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.

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.”

Pedal pushers rejoice: Mountain View launches bike-share program

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Electric bikes offered for rent through LimeBike await customers at Centennial Park in downtown Mountain View Thursday morning. The city last week launched a dockless bike-share pilot program featuring 400 electric bikes from Lime and 400 traditional pedal bikes from ofo.

On-demand, two-wheel transportation is no longer exclusively a Google Inc. employee perk. Now all Mountain View residents and visitors have ready access to a two-wheeled steed, thanks to a bike-share pilot program the city launched last week.

“It just gives them another option to hop on a bike without them having to worry about bringing their own bike along or making other arrangements,” said Dawn Cameron, Mountain View assistant public works director.

Here comes the sun: State OKs solar mandate

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Solar panels affixed to a Los Altos Hills roof catch rays Friday. New updates to the state building code will mandate the use of solar panels in nearly all new home construction.

In a move energy industry leaders referred to as “historic,” “groundbreaking” and a “significant milestone,” California last week became the first state to require solar panels in nearly all new home construction.

The five-member California Energy Commission voted unanimously May 9 to approve the mandate, among updates to the state building code slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Foothill instructor faces harassment allegations

Nine reports alleging sexual harassment have been filed against part-time Foothill College instructor and Santa Clara City Councilman Dominic Caserta.

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