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››LETTERS Hopefully they used metal detectors to find loose change at Pismo Beach... As if overcharging the taxpayers of five Bay Area counties $115 per structure using the heavy-handed State Board of Equalization as its enforcer wasn’t enough, Cal Fire has now been found to have hidden $3.6 million from state auditors using the California District Attorneys Association to stash the cash. This is right after state Parks and Recreation was caught riding the same trick pony with $54 million in funds hidden in their saddlebags. Unbelievably, the District Attorneys Association held the money for Cal Fire, acting as their bank and charging 3 percent for each deposit and 15 percent for each withdrawal of these secreted funds. Among Cal Fire’s expenditures were $33,000 for four days in the sun at a Pismo Beach resort, $30,000 for GPS-tracking devices and $22,000 for metal detectors. Too many public agencies and quasi-governmental organizations are looking like the bad guys these days. We need a statewide civil grand jury to investigate these agencies and call them on their illegalities. The Board of Equalization should be merged with the Franchise Tax Office under the supervision of the state controller, instead of being a highly paid destination for termedout politicians. Alex Easton-Brown, Lagunitas

Armchair patriot A recent letter to the editor was from Larkspur resident Nick Pigati who was upset that most 49er fans at Sweetwater didn’t stand when the singing of the national anthem was

displayed on the big screen TV [“Beyonce More Popular Than Zack Brown,” Jan. 25]. “What in the world is happening to this great country,” he asks. “...How about we send a few of you overseas for a few months to fight beside our brave men and women...I wish you would just pack up all your precious belongings and move somewhere else in the world...” You know the drill. A couple thoughts in response: Had those 49er fans been at the game in Atlanta, they would have been standing. Watching the anthem being sung on TV is a bit different. Does the writer stand in front of his TV at home when the anthem is being played? How about when he’s listening on the radio? While he didn’t use the word, I gather the writer considers himself a patriot, while those who didn’t stand are not. Yet he has no idea what those “sitters” do when they’re not watching the 49ers. Most of them probably vote regularly, which is a patriotic act in a democracy. Maybe one of them is a teacher who works hard to educate her students so they can become informed and productive citizens. Maybe one of them is a volunteer at a food bank. Aren’t these patriotic acts, if patriotism means not simply making a symbolic gesture, but taking action to improve or defend our country and its people? Go Niners! Stanton Klose, San Rafael

Ecological Reserve no place to be blowing away endangered species! In your excellent cover story from last week [“Endangered Marin,” Feb. 1] you highlight one of our most endangered birds: the clapper rail. Many hundreds of thousands lived here before hunting and habitat destruction brought them to the

brink of extinction. By 1971 their numbers in California had dropped to around 500. “Nobody alive today remembers ever seeing nesting clapper rails in San Francisco,” said Alan Hopkins, past president of the Golden Gate Audubon Society and an expert on waterfowl in San Francisco. They were thought to be extinct in San Francisco until 2011 when one nesting pair was discovered. The endangered clapper rail and the threatened black rail have been spotted in the recently restored Giacomini Wetlands and in the adjacent Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve. Administered by the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Giacomini Wetlands returned 550 acres of former dairy pasture to a wetlands paradise and sanctuary. California has the sad distinction of leading the U.S. in wetlands destruction: According to National Fish and Wildlife, 91 percent of our original wetlands have been destroyed. A problem in Tomales Bay is that since 2009 more and more hunters have been showing up during the 100-day long hunting season here in the Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve—shooting migrating ducks and geese as they try to reach the wetlands sanctuary. This is exactly where clapper rails have been newly spotted and black rails have been seen nesting, along with 13 endangered and threatened species, 74 waterbird species and bald eagles, otters, ospreys, egrets and more. Please visit to sign our petition to California Fish and Wildlife to end hunting in the Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve. Hunters have over 10 miles of the rest of Tomales Bay to hunt in along with private hunting locations. Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve should prohibit all taking of wildlife, like the majority of ecological reserves across the state. Their purpose is to provide wildlife refuge. Sylvia Timbers, director of Action Tomales Bay

mortality such as ship-strike. Several years ago the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries launched an initiative to investigate why endangered whales were being killed in this way; we learned that keeping ships and whales apart was the best, most practical solution. Working with whale biologists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the shipping industry and others we established an open and inclusive dialogue. This working group determined that a slight westward extension of the shipping lanes leading into San Francisco Bay would decrease vessel traffic in the whales’ feeding “hot spots” and thus lower the likelihood of collisions. In late 2012 the International Maritime Organization gave the nod to this scheme, and it is anticipated that the U.S. Coast Guard will sign off on it this summer. Our thanks to all, including several Marin residents, who took part in this great effort! Mary Jane Schramm, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

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Where have all the jazzers gone? Regarding your review of the new Trident [“Three Prongs and the Truth,” Jan. 25]. It’s too bad that you neglected to mention some of the jazz artists that were often appearing at the club, such as: Brazil 65 and 66, Gary Burton Quartet, Teddy Wilson, Chet Baker, Bill Evans Trio, Joao Donato, Luiz Eca, Vince Guaraldi, Bob Dorough Trio, Abe Battat, Denny Zeitlin— acts that would be in residence for many nights in a row, as was the custom in those days. Dean Reilly, bassist with the Kingston Trio (1962 - 1969), San Francisco

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tatistics consistently show that Marin is one of the healthiest counties in the state and the country. But those statistics mask an uncomfortable truth: Marin also has some of the most severe health disparities in the state. Simply put: Where you live in Marin plays a role in how long you live. According to a community needs assessment compiled by Healthy Marin Partnership, ZIP codes in part determine life expectancy in towns just a few miles down the road. In Ross, which has the highest life expectancy, residents can expect an average lifespan of 94.4 years. But in parts of San Rafael, it is just 77 years. In parts of West Marin, life expectancy also is in the bottom tiers, as it is in Marin City, the Canal neighborhood in San Rafael and Hamilton in Novato. On the other hand, residents of Mill Valley, Belvedere, Tiburon and Larkspur have a life expectancy of 85; Kentfield residents, 87 years. Healthy Marin Partnership formed in 1995 in response to SB 697, the 1994 bill that requires nonprofit hospitals to compile community needs assessments every three years. The idea behind the legislation is that if hospitals receive a tax break, they should pay back their communities by contributing to studies that look at needs and how they can be filled. County public health officer Dr. Matt Willis says the needs assessment process in Marin has taken on a new dynamic, one whose goals and processes can mesh with the coming of the Affordable Care Act. In November, Willis participated in an intensive workshop—which included Marin’s three nonprofit hospitals along with other health-care stakeholders—that focused on community needs, current conditions and future challenges. “In Marin we had a unique confluence of important voices from around the county who had a perspective on health disparities,” says Willis. The county Office of Education, community-based organizations, the hospitals and clinics all participated. “About 40 people gathered in one room for four hours.” The topic of discussion: What does the county most need, what are the biggest problems? “It was I think a unique sign of a cultural change that’s occurring.” Willis notes that at the meeting service providers who offer critical services, such as the hospitals, “represented one end of the spectrum of health-care” in the same room as people who represented the other end, “which represents the social determinism of


health-care,” including education, parks and recreation, “those other kinds of services” that play a part in quality of life and life expectancy. The participants, representing a broad spectrum of health-care providers, “engaged in a single dialogue,” says Willis, with the objective of “combining efforts in a unified framework, operating under the assumption that health begins in families, begins in neighborhoods, begins in schools.” That paradigm is a key to the Affordable Care Act. Part of the needs assessment included compiling data for the county showing a 17-year disparity in life expectancy for Marin residents, depending on where they live. “There’s an atmospheric change in the way we’re understanding health and health disparities,” says Willis. “It’s being seen now through a lens of social justice. We are now able to begin the discussion of the reality that health disparities really begin in policies that determine life experience in neighborhoods, schools and families way upstream of when a patient lands in a clinical setting with a medical condition.” Integrating health concerns with policy considerations regarding housing, recreation and transportation is becoming clearer as the Affordable Care Act comes closer to reality. Marin has a jump on the process. Still, Willis says, there’s much work needed to fully integrate health concerns with policy decisions. “Health and Human Services needs to be an effective partner with local policymakers at the city council level and the Board of Supervisors to really work toward a health policy framework.” As an example, Willis notes that if a transportation policy is on the table, the health of the population the system serves also should be on the table. Whether seniors need a bus stop, for example. “Public health should have a presence when these kinds of policy decisions are being made.” Willis says that while Marin is “famous nationally for being a hub” of healthy eating and organic farms, the county still has two census tracts that “are actually food deserts,” a contributor to lower life expectancy. According to “Portrait of Marin,” a report released last year sponsored by the Marin Community Foundation, “Paradoxically, in a county as committed to protecting and preserving agricultural lands and supporting local farmers as Marin,” the Canal neighborhood in San Rafael and the Lynwood section of Novato are food deserts. Those neighborhoods have life expectancies that fall below the average for Marin. The county has a multitude of programs to reach out into communities to pro- 10 >


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Drakes Bay Oyster deadline remains, rules judge A U.S. District court had no pearls for Drakes Bay Oyster Company this week, as it denied the Inverness mariculture operation’s request for an injunction against a Feb. 28 closure deadline—a deadline set in motion at the end of November with the expiration of its lease to operate on federal parkland. The clock began ticking on the closure deadline Nov. 30, the day Drakes Bay Oyster’s lease expired following Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s Nov. 29 decision not to extend its operating lease in the Point Reyes National Seashore. From the expiration date of the lease, the oyster company had 90 days to remove its operations from the national park—but along with a suit filed by Drakes Bay Oysters owner Kevin Lunny to try and stop the cessation of the lease, the West Marin oyster farm was seeking an injunction against the closure deadline, so that the business could remain operating throughout the court proceedings. Kevin Lunny and his family purchased the former Johnson’s Oyster Farm in 2005, when seven years remained on the 1972 “special use” permit, which allowed the oyster operation to stay on the national parkland for a maximum of 40 years. But the Lunnys, along with many supporters in the area, had hoped to persuade the Department of the Interior to continue the lease for another 10 years, an option created through an appropriations bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a vocal supporter of Drakes Bay Oysters. Five days after Salazar announced the “return [of] the Drakes Estero to the state of wilderness” designated by Congress, the Lunny family announced it had retained the services of a “government accountability” group called Cause of Action, as well as legal firm Stoel Rives LLP. They filed suit later that day at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco charging that the National Park Service has “misrepresented the law, our contracts with the State of California, and the results of scientific studies.” In her ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said she doesn’t have the jurisdiction to review Salazar’s decision. “Moreover,” continued Gonzalez Rogers, “even if Plaintiffs’ claims could be construed to give this Court jurisdiction, based upon the record presented, Plaintiffs have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of the claims nor that the balancing of the equities favors injunctive relief.” Gordon Bennett, president of Save Our Seashore, applauded the judge’s confirmation that the expiration of the oyster operation permit was a “well-established matter of contract and NPS policy.” “Mr. Lunny was fully aware of [this contract] before he bought the last few years of operating rights,” added Bennett. Amber Abbasi, an attorney representing the Lunnys on behalf of Cause of Action, expressed disappointment in the decision. “Without this injunction, not only will a small business close, but families will be forced out of their homes, and the community will lose a sustainable farming resource,” said Abbasi. “The Lunnys are weighing their options for next steps and will make their decision known in the coming days.” On Wednesday, attorneys representing Drakes Bay Oyster Company appealed Judge Gonzalez Roger’s decision to deny the injunction. Stay tuned. MALT helps preserve vast spread in Hicks Valley The Marin Agricultural Land Trust has another feather in its ranch hat—a 1,200-acre-sized feather. 10




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I bite my tongue, since it would be a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. Back to this woman in control of my bedroom. Who is she? Rick has no idea, but his lack of acquaintance with her name or reputation does nothing to diminish his belief in her preposterous theory. “Eve Ensler?” I ask. Even before he shakes his head, I know the Vagina Monologues playwright is too savvy to conclude that three not-so-great experiences would nullify a woman’s sexual desire for the rest of her life. It’s not activist Gloria Steinem or Lauren Streicher, M.D., who is a regular on the Dr. Oz Show. They’re not wacky. I think it might be Naomi Wolf. Oh, I bet it is. Her controversial book, Vagina: A New Biography, recently hit the shelves. I prod Rick to remember and he finally confirms my guess. I’m not here to rip on Naomi. After all, she’s a brilliant Rhodes Scholar, as is Bill Clinton, who also made a name for himself with regard to hoo-has. Still, I’m not entrusting the joy of my genitals to either of them. Since I haven’t read Naomi’s book, which almost every critic dissed, I do a Google search to find the program that Rick heard. Found it. She spoke at the San Francisco JCC, it aired on KALWFM and there’s a free podcast online. I’m not recommending that you listen to the show, unless you want to experience something truly unenjoyable. As far as I can tell, there are no groundbreaking revelations, though I did learn specific information about her orgasms. TMI, Naomi. I show Rick some of the lousy reviews of her book and I tell him I think she’s a bit of a kook. Our relationship with Naomi comes to an end. David Duchovny is also asked to leave. Now, it’s just Rick and me in the bedroom. I find it’s a much better arrangement. As for Rick, he seems fine with everything. Well, maybe he’s not thrilled that I’m writing about him and his former V-master. “Oh, come on. You don’t care, do you?” I ask. “I’d feel better if I had a column and could make fun of you,” Rick answers. Well, he doesn’t, which makes me practically orgasmic. < Email:

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VTom Adams works the overnight shift at the Acqua Hotel, which borders Richardson Bay in Mill Valley. Last week, Tom made a strange discovery in the hotel parking lot. A large sea lion was flippering its way toward Redwood Highway, not far from the Highway 101 on-ramp. Though it’s recommended that Marinites call the Marine Mammal Center when we see marine wildlife wandering our streets, Tom needed to act quickly to keep the animal from potential danger. Luckily, a man walking his dog happened by about this time and the two men encouraged the pinniped toward the bay. The dog cheered on the rescue by barking and the sea lion responded by barking back before he slipped into the water and swam away. Good work.

