San Leandro: 14 businesses cited for selling tobacco to minors

A tobacco decoy operation in San Leandro resulted in 14 businesses receiving citations Thursday afternoon, police said. 
Elsewhere: Hayward updating mobile home rules to protect residents  
 
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San Leandro High School teacher Leon Chang turned himself in Thursday after being charged with engaging in an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenage student, police said.  
 
Since 2007, Tennyson High School and the Masonic Home at Union City have run community gardens, sharing their harvests with southern Alameda County residents.  
 
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San Leandro High School teacher Leon Chang, 27, surrendered to San Jose police Thursday after he was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office with statutory rape and arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes, San Leandro police said in a statement.  
 
An Alameda County jury on Thursday convicted three alleged gang members of multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in connection with an ambush shooting outside a San Leandro warehouse party in 2011.  
 
The superintendent has a key responsibility to oversee finances of the 18 school districts in the county, to sound alarms when one is heading for a financial cliff or unrealistically addressing its accounting. For that reason, the superintendent must be lead by fiscal example.  
 
Health grants awarded by Alameda County supervisors do not always conform with spirit of voter-approved Measure A sales tax, according to oversight group.  
 
San Leandro police warned residents to be wary of phone scammers. Police said it's common for scammers to identify themselves as government agents, and have figured out how to make their caller identification display phone numbers from legitimate agencies, including 911.  
 
Money raised at the luncheon with Saidiana Veterans Memorial Choir will help offset cost of Washington, D.C., trip  
 
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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. 
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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

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