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›› LETTERS It’s the oyster workers who are getting, er, shucked... One important aspect of the push to rid Marin of a functioning 100-year-old tax-paying business as Drakes Bay Oyster Co., is the effect on—the workers. If the mean-spirited purists get their way some 36 workers will lose their jobs. If you add their families you are talking about up to a 100 individuals. After the National Park Service, using questionable scientific data, carries the day and Drakes Bay Oysters is history, then the ranches will go next. It’s sad that a soulless bureaucracy and their mindless running dogs can ruin so many lives in their quest to get their pound of flesh. West Marin will never be the same if they carry the day. There is a very unhealthy mentality amid some of the ecological movement who don’t care about the workers who made this country what it is. It’s also unfortunate that so few workers have any say in this matter or are listened to in a place like Marin. Abe Greene, Mill Valley

Trap her, keep her Women in binders? I think what ol’ Mitt really means is that women are in blinders and in a bind! Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

She’s the heartbeat, ‘Pacific Sun’ is the clot... Linda Pfeifer has been exemplary in her dedication to transparency and communication in her role on the Sausalito City Council. As a resident, I am so grateful for the way she has kept us informed. Her willingness to take

the opposing view when her dogged research gives her reason to, has sometimes irritated her male council mates who, especially when they all agree, resent any interference. I shudder to think what might happen without Linda on the council and I am sorry the Pacific Sun aligns itself with the mind-set that an opposing voice is not a good thing [“Endorsements,” Oct. 5]. It is the heartbeat of democracy.

made up your mind whom to vote for— don’t vote! If you are waiting for some speechwriter to give a zinger, you’re too stupid to vote for the leader of the free world. Decided voter, San Rafael

Barbara Nelson, Sausalito

Only MJ song Romney reminds us of is ‘Dangerous’ We found out that W. Bush was way, way, way worse than Watergate. If Romney gets in office you can kiss goodbye any progress in women’s rights, gay rights, all minority rights, health rights, big business oversight. He wants to ban abortion, stem cell research, etc., etc. I guess, like beauty, progress is in the eyes of the beholder. Remember those good old times in the 1950s and 1960s, or the better times in the 1850s and 1860s. The Republican dance: Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalk,” it looks like they go forward but in reality go backward. While I’m on symbols, how about the Republican symbol change from an elephant to a red herring. The most recent example is the Libya attack (called a terrorist attack, an act of terrorism, terrorist innuendo or teri tim buck to). We’ve seen Romney’s international skills. He’s managed to offend every country he’s visited. If Romney can’t handle The View, how’s he gonna handle the world stage? The Republicans want a weak federal government and the country to be run by large corporations without oversight. The question is, Are WE (country) better off now than four years ago? You betcha. Remember four years ago? To the undecided voter: If you still haven’t

Charlie Brown speaks for the entire Bay Area in this ‘Peanuts’ entry from 1962.

This is the quizmaster equivalent of McCovey lining out in Game 7

I always enjoy Howard Rachelson’s Trivia Cafe, testing my knowledge in various fields. You’ve probably already received numerous letters from outraged Giants fans regarding the answer in the Sept. 28 quiz. [Question: “How many times have the San Francisco Giants played in the World Series?” Our answer, given prior to the Giants defeating the Cardinals last month: Three, in 1989, 2002 and 2010] Of course, before this year, the Giants had been in four World Series since moving to San Francisco. You forget that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Giants’ appearance in the 1962 World Series, in addition to 1989, 2002 and 2010. Also, in answer to your question about what two bays lie along the west coast of Marin, I would also include Tomales Bay as a third bay.

Endorsement ‘Cheat Sheet’ Now in new ‘wallet-size’— perfect for taking to the polls! President: Barack Obama Senate: Dianne Feinstein House of Representatives: Jared Huffman State Assembly: Michael Allen Sausalito City Council: Vicki Nichols, Ray Withy and Thomas Theodores Marin Healthcare District Board: Hank Simmonds and Ann Sparkman

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‘Blow out your candles, Tennessee... and so, goodbye.’

Maybe he was trying to cap himself... Unanswered question #472: It is common knowledge that playwright Tennessee Williams died from choking on a medicine bottle top. But my question is, what the heck was he doing with a medicine bottle top in his mouth in the first place? Craig Whatley, San Rafael 6 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 2 - NOVEMBER 8, 2012

In our recent salute to the centuryold Fernwood Cemetery in Tam Valley [Cornerstones, Oct. 12], we made an, er... grave error in a statement about cemetery regulations. In a conversation regarding people’s misunderstandings about green burials, Fernwood manager Kathy Curry said that there are no specific laws “requiring” embalming or the use of cement grave liners. “Embalming is highly regulated and embalmers must complete rigorous training, apprenticeship and examinations to be licensed in the state of California,” Kathy stresses. And with that, we’ll lay the matter to rest.

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Freight to the finish Opponents still hoping to give rail authority a golden spike... by Pe te r Se i d m an


he North Coast Railroad Authority and opponents who want the agency to fully disclose potential environmental consequences of running a freight line along the Eel River will be back in Marin Superior Court on Dec. 7. Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics are challenging the environmental impact report the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) has compiled for a freight line that would run from Arcata down into Marin via Novato and east on to Schellville, where the line connects with the national freight rail system. The two organizations have filed suit, claiming the environmental report fails to consider the impacts of the entire rail line as it was originally envisioned. Instead, they say, it looks at only the southern end, and that’s inadequate “segmenting” of the plan. Backers of the rail line say they aren’t taking the trains to the northern segment, so an environmental review of that part is unnecessary. NCRA and backers of its partnering rail company, Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP), also say the line is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which mandates environmental review and mitigations if projects may harm the environment. That exemption,

according to the NCRA position, stems from the fact that federal law supersedes state requirements when it comes to trains—such as the NWP freight plan. “NCRA filed an environmental impact report that at the outset was supposed to have been a comprehensive look at the overall project that CEQA requires,” says Scott Greacen, executive director at Friends of the Eel River. “They decided to dodge the analysis and take smaller pieces. The beauty of that from the developer’s point of view is that you minimize the overall impact and you set up a process where you already have the project under way and stopping it later is much more difficult.” Greacen says the two organizations challenging the environmental report have no problem with trains on the southern end of the line. “If they can make that work, God bless them.” Northwestern Pacific now runs freight trains from Windsor down to the national rail system hub. Trains started rolling along that segment July 13, 2011. John Williams, NWP president, says his railroad is running locomotives that sometimes pull seven or eight cars, sometimes as many as 15 or 16. The cars carry grain and building materials, including ties and track for use on SMART, the commuter rail line 10 >


by Jason Walsh

Tickets on sale for Heroes of Marin awards Imagine yourselves in one of Bay Area’s first-rate dining rooms, hobnobbing with some of the highest achievers in the county, and mingling with staff members from the most-read newspaper in Marin. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. But first there’s the Pacific Sun’s Heroes of Marin awards banquet. On Nov. 15, the Pacific Sun, in partnership with Circle Bank, is presenting our second annual Heroes of Marin awards—a salute to the community members whose dedication to bettering the lives of county residents has helped make Marin the special place it is today. This year’s honorees include: Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey; independent filmmaker John Korty; Film Night in the Park founder Tom Boss; San Rafael Clean Campaign champion Andree Jansheski; the innovative folks at Marin Sanitary Service; Performing Stars of Marin founder Felecia Gaston; and San Marin High School student and volunteer-extraordinaire Ana Camara-Flores. Our 2012 lifetime achievement award is going to longtime San Rafael Mayor Al Boro. The dinner celebration is at Homeward Bound’s Fresh Starts Key Room in Novato. Tickets are $50—everyone’s invited (but seats are limited); call Linda Black at 415/485-6700 ext. 306. Let the Disney-as-Empire jokes! Star Wars fans will have plenty of “new hope” for further light-saber wielding adventures, as Walt Disney Co. announced today that it was purchasing Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion and that “episode 7” of the outer-space franchise was already in the works. According to Disney spokespeople, episodes 8 and 9 will follow, completing a third trilogy in the epic—this one following the further exploits of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia in the years after they’d defeated the Empire at the end of Return of the Jedi. After the completion of the new trilogy, Disney plans to release a new Star Wars movie about every two years. Lucas will reportedly serve as creative consultant on the movies. Lucas’s storied Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound effects companies, as well as the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise, were part of the deal. Following the release of the prequel Star Wars films a decade ago, Lucas—who’d received mixed reviews at best, and scathing indictments from fans at worst over the newer installments—vowed his days making Star Wars films were over. In an online video posted following the Disney announcement, Lucas qualified his previous remarks:“I always said I wasn’t going to do any more (Star Wars films) and that’s true, because I’m not going to do any more, but that doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to turn it over to (Lucasfilm CEO) Kathy (Kennedy) to do more.” Tiburon planning department under fire from Realtors Marin’s Realtors and home builders are calling upon Tiburon town officials to inspect the inspection process at city hall. In a joint letter to the council, officials from the Marin Association of Realtors and the Marin Builders Association have asked that the Tiburon Town Council look into alle10




Written in the wind The write-in vote—America’s barely audible voice of true democracy by Jacob Shafe r


Forty-three states currently allow writein voting. Hawaii, which doesn’t, saw a challenge of its write-in prohibition make it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991. While the court ruled 6-3 to uphold the ban, Justice Anthony Kennedy offered an impassioned defense for the write-in vote in his dissenting opinion. “In the election that triggered this lawsuit, [the] petitioner did not wish to vote for the one


George Washington swept into office in 1789 on a wave of 38,818 write-in votes. Of course, every vote was write-in back then, and he ran unopposed.

candidate who ran for state representative in his district,” wrote Kennedy. “Because he could not write in the name of a candidate he preferred, he had no way to cast a meaningful vote.” Kennedy went on to point out that, prior to 1888, all votes cast in the United States were write-in votes; voters were given blank ballots that they filled in with the help of pre-printed tickets distributed by the various parties. However, Kennedy pointed out, “Since there were no state-imposed restrictions on whose name could appear on a ballot, individuals could always vote for the candidates of their choice.” The odds of a write-in candidate significantly impacting a national election are obviously remote. But maybe that’s the idea. The notion that, as citizens, we can make our voices heard, however faint they may be, is fundamental to the democratic process. It doesn’t matter if what we’re saying is popular or far-to-the-fringe—the point is we can say it. In others words: If one guy (or gal) in Marin wants to throw his support behind the Socialist Party, who are we to stand in his way? < Vote ‘Jacob Shafer’ for president on Nov. 6; or email him at



5. Pictured, above: The following all have nine-letter names: a. This image has two nine-letter words associated with it. b. What animal? c. What city of Asia? 6. In order to crow, a rooster must fully extend his what? 7. This answer is a four-letter name with alternating vowel and consonant: Name the English singer/songwriter, who won the MTV Europe Music Award as best new act in 2001. 8. The U.S. presidential election takes place every four years on a date determined by what formula? 9. About how many times could Texas fit into all the lower 48 states: 6, 9 or 12? 10. One apple and one banana cost $1.30. One apple and one coconut cost $1.40. One banana and one coconut cost $1.50. Find the cost of each fruit. BONUS QUESTION: Spoon-feed is the longest word in the English language whose letters are what? Howard Rachelson welcomes you to live team trivia contests on Wednesdays at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. If you have an intriguing question, send it along (including the answer, and your name and hometown) to

 VWe’re not cockroach fans. However, we’re huge fans of a Mill Valley restaurant with the integrity to publicly announce it’s battling a German cockroach infestation. The staff at Cafe del Soul noticed the pests and outside contractors were consulted. Eradicating the roaches from the restaurant is difficult because the entire building is infested. On Monday, the restaurant posted a statement on its door and on Facebook to explain the situation. It also reported the infestation to the Environmental Health Services of Marin. The following day, Cafe del Soul and other establishments in the building were shut down. Thanks for coming clean with us, Cafe del Soul. You’ve earned our respect and gratitude. We hope the problem is resolved quickly and you’ll open again soon.