WWe don’t say this lightly, but we may have come upon the dumbest criminal suspects ever. Last Sunday, a Marin County Sheriff ’s deputy saw a Honda Accord traveling on North San Pedro in Santa Venetia. The vehicle was missing a front tire and sparks were flying from the rim. Stealthy maneuvering when you’re out to commit crimes. The deputy spoke to the three occupants in the car with three tires. Initially, they claimed they were in the area for a party, but later admitted they were there to steal stuff. The Honda was stolen and contained burglary tools and other incriminating items. The men were arrested and booked on a variety of charges. Thank you, deputy, for getting dimwitted Zeros off the roads of Marin.—Nikki Silverstein


his relationship with my on-again off-again for almost a decade noncommittal boyfriend is getting tougher as I go through these months of perimenopause. Apparently, Rick has become an expert in all things vagina. It began when he listened to a nutcase on public radio who spoke about hoo-has for an entire hour. Sure the southern region of the female body is pretty fascinating, but how much is there to discuss? Quite a bit, according to Rick. First and foremost, he is bending over backwards to make sure that I enjoy sex with him. That’s very nice. Really, I appreciate it. But, he could make me much happier if he stopped trying so hard. I never knew a person could ask so many questions about my well-being whilst shtupping. Just shut up, I want to scream. I didn’t even want to do this in the first place. I’m having hot flashes and headaches and this morning I discovered there’s a faint moustache growing under my nose. I wish you would go home and let me watch X-Files reruns. Of course, I don’t tell Rick any of this. Usually I blurt out whatever’s on my mind, but even I think it’s twisted that I’d rather fantasize about David Duchovny than have sex with my handsome though sometimes annoying beau. (About this moustache thing. You may recall another time when I thought I had one, but I didn’t. An old Russian woman convinced me that my nonexistent facial hair was most unattractive and I agreed to let her remove it using the ancient technique of threading. That landed me in the emergency room with a nasty staph infection. Serious stuff. I’m lucky I didn’t lose my lips. This time I really do have peach fuzz perched above my mouth. Hey, if you know how to get rid of my 5 o’clock shadow without killing me or leaving unsightly stubble, please call me ASAP.) Anyway, Rick says his concern stems from the vagina expert espousing that a woman who has bad sex just three times will never want to do it again. Three? I have news for Rick. We’ve surpassed that number and it’s because of him and his new guru. I tell him that I too am knowledgeable, at least about my own body. My words fall on deaf ears. Speaking of his ears, I would like to tell him that he has small dark hairs growing out of them. Ditto for both of his nostrils.

1. Can you identify three Bay Area cities with the same name as three U.S. state capitals? 2. Whose birthday is celebrated at the Presidents’ Day holiday? 3. Believers communicate by means of dreams and trances in 5 what religion practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries? 4a. The first recorded ancient Olympic Games were held in what year? 4b. This first Olympics consisted of only one sporting event. What was it? 5. Pictured, right: In what 1999 film did the young character say, “I see dead people.” What young actor played that role and who 8 played the shrink? 6. What rather small but tremendously useful item, found in every home today, was perfected and patented in 1879-1880 by Thomas Edison? 7. What professional basketball team, between 1962 and 2000, won 12,594 games and lost only two? 8. Pictured, right: Former lovers Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston acted together for the first time in what 1985 comedy film directed by her father, John Huston, for which Anjelica won the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress? 9. This Confederate general received a well-respected nickname after the way that he and his men stood solidly and forcefully in the 1861 Battle of Bull Run. Give his full name and nickname. 10. The word Semite comes from what historical or biblical person?


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by Howard Rachelson

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< 8 Live long and prosper mote healthy living and healthy eating. The question remains: Why has more progress not been made in the areas with stubborn life expectancy disparities? “That’s the million-dollar question,” says Willis. “It’s because of a lot things. It’s tied to geopolitical realities of immigration and the fact that we have a significant portion of our population who come from the developing world.” That kind of connection between immigration issues and health disparities hasn’t been on the front burner during the most recent immigration debate—yet. But the connection between immigration and health-care costs should be part of the discussion. “Immigrants in Marin may arrive here with not a lot of resources,” says Willis, “and they’re coming to an affluent county where property values are high and rents are high, and they’re trying to make do. They may be challenged by language. They may be challenged by not having insurance, not being documented.” Each issue requires its own intervention. And it must be done within the parameter of tight public health budgets. To stretch its public health dollar, the county continues to partner with community organizations, schools and neighborhood groups. One of the most interesting for the immigrant community is the Marin Promotores Initiative, created to reduce racial, ethnic and other social inequalities affecting the health of residents. Promotores essentially is Spanish for health promoter. The concept calls for community members, who speak the same language, understand the culture and are familiar with neighborhoods, to act as educators and connections between the community and health policy issues. “We are working with them, and having them carry the message is one of the ways we are working in the Novato area, [along with the health coalition there] and in the Canal neighborhood and Marin City,” says Larry Meredith, director of the county Health and Human Services Department. Because promotores live in the community, they hold the confidence of their neighbors when it comes to disseminating health information. “With training and guidance, they become a rich source in the system.” The county also has a program dubbed “The Sisters,” crafted during the last three years or so, says Meredith. It’s an attempt to bring county services to people rather than remain aloof in county offices. “We hire people in organizations like Ritter because that’s where all the clients are who may be eligible for some form of public assistance. Rather than requiring them to come to [county offices], we have people there, at Marin Community Clinics, at Canal Alliance. We go to where the people are and educate them and do the preliminary work, so they can determine their eligibility where they are.” If they turn out to be candidates for services, Meredith adds, they “can go and have all their paperwork done. It’s a new model of engaging the public.” 10 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 14, 2013

Ensuring access is a cornerstone of the new health-care paradigm. Willis says the ultimate goal is based on the premise that “every human being has a right to the highest attainable standard of health,” no matter the ZIP code. The most egregious level of disparity, he says, is exhibited when people are sick and cannot receive care. Marin, he says, is fortunate because it has three nonprofit hospitals that will treat people regardless of their insurance status. “That piece of the safety net is intact, but that obviously is a failure of upstream measures that would prevent those kinds of things from happening.” The emphasis on “upstream measures” to prevent emergency room visits or trips to the doctor’s office are key to the Affordable Care Act and the push for public health initiatives in Marin. “What’s emerging as a center of the Affordable Care Act is a [concept] for a medical home [for patients].” The home concept offers health services such as cancer screening, blood pressure checks, routine health maintenance and preventive care, “all things that go into keeping health rather than regaining health once it’s lost,” says Meredith. The concept improves health in the upstream environment while it also trims the cost of health-care. In addition to increasing the availability and ease of access to health-care, say both Willis and Meredith, thinking about health-care in new ways will become increasingly paramount as the Affordable Care Act becomes reality. “Stop thinking of health as health-care per se,” says Willis. “Start thinking of health as not something we get at the doctor’s office but something we get that starts in families, schools, workplaces, places where we play, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the conditions in which we live.” Those are the “most important determining factors of our health status.” And that’s why Health and Human Services should have a seat at the policymaking table. A report compiled by the Trust for America’s Health, titled “A Healthier America 2013, Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years,” notes the contributions pubic health departments play in keeping the nation healthy—and the financial challenges that impinge on that effort. “Where you live shouldn’t determine how healthy you are,” the report states, “and public health departments serve as the unique and essential component of an integrated health system that looks out for the population as a whole, rather than focusing on the health outcomes of individuals alone.” According to the report, “Among the challenges in the next four years are the coming changes in the overall health system that emphasize cost containment and improved health, and the expansion of the number of individuals with insurance coverage for direct preventive services.” Willis estimates that about 18,000 Marin residents

will receive insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. “That will offer them an opportunity to receive urgent care when needed. The Affordable Care Act also will offer an opportunity to engage those clients an upstream preventive care.” Despite all the advances and all the budget jiggering to make funds go as far as possible, a sizable number of Marin residents in this pre-Affordable Care Act period live in a health-care shadow. The number of patients seeking care from public health services in the county has increased. According to Willis, who previously was an internal medicine doctor at Marin Community Clinics and began his duties

as public health officer in December 2011, about 20 percent of the Marin population “is hidden from the majority” who enjoy a high standard of health. While Marin is the healthiest county in the state and much of the data used to paint an overall picture show results “we feel appropriately proud of,” says Willis, the picture is the result of countywide data. The overall data points obscure the reality that pockets in Marin are underserved. A 17-year lifespan disparity attests to that conclusion. < Contact the writer at

< 8 Newsgrams The land trust announced this week its purchase of the development rights to the Barboni Ranch—a vast swath of land in Hicks Valley where thirdgeneration rancher Bill Barboni raises beef cattle and sheep and sells his meat under the Hicks Valley Cattle Co. brand. According to MALT officials, Bill’s parents, Bill and Rosemarie, who live on the ranch, were facing a tough decision as to whether to sell a portion of the land, which, according to the land trust, “would have opened the door to residential development” on the property. MALT’s $3,686,000 purchase of the development rights for the ranch will help ensure the Barbonis can stay on their property and that the land will remain as Marin ag land. “The Barboni family faced a classic predicament,” said MALT executive director Jamison Watts. “A large family, some who ranch some who do not, needed to provide for all its members but did not want to lose the ranch in the process.” The Barboni-MALT deal was four years in the making; it was particularly complicated by the number of funders involved and because it actually entailed protecting two parcels, the 746-acre Barboni “home ranch” and the 448-acre Bassi Ranch, according to a MALT press release. The funding included $1,000,000 from the State Coastal Conservancy, $600,000 from the Wildlife Conservation Board and $714,000 from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) and Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM). According to MALT, the Hicks Valley land is also home to badgers, river otters, mountain lions, the endangered California red-legged frog, and a variety of birds including Northern spotted and burrowing owls.

Supes reject ‘scenic highway’ for Lucas Valley Road Some say the scenery along Lucas Valley Road is exquisite—and the county Board of Supervisors may be inclined to agree. What they’re not ready to do is declare the byway an official Scenic County Highway. The push to designate Lucas Valley Road as a scenic highway has percolated from the Lucas Valley community, spearheaded by Terra Linda resident Carolyn Lenert. But the supes were unanimous Tuesday in their rejection of the proposal—saying that implementing such designations were low on the list for staff priority, and offering veiled suggestions that the proposal was an attempt to quash a proposed affordable housing development on George Lucas’s Grady Ranch property, which runs along the stretch of road. According to the state Scenic Highway Program, scenic corridors consist of land that is visible from the highway right-of-way and comprises primarily scenic and natural features. Marin currently has no state-recognized scenic highways. Highway 1 is currently designated as “eligible,” according to a county report, but has not been officially designated.



Novato resident Alexa Koenig holds no quarter for war criminals

’m not the best party and I think I began to develop an companion,” concedes empathy for other people and the by Alexa Koenig. “Besuffering they might be going Jason cause all I can talk about is through that sort of planted a WAL S H rape and torture.” seed for the future. And she’s not kidding. When we got a chance to inIt’s a big leap from seapods to terview the 40-year-old Novato Charles Taylor. resident about her new gig as the direcWhen I was at Tam I was in the student tor of the UC Berkeley Human Rights Cen- theater company and Sacheen Littlefeather ter, from the get-go it was “war crimes this” [who famously accepted the Best Actor award and “Guantanamo that.” for Marlon Brando at the 1973 Oscars; she But if there’s anyone in Marin as into now lives in San Rafael] ended up directing the “dark side” of international relations, our senior play and she really introduced we’d be hard pressed to find one as blonde us to the sense of justice and injustice. I was and perky as this Tam High graduate. one of the initial members of the school’s Koenig’s journey into the crimesStudents for Justice club and we really started against-humanity abyss began nearly talking about what justice is, what justice is 12 years ago, as the smoke cleared from not, what parts of the world were really facing ground zero. tremendous tragedies at that moment and “I was in law school studying constihow we as students could begin engaging tutional law when 9/11 happened and it some of those issues. was a time to start thinking about what’s right, what’s wrong, and what should be What makes someone a war criminal? our role in terms of our response to what That’s a good question—I’m actually had happened,” says Koenig. “I was getting struggling with that right now for the book involved with some of those issues and that I’m writing. You would have to deterbecoming more and more engaged in that mine first, whether a conflict that is occurworld.” ring is actually a war or not—there’s a lot Koenig first mixed her legal expertise of dispute about what a “war” is. Who has with academia as an assistant professor for the right to declare a war and when the legal five years at the University of San Francisconstraints and parameters are such that you co School of Law, and has since lectured at can say there is in fact a war. UC Berkeley about human rights and war crimes investigations. After serving for six What’s the most common war crime? months as interim director, last December A very common war crime would be torKoenig was officially handed the reins to ture, and that’s also a crime against humanity. the Human Right Center, which focuses its efforts on such topics as sexual violence And the definition of torture is often during armed conflict, reuniting families debated. torn apart by war, and making it easier for That’s what my dissertation that I’m workvictims and witnesses to testify in interna- ing on right now is about. We did a number tional war crimes tribunals. of interviews with Guantanamo [prison] Koenig is currently co-authoring a book detainees, many of whom had been held in (with Eric Stover and Victor Peskin) titled Afghanistan prison prior to that, and really Hiding in Plain Sight: The Politics of Pursuing looking at their experience and what they War Criminals in the 21st Century. consider to be torture. There is such a huge We asked the mother of two about torture debate around whether waterboarding is or and other crimes against humanity. isn’t torture, but I think that while that’s an important issue, it kind of misses the point What first attracted you to the study that the vast majority of detainees are never of humanity’s most power-obsessed waterboarded. I think we need to look more deviants? systematically at standard ways of treating My interest in war crimes stretches back detainees and thinking about whether we as far as going on walks need this definition of what with Mrs. Terwilliger back is a war crime, or not. when I was a little girl. Do you consider waterWow, Mrs. T must have boarding torture? taken you on different I would. walks from the ones we went on! And you seem to be call[Laughs] It sounds ing for an even broader strange but she was so great definition of torture than at having people look at the that. What else do you world from different perhave in mind? spectives. So whether it was The stories range from the perspective of a hawk the kinds of things that or a raccoon or a seapod, I you would kind of think think it really stretches kids’ of as pro forma torture to capacity for looking at the Mrs. Terwilliger never failed in finding the things that really are world in different ways new ways to inspire children. hard for detainees that we FEBRUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 14, 2013 PACIFIC SUN 11

