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Think twice before you buy a bunny for someone for Easter

News release provided by the Monterey County Health Department.

Baby chicks, bunnies and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter basket addition, but think twice! These cute babies grow up into large, adult animals requiring full-time care.

Rabbits make wonderful pets, but they aren't care-free pets. They have to be taken care of just like you would a dog or a cat. Rabbits commonly live for 8-10 years, and can live as long as 15, depending upon the breed, so it is a long-term commitment. Other factors to consider include the fact that not as many vets are experienced with rabbits, so your veterinary costs could be higher than you might expect to pay for a dog.

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Hospital goes electric for patients, staff

Community Hospital introduced its new plug-in station for electric vehicles last week. The station can accommodate five vehicles and includes the first "fast charger" in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. The station is open to Community Hospital staff and volunteers as well as the public and will be the charging spot for Community Hospital's newest vehicle, a Nissan LEAF. Nissan North America donated the fast charger. The plug-in station is the latest eco-friendly initiative at Community Hospital. It is capable of charging a Nissan LEAF up to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.

Dear Jon: Save yourself an inspection fee with the water district

Dear Jon: Save yourself an inspection fee with the water district

If you're doing any remodeling this spring you should be aware that your water faucets, shower heads and toilets need to be compliant with the water districts codes.

Steve wrote to me and asked, "Dear Jon, Do I have to pay the $105 inspection fee to the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, even though I sent my invoices saying that I upgraded my appliances?"

You did the right thing in sending in the invoices, but if the invoices don't spell out that the new appliances meet certain flow rates you may be in trouble.

I called the district and here's what their policy is. The first on-site district inspection on a property is always free. If that property is in compliance, they'll provide you with a passing report. If after an inspection, they find that appliances need to be upgraded to meet the acceptable specifications, they'll issue a compliance report.

Public invited to hope and healing event

Beacon House is inviting the public to be part of its Message of Hope and Healing in honor of Alcohol Awareness Month. This free special event will be held on Friday, April 25th at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa and Registration begins at 3:30. There will be several presentations on interventions and personal stories of hope and healing. Please call (831) 236-0491 or email laura@beaconhouse.org to RSVP. 


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Dear Jon: Pot dispensaries largely unregulated at the state level

Dear Jon: Pot dispensaries largely unregulated at the state level

More marijuana dispensaries are popping up on the Central Coast and the big question has been: Who will regulate this growing business?  James wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, Who's bright idea was it to approve pot shops in California?” That “bright idea” came from voters almost 18 years ago.

Sunset cruise to benefit cancer patients

Sunset cruise on Monterey Bay.

Sunday, May 4th

Aboard Benji Shake's GREATLAND boat with:

Princess Monterey Whale Watching'

 (limited to 130 people).

Check in at 3:30PM :- ‘Paluca Trattoria’ (at the Wharf Front) for a pre-cruise silent auction and raffle, wine, cheese, etc.

On board (4:30PM): Refreshments, wine, Hors d'oeuvres, etc.

Live music with the ' The HO'OMANA Hawaiian Band'

Cost: Early registration $30 ($50 after April 15th)


100% of proceeds benefit LLS

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Dear Jon: Abandoned cars don't have to be an eyesore

Dear Jon: Abandoned cars don't have to be an eyesore

Let’s face it; the last thing you want is for an abandoned car to be an eyesore in front of your home. Bryan sent me note and asked, “Dear Jon, there's a car parked on the street in front of my house. I've asked the neighbors if it's their car and it's not. How do I deal with this nuisance?”