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September 12, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Luther Burbank Savings has agreed to spend $2 million to settle a federal government lawsuit accusing the real estate lender of practices that resulted in too few home loans for African American and Latino borrowers from 2006 to 2010. The Santa Rosa-based thrift , with $3.6 billion in assets, did not admit wrongdoing. It lends mainly to owners of apartments, many of them in minority neighborhoods -- a business the government did not challenge. The allegations instead related to a $400,000 minimum loan amount Luther Burbank had set for a smaller business line that issued jumbo mortgages through independent brokers to low-risk borrowers.
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FOOD
July 12, 2013
Luther Burbank was one of the most prolific plant breeders ever, responsible for developing the russet potato that bears his name as well as more than 800 varieties of fruits and vegetables. But while he is probably best remembered for that potato--it and its progeny are still the most widely planted varieties in the world--fruit lovers would argue that his crowning achievement was the Santa Rosa plum. Introduced in 1906, the Santa Rosa is still the gold standard for farmers market plum flavor, though it has fallen out of favor commercially.
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NEWS
March 20, 1988 | WARD SINCLAIR, The Washington Post
It is a nondescript triangle of matted grass, bounded by a busy highway, a cemetery and a housing project, each in its way a totem of modern California. A mighty hybrid royal walnut flourishes on this tract, but scraggly grape vines clutch a falling trellis, a decrepit plumcot heroically sends out a few lavender blossoms and thornless blackberry canes sprawl in a tangle along the edge of the property line.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Luther Burbank Savings has agreed to spend $2 million to settle a federal government lawsuit accusing the real estate lender of practices that resulted in too few home loans for African American and Latino borrowers from 2006 to 2010. The Santa Rosa-based thrift , with $3.6 billion in assets, did not admit wrongdoing. It lends mainly to owners of apartments, many of them in minority neighborhoods -- a business the government did not challenge. The allegations instead related to a $400,000 minimum loan amount Luther Burbank had set for a smaller business line that issued jumbo mortgages through independent brokers to low-risk borrowers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1996 | MAGGIE BARNETT and STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Luther Burbank Middle School eighth-graders went cruisin' for a title but came up short Saturday in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa State University. It wasn't for lack of imagination. The students' entry into the annual competition that stresses creativity, teamwork and problem-solving was a homemade, battery-powered vehicle on wheels designed to first look like a dog and then change into a mouse.
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2005 | Craig Nakano, Times Staff Writer
Experimentation, Luther Burbank said, is the "sole object and purpose of life" -- a credo that still bears fruit at the self-taught horticulturist's home and garden, just a cork's throw from Sonoma County's wine country. Here, buzzing bees share the air with echoes of Burbank's wild imagination.
BOOKS
October 13, 1985 | DAVID GRABER, Graber is a research scientist with the National Park Service. and
"Between 1850 and 1900 nearly every one's existence was exceptional," wrote Henry Adams. Peter Dreyer adds that for Americans in particular, "the relative velocity of change was as great or perhaps even greater than it is today." Some of the claims for that time are the extraordinary men it offered. It was the age of the great pre-corporate industrialists, and it was the age of wizards: Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and--not least--Luther Burbank.
FOOD
July 25, 2007
Plums: Last week's Farmers Market column stated that the city of Burbank was named for famed horticulturalist Luther Burbank. It was named for a David Burbank, a dentist.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 1992
Stern, and the fawning Robin, did not air any indecent material on either day that I was able to put up with their gibberish. The potential, however, was present. I felt great both of those mornings when I left for work. After 30 minutes of Stern & Co., all I could think of was Luther Burbank, whose last words were: "I don't feel good." FRANK J. GUARNERA Laguna Beach
FOOD
July 12, 2013
Luther Burbank was one of the most prolific plant breeders ever, responsible for developing the russet potato that bears his name as well as more than 800 varieties of fruits and vegetables. But while he is probably best remembered for that potato--it and its progeny are still the most widely planted varieties in the world--fruit lovers would argue that his crowning achievement was the Santa Rosa plum. Introduced in 1906, the Santa Rosa is still the gold standard for farmers market plum flavor, though it has fallen out of favor commercially.
