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Dear Jon Update: Manzanita Park gets tagged in access battle

For years Monterey County has allowed the North County Youth Recreation Association to manage a portion of Manzanita Park via a contract. But daily access is an issue. Now taggers have entered the picture. Sue, from Prunedale wrote, “Dear Jon, why can't we have the Manzanita Park gate open for public use? After all it is our park!”


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!”


Dear Jon: Salinas we have a problem: sidewalks

Cracked sidewalks in Salinas have been a constant source of complaints for years. How bad is it? Bad. Amy writes, “Dear Jon, sidewalks in Salinas are atrocious! My question is not about how they can be fixed, but how can they be A.D.A. compliant?


Dear Jon: Rental home rude awakening for many on Central Coast

Renters on the Central Coast have had a rude awakening these days as monthly rents values continue to rise. Steven from Santa Cruz asks, “I can't believe what landlords are asking for rental homes these days! What gives!?”

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Dear Jon: Can developers in Marina keep building under state water restrictions?

The continuing drought and the State Water Board's emergency water conservation regulations have many questioning the continued home building on the Central Coast. Bob from Marina asks, “Dear Jon, with all the water restrictions going in everywhere and some people not getting enough water. How can the City of Marina allow East Garrison and The Dunes to build homes?

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Dear Jon: Will you remain anonymous making a crime tip?

Building trust with the community is something the Salinas police department has been working hard to do. It’s especially important in receiving crime tips from the community. But Steve wrote to me and asked. “Dear Jon, can I really remain anonymous if I call the Salinas police crime tip line?

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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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