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Lafayette: A day for the dogs

Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin and his 3-year-old border collie Cloud lead the Lafayette Dogtown Downtown parade along Golden Gate Way in Lafayette on April 12. Ray Chavez/Staff photos  
The tentative agreement approved by the board OKs salary increases and single-role paramedics.  
Dinner in his honor May 2 at Soda Center on Saint Mary's College campus  
Contra Costa students' photos of Mt. Diablo sought for annual contest  
He has, by our observation and from accounts of those who depend on him for information, done an excellent job leading the office since he was elected in 2010.  
JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO/StaffLeach leads Campo at Davis inviteBrighie Leach, pictured center in 2013, helped the Campolindo High track and field team to a strong showing at the Halden Invitational at Davis High on April 12.  
Orinda Adult Basketball League -- For men and women ages 18 and up, every Monday and Thursday night at Wagner Ranch Elementary. Spring league runs through May 15 and summer league runs from June 9-Aug.  
Vikings drop series to CRC Diablo Valley College's baseball team won its opener in a series with Cosumnes River College but dropped the next two to fall to 19-11 overall, 7-8 in Big 8 play.  
LafayetteTown Hall's 'Candida' opens May 24The main stage at Town Hall Theatre will host a production of George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" May 4-June 13.  
Anti-measure forces their own worst enemyI recently received my absentee ballot for the special election in Lafayette for Measures A and B. Both deal in funding for local schools, and both continue parcel taxes that are scheduled to expire in June 2015.  
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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.