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Piedmont: 'Triangle' stars at Piedmont Arbor Day celebration

The new landscaped "triangle" at Ramona and Ronada avenues -- a public-private partnership that features a rain garden and Mediterranean plants palette -- was the star at Piedmont's annual Arbor Day event on April 10. 
Oakland auditor sounds pension alarm
Report finds that city risks insolvency if it fails to do more to address rising pension costs. 

EBMUD drought plan: Voluntary savings plus new emergency supply
The East Bay Municipal Utility District Board on Tuesday will consider sticking with 10 percent voluntary water saving plan 

Piedmont: Moraga Avenue reopens following downed power lines
A small mudslide caused trees to fall on power lines late Friday morning along Moraga Avenue in Piedmont, resulting in the closure of the road for several hours, city officials said. 

Piedmont: Diversity film panel to show "Inequality for All"
Cal's Reich details the causes for America's wealth gap that's growing. 

Peralta College Notes: Host of Earth Day events on tap
Our local community colleges -- Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Oakland's Laney and Merritt colleges -- join in Earth Week with all manner of Earthy festivals, events, workshops and good old-fashioned teach-ins. 

East Bay garden tour to mark 10 years
Thirty-five gardens will open their gates to demonstrate water-wise, beautiful alternatives using native California plants for East Bay gardeners. 

Piedmont: School board OKs 2 percent support tax increase
Piedmont trustee Andrea Swenson said the board did not receive any objections from residents, only backing for the 2 percent extra for the 2014-15 year. 

Piedmont: New city administrator Benoit settling in
New Piedmont City Administrator Paul Benoit, who was city manager in Astoria, Ore., is settling into his new job and getting to know Piedmont and its residents.  

Piedmont briefs: Language School holding annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
PLS holding annual Cinco de Mayo FiestaPiedmont Language School's annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 1 at Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. 

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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.