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TGIF in the East Bay: East Bay cities look for homes for the unhoused, the Dubs beat Minnesota and more

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East Bay cities seek millions in state grant money to purchase homes for the unhoused

Hayward, Union City, Livermore and Piedmont are jointly applying for $12.5 million in state grants to fund a program with the goal of purchasing homes for the homeless and for those with low incomes, East Bay Times reports.

The joint effort between the four cities is modeled after a similar program that was successful in Oakland in 2020.

All four cities have partnered with the nonprofit Bay Area Community Services, and are now working to acquire $12.5 million from California's Project Homekey to purchase several homes that could house up to six people.

Past projects using funds from Project Homekey mainly consisted of purchasing hotels, motels and other large buildings that serve as a home for larger numbers of people in one place. However, the plan currently underway would provide housing for people scattered across a city.

“Creating affordable housing with supportive services for people experiencing homelessness is a priority for the city of Livermore, and we’re excited to collaborate with other cities to create a regional program that leverages each other’s strengths while also meeting the unique needs of each city,” said Mayor Bob Woerner in a statement.

If successful, Bay Area Community Services would strive to build “deeply subsidized co-living environments where each resident gets their own bedroom, shared community living spaces and access to supportive services,” such counseling, drug treatment programs and wellness checks.

“I think it’s monumental that we’re saying we are standing shoulder to shoulder with our neighbors. We see the people who are experiencing homelessness, this is an avenue to help some folks in our own jurisdiction, if a property becomes available,” said Piedmont Mayor Teddy Gray King said during a Jan. 18 city council meeting.

The cities plan on submitting their applications by Jan. 31 to meet the deadline for priority consideration.

Dubs topple T-Wolves 124-115

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Steph Curry and Klay Thompson showed up in a major way Thursday night scoring 29 and 23 points, leading the Warriors to victory over Minnesota 124-115 at the Chase Center, ESPN reports.

"With Klay, it's easy to play with him because he's obviously an amazing scorer, amazing shooter, commands a lot of attention out there," Curry said. "The hardest part is just trying to keep things simple because you can always try to do something special on every possession and there's where you get in trouble and we have a tendency to do that from time to time."

Curry’s accuracy came back to life going 10 for 20 from beyond the arc following a slump of 3 for 23 over the course of the Dubs’ two previous games.

First-time all star Andrew Wiggins played a supporting role during Thursday’s game, adding 19 points to the Dubs’ bottom line, along with five rebounds and four assists – helping Golden State clock its 11th straight home win over Minnesota.

"It's special. The NBA's never seen shooters like them," Wiggins said of Curry and Thompson. "Playing alongside them, it's fun. You never know what's going to happen, you don't know what crazy shots they're going to make. We know the energy they bring to the team and the energy they bring to the building, the arena, everyone just feeds off them and from there we get going."

Opposite the Splash Brothers was the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns who racked up 31 points and pulled down 12 boards with Minnesota trailing Golden State heading into the fourth quarter 97-81. Anthony Edwards also had a decent outing with 27 points, six rebounds and six assists.

The Warriors wrap up their 11-game homestand against Brooklyn Saturday at the Chase Center.

Stolen Frenchie safely returned to family

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A French bulldog stolen at gunpoint was reunited with its Castro Valley family on Tuesday after Alameda County Sheriff’s Office investigators found the dog at a San Leandro residence, East Bay Times reports.

The French bulldog, Tito, was found with a family who had no idea the dog had been stolen, according to investigators.

“This is a tremendous effort by the ACSO and the community,” according to the sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Ray Kelly. “A lot of people worked hard to get the word out on social media and through their networking. The community deserves credit for some of the tips that came in that were beneficial.”

Investigators were also able to link the suspects in the Jan. 15 dog snatching incident with numerous other street robberies, making about a half dozen arrests over the course of the investigation.

Investigators say that Tito was taken by four or five suspects who ambushed Tito’s owner and her daughter at approximately 5:30 p.m. The suspects emerged from a stolen 2019 black Kia SUV pointing guns at the victims before taking a purse and Tito from the daughter on Norbridge Ave. before fleeing from the scene.

The suspects later returned to the victim’s house shortly before 10 p.m. that same day and used the victim’s keys that were in her purse to steal her 2019 Mercedes AMG C63 coupe from the driveway, according to the sheriff’s office.

That vehicle has since been recovered. Sheriff’s deputies canvassed the area after the second car was stolen and examined surveillance-camera footage, Kelly said. Investigators later discovered that the Kia SUV had been stolen in Oakland and was connected to several other robberies.

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