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Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour in Contra Costa, Alameda counties highlights California's roots

40 gardens are pesticide-free, water-conserving, provide habitat for wildlife, and contain at least 60 percent native plants 
Lafayette officials want vetting of 'Homes at Deer Hill' issues  
 
Learning soccer skills, playing with sport luminaries  
 
Designers from Lafayette, Walnut Creek channel '20s  
 
Walnut Creek'Gourmet Gallop' benefits Diablo BalletWalnut Creek's Diablo Ballet presents its fourth Gourmet Gallop, a one-night gourmet walking tour adventure from 6 to 9 p.  
 
Everyone takes pride in a job well done, but when that job involves turning a young woman's life upside down and then leaving her flat, there are bound to be problems.  
 
For this city, it's time for Quan & Co. to goWe should applaud fellow letter writers for reminding us of the ineptitude and schizoid messages, not to mention overwhelming incompetence, from Mayor Jean Quan and the City Council (her cronies).  
 
Residents in the Acalanes Union High School District who oppose the school board's decision to issue construction bonds that will exceed the tax rate promised in the 2008 Measure E ballot language can contest a request for validation of the bonds in Contra Costa County Superior Court by Aug. 18. The district filed a complaint earlier this month asking a judge to validate the issuance of $15 million in current interest bonds, even though the tax rate would exceed the $35.58 per $100,000 in assessed valuation voters were promised.  
 
East Bay Municipal Utility District board to hold Aug. 12 hearing on drought regulation barring customers from flooding pavement, or washing cars without a nozzle on the hose  
 
ARFBig Ben is a 3-year-old social guy who loves attention, and also enjoys playtime with a cat wand toy! He is an all-around great tuxedo cat, suitable for a first-time cat guardian.  
 
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
( Patrick Tehan )
Review: Lexington House serves memorable dishes, cocktails

Bartenders Stephen Shelton and Jimmy Marino have teamed with Chef Philippe Breneman to offer well-polished fine dining at yet another excellent Los Gatos restaurant.