any shred of creativity, hope or humor intact. But Rushdie, now a decade out of what he refers to as the darkest period of his life and touring the nation with his new book, has done just that. In his latest literary work, Joseph Anton: A Memoir, Rushdie shares his gripping account of 12 years in hiding after the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him for publishing The Satanic Verses in 1989—and in this case Khomeini intended the fatwa as a death sentence to be carried out by Muslim assassins. First banned in Singapore and India, the novel—a ﬁctionalized account of the Indian immigrants’ story in Britain—was accused of being anti-Islam. Two pertinent facets of the controversy are that Rushdie considers himself an atheist and that many of the leaders who banned The Satanic Verses had never so much as thumbed through its pages. “Religion was never at the heart of my interest,” says Rushdie at Dominican University last Tuesday at an event co-sponsored by Book Passage. “But I turned into a religious writer against my will.” Soon after discovering the threat against his life was not purely rhetoric, as he ﬁrst suspected, Rushdie’s life morphed into what he compares to something like a spy novel and an unintended comedy ﬁlled with James Bond-like characters. “I found myself stuck inside exactly the type of novel I didn’t enjoy reading,” he said, and laughed. After conﬁrming that there was a Level 2 threat against him with a 100-day deadline to have him killed by a team of assassins, Rushdie, his wife and their 9-year-old son, soon found themselves hiding and in the constant company of what he calls “four men with high velocity weaponry.” His life-turnedspy-novel even included wearing a wig as a disguise, but only for one day. The pseudonym Joseph Anton was created to protect his identity. “The police needed a name to use while in the vicinity of the undisclosed location I was sharing with Dick Cheney,” he said to laughter from the audience. He chose derivatives of two of his most beloved authors: Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov. Though the threat was dire, Rushdie speaks openly about the circumstances under which he lived during those years. He even recounts a few humorous tales, including one of his 18 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012
Rushdie says the fatwa itself is mostly an empty symbolic gesture—it was the team of hired assassins that was the real problem.
British government-appointed body guard using his sharp aim to win toys for his young son at a carnival. He also discussed the friendships formed with his guards and recounts his times spent with his closest friends; speciﬁcally the late Christopher Hitchens, whom he remembers fondly and with several hilarious stories. Rushdie also dismisses the news that the current leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has renewed the fatwa and is now offering a $3.3 million bounty for his death. “I haven’t taken that guy seriously in quite some time,” he said. “No one ever believed in the bounty. We were concerned with the assassins hired by Iran.” Rushdie expresses with honesty his determination to move forward, avoiding the “elephant traps” and the fear that could crush his ability to write. And though while gripped in the middle of that dark time of his life he was unsure of how his story would end, he has come out with not only a story of one man’s incredible life, but a story of a victory for perseverance, community and free speech—which has been under ﬁre again this month with the recent American consulate and embassy attacks reportedly over a Youtube movie about Muhammad. And more than anything, he is determined to live his life, sharing that re-adapting has been quite seamless. He even laughs about the little things that bring him excitement, such as standing in lines at the grocery store or being stuck in trafﬁc. “The human need for an ordinary life is so great,” he said. “When you ﬁnd it, you just grab it and run toward it as fast as you can.” < Email Dani at dburlison@paciﬁcsun.com.
