Daily Archives: February 12, 2010

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The Berkeley Wire: 2.12.10

Happy President’s Day weekend, Berkeleysiders. See you back here on Tuesday.

Photo: Visiting an old acquaintance by Szymek S/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.

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Another bite of Saul’s

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In case you missed the discussion about the future of the Jewish deli, hosted by Saul’s, the other night, you can watch a video of the whole event. You can find the program split into digestible chapters on Fora.tv.

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Dave Eggers decries the death of the newspaper

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Reports of the death of the newspaper are greatly exaggerated. Long live the newspaper. So says bestselling author Dave Eggers, who with a small editorial team, published Panorama, a 320-page newspaper that sold out its 20,000 print-run in December.

The prolific publisher discussed the newspaper business as a guest of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism at Sibley Auditorium last night. Another 20,000 copies of Panorama have been printed and they were moving like, well, hot … Continue reading »

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Real estate

Home listing of the day: A mid-century modern to fix

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If you are a fan of mid-century modern architecture (and I count myself in that club), you’ll be interested in a newly listed example of the style at 1175 Spruce Street in north Berkeley.

But before even perusing the photos, you may be stopped in your tracks by the price. At $399,000, this home, in this location, surely must be worth a second look. It patently needs work — but for some people that makes it part … Continue reading »

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Schools

A bigger splash: Save the pools

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Robert Collier lives in North Berkeley and is co-chair of the Berkeley Pools Campaign. Following Tuesday’s City Council decision to approve a June ballot measure on pools, he wrote this commentary for Berkeleyside:

As the worsening California fiscal crisis finally starts to hit home in Berkeley, city voters will have the chance to defend our quality of life in a very specific, tangible way – by saving the city’s municipal swimming pools.

Last Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to approve a $21.3 million ballot measure for the June 8 primary election ballot. The measure would rehab and modernize the three outdoor pools at King Park, Willard Park and West Campus and would build a new indoor Warm Pool at West Campus. It also would provide a fixed stream of $900,000 annually in extra operating funds to protect programs and hours at the new and improved pools.

With two of Berkeley’s four pools scheduled to close permanently in the next year and budget cuts endangering the remaining hours and programs, it’s a now or never choice.

The ballot measure is the result of a years-long effort by Berkeley swimmers, parents and children to save their beloved yet tattered pools. As co-chair of the Berkeley Pools Campaign, which is leading the campaign to pass the measure, I’m one of many who believe this issue is much more than just a matter of swimming. The pools provide a lifeline for all ages and walks of life, from six-month-old babies to the elderly and handicapped. From swim lessons to lap swimming, family swim, physical therapy, and the Barracudas and Masters teams, the pools are a low-cost community resource for thousands of Berkeley residents. … Continue reading »

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