Trained in kung fu at the Shaolin Monastery in Henan, China since the age of 12, Master Larry Li came to the U.S. in 1999. After two years of performing, he came to Oakland and establish his kung fu studio in the Chinatown district.
By Anna Bloom/Special to Oakland North Emilia Otero, and her daughter, Shelly Garza, longtime organizers of food vendors in East Oakland, say they are seeing a marked increase in illegal street vending.
As foreclosures force more people out of their homes across the Bay Area, people like Patricia Lewis are having to adjust to smaller living spaces. Oakland North’s Brittney Johnson talks to Lewis as she holds a garage sale to get rid of many of her old possessions and help her fit into a new apartment.