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when shopping for FRIDAY, SEPT. 28 The Fringe The Fringe your own killer robot. team wakes up in 2036 after being myste(1991) Spike TV. 8pm. riously preserved in amber. Tune in to see Breaking Amish The if we finally get the flying cars we’ve been promised, and whether Ron Paul is still run- cast members consider getting tattoos. ning for president. Fox. 9pm. Made in Jersey This new series follows the What kind of tattoo life of an up-and-coming attorney from the does a young Amish person get? A buggy pulled by two Harleys? Garden State, trying to make her way in a “Born to be humble?” The Learning Channel. big New York law firm. The show has been 9pm. described as an attempt to redeem New Jersey’s image. NBC. 9pm. TUESDAY, OCT. 2 Behind the Music When Jersey Shore But it’s not going to work. it’s Jennifer Lopez, the emphasis is on the MTV. 9pm. “Behind” part. VH1. Daredevil Ben 8:30pm. Affleck stars as How Playboy a blind lawyer Changed the whose other senses World The first are mysteriously mass-market heightened by his men’s magaexposure to toxic zine to feature chemicals. It’s odd. photos of nude He should have women played a been able to smell significant role in this script from the sexual revoluseveral continents tion and featured Amore... Saturday, 6:25pm. away. (2003) TNT. articles by some 10pm. of the leading journalists of the ‘60s and ‘70s, two or three of SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 The Lady and the which actually were read. History Channel. Tramp An unwashed street cur romances 9pm. a pampered pooch in this timeless tale of The Mindy Project In this new sitcom, a love, romance and butt sniffing. (1955) ABC young doctor copes with life’s challenges, Family. 6:25pm. most of which involve saying “No, I don’t Saturday Night Live That’s really Mick Jagknow anybody named Mork.” Fox. 9:30pm. ger, not somebody doing a parody. Though it’s hard to tell the difference at this point. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3 Presidential NBC. 11:35pm. Debates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 Making Monsters This face off in Denver. Romney has been preparseries is about people who make props and ing for months, in mock debates and hours creatures for horror movies. It has nothing of drills. Obama has been practicing doing to do with raising kids in Mill Valley. Travel the Heimlich maneuver in case the GOP Channel. 8pm. candidate chokes on his own foot. Network 666 Park Avenue A couple manages an and news channels. 6pm. apartment building on one of New York Katie Katie Couric has her own prime City’s most expensive blocks and discovers time news show now, suggesting she has supernatural incidents. In that high-income entered the Barbara Walters phase of her stratosphere, the scariest thing anybody career. ABC. 10pm. ever encounters is actually Life After Top Chef paying income tax. ABC. Apparently it involves 10pm. working ridiculously long Tattoo Rescue We’ve hours in a hot, steaming already seen Bar Rescue, in kitchen, chopping up which the host goes to a raw meat and dodging troubled bar and reboots grease burns. And that’s if the enterprise. Now there’s you win. Bravo. 10pm. one for tattoo parlors. The THURSDAY, OCT. 4 first order of business? Star Trek: First Contact Spellcheck. Spike TV. 10pm. Captain Picard and his MONDAY. OCT. 1 Sex crew go back in time Rehab With Dr. Drew This to stop the Borg from originally aired in 2009. It’d destroying Earth, arriving be interesting to see if the As years go by... Saturday, 11:35pm. in the year 2063 to find participants have gone humans living a poston to healthy sex lives, or whether they just industrial existence that looks suspiciously clear their browser history more regularly. like the parking lot at a Grateful Dead show. LOGO. 6pm. (1996) SYFY. 9pm. Terminator 2: Judgement Day In the secThe Untouchables A federal agent in ond installment, Arnold Schwarzenegger Chicago hampers the work of an enterprisplays a killer robot again, but this time he’s a ing American job creator. (1987) Sundance. friendly killer robot programmed to protect. 10pm. < This is an important distinction to make Dial up That TV Guy at letters@paciﬁcsun.com
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Loan approved! Ross Valley Players pay off with interest in â€˜Lend Me a Tenorâ€™
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by Charles Brousse
ired of the trendy irony that passes for humor these days? Thereâ€™s nothing trendy about Lend Me a Tenor, Ross Valley Playersâ€™ season opener. Itâ€™s just good, old-fashioned fun that features a witty script and a plethora of wildly comic situations. Add in Kris Neelyâ€™s lively staging on Ken Rowlandâ€™s versatile set, a cast that is solid from top to bottom, and an unbeatable ticket price, spice it with an ample dash of sex, and what do you get? One of the best entertainment packages around. First produced in London in 1986 and subsequently in theaters all over the world (including a 2010 Broadway revival), Lend Me a Tenor almost immediately established playwright Ken Ludwig as the eraâ€™s leading French-style farceur. Doors are thrown open and banged shut, characters caught in compromising situations hide in closets, identities are mistaken, comely ladies appear in varied stages of undressâ€” itâ€™s the complete catalogue of comic shtick that has proved irresistible to audiences for centuries. To me, the most impressive aspect of this production is that RVPâ€™s acting ensemble inhabits their roles as if they had been performing farce all their lives. European tour, anyone?