never think about. Many to take someone whom you’ve individuals have stopresumably tortured and ries, particularly at the maybe turned into some hard military prison camps in embittered person and have Afghanistan, of having us deal with all the social and been tied up for days at personal and political ramificaa time, being deprived of tions when you’re not willing to sleep for days at a time, take that same risk?” being beaten, watching other people beThey probably have a point. ing beaten severely. They’re in a Catch-22. What But for a lot of them, at people in the human rights Guantanamo itself, there community have been doing is wasn’t as much as what calling for more federal trials. we would consider physiAnd those are very politically cal torture. What a lot of tricky because that means people there were finding taking detainees to the fedhard was being placed in The twisted abuses at Abu Ghraib: Brigadier eral court system here in the a camp separate from oth- General Janis Karpinski took the fall... United States and on U.S. soil er people who spoke their and for so many people that is language and understood their culture. It still seen as such a huge potential threat. That may sound really minor, but that was as hard it’s really scary for a lot of people and we’re for a lot of the detainees as being sent to an not quite sure how the U.S. government can isolation cell, which much of the human rights step in and make sure that people’s safety community would consider a form of torture. and security is met if that does in fact occur. Now federal trials have been ongoing and we How many of the Guantanamo prisoners haven’t had any problems break out of them. were victims of false arrest? But this myth of these particular individuals The government statistics that I’ve read being such hardened terrorists is so salient in have been that about 95 percent of them our community that I think it’s still hard to should not have been there at all. So maybe wrap our heads around. there were about 5 percent based on the best estimate that maybe do have some kind We’re afraid to try an Afghan villager, yet intelligence value—and that ranges in degree we jump at the chance to put a Mafia don as to the value of their intelligence. But the inon the stand. dividuals that we’ve interviewed, who’ve been I would agree. And I think that if you look the ones the government has let go, were really at [George] Bush’s declarations and speeches not there for any reasons we would consider in the aftermath of 9/11 there were some connected to terrorism. hints that this would be treated very much as organized crime. And I think there’s a lot of A lot of detainees were “turned in” by appeal to that. And I think if we’d taken that local rivals, right? tactic, we’d be in a very different situation One of the biggest issues that came up than we are today. was the dropping of leaflets over Afghanistan and Pakistan offering $5,000 for the Is there a standard method for pursuing turning in of a terrorist. So you have people war criminals? from out of the country who are traveling That’s exactly what [co-authors] Eric, through suddenly have an opportunity Victor and I are looking at right now—takfrom the American government—you see ing a comprehensive look at the post-World this way to make some really quick cash— War II era up until the post-9/11 era. How do you turn in a stranger who you’ve never you actually get war criminals into custody? met before and you have no ties to. That And what we’re finding is there are really became a real cash cow. That’s why you see three factors that have to be considered: so many people who were coming in for First is the legal. Are there legal obstacles or humanitarian aid, or who were looking for opportunities to getting this person? Is there jobs or just passing through at the time bea legal framework by which, say, you capture ing swept up in this. someone in Uganda then you can actually have them transferred to the International Why didn’t Obama close Guantanamo, as Criminal Court to be tried? Second is the he’d promised? Was he simply afraid his political and the diplomatic. Is there political critics would say he’s soft? will from local law enforcement who are often I think that’s part of it. needed to actually effectuate an arrest once you even find the individual—do you have their support to make that happen? Third, What would be the fallout if it closed? what are the operational tactics that can be You’d have a lot of people with nowhere used? That can vary really dramatically. If to go. It became very politically difficult, even someone’s hiding in a really remote part of an for the ones found by the U.S. government African country, where you can’t get to them not to have done anything wrong, to find placements for them in other countries. Other because the underbrush is so thick that you can’t send search drones in there, or you can’t countries would look at our request to take move quickly enough to overtake them. former detainees and say, “You’re not willing to take them yourself—why do you want us 12 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 14, 2013

And then there’s the Israeli example— they’d just sneak into Buenos Aires, for example, grab Adolf Eichmann and bring him back for trial in Israel. You have this example of abductions, where there are certain individuals who are so determined to get the person who committed these war crimes by any means necessary that they sort of figure the ends justify the means and they’ll go in and put together these elaborate ruses—maybe tricking them into crossing a jurisdictional border—or just go in and capture them outright. Will that later be a factor when they’re on trial? Sometimes legal tribunals will say, “All right we’re not going to look at how you got them, we’re just going to look at the legal facts once you have them in custody.” But there’s really a split internationally as to which countries will not penalize you as a prosecutor based on the tactics that were used to get someone into your custody.

Invisible Children’s video challenge to apprehend Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony was an internet sensation in 2012— but the man accused of abducting children as sex slaves and murderous soldiers remains at large.

What about grassroots efforts like Kony 2012, where human rights organizations shine such a bright spotlight on a war criminal in the hopes the international community will have to take action? I was just down in San Diego interviewing Ben Keesey, the executive director of Invisible Children [the organization that launched Kony 2012], to get a sense of what their tactics have been. With them it’s really been a two-part push. To try and create the political and social widespread will to draw so much attention to a particular perpetrator that no one can ignore him anymore. Oftentimes politically it’s more expedient to gloss over these things. It’s so expensive and can create such political tensions when you actually go into a country to get someone—for everyone involved it’s so much easier to just ignore the fact. They [Invisible Children] don’t let that happen. And yet Kony wasn’t captured in 2012... I think what they’re also realizing is that Kony [a Ugandan guerrilla leader known for recruiting child soldiers] is so hard to physically get ahold of. He’s one of those people who have managed to hide out in

very obscure areas and at various times evade detection that they’re dealing now more with the aftermath of him—trying to put together schools and social programs for the child soldiers who were working for him to try and help re-acclimate them into society. The United States doesn’t recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court—why not? That’s a really hotbed question. When you think about when the ICC came into being it actually had enough signatories in 2002 that it would be able to start fulfilling its mandate. Right at that point 9/11 had just occurred. And the U.S. was an early supporter of the ICC when it was first being brainstormed and brought into being. And that would be in the late ‘90s after the ethnic cleansing campaigns in Bosnia? Exactly. So you have everything going on in Serbia, and all these tribunals are popping up to start trying war criminals who’d come out of these various conflicts and all of a sudden there’s this renewed push, which had started way back in the 19th century, to have an international criminal court of some kind that could be a permanent institution to start addressing these issues in less of an ad hoc way. The U.S. was part of that process. But suddenly in early 2002, the ICC comes into being and we’re now wanting to have a much more aggressive policy in dealing with individuals who we want to get into custody and hold accountable. So essentially the U.S. was saying, “Hmm...we would like to violate some of these rules, so we’re not signing on.” Well, the gloves are off, let’s put it that way. Nobody messes with the U.S., so we’re going to look at our rules and see what sort of flexibility we have under our own interpretation of international law. It may not be the most expedient choice at the moment to be a part of the ICC. Because once you’re a state party to the ICC you’re essentially accepting its jurisdiction over your own officials’. So what we do now, is we give indirect support to the ICC. So for example, the state department might provide grants to do research to study how the ICC is handling prosecutions, or how it’s handling victims and witnesses in its courts. But we’re not going to be signatories anytime in the immediate future. Explain the concept of “victor’s justice.” It’s a huge issue. The Nuremberg trials at the end of World War II were seen in some ways as a radical success in the sense that they held several people accountable for the Holocaust and they did manage to have some sort of international outcry in the wake of that. It was also really condemned for being a one-sided approach that really didn’t look at the complexity at how conflict happens in society. We have that old adage that it takes two to tango. And, obviously, there are populations that are more victimized than others and are certainly less blameworthy and suffer the brunt

of what occurs—I kind of a surprise. don’t mean to say Darius Rejali wrote a that that’s equal at all. great book [Torture But it is important to and Democracy] look at both sides of about this, where a conflict and where he talks about the crimes occurred to torture being done in lay some sort of acdemocratic councountability to make tries—where we sure that doesn’t don’t expect it to ocrecur in the future. cur because we think That’s something when you have dethat the ICC pledged mocracies you have not to do. They didn’t this public accountwant to be dedicated ability to help minito the sense of vicmize the likelihood tor’s justice. Because that this stuff will go then already the ICC Human rights group are divided over the ‘success’ of the one. But his theory would become mar- Nuremberg trials—though few shed any tears for the Nazis is that when you have ginalized as only rep- (that’s Hermann Goering, above) themselves. a democracy you just resenting accountabildrive it underground. ity for some people and not the entire world It’s a lot more hidden. Countries where you community. That said, I think it’s still getting expect torture from are very upfront about accusations of that. The ICC has been in a bit it—they consider themselves sovereign of a tricky place, where it has not always been nations and say, yes, we get aggressive with able to attempt to prosecute people from both detainees because it’s in our national interest sides of a conflict. to do that. But a lot of democracies say they don’t torture, but it turns out that they do. In the 1990s, South Africa created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Like when we shipped off Afghan and to deal with the crimes of apartheid— Iraqi detainees for “extraordinary rendihow effective was that? tion” in Europe. Over the 1990s and early 2000s there’ve Yes. been two “tracks” that international justice has run on. One is the sense that we need to Which countries were willing to “help” have trials and hold people accountable by with that? law for the things they did. The other track Scandinavia! That’s a shocker. At least there is the South African model of holding what’s are allegations that we shipped one or two called a truth commission. And the idea people off to Scandinavia—or put it this way, behind a truth commission is that we will I’ve heard rumors about Sweden. And that grant amnesty—as in we will not prosecute was a big surprise. Poland is another country individuals who commit crimes in the context that is considered to have taken in and done of a particular conflict—if they agree to come some of these extraordinary renditions. and say everything that they know about what occurred. The idea is by putting all Is this along the same lines as the this information out on the table there can bilateral immunity agreements we be some kind of social accountability, if not sign with other countries? legal accountability. But also a better underWhen we give economic funding to other standing of why your loved one was killed or countries, for a while there we were having disappeared and who may have done it. And those countries sign these bilateral immunity the idea behind that is there’s a certain kind of agreements that if the U.S. continued to give healing that comes with knowing the truth. economic aid then they wouldn’t prosecute any American government officials for crimes But not all the victims or victims’ families that they may or may not have committed in were satisfied with that level of healing. the context of the war on terror. Increasingly that’s been criticized—that maybe that’s not the best way to ameliorate One of the few Americans ever convicted the pains that victims have gone through. by the U.S. of war crimes is William Calley, People nowadays are really advocating for for his role in the My Lai Massacre in doing both. Maybe granting amnesty for in1968. Have there been others? formation for lower-level perpetrators—those That’s a great question. I can’t imagine that whose involvement was a little fuzzy. Like, yes, there have been and there are a few reasons for they were perpetrators, but yes they may also that. One, often the United States, in the imhave been victims. For example child soldiers, mediate aftermath of a conflict, does not want who are young and may have become child to prosecute its military personnel—for a soldiers to get protection from people out whole host of reasons. You don’t want to bring there killing young kids. But then also ended attention to it; you don’t want to demoralize up doing killings themselves. the military after they’ve been fighting on the nation’s behalf; there are political reasons; and there really aren’t that many countries out Name some countries that engage in there that have the diplomatic ability to bring torture that we wouldn’t expect. 14> U.S. perpetrators to justice. There are a lot of countries that would be FEBRUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 14, 2013 PACIFIC SUN 13

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< 13 The girl who kicks the hornets' nest A Malaysian tribunal last year found George Bush and Dick Cheney guilty of war crimes, and lobbied the U.N. Security Council and the ICC to recognize its findings. In a post-9/11 context you see all these different groups trying to go after Bush or Cheney or Rumsfeld, and that hasn’t gotten very far. For individuals in the U.S. who have been accused of war crimes, I think you see more social ramifications on them—what countries they can travel to, etc., but there’s very little that can be done to bring about any form of accountability. It’s the “a few bad apples” defense. Look at Janis Karpinski, for example, who was the highest-level individual involved in the Abu Ghraib scandal to be held responsible for that. If you read her autobiography she very much sets it up that she was sort of mid-level. And her higher-ups who were tacitly or directly authorizing particularly harsh treatment, if not the actual abuses that occurred, were never held accountable. But here she was one of the few women in the military with kind of a middling rank and she was the one who took the fall for it, at least according to her perspective. Let’s play a little game called “Who Wants to be a War Criminal?” I’ll throw out a name of someone and you tell me whether you think they’re a war criminal.

