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The Berkeley Wire: 06.18.12

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Sting softball league wins first tournament of the year

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By Kate Campbell

The Albany-Berkeley Girls Softball League’s 12U travel team, Sting, won their first tournament of the year a couple of weekends ago in Vallejo. (You may remember the team from the article Michael Lewis wrote for Berkeleyside in December.)

The historical record for the Vallejo Police Activities League’s Joshua Richardson Softball Tournament, now in its 13th year, shows the top four finishing teams for every year.  Looking at that record, you could be excused for thinking that the ABGSL Sting 12U had never participated. 2011 changed that, the 12U team finished second, losing by one run in the championship game. This year, Sting dominated the tournament and walked away with the first place medals and trophy. They beat the San Ramon Stompers in the semi-finals and beat the Napa Roadrunners in the championship game. … Continue reading »

Jacquelyn McCormick vows to be a more inclusive mayor

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The interior of Jacquelyn McCormick’s Berkeley hills home looks like it could be in the glossy pages of a lifestyle magazine.

An enormous mirror reflects the image of visitors who walk into the entry hall of the house, the remnant of the four-acre Henry Taylor estate that once sprawled across the ridge. To the right is a spacious living room (a former ballroom in the estate’s heyday), with a large fireplace, a comfortable seating arrangement, a grand piano, and art work done by McCormick’s stepdaughter, Alexandra Salkin.

The fact that the interior of McCormick’s home is arresting isn’t so surprising, given that she became an interior designer in 2002 after a long career managing commercial real estate for banks. What’s surprising is that McCormick, 58, has done much of the work on the house herself.

When she and her husband, Michael Salkin, a former UC Berkeley economist turned portfolio manager for Morgan Stanley, bought the house on The Uplands in 2004, it was a mess. The house hadn’t been touched since the 1930s and there was six inches of standing water in the basement. McCormick got busy. She painted the living room walls and fireplace with a lime wash, which produced a pleasing variegated effect. She found a bathroom console at Omega Salvage and put the legs on herself. She added molding to the kitchen and installed a slate mosaic around the stove. … Continue reading »

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Deer fawns make themselves at home on Berkeley street

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A doe took her two fawns for a stroll Sunday afternoon on Tacoma Avenue. Lauren Richmond, who took the photographs here, said they appeared to be remarkably relaxed given that they were grazing in a built-up, urban environment.

Earlier this month there were reports of deer charging at pedestrians and their dogs in Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Police Chief erred but should be supported

Police Chief Michael Meehan
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In response to Berkeleyside’s May 29 article, “Poll: Police Chief’s reputation tarnished, not department,” in which we summarized the results of a reader poll about Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, Pastor Leslie R. White of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Berkeley has written an open letter of support for the chief. “Good people, who work hard, will make mistakes and sometimes apparent non-thinking acts. I hold that the Police Chief’s reputation is not tarnished, though this year, 2012, has proven he is … Continue reading »