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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 
Former California Republican Party chairman Tom Del Beccaro of Lafayette declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat that Barbara Boxer will vacate.  
 
Dan Honda
Race to succeed Rep. Mark DeSaulnier in the state Senate pits two moderate Democrats -- Steve Glazer and Susan Bonilla -- who have drifted in different directions and now champion causes that might surprise their earliest supporters  
 
Dependence on beloved volunteers can also create problems in predictably filling route assignments  
 
Acalanes High School District officials have saddled taxpayers with exorbitantly expensive debt and are now trying to borrow more money. It's time to tell taxpayers and voters the truth.  
 
City joining other municipalities in crafting comprehensive smoking ban  
 
Sustainable Lafayette looks to long-term, far-reaching decisions  
 
Lawmakers nix homeowner request for Mills Act contract; greenlight historic landmark designation  
 
SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD
During a three-day marathon reading of Homer's classic, "The Odyssey," Matthew Zapruder, poet and professor at Saint Mary's College, continues the reading with Book 8 from a podium set up in front of the De La Salle statue and chapel on the Moraga campus. Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff  
 
Former mayor and Scoutmaster, latter-day volunteer to be honored at May 16 dinner event