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All right, but this is strictly opinion, right? Right. Here we go, round one: Harry Truman. Heh heh...gosh. I’d better not play this game. Yes, I think that almost every president you could find some dirt that, technically in some way, could be considered technically war-criminal activity. I think it comes with the responsibility with figuring out how to defend a sovereign nation. I don’t think laws always work perfectly; I don’t think they can anticipate every social context. I do think that we should adhere to law—for instance, there’s no exception to the prohibition against torturing, etc. Socially it’s a very different conversation than it is legally. Certainly Obama has been as criticized as Bush had been by the human rights community; even today I think there are many people who would say he is a war criminal and there are some arguments to be made. I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that, but I do think there’s some strong condemnation out there. Is the world today becoming less violent, or more violent? I think that really hinges on the definition of violence. And if you look at how people are treated over time. Take, for example, the Western world. It used to be that when we punished people we did it in very public ways. The idea was that if you show people being beheaded and their heads held up on spikes you’re sending a message to the entire community not to do these things in the future. Increasingly in the 18th and 19th centuries there was an outcry as to just how horrible people were being treated by governments. There was this uprising against the governments having these powers to abuse and maim individuals. So there was a rise in the use of prisons for punishments instead of the usual corporal punishments. As you get these prisons, increasingly the ways in which people experience violence is driven underground. And it’s through isolation, which many would argue is violence, it’s through psychological tactics as more and more the physical abuse becomes psychological. So you evaluate the violence of the world not as a “less or more” prospect— but from the viewpoint that the violence has changed. Physical abuse is visceral—you can see it, you have empathy for it. But the ways in which there are psychological violence are much less obvious, and therefore less condemnation of it. People who have been through prison systems will tell you: It’s not the beatings. If you get beaten up four or five times you can almost start to anticipate it almost like a boxer—but the psychological stuff: the threats to my family, the sense that I’ll never be able to get out of here, that I have no future or life—like I’m a living dead person—that’s what I couldn’t endure. < Email Jason at


Here’s to your health It takes more than an apple to keep the doctor away... by Joanne Williams

Tips for a healthy life: “Dance as though no one is as though you have never been hurt before...sing as though no one can hear as though heaven is on earth.” —Anon


ood health has taken a beating this winter. From the flu epidemic nationwide to the norovirus outbreak at adult living communities in Marin, it’s a shiver-and-shake season. Besides a flu shot and good luck, one wonders what it takes to stay standing. First, wash your hands. And then, give a party! Also have a glass of wine (one) or beer (ditto) and a piece of dark chocolate. Those are among the “10 Tips for Better Health” in the JanuaryFebruary issue of the AARP Bulletin (not the tips given by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services). Author Nissa Simon writes that “a study by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that social activity may help preserve your ability to perform dayto-day activities as you age.” Being lonely isn’t good, either; it’s worse than smoking, lack of exercise or obesity. Now to me that’s really good news, because if there’s anything harder than giving

up smoking, it’s getting off the couch and onto the bike path. Besides you might be swept away by a king tide, which is not an emotion but an unusual amount of deep water along the bay front. I’d rather give a party anytime. Another health tip from AARP—adopt a pet. Usually that means a dog or a cat, but perhaps a Siamese fighting fish or a boa constrictor would do. A pet can lower blood pressure, makes a willing exercise partner and knows how to look deep into your eyes. My daughter-in-law has a boa constrictor, but Scooter no longer runs with her, as he is 8 feet long and as big around as a tree. On to flavonoids—those mystery antioxidant ingredients in grapes, blueberries, wine, dark chocolate and cabbage. I have a friend who stays healthy with a piece of dark chocolate and a glass of wine just before bed, and the occasional blueberry. I suspect she still has sex (see below). Beats brussels sprouts for sure.

Senior Health Resources The agencies below are general rather than specific to senior health but they can lead you to specific answers about nutrition, food sources, exercise programs and mental health resources. Z Mill Valley Community Center 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley; 415/383-1370 Indoor covered swimming pool, gym, adult and children’s classes, childcare, senior club with luncheons, bingo, bridge, special events and trips. Small annual fee. Z Marin County Health and Human Services 20 N. San Pedro Rd., #2028, San Rafael; 415/473-3696 Aging and Adult Services 415/473-7118 Commission on Aging 415/473-71186 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 415/473-2100 Wellness Center — 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael 415/473-4300 The Connection Center is the heart of the campus. With its soaring glass walls, large lobby, cafe and state-of-the-art conference rooms, clients, staff and community members are welcomed to a variety of programs. The reception area, hosted by bilingual, multicultural staff members, offers information about campus programs and community resources, referrals, billing services, case management, health insurance enrollment, and assistance navigating and accessing services. Z Marin Community Clinic 3270 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael; 415/4481500 This health clinic for the uninsured and low-income residents

celebrated 40 years in 2012. Maintains four medical clinics and two dental clinics serving 30,000 patients a year with primary care and support services, including financial counselors, immunization, family planning access. Sliding scale for qualifying patients; multicultural staff. Z Marin Food Bank 75 Digital Dr., Novato; 415/883-1302 Home-delivered grocery services, small meal programs and St.Vincent de Paul in Marin’s hot meals are part of Marin Food Bank’s programs, serving 30,000 households a week. Z Meals of Marin 3095 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael; 415/457-4666 Founded in 1993 by Carola Detrick, Meals of Main serves two meals a day to 160 homebound clients ages 15-60 who have breast cancer, AIDS or hepatitis C.“It is our goal that no one in Marin with a life-threatening illness goes hungry...” Z Whistlestop 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael; 415/456-9062 Promotes active and independent lives for Marin’s older adults and people with disabilities. Offers transportation, Meals on Wheels, classes and other services including lowcost Jackson Cafe on the premises offering very good meals. Z San Rafael Senior Community Center 618 B St., San Rafael; 415/485-3348 Goldenaires Senior Citizens, recreational opportunities. Classes include exercise, wood carving, painting, writing, bocce, bridge, writing, movies, bingo, dinner dances, craft fair, trips and tours. Small annual fee. —Joanne Williams

New NIH research studies have come up with the good news that coffee, either caf or decaf, can protect you against everything you’ve never dreamed of getting— Parkinson’s, diabetes, skin cancer and Alzheimer’s. Dosage: three cups a day. And besides a glass of red or white, here’s another health tip: Have SEX. AARP reveals that in a national survey more than half of those between 75 and 85 have sex more than two or three times a month and some once a week! Sex bolsters the immune system, helps with depression and certainly makes you feel younger. Remember? Other tips: Listen to your favorite music and take a mid-afternoon nap. UC Berkeley researchers say a 90-minute nap clears the brain’s short-term memory storage center, which we know is off in the iCloud somewhere, and makes room for new information. How much new information we want in the light of all the world dysfunction is not part of the discussion. We in Marin know how important

it is to spend time outdoors, but green environments, just like eating green, enhances mood. If you don’t have the balance for a bicycle, instead take a walk, plant a flower, enjoy a boat ride or dance! Even by yourself. Also rid the premises of antibacterial soaps containing triclosan. While you’re supposed to wash hands frequently to fight off the flu, findings indicate soaps with triclosan Sometimes staying may contribute to dishealthy is as simple as ease-resistant bacteria. water and exercise. Instead, all you need is 20 seconds with overthe-counter soap and warm water. And remember, kale is next to godliness. Make a green smoothie, choke it down and follow with a chaser of pinot noir and a piece of Valrhona chocolate. You can keep lifting weights if you want to. I’m going to think about that as I head off to the couch to watch Chris Matthews yell at his guests. Oh, and P.S.: Drink a whole lot of water. And many thanks to author Nissa Simon, wherever she is, for all the research I borrowed for this article. Email me at

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ere (gossips) in Milan, bugie (lies) in Piedmont. Emporio Rulli has cenci in the shop in Larkspur right now, $1 each...And then there’s Fat Tuesday! Feb. 12 marks the last day before Lent and things get pretty intense in Rio and Venice and New Orleans. Right here in Mill Valley you can find Mardi Gras/Carnaval 2013 at Sweetwater Music Hall, a fundraiser for Brazilian Alliance and Performing Stars of Marin. Hot zydeco and samba music by top musicians Marinites have never had to set aside a specific ‘week’ to celebrate beer... will fill the hall for masked guests in fancy dress; down-home foods will be served with drinks aplenty. GO FOR THE CRAFT, NOT THE CRASS You don’t have to cross a bridge for the fun Time is 6 o’clock, cost is $30 per person for this gala. Tickets: 415/332-8316 or of San Francisco Beer Week, since local 415/472-2950. brewers and bars are offering specials in our own backyard. Here are some ways IT’S ALL GOOD Changes continue to to pay tribute to their art: Feb. 10, Mill appear on the restaurant scene. Sausalito’s Valley’s Pizza Antica offers Crafts and Cotechino, Russian River Brewing Com- Copita has a new chef, Gonzalo Rivera Jr., who joins co-owner Joanne Weir and pany beers and Italian sausage...Feb. 14: Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Inverness sous chef Dilsa Lugo at the bright Mexican spot on Bridgeway. Previously Rivera pairs beer with oysters, barbecued and was with Michael Mina’s restaurants and raw, noon-5pm...Feb. 14, 2-9pm, Novato’s Beltane Brewing has a sweet release, Mon at Capella in Ixtapa. He’s developing a seasonal tasting menu based on regional Coeur Chocolate Ale, for Valentine’s Day. cuisines. Reservations: 415/331-7400 or A full listing with details of these and city October events is at Steve Stragnola and his son Michael became the owners of LoCoco’s Pizzeria HUGS, KISSES AND FAMILY FUN in San Anselmo. They changed the name Speaking of Valentine’s Day, there’s a way to Zio Pizza, but kept the restaurant’s to get a jump-start on the hearts and signature crust recipe and familiar dishes, flowers action before this year’s mid-week observation. The farmers market at Marin revised the wine list and added a wider choice of rustic dishes. Now they have Country Mart in Larkspur will throw a Saint Valentine’s Festival Saturday, Feb. 9, started convenient delivery service. Call 415/453-1238 or check www.ziopizza. 9am-2pm. Romantics can decorate sugar com for info...It’s time for Lark Creek cookies and make old-fashioned cards Restaurant Group’s annual Crab Festival, (with complimentary postage) and pose when crustaceans are sourced live, cooked for old-fashioned portraits at a photo and prepared by hand for fresh, fresh stand. Flowers and confections will be dinners. In Marin that means Larkspur’s featured at the weekly market. two outposts, Yankee Pier, where you will find crab risotto with Meyer lemon, BRING ON THE GOOD TIMES Mardi shallots, chives and bacon, and Tavern at Gras—Carnevale—Carnaval: We’re now Lark Creek, with dishes like crab salad at the end of the pre-Lenten celebrations with ruby grapefruit, avocado and baby when all over the world people are partygreens, fragrant with tarragon. The festival ing. They fill the streets of both hemiwill continue through Feb. 28...The rich spheres with costumed parades, dancing, range of Umbrian foods is featured in this feasting and foolishness. In Italy there month’s Festa Regionale at Il Fornaio in are festive foods aplenty but the talisman Corte Madera, through Feb. 17. Look for of the season is made from pasta dough heart-shaped ravioli filled with guinea mixed with white wine (and/or rum), hen, sauteed salmon with artichokes and rolled into squares or small rectangles and black truffles, crisp rotisserie duck in fried, then dusted with powdered sugar. citrus sauce. Town Center Corte Madera, They’re feather-light and addictive. What 415/927-4400. < they are called depends on where you eat Contact Pat at them—cenci (rags) in Florence, chiacchi16 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 8 -JANUARY 14, 2013



Boo Koo, 25 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. 415/883-8303 Whenever I have a hankering for panAsian soul food, I truck on down to Boo Koo in Mill Valley. Tucked away in a tiny storefront on Miller Avenue, the place does a brisk business of both eat-in and takeout service. Fun music is pulsing and the aroma of wok-fired ginger and garlic permeates the air. I adore their homemade drinks and often order the Fuzzy G—a spicy, fizzy, gingery concoction with a kick of spice. Mint-O-Mania and Lemon Squeeza are also good choices. On a recent visit, Thai pumpkin soup was a special, with coconut milk, paprika and cinnamon; every mouthful was a haunting tangle of Thanksgiving in Asia—and it was vegan as well gluten-free. In fact, Boo Koo is supportive of dietary differences so the menu is marked with GF and vegan, giving diners lots of choices. There is a nice selection of starters to get your taste buds going: An order of summer rolls is a good appetizer to share. The entree list tap-dances through Thailand, with a couple of curries and pad thai, onto China with peanut noodles then ends up in Indochina with a rice bowl or noodles with kaffir lime. Each entree is wok-fried and diners can then choose from a list of proteins, like chili-lime salmon or sweet garlic tofu, to top their starch. Several salads on the menu keep time with the pan-Asian theme—think shaking beef with rice noodles or a minty number that includes mango and avocado making for a refreshing repast. The terrific banh mi on a crunchy French baguette and a couple of soups, including pho, round out the menu, completing the global trot through Asia. Boo Koo satisfies cravings for sweet, spicy, tangy street food from the Orient. —Brooke Jackson