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Despite the efforts of one Marinite, socialist candidate James Harris fell 69,456,897 votes shy of becoming the first African-American president of the United States.

by Howard Rachelson

1. Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, 2012 World Series Champions! 1a. Who led this year’s Giants in home runs? 1b. Which two pitchers had the most victories? 1c. Who is the highest paid Giants player? 2. What kind of tableware is named for a country? 3. What color are your car’s backup lights? 4. What dignified London street is named after a croquet-like game (it means “mallet ball”) once played there by King Charles I?


here are few things more curious— and uniquely American—than the write-in vote. Supporting a fringe third-party candidate is one thing; rejecting even that option and scrawling in your own nominee requires a special brand of rugged individualism. So how often do voters fill in the blank? In the 2008 presidential election, while most were busy choosing between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, 190 Marinites cast write-in votes. Of those, 164 were for a Ron Paul/Gail Lightfoot ticket. Paul, of course, is a Texas congressman and Tea Party darling, while Lightfoot, according to her campaign website, is the former state chair of the California Libertarian Party. Another 25 votes went to Constitution Party candidates Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle, while National Socialist Party hopefuls James Harris and Alyson Kennedy persuaded one county resident to spell out their names (perhaps putting the lie to the Fox News-fueled fear that our nation is on the brink of socialist rule). Those totals, keep in mind, don’t factor in ironic votes for Mickey Mouse, Ronald McDonald or the guy from those “Gangnam Style” videos. To count, a write-in vote must be cast for a certified candidate who meets the qualifications for office and who has registered with the appropriate state agency.


WMarinites are well-educated, informed about political issues and turn out to the polls in large numbers. It’s no surprise that election bumper stickers are prevalent around these parts. One of our loyal readers, a marine biologist, was driving on 101 near the Sausalito exit, when he spotted a bumper sticker on a truck that read: VOTE 2012. Don’t Renege— except the second syllable in “renege” was spelled with the letters n-i-g (we’re trying not to repeat the offensive word, folks.) Like it or not, we understand that negative campaigning is common, yet this message crossed the line of common decency. Still, we believe in freedom of speech. Which is why we’re free to call this guy a few words: narrow-minded, stupid, racist, Zero. —Nikki Silverstein

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< 8 Freight to the finish under construction that will run between Marin and Sonoma counties. The trains run south loaded and return empty. Williams says NWP is looking to extend its freight service north to Healdsburg and Geyserville, maybe Cloverdale. Running those freight trains through Novato didn’t come without pushback. In 2007, the city sued North Coast Railroad Authority for failing to meet CEQA mandates regarding environmental impacts of running trains through Novato. At the time, speculation swirled that Northwestern Pacific might run as many as 32 trains pulling as many as 60 cars. The suit claimed NCRA underestimated potential impacts. In 2008, North Coast Railroad reached a settlement with the city that called for it to create “quiet zones” at 13 rail crossings. It also called for NCRA to use low-emission locomotives and employ other methods to minimize environmental impacts in the city. At the time, Novato residents who wanted to keep their town freight-free said noise from the trains would deteriorate the character of the town as well as their mental health. Supervisor Judy Arnold, who represents Novato, says that since the trains have been running she has received no complaints. But a quick review of blogs and online comments shows that at least some people have a problem with the trains. Only a few run through the city a week, not Grand-Central-Station traffic— so far. As for the mitigation measures, Williams says NWP is working on the quiet zones, which could be complete in about a year. The cause of the action Novato brought against the North Coast Railroad is similar to the one Greacen describes in the current lawsuit: segmenting an environmental review. NCRA has filed a demurrer (to be heard in Marin Superior Court on Dec. 7), which essentially claims that even if the facts in a legal action are accurate, the case should be dismissed because no firm basis exists for the lawsuit—in this case that federal law trumps state law and allows escape from state environmental review; it will be heard. The California Legislature formed the North Coast Railroad Authority in 1989 as part of an effort to ensure continued viability of railroad transportation in the state. A companion bill passed both houses of the Legislature and would have provided funds to create rail transit on the proposed line, but then Gov. George Deukmejian vetoed the legislation, leaving NCRA as an unfunded mandate. It also left NCRA with an idea for a railroad but no actual railroad, which didn’t make it easy to attract an operator to run actual freight. Allan Hemphill was on the negotiating committee when the North Coast Railroad Authority sent out a request for proposals from rail operators interested in running trains on the NCRA route. “At the time we 10 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 2 - NOVEMBER 8, 2012

were negotiating,” he says, “we had only three respondents for a very extensive request for proposals. Only two of those respondents were qualified: NWP and Sierra Railroad.” An underlying reason for so few responses, he says, was “the fact that we didn’t even have a railroad; all we were doing was promising one.” Hemphill portrays the position of the North Coast Railroad Authority in the negotiations this way: “We weren’t exactly the belle of the ball in investment opportunities, and anybody getting in there was going to take great risks.” Relating the position of the majority of the nine-member NCRA board, Hemphill says the agency “took the best deal we could, knowing there was going to be no profit to share for some time. We were just hoping to be able to continue funding the agency.” The deal NCRA, the governmental agency that owns the rail right of way, cut with Northwestern Pacific in 2006 still sticks in the craw of critics who say NCRA gave away too much of the farm. Leading those critics has been former Novato Mayor Bernie Meyers. NCRA agreed to a 25-year lease with NWP that allows NWP to renew for up to 100 years, says Meyers, “without any meaningful oversight.” Meyers also says the lease agreement is light on performance review and conflict of interest clauses. There’s also, he says, a potential that track rental payments from Northwestern Pacific will never materialize. Included in the lease is a section covering payments expected from the railroad operator. “NWP shall make annual lease payments in the amount of 20 percent of its net income, commencing the first year after NWP has generated positive net income in excess of $5 million.” That’s net income. Williams says his railroad line is “close to breaking even” seven years after the lease was signed. Back when the lease deal was on the table, says Hemphill, NCRA thought it could offer railroad track as far north as Willits, which would give “a viable operation” to an operator. Both respondents to the requests for proposals considered that outlook, which was the basis for the profit-sharing agreement. “We were going to deliver 132 miles of railroad. They were going to take the risk of the business and build it and hopefully share some profit.” That never happened. “By the time we realized the extent of the repairs necessary to the track, we were able to deliver only 62 miles We didn’t deliver the package, so it’s no surprise there isn’t much profit to share yet.” The track repair and replacement project cost about $60 million, most of it from public funds. In June 2011, the North Coast Railroad Authority board approved an amendment to the lease agreement. It called for NCRA and Northwestern Pacific to “promptly meet in good faith to renegotiate.” Northwestern Pacific has loaned NCRA up to about $5 million (the debt is now

about $2 million). NCRA gets one-third of its income from NWP, which wasn’t making a profit yet. In October 2011, the NCRA board approved a memorandum of understanding that called for NWP to make a $15,000 loan each month to NCRA until the rail authority could sell its Ukiah depot or until the two parties could renegotiate a new permanent rental rate or until July 1, 2012, “whichever date occurs first.” All the milestones and dates passed like telephone poles strung along the rails. Under terms of that memorandum, Northwestern Pacific now is paying nothing to NCRA until the permanent deal gets signed. “I think it will come to a good conclusion at some point,” says Hemphill. “I am hopeful. I can’t predict when it will be.” Hemphill notes that Northwestern Pacific still is paying about $15,000 a month on a federal Railroad Rehabilitation Improvement Financing Program loan for which NWP and NCRA hold joint responsibility. “There’s a mutual dependence” between NWP and NCRA, says Hemphill. “We owe a good deal of money to NWP. We were hoping to pay down some of that debt [Williams] loaned us to effect repairs and have on hand as operating cash until we could sell the Ukiah depot. We thought we would have that money, and we could sit down on a level playing field” for the lease negotiations. “Mr. Meyers seems oblivious to the fact that he beats up on the person who bankrolls a rebuilding railroad. [Williams] has been a good partner. We failed to deliver what we said we would do, and that puts us in a difficult position in negotiations.” Meyers says the lease should be negotiated with terms more beneficial to the rail authority. Exactly what those terms would be, he can’t say without the help of an expert in railroad leases. But he says he knows from looking at other leases between rail agencies and short-line operators that NCRA should be getting a better deal.

