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Walnut Creek: Little League opening day

Play ball!Mason Barram, 8, center, of the AA Diamondbacks takes a bite of his hotdog while everybody waits for the start of opening day ceremonies for the Walnut Creek Little League at Castle Rock Youth Sports Park in Walnut Creek on April 12. 
The East Bay Municipal Utility District Board on Tuesday will consider sticking with 10 percent voluntary water saving plan  
 
Utility now claims tree roots pose main risk to pipeline. Cities prepare lawsuits to stop the chopping.  
 
Contra Costa prosecutors announced former Woodside Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sachs will not be charged with failing to report child abuse for her handling of teacher Joseph Martin from 2004 to 2006.  
 
State regulators cited BART for three willful serious violations and fined the transit agency $210,000 Thursday for the deaths of two workers who were hit by a train in October while working on a section of track in Walnut Creek.  
 
Walnut Creek School District has a new plan. To fulfill a state mandate, the district recently completed its Local Control Accountability Plan. As part of the new school spending formula passed by the state Legislature, all districts had to change from a revenue limit system to a new local control  
 
$700,000 needed in 45 days to stave off reductions  
 
The following are excerpts from the Walnut Creek Police department log:Sunday, March 30 AUTO THEFT -- A silver 2004 BMW was reported stolen overnight from the 1900 block of First Avenue.  
 
Egg hunt will roll in Walnut CreekGet out those Easter baskets, because the annual egg hunt in Walnut Creek will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19.  
 
Imagination takes over for works made on the plate, but accidents can yield the best art  
 
(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
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.