Café Verde, 502 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 415/927-1060 I don’t spend a lot of time in Corte Madera, but lately my son has been playing soccer off Tamalpais Drive near the Community Center, and one day as the practice wore on, I went in search of coffee. Not only did I find Blue Bottle espresso drinks, but the nearby Café Verde also serves a creative little menu of sandwiches, soups and salads. There is even a six- to eight-seat bar for sipping wine in the evening. Mario and Tony Farahmand, owners of the long-standing Benissimo, opened Café Verde in November in what used to be a chiropractic office. A large open stone courtyard offers plenty of room for soaking up the sun and a handful of outdoor tables reaches around the café. The space has a welcoming, Euro vibe and the menu items reflect the owners Middle Eastern/Italian heritage. A unique Chunky Egg Sandwich is a hefty mound of large chunks of hard-boiled egg, cherry tomatoes and dill all lightly tossed in a mayonnaise dressing. Also surprising and original is a kale Caesar salad made with the hearty crisp greens and a fresh, well-made dressing. I haven’t been for dinner yet, but the creative offerings and friendly staff make we want to go back for more. The brown rice chicken risotto and beef sliders prepared with Kobe beef are just a couple of clues that this is not your mediocre, run-of-the-mill cafe. And the surprises don’t stop there—an interesting list of German and Belgian beers on tap are available along with a select list of wines. I think I’ll be joining the locals here for a beer and a slice. Oh, did I mention, they also offer thick, sliced pizza with items like arugula, goat cheese and pesto? Yum.—Tanya Henry


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Live Free or Die Hard FRIDAY, FEB. 8 The Touch A man discovThis is the one where ers his troubled son can perceive patterns McClane takes on a of vast numbers that suggest a sprawling super-hacker’s conunderlying mathematics explaining the spiracy to cripple the laws of the universe and social dynamics nation’s computing of every living being. We know what you’re network and bring the thinking. He’s not old enough to bring into financial system crashing down. Ironically, the the casino. Fox. 8pm. financial system did that to itself just one year Anaconda A giant snake slithers through the later. (2007) FX. 8pm. darkness, dragging its victims down into the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas At this muck. All he needs is a suit and a red tie and point, Hunter S. Thompson’s drug-fueled he could have a show on Fox News. (1997) tale of debauchery in the gambling mecca AMC. 8pm. is probably best viewed as a cautionary tale The Job Contestants compete in a gameand not the“how-to”guide show format with the it was perceived to be grand prize being employwhen it was published in ment. It says something the early‘70s. (1998) HBO. about the economy when 10:55pm. we went from“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”to“Who Wants to Barely Make It but TUESDAY, FEB. 12 at Least You’ll Have Health Citizen Kane Orson Welles’ Insurance”? CBS. 8pm. cinematic classic about The Grapes of Wrath an ambitious young man Displaced by the dustbowl, who lifts himself out of dirt-poor farmers hit the A young Murdoch purchasing the naming poverty and works tirelessroad in search of work in ly to build a global media rights to ‘Rosebud’...Tuesday, 5pm. California. It’s a raw life of empire of newspapers, deprivation and poverty. But at least they film studios and sprawling radio networks. didn’t have to surrender their dignity on a Then he gets bought out by Rupert Murdoch. game show. (1940) TCM. 8pm. (1941) TCM. 5pm. State of the Union Address Barack Obama appears before Congress. At SATURDAY, FEB. 9 least that’s the plan. There’s Tasmanian Devils Ferostill time for Mitch McCocious oversized Tasmanian nnell to filibuster the pledge devils on a remote island of allegiance and delay this terrorize skydivers who for a few weeks. ABC, NBC, neglected to include a CBS, CNN, MSNBC, QVC, the wise-cracking rabbit in Cartoon Network. 6pm. their supplies. (2013) SyFy. Millionaire Matchmaker 7pm. Tonight’s client is a profesSaturday Night Live Justin sional wrestler. He’s looking Bieber is both the host and the musical act, providing They should’ve taken that left turn at for a partner who enjoys quiet nights by the fireplace, one of those rare occasions Albuquerque...Saturday, 7pm. long walks in the rain, sterwhen you can hate him for oids and bringing A WORLD OF PAIN TO THE two reasons. Three if you count his haircut. RING THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE TULSA NBC. 11:35pm. ARENADOME!!!! Bravo. 10pm. SUNDAY, FEB. 10 Battlestar Gallactica: Blood & Chrome A prequel brings us back to WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13 Where the Heart Is A pregnant teen is abandoned the first Cylon War when Admiral Adama was at an Oklahoma Walmart. We imagine just a fighter pilot; the Cylons hadn’t updated Walmarts in Oklahoma have a whole sectheir operating system; and you could still roll tion for that. ( 2000) ABC Family. 6pm. over your anytime minutes. SyFy. 8pm. RuPaul’s Drag Race The drag queens perThe Walking Dead The zombies are back form on a children’s TV show. God is probably from their mid-season hiatus, refreshed and already working on a hurricane for this. LOGO. ready to shuffle mindlessly. AMC. 9pm. 9:30pm. Flight of the Phoenix After their plane crashes in the Gobi desert, the passengers and crew struggle to rebuild the plane and fly THURSDAY, FEB. 14 American Idol They’re back to civilization. But the airline still figures down to the“40 finalists.”We’re not sure how out a way to charge them for baggage. (1965) they can describe“40”as“finalists,”but don’t TCM. 10:15pm. let that stop you from sketching up a tentative“who to hate”list. Fox. 8pm. Zero Hour A magazine editor learns of a vast MONDAY, FEB. 11 The Houstons A reality show about Whitney Houston’s family? It’s like century-spanning conspiracy. We’ll say the same thing we said about The DaVinci Code: one of those Animal Planet shows where you If your conspiracy takes centuries to play out, see scavengers feeding on the carcass; and you need a better conspiracy. ABC. 8pm. after that the insects come in; and after that the reality show producers. Lifetime. 6pm. Critique That TV Guy at

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odot has arrived at Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin Theatre Company, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to decide whether to cheer or groan. Make no mistake, Samuel Beckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landmark tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot, is a tricky proposition for any producer. Although a 1999 poll of 800 theater pro- Vladimir (Mark Bedard) and Estragon (Mark Anderson fessionals and commentators by Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phillips) wriggle a few laughs out of Beckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story of irRoyal National Theatre called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most remediable despair. signiďŹ cant English language play of the 20th MTCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production is a perfect example centuryâ&#x20AC;? and no one doubts that it has had of how far this approach can be cara more profound inďŹ&#x201A;uence on Western the- riedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and what the consequences may ater than any other modern work, the origi- be. 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It should therefore be no surprise ďŹ&#x201A;ing way they walk to their exaggerated that the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophical core is the gestures and expressions. Grizzled Oregon bleak post-World War II French existential- Shakespeare Festival veteran Mark Bedard ism of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, shines as Vladimir, the more stoic of the with its emphasis on the lonely fate of two protagonists. It is he who announces mankind adrift in a godless, meaningless the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme with his opening line, deuniverse. The stage directions for the setlivered after several unsuccessful attempts tingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;A country road. A tree. Eveningâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to pull on his boots: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is nothing couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more stark. Costumes are drab. to be done.â&#x20AC;? Though young for someone There is no discernible plot. Hopelessness who has supposedly spent 50 years at hangs like a suffocating cloud over the proVladimirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, local actor Mark Anderceedings. Asked by an interviewer what it son Phillips is a forceful, cogent Estragon. meant, Beckett replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious.â&#x20AC;? While James Carpenter brings a resounding voice in fact that may be true, many among the and imposing physicality to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mightyâ&#x20AC;? early audiences either didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree or, if they Pozzo, a mysterious character whose two did, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the message. appearances on stage, accompanied by his So began a movement to slave, the equally mysterimake this seemingly frosty ous Lucky (Ben Johnson), examination of the human NOW PLAYING light up the scene like a viscondition more appealing. Waiting for Godot runs iting comet ďŹ&#x201A;ashing across Beckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue, rich with through Feb. 17 at the a dark sky. Lucas Meyers, a Marin Theatre Comthe colorful blather and black 7th-grader making his propany, 397 Miller Avenue, humor for which Irish writers fessional stage debut (alterMill Valley. Informaare famous, was a big help, as nating with Sam Novick) is tion: 415/388-5208 or were his suggestions for the the daily bearer of Godotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of comic bits associated unchanging message of with Buster Keaton, Laurel postponement. and Hardy, the Marx BrothFor all its precision, ers, Charlie Chaplin and other favorites. The what Minadakisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Waiting for Godot lacks playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two main characters (Vladimir and Es- is a heart. Because these characters are tragon) began to be identiďŹ ed as a pair of lov- depicted as clowns performing clown able, if eccentric, â&#x20AC;&#x153;tramps,â&#x20AC;? even though script routines rather than ordinary people overreferences to an earlier time spent wining and come by the ineffability of life, the pathos dining in Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vineyard country suggest that I believe Beckett intended is almost otherwise. More recently, American produc- completely absent. We laugh, but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tions have called them â&#x20AC;&#x153;clownsâ&#x20AC;? and the ac- feel. In my book, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge loss. < tors playing themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Robin Williams, Nathan Discuss Camusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; theory of absurdism with Charles at cbrousse@ Lane, Bill Irwin, Steve Martin, et al.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;have been chosen for their proďŹ ciency with physical comedy.


And the WiNNERS are...

The official Pacific Sun OSCAR CHALLENGE mail-in ballot—are you up to the challenge? Best Picture

Costume Design

Original Song

Adapted Screenplay


RAnna Karenina RLes Misérables RLincoln RMirror Mirror RSnow White and the Huntsman

R“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” R“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted” R“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi” R“Skyfall” from “Skyfall” R“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”


Production Design

Original Screenplay



Amour Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty

Leading Actor


Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook” Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln” Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables” Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master” Denzel Washington in “Flight”

Supporting Actor R R R R R

Alan Arkin in “Argo” Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master” Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln” Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”

Leading Actress RJessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty” RJennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook” REmmanuelle Riva in “Amour” RQuvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” RNaomi Watts in “The Impossible”

Supporting Actress RAmy Adams in “The Master” RSally Field in “Lincoln” RAnne Hathaway in “Les Misérables” RHelen Hunt in “The Sessions” RJacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Animated Feature Film RBrave RFrankenweenie RParaNorman RThe Pirates! Band of Misfits RWreck-It Ralph

Cinematography RAnna Karenina RDjango Unchained RLife of Pi RLincoln RSkyfall


RMichael Haneke,“Amour” RBenh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” RAng Lee, “Life of Pi” RSteven Spielberg, “Lincoln” RDavid O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Documentary Feature R5 Broken Cameras RThe Gatekeepers RHow to Survive a Plague RThe Invisible War RSearching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short RInocente RKings Point RMondays at Racine ROpen Heart RRedemption

Film Editing RArgo RLife of Pi RLincoln RSilver Linings Playbook RZero Dark Thirty

Foreign Language Film RAmour - Austria RKon-Tiki - Norway RNo - Chile RA Royal Affair - Denmark RWar Witch - Canada

Makeup & Hairstyling RHitchcock RThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey RLes Misérables

Music - Original Score RAnna Karenina RArgo RLife of Pi RLincoln RSkyfall

Ballot also available online at Name ___________________________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________________ Phone __________________________________________________________________________ E-mail __________________________________________________________________________ Mail to: Pacific Sun/Oscar Contest, 835 Fourth Street, Suite D, San Rafael, CA

Anna Karenina The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln

Animated Short Film R Adam and Dog R Fresh Guacamole R Head over Heels R Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” R Paperman

Live Action Short Film R Asad R Buzkashi Boys R Curfew R Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) R Henry

Sound Editing R R R R R

Argo Django Unchained Life of Pi Skyfall Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing R R R R R

Argo Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln Skyfall

Visual Effects R R R R R

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Life of Pi Marvel’s The Avengers Prometheus Snow White and the Huntsman

DEADLINE: ---------------Entries must be received by Feb. 20, 2013 ---------------One entry per person ---------------Pacific Sun picks will be announced Feb. 22, 2013 ----------------

Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Life of Pi Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook

Amour Django Unchained Flight Moonrise Kingdom Zero Dark Thirty

The Pacific Sun Oscar Challenge! It’s you vs. us in our fifth annual Academy Awards contest... Are you up to the challenge Marin film buffs? Here’s the deal: Select a winner in all 24 categories, and if you can correctly pick more than our on-staff movie experts— we’ll announce our predictions in the Feb. 22 issue—you’ll win tickets for two to a film at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. But that’s not all! Whoever gets the highest total out of all the entries will receive a 2013 Gold Star membership to the California Film Institute, which includes discounts on regular screenings, sc exclusive “members “m only” privileges and more. privile Deadline for entries is Deadl 5pm, Feb. 20, 2013. —Jason Walsh Are Y You Experienced? For contestants co who wish to compare their picks wit with ours on the Big Night, we recommend the California Film Institute’s Oscar Exp Experience, where guests ca can tally their ballot via live telecast in the Rafael’s main m theater, win prizes, bid in a silent raffle priz auction and eat like a auctio star. Feb. 24. $60 general; $50 members; era memories—priceless. me Check out www. Ch



F R I D AY F E B R U A R Y 8 — T H U R S D AY F E B R U A R Y 1 4 M ovie summaries by M at t hew St af for d O Lincoln (2:29) High-pedigree look at the 16th president’s four tumultuous years in office features a screenplay by Tony Kushner and stars Daniel Day-Lewis under the direction of Steven Spielberg. O Mama (1:40) Jessica Chastain stars as the foster mom of two abducted children who may be possessed by more than post-trauma stress. O Les Miserables (2:38) All-star adaptation of the Victor Hugo musical extravaganza stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert and Anne Hathaway as the lovely Fantine. O