Greacen and the Friends of the Eel River and other environmental watchdogs up north are looking at NCRA and NWP with a suspicious eye not because of the lease but because of what they see as a potential raid on the sensitive Eel River Canyon environment. Right from the start, NWP critics said they suspected the real motive behind running freight north was to tap into the natural riches of the region. Humboldt Bay was mentioned; so was Island Mountain. “We have strong reasons to believe what the rail guys intend to do is to go back in and rebuild the line in the Eel River Canyon with private money and with no [environmental] analysis,” says Greacen. But Williams and North Coast Railroad maintain they have no intentions of going into the Eel Canyon in the foreseeable future. But Greacen says he doesn’t see how the rail line can be profitable without tapping into mineral deposits and the natural assets that abound in the area. “Mineral deposits around Island Mountain, metals and hard rock and a number of other interesting deposits there are economically impractical without a cheap way to haul them.” Williams says he just wants to run a little short-line railroad, and the hot issue of using rail to extract material in the area has simmered and cooled. Not so much in Greacen’s estimation. And a little mention in the June 2011 amendment to the lease calls attention to the minerals and mining issue: “NCRA must refrain from granting any security any metals in the Eel River Division....” And “NCRA must refrain from dispersing proceeds from any sale of...Eel River division metals....” Greacen says the lawsuit would go away if NCRA agrees to sign a legally binding document stating there’s no intention to encroach on the Eel River Canyon for the next 20 or 30 years. That would negate the need for a CEQA review. So far, no takers. < Contact the writer at

< 8 Newsgrams gations of “arbitrary, inconsistent, unfair and delayed interpretations and applications of building and resale inspection standards by the building division.” The two groups also called on the council to take “immediate steps” to ensure that decisions made by Tiburon’s building division are fair, consistent and timely. This isn’t the first time Tiburon’s planning and building processes have come under fire; in July the Marin Association of Realtors called on Marin and its municipalities to set clear policies and procedures that would create a consistent residential resale inspection process across the county. Nearby Belvedere has been subject to similar criticisms; resident James Robertson made a run for Belvedere City Council last June on a platform of shaking up city hall and rooting out conflicts of interest in the planning department. MAR president David Smadbeck said meetings between Tiburon officials and the Realtors association have taken place, but “the problems continue.” Chief among the problems, according to MAR, are inconsistent inspection reports; arbitrary interpretations of the building code; overly stringent inspections that forced potential home buyers to walk away from transaction; and inspectors who insist repairs be made that are not required by the building code. “Tiburon should take decisive action as soon as possible to bring these practices to an end,” MAR chief executive officer Edward Segal and MBA spokesperson Klif Knoles said in the letter.“The first step is for the council to hold a public hearing right away so 10 > 11


< 10 Newsgrams that other residents can share their own experiences, concerns and complaints. A full and complete picture of the problem will help lead to the best possible solutions.â&#x20AC;?

Former MMWD manager tapped by Gov. Brown Paul Helliker, the former general manager of the Marin Municipal Water District, is the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new deputy director at the Department of Water Resources. The 55-year-old Berkeley resident was appointed this week by Gov. Brown to the $150,000 a year post. Helliker left the MMWD last winter after a tempestuous decade as Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watershed watchdogâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;drought fears, low reservoir levels, threats from invasive plant species and an uproar over a proposed desalination plant on the San Rafael coast were among the storms Helliker had to weather. Upon announcing his departure from MMWD last February, district officials noted that under Hellikerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight-year tenure the district completed its largest scale Water Conservation Master Plan, established a â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendsâ&#x20AC;? group to support the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed and completed the Lagunitas Creek Restoration Plan, an intensive 10-year effort to improve Lagunitas Creek for coho salmon and steelhead trout.

Behar resigns from water board After six years on the board of the Marin Municipal Water District, David Behar is stepping out of the tempestuous waters of county H2O oversight. The San Anselmo resident has been the Ross Valley representative on the board since 2006, but a relocation to Corte Madera takes him out of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;division 3 boundaries. Behar, 53, won re-election to the board in 2010 following a rancorous campaign that found several critics of the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;largely spurred to action by the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in building a desalination plant off the coast of San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;running vigorously to oust the incumbents. But Beharâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water-pedigree proved tough to beat: He has worked in the Water Enterprise division of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and was formerly executive director of the Bay Institute and consulted and managed programs for organizations such as Cal Trout, Pacific Rivers Council and Natural Resources Defense Council. His resignation takes effect Nov. 11. The board will have up to 60 days to appoint a new Division 3 director for the remainder of his term, which runs through 2014. Combative Sausalito Council approves city manager raise There was more at issue than a city managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $3,000 pay raise at the Sausalito City Council last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as the bickering councilmembers did little to disguise their animosity toward each other on the cusp of a heated Nov. 6 election. Councilmembers Jonathan Leone, Herb Weiner and mayor Mike Kelly approved the raise for city manager Adam Politzer, which would include incremental bonuses over the next two years in addition to the raise. While praising Politzerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, Councilwoman Linda Pfeifer, the lone incumbent running for one of three open seats on the council this November, voted against the pay hike, citing the need for the city to tighten its belt during the recession. Absent from the meeting was Councilwoman Carolyn Ford, who typically joins Pfeifer as a minority voting bloc on the council. But Ford, who is not running for re-election, had reportedly circulated a missive to the community on Tuesday in an effort to bolster opposition to the raiseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and when Pfeifer began reading a letter from Ford during her own time to speak, Mayor Kelly asked her if she was relinquishing her allotted three minutes. The squabbling continued, with Weiner suggesting Pfeifer was being hypocritical for opposing the city managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1 percent pay increase after putting Measure F on the June ballotâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a referendum on the roundly endorsed fire department annexation plan, which cost the city thousands of dollars to put to a vote (it was approved). Kelly added, according to the Marin IJ, that Pfeifer and Ford merely vote no on everything and never offer viable alternatives. Pfeifer momentarily suggested she felt she was being bullied; at which point Kelly allegedly told her to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get a life.â&#x20AC;? Marin wood burners: consider yourselves warned The Winter Spare the Air season starts Nov. 1, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be more protective than ever of local conditions that may affect health. Residents caught burning wood, manufactured firelogs or any solid fuel, either indoors or out, on a day when a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spare the Airâ&#x20AC;? alert has been called, will be fined $100 instead of simply being warned, as they were last season. The fine will be waived for offenders who take a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wood smoke awarenessâ&#x20AC;? class online, according to the Air District. Second-time offenders will be issued a $500 fine. Last season the fine was $400. Tickets for subsequent violations go up from there. Last winter, Marin led the Bay Area in the number of complaints about inappropriate wood burning with 863 (far outdistancing Contra Costa County, which had 622 complaints). Warning letters were sent to 48 Marin residents. Information about when a Spare the Air Day is called is routinely announced on radio and TV stations, and is available online (, by calling 1-877-4NO-BURN, via email alerts or automatic call alertsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;1-800-430-1515â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, of course, there are apps available for smartphones.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julie Vader


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How the ‘top two’ battle for District 10 is tearing Marin’s Dems apart by Kelly O’Mara


hen California voters approved Proposition 14 in 2010, the state hoped to usher in a more civilized era of politics. Prop. 14 assured that the top two vote-getters in the primary would head to the general election—regardless of party affiliation. The new system, combined with new districts drawn by an independent commission, would increase the number of moderate candidates, cause party influence to wane and make partisan gridlock a thing of the past. Enter intra-party gridlock. In the first statewide test of the new open primary, 28 races are now pitting Republican against Republican or Demo12 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 2 - NOVEMBER 8, 2012

crat against Democrat. And the races are anything but civilized. In Assembly District 10, which covers Marin and part of Sonoma County, state Assemblyman Michael Allen and San Rafael City Councilman Marc Levine have spent $1.5 million fighting each other, with outside groups throwing in another $500,000 for mailers calling the candidates dirty polluters, secret Republicans and one of them a Sacramento insider. “It hasn’t worked out as I expected,” said Peter B. Collins, a political consultant on Allen’s campaign, who supported the open primary system hoping it would bring in more third-party candidates. But, there are just four third-party candidates in California who received enough votes to be on the ballot in the November general election.

“I personally have some concerns about the top-two primary,” said Paul Cohen, chair of the Marin Democrats. Where did all the money go? Cohen’s concerns are relatively straightforward: Democrats are spending money against Democrats. And they’re spending that money in a district they didn’t have to spend money in before. That means less money for other Democrats in other districts. “When was the last time a Democrat had to spend money in the general election in Marin?” asked Paul Mitchell, vice president of the Sacramento-based firm Political Data Inc. Given Marin and Sonoma County’s staunchly left political leanings, in the past

the Democrat was virtually assured of a win. This allowed the state party to spend very little money here. Instead, the party would transfer that money to other, more competitive districts, helping Democrats win seats in the Central Valley or in other close races against Republicans. And the spending problem may be hitting Democrats harder than Republicans. Because of the state’s overall political persuasion and the way the new district lines were drawn, there are simply fewer Republican versus Republican races under the top-two primary system. “Democrats are spending a lot more resources in these internal campaigns than Republicans are,” said Cohen. “We could be spending in contested seats.” In District 10, the California Demo-

Not all of the Assembly campaign mailers have been on the attack. A positive mailer from Allen supporters promotes the assemblyman’s, left, legislative accomplishments; a (mostly) positive one about Levine, right, applauds the councilman’s ‘nonprofit work for children.’

cratic Party has thrown its full weight and funding behind Allen, its endorsed candidate. As of Oct. 20, Allen had raised $1,396,594, according to the secretary of state—with the majority of that coming in large donations from the state Democratic Party or transferred from other counties’ Democratic Party committees. Levine has raised just $252,797 as of the Oct. 20 filing date. Both have spent as much as they’ve raised. Outside groups have also jumped into the fray. With liberal party money lining up behind Allen, Levine has turned to other groups. The political action committee, Family Farmers Working for a Better California, which is primarily funded by the Western Growers Association, an agricultural trade association, and California Citrus Mutual, a citrus growers association, spent $240,000 earlier this month sending out mailers calling Allen a Sacramento insider. The mailers also highlighted a $3,000 fine he received from the Fair Political Practices Commission for a vote he made as a Santa Rosa planning commissioner that was ruled a conflict of interest. He has said he wasn’t aware of the conflict and that his vote didn’t change the outcome of the 7-0 approval. On the anti-Levine side, the California Alliance, mainly funded by conservationists and teachers’ and nurses’ political groups, has spent $238,000 on a television ad and Working Families Against Low Wage Jobs, a political action committee funded by SEIU, has spent just over $20,000 on mailers in support of Allen, arguing that Levine is being bought by corporate interests. It adds up to a lot of money. Mudslingers Anonymous Where the mudslinging began depends on whom you ask. Levine has long alleged Allen is a carpetbagger—moving to San Rafael

from Santa Rosa so he could run for the position—and a Sacramento insider. Allen has argued Levine is taking dirty money from corporate and agribusiness interests. “I’m not that thrilled this campaign has turned nasty,” said Cohen. “But, despite the fact that everyone says they hate them, negative ads have an impact.” One of Allen’s negative ads, paid for by the California Democratic Party, was headlined: “Marc Levine doesn’t want you to know about the elephant in the room... because the elephant in the room is Marc Levine.” It featured a picture of Levine meeting with a group of Republicans and then asked, “What’s next—campaign contributions from Republican special interests?” Levine argues he was simply meeting with a group of potential Republican constituents. Allen, for his part, says the party sent out those ads—not him. “I’m not the one who decides what kind of literature they send out,” said Allen. Circling the wagons Allen is the endorsed candidate of the California Democratic Party. (Endorsements are made by local representatives and then ratified at the state convention during the primary.) Though Levine is on the California Democratic Party executive board, he said he wasn’t surprised not to get the endorsement. Allen is also the incumbent—sort of. In 2010, he was elected as the assemblyman for District 7, which covers Napa County and part of Sonoma County. But, when the district was redrawn, he lived on the wrong side of the line for the new District 10. He could have moved to the other side of Santa Rosa and run for that seat, but Allen opted instead to move to San Rafael in 2011 and run in District 10, where there didn’t appear to be an incumbent candidate. About 20 percent of District 10 is the same as District 7, which he currently

