Daily Archives: June 2, 2012


Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

Fito Reynoso will be at the 9th Annual World Music Festival on Telegraph Avenue today, June 2, noon to 9pm

The Mayor’s decision to push for a sit-lie ordinance on the November ballot has provoked a heated discussion on Berkeleyside. While many feel groups of transients or travelers congregated on sidewalks can be intimidating, one reader questioned whether an ordinance in a homeless-friendly community like Berkeley would enable the community to address this problem in a meaningful way.

Other civic issues being debated this week include the state of our streets and the closure of a public swimming pool, as well as transit plans and new ways the police is to engage with the community.

The death of a six-year old boy following a car accident that also killed his mother haunted readers.

Meanwhile, our weekly Shop Talk column, in which we round up news about local businesses, continued to be a popular draw, and two food-related events planned for this weekend and next — the Three Squares benefit featuring Bi-Rite Market’s founder Sam Mogannam, and the Urban Farm Tour showcasing edible gardens — promised to draw crowds.

Berkeleyside is at Chocolate & Chalk all day today. See you there?

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BUSD to spend Lonely Island $250K on theater programs

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The Berkeley school district will spend the $250,000 donated by Doritos by way of The Lonely Island, a music group made up of three BUSD alumni, on theater programs at both Berkeley High and Willard School.

At an informal ceremony held outside Berkeley High’s main entrance Friday evening, two representatives from Doritos presented a giant check for the quarter of a million to outgoing BUSD superintendent Bill Huyett. On hand to represent The Lonely Island trio — Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, who met at Willard and all attended BHS — were their mothers: respectively Margie Samberg and Suellen Ehnebuski, and Akiva’s godmother, Susan Stone. Schaffer’s brother Micah was also in attendance.

Margie Samberg said she could never have imagined the day would come when she would see her son contributing to what constitutes the single largest donation ever given to the Berkeley school system. But, she said, she was not surprised. “It’s who they are. They believe in giving back.” Ehnebuski said she believed the young men’s upbringing in Berkeley and in its schools had been a significant factor. “It afforded them an awareness about being part of the community and the importance of education,” she said. … Continue reading »

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