Rooney Mara ain’t got nothin’ but the blues in ‘Side Effects.’ O

Amour (2:05) Critically acclaimed French

drama stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as an elderly Parisian couple battling the realities of old age. 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 Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia’s gothic horror romance comes to the big screen with Jeremy Irons as the mysterious overlord of Ravenwood Manor and Alice Englert as his cursed niece Lena. O Bullet to the Head (1:31) Sly Stallone’s back as a Big Apple cop forging an uneasy alliance with a Big Easy hitman; Walter Hill directs. O Django Unchained (2:45) Quentin Tarantino über-Western about a slaveturned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx), his still-enslaved wife (Kerry Washington) and the plantation owner (Leo DiCaprio) who stands in their way. O A Good Day to Die Hard (1:38) Rogue cop John McClane teams up with his CIA-agent son to halt a global nuclear showdown, Russian Mafia be damned; Bruce Willis stars, of course. O Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (1:28) Scarred by the near-death gingerbread-house experience of their youth, the sibs grow up to be vengeance-seeking bounty hunters in form-fitting leather outfits. O

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

(2:46) Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Balin, Smaug and others return to the big screen; major must-see for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien or facial hair. O Identity Thief (1:51) Denver ad exec Jason Bateman’s savings and self spiral out of control when Miami grifter Melissa McCarthy taps into his virtual-plastic soul. O The Impossible (1:43) A vacationing family learns the true meaning of courage and compassion when they’re caught up in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star. O Life of Pi (2:05) Ang Lee’s adaptation of the Yann Martel novel about an Indian teenager’s challenging odyssey: navigating across the Pacific in a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. 20 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 14, 2013

Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

Catch five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. O

Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts

Five minimalist documentaries on a wide range of subjects with one thing in common: a shot at Academy bling. O

Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts

The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five live-action short subjects screen at the Rafael this week. O Parental Guidance (1:36) Comedy ensues when groovy 20th century couple Bette Midler and Billy Crystal find themselves babysitting their nerdy, entitled 21st century grandkids. O Parker (1:58) Taylor Hackford caper flick follows Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham on a quest for ill-gotten booty. O Promised Land (1:46) Gus Van Sant directs Dave Eggers’ story about two corporate hotshots out of their element in a small town; Matt Damon and Hal Holbrook star. O Quartet (1:38) The cozy elegance of a retired musicians’ home is torn asunder when an ex-wife/diva arrives to open old wounds; Dustin Hoffman directs Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon. O Safe Haven (1:55) Lasse Hallström drama about a woman with a haunted past who tries to make a new life for herself in an idyllic North Carolina village. O Side Effects (1:45) Steven Soderbergh thriller follows the unraveling life of a successful Manhattan couple after they partake of a new anti-anxiety wonder drug; Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law star. O Silver Linings Playbook (2:02) David O. Russell comedy about a down-and-outer’s attempts to rebuild his life after losing his wife and his job and moving in with his parents; Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence star. O Stand Up Guys (1:35) Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken and Al Pacino as very old buddies trying to recapture their glory days of sex, drugs and criminal malfeasance. O Warm Bodies (1:37) Zombie comedy about the unusual romance between an undead slacker and a totally alive knockout. O Zero Dark Thirty (2:37) Kathryn Bigelow’s brutal docudrama about an elite team of ops and agents and their decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden.

N New Movies This Week

Amour (PG-13)

Rafael: Fri 3:15, 6:15, 9 Sat-Sun 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9 Mon, Wed-Thu 6:15, 9 Tue 6:45, 9:15 Argo (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20 Sun-Wed 12:50, 3:40, 6:30 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45 Mon-Wed 6:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:30, 10:25 N Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) Fairfax: Wed 10pm Bullet to the Head (R) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Rowland: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:15 Django Unchained (R) Regency: Fri-Wed 12:30, 4:10, 7:55 N A Good Day to Die Hard (R) C inema: Wed 10 Thu 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Fairfax: Wed 10pm Rowland: Wed 10pm Thu 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) Fairfax: Fri-Wed 1:40 Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 10:30pm MonWed 9:30 Northgate: Fri-Wed 1, 5:30, 10; 3D showtimes at 10:45, 3:15, 7:45 Rowland: 11:55, 5:05, 10; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:35 Wed 11:55, 5:05; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:35 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG) Northgate: Fri-Wed 3:10, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 11:20, 6:50 N Identity Thief (R) Cinema: Fri-Tue 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45 Wed 1:20, 4:10, 7 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun-Wed 1:20, 4:30, 7 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:10, 12:35, 2, 3:25, 4:50, 6:15, 7:40, 9:05, 10:30 Rowland: 11:35, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 The Impossible (PG-13) Marin: Fri-Sun 1:30, 7 Mon-Thu 7:20 Regency: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:50 Life of Pi (PG) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 3:55, 6:40, 9:30 Sun-Wed 3:55, 6:40 Marin: Fri-Sat 4:10; 3D showtime at 9:30 Sun 3D showtime at 4:10 Mon-Thu 4:30 Northgate: Fri-Wed 4, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 12:55, 7:05 Lincoln (PG-13) Regency: Fri-Wed 12:10, 3:35, 7 Sequoia: Fri 4, 7:15, 10:30 Sat 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30 Sun 12:45, 4, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4, 7:15 Mama (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Wed 5:15, 10:35 Rowland: 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:25 Les Miserables (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:45, 3:20, 6:55, 10:20 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri-Sun 3:45, 6 Mon-Thu 6 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael: Sat-Sun 11:45 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael: 8 Parental Guidance (PG) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:35, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Parker (R) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:20, 7:50 Promised Land (R) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:45, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Quartet (PG-13) Rafael: Fri 4, 6:30, 8:45 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45 N Safe Haven (PG-13) Fairfax: Wed 10pm N Side Effects (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Wed 1:30, 4:40, 7:10 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 8, 10:35 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:30, 5:20, 8, 10:35 Mon-Wed 7, 9:40 Marin: Fri-Sat 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 2, 4:50, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:45 Playhouse: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7 Mon-Wed 4:15, 7 Regency: Fri-Sat 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Sun-Wed 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Rowland: 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:35 Sun-Wed 1:10, 4, 6:50 Lark: Fri, Mon-Thu 5:15, 8 Sat-Sun 2:30, 5:15, 8 Marin: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:45, 1:35, 4:25, 7:20, 10:15 Playhouse: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1, 4, 6:50 Mon-Wed 4, 6:50 Rowland: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Stand Up Guys (R) Regency: Fri-Sat 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Sun-Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40 Warm Bodies (PG-13) Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Wed 7:15, 9:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:25, 12:40, 1:55, 3:05, 4:20, 5:40, 7, 8:10, 9:30, 10:35 Rowland: 12, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 Zero Dark Thirty (R) Fairfax: 1, 4:15, 7:30 Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12, 3:25, 7, 10:20 Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:50 Regency: 12:20, 3:55, 7:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:20 Sequoia: Fri 3:40, 7, 10:25 Sat 12:15, 3:40, 7, 10:25 Sun 12:15, 3:40, 7 Mon-Thu 3:40, 7

Bruce Willis brings his cowboy act to Moscow in ‘A Good Day to Die Hard,’ sneaking Wednesday night at the Rowland.

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

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F R I D AY F E B R U A R Y 8 — F R I D AY F E B R U A R Y 1 5 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information »

Live music

02/09: Sukhawat Ali Khan, Stephen Kent and Anastasi Mavrides Peter Warren’s world

02/08: Barbwyre and Savannah Blu Alt Country, bluegrass old and original. Part of the S.F. Old Time and Bluegrass Fest. 9am. Peri’s , 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 847-2332. 02/08: Caribbean Blue Celebrate mid-winter tropical warmth with a Caribbean Dance Party. 8:30pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 415215. 02/08: Destiny Muhammad Trio Jazz. 7:30pm. $10. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600. 02/08: Elvin Bishop Blues, soul legend. 8pm. $27. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

music night. 9:30pm. $10. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 02/09: Sweethearts of the Radio KWMR, West Marin Community Radio presents Sweethearts of the Radio. A benefit for the radio station. A night of music featuring Tim Weed and Debbie Daly, Sabra Daly and Peter Heelan, Laurie Lewis and Tom Ruzum and Suzy and Eric Thompson. Paul Knight booking. Sponsored by the Station House Cafe and Heidrun Meadery. Live music, delicious desserts and tasty beverages. 8pm. $25. Dance Palace Community Center, 501 B Street, Point Reyes Station. 663-1777, Ext 104. 02/09: The Tickets Band Original rock and blues. Part of their Small Black Dot and Curvy Pink Lines Tour. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker/Travis Marina, Sausalito. 332-2319.

02/08: Habitat for Humanity Benefit Show With music from the The Heretics, Terra Clark, “4Ever”, Lily Ashby, Skylar Silvera, Zoe Zaleski, Sierra Stephens, Nikki Lax & Kyla Van Gelder, Caroline Sky and others TBA. 8pm. $10-20, under 12 free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

02/08: San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival Bluegrass. 9pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910.

02/08: The Cheeseballs Dance hits from the ’70s-’90s , 9pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door - plus any additional ticket agent fees. George’s Nightclub, 842 4th Street, San Rafael. 877568-2726. 02/08: The Phillip Percy Pack Jazz. 7pm. Rickey’s Restaurant , 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 415244-2665. 02/08: The Two Mikes Mike Lipskin and Mike Duke. 7:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/08: Who Too, Revolver Who and Beatles tribute bands. 9pm. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/09: Cutcodemzon Funk, rock. With Taylor Cutcomb (This Old Earthquake), Joe Nemzer (Cup O Joe), Tommy Odetto (Soul Pie) and Lex Razon (Vinyl). 9:30pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 02/09: El Radio Fantastique Mardi Graas masquerade show. 8:30pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/09: Fely Tchaco Benefit Benefit for The African Advocacy Network w/DJ Elembe Blaise. 8:30pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

02/09: Mardi Gras Party with Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra Celebrate Mardi Gras at Sweetwater and dance the night away. 9pm. $20. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850. 02/09: Stoneski Free Concert Series With Tanqueray, Them Rude Boys, Clare on a Dare, In the Wake, The Jaded and Wesley Woo. 8pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 22 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 14, 2013

02/10: Blue Bear School of Music Celebrates the Life of Steve Strauss Celebrate one of Blue Bear’s founding fathers and a lifelong resident of Mill Valley. There will be music from some of Steve’s friends as well as performances by Youth AllStar Bands from Blue Bear School of Music. 3pm. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 02/10: Buddy Owen Blues. Shane Alexander opens. 7pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/10: Danny Uzilevsky 6:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 02/08-02/10: February Rambles With Phil Lesh, Jackie Greene, Neal Casal, Tony Leone and Adam MacDougall. 7pm. $65. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773.

02/10: Jeremy D’Antonio and Friends Acoustic. “Second Sunday Series.” 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Town square, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/10: Sunday Salsa with Rumbache Salsa. Free dance class 4pm. 5pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 02/11: Kris Allen, Jillette Johnson Winner of the eighth season of American Idol and piano based songbird Jillette Johnson. 8pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

02/11: Shane Alexander with Kyle McNeil Original, acoustic music. 8pm. $12. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

‘Live’ without a net When the producers of Whose Live Anyway first launched their audience-directed improv show in 1999, little did they know how enduring their on-the-spot antics would be. Performed in front of a live audience—which also runs the show by suggesting new elements in each “scene”—the popular show (based on the BBC’s long-running Whose Line Is It Anyway?) Wipe the grins off their faces with some really bizarre audience has ventured from its stomping suggestions, Marin! ground in Vancouver, Canada, to many other cities down the West Coast of the U.S. The sold-out shows feature a ridiculously quick and witty series of skits, songs and tomfoolery. This weekend, the crew comes to Marin and will feature performances from Whose Line Is It veterans Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops and Chip Esten, along with the smooth vocal stylings of Jeff Davis. The 90 minutes of hysteria kicks off Feb. 9 at 8pm. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $28.50-$59; for tickets.—Dani Burlison

02/12: 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Day Mambofest, Street Parade and Fat Tuesday Dance Party Rhytmtown-Jive bring this New Orleans R&B, jump-blues, rhumbas & funk. Parade outside at 5:45pm. Music in the theater after the parade. With Tim Eschliman, Kevin Zuffi, Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs, Michael Peloquin, Bowen Brown, Rene Jenkins, Luis Rodriguez and others. Prizes, food and drink specials. All ages event. 6pm. $13. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 877-456-2301. 02/12: Mardi Grass: Carnaval 2013 With Grammy nominee Andre Thierry and Sarava Zamba. 6pm. $30. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 472-2950.

02/12-02/13: American Jubilee Terrapin Family Band Jam, Americana, rock. 8:30pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 02/13: Cha Ching and Ray Martinez Latin, rock. 9pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

02/13: Jennifer Bryce with Cedricke Dennis Classic jazz, vintage and contemporary pop. 7pm. no cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview Street, San Rafael. 457-3993. 02/13: Teja Gerken and Teja Bell Acoustic guitar music. With Gabriel Harris, percussion, ngoni, and balafone and Steven Kindler, electric violin. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

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02/14: Hot Rod Jukebox Valentine’s Day 1950s Dance Party Rock, rockabilly and rhythm

Featuring Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic with Saravazamba. 7pm. $30. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley . 388-3850.

and blues. All ages welcome. 7pm. $5. Presido Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sommerville Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 415-601-3333.

