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Duck tales: Expert advice on discouraging unwelcome visiting waterfowl

Courtesy of Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA 
Three ducklings pulled from Fred and JoAnn Pfost’s Los Altos pool swim with other orphans at the Peninsula Humane Society.

Fred and JoAnn Pfost’s Los Altos swimming pool has attracted ducks for decades, but it wasn’t until earlier this month that the couple discovered their first duckling residents – nine in total plus their mallard mother. The recent arrival of new Pfost family member Katy, a 16-week-old Boston terrier, made relocating the pool party a priority.

“Our puppy would just think they were wind-up toys,” JoAnn Pfost said.

LA installs cigarette receptacles in parking plazas after smoking ban

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
After the Los Altos City Council expanded the smoking ban, a crew installed recycling bins for cigarette butts in city-owned parking lots.

When Los Altos banned smoking in public spaces downtown on March 27, it left an exception allowing tobacco use in city parking plazas. A new partnership with TerraCycle to aims to collect and recycle the cigarette butts anticipated in those plazas. City workers installed 12 receptacles in the 10 city-owned parking lots last week. City workers had removed all other ashtrays in the downtown area last month.

“The city’s new smoking restrictions raised concerns about proper disposal of cigarette butts,” Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins said. “This new program is a great and innovative way to collect and recycle the waste while ensuring our streets are kept clean.”

Dog days of summer: Canine flu cases down, but remain a concern

Graphic by Grace Hase/Town Crier
According to Dr. Cristie Kamiya of Humane Society Silicon Valley, there have been 486 confirmed canine flu cases in California, with 212 of them occurring in Northern California, as shown in the graphic above.

Nearly five months have passed since canine influenza virus (CIV) arrived in Santa Clara County and commenced a steady march through Silicon Valley, spreading north up the Peninsula and south toward Monterey County.

The highly contagious nature of the respiratory disease has influenced how animal care businesses operate; some local boarding and day care facilities no longer accept dogs that haven’t been vaccinated.

Foothill College student calls for justice amid Caserta resignations from campaign, council


Lydia Jungkind was a student in Dominic Caserta’s Foothill College class last fall when she started to notice her instructor’s peculiar behavior.

“He cussed a lot, he used the f-word and the c-word,” she said. “When he (collected) the final, he hugged the pretty girls. It wasn’t a casual hug – it was a long hug.”

Parks & Rec nixes dog park, pursues off-leash hours

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission rejected a proposal for a dog park in the city, opting instead to explore establishing off-leash hours when dogs can roam free at certain parks, like this pup, playing at Rosita Park Thursday.

Despite a survey showing interest among residents, the Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission rejected a proposal to establish a dog park in the city, opting instead to explore off-leash hours at existing parks.

At their May 9 meeting the seven-member commission dismissed the fenced-in dog park idea, saying no option met established criteria, including a minimum 10,000-square-foot space, sufficient parking, adequate shade and access to bathrooms. A commission subcommittee presented the dog park and off-leash options, along with the criteria.

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