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DEAR JON: E-cigarettes still largely allowed

They’re fast becoming one of the biggest public health concerns, electronic-cigarettes. As more and more people take up using this tobacco alternative, some cities are pushing back. So where can you use e-cigarettes? At least one city here on the Central Coast says "not in our public places."

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Dear Jon: Strawberries smaller this year?

The Central Coast produces 88 percent of the Strawberries in the United States and the Salinas/Watsonville region is roughly 50 percent of the California production. Miguel was concerned and asked me, “Dear Jon, why have the strawberries been small and not ripe lately?"

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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?

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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?”

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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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