02/14: Bud E. Luv Show Celebrates 25 Years on Valentine’s Day Bud E. Luv begins the festivities at 8pm on Valentine’s Day with an 11-piece big band. They’ll be playing all your favorites from the past 25 years and fielding requests. 8pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 02/14: Cabaret d’Amour With Mademoiselle Kiki, the coquettish alter ego of Bay Area performer Moana Diamond. www.cabaretdamour. com 7pm. $22/$27/$62. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850. swmh. com.

02/14: Hot Club of Marin Valentine’s Day The Hot Club of Marin will do a special dinner performance of the most romantic Gypsy Jazz at the Baltic in Pt Richmond. 6pm. The Baltic Restaurant, 135 Park Place, Pt Richmond. 02/14: Mark’s Jam Sammich Jam session. 9:30pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910.

02/14: Merl Saunders’ 79th Birthday Gala Featuring Tony Saunders and Keystone Revisited. 9:30pm. Tickets are $16.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door - plus any additional ticket agent/table fees. George’s Nightclub, 842 4th Street, San Rafael. 877-568-2726. 02/14: The Baguette Quartet Special Valentine’s Day show. 7pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Old town square, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/14: The Magnolia Keys, Acacia “My Bloody Valentine.” Funk, rock. 9pm. $12-20. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

02/14: Valentine’s Day event with Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes Four-course dinner served with Prosecco sparkling wine, live concert and dance. 7pm. $45. Sausalito Seahorse

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02/08: United in Jubilation Concert of Negro Spirituals Celebrating Black History Month: With United in Jubilation Mass Choir and Dancers, Deborah Thomson, Noah Griffin, Rev. Ann Jefferson, Beverly Freeman, Alex Bryant and Pablo Ballora 7pm. $10 donation. Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Drive , Novato. 595 6000.

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02/08: Stories for Chinese New Year with Leta Bushyhead This event is best for children ages four and older. Space is limited, and reservations are required. 4pm. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave. First Floor, City Hall Building, Larkspur. 927-5005. 02/09: Paradise Fishing Tournament Join rangers for our annual winter fishing contest. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginner anglers, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Game. Fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. 9am. $5 parking fee. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Dr., Tiburon. 435-9212.

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02/10: Marin Symphony Family Concert: A Family Valentine Specially designed to introduce children to the wonders of a live symphonic concert, the program is part performance, part family outing and exceptionally fun. It’s the ideal place to bring your family together and pass on the Symphony tradition from one generation to the next. This year’s program presents themes of courage, love and a special Valentine celebration. 3pm. $10-15. Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800.


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food and don’t forget items like flowers and artisan confections. 9am. Marin Country Mart Farmers Market , Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Larkspur Landing Circle, across from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal , Larkspur. 461-5715.

Film 02/12: Heist: Stealing the American Dream Documentary film discusses government deregulation and the Great Recession. 7pm. Town Center Suite 201, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 488-9037.

02/13: ‘Finding Kind’ Documentary Tackles Teen Bullying Panel discussion will be held after the screening. Donations encouraged to support the Marin Teen Girl Conference Scholarship Fund. Co-sponsored by Marin Teen Girl Conference, Huckleberry Youth Programs, Marin County Office of Education, Marin Women’s Commission, and Beyond Differences. 6:30pm. Marin Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael. 668-2622 ext. 211. .

Outdoors 02/09: Rick’s Broom Patch Terra Linda/ Sleepy Hollow In 2001-02, devoted Volunteer Environmental Steward Rick Thornton and friends removed a massive pioneer patch of invasive French broom on Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide. Though Rick passed away in 2005, we’ve maintained the site with the help of community volunteers and partners. Help us continue Rick’s legacy. This project involves moderately strenuous activity on uneven ground. Lunch will be served at noon. 9am. Terra Lina/Sleepy Hollow Divide, Meet at the gate at the end of Freitas Parkway, San Rafael. 473-3778. 02/09: Waterfall Walks: Ignacio Valley Meet a ranger for a tour in this beautiful canyon to view a waterfall nestled amidst the trees. A discussion of creek ecology, watersheds, and water conservation will be included on the way. This will be an easy walk with one steep section, approximately 1 mile roundtrip. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes (it could be muddy or slippery), and bring water and snacks. Friendly, leashed dogs welcome. Rain will not cancel. 10am. Ignacio Valley Open Space, Fairway Drive until it dead ends, Novato. (415) 473-2816 .

02/10: 33rd Annual Tamalpa Couples Relay Get a date or partner for the 33rd annual Couples’ Relay. The race follows the same course as every year – starting in the parking lot behind Target on Rowland Drive. Each partner runs two one-mile loops. Prizes for all ages. 9am. $30 per couple. VIntage Oaks Shopping Plaza, Rowland Boulevard parking lot, Novato. 299-7595. 02/10: Birds at Rush Creek Tidal wetlands at the edge of San Pablo Bay are a fantastic place to appreciate our winter birds. Ducks, shorebirds, raptors and many types of land birds should be easily seen. Can be muddy. Wear appropriate footwear. This walk is for adults. No animals (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. Call 8939527 on the morning of the walk for a recorded message. 10am. Rush Creek Open Space, Binford Rd, Novato. 893-9508. 02/14: Early Flowers at Mt Burdell One of the many rare plants found here in Marin County is an inconspicuous nodding white lily called the fragrant fritillary. Visit a small population that should be in bloom this early in the season. This walk is for adults. No animals (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. Call 893-9527 on the morning of the walk. David Herlocker leads. 10am. 24 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 14, 2013

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Readings 02/08: Frederick Coleman Coleman discusses “The Marcel Network: How One French Couple Saved 527 Children from the Holocaust.” 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

02/08: Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Miriktani at 2013 ILS Leadership Lecture Series The Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Miriktani of S.F. Glide Memorial Church will open the 2013 ILS Spring Lecture Series at Dominican’s Angelico Hall. Tickets include a signed copy of their book. 7pm. $30. Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California, Acacia Avenue, San Rafael. 485-3202. 02/09: Dave Barry The master humorist discusses ”Insane City.” 4pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/09: Lone Morch Left Coast Writers Launch. “Seeing Red: A Women’s Quest for Truth, Power and the Sacred.” 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/09: Terri Glass The author will talk about the lives and poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi and Rainer Maria Rilke. 1pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/10: ‘Women’s Voices’ Join Pam Houston (Waltzing the Cat), Zoe Fitzgerald Carter (Imperfect Endings), Mara Purl (Where the Heart Lives), Alison Bartlett (The Man Who Loved Books Too Much), Barbara Graham and Victoria Zackheim (Exit Laughing) as they read from their varied works. 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/10: John Gillis The author discusses “The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History.” 4pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

02/11: ‘Judge Hoff, Jesus Loves You but the Rest of Us Think You’re an A**hole!’ Check out the irreverent and entertaining Agatha Hoff, former S.F. Court Commissioner as she reads from and discusses her new book which includes a compilation of her “Tales from the Bench” columns for S.F. Attorney Magazine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library 7pm. Sausalito City Hall, Council Chambers, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. 289-4121. 02/13: Al Gore at Dominican University Join former vice president and New York Times bestselling author Al Gore as he discusses “The Future.” 7pm. $45. Angelico Hall at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. 927-0960.

Community Events (Misc.) 02/08: MCL’s Business-Environment Breakfast Assembly Member Marc Levine will speak at Marin Conservation League’s breakfast. The event is sponsored in part by Bank of Marin 7:30am. $2535. Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. 485-6257.

02/08: Terra Linda High School’s Nicaragua Service Club Fundraiser There will be a short presentation of film and dance in the performing arts theater, followed by dinner, a drawing and a silent auction. All funds raised will allow students to

travel to Nicaragua, bringing lessons in health, music, art, physical education and close to 3500 pounds of school materials to the children of El Divino Nino School. 6pm. $20. Terra Linda High School, 320 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael. 479-5457.

2012 Jamis Exile Comp mountain bike (retail value $1100) donated by Jamis Bicycles. 2pm. Broken Drum Brewery, 1132 4th Street, San Rafael. 458-2986.

02/09: ‘Raise a Glass’Winter Wine Tasting

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Fun filled event will feature wines from local wineries including Cline Cellars and Larson Family Wineries. Includes tastings, a commemorative wine glass, gypsy jazz music by Eclair de Lune and hor d’oeuvres. Free childcare available on site (ages 2-8). 2pm. $15. Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Rd., San Rafael. 479-0775.

near a big city, Paul Salazar can show you how to see deeper into the heavens, highlighting the best and brightest objects to see throughout the year. Weather permitting, there will be a star viewing. This is a great program for star gazers of all ages. 7pm. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444.

02/08-02/09: 7th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater “Murder At The Tammy Awards.” 7:30pm Feb. 1-2, 8-9. Ticket includes dinner and show. 6:30pm. $30. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Avenue, . Tamalpais Community Services District. 02/09: Contra Dance in San Rafael All dances are taught and prompted with live music. No experience is necessary. Come alone or bring a friend. Wear comfortable clothes and dancing shoes which are low, smooth-soled, comfortable and that do not mar, scratch or damage. 8pm. $12. Unitarian Universalist Church of Marin , 240 Channing Way, San Rafael.

02/09: Healthy Smiles Family Wellness Festival “Rethink Your Drink with Potter the Otter” for better oral health. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor and LIFT-Levantate, With Doctora Marisol from Nuestros Ninos Radio Show; Chef Le Cilantro Fabulous Puppet Show; Dr. Connie Kadera from the Marin Community Clinics. Multilingual event (Vietnamese translation available). 2pm. Pickleweed Park, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 684-6457.

02/09: History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Join Ranger Bill to learn about the diverse goals and objectives of the USACE’s start in 1775. 2pm. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. 02/09: Sausalito Herring Festival Cass Gidley Marina, Sausalito Community Boating Center invites you to join us to celebrate herring season with some culinary delights, live music and entertainment on the Sausalito waterfront. Fresh and original herring dishes by local restaurants and chefs, information about the bay, the fish, the fishery and its history, a kids’ zone, beverages, and lots of musical and other entertainment. A fundraiser for Cass Gidley Marina - Sausalito Community Boating Center 11:30am. Gabrielson Park, Anchor St., Sausalito.

02/09: Texas Hold ’Em Charity Poker Tournament Saint Rita Catholic School is hosting a Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament to benefit its students, programs and facilities. This fun event will be held on Saturday, February 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., on the school campus at 102 Marinda Drive in Fairfax, just west of downtown off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. It is open to all people 21 years of age or older. Beginners are welcome, and the event will include complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers. Entry fee is $40, with a $20 re-buy available.

02/10: Meet the Mountain Bike Pioneers at ‘Brews, Bikes and Bucks’ Fundraising Bash Mountain biking pioneers will support Trips for Kids’ at the 15th annual Brews, Bikes and Bucks fundraising party Well known mountain bike pioneers such as Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Ned Overend, Tom Ritchey, Scot Nicol, Juli Furtado, Otis Guy & Ross Shafer will be guests at the event. There is no charge for admission. Bike-related prizes will be raffled throughout the afternoon. The grand prize will be a

02/12: Tuesdays to Your Health Series: The 6 Pillars of Healthy Living In this workshop, participants complete a comprehensive questionnaire to determine their ratings on Dr. Brad’s Six Principles of Healthy Living. Then the workshop will explore scientific evidence and practical tools to create a life/work balance in accordance with these key principles. This free monthly lecture series is hosted by Bradly Jacobs MD MPH, Integrative Medicine specialist, on the second Tuesday of the month. 6:30pm. Healing Arts Center & Spa, Cavallo Point Lodge, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 415-339-2692. 02/12: Valentine on Love Cary Valentine, author and certified relationship coach, talks about his forthcoming book “In Love Forever, 7 Secrets to a Joyous, Juicy Relationship.” 7:30pm. BelvedereTiburon Library -- Founders Room, 1501 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon. 448-5980.

02/12: VoiceFlame Founder to speak at Guild Mtg. Mary Tuchscherer, founder of VoiceFlame, will speak about her nonprofit organization that empowers girls and women of Malawi, Africa, by supporting vaious forms of creative expression, including quilting. This builds global awareness and link women across diverse cultures. $5 fee for nonmembers. 8pm. Aldersgate Church, 1 Wellbrock Heights, San Rafael. 499-8171.

02/14: Love and Sensuality: A Valentine’s Dance Jennifer Burner presents a Five Rhythms wave. Chocolate and other gifts surprise. Arrive prepared to dance. 7pm. $15. Lagunitas Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road, San Geronimo. 302-2605. 02/14: One Billion Rising: Rise Up An evening of 5Rhythms dance, poetry and change. 7pm. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 755-7905.

02/14: Valentine’s Day Friendship Luncheon for LGBT Seniors Whether you are single or partnered, you will be welcomed at this friendly event for LGBT older adults and friends. $20 includes full lunch, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. RSVP required. 11:30am. $5-$20. Marin Yacht Club, 24 Summit Avenue, San Rafael. 472-1945 ext. 209.

02/15: West Marin Rising: Women and Men in Solidarity to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls A free, bilingual event in conjunction with One Billion Rising, the global protest against violence towards women and girls. Evening includes a presentation and discussion, film, dancing and live music. Childcare provided. Bring finger food to share. 5pm. The Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station.

