Viva la Fiesta!
Old Spanish Days
The celebration of the 94th year of Old Spanish Days, also known simply as Fiesta, in Santa Barbara begins this week.
Wednesday at 8 PM head to the Mission for La Fiesta Pequeña. It is a colorful, historical program which includes traditional songs and dance.
As the sun sets, you will enjoy the official opening of Old Spanish Days Fiesta at this beautiful setting as Santa Barbarans have since 1927.
The "Spirit of Fiesta" and "Junior Spirit of Fiesta" will surely delight the audience!
Jacques Becker (1906-1960) first worked as an assistant to Jean Renoir in the 1930's. This was considered Renoir's peak period. During the Nazi occupation of France, Becker became a film director in his own right. He also joined the Comité de libération du cinéma français. The most well-known members are Jacques Becker, Pierre Blanchar, Louis Daquin, Jean Painlevé, and Jean-Paul Le Chanois.
From August 1-16, the newly remodeled Film Forum in New York City will be featuring retrospective of his work. From Antoine and Antoinette to the prison escape Le Trou, this will surely be an event you won't want to miss.
“Jacques Becker was the most reflective filmmaker of his generation, and the most scrupulous. If criticism taught him nothing, it was because he had already assessed and reassessed all the problems in his own head. For a long time he was assistant-director to Jean Renoir, who liked to let him do cameos. In Boudu, Becker, young and thin, sits on a bench, puts his head in his hands, reflects, raises his arms toward heaven and declaims, ‘Poet, take thy lute and give me a kiss.’ In Grand Illusion, he is an English officer who crushes his watch in rage rather than have it confiscated by the Germans. This is Becker as revealed by Renoir, the great revealer: restless, anguished, elegant, lyrical, nervous, tormented.”
– François Truffaut
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California Portability Initiative
C.A.R. Seeks More Homeownership Opportunities for Young Families
The California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) is embarking on an historic effort to increase homeownership opportunities.
C.A.R. is going to qualify an initiative for the November 2018 ballot which will allow senior homeowners (55 years of age and older) to keep all or most of their Proposition 13 property tax savings when they move.
This is important because seniors, who are often on a fixed income, fear they will not be able to afford a big property tax increase if they sell their existing home and buy another one, discouraging them from ever moving. As a result of this “moving penalty” almost three-quarters of homeowners 55 and older haven’t moved since 2000.
C.A.R.’s portability initiative would allow senior homeowners to transfer their property tax base from their current residence to a replacement residence located anywhere in California. The measure, if approved by voters, will let thousands of seniors, currently “locked into” their homes by low property tax rates purchase a home that will better suit their needs while expanding the housing inventory for young families seeking to buy a home. According to the California Legislative Analyst's Office, tens of thousands additional homeownership opportunities will occur annually.
Pamela-Real Estate Romantic