represents. And Allen argues that he has over 40 years of experience working on environmental and labor issues in Sonoma and Marin counties. Levine, though, says the speaker of the California Assembly, John Perez (D-Los Angeles), told him to pull out of the District 10 race during the primary, allow Allen to run relatively uncontested and wait his turn. Reportedly, other Democrats who considered running got a similar message. “The Sacramento wagons have been circling around Allen since the beginning,” said Levine. Collins agrees that Perez told Levine to wait. “The speaker did advise him to wait a few years,” he said. Levine was told, he said, “this isn’t your time.” The speaker often attempts to protect the party incumbents—and, in turn, the Democrats line up to vote as directed. Or as Cohen explains, Perez likely thought “we can’t count on [Levine], but we probably can count on Michael Allen.” Allen is not the only endorsed incumbent that the Democratic Party is throwing its money behind in a Democrat versus Democrat race. In Santa Monica and West Hollywood, the party has backed Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. In a parallel of Marin’s race, the Western Growers Association is backing Butler’s opponent, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, spending close to $150,000 on anti-Butler mailers. With this as the first major test of the open primary system, both sides are attempting to set precedents for how races will play out in the future. If most of the intra-party challengers are beaten, then there will likely be fewer challenges in the future, meaning less money spent in Democrat versus Democrat races. A ‘new’ era of politics Nasty campaigns are not new—even within the same party. The last time this Assembly seat was open (without an incumbent), Jared Huff-

man spent $430,000 to win the Democratic primary. Under the old system, the Democratic Party primary winner was nearly assured of the general election win. Democrats Cynthia Murray spent another $480,000; Pam Torliatt spent $280,000; and Damon Connolly spent $247,000. This doesn’t include outside expenditures from political action committees. In this top-two primary system, the Allen-Levine race may be a proxy for what is happening throughout the state, but it is nowhere near the nastiest or most expensive. In the San Fernando Valley, Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman have spent $13 million fighting for the congressional seat. The problem is largely that there may be little difference between two same-party candidates. “It’s a little bit harder for voters to distinguish between the candidates,” said Allen. “It takes a lot more thought and research for voters.” “The choice is not ideological. Our positions are generally progressive,” said Levine. If the choice isn’t ideological, then voters are left to decide based on personalities and preferences. Or, voters can pick based on the range of arguments being pushed by the campaign mailers. Some newspapers have lined up behind Levine, some behind Allen. Many elected Democratic officials have endorsed Allen, some have endorsed Levine. “If the World Series is the Dodgers versus the Dodgers, who do you root for?” asked Mitchell. After the election, both sides will have to figure out how to work together—especially since, instead of being on opposite ends of the chamber, they are in theory on the same side. “It’s breaking down the unity we have within the party,” said Allen. “It’s a more difficult situation for everybody.” < Email Kelly at


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I also have to admit that Leno didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t crop my name out. If you go to The Tonight Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site and look in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s video clips for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Headlines Part 2â&#x20AC;? you can see Leno reading my line and you can see my name on the screenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inquirer Television Writer Rick Polito of Universal Press Syndicate contributed to this report.â&#x20AC;? That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t crave a kind of comedic justice. Leno didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t crop my name out. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the ďŹ re started. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for Leno to make it all better. He needs to have me on the show. People love the Oz line. I got $5 PayPalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d to me from a guy who wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Oz 1-liner made my day man. Wish I was rich and I would hire you. Good luck with the job search and please go get some coffee on me.â&#x20AC;? Even before it went viral, it was quoted on tens of thousands of sites. Dorothy has been a serial killer since the day I wrote it. And Leno has gotten big laughs with my best line twice. Fortunately for him, I have a few thousand other lines that are just as funny. Give me ďŹ ve minutes in the guest seat and I guarantee laughs. My standup career was briefâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Google â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rick Politoâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robin Williamsâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;but I got some chops. And you, my loyal PaciďŹ c Sun readers, can help. I need everybody who ever got a laugh out of That TV Guy to write The Tonight Show and tell them to have Rick Polito on. Find the show hereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;http://www.nbc. com/the-tonight-show/â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and click to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aboutâ&#x20AC;? page. Under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Info,â&#x20AC;? youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contact the Show.â&#x20AC;? Click it. Type a few words. Be charming. Be persuasive. Tell Jay how my column pulled you back from the brink and turned your life around. Tell him he owes me a spot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comedic justiceâ&#x20AC;? sounds like a clown getting a pie in the face for mistiming a spit take, but I still deserve credit for a solid line that got solid laughs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not Lenoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some guy on the Internet who wronged me. But that guy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a TV show. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m willing to drop my viral vendetta. As soon as I walk onto the stage. < Find out where Car 54 is at


Uncontrolled Burns Those who don’t learn from history, will have Ken Burns to repeat it... by Davi d Te mp l e ton


here’s always been a sense that ‘history’ means homework,” says filmmaker Ken Burns, addressing a mid-morning crowd the other week at the Mill Valley Film Festival, everyone clutching cups of coffee and note pads, furiously scribbling down words as he speaks. “There is this idea that history means castor oil,” he says, “that history is something that’s good for you—but not good tasting. And yet I see history as this incredible pageant of everything that has come before this moment. History has the possibility of being the best teacher we humans have—particularly in an age where people don’t really talk to each other anymore.” Ken Burns is arguably the most successful documentary filmmaker working today. Best known for his award-winning multi-part documentaries on PBS, Burns became a household name with his 1990 series, The Civil War. It was followed by a long line of projects exploring various subjects from war to jazz to America’s national parks, from the journeys of Lewis and Clark to the history of baseball to the Prohibition days of the 1920s-30s. His various appearances at the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival—including the aforementioned Saturday morning Master Class with writer and film critic Michael Fox as moderator—marked the debut of his twohour documentary, The Central Park Five, a theatrical release exploring a 1989 New York City crime for which five young men were wrongfully convicted. On Nov. 18, PBS will run Burns’ new two-part docu-

Burns demonstrates his ‘excited about history’ pose during the Mill Valley Film Festival.

mentary, The Dust Bowl, chronicling the worst man-made ecological disaster in the history of America. This morning, dressed casually and pumped-up in anticipation of the screening of The Central Park Five, later on in the day, Burns is both laid-back and animated. Articulate and infectiously energetic, Burns answers questions with thoughtful ‘The Civil War’ was one of the most ‘historic’ television events of all time. barrages of words that sometimes seem to be veering off on tangents before returnhis films, exploring them in great detail, going to be all OK. Ken just got up on his ing to the point with satisfying anecdotes haunches!’ Because they know that means mining them for the stories in the faces or concise observations. I just got very excited by some possibility, of the subjects. The power of his style of Asked whether he makes such long that I’d just figured out what to do, what documentary making springs from his documentaries because he feels a need to take out, that I could see the story we trust in those photos, his belief that each to cover every detail of a subject, Burns were going to tell. photo has a past and a future, as well as laughs. “We’ve always said that a film is like a the present moment that was arrested with “You can’t cover every detail of a submillion different problems,” he goes on, the click of the camera. ject,” he says. “You can’t tell about every “but we don’t see “It’s important to listen to those phobattle in the Civil the word problem as tographs,” he says, “then to add to each War. You can’t menpejorative. There’s photo the dimensions of sound and life. tion every player in always something It’s a kind of historic CPR, bringing those the Baseball Encyto be figured out, to photographs to life. On my very first film, clopedia. I love that be overcome. And The Brooklyn Bridge, it had its premiere I make films that are we spend a lot of at the Brooklyn Museum. I brought my often really, really time solving those own projector, and I brought one of those long. The baseball problems. It took tripod things with the screen, and when series was 18-1/2 us 10 years to make the movie was over, the first question was hours long in the ‘The Central Park Five’ documents the 1989 Central Park The National Parks. from this woman, who said, ‘Where did first iteration, and Jogger case, in which minority youths were coerced by the police into falsely confessing to the brutal rape of a It took us seven you get those movies of the building of the we added another 28-year-old white woman. years to make The Brooklyn Bridge?’ four in the second. War, about World “And I said, ‘Well, um, the Brooklyn That’s 22-1/2 hours. Bridge was built between 1869 and 1883. And still, people write me every day, telling War II. Vietnam, which we’re working Motion pictures hadn’t been invented yet. me what I left out, which obscure baseball on now, will end up at six or seven years by the time we’re done. These are huge And she said, ‘I mean the movies of those player from the 1940s I failed to mention. amounts of man-and-woman hours, just men bringing the scows down the river, “I actually love that,” he says. “It means loaded with the blocks of stone from Verthe subject matters to people. These stories trying to collect materials and solve those problems.” mont. The movies of the workers building matter to people.” Though Burns’s movies focus on moBurns employs teams of researchers and the towers.’ And I had to insist, ‘Ma’am, ments in history, he is uncomfortable editors, often working on several projects those are all still photographs.’ And she with the label historian, insisting he’s an at once. Sometimes, he admits, a project said, ‘No, they aren’t!’ seems daunting early on, as the team waits amateur historian at best, and a filmmaker “And I thought to myself, ‘OK. This is first. But history is what excites his filmfor inspiration to strike. going to work.’” “In the early days of working on a making instincts, his desire to bring great Because, of course, those were still project,” he acknowledges, “when the idea stories to life. photographs. is still forming and we don’t know where “I always thought that history, in any “But we added the sounds of seagulls we’re going yet, when the prospects seem form, should make you feel that this time, over the East River,” Burns smiles, “and the so godawful, and my editors in the editing it might not turn out the way you knew it sounds of water lapping, and workmen room are so, so depressed...there’s always a turned out,” he says. “That you could go shouting, and hammers going, and primimoment when I start to see where it might to Ford’s Theatre, see Lincoln sitting there tive hydraulic things, and winches and be going—and as I sit in my chair, I jump watching the play, and maybe this time the sounds of ropes pulling—all to bring up like this.” John Wilkes Booth wouldn’t be successful, those photos back to life, to give those moBurns jumps up, his feet on the chair, maybe this time the bullet wouldn’t fire. ments in history their voice again. crouching down on his haunches like an I’ve had thousands of people come up to “Because history,” he grins, “history excited little boy. me in the years since The Civil War aired, is alive. And sometimes, I get to remind “It’s evidently just something I do and talk to me about that moment, the people of that.” < sometimes,” he says, returning to his death of Abraham Lincoln, telling me that Go down in history with David at previous sitting position. “If we’re talkthey sat there watching it, really wanting it ing about how to fix the script or where to turn out differently.” It’s your movie, speak up at the project is going, and I do that, then ›› Burns uses a lot of photographs in everyone relaxes and says, ‘All right. It’s NOVEMBER 2 - NOVEMBER 8, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 19


