Daily Archives: March 14, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 03.14.12

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Swim Across America checks fund local cancer research

Grant Martin
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Grant Martin, 11, swam under the Golden Gate Bridge in September, and he says he’ll do it again. Why? Because Martin wants to follow in his mother Desanne’s footsteps, who also participated in the local effort of nonprofit initiative Swim Across America, and because he has benefited directly from the funds the nonprofit has raised for local hospitals. Martin had surgery for cancer and now only has one kidney. He can’t play contact sports but otherwise he’s doing well — and he can swim.

Grant was at the CHORI library at the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland on Monday to see Swim Across America present a check for $110,000 to Julia Saba, a senior scientist at the hospital. Grant was treated both there and at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital which had received another $110,000 check earlier that day from the charity. … Continue reading »

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Spotlight on city manager’s response to Chief Meehan

Christine Daniel, interim city manger
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While eyes across the country are focused on Berkeley’s City Hall to see how it responds to Police Chief Michael Meehan’s attempts to get a reporter to change his story, the eyes at City Hall are all focused on Interim City Manager Christine Daniel.

With just a six-month contract that is due to expire in May, the way Daniel handles the Meehan matter may play a large role in whether she gets the job permanently.

Daniel learned on Friday March 9 that Chief Meehan had sent Sgt. Mary Kusmiss to the house of Oakland Tribune reporter Doug Oakley at 12:45 am that day to ask that he change a story on a community meeting about Peter Cukor’s murder. But Daniel did not issue a statement on the matter until around 2:20 pm March 10, hours after the story garnered significant airtime and play in regional publications.

And since then, Daniel has been quiet. … Continue reading »

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Lady Jackets head to Norcal championships

The Lady Yellowjackets beat Oak Ridge last night and will play in the Norcal final on Saturday. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD
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Berkeley High’s girls basketball team beat Oak Ridge High School 49-38 last night to earn a place in Saturday’s Norcal final against Kennedy-Sacramento. The win took the Yellowjackets record to 26-2. The team are ranked number one in Division I for Norcal and fourth in the statewide rankings.

Writing to the BHS community yesterday to encourage people to come out and support the team, Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi said: “I am incredibly proud of all of our student athletes, and have a particular affinity for the positive impact that athletics can play in the lives and development of our young women. … This is a very talented group of young ladies that are, among other things, simply fun to watch.” … Continue reading »

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What does Berkeley want from its new schools head?

Retiring BUSD Superintendent Bill Huyett: the search for his successor should conclude by May
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A series of public meetings and workshops with teachers, administrators and classified staff took place over the last four days as part of the search for a new Berkeley schools superintendent to replace Bill Huyett, who is retiring on June 30.

Interested members of the community are also being encouraged to complete an online survey as part of the search (the survey in Spanish is here).

Carolyn McKennan and Maggie Carrillo Mejia, from search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, led the meetings and workshops which will be used to draw up the profile for the new appointment. McKennan and Carrillo Mejia will present the profile to the Berkeley Unified School District board at its meeting next Wednesday. … Continue reading »

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Now the rains have come, they are here to stay

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The rains finally came in full force, and, when they did, the impact was immediate in Berkeley. Not only did the rain gear need to be hauled out of storage, but the city’s creeks began to gush and its drains bowed under the pressure and failed to drain.

Above, a photo by Andy Fremder of Vicente Creek yesterday. Below, Codornices Creek also after yesterday’s rains, shot by D.H Parks who also took the photo of the parallel bars and puddle at the track at King Middle School.

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Federal letter may make Berkeley Patients Group relocate

Berkeley Patients Group on San Pablo Avenue
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The owner of the building that houses the Berkeley Patients Group has put it up for sale, further fueling whispers that the federal government sent a letter ordering the cannabis dispensary to shut down.

Gordon Commerical Real Estate is listing the property at 2747 San Pablo Avenue, which is owned by David Mayeri, as a development site for $2.55 million. The 17,500 square foot structure, built in 1953, is an old car dealership, and has a distinctive rounded front room with curved windows that once displayed automobiles. The property has permits in place for a five-story mixed-use building.

The East Bay Express reported in February that the head of NORML, a marijuana advocacy group, said that BPG had gotten a letter from the federal government telling it to shut down. Officials from Berkeley Patients Group have declined to confirm or deny the reports that Mayeri received a letter from U.S. Attorney Melissa Haag. But well-informed sources who asked not to be named tell Berkeleyside that Mayeri got a notice in late November. … 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, 9:04 am: Mark Wasserman is this week’s winner. This is the rolled steel gate at the Berkeley Arts Magnet K-5 school which is located within the Whittier School. According to Neil Mishalov, who took the photo, the location of the ‘Poetry Garden’ gate is 1645 Milvia Street, just south of Lincoln Street. Across the street from the Poetry Garden is 1624 Milvia Street. It used to be the site of a house with a cottage in the rear. Allen Ginsberg lived in the cottage starting in September 1955 during his stay in Berkeley. The house and cottage have since been demolished; the site is now occupied by a multi-unit residential building.

Congratulations, Mark, on being this week’s winner!

Check out more photos by Mishalov of this spot.

Photo: Neil Mishalov.

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