In West Oakland, Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith's new mural celebrates the women of the Black Panther Party. (Courtesy of James Barry Knox Photography, @in2jazz)

An Oakland mural celebrates women of the Black Panther Party + more good news around the Bay Area

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Rachel Wolfe Goldsmith's new mural in West Oakland reminds passerby of the neighborhood's history and features the names of more than 250 women of the Black Panther Party.

Plus, San Francisco is officially home to thousands of parklets; Guy Fieri now owns a NorCal meat company; and more local stories with happy vibes.


Parklets proliferate from dozens to more than 2,000 in San Francisco, KTVU

With endless parking spots converted to al fresco dining destinations during the pandemic, parklets have clearly helped many of San Francisco's beloved restaurants and bars survive. Expect an additional 1,000 coming soon. Read more.


Black Panther Party women honored in West Oakland mural by Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith, East Bay Times

The artwork features images sourced from Stephen Shames' photographs taken during the 1960s and '70s. Nearby, find the stretch of Ninth Street that was recently renamed for Black Panther Party cofounder Dr. Huey P. Newton. Read more.

Guy Fieri purchases historic 118-year-old Northern California meat company building, SFGate

The Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host got his food-loving start making beef jerky after school at Ferndale Meat Company. Tune into his 2014 "hometown tour" to find out more about the company's old-fashioned curing and smoking techniques. Read more.


Man proposes to girlfriend in elaborate SF Embarcadero setup on Valentine's Day, ABC7 News

After waiting for over a decade, San Jose resident Edgar Lopez got down on one knee on the waterfront lawn before artist Claes Oldenburg's Cupid's Span. Read more.


S.F. Asian Art Museum agrees to return allegedly stolen Thai relics following federal lawsuit, SF Chronicle

After four months of negotiations, the Asian Art Museum announced that it will return two 1,500-pound carved lintels from ancient temples that were removed from Thailand without permission in the 1960s. Read more.

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