Alex Cross (PG-13) Argo (R)

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Helen Hunt grants John Hawkes’ wish in ‘The Sessions,’ opening Friday at the Regency. Alex Cross (1:42) A serial killer pushes detective squad psychologist Tyler Perry into a personal and professional quagmire in a skillful game of cat and mouse. O Argo (2:00) Ben Affleck directs and stars in the true-life story of the Iran hostage crisis and an unbelievable covert operation to rescue six American prisoners. O Chasing Mavericks (1:57) Half Moon Bay’s gnarly waves provide the backdrop for Curtis Hanson’s biopic of legendary surfer dude Jay Moriarity. O Cloud Atlas (2:44) David Mitchell’s fabulist novel becomes a Tom Twyker-Lana and Andy Wachowski extravaganza with Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry and Tom Hanks influencing and inspiring one another across continents and centuries. O Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (1:26) Docu-bio of the witty, trendsetting fashionista and her years with Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. O Flight (2:19) Airline pilot Denzel Washington’s heroic safe landing after a midair collision falls under scrutiny when questions arise about really happened before and during the crash. O Frankenweenie (1:27) Animated Tim Burton horror comedy about a young genius who brings his beloved pooch back to life; SCTV’s Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara provide the voices. O Fun Size (1:17) A teen’s plans for a fun and festive Halloween go out the window when her weird little brother wanders off among the jack o’ lanterns in search of tricks and treats. O The Great Escape (2:52) Testosteronepacked true story of a group of Allied airmen and their precision escape from a Nazi POW camp; Steve McQueen (and motorcycle) costar. O Here Comes the Boom (1:45) Wrestlerturned-middle-aged biology teacher Kevin James returns to the ring as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his high school music program, much to the astonishment of school nurse Salma Hayek. O Hotel Transylvania (1:31) Brouhaha results when an ordinary guy crashes a party attended by Frankenstein, the Wolfman and other spooky types at a monsters-only resort run by Dracula himself. O Johnny Legend’s TV in Acidland (2:30) The archivist of arcane and bizarre American pop culture presents an evening of vintage video featuring the likes of Ernie Kovacs, Steve Allen, Groucho Marx and Rod Serling. O A Liar’s Autobiography (1:22) Absurdist animated 3D biopic of the late Graham Chapman employs vocals from fellow Monty Python alums like John Cleese and Terry Gilliam as well as a spirited narration from Chapman himself. O


O Like Someone in Love Complex, oblique look at a Japanese escort, her edgy boyfriend and the client who inspires an evening of introspection and deception. O Looper (1:58) Convoluted sci-fi thriller about a time-traveling Mob hit man named Joe who’s ordered to off his former self; Bruce Willis and Joseph-Gordon Levitt costar as Joe. O The Man with the Iron Fists (1:36) Hong Kong actioner about a humble blacksmith who turns himself into a human weapon to vanquish the villains who have been decimating his village; RZA, Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe star. O The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore (3:05) Direct from New York it’s Donizetti’s comic opera of love, desire and mysterious elixirs, presented in glorious bigscreen high definition. O The Other Son (1:45) Two young men (one Palestinian, one Israeli) discover that they were switched at birth, forcing their parents to reexamine their beliefs and values. O Paranormal Activity 4 (1:24) The suburbs get even spookier when one of those single moms moves into the neighborhood. O The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1:43) Stephen Chbosky’s novel about a clueless introverted freshman and his two senior-class mentors hits the big screen with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman and Chbosky himself directing. O Pitch Perfect (1:52) A motley group of college coeds attain perfect harmony when they enter the dog-eat-dog world of a cappella championship singing. O Searching for Sugar Man (1:26) Acclaimed documentary chronicles the life and times of Rodriguez, a phenomenally talented, virtually unknown Detroit soul singer who became an underground icon in apartheid South Africa. O The Sessions (1:38) True story of poet Mark O’Brien, who was determined to lose his virginity despite his confinement to an iron lung; John Hawkes and Helen Hunt star. O Seven Psychopaths (1:49) Screenwriter Sam Rockwell’s life is turned upside down when his prankster buddies kidnap a shih tzu that happens to belong to a top LA mobster; Christopher Walken, Tom Waits and Woody Harrelson costar. O Silent Hill: Revelation (1:34) A nightmareplagued teen discovers shocking secrets about her past when demons murder her equally screwed-up dad. O Sinister (1:50) A carton of really disturbing home movies wreaks supernatural havoc on a writer and his hapless family. O Skyfall (2:22) 007 is back and on the hunt for a supervillain out to destroy M and the entire British Secret Service; Sam Mendes directs Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Craig, natch. O Swan Lake (3:00) The Royal Ballet presents its definitive production of Tchaikovsky’s classic work; Zenaida Yanowsky is totally prima. O The Waiting Room (1:22) Prize-winning documentary covers 24 hours in the life of Oakland’s Highland Hospital, where overworked nurses and doctors staff one of the country’s busiest ERs. O Wreck-It Ralph (1:38) Disney flick about a disgruntled video-game villain who wants to be the good guy for a change and hops from arcade game to arcade game to establish his heroic cred. <

Chasing Mavericks (PG) Cloud Atlas (R)

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (PG-13) NFlight (R)

Frankenweenie (PG) Fun Size (PG-13) NThe Great Escape (Not Rated) Here Comes the Boom (PG) Hotel Transylvania (PG) Johnny Legend’s TV in Acidland (Not Rated) NA Liar’s Autobiography (Not Rated) NLike Someone in Love (Not Rated) Looper (R) NThe Man with the Iron Fists (R)

The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore (Not Rated) NThe Other Son (Not Rated) Paranormal Activity 4 (R) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Searching for Sugar Man (PG-13) The Sessions (R) Seven Psychopaths (R) Silent Hill: Revelation (R) Sinister (R) NSkyfall (PG-13) NSwan Lake (Not Rated) The Waiting Room (Not Rated) NWreck-It Ralph (PG)

Century Northgate: 15: 2:05, 7:25 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Regency: 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:10 Sun, Tue, Thu 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15 Wed 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 5:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:20 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 Century Northgate: 15: 10:45, 140, 4:35, 7:30, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15 Sat-Sun 11:30, 3:20, 7:15 Mon-Thu 6:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun, Tue, Thu 12, 3:50, 7:45 Wed noon Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 3:45, 7:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:05, 3:50, 7:30 Rafael Film Center: Fri 8:15 Sat 1:45, 8:15 Sun 1:45 Wed 8:15 Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Century Regency 6: FriSat 12:20, 1:55, 3:40, 5:20, 7, 8:40, 10:15 Sun, Tue, Thu 12:20, 1:55, 3:40, 5:20, 7 Wed 12:20, 3:40, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:40, 6:15, 7:40, 9:15 Century Northgate: 15: 12:05, 4:50, 9:25; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:10 Century Northgate: 15: 12:10, 2:40, 4:55, 7:15, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:40 Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 Century Northgate: 15: 11:35, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:15 Century Northgate 15: 2:50, 7:35; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 5:15, 9:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 6:40, 9 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 6:40, 9 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4:30, 6:40 Rafael: Thu 7 (Johnny Legend in person) Rafael: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9 Rafael: Sun 7:15 Century Northgate: 15: 10:50, 1:35, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Lark: Fri-Sat 8 SunThu 7:30 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:25 Century Northgate: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:55, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:55, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:55, 4:40, 7:10 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:55, 7:40 Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Rafael: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45 Century Northgate: 15: 10:55, 1:05, 3:25, 5:40, 8:05, 10:30 Century Northgate: 15: 2:35, 7:50 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:30, 7 Century Northgate: 15: 11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05 Lark Theater: FriSat 5:30 Sun, Wed, Thu 5 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sat 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:45, 7:15 Wed 2, 4:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun, Tue-Thu 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:30 Century Northgate: 15: 11:45, 5:05, 10:30 Century Northgate: 15: 12:15; 3D showtimes at 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: noon; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 5:05, 7:25, 10 Century Northgate: 15: 11:25, 4:45, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm Rafael: Sun 10am Tue 6:30 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 4, 6:15 Sun 4 Wed 6:15 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 10:15; 3D showtime at 7:35 Sat-Sun 11:45, 5, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:35 Mon-Thu 9:45, 7:15 Century Northgate 6: 10:45, 11:40, 1:30, 4:15, 5:10, 7, 9:45, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 12:35, 2:25, 3:20, 6, 7:55, 8:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 3:30, 6:10, 8:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 7 Sat 1:35, 4:20, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 7 Sun 1:35, 4:20; 3D showtimes at 7 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:35, 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 3:30, 6:10, 8:40 Sun-Thu 1:45, 4:30, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 3:30, 6:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:30 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7

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Steve McQueen motocrosses Bavaria in ‘The Great Escape,’ playing Wednesday at the Regency and Sequoia.


F R I D AY N 0 V E M B E R 2 — F R I D AY N 0 V E M B E R 9 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

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Live music 11/02: A.J. Croce Pianist/singer/songwriter. 9 p.m. $22-27. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 11/02: El Radio Fantastique Celebrate The Day of the Dead. 8 p.m. $20. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

11/02: Michael La Macchia and his CrossRoads Vocalists Jazz. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s of Corte Madera, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. 11/02: Sugarfoot R&B, rock, funk and soul. 9pm-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

11/03: Afternoon jazz with Jennifer Bryce “Backyard Blue Heaven.” With Bob Brumbeloe, guitar. 4:30-7:30pm. No cover charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

11/03: Commander Cody and the Modern Day Airmen Rock. 8 p.m. $20-25. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 11/03: Dana Land and her Sexytet Jazz. Great American Songbook standards to sassy blues. 8-10:30pm. $13-15. Studio 55 Marin, 1455-Suite A, East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415-453-3161. 11/03: James Moseley Band Motown, R&B, jazz, blues, funk and reggae. 9pm-midnight $10. sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

11/03: Saturday Dance Party with Go! Kat! Go! Saturday, Nov 3, 8-11pm Dance to classic rock in Max’s Lounge each Saturday Night. Happy Hour All Night Long $2 PBR $4 Drafts $4 Well $4 Bar apps 8-11 p.m. Max’s of Corte Madera, 60 Madera Blvd, Corte Madera. 924-6297.

11/03: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Free. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 11/04: Open Mic with Diana Lerwick First Sunday night monthly. Accompaniment provided upon request. Classic space near a lovely beach. 8pmmidnight. Free. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 11/04: Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion Salsa. 5-10pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/05: Bluegrass Open Mic/Jam Advanced and intermediate players are invited to perform. 7:3010pm. No charge. Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/05: Donna the Buffalo Feel good, grooveoriented original folk. With David Gans. 8 p.m. $20-25. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 11/06: Mike Saliani & Friends Rock, folk. 9:30pm-1am. Free. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax, Ca 94930. 11/06: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 11/06: Swing Fever Jazz. 7-10 pm. No cover, dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 11/07: Andrew Clyde and his Imaginary Band Songs from the big band era of the 1920-40s. 5:30-6:30pm. No charge. Max’s Corte Madera, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. 11/07: Lady ‘D’ Jazz, soul vocalist with Alex Markels, guitar and Jack Prendergast, bass. 7-10pm. No cover-dinner encouraged. The Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 497-2462.

