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Thursday in the East Bay: Work training program kicks off, financial aid coming to Ca. homeowners and more

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East Bay workforce training program kicks off Thursday
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The St. Vincent de Paul paid job training program begins Thursday in Pleasant Hill with other programs to follow in Brentwood and Pittsburg, East Bay Times reports.

The 24-week program is designed to help those seeking employment to gain skills in building resumes, interviewing and organizational skills, along with other techniques in order to find stable work.

Those wishing to participate can do so at one of three sessions located at sites in Pleasant Hill, Brentwood and Pittsburg.

  • Pleasant Hill – Jan. 6 and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ The King Church at 199 Brandon Road.
  • Brentwood – Jan. 14 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8890 Brentwood Blvd.
  • Pittsburg – Jan. 17 and Jan. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Center, 2210 Gladstone Drive.

Workforce Development Program participants will gain 22.5 paid hours of work training per week at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store or within the organization’s trucking and transportation department.

Call (925) 439-5060 to reserve a spot in the program.

California homeowners may get $80,000 in COVID impact relief
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California homeowners who have been financially impacted and face possible foreclosure due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a one-time payment of $80,000 as part of a $1 billion federally funded aid program, East Bay Times reports.

Additional programs such as the 15-month loan forbearance have also been put in place to assist homeowners who lost income during the pandemic. An additional $1.7 billion has already been distributed to 145,000 renters in the state since last spring.

The funds heading to California homeowners are part of the $10 billion federal relief package for homeowners included in the American Rescue Plan that was approved last year.

In order to qualify, homeowners must pay 40% or more of their income in mortgage payments, receive public assistance, or have been denied an alternative payment plan by their loan servicer.

To apply, visit or call 800-569-4287 for assistance.

Dubs put their worst on display against Mavs
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Golden State came up short Wednesday night in Dallas, falling 99-82 against the Mavericks in the Dub’s worst shooting night of the season, East Bay Times reports.

While the Mavs were held to 37% from the field, the Warriors were hamstrung by their own poor shooting going 23 for 28 beyond the arc, scoring only 39 points in the first half. Dallas sealed the deal in the fourth with a 20-5 run.

“I thought we kind of ran out of gas in the fourth quarter,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr after the game.

Steph Curry continued to suffer one of the worst cold snaps of his career Wednesday, missing 19 of 24 attempts, while hitting only one of nine at the three point line.

“Everyone’s throwing everything at him,” Kerr said, adding, “their best defender. Their double teams. They’re trying to make it as difficult as possible. I thought tonight he pressed a little bit. He’s trying hard to get out of it.”

In addition, Curry may sit out against New Orleans Thursday after suffering a quad contusion.

“The body of work over the course of this year’s been pretty solid,” Curry said. “This stretch has not been great, not up to my standards. So you’ve just to stick to the program. It’ll come around.”

Golden State (29-8), now 3-2 on the second night of back-to-backs, will face New Orleans (13-25) at the Smoothie King Center at 5 p.m. PT.

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