Firefighters beat down Los Altos blaze

Courtesy of Santa Clara County Fire Department A Creston Drive home sustained fire damage.

A house fire in south Los Altos last week displaced the occupant, but no one was injured in the blaze.

Twenty-five Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters responded to the home, located on the 10000 block of Creston Drive, at 5:35 a.m. Jan. 31, according to a department press release. They could see smoke and flames emanating from the home and discovered the source in the living room, where the flames extended to the adjacent garage.

FAA offers 'disappointing' response to official's letter about airplane noise

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A plane flies overhead in Mountain View. Some residents in the area have complained that a changing flight path has increased the level of jet noise.

A difference in what was promised versus considered could mean an unexpected outcome in the level of airplane noise over local communities.

Los Altos Hills City Councilman Gary Waldeck told Federal Aviation Administration officials in a Dec. 14 letter that he cast a difference-making vote on moving the SERFR flight path to the BIG SUR track based on nine criteria he believed the agency agreed to. Waldeck was a member of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals, a group representing local communities affected by the sudden spike in airplane noise when the FAA changed flight paths in March 2015 under a NextGen flight efficiency program. The paths involve planes crossing over Los Altos and other local areas as they fly into San Francisco International Airport.

MVHS teacher awaiting plea date may not be receiving paycheck

The Mountain View High School teacher who pleaded not guilty earlier this month to one felony count of sending harmful material to a minor may no longer be receiving a paycheck.

When police arrested 48-year-old Evan Smith in November, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District placed him on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. Now that the math teacher’s plea date is scheduled, the Town Crier reached out to the district’s communications manager, Cynthia Greaves, to find out if it would change his pay status.

Q&A: How would a unique ZIP code affect delivery routes, safety in LAH?

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Los Altos Hills City Councilman Gary Waldeck hosts an informational session for residents Jan. 30 at town hall, an effort designed to drum up support for a dedicated ZIP code for the town.

In anticipation of a potential townwide survey to determine whether Los Altos Hills residents desire a unique ZIP code for their town, Councilman Gary Waldeck is drumming up support for the proposal by hosting free informational sessions.

The first such meeting took place Jan. 30 and attracted approximately 25 attendees who posed questions to Waldeck and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Rich Urena. A second meeting is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 in the town council chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

MVLA trustees consider bond to fund facilities plan

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees was scheduled Monday to consider approving a resolution to place a General Obligation Facility Bond on the June ballot. If passed, the bond would fund the $295 million Facilities Master Plan the trustees authorized Jan. 22.

The Facilities Master Plan directs the construction of at least 24 classrooms at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools. Each school also would get a new food court, student union and wellness center, as well as new or expanded performing arts spaces and athletic facilities – including an auxiliary gymnasium. In addition, the plan proposes a new Freestyle Academy of Communications Arts & Technology facility to replace the aging portables that house it on the Mountain View campus.

School’s board member accused of sex acts against students

Mountain View Police Department detectives have arrested a board member of a local afterschool organization after students accused him of inappropriately touching them.

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Yizhuang Liu

Detectives arrested Cupertino resident Yizhuang “John” Liu, 26, on Saturday (Feb. 3) in connection to crimes he allegedly committed at Sanyu Learning Center, an organization on Springer Road that offers Chinese-centered, after-school programming. He faces six counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 with force and one count of continuous sexual assault over a period longer than three months, according to police reports.

The parents of at least two afterschool participants have reported Liu to police since Friday. They said their sons told them Liu had touched them inappropriately over the course of several months.

Investigators believe there could be additional victims, and they are urging anyone with information to email Detective Marco Garcia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sgt. Chris Goff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In addition to serving on Sanyu’s board of directors, Liu volunteered at the organization, according to police reports. It is possible he communicated with victims through a gamer’s social media application known as “Discord.”

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