BEST BET Every dead has its day.... As the warm Indian summer slowly shifts into a chillier fall, communities throughout Latin America prepare to remember their ancestors. For Marin residents, there is no need to fly to Oaxaca for DIA DE LOS MUERTOS celebrations, simply head over to San Rafael. Now in its 24th year, the annual festival at PickleDay of the Dead is believed to have weed Park Community Center features gororiginated hundreds of years ago as an geous community altars, storytelling and dance Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess performances from Aztec, Mayan and Ballet Mictecacihuatl. Folklorico dancers, delicious food and more. This Saturday, Nov. 3, 4-9pm at Picklweed Community Center, 50 Canal St. San Rafael. Free. Visit for more information. —Dani Burlison

11/07: Mark Karan With special guests. 8 p.m. $10-12. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

11/07: Tango Class and Dinner with Joe and Anna Every Wednesday. 6:30-8pm. $15. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/08: Head For The Hills and The Lemon Hammer. Original modern acoustic music. 8 p.m. $14-16. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 11/08: Jazz with Daria Jazz vocalist. 8-11pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

11/09: Almost Perfect Strangers Reunion Bluegrass. 8-10:30pm. $13-15. Studio 55 Marin, 1455-Suite A East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. 11/09: Chrome Johnson Americana. With Beso Negro 9 p.m. $22-24. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

11/09: Elliott’s Evil Plan featuring Cathey Cotten Funky blues, rock and soul. 9pm-midnight. $10. sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., sausalito. 331-2899. 11/09: Rebop Trio Jazz. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s of Corte Madera, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297.

Concerts 11/03: Dalton O’Sullivan III Classical guitar works by Bach, and others. 8pm. $ 15. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, Grand Ave., San Rafael. 827-7771. 11/03: Mayflower Chorus Benefit Gala The Mayflower Chorus Benefit Gala honors Mill Valley songwriter Rita Abrams with the inaugural Friends of Marin Arts Award. This “Gala Goes Gaelic” event offers performances of some of her songs, dinner, a live dance band with vocalist, and silent and live auctions. Tickets, which include dinner, must be purchased in advance online, by check or in person. Send checks to Mayflower Choral Society, 4460-16 Redwood Highway, PMB 414, San Rafael, CA 94903. 5:30-10:30pm. $35-38. Corte Madera Rec Center, 498 Tamalpais Ave., Corte Madera. 4919110. 11/03: Sacred Music of G. I. Gurdjieff: Harmony of East and West Pianist Michael Dale will perform the sacred music of G. I. Gurdjieff. 7:30-9:15pm. $15. First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, 1510 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 11/04: Prazak Quartet The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents the the international renowned Prazak Quartet performing Haydn: Qt. op. 71, #1; Smetana: Qt. #1, e minor “From my Life”, Dvorak: Qt. op. 106 in G major. 5-7pm. $15-30. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. 381-4453 .

11/09: Mill Valley Philharmonic Free Concerts Mill Valley Philharmonic mounts an expedition to the Far North in “Music from the Nordic Circle.” With works by Sibelius, Holmboe, Svendsen, Part. Featuring Icelandic violinist, Hrabba Atladottir. 8-10pm. Free. MT. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 383-0930.

Dance 11/06: 5Rhythms Dance/Movement Join a weekly, guided journey of the 5Rhythms movement meditation/dance practice that will inform your daily life,as we embark on an embodied path towards self-discovery and awakening. 6:308:30pm. Tamalpais Valley Community Center (TVCC), 203 Marin Ave, Mill Valley. 755-7905. 11/08: Dance at Sweat Your Prayers Dance to Ecstatic World Music on beautiful sprung wood dance floor. Join the tribe and let go of stress, worry and tension as you express your most creative self. Beginners welcome. 7-9pm. $15. San Geronimo Community Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road, San Geronimo.

11/09: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez combines artists’ talents with the traditional music, elaborate dance and decorative costumes of Mexican culture. 8pm. $20-65. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800 . 11/09: Lines Ballet BFA Fall Showcase Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California presents the 2012 BFA Fall Showcase. Premiering new dances inspired by nature. Tickets available at the door. 7pm. $10 General Admission. Free with Dominican University ID. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 863-3040 x238.

Theater/Auditions 11/02-17: Fringe of Marin Theater Festival Celebrate the 30th season of New Bay Area one-act plays and monologues. Features two programs of 17 never -before-seen works with cutting edge acting, directing and writing. 7:30-10pm. $15-17. Meadowlands Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael,. 673-3131. 11/04: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ By Eve Ensler. Directed by Hector Correa. 4pm. $22-27. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 2727992. 11/08-17: ‘Hair’ American tribal rock musical. 7:30-9:15pm. $10 for Adults, $5 for students. Sir Francis Drake High School, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 455-8928.

Through 11/11: ‘Nunsense The Musical’ Presented by the Novato Theater Company. Shows 8pm Thurs.-Sat.; 3pm Sun. 8-10pm. $25 General; $22 Seniors and Students; First Thursday Preview NOVEMBER 2 - NOVEMBER 8, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 21

$15. 32Ten Studios, 3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 883-4498.


11/04: Harold Kushner:The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happen to a Good Person 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Bestselling author of “When


Bad Things Happen to Good People,” Rabbi Kushner, will discuss his latest book. 7-9pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000.

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. 10/30-01/04: Loren Sonnberg Nature photography. His show will be a broad perspective of his work from landscape to abstract. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

11/02-29: New photographs by Frank Gundry “in a mirror dimly...” Reception 1-3pm Nov. 10.

11/05: Leslie Goldgehn: Acing the College Essay Essays can be the tipping point that can turn a student’s application into an acceptance. Goldgehn shares tips for writing essays for the greatest return. 6-7:30pm. $25 for parents, $15 for students Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 9270960.

11/07: California Glaciers: A Tribute by Photographer Tim Palmer Join REI and award-win-

Free . 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 847-5226. 11/02: Ann Garrett Reception Meet the Marin County writer, watercolor artist and printmaker. Her current show is a collection of handmade giclee prints of her watercolors, many of them heart themed. 6-7:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

The James Moseley Band will jazz up the scenery this Saturday at the Sausalito Seahorse.

11/02: First Fridays at Frame Crafters Gallery “Connections” New works, including drawings

exhibit celebrating MSA’s 85th anniversary. 11am-4pm. No charge. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561.

and paintings, by Steven Russel Black. Opening reception 6-8pm on November 2. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-7688. 11/06: Mill Valley First Tuesday Art Walk An evening of art and socializing in downtown Mill Valley. With varied exhibitions at galleries, stores, city hall, and the community center. 6-8pm. Free. Downtown, Mill Valley. 721-1856.

11/09/11: Grand Opening Night at AWD ‘Under the Big Top!’ Circus-themed open studios 2012. This new event will feature colorful art in all media, live music, performances, clowns, face painting, circus films, jugglers, magicians. 5-8pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1325-1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael. 451-8119.

11/09: Reception: ‘Land and Form: Echoes from the Heart’ Second reception during 2nd Fridays Art Walk. Landscapes by AWD Studio Artist, Davis Perkins and sculpture by former AWD Artist, Aiko Morioka. 5-8pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 01/10: “Phases of the Moon’ “Quilted” images made of found materials and abstract works by Marin County Poet Laureate CB Follett. Free event. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 482-0550.

Through 01/15: 2012 Gallery 305 Fall Exhibition Includes “Linked by Pink,”“Artists for Awareness” and “Abstract,” abstract impressionist paintings by Mia Brown. Open Mon-Fri. 11am-4pm. Closed holidays. Free. Gallery 305, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. Through 02/05: ‘Works on Water’ Group exhibition of 30 artists who explore the aesthetics and politics of water, including water consumption, quality, scarcity, pollution and reclamation. Reception 4:30-6:30pm Nov. 15. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing #200, Novato. 464-2527. Through 11/03: ‘Common Ground’ Kate Peper, watercolors depicting Marin backyard scenes and beyond, with views of Yosemite National Park in the Founders Lounge at Art Works Downtown. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown: Founders Lounge Gallery, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 11/03: ‘Erotic Landscapes’ Loring 22 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 2 - NOVEMBER 8, 2012

Doyle, bright, colorful, dreamlike and surreal. 10am5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown: Underground Gallery, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 11/11: Marin Society of Artists 85th Annual Member Show Special juried

Through 11/11: Zea Morvitz and Tim Graveson “Duality.” Also artists of The West Marin Review and Will Thoms in the Annex. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1347.

Through 11/16: ‘Land and Form: Echos from the Heart’ Landscapes works by AWD Studio Artist, Davis Perkins and sculptures by former AWD Artist, Aiko Morioka. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 11/18: David Maxim 2012 “Legends of the Bay Area” exhibition honors San Francisco artist David Maxim. The exhibition focuses on Maxim’s metaphorical use of the human figure to represent common struggles. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

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 10/23-04/03: Speak To Me Events Join us for our 2012/13 season, and enjoy fabulous evenings with dynamic speakers, delicious food and wine tastings, and the company of remarkable women. See Website for list of speakers and dates. 6:30-9 p.m. $69. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 888-2329. 11/02: First Friday: Miss Representation Media, gender, and the leadership gap will take front and center stage at the Mill Valley Library’s after-hours First Friday event featuring guest speaker Imran Siddiquee of 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave. 389-4292, ext. 4740.

11/03: Bohemian History of Druid Heights Repeat of sold out earlier event. Reservations required. Bob Flasher will give slide show on fascinating history of this community of artists and beatniks in the ’50s and ’60s. 4-6pm. Free. Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Ave., Mill Valley.

ning nature writer and photographer Tim Palmer for slides & highlights as he explores California’s last glaciers before they disappear. 6-8:30pm. Free. Corte Madera Town Center Community Room, 201 Corte Madera Town Center. 927-1938. cortemadera

11/07: Jasper Johns: Seeing With the Mind’s Eye Docent Joan M. Kaplan, Co-Chair of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Offsite Program, will present an illustrated talk on the exhibition “Jasper Johns: Seeing With the Mind’s Eye”. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

11/07: Parenting Apart for Divorced or Separated Couples Family Service Agency of Marin’s new Parenting Apart Classes for divorced or separated families. 11am-12:30pm. $15-40, sliding scale. Family Service Agency of Marin, 555 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 491-5723.

