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El Cerrito plans salute to its 'pioneers'

A group of what the El Cerrito Historical Society calls "pioneers" were born and grew up here and still remember those days when the city was rural in character 
The East Bay Municipal Utility District Board on Tuesday will consider sticking with 10 percent voluntary water saving plan  
 
The organization Rebuilding Together East Bay-North (rtebn.org) is issuing a plea for volunteers to help with a project in Albany on National Rebuilding Day on April 26.  
 
The free, self-guided Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour on May 4 features 35 locations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties selected as models of using indigenous vegetation.  
 
A 15-unit condominium and building rehab project on the site of a historic house at 1725 Elm St. won Planning Commission approval Wednesday over objections from a couple of dozen residents.  
 
Police say a 21-year-old woman was wanted in another county after she was caught taking items out of a package that had been delivered to a home minutes before.  
 
City's proposal could add as many as 1,700 residential units  
 
The residential portion of the Ohlone Gardens project will include 18 one-bedroom, 21 two-bedroom and 18 three-bedroom apartments which will be restricted to tenants with incomes from 30 percent to 50 percent of the Bay Area median income or $27,600 to $46,000 for a family of four.  
 
FRIDAY, APRIL 4 DUI -- At 10:32 p.m., police arrested a Vallejo man, 25, for driving under the influence of alcohol near Carlson Boulevard and Central Avenue.  
 
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Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
(Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP Images)
Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.