2010: Oakland North’s year in photos

From covering Jean Quan’s surprise win in Oakland’s mayoral election to attending graffiti art exhibitions; from covering Oakland Tech football to talking to undocumented teens hoping for the passage of the DREAM Act; from riding along for the Eat Real Festival bike tour to being on the scene for the Johannes Mehserle verdict protests — if it happened in Oakland, Oakland North’s reporters were there.

In the slideshow above you’ll find some of our favorite photos from the year, in no particular order. The stories that go with them are listed below in the same order as the slides. Click on the date* to follow the link to the complete story.

April 25: A man plays the trumpet and the lights come on at Lake Merritt during Oakland North’s “24 Hours in Oakland” photo project. Story by Elise Craig and Allison Davis.

September 21: Nikita Mitchell, the student director on the Oakland Unified School District’s board, takes a break from her busy leadership schedule in downtown Oakland. Story by Teresa Chin.

October 18: Daron Duong, a wide receiver, scores Oakland Tech’s only touchdown in the team’s home game against Fremont. Story by Kevin Fixler, photos by Roberto Daza.

August 30: Linden Street Brewery is the first stop on the Eat Real Festival bike tour. Story by Nicole Jones.

January 26: The San Francisco Boys Chorus sings at a benefit concert for Haiti in the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Story by Ayako Mie.

November 2: Jerry Brown, Oakland’s former mayor and the current Governor-elect, talks to reporters after casting his vote in Oakland’s Montclair district. Story by Laura Hautala.

February 17: Chelly Putzer and Lindsay Nelson share a kiss after exchanging vows at The W Hotel’s Valentine’s Day Instant Wedding. Putzer and Nelson’s union is not legal in the state of California because they are both women. Video story by Callie Shanafelt.

November 25: A boy enjoys his meal on the day before Thanksgiving at CityTeam Ministries. Volunteers dished out more than a hundred plates full of turkey and trimmings. Story by Nicole Jones.

September 27: Jessica, an undocumented teen who can’t remember her early years in Mexico, is hopeful the California DREAM Act passes and allows her a chance at college. Story by  by Whitney Pennington.

February 7: A featured piece at Dream Day exhibition leans agains the wall. The show was held in honor of Mike “DREAM” Francisco, a local grafitti artist who was murdered 10 years ago. Story by Paula Lehman.

November 13: JaRue Henderson III reflects on his 10 tours of duty in Vietnam on Veteran’s Day. Story by Teresa Chin, Nicole Jones and Roberto Daza.

November 6: Protesters upset abou the 2-year sentence received by Johanes Mehserle, the BART officer who shot the unarmed Oscar Grant two years ago, gather at 14th Street and Broadway. Story and photos by Oakland North Staff.

December 9: A month after Jean Quan came through with a surprise win in the Oakland mayoral election, she sat down with Luara Hautala to talk about her victory and her plans. Video story by Laura Hautala and Ye Tian.

September 18: Adam Beerman, Ruth Miller and Daniel Steel relax in an Astroturf “park” in downtown Oakland. The “park” was set up for Oakland’s first annual PARK(ing) day to demonstrate what the city would look like with more green space and fewer cars. Story by Ted Trautman.

October 26: A woman dresses the part for the 14th Annual Fruitvale Dia de Los Muertos Festival. Audio slideshow by Laith Agha and Karmah Elmusa.

November 1: Mark Shaun Fields takes a punch during Showdown in Oakland II, a boxing event started last year by Pacific Ring Sports in Temescal. Audio slideshow by Kevin Fixler and Laith Agha.

January 22: Two girls watch while their classmates at Sankofa Academy, a public elementary school in North Oakland, perform during their student achievement celebration. Audio slideshow by Lillian Mongeau.

December 10: Ashanique Nelson joins a choir of carolers in the opening scene of A Cinderella Christmas at Skyline High School. Story by Lillian Mongeau.

March 7: Just an hour into the Oakland Museum’s White Elephant sale these sequined shoes had been snatched up by attendees. Story by Elise Craig and Allison Davis.

February 3: DiAndre Campbell, now a freshman football player at the University of Washington in Seattle, smiles at a signing ceremony held for him and three of his high school teammates at Oakland Tech. Story by Ryan Phillips.

September 7: A woman displays her colors at the reinstated Oakland Pride Day. Audio slideshow by Karmah Elmusa, Teresa Chin and Roberto Daza.

*The dates listed refer to the day the story was published on Oakland North, not necessarily the day the photo was taken.

For a look back at the year’s top headlines, and to vote on which Oakland events you think will most influence the city’s future, click to read 2010: The year’s biggest stories.

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