11/08: Free Info Meeting for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens For parents and caregivers of troubled teens or young adults with attention problems, drug use and anxiety. Learn specific strategies to shift the family system toward freedom. 6-8:30pm. Free. MindTherapy Clinic, 150 Nellen Drive #100, Corte Madera. 945-9870. 11/08: History of Mt. Tam and MMWD Join Jack Gibson, MMWD Board Member and author of Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Municipal Water District, plus MMWD Park Ranger Matt Cerkel for an illustrated talk on the history of Mt. Tam and MMWD. 7-8:30pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444.

Readings 11/02: Christie Nelson Nelson reads from her novel “Dreaming Mill Valley.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/03: Bill Moody Author and percussionist Bill Moody, with pianist Dick Fregulia and bassist Steve Webber presents “Czechmate: The Spy Who Played Jazz.” 5:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/03: Ken Foster Foster presents “I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/03: Yotam Ottolenghi Ottolenghi presents “Jerusalem: A Cookbook.” Ottolenghi and co-author Sami Tamimi explore the vibrant cuisine of their culturally diverse home city. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/04: Lolu Adebayo The author discusses “In 2020, I Want a Woman President” which aims to create the awareness among all people about the legitimacy of the skills of women. 7pm. Free. Book

Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

11/05: Left Coast Writers present Rose Solari at Book Passage Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Many local authors are active members. 7pm. $40. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/07: Rhys Bowen The award-winning mystery author presents “The Twelve Clues of Christmas,” her sixth novel in this lively series. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/08: Cathy Fiorello Wine and cheese reception with Cathy Fiorello. In “Al Capone Had a Lovely Mother” Fiorello tells of her life in three great cities: New York by birth, Paris by choice and San Francisco by chance. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 835-1020. 11/08: Ross King King discusses “Leonardo and the Last Supper.” King explores how, amid war and the political and religious turmoil around him, Leonardo created masterpieces that would forever define him. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

11/08: West Coast Launch: ‘Best American Poetry 2012’ An impressive lineup of poets, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Rae Armantrout and California Book Award-winner Jane Hirshfield, among others, will read their works from “Best American Poetry 2012”. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292, x4740. 11/09: Vincent Stanley The author talks about “The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned from Patagonia’s First 40 Years.” The authors describe the current impact of manufacturing and commerce on the planet. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/09: Walter Stahr Stahr presents “Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man.” William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Stahr sheds light on this complex figure. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 11/03: 2012 Marin Italian Film Festival Six new, awardwinning Italian feature films. 5:309:15pm. $14 single film, $78 all six Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. 11/06: ‘Garden in the Sea.” Part of the “Tiburon International Film Festival.” Documentary film about a group working for protection of the Islands in Sea of Cortez in Baja California Sur, Mexico. 6-7:15pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

Community Events (Misc.) 11/02: Marin Master Gardeners: Gifts form the Garden Learn how easy it is to grow herbs and turn the bounty of your garden into culinary treasures like delicately scented sugars and teas, flavorful herb salt rubs and herb infused vinegars. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058. 11/03: Dia De Los Muertos San Rafael “Celebration of Life: The 24th Annual San Rafael Dia de los Muertos” event. Features a procession, dance performance, altars, face painting, arts and crafts for kids, food and more. 4-9pm. Free. Pickleweed Park Albert J Boro Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 526-2487.

11/03: Friends of San Anselmo Library

Book Sale The Friends of The San Anselmo Library will hold a book sale. Featuring a large array of books for both adults and children. Also, bring any books you wish to donate. 9:30am-4pm. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. www.townof

11/03: Habitat Restoration and Wreath Making Help restore oak woodland and grassland habitat. Remove outcompeting small Doug Fir. Use evergreen branches for holiday wreaths. Bring additional supplies/lunch. Some supplies provided. 9am2pm. Free. Hab Restoration:Holiday Wreath Making, Lake Lagunitas Parking Area, Fairfax. 945-1128. 11/03: History of the Delta Learn about the history of the delta - from the early 1800s up to 2012 - from framing, discovery of gold, railroad building, & levee building to the present time with Ranger Bill. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 32-3871. 11/03: Run of the Salmon Years later and millions of dollars invested, the endangered Chinook population is not recovering in ways hoped. What have scientists recently discovered? Is it something in the water? Find out more. 11am-noon. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

11/04: Introduction to Tibetan Incense Making Tibetan medicinal incense can pacify and ward off illness, relieve stress, headaches and anxiety. In this unique workshop you will learn about the history of Tibetan incense and take some home. 10am5pm. $65 suggested donation. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 524-8693.

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Kid Stuff 11/02: Slide Ranch Toddler Days Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens and hearing the baa of the sheep. Explore and experience the tastes, colors and smells of the garden and farm. Activities are toddler age appropriate, but all ages welcome. Pack lunch, water bottle, layered clothing and shoes that can get dirty. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $20, under 1 free. Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy. , Muir Beach. 381-6155.

11/03: Cascade Canyon School Open House Cascade Canyon, K-8 school, opens its doors to the whole family, with an Open House to include a student-led tour, demonstration lessons, a teacher led q & a and a meeting with the head of the school. 10am-noon. Free. Cascade Canyon School, 2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 459-3464.

11/03: Junior Ranger #4: Wetlands Natural History at Santa Margarita Join us for the new Junior Ranger program, created to teach youth about outdoor skills, natural history, and environmental stewardship. 10am-noon. Free. Santa Margarita Island, Meadow Dr., San Rafael. 473-2816. 11/03: Manor School WInterfaire Super fun time with live music, snow sledding, games, arts and crafts, a book fair, jumpy houses and giant slide. 10am-5pm. Manor Elementary, 150 Oak Manor Drive, Fairfax. 464-7420.

11/03: Wonderful World with Alison Faith Levy Alison Faith Levy is celebrating the release of her new solo CD with tunes that travel from the barnyard to the cosmos and back. 11am. Members $5; General $14 Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 11/04: Park Pals at McInnis A hands-on park ranger experience for kids ages four and up. Different stations will be set up for various educational activities. 10am-noon. Free. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 4464423. 11/06: Baby and Toddler Storytime 30 minute storytime for infants and toddlers up to 36 months and their caregivers. Join for a lively mix of nursery rhymes, fingerplays, short books and songs, just right for this age group. 9:3010am. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 927-5005. 11/08: Fish Feeding Frenzy Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of rock cod, sea stars, and steelhead trout. 2-2:30 p.m. Free Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

11/08: Nature for Kids: Cascade Canyon This beautiful preserve is a great place to explore nature. Parking is limited, please carpool if you can. 10 .m-1pm. Free. Cascade Canyon, Cascade Drive, Fairfax. 893-9508.

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Through 11/10: China Camp Docent Trainings Natural history docent trainings for new and returning volunteers at China Camp State Park: Oak Woodlands with Katherine Cuneo of the Marin Conservation League and Wildlife of the Park with Cynda Vyas 10am-2pm. China Camp State Park, Entrance to Campground, San Rafael. 492-1933.

BeneďŹ ts/Gala Events 11/02: Evening With Owls Meet many species of live owls, hawks and even live bats, enjoy highly entertaining and educational speakers, wine tasting, wildlife artists, appetizers, savories and sweets, a silent auction and more. 6:30-9:30pm. $75. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 454-4587.

11/06: Basque Tradition with Chef Gerald Hirigoyen Learn to nibble in the Basque tradition with chef Hirigoyen of Pipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;rade and Bocadillos restaurants. Ticket price includes dinner. Wine available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Homeward Bound of Marin. 6:30-9pm. $49. Fresh Starts Cooking School at Homeward Bound of Marin, 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato. 382-3363 x213.

11/08: Visionary Marin: Honoring Nahid Angha, Ph.D. Dr. Angha is co-founder/director of the International Association of Sufism and one of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major Muslim scholars. Visionary Marin is a fundraiser for the Marin Interfaith Council. 6-8:30pm. $75, (single reservation) $130 (two reservations) $600 (ten reservations). Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 456-6957.

Home and Garden 11/03: First Saturdays: Marin Bee Co. and Whole Foods present Free Year-Long Beekeeping Series The Basics of Backyard Beekeepin series reoccurring on the first Sat. of the month at 11am. 11am. Free. Whole Foods Market, 790 De Long Ave., Novato. 235-8959.

