Joshua Escobar

Oakland North spotlight: California Canoe and Kayak

Mike Wang, an employee at California Canoe and Kayak, explains how he developed an affinity for water and how he continues to enjoy water sports with his work, including paddling into the office.

Oakland committee to vote on ban of bullhook use on elephants

Oakland’s Public Safety Committee will decide Tuesday evening on whether to recommend to the full city council a ban on using bullhooks on elephants—a move a circus spokesman said could keep circuses from performing in Oakland.

Transportation fund sales tax increase on ballot

As morning traffic sped down Telegraph one morning a few days ago, a high school student named Alesha was in a group of local people publicly pleading for passage this November of a 1/2 percent county sales tax increase called Measure BB.

Oakland teachers protest for raises and smaller class sizes

Oakland educators took to the streets in protest yesterday. At one intersection in North Oakland, one teacher appeared with signs and a neon shirt, then a few others, who brought more signs, as well as snacks. Half an hour later forty teachers and substitutes rallied at Broadway and 51st street.

Uptown named one of the “Great Places in America”

The American Planning Association recognized Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood as one of the “Great Places in America” in a ceremony yesterday. In the warm afternoon sun, APA Board of Directors member Kurt Christiansen and Hing H. Wong, president-elect of the organization’s California chapter, lauded the neighborhood’s homegrown artistry, entrepreneurialism and diversity. They also praised its revitalizing…