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Monday in the East Bay: Possible shift coming to VTA Light Rail system, Curry rocks 2022 NBA All-Star Game and more

Refugio Garcia

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Drastic change suggested as VTA Light Rail ridership continues to dip

The VTA Light Rail, serving South Bay communities, has experienced a severe drop in ridership since the pandemic began, causing San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo to push for major changes to the system, East Bay Times reports.

The Orange line was once the light rail’s most-used line, connecting riders with Moffett Park, which serves Google and Amazon offices, but has seen a decline in ridership between 85 and 90% with approximately eight people a day boarding the nearby Bayshore NASA station.

“It’s not a poor system. It’s a colossally bad system,” said Liccardo. “And we’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars to expand it as we speak.”

Liccardo, who sits on the VTA Board, has suggested that the light rail be replaced with a fleet of electric buses that can be used with more flexibility around shifting travel patterns.

While a transition from the light rail system to the proposed fleet of electric buses would come at a hefty cost, VTA is already investing $450 million to extend the Orange line from Alum Rock Station to the Eastridge Transit Center in East San Jose.

Steph Curry graces NBA All-Star Game with 50 points, new record for threes

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On Sunday, Steph Curry wasted no time splashing down at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game, hitting his first three-pointer within the first 47 seconds of the first period, Mercury News reports.

Curry finished the night with 50 points for Team LeBron, taking the win over Team Durant 163-160, winning the game MVP and setting a new record for threes at the All-Star Game going 16 for 27, destroying the previous All-Star Game record set by Paul George in 2016 with nine three-pointers.

Fans at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse switched from booing Curry to chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” for him towards the end of the game – an honor he won with the newly designed Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award.

”This guy is from a different planet. He literally has an automatic sniper connected to his arm, and when he lets it go, not only himself, but everybody on the floor, in the stands, on TV, on their phones, whatever you are watching on, you think it’s going in every time,” said LeBron James – who hit the game-winning shot. ”Nine times out of 10 and sometimes 10 times out of 10, it does go in.”

However, Curry’s Warriors teammate Andrew Wiggins wasn’t overly impressed as Sunday’s game wasn’t the first time Wiggins witnessed such a spectacle from the two-time MVP.

“Steph does what Steph does. I see it every day, every game I see it,” Wiggins said after the game – his first All-Star appearance. “So I’m watching, everyone’s impressed, I’m like ‘Hey, I see it every day.’”

Wiggins made his All-Star debut Sunday.

First Micro Apartments in Hayward to help house the homeless slated for completion in 2023

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A new development of micro apartments in Hayward to provide homes for unsheltered residents is set for completion by 2023, East Bay Times reports.

The project, located at 2595 Depot Road, approved by the city in 2018, is being built by nonprofit Abode Services of Fremont and includes 125 300-square-foot apartments.

The mission of Abode Services is to end homelessness. Hayward contributed $6 million from the city’s inclusionary housing trust fund and its housing authority to the project to help cover some of the total $45 million price tag.

The remainder of the cost is being covered by state’s Multifamily Housing Project funds, along with Measure A1 and a private construction loan. The A1 bond was approved by Alameda County voters in 2016.

Construction of the project started in 2018 with the goal of producing apartments with a sleeping space, full kitchen and ADA accessible bathroom. Rent for each unit will range from $300 to $1,500 a month, or roughly 30% of a tenant’s income.

Potential renters will be selected through Alameda County’s Coordinated Entry System based on certain factors such as income, health conditions, disability status. Other tenants will be selected through a lottery system.

The 3.07-acre site was sold to Abode Services by another nonprofit, Horizon Services.

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