OPINION
May 16, 2012 | Patt Morrison
The class clown from Mr. Gadberry's high school art class has made good - and how. Rebecca Mieliwocki teaches seventh-grade English at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank - but not next year. Instead, she'll be on the road as the National Teacher of the Year. It took her a long time to get to the classroom - she once worked as a floral designer, doing the flowers for Elizabeth Taylor's private jet - and eventually to the White House, where a fellow teacher, President Obama, crowned her as a national teaching treasure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Though she was raised by two teachers, Rebecca Mieliwocki never figured she'd end up in front of a classroom. She first aspired to be a lawyer, then worked in publishing. Unfulfilled, she decided to take up the family profession. And on Monday, after 14 years in the classroom, she was named the National Teacher of the Year. "I was not doing work that I felt was making a difference on the planet," she said. "It was shocking to me as anybody that being a teacher was absolutely the right fit. " Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, will be recognized by President Obama on Tuesday during a ceremony at the White House.
FOOD
July 25, 2007
Plums: Last week's Farmers Market column stated that the city of Burbank was named for famed horticulturalist Luther Burbank. It was named for a David Burbank, a dentist.
TRAVEL
March 25, 2007 | Avital Binshtock
WHAT The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens WHERE Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues in Santa Rosa, Calif. GETTING THERE From San Francisco, take U.S. 101 north and exit toward downtown Santa Rosa; turn right on 3rd Street, then right on Santa Rosa Avenue. WHY TAKE A DETOUR If you've ever eaten a French fry, you've probably tasted Luther Burbank's work -- the Burbank potato. The famous horticulturalist lived and worked here until he died in 1926 (although he was a Massachusetts native).
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2005 | Craig Nakano, Times Staff Writer
Experimentation, Luther Burbank said, is the "sole object and purpose of life" -- a credo that still bears fruit at the self-taught horticulturist's home and garden, just a cork's throw from Sonoma County's wine country. Here, buzzing bees share the air with echoes of Burbank's wild imagination.
TRAVEL
July 13, 2003 | Karen Alexander, Special to The Times
I had invited my cool 13-year-old cousin, Sam, to see a new museum here commemorating the late "Peanuts" creator, Charles M. Schulz. I had assumed that a place dedicated to a comic strip wasn't the kind of museum most grown-ups would want to see unless they were trying to entertain someone younger. Sam was a wonderful addition to the weekend, but the truth was that the Charles M.
TRAVEL
March 25, 2007 | Avital Binshtock
WHAT The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens WHERE Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues in Santa Rosa, Calif. GETTING THERE From San Francisco, take U.S. 101 north and exit toward downtown Santa Rosa; turn right on 3rd Street, then right on Santa Rosa Avenue. WHY TAKE A DETOUR If you've ever eaten a French fry, you've probably tasted Luther Burbank's work -- the Burbank potato. The famous horticulturalist lived and worked here until he died in 1926 (although he was a Massachusetts native).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1996 | MAGGIE BARNETT and STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Luther Burbank Middle School eighth-graders went cruisin' for a title but came up short Saturday in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa State University. It wasn't for lack of imagination. The students' entry into the annual competition that stresses creativity, teamwork and problem-solving was a homemade, battery-powered vehicle on wheels designed to first look like a dog and then change into a mouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1996 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When they're together, the seven members of Luther Burbank Middle School's "Odyssey of the Mind" team act more like the cast of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" than students. They prefer to be called "Sven" or "Shaft" instead of their real names, and they incessantly knock one-liners and non sequiturs around. Which is, perhaps, what you'd expect from the state champion middle school team in one of the most unusual scholastic competitions around.
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