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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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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.

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.

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?”

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Dear Jon: Lowe’s won’t say if they’re coming to the Central Coast

Dear Jon: Lowe’s won’t say if they’re coming to the Central Coast

It's springtime and there are lots of home remodeling projects going on right now on the Central Coast. Mike sent me a note and asked, “Dear Jon, I'm remodeling a home and can't believe that it's 2014 and there's no Lowe's store on the peninsula or Salinas. Gas is too expensive to drive to Gilroy! Why not put Lowe’s in Marina?”

Big rig overturns on 101 near Prunedale

Big rig overturns on 101 near Prunedale

PRUNEDALE, Calif. - Motorists had a hassle on Highway 101 on Sunday when a big rig overturned.

The accident happened in the morning hours and caused quite a headache for drivers.  Both lanes were blocked by the big rig and it took C-H-P several hours to clear the scene. So far the reason for the mishap has not been released and fortunately no one was hurt in the incident.

Watsonville man gets 153 years

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -

A Watsonville man was sentenced Friday to 153 years in state prison after being convicted of felony child sex abuse.