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Tuesday's rundown in the East Bay: Warriors look to fill 15 spot on roster, Livermore restricts water usage and more

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Final roster spot under contention as Warriors guards battle it out

The Warriors on Tuesday will attempt to flesh out who will fill the 15th and final spot on the team’s regular-season roster during the Warriors third preseason game against The Lakers in Los Angeles, East Bay Times reports.

Gary Payton II will join the team Tuesday after missing two weeks of training to recover from hernia surgery and will face off against free agent Quinndary Weatherspoon who joined the Warriors on Monday.

While the team has the option to fill the 15th roster spot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said whether the team will select anyone remains uncertain due to the fact that The Warriors have the heaviest luxury tax and payroll burden in the NBA.

“I’m thrilled with the performances of all the guys who are fighting for that spot,” Kerr said. “I like the competition for it. I think all the guys we have here are really good NBA players, all of them. But it also ties into what the front office decides to do, what ownership decides to do, obviously we’re a huge tax team. So ultimately, we have to figure all that stuff in before we make a decision.”

The Warriors will need to trim their roster down to 15 by the start of their regular season that begins Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Mandatory water restrictions imposed in Livermore

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The City of Livermore on Monday announced that city residents and business owners must now adhere to the emergency declaration to limit water usage amid a massive citywide shortage, East Bay Times reports.

The declaration, which went into effect immediately, dictates that water usage must be reduced by at least 15 percent compared to water usage last year, with one component being the reduction of landscape irrigation to only three times a week.

Moreover, the declaration dictates that people use irrigation systems on a daily rotation based on odd and even street address numbers.

The new conservation guidelines are applicable to all properties within city limits, regardless if the property is served by the Livermore Municipal Water or by the California Water Service, Livermore District (CalWater).

The city has said that the restrictions will continue until drought conditions ease up. Click here to learn more about the city’s water restrictions.

Local restaurants impacted by global supply chain issues

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Pandemic restrictions and labor shortages aren’t the only factors ravaging Bay Area restaurants as global supply chain problems are now jacking up prices on the already battered industry, KCBS reports.

The exact issues in supply chains can't be pinpointed to one single cause but can be attributed to several including, labor shortages, lower inventories and COVID-19 outbreaks being just some of the factors hindering supply chains from running efficiently.

However, shortages are not the only result from supply chain issues. The skyrocketing prices of certain products are also being felt by the local restaurants, such as the current market cost of meats.

"The cost of proteins in particular have gone up between 12 to 15% so far this year," said Golden Gate Restaurant Association Executive Director Laurie Thomas. "That’s pork, that’s chicken, and that’s beef."

Some restaurants have reduced the scope of their operations to compensate for rising prices, such as the elimination of third party delivery services, reducing the total number of reservations and increasing prices of menu items.

"I know for a fact that people are raising their event prices as they’re looking for the holidays," Thomas said. "There are normal increases that happen but it’s going to feel like maybe that’s a bigger jump than somebody would expect from the last time they booked a holiday event."

UC Berkeley to offer aerospace engineering major beginning fall 2022 term

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On Wednesday, UC Berkeley announced that an aerospace engineering major will be offered starting in the fall of 2022 according to The Daily Californian.

The university had previously established an aerospace engineering minor in 2020 but opted to launch a major for the field of study due to a “resurgence” in research and development in the field, according to Panos Papadopoulos, the faculty lead in fleshing out the details of the new major.

“The new major is intended to train the next generation of engineers who will assume leadership roles in the design of aerospace systems and technologies,” Papadopoulos said.

Those selecting the major as their field of study going forward will benefit from the university’s connection with the NASA Ames Research Center.

“With our existing strength in this field, we are customizing a set of new courses that will give students a wide range of specialty curricula and technical knowledge,” according to Tsu-Jae King Liu, dean of the College of Engineering.

Approximately 40 freshmen will be accepted into the major for the 2022 fall term along with the inaugural junior transfer cohort able to enroll in 2024.

“The College of Engineering received — and continues to receive — enthusiastic support by both prospective and existing students,” Papadopoulos said.

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