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that may be linked to bi-polar disorder or early Alzheimerâ€™s rather than cancer. Julianaâ€™s increasingly bizarre behavior culminates in a ďŹ nal tumultuous scene in â€œthe other place,â€? a former family vacation house on Cape Cod. She has gone there (who knows how?) for what she San Franciscoâ€™s Magic Theatre lives up believes will be a reunion with a longto its name with the just opened West lost daughter, who is now grown and a Coast premiere of The Other Place. Sharr mother in her own right. What happens Whiteâ€™s off-Broadway hit is an impresnext I wonâ€™t reveal, except to say that sive work of theatrical legerdemain that the playâ€™s many shifts in time, space and for a considerable part of its 80-minute, outlook can be extremely confusing... intermission-less running time will leave until you suddenly remember that this you grasping for clues about the meaning is a tale told by a woman in the midst of of events on stage. a psychological breakdown. In keeping Juliana, Whiteâ€™s narrator protagonist with the expert literary magician that he (superbly rendered by Henny Russell), is, White has lured you into observing is a 52-year-old molecular biologist who the world from inside her headâ€”which helped develop a new drug that will slow means that nothing you have witnessed the production of demencan be accepted as fact. tia-associated plaque on Actually, it doesnâ€™t rethe human brain. The play ally matter. What is NOW PLAYING opens with her describing indisputably real is that Lend Me a Tenor runs a mental breakdown that a talented playwright, through Oct. 14, at the occurred as she addressed artistic director Loretta Ross Valley Players Barn a gathering of interested Greco and an exceptional Theater, Marin Art & Garden medical colleagues. Fearacting ensemble that also Center, Ross. Information: ing a brain tumor, she 415/456-9555, or rossvalincludes Patrick Russell consults her oncologist leyplayers.com. The Other have combined to create hu s b a n d ( a n e n g a g i n g Place runs through Oct. 7 80 minutes of suspenseful Donald Sage Mackay) and at the Magic Theatre, Bldg. theatrical magic on the D, Fort Mason Center, SF. his medical associate (one Bay Areaâ€™s most approInformation: 415/441-4822, of three roles played by the priately named stage.< or magictheatre.org. versatile Carrie Paff), but Contact Charles Brousse at cbrousse@ tests reveal abnormalities juno.com
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To heirloom is human... ...to taste, divine—at the National Heirloom Expo, that is! by Br o o ke Jac k son
n event dubbed the “World’s Fair of the heirloom and local food movement” took place last week in Santa Rosa. The National Heirloom Exposition was a combination of speakers, workshops, movies, exhibits, tastings, demonstrations and trade show held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, to the delight of attendees. Gardeners, chefs, school groups, farmers and activists gathered to learn, shop and exchange ideas and seeds. I went on the ﬁrst day to hear Dr. Vandana Shiva, a leading voice in the movement against genetically modiﬁed agriculture. Originally slated to be there in person, she was in Japan receiving the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize—so she spoke to the group in a recorded presentation with the same captivating wisdom which has won her acclaim. Her message was peppered with criticisms of big agriculture and corporate greed and pushed listeners to cherish and protect their right to save seeds. Dr. Shiva also reminded us to vote for Prop. 37, the label GMO initiative on the ballot this November.
Outside the lecture hall, a friend and I strolled in the bright autumn sun by booths of vibrant heirloom produce, palatial chicken coops, natural skincare and organic seed companies. I got ﬁlled up in the tasting hall on samples of roasted garlic/ dark chocolate trufﬂes; GMO-free, wheat-free granola, grass-fed beef and fermented veggies. A veritable mountain of perfectly placed pumpkins, squash and gourds of every shape, size and color greeted fairgoers in the Hall of Flowers. Supposedly, more than 4,000 varieties of heirloom vegetables and fruits were on display here, causing oohs and aahs from viewers. Towers of watermelons, some looking to weigh in the neighborhood of 20 pounds were alongside piles of multi-colored tomatoes with multi-colored stripes. An exhibit of gourds included one that was six feet long and taped to a board for stability, while a display of unusual cucumbers growing on vines looked like something from under the sea with pingpong-sized balls covered in prickly thorns. The California Rare Fruit Society was handing out samples of
Trail of Tears beans were brought from Tennessee in 1839 by Cherokee tribespeople force-marched to Oklahoma by the U.S. government on the infamous Trail of Tears. 20 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012
Heirloom seed varieties are becoming increasingly important as ‘big ag’ comes to dominate the world’s food production.
