Temescal Street Fair in photos

Check out photos of the 8th Annual Temescal Street Fair on Sunday. Thousands of people crammed into seven blocks of Telegraph Avenue, from 51st Street to 45th, on Sunday afternoon to eat popcorn and hotdogs, dance, shop and walk around.

Work on Temescal mural almost completed

A mural on the Highway 24 underpass at 52nd Street in Temescal that has been in the works for two years is close to completion. All that’s left is a little touch-up work and approval from BART to work on the two remaining blank columns. “It’s been an arduous process trying to work with the city bureaucracy trying to get this thing painted,” said Darlene Rios Drapkin, executive director of the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District. “We’re almost there,” she…

Council hears two differing appeals for police tactics in Fruitvale

Two public safety debates dominated the Oakland City Council meeting on Tuesday: local merchants pleaded for increased policing and other neighbors turned out to oppose the planned Fruitvale gang injunction. The two discussions bookended a lengthy examination of plans to remodel the Telegraph Avenue McDonald’s.

On Brown’s turf, Oaklanders tell us their choice for governor

As the heated California gubernatorial race moves into its final days, Oaklanders offer their opinions on who should take the seat. Will it be billionaire former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman or 1970s era governor and former mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown? Oakland North went to the Temescal and City Center districts to find out. Check out all of our Oakland elections coverage on our Campaign 2010 page. Connect with Oakland North on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Parolee day reporting center planned for North Oakland

Residents in North Oakland’s Koreatown-Northgate district may soon be getting some new neighbors—a group of men and women trying to restart their lives after spending time behind bars. Center Point, Inc., a Marin-based non-profit social services agency, is planning to open a day reporting center for parolees from Oakland on the 33rd block of Telegraph.

Tech girls, Castlemont boys bring home OAL hoops titles

First it was chants of “O-T, O-T” that echoed throughout the Laney College gym Saturday. The happy players and coaches of Oakland Tech were celebrating their Oakland Athletic League girls basketball championship, a 72-42 win over Skyline High. A couple hours later, that scene was repeated. This time, it was chants of “Cas-tle, Cas-tle,” as the Castlemont High boys team celebrated its 67-65 win over Oakland High.

VIDEO: What’s in your box? CSA members look forward to spring

by Elise Craig and Brittney Johnson/Oakland North Community Supported Agriculture or CSAs are programs that allow consumers to skip the grocery store and buy their produce directly from farmers. Every week, subscribers get a box full of the fresh fruit and veggies of the season delivered to a pick up spot near their homes. Some CSAs even deliver free range eggs, farm-fresh cheese and flowers.