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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?”

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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?

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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?”

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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?”

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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?”

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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?”

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Dear Jon: Too few electronic highway message signs?

We’ve seen the electronic message signs along the highways here on the Central Coast. They may warn of an Amber Alert about an abducted child or driving conditions ahead. But for one viewer, it seems there are not enough of them.


Dear Jon: Repeated calls by credit card company drives customer crazy

It’s happened to many of us, you’re credit company says you’re past due on your credit card bill but you don’t think so. Never the less, the threatening computer generated calls start coming saying ‘pay up’ to avoid further late fees and collection proceedings. Mary in Pacific Grove wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, how do I complain about Citibank repeatedly calling me 3 to 4 times a day before…

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