Daily Archives: June 30, 2010


Scuderi named new BHS principal

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Pasquale Scuderi, BUSD Director of Human Resources, has been named principal of Berkeley High School in a unanimous decision of the school board. Board president Karen Hemphill announced the appointment at tonight’s board meeting.

Scuderi’s appointment comes after earlier stumbles when the initial search for a replacement for Jim Slemp failed to produce enough candidates to interview. Before he moved to run HR at the school district, Scuderi had been a vice-principal at BHS. A parent deeply involved … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 6.30.10

Titan Arum draws crowds (see photo above) [Oakland Tribune]
Aurora partners with Denver, Dallas theaters [D Magazine]
You can vote for Berkeley’s Rookie Moms [Rookie Moms]
Want another World Cup prediction? Ask Cal’s coach [UC Berkeley]

Photo by parksdh2/Berkeleyside Flickr pool

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Real estate

Berkeley’s biggest estate, mansion up for sale

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If you’re peering at the photo above and thinking Beverly Hills, or perhaps the Cote d’Azur, think again. This imposing Beaux Arts property on three-plus acres is right here in Berkeley. And it’s for sale.

The John Hopkins Spring Estate, commonly known as the Spring Mansion, is so big it boasts three addresses — 1960 San Antonio Avenue, 1984 San Antonio Avenue, and 639 Arlington Avenue — and, as well as the principal mansion which comes in … Continue reading »

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Swimmers lament today’s closing of Willard Pool

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By Elinor Holland

Despite a last ditch effort by a city councilmember, Berkeley’s Willard Pool is scheduled to shut today, Wednesday June 30. (Watch the slideshow above to see views of the pool on its last day. Click on “captions” for information on the pool.)

The City Council on Tuesday voted down a plan put forward by Gordon Wozniak to keep the pool open by diverting payments from employee health club benefits to the to the pool. … Continue reading »

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Local business

Hitch ’em up (dogs that is)

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Berkeleysider Michael Schaller writes in with what he reckons is a tiny bit of behavioral economics, as popularized in Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s book Nudge:

I’m interested in creative ways to solve social problems (à la the book Nudge). As a dog owner living near Ashby and Telegraph, I noticed the Whole Foods there now has a “dog hitching post”. I assume this is in response to complaints about people tying dogs to the bike rack and walkway.

Anyway, a … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the comments.

Update, 2.24pm: JNG guessed correctly. The exact location is Oxford Street between Eunice and Los Angeles at the first house south of Oxford Elementary School. Congratulations, JNG, on being this week’s winner.

Photo: Keoki Seu.

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Grow your own food, in pots, on porches, wherever

Local 123
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Planting Justice is holding a hands-on workshop for local residents to learn how to grow food and other plants at home or work — no matter how tight your space may be.

The workshop takes place on Thursday July 1 from 6pm-7.30pm on the back patio of cafe Local 123 at 2049 San Pablo Avenue (pictured left).

Topics covered include the basics of urban permaculture, choosing containers and plants for your space — be it a patio, porch, … Continue reading »

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