Daily Archives: April 24, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 04.24.12

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Scout: closing Claremont Avenue store
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VIVA MEXICO It’s countdown time to the opening of a “big” new restaurant in downtown Berkeley. Comal, a Oaxaca-inspired Mexican eatery which will seat around 160 customers both inside and at an outdoor patio area, is slated to open its doors on May 2 very soon. Last week, its new Cor-Ten steel façade, designed by Berkeley architect David Trachtenberg, was unveiled. Currently a shimmering silver, the steel will gradually turn a rusty burned orange color as it oxidizes. Former Delfina chef Matt Gandin will be running the kitchen, and its name, according to Eater SF, comes from the restaurant’s namesake comals, or Mexican griddles, which take pride of place in the restaurant’s exhibition kitchen. Berkeley firm Abueg Morris has gutted the 1927 building at 2020 Shattuck Avenue, and used reclaimed wood floors, wainscoting and poured concrete walls to give it a clean, contemporary feel.

DESIGN SHUTTER Scout, the home decor and staging company, has closed its retail store at 3088 Claremont Avenue less than 12 months after moving there from Temescal. The company will continue to operate its home staging and interior decorating service from the studio in the same spot. Scout will also offer furniture and lighting, as well as Farrow & Ball paints. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley High’s Principal talks about attendance scam

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Following last week’s revelation of student-generated attendance fraud at Berkeley High School, Principal Pasquale Scuderi and Quan Tran, a BHS senior and chief of service of the Associated Student Body there, were interviewed this morning by Michael Krasny on KQED’s Forum.

Thirty-two students have been suspended from Berkeley High School for breaking into the school’s attendance system and changing records, and Scuderi confirmed that two students are up for expulsion over the incident and that no criminal charges will be made. … Continue reading »

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Steve Drobinsky: Turned salvage into gold at Ohmega

Steve Drobinsky
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Steve L. Drobinsky, proud owner of Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley, died peacefully on April 15, at his home in Oakland after a courageous battle with cancer.

Drobinsky, who was 63, was born in Estelline, South Dakota and grew up in Los Angeles. He ran Ohmega for over 30 years, turning salvage into gold and establishing a landmark in the East Bay.

Drobinsky was an early and passionate proponent of recycling and reuse who loved his work and deeply appreciated the quality and beauty of things from the past. He was a loyal friend and unwitting mentor, beloved by his employees, and an inspiration to our community.

An accomplished artist, photographer, architectural preservationist, and world traveler, Drobinsky spoke fluent French and was both a wine and art connoisseur. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley High forum to address problem of cyber bullying

Photo courtesey of University of Alabama
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By Tanya Grove

CB: U R DTF 4 any boy, girl or dog
Who sez?
CB: Every1. Even your BFF.
V wouldn’t say that. UR full of it.
CB: 182.
(no answer)

Unless you’re fluent in text language you might not know that CB is texting this girl that she would have sex with anyone including dogs, and that even her best friend says so. When this particular victim of cyberbullying refuses to believe it, the bully responds with “I hate you.” And when that doesn’t get a response, the last message is “Go kill yourself.”

As parents, we can’t help our children if we don’t know what’s going on out there. Your kid may be struggling with cyberbullying without you being aware of it. Teens communicate in ways we never dreamed of twenty-five years ago. And the anonymity of texting and e-mails compounds the problem. … Continue reading »

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Reminder: Berkeleyside Open Office, Thursday April 26

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Don’t forget: this Thursday Berkeleyside is holding its second “Open Office” at Pane Italiano Qualita (more commonly known as PIQ) in downtown Berkeley.

We held our inaugural Open Office on May 11 2011 and had a great time. We drank coffee, ate delicious slices of pizza and talked. Ideas were thrown around, suggestions made, concepts discussed. Several of the people who showed up to chat and chow have since become regular Berkeleyside contributors. Others are valuable tipsters for stories. Still others became sponsors and advertisers. We answered questions and heard about what you wanted to see more of from Berkeleyside.

Most importantly, we got to know one another. Berkeleyside is a communtity endeavor above all, fueled by collaboration. … Continue reading »

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