heritage and heirloom varieties. I tasted delicious grapes, sumptuous pears and many types of apples. Finally it was time to get some grub. The duck tacos from the Green Grocer out of Windsor were incredible. Shredded conﬁt crisped up on the ﬂat top was tucked into corn tortillas, which were folded in half and given a further press on the griddle. Then mashed giant blackberries, goat cheese and slices of avocado were tucked inside next to the duck, making for a scrumptious lunch. The exposition is hosted by the Baker Creek Seed Company folks, who own the Petaluma Seed Bank and are one of the largest purveyors of heirloom seeds in the U.S. I got some of their seeds for my garden this year and had modest success with a couple types of shelling beans: Bolitas (a type of cranberry bean) and Cherokee Trail of Tears. The Cherokees were royal purple pods bursting with shiny, midnight-colored black beans. My yield was about one pound, just enough for a couple pots of chili or soup; I was excited to try this heritage bean. After an overnight soak, I combined the beans with onion, garlic, a dried ancho chile pod and water. In about 45 minutes the beans were done, and a quick whir with the immersion blender created a creamy soup. I added a few toppings for contrast and ﬂavor, but mostly the taste of the homegrown antique beans came shining through. An heirloom vegetable or fruit is one that was grown earlier in history but is now hard to ﬁnd. This produce is considered rare and sometimes called “heritage,” as in the case when the seed has been grown and passed down through generations and also at some point was part of our collective heritage as humans. The movement to bring these varieties back is
gaining steam, as witnessed at the National Heirloom Exposition. OOOO
Trail of Tears Bean Soup You can get different varieties of heirloom black beans from Rancho Gordo, which would all work well in this soup. 1 cup dried heirloom black beans 1 large clove garlic, peeled and smashed with the side of a chef’s knife 1/4 cup diced onion 1 dried Ancho chile pod 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste 2 teaspoons chipotles in adobo, pureed (or to taste) 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Toppings: Tortilla Crisps - see recipe below 2 tablespoons creme fraiche 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1/2 an avocado, diced
Mix the beans, garlic, onion and chile in a 4 qt. saucepan. Cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer and partially cover pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are soft and creamy. Keep an eye on the water level and add more if ingredients start to peek through the surface of the soup. Once cooked, roughly puree with a blender or immersion blender. Taste and add salt, chipotles and cumin. Stir over low heat until ﬂavors blend and soup is heated through, about 5-10 minutes. Serve in bowls with different toppings alongside so diners can choose what they would like on top.
Tortilla Crisps 2 corn tortillas, cut in 1/4-inch strips Olive oil spray
Preheat oven to 400. Spread tortilla strips on a sheet tray and mist with olive oil. Toss with a sprinkle of salt. Bake in oven until crunchy, about 10 to15 minutes.< Simmer Brooke gently at brooke.d.Jackson@gmail.com
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The grand salami! Pizzalina dishing up high-class pizzas, hold the snootiness...
CLASSICS WE CAN DEVOUR Hawkâ€™s Tavern, in Mill Valley, continues to tweak its gastropub image. Departing from an original concept of small-plates-to-share service it has changed to a classic appetizerentree-dessert format that seems to better
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SAVORY CAST By the time you read this, San Anselmoâ€™s newest restaurant will be in its soft opening stage. Pizzalina debuted Sept. 26 at Red Hill Shopping Centerâ€”ironically in a space vacated by Round Table Pizza. Neapolitan pizza, the authentic thin-crust style made from wildyeasted dough and freshest toppings and cooked in a wood-ďŹ red oven, is the focus of the place, served with a small but stellar selection of wines along with small plates and entrees of rustic Italian foods. Owner/pizzaiola Louise Franz is a local whose food career includes decades of experience in top San Francisco restaurants (Stars and Waterbar, where she oversaw private dining rooms) and a recent immersion in pizza making. She studied at Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana in southern California, then worked at Pizzeria Picco, in Larkspur, and Pizzeria Rosso, in Santa Rosa, adding an intensive ďŹ eld trip to southern Italy to observe the art ďŹ rsthand. Her dream to have her own pizzeria came to fruition in a place that feels like it has been there for a very long time. With assistance â€”including a handcrafted main wallâ€”from ace restaurant designer Michael Brennan (Farallon, Jardiniere, Marinitas and Murray Circle) she built a bright, comfortable interior. On board as chef is Douglas Richey, whose background readied him for making his own charcuterie and Italian dishes; he worked with and learned from the owners of Santi in Geyserville, later taking over the Santa Rosa version of Santi. The wine list is created by Franzâ€™s brother Sean Crowley, who happens to be a sommelier/ wine director (Aqua, Campton Place, RitzCarlton) and is now in charge of sales and marketing at Paradigm in Napa. In spite of its high-wattage creators, Franz wants Pizzalina to be a welcoming hometown hangout. More than once she has spoken out publicly against restaurant â€œsnootiness,â€? hoping for regulars who will eat her pizza and Richeyâ€™s foods (pasta, salads, small appetizers, grilled chicken, bowls of mussels), enjoying the casual atmosphere. Pizzalina is open 11am-9pm, Sunday-Thursday; 11am-10pm, Friday and Saturday. West end of Red Hill Shopping Center, 415/256-9780 or www. pizzalina.com.
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