02/08-02/15: Yoga at the History Museum Yoga is one of the most ancient forms of physical and mental exercise. Space is limited, so please arrive early to secure your spot. This yoga series will be lead by Laura Gannon, a certified yoga teacher RYS 200. Improve the building blocks you need to increase flexibility and strength while de-stressing your body, mind and spirit. Bring your own mat, please. Every Fri. Through February 15. $10/class, $40 for the series. pm. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. <


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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be happy to hear that for the first time in many months, all the planets are moving in a forward direction. Nothing annoys you more than repeats. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve solved, loved, built or fixed something or someone, you expect to move on to a new exciting phase of life. So, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your newest fascination? It has to do with dreamsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wild dreamsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do and where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go if there were no limits. Ready? Start fantasizing. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Now that your ruler, pleasure-loving Venus, is residing in the experimental sign of Aquarius, it might be time for you try something new. Yes, even â&#x20AC;&#x153;stick to the status quoâ&#x20AC;? Taurus can step outside the box once in awhile. Meantime, active Mars and friendly Mercury enthusiastically urge you to get together with your pals. Whatever the activity, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find it very pleasing in a group. What more can the zodiacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prime pleasure addict ask? GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your quick-witted ruler, Mercury, has his hands full this week as he entangles himself with impulsive Mars and enchanted Neptune. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not exactly at your intellectual bestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but, as long as you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to perform extreme feats of logic, everything should be fine. Meantime, passionate Pluto in your intimacy house has big plans for Monday night. Let the boss know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably be in a bit later than usual on Tuesday... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Is that you peeking out from behind your shell? Come on out and explore for the week. With feisty Mars and curious Mercury in your house of adventure, you are not your usual shy self. Sunday through Tuesday the mushy moon (your ruler) joins the party. Single? You may fall in love with an exotic stranger. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re attached, leave town with your sweetie for your own little â&#x20AC;&#x153;foreign affair.â&#x20AC;? Go ahead. Indulge in a little intrigue... LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) Your ruler (the romantic sun), the emotional moon and seductive Venus are spending Friday and Saturday in your relationship house. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a date this weekend, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wasting a perfectly wonderful trio of celestial pleasure. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still have time on Sunday to visit family or clean house if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so inclined. Tuesday is Mardi Gras, which is always a great excuse for wearing sequinsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something every Leo secretly loves. The more sparkle, the better, right? VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) An emphasis on your work and career can be helpful if you happen to be looking for a job. If already employed, this would be a good time to seek a promotion. Meanwhile, although they often make you crazy with their superficial chitchat, Geminis make the perfect companion right now, as they are the only sign to understand your current persona. Everyone else wonders just how many of those herbal mood-altering supplements youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been taking. LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) Hedonistic Venus (your ruler) really wants you to have a good time as she dances through your house of romance, entertainment and creativity. Unfortunately, she hits a snag with stern Saturnâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;once again your skill for balancing pleasure with duty must be put to use. Meanwhile, stop worrying how much it will cost and start planning a spring vacation. Lucky Jupiter will make sure you get all the best dealsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and your traveling partner will keep it exciting. Book it. Now. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Are you having fun yet? Come on. Admit itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you are! Brilliant aspects from sexy Mars and clever Mercury make you this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zodiac prizewinner for the sign most likely to experience interesting romantic encounters and flirtatious repartee. Meantime, expansive Jupiter in your intimacy house pretty much guarantees that things can progress past the verbal stage. And, with responsible Saturn in your sign, you can do all this and still get to work on time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) Now that generous Jupiter is moving forward in your relationship house, you have a great opportunity to discover a new love interest or expand the connection between you and your mate. In either case, being half of a duo is recommended right now. Meanwhile, your opinions rub some people the wrong way when stated too bluntly. Diplomatic Venus can help prevent this tendency by turning up the charm. This week, Venus may need to be turned to her highest setting... CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those weeks when you crave more beauty in your life. For some of you this means heading to your favorite stores to purchase home decor items. For some this means a new spring wardrobe. For others this means spending time in art galleries and museums. Some of you satisfy this craving via a day at the spa. Whatever your version of sensual/visual/tasteful bliss, this is your chance to indulge. Proceed accordingly. AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) Whether your birthday is already over or in the near future, this weekend is a time to feel good about being an Aquarius. Even grumpy Saturn in your career house canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compete with the positive energies being created by arty Venus, the romantic Sun and the intuitive Moon in your sign. The remainder of the week requires a bit of restraint when it comes to overspending, but aside from that? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good to go. Happy Birthday to you. 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on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 8, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 18, 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131146 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SACRED SITE-SEEING TOURS AND TRAVEL, 5580 LA JOLLA BLVD. #396, LA JOLLA, CA 92037: SILVIA BARATTA, 5580 LA JOLLA BLVD. #396, LA JOLLA, CA 92037. 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 JANUARY 9, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 18, 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131166 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE GREEN RESEARCH GROUP, 39 FORBES AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MIKE GREEN, 39 FORBES AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; JOAN GREEN, 39 FORBES AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by A HUSBAND & WIFE. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 10, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 18, 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8,2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131190 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOURTH WAY, 46 MT. MUIR CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JEFFREY BERLIN, 46 MT. MUIR CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN

INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on DECEMBER 27, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 14, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 18, 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131056 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BRANFORD VENTURES; YELLOW FERRY HARBOR, 10B YELLOW FERRY HARBOR, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: CHRISTOPHER TELLIS, 10B YELLOW FERRY HARBOR, 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on DECEMBER 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 18, 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131209 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SKG, 18 GLEN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SUSAN G KLAUSNER, PO BOX 3204, SAN RAFAEL, CA 949123204. 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 JANUARY 15, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 18, 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131147 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HEAVENLY SKIN & BODY CARE, 1368 LINCOLN AVE. SUITE 205,

SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROSAVEL JOZO DIAZ, 1114 LINCOLN AVE. APT B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on SEPTEMBER 3, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 9, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 18, 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131081 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PATRA CORPORATION INSURANCE SERVICES, 27 COMMERCIAL BLVD. SUITE P, NOVATO, CA 94949: PATRA CORPORATION, 27 COMMERCIAL BLVD. SUITE P, NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on JANUARY 3, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131224 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE RAFAEL, 234 N. SAN PEDRO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: RAFAEL CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL, 234 N. SAN PEDRO RD., 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 JANUARY 14, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 16, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131009 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IRENE M. HUNT SCHOOL OF MARIN, 300 SUNNY HILLS DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SUNNY HILLS SERVICES, 300 SUNNY HILLS DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on DECEMBER 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131187 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA BOWLS, 4330 REDWOOD HIGHWAY #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: BAY AREA BOWLS LP, 4330 REDWOOD HIGHWAY #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on JANUARY 14, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131185 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WESTERN ESPRESSO, COFFEE AND TEA; CLUB CAFFEINE, 4330 REDWOOD HIGHWAY #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: WESTERN ESPRESSO INC, 4330 REDWOOD HIGHWAY #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 JANUARY 14, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131264 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YOU MOVE ME, 3060 KERNER BLVD. STE F, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TOMBOX LLC, 3060 KERNER BLVD. STE F, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on MARCH 4, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 22, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131252 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ENERGY COST CONSULTANTS, 20 SANCHEZ RD. STE P, FOREST KNOLLS,

CA 94933: GEORGE A PETERSON, 20 SANCHEZ RD. STE P, FOREST KNOLLS, CA 94933. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on JUNE 23, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 18, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131271 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROMAN’S PLUMBING, 1707 CAPELLA COURT, PETALUMA, CA 94954: ROMAN VINCENT AUDA SCANAGATTA, 1707 CAPELLA COURT, PETALUMA, CA 94954. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on SEPTEMBER 30, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 23, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131314 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COLLINS & ASSOCIATES REPORTING, 11 BRASSIE CT., NOVATO, CA 94949: MARGARET COLLINS, 11 BRASSIE CT., NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 JANUARY 29, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131318 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OUT THERE WINE COMPANY; OUT THERE WINE CO.; OTWC; VINERGY; VINERGY BRANDS; WOOP WOOP WINES; 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947: AWDIRECT INC., 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 JANUARY 29, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 8, 15, 22; MARCH 1, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131319 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BLUE POND SIGNS, 4460 REDWOOD HWY #9, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: GIGABYTE GRAPHICS INC., 4460 REDWOOD HWY #10, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 JANUARY 29, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 8, 15, 22; MARCH 1, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131337 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STUDIO BLU, 2 MAGNOLIA AVE. SUITE A, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CORA LEE NELSON, 20 RIVER OAKS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 31, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 8, 15, 22; MARCH 1, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131363 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HERITAGE CLEANERS, 915 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DOUG CHEON, 2500 DEER VALLEY RD. #127, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; LINDA CHEON, 2500 DEER VALLEY RD. #127, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by A HUSBAND & WIFE. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 4, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 8, 15, 22; MARCH 1, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131202 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as UAKEA PARTNERS, 106 ALDER AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: UAKEA HOLDINGS LLC, 106 ALDER AVE., SAN

ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on DECEMBER 19, 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 15, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 8, 15, 22; MARCH 1, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131376 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE WRITE IMAGE, 142 WILLOW AVE., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: LYNN CAROL BREGER, 142 WILLOW AVE. APT 2, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 5, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 8, 15, 22; MARCH 1, 2013) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304437 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): INNOVATIVE ECOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS, 49 CLARK ST. #B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: JUNE 6, 2012. Under File No: 129636. Registrant’s Name(s): FUHUI ZHANG, 49 CLARK ST. #B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 1, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 8, 15, 22; MARCH 1, 2013)

ALL OTHER LEGALS NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: BARBARA KECK. Case No. PR-1300154. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of BARBARA KECK. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: GAIL HARRISON in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that GAIL HARRISON be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: FEBRAUARY 11, 2013 at 8:30AM. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: JOAN C RODMAN, 1629 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. (415) 2590593. Publication Dates: JANUARY 18, 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 2013)

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A male friend just tried to booty-call me (texting after midnight that he was horny). I’m angry and revolted. I’ve known he’s liked me, thanks to his constant icky comments all over my Facebook photos, even while I was in a serious relationship. I deleted most, thinking he’d get the hint, and after my relationship ended, I hinted further by posting about how in love I still was with my ex. Yet, when I’d call this guy about volunteering we both do, he’d say things like, “I was hoping you wanted a date.” He scheduled a meeting, presumably with other volunteers, but I found myself across a restaurant table from him, alone. My body language conveys my distaste for any involvement with him—crossed arms, jutting chin, etc. I’m upset that he’s never cared that I’m not interested, and I’m ready to end our friendship. Unfortunately, we share work and social circles, so any tension would be noticed right away. Am I being rash? —Disrespected


The guy’s style of romancing is right out of Sleeping Beauty: “Hi...oh, sorry... you sound tired...anyway, I was wondering, would it be OK if I stopped over and we had sex?” And how rude that he has yet to accept how uninterested in him you are when you’ve not only left numerous obtuse hints about it on Facebook but used body language to make it perfectly clear. I mean, why would a woman ever cross her arms but to say, “I’m days away from filing a restraining order against you”? And regarding how physically revolting you find him, your chin must have told him so at least six times. The truth is, men are predisposed to not get it, thanks to what evolutionary psychologist Dr. David Buss, in The Evolution of Desire, calls “cognitive biases in sexual mind reading.” This maybe calls to mind a confused psychic in a sex den but actually describes men’s evolved predisposition to make the least costly mating error—which would be overestimating women’s interest (from ambiguous signals like a smile or friendliness) rather than underestimating it. Overestimating it might lead to some embarrassment; underestimating it could mean that generations upon generations of a man’s potential descendants meet their end in an old sock (or whatever men used before there were socks). Women tend to think kindness and bluntness are mutually exclusive. They’re not. The kindest thing you could’ve done—and the least socially awkward—would’ve been telling this guy, clearly and firmly, from the start, that the tone and quantity of his Facebook comments were a problem. Then, if inappropriate remarks and behavior kept flying, you’d tell him explicitly: “Friendship. Period.” Tell him so now—in the least embarrassing way, in writing. Explain that the text made you feel really upset and disrespected, and add, “I’m going to forget this happened (and hope you will, too).” To stop feeling angry, remind yourself that he most likely didn’t get the message because it wasn’t sent in a way he could understand—which kept him marching clueless doofusstyle toward that ever-so-charming “Can’t a friend drop by at midnight for a quickie?”


For my birthday, my 26-year-old girlfriend (of five weeks) gave me an Alice In Wonderland decorative plate. I’m a 33-year-old man, and I couldn’t fathom why she thought I’d like it. I simply did NOT want to display that thing but knew she’d expect to see it whenever she came over. Feeling trapped, I gently confessed that it was more her taste than mine and suggested we keep it at her place. She immediately broke up with me. What happened here?—Sad But Unrepentant


A gift for a romantic partner is a way to tell them, “I get who you are.” Apparently, you’re a 78-year-old lady with room in your curio cabinet next to your hatpin collection. Nothing against white rabbits with pocket watches and hookahsmoking caterpillars, but what woman buys this for any man who does not moonlight as a gay British country decorator with a love of whimsy? She may just be wildly clueless, but giving somebody an aggressively wrong gift can be an aggressive act. (Was this some twisted test—maybe to see how moldable you are?) Whatever her reason, this didn’t need to end with the Queen of Hearts yelling, “Off with his head!” (although you’re probably ultimately lucky it did). Gifting gone wrong, like other relationship misfires, is an opportunity to get a better sense of who your partner is and what is right for them. And an emotionally balanced woman could see it that way—bad as she might feel that she’s gotten you a gift that begs for you to reciprocate on her birthday with a Tiffany’s box containing a Peyton Manning bobblehead. < © 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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Pacific Sun 02.08.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the February 8, 2013 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

Pacific Sun 02.08.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the February 8, 2013 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly