Realtors discuss homeownership with legislators in Sacramento

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors joined thousands of realtors in Sacramento May 1 for the California Association of Realtors’ annual Legislative Day.

This year’s theme, “Homeownership Matters,” was evident in the speeches of realtors and politicians, and in discussions realtors had with legislators.

California realtors sponsor targeted tax credit bill for working families

The California Association of Realtors is sponsoring statewide legislation intended to help first-time, low- and moderate-income homebuyers in disadvantaged communities.

Assembly Bill 1590, authored by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), would create a targeted tax credit to help working families achieve their goal of homeownership. The legislation is especially timely, given the tight housing market.

Transactions for the week of May 8

Los Altos

808 Amber Lane, L. Carter to Bohaty Ventures LLC for $3,900,000

830 Arroyo Road, Up Homes to Cannon Family Trust for $6,500,000

Artificial intelligence enhances MV startup

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Computer science engineers Siva Nattamai, left, and Pavan Kumar aim to advance Telehealth technology through Cocoon Cam, their Mountain View-based startup. Cocoon Cam’s smart baby monitor uses artificial intelligence to track the vital signs and sleeping patterns of infants and toddlers.

Artificial intelligence has helped us navigate our computer searches for work, school and leisure time. It also serves as the basis for efforts in making cars, trucks and drones fully autonomous. What AI can do in aiding what humans cannot do in enhancing various aspects of our lives is fascinating.

I have been amazed with AI in the past few weeks, learning about its history, understanding its current capabilities and where it’s going. To further my perspective on how AI is applied in real life, I recently interviewed employees at two local startup companies that are leveraging AI to transform their respective markets. Their work has motivated me to present this column as one in a two-part series focusing on AI.

Bluestone Lane set to open at old train depot

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A new restaurant is pulling into the old station.

Built circa 1913, the repurposed train depot previously occupied by Voyageur du Temps at 288 First St. in downtown Los Altos will soon house Bluestone Lane, a cafe with outposts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

LAH resident readies nameless bar, prioritizes bonding over profit

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Los Altos Hills resident Jean-Luc Kayigire is incorporating personal touches at his new bar, currently referred to as the Amandine Project, in the old Honcho space at 235 First St. The bar is in the soft-opening phase, enabling local residents to note the project’s progress.

Jean-Luc Kayigire came up with a code name for his new Los Altos cocktail bar while it serves as a pop-up with limited, spontaneous hours: the Amandine Project.

Until the old Honcho digs at 235 First St. are remodeled to Kayigire’s liking and he and his staff decide among three names floating around, that’s the only name that will be advertised.

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