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Saturday, March 11, 2006

In Memoriam: Eli Luria

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Eli Luria. The longtime landlord and philantrhopist has passed away from prostate cancer at 86. I'll always remember seeing him the mid 90s going to McDonalds on State Street every day for his coffee -- good man with a big heart. May you rest in peace.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Luria was a genuine philanthropist.

The new breed of developers could learn a few things from his legacy.

eg: if you want to clean a creek---clean it!. Don't hold your philanthropy hostage to your greed.

Let's hope there are some Eli Lurias in the making.

3/11/2006 7:35 AM  
Anonymous The SBR said...


3/11/2006 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so in honoring a developer who gave money away after he made it, not before we attack mark lee. sad

3/11/2006 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on 10:45. Lot of people are awfully generous with other people's money. Hey, while we are at it, maybe Peter Sperling could redirect some of his considerable fortune towards buying the Mark Lee land and making it a park? I am quite sure that load of dough was assembled from only the purest of sources.

Mr. Luria was a generous man who was able to donate so much to this community after a lifetime of great accomplishment. He probably built a Mc Mansion or two in his day. Probably couldn't now and would be vilified by the same people who would depend on his kindness.

Eli Luria gave away some of the money he made as did the Fleischmanns, Clarks, Armours and a lot of other very wealthy people who saved Santa Barbara from the fate that befell most of the rest of Southern California. Some of them might have made life a miserable hell for a lot of people in Chicago, but what a great Natural History Museum in Mission Canyon and thanks for the Harbor Max.

It's okay to occasionally thank the rich for writing the big check. Somebody must have bought Karl's pen and ink.

3/11/2006 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luria developed very basic apartments and mobil home parks without a lot of benefits for the community. He created needed homes for people. He made a lot of money and then he donated that money in his later years. He also donated his brain and skills to help SBCC, but on this blog SBCC is bad. Right?

3/12/2006 8:14 PM  

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