Daily Archives: August 14, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 08.14.12

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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GOODBYE SAG PANEER Zaika, the Indian restaurant that opened last year in the historic Koerber Building on University Avenue, has shut its doors. Paul Hoch writes: “Zaika’s has been evicted!” He saw the eviction papers on the front door on Aug. 10. They have since been removed but the windows are now covered over. The eatery, which offered  “authentic cuisine from the Indian sub-continent,” lasted almost exactly one year.

NEW MOVES Woolly Mammoth Childcare and Preschool, which lost its old space at 2310 Bancroft because of an impending apartment complex, is relocating into the old Video Maniacs site on University Avenue and Sacramento. Emilia O’Toole and Mayra Dana founded the school in 1987, basing the curriculum ion the works of Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley: Getting ready for the students

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Berkeleysider Wendy Cohen spotted this sure sign of a new school year: stacks of mattresses stacked outside Christian Hall on Durant Avenue. The UC Berkeley fall semester begins Aug. 16th.

Pastry chef to open bakery in Bread Garden space

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Frank Sally has had his eye on the Bread Garden in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood for a long time. “I have always really liked that spot,” he says. “It’s a pretty area, and busy. It seemed a natural fit for a bakery.”

And now it will be his bakery. Sally, an award-winning chef who teaches at San Francisco Baking Institute, and has worked as pastry chef at the Michelin-starred Meadowood in Napa, has taken over the lease at 2912 Domingo Avenue from David Morris who closed the Bread Garden last month, after 38 years in the same location.

Currently in the throes of meetings with inspectors and contractors, Sally is renovating the space in the hope of opening Fournée Bakery (“batch” in French) before year-end.

The bakery will offer a range of morning pastries, breads, and cakes, mostly in the classic French style, but also “whatever people want.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley mourns victims of Wisconsin shooting

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About 200 Bay Area Sikhs and community members gathered at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park Friday evening to honor the six people killed in the Aug. 5 shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple. As the sun set behind City Hall, the group of mourners stood in a circle, holding candles and quietly praying for the victims.

The vigil, organized by the El Sobrante gudwara, or Sikh temple, was one of many community events held in the week after an army veteran and white supremacist went on a shooting spree in a suburb of Milwaukee, killing six worshippers and then himself.

Observant Sikhs wear dastars (or turbans) and do not cut their hair, and the community has been the target of discrimination and hate crimes since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, UC Berkeley sophomore Gurleen Singh said at the vigil. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley school district settles into new headquarters

The Berkeley Unified School District has moved into new headquarters at 2020 Bonar Street, right near University Ave. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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The Berkeley School District has spent much of the past two weeks moving into its newly renovated headquarters at the West Campus at 2020 Bonar Street.

The school district spent $10.5 million to renovate the building, which was used for years as the Adult School and as a home for ninth graders before that, according to Mark Coplan, the district spokesman. Most of the employees from the district’s main headquarters at Old City Hall, operational offices on Oregon Street, and the Annex at 1835 Allston Way moved to the new site. The move was prompted by concern that the Old City Hall, which the district had used for 37 years, was not seismically sound. The project was paid for with money from two school district bond measures, AA and I.

The renovated West Campus is light, airy and modern, with plenty of conference rooms, a number of classrooms, and even a view of the Golden Gate Bridge from some rooms. … Continue reading »

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