Daily Archives: June 19, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 06.19.12

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

The redesigned Fiat Studio showroom on Shattuck. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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MORE TO DRINK IN THE DRINKS DISTRICT The San Francisco Chronicle named Chris Brockway A Winemaker to Watch in January and named his 2009 Broc Cellars Vine Star California Red one of the top wines of 2011. Now Brockway is opening a tasting room at Broc Cellars at 805 Camelia St. on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Its official opening is July 22, but Brockway will do a soft launch this weekend. Wine lovers can visit the other wineries in the drinks district, too. Donkey & Goat’s tasting room is open from 2 to 6 pm weekends at 1340 Fifth St. And Urbano Cellars Winery’s tasting room at 2323B Fourth St. is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Don’t consolidate waterfront, parks commissions

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At the June 26 City Council meeting, a major part of the agenda will be devoted to consolidating a number of the city’s commissions. The city manager’s proposal is to bring together the human welfare and homeless commissions, public works and transportation commissions, and from three commissions — waterfront, parks & rec, and early childhood education — create two commissions (parks and waterfront, and recreation and youth services).

In our Opinionator section today, Waterfront Commission Chair Paul Kamen … Continue reading »


Don’t consolidate waterfront and parks commissions

Berkeley Marina by Avi
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The Waterfront and Parks & Rec commissions may seem ripe for consolidation, but they rely on different budgets, different staffs and different kinds of expertise. Continue reading »


Parents sue cycling website for complicity in son’s death

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The parents of a man who was killed while riding his bicycle in Tilden Park in 2010 is suing Strava, the social media cycling organization they believe contributed to his death.

William and Kathleen Flint filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Strava in San Francisco Superior Court on Monday June 18 for “encouraging dangerous behavior.”

William Flint II, known as Kim, died June 19, 2010 around 2:00 pm when he hit a car while riding his bicycle down South Park Drive in Tilden Park. Flint, 40, had been going around a curve when his bicycle drifted into the other lane, according to East Bay Regional Park police.

Flint may have been trying to recapture a speed record that he had set – and then lost – on the Strava social media site. Strava allows cyclists to clock their times and speeds using GPS and upload them to a website. Cyclists can then compare their performance with that of other cyclists. Those who go the fastest can win “KOM” or “King of the Mountain” titles. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley center for deaf students celebrates its alumni

CEID alum Jimmy Waller participated in Model United Nations, the diving team, and Student Court at Berkeley High.
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Jimmy Waller is one of the unusually resourceful students who managed to swiftly navigate the crowded hallways at Berkeley High School and to graduate with high test scores, an entrance ticket to a top-tier college, and slew of clubs and activities on his resumé. Heading to Pomona College in the fall, Waller plans to study statistics, sociology, and foreign languages, and eventually work abroad.

“I want to study languages, which seems horribly ironic because I’m deaf,” he said, laughing.

Waller is not only a BHS graduate, but an alum of the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID), a federally funded program in West Berkeley for deaf and hard of hearing children. Established in 1980, CEID has produced dozens of successful students, but this is the first year the program will be formally celebrating the achievements of some of its alumni. … Continue reading »

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