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CBA: In Business to Help its Members Succeed

The California Bankers Association is in business to help its member banks – regardless of their size or specialization – to succeed in California’s dynamic marketplace.


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Louise Walker Named New Chair of the California Bankers Association

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that Louise Walker, president and CEO of First Northern Bank, headquartered in Dixon, Calif., will serve as the 2016-2017 chairman of the board of directors for California’s largest banking trade association. Walker began her banking career at First Northern in 1979, and has held several executive management positions with the bank, including 14 years as senior executive vice president and CFO. She assumed the role of president and CEO in 2011.

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Rod Brown Sacramento Bee Opinion Editorial: Solar panel loans have spun out of control

CBA President and CEO Rodney Brown discusses CBA-sponsored bill AB 2693 that seeks to make important changes to property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, which ignores longstanding lending principles and fails to make important disclosures to borrowers.

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The California Bankers Association and Beacon Economics Release California Banking Intelligence Report
Report reveals banks in California set records for lending in 2015

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Bankers Association (CBA) and Beacon Economics have released an eighth California banking report that examines important issues currently affecting California’s banks and the overall economy. The report is authored by Chris Thornberg, Ph.D., and founding partner at Beacon Economics. This report analyzes bank lending data for California through 2015, finding that banks set records for lending in 2015, as total loan value outstanding reached $930 billion in the fourth quarter*.

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California Bankers Association Issues Statement on Senate Bill 1150

SACRAMENTO – Today the California Bankers Association, (CBA) released the following statement regarding our opposition to Senate Bill 1150:

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Rod Brown Discusses Dodd-Frank Regulations in the Long Beach Business Journal

CBA President and CEO Rodney Brown discusses the regulatory burden banks continue to face as the Dodd-Frank Act still rolls out in the Long Beach Business Journal.

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California Bankers Association Joins ABA Foundation’s Safe Banking for Seniors Campaign

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) is joining the American Bankers Association Foundation’s Safe Banking for Seniors campaign. Through this campaign, the CBA will mobilize bankers across California to educate older Americans and their caregivers about elder financial abuse and how to prevent it.

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CBA Announces Sponsorship of Legislative Measure to Advance Financial Education Through School-Based Savings Programs

SACRAMENTO — The California Bankers Association (CBA) announced today its sponsorship of Assembly Bill 1784 (Dababneh, D – Encino), which will further advance financial education through school-based savings programs that help students learn the importance of saving and personal financial management.

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CBA Announces Strategic Partnership with BancAlliance

SACRAMENTO — The California Bankers Association (CBA), one of the largest state banking trade associations, and BancAlliance, a collaborative network of community banks, have announced the launch of a new endorsed partnership.

Legislation & Advocacy

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CECL Resources Now Available

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has just issued its new loan loss accounting framework, also known as the current expected credit loss (CECL) model. The new standard is expected to increase the allowance for loan and lease losses throughout the industry. CECL will require significant operational changes at all banks, including collecting and analyzing the type of data that supports the modeling of the life-of-loan loss expectation, as well as forecasting and quantifying losses in the future.


Legislation & Advocacy

As the largest banking trade association in California, CBA is the voice of the industry when it comes to legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy. Our efforts strive to ensure a free and competitive market among financial service providers, a level playing field with our competitors, and promote financial education that empowers consumers to exercise real choice.