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Hump day in the East Bay: Warriors beat LA, Oakland Roots invest in mental health and new high rise coming to Downtown

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Proposed residential tower in Downtown Oakland could provide hundreds on new homes

A new residential tower has been proposed for Oakland’s downtown area, potentially bringing hundreds of new homes to the city, East Bay Times reports.

Planners have selected 1261 Harrison Street as the location of the project, which would include space for retail stores on the ground floor, according to documents filed with city planners.

The project was proposed by San Jose-based development company, Pinnacle RED Group.

There is a single-story retail building currently at the location of the proposed project but planners say that the building will be renovated and absorbed into the new project.

The tower would stand 22 stories tall and include a total of 207 housing units. An existing alley way would also be potentially used as a space for outdoor dining as part of the overall project.

The residential tower would include 10 three-bedroom apartments, 72 two-bedroom apartments and 125 one-bedroom apartments.

Warriors remain undefeated in the preseason after win over Lakers

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The Warriors remain undefeated after beating The Lakers 111-99 Tuesday night in Los Angeles and they did it without Steph Curry or Draymond Green, East Bay Times reports.

Despite their star-less lineup, the Dubs held their own winning their fourth preseason game with six players scoring in the double digits, making up for the Warriors worst night from the three-point range at the Staples Center.

“If you don’t shoot well and you still score 111 points and you win the game, that’s a good sign,” said coach Steve Kerr after the game.

Jordan Poole continued to dominate in scoring with 18 points followed by Otto Porter Jr. joined Lee with 16 points, Andrew Wiggins matched Payton with 12 points and Bjelica also scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive hires new chief curator

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The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has hired Christina Yang as the new chief curator to support the museum’s new initiative to promote new projects and initiatives, East Bay Times reports.

Yang studied history and the history of art as an undergrad at UC Berkeley and interned at BAMPFA. She has spent the past 30 years working as a fine arts curator, teacher and administrator.

“The responsibility of being a curator has never been more urgent,” Yang said. “From rethinking collections to providing equity in labor to diversifying all levels of relations, the care of art holds an essential impact on our daily lives.”

Prior to accepting her new role at BAMPFA, Yang served as the deputy director of engagement and curator of education at the Williams College Museum of Art in Massachusetts.

“Christina stood out among an impressive applicant pool as a creative thinker who shares our passion for dynamic, socially relevant arts programming that has a lasting impact outside of museum spaces,” according to BAMPFA Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

“We were particularly impressed by Christina’s deep understanding of the unique role that university art museums occupy as engines of scholarship, artistic experimentation, and progressive change,” she added.

Oakland Roots adds therapist to club making mental health a priority

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The Oakland Roots soccer club has added a mental health professional to their squad, making them one of the few teams in the MLS that’s taken measures to ensure their players are taking care of their mental health – both on and off the field, OaklandNorth.net reports.

Lisa Bonta Sumii was added to the Oakland Roots as the team has moved to be more proactive in making sure their players aren’t feeling stressed. Assistant coach and former Roots captain Nana Attakora played a large role in adding the position to the team’s staff.

“I felt it had been long overdue for professional sports teams to see the value and importance in mental health and someone who could help athletes navigate it,” Attakora said.

Prior to joining the Roots in March, Bonta Sumii worked as a therapist for more than 20 years. In addition to helping players cope with anxiety and stress, she also offers post-game observations and book recommendations.

“She has definitely unlocked a different mental side of my game that I believe has helped me through situations that occur on the field,” according to team captain Emrah Klimenta.

“More so it has helped me off the field and how I approach life problems as well,” Klimenta added.

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