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SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) – The Federal Aviation Administration has raised concerns with officials in Sunnyvale after the city began using lasers to shoo away hundreds of crows from the downtown area.

In a letter addressed to Mayor Larry Klein, FAA regional administrator Raquel Girvin noted the community’s proximity to Mineta San Jose International Airport and Moffett Field, along with smaller airports in Palo Alto and San Carlos.

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“Arriving and departing aircraft operate at relatively low altitudes over Sunnyvale’s airspace,” Girvin said.

The regional director went on to say that lasers can pose an “aviation safety hazard” to flight crews and could blind pilots.

A flock of crows flies above Downtown Sunnyvale. (CBS)

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“Our office alone receives approximately one laser complaint daily solely regarding hazards to flight crews,” Girvin said. “Distribution of lasers to residents may lead to a proliferation of laser incidents against flight crews.”

FAA officials said the city has since responded to the letter, saying that they would provide a laser to a city staffer and not residents.

Sunnyvale officials launched the laser program amid continuing complaints about crows descending on the downtown area, which has grown to an estimated 1,000 birds during the pandemic. The birds are often cawing long before sunrise and leave behind a wide swath of droppings.

“We love our birds here in Sunnyvale, but that being said, having so many congregated in one small location isn’t good for our city,” Klein told KPIX 5 last month.

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The FAA told KPIX 5 on Tuesday that they will be “closely monitoring” laser-strike reports from pilots flying around Sunnyvale in the coming months.

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Princess of Wales plumps for plum as she steps out in the US wearing eye-catching two-piece

Another day, another fabulous Alexander McQueen suit for the Princess of Wales.

She’d stepped off the plane in Boston in a McQueen pantsuit and – for the second day of the couple’s whirlwind US tour – has chosen an impeccably tailored plum coloured design, with a blush pink pussy bow blouse from the same designer.

Kate’s outfits always look unfalteringly well put together, largely thanks to her unrivalled knack for tonal dressing. 

It was no surprise to see the 40-year-old perfectly pairing her suit with matching £560 suede shoes from Gianvito Rossi and a colour co-ordinated bag. 

The Princess of Wales wore a plum coloured Alexander McQueen suit with a pink pussy bow blouse, suede Gianvito Rossi shoes and a matching Chanel bag

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Kate is fond of a top handle bag, but it’s rare she’s seen carrying Chanel, so this quilted calfskin design from the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection was a welcome surprise.

The bag isn’t the only Chanel item in her tour wardrobe. Earlier Kate held court at a Boston Celtics basketball match in a blue vintage tweed jacket from the French fashion house. You can’t go wrong with vintage Chanel.

It was a slightly more relaxed look for the royal who dressed down the blue boucle design, which dates back to 1995, with a pair of simple black jeans and understated heels.

The Prince and Princess of Wales' US tour will culminate in the Earthshot awards ceremony 

The mum-of-three is well aware she’s under close scrutiny on this their first tour in eight years and the first since Harry and Meghan moved to California. She is making sensible sartorial choices; fashionable without being ostentatious and flashy.

But the trip culminates in the Earthshot awards ceremony tomorrow evening where we’re expecting her to bring out the big guns in a show-stopping number.

One that somehow won’t distract anyone from the main event, a trick that very few people, apart from Kate, can pull off. We wait with bated breath.

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