Street artist Fnnch has been painting masked bears on boarded up businesses around the Castro. (Photos by Andrew Rettmann, via @fnnch)

Only the Good News: Fnnch paints masked honey bears around the Castro + more local stories

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If you've been out of the house lately, you've no doubt noticed the sad state of shuttered local businesses, many of them boarded up in an attempt to prevent vandalism (which, according to several recent reports, isn't really working).

"These boarded up stores are depressing," writes artist Fnnch on his Instagram. "I long to sit down in a restaurant again, get my hair cut again, go to the art supply store again. But until that happens, we might as well use the boards as canvas for art. Instead of bringing our spirits down, they should lift our spirits up."


Fnnch has painted 13 Mask Bears, which he hopes will make you smile. Plus, Oakland is clearing cars from 74 miles of road to make space for pedestrians, the Outside Lands lineup has been leaked, and more local news that isn't horrifying.


Street artist fnnch installs series of COVID-19-themed honey bear murals, Hoodline

Fnnch spread some sweetness this past week by painting his iconic honey bears—this time wearing masks and holding items such as wine and, on boarded up businesses in the Castro. See if you can find all 13. Read more.


You rock, San Francisco: GoFundMe donations top $250,000 to save City Lights Books, 7x7

None of us can know what our local landscape will look like once this virus has run its wrecking course, but one thing is sure: The beat will go on. Read more.


74 miles of Oakland streets will close to cars to give pedestrians, bicyclists exercise room during coronavirus stay-home order, San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is getting rid of traffic on residential streets to give locals outdoor space to move around. Read more.


Napa Winery Debuts a Drive-Thru With Complimentary Caviar, Eater SF

Order a minimum of three bottles from Ashes & Diamonds Winery ahead of time through Tock—full-case buyers get free caviar! Read more.


Outside Lands 2020: Leaked lineup topped by Lizzo, the Strokes and Tame Impala, Datebook

Of course, the real question is whether the show will go on at all. Read more.


Tesla previews ventilator powered by Model 3 tech, The Verge

A new video shows off ventilators using parts inspired by the famed automaker's car designs. Read more.

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