Dear Jon Top Stories

Dear Jon tatum 1

DEAR JON: Tatum's Garden cleanliness questioned

Tatum's Garden, a special 20,000 square foot playground in Salinas has full accessibility. There’s no other playground like it for a radius of 250 miles. Sandra wrote to me concerned, ‘Dear Jon, I was at Tatum's Garden recently with my grandson and it was so dirty. I know the city has budget problems, but what happened?

Dear Jon el nino 1

Dear Jon: Wet winter? It’s a toss up

We need water, that's an understatement. Several dry years in row and you’d think we’re due for a ‘gully washer.’ Russ messaged me on Facebook and asked, “Dear Jon, Is the coming El Nino going to be as strong as the 82-83 season?”

Dear Jon El 4

DEAR JON: Monterey’s El Estero Park bridge walkways need work

Central Coast cities continue to suffer from a lack of funds and that leaves infrastructure projects on the drawing board. Most cities do have a maintenance budget, but Mryna asks, “Dear Jon, I walk on the wooden sidewalks over El Estero Lake every day, does the city of Monterey even know that the boards are falling apart?”

dear jon boards 2

DEAR JON: 'Board' certification for doctors not all the same

If you're going under the knife or seeking some other procedure, but your doctor is not ‘board certified’, should you be concerned? This question, according to one local doctor, applies to all medical disciplines. Anita wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, I’m considering a procedure and money is a concern. I'd like to know, does it matter if my doctor is board certified or not?

Dear Jon BirchBark

Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

You may have been in a situation where your pet had a life threatening condition, but you couldn't pay for care due to one reason or another. It's a really tough situation to be in, the thought of losing your pet to a lack of funds. Shelly wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, my pet has a serious medical condition, but I can't pay for care, is there any hope?”

Dear jon helicopter noise

Dear Jon: Dealing with early morning helicopter noise over Ag fields

With all the agriculture operations on the Central Coast there's a question about controlling the noise. Some residents living near fields tell us it can be a real issue. Ilse in Salinas writes, “Dear Jon, I'd like to know if there are any laws that can stop farms around here from getting us up at 4 a.m. to wake us up?”

Dear Jon pesiticide testing

Dear Jon: Agency says pesticides in the Salinas Valley air pose low risk

There will always be a question about pesticides in the Salinas Valley air given the amount of agriculture on the Central Coast. Is there a health risk? Many believe there is, but you may be surprised what the latest study has to say about this. Tyrone from Salinas asked me, “Dear Jon, is it true that the air in Salinas is high in pesticides?”

Dear Jon EBT Cards 2

Dear Jon: EBT abuse questioned

Several social programs are connected to Electronic Benefit Transfer cards here in California, CalFresh and CalWorks to name the main two. But Social Services says that abuse can occur. Terri asks, “Dear Jon, Does the state monitor where EBT cash is spent?”

Got questions? Ask Jon

Got questions? Newschannel 5's Jon K. Brent's got answers. Weekdays at 5 and 6 p.m. on KION. Email your inquiries to

Entertainment Headlines

There are currently no severe weather alerts.

Most Popular Stories