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Dear Jon: Coastal trail progresses on the Central Coast

Biking the Central Coast in Monterey County on the coastal trail is a joy for many, but that experience is extremely limited in Santa Cruz County. Jason wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, I enjoyed riding the coastal trail from Pacific Grove to Castroville, but when is the trail going to Santa Cruz?”

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UPDATE: Special Report, Highways 68 & 156 Drive You Crazy

Which highways on the Central Coast cause you the biggest headaches? There were two local highways that you complained about the most. Mona from Salinas wrote, “Dear Jon, Highway 68 is so bad! If they're going to build new homes, can't they widen 68 to four lanes in both directions?” And Ron from Royal Oaks wrote, “Highway 156 from Prunedale to Castroville is intolerable!”

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Drug resistant intestinal illness spreading across the United States

International travelers are bringing a multidrug-resistant intestinal illness to the United States and spreading it to others who have not traveled, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Dear Jon: Video traffic detection or 'big brother?'

The city of Salinas has 106 traffic signals that it maintains, but have you ever noticed those cameras fastened above the signals?  A Salinas resident concerned about the cameras wrote, “Dear Jon, I see those cameras mounted on the top of the traffic signals. Are they working or are they just for show? And are they watching us?”

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Watchdog group pans California refineries for price gouging

Californians are paying roughly 80 cents more a gallon than the rest of the country says a consumer watchdog group. Members published a report Tuesday before a California Senate committee putting the blame of refineries and their efforts to keep California gasoline stockpiles low to price gouge the public.

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Winning bid announced for old Bay Bridge demolition

The California Department of Transportation has announced the winning bidder for part of the demolition of the old east span of the Bay Bridge. The winning $69-million bid, which was the lowest of four competing proposals, was approximately 25 percent cheaper than engineers estimated.


Dear Jon: Why are those bike lanes green?

Brand new green bike lanes are popping up on the Central Coast. Karen sent me a note, “Dear Jon, I see the City of Salinas and others have painted bike lanes green. Kinda weird, did they do it because people can't see them? What's next, neon yellow bike lanes?

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Dear Jon: Who fixes that busted traffic signal?

All drivers have at some point come upon a defective traffic signal. Getting it fixed can be tricky because in this day and age of tight municipal budgets, it’s not always the city public works department responsibility.

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