Food and Drink 11/04: Cooks with Books: Tom Douglas Tom Douglas was just named 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outstanding Restaurateurâ&#x20AC;? by the James Beard Foundation and owns 13 food establishments. Hearty brunch included. 12:30pm. $110 . Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-0960.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Thursday and Friday provide an opportunity to balance out your need for independence with the pleasures of having a mate—project your rebellious nature without damaging your relationships. Saturday and Sunday are good for cozy at-home activities—use that hour from the time change to have breakfast in bed. Tuesday is all about getting to the voting polls. With retrograde Mercury (ruling traffic) causing transportation trouble, you should get a head start. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) If you’re still eating leftover Halloween candy, stop soon. Your ruler (hedonistic Venus) wants you to have lots of caloric leeway for enjoying the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. The weekend is good for a heart-to-heart on touchy topics, like sex, politics and prenuptial agreements. As for Tuesday, you may have voted early, since you are not the type to change your mind at the last minute; so, you can watch the results roll in on Tuesday night. If you’re voting in person, get in line. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) The emotive Moon in your sign on Thursday and Friday is instrumental in letting your feelings overcome your logic. When you get a hunch or an intuitive hint, follow it. You are financially unstable over the weekend. If you were considering making a BIG purchase, postpone it. Then, just in time to cause voting machine malfunctions, your ruler (Mercury) starts moving backwards on Tuesday. If you have the opportunity to vote early or with a paper ballot, please do so. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) If single and one of your family members wants to play matchmaker, this is a good time to say “why not?” If attached and stuck in a rut, mix it up a little. Sticking to the status quo is less about being safe and more about being afraid of change. The future is unknown—no matter how carefully one plans for tomorrow. Meanwhile, Tuesday is an important day. Showing up to vote is a right, an honor AND a responsibility. LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) On Thursday and Friday, you may have trouble deciding whether to hang out with your pals or explore romantic options. Both are sure to be entertaining. The remainder of the weekend is less about being social and more about discovering your intuitive powers. Monday and Tuesday are the top of your lunar cycle, which typically brings synchronicity between head and heart. As Tuesday is also Election Day, this should come in handy. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) This week, the happy sun and gloomy Saturn provide differing views on the correct way to think. Saturn wants you to prepare for a half-empty glass with no chance of a refill in the immediate future; the sun wants you to enjoy the present and suggests a Champagne refill. Your ruler (mischievous Mercury) chooses Tuesday to turn around and move backwards, causing all sorts of problems with transportation, schedules and electronic tabulation machines. Vote early—BEFORE the Champagne refill... LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) When Venus (your ruler) occupies your fair-minded sign, there is usually a chance that justice will prevail. Unfortunately, this time, the odds are stacked against Venus. Power-hungry Pluto has no intention of sharing control and rebellious Uranus refuses to play by the rules. Add the mopey moon to the mix over the weekend and establishing a sense of balance is a challenge. In spite of this, you have the confidence to stand up for your views. Express them by voting on Tuesday... SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Having dignified Saturn in your sign while partying can make for a somewhat subdued birthday celebration. The fact that your ruler (profound Pluto) is spending years in down-to-earth Capricorn simultaneously means that realism takes priority over fantasy. Nevertheless, the spotlighting sun wants you to be noticed as being special. If you refuse to wear a party hat, at least you can smile when you blow out your candles. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) You are prone to taking things too personally on Friday. In fact, you might be overreaching in assuming that everything is about you. The weekend moon in your house of hidden feelings gives you an opportunity to delve deeply into, before releasing, your emotional baggage. By Tuesday, you are free to express your heartfelt views. Please do so by voting... CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) There’s plenty of activity in your dreams when adventurous Mars takes over your house of the unconscious. As restless Mercury has joined Mars, there is little hope for a truly peaceful night’s rest. This kind of spoils that extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning, doesn’t it? Meanwhile, most of you have already researched the various candidates and issues for Tuesday’s election—which may be another reason why you’re not sleeping well... AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) Thursday and Friday give you a chance to focus on your professional life and figure out where you need to make adjustments to get where you want to go. Saturday and Sunday, the bottom of your lunar cycle, remind you to take time to simply relax. If your sweetie is willing to pamper you, all the better. Tuesday, of course, is the day to make your voice heard via the election process. If you don’t vote, you are not allowed to complain about the outcome... PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19) Yes, Halloween is over, but your creativity is still in full swing. Perhaps you can start working on your Thanksgiving costume now. Your motivation to succeed is in high gear over the weekend. You are fearless in promoting your talents. This promising start, however, can run into obstacles on Tuesday when mischievous Mercury starts moving backwards in your make-your-mark-on-the-world house. 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130419 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VENUS & VIRGO, 7 MARIPOSA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: VENUS & VIRGO LLC., 535 MESA ROAD, POINT REYES STATION, CA 94956. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130505 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PARK BENCH DESIGNS; PARK BENCH TEAK AND GARDEN; PARK BENCH, 3815 REDWOOD HWY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: IDEAL RESOURCE SOLUTIONS LLC, 6 TERRY CIRCLE, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130493 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCDONALD’S #11597, 190 MERRYDALE RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94913: MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF CALIFORNIA INC., 1 MCDONALDS PLAZA, OAK BROOK, IL 60523. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 25, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130492 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCDONALD’S #1462, 2111 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF CALIFORNIA INC., 1 MCDONALDS PLAZA, OAK BROOK, IL 60523. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 25, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130494 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCDONALD’S #1361, 7340 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, NOVATO, CA 94947: MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF CALIFORNIA INC., 1 MCDONALDS PLAZA, OAK BROOK, IL 60523. This business is being conducted by corporation. Registrant began transacting business under fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 25, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130509 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CTG CONSULTING SERVICES, 23 BAYVIEW DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 949012555: CHARLES T. GILL, 23 BAYVIEW DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-2555. 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 October 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130568 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THIENOT USA; WINESANDCHAMPAGNESDIRECT.COM; BORDEAUX-CHAMPAGNES-DIRECT.COM, 35 MITCHELL BLVD. STE 16, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: THIENOT USA INC., 35 MITCHELL BLVD. STE 16, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. 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 October 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130595 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CASH & CARRY SAN RAFAEL; CASH & CARRY WAREHOUSE SAN RAFAEL, 1201 ANDERSEN DR. SUITE V, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BOVA, LEONORA & CARLA ENTERPRISES INC., 1201 ANDERSEN DR. SUITE V, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 1978. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130408 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR OZONE IN HEALTHCARE AND DENTISTRY, 1000 SO. ELISEO DR. STE 202, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: ERIC ZAREMSKI, 1000 SO. ELISEO DR. STE 202, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. 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 September 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130435 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOTHERHOOD WONDERS, 4 CHANNEL LANDING, TIBURON, CA 94920: ANA CARINI SEIFORD, 4 CHANNEL LANDING, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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 September 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130581 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CNL NATIVE PLANT NURSERY, 253 SHORELINE HWY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DANIEL R DUFFICY, 253 RAILROAD AVE., WOODACRE, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130598 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MISS MENSWEAR, 534A NORTHERN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RACHEL M MCKINLEY, 534A NORTHERN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130615 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CONCHITA, 898 LINCOLN AVE. STE C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MCH PARTNERS LLC., 901 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 23, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 18, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130627 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALL MARIN ELECTRIC, 429 JOHNSON ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: THOMAS DEVINE, 429 JOHNSON ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 October 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130239 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VALENTINO JEWELERS, 814 GRANT AVE., NOVATO, CA 94945: SINGERMAN ENTERPRISES, 814 GRANT AVE., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transact-

ing business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 1990. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130648 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JS COMPANY, 819 A ST. SUITE 22, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JSCO INC., 819 A ST. SUITE 22, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130653 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LASER LIGHT TREATMENT CENTER, 165 ROWLAND WAY SUITE 212, NOVATO, CA 94945: JOEL S. ERICKSON M.D. INC., 165 ROWLAND WAY SUITE 212, NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 October 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130646 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LIFE & BODY WELLNESS CENTER, 806 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DIAMOND & CRITCHFIELD CHIROPRACTIC CORPORATION, 806 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130670 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PUAKO PARTNERS, 21 MANOR ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: A SEAN AGUILAR, 21 MANOR ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130686 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUILD IN AMERICA, 4220 REDWOOD HWY., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DEANNE CLOUGH, 4220 REDWOOD HWY., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; FLOYD MITCHELL, 4220 REDWOOD HWY., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 29, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130512 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MID CENTURY MOSAICS, 1945 NOVATO BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94947: CAROL L. LANCOUR, 1945 NOVATO BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 27, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304407 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): ALL ABOUT AUTOS, 1105 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. #6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: October 21, 2011. Under File No: 2011128030. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): OJ NESTA VELAZQUEZ, 291 PLAYA DEL REY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 3, 2012. (Pacific Sun: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1204682. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CHRISTINE M. FALCONE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CHRISTINE MARIE FALCONE to CHRISTINE MARIE FALCON. 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: December 13, 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: October 18, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1204351. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner VIVIAN JOSEPH filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: VIVIAN JOSEPH to AVIVA LEV-DAVID. 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 26, 2012, 8:30AM, Dept. B, Room B, 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 25, 2012 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1204735. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SANTA GARCIA CORRETO; ALEXANDER LOPEZ DIAZ filed a petition with this court for a decree

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changing names as follows: BRITLI SHENNY LOPEZ GARCIA to BRITNEY SHENNY LOPEZ GARCIA . 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: December 17, 2012, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Room E, 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: October 22, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1204818. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LEILA FARHANG-AZAD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LEILA FARHANG-AZAD to LEILA AZAD. 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: January 8, 2013, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, 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: October 26, 2012 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012)

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My hubby and I had our first child last year, and we’re so happy and proud to be the creators of the most adorable creature either of us has ever seen, but our marriage is tanking. We aren’t naive; we expected change. But we’re both stressed and exhausted and we never have sex. Our lives seem like one big dull, diaper-changing, kid-focused routine. The scariest thought keeps crossing my mind: What if our marriage can’t survive our having a kid?—Bundle Of Worry


Dr. Seuss is not a couples therapist. “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” needs to be followed up, at least one night a week, by Mommy and Daddy making some sounds that don’t come from the horsie, the rooster or the hippo. The advice to have “date night” that you probably see everywhere but the bottom of your shoe is right on. Where it misses is in how to do it and why. Researchers have actually quantified where happiness comes from (no, not from stoned leprechauns passing around a bottomless bag of Doritos at the end of the rainbow). According to studies looking at fraternal and identical twins raised together and apart, how happy you are appears to be as much as 50 percent genetic. About 10 percent of your happiness level stems from your life circumstances (stuff like your health, income and the fact that you are now parents and feel like you haven’t had a good night’s sleep since John Quincy Adams was president). The good news is, about 40 percent of your happiness is within your control, through how you think and activities you can do (like date night). The bad news on the good news is something called “the hedonic treadmill,” which is not a new form of torture at the gym. It’s researchers’ cute name for how we quickly adapt to both positive and negative changes in our lives and pop right back to our baseline level of happiness or mopeyness. This means it might not be enough to drag your weary, bleary parental cabooses out to dinner every Wednesday night. Sure, that’s better than sitting home fretting that your kid won’t get early admission to Harvard, but research by positive psychologists Dr. Kennon M. Sheldon and Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky finds that variety—“a continual stream of fresh, positive experiences”—is key in increasing and sustaining happiness. So, you need to go out on a variety of date nights—changing up your activity every week and taking turns planning it so one of you will always be surprised. Lyubomirsky talked on my radio show ( amyalkon/2012/04/16/advice-goddess-radio-amy-alkon) about having Grandma baby-sit her toddler overnight and taking off with her husband to a hotel just a few miles from their house. (If you can’t afford babysitters, or Grandma’s six states away, trade babysitting with friends with a kid around the same age.) You don’t have to do anything elaborate or expensive. You can borrow a Wii and ski the Swiss Alps from your living room rug, have a picnic dinner and then ride the Ferris wheel or just go get hot dogs and make out in the car. Keeping your sex life alive is what differentiates you two from very tired roommates who once got drunk, hooked up and forgot birth control. Like many new parents, you probably think you’re too exhausted to have sex, but maybe you’re just too exhausted to have the spontaneous sex marathons you had before the kid came. First, forget the idea of spontaneity. Parental sex needs to be scheduled sex, or you’ll probably never have it. You should also redefine sex as something along the lines of “doing things together naked.” (Think of it as a snack-sized version of your former sex life.) Remember, the point isn’t breaking endurance records; it’s getting started making out and then having as much sexual activity as you can stay awake for. I know, having a baby looks so idyllic in picture books. The stork drops him off one day, and then on the next page, he’s 5. In real life, there are back-to-back trips to Poison Control, meaningful conversations about the day’s shade of poo, and hopes that people will think you’re just holding the baby for some other lady when he’s screaming his lungs out on a plane. But, surely there are good times in between. And according to the research, another way to be measurably happier is expressing gratitude—taking moments throughout the day to appreciate what you have and to express appreciation to each other. Put in some effort to be happy and maybe you’ll not only stop fretting about divorce, you’ll start having reckless sex (with each other), and before long, your husband will be taking time off from worrying that your 2-year-old doesn’t have enough extracurriculars to read Dickens to your womb. < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Section 1 of the November 2, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly