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Sod companies turn to tech, hardy grasses as industry takes a hit from drought

With mandated rationing and twice-a-week watering directives, many lawn owners are looking to rip up their turf or watch it go brown -- but turf experts say that with the right grass and proper care, it's still viable landscaping. 
Walnut Creek hikers, dogs running afoul of cows
Walnut Creek open space rangers try to head off growing problem. Trails not big enough for both hikers and cows, and dogs add another unpredictable element.  

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(Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)
Sod companies turn to tech, hardy grasses as industry takes a hit from drought

With mandated rationing and twice-a-week watering directives, many lawn owners are looking to rip up their turf or watch it go brown -- but turf experts say that with the right grass and proper care, it's still viable landscaping. 
(Courtesy of Bijou)
New chef at Hayward's Bijou; Bay Area food fundraisers

It's a homecoming for Rodrigo CedeƱo , who has returned to his native Hayward to take over the role of executive chef at downtown's Bijou Restaurant & Bar. And chefs throughout the Bay Area are cooking for causes, including the Dining Out for Life AIDS fundraiser.