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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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Kathie Sowa Named New Chair of the California Bankers Association

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that Kathie Sowa, commercial banking market executive and market president of the greater Sacramento region for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will serve as the 2017-2018 chair of the board of directors for California’s largest banking trade association. Sowa leads commercial banking teams serving clients in the Central Valley and Central Coast of California, and she is also the greater Sacramento market president serving the 1,200 employees in the 7 counties in the market.

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Simone Lagomarsino Sacramento Bee Opinion Editorial: Trial attorneys are the real winners in class-action lawsuits

CBA President and CEO Simone Lagomarsino says Senate Bill 33, a measure that seeks to promote class action lawsuits, makes trial attorneys, not consumers, the winners. 

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California Bankers Association-Sponsored Bill Providing Additional Financial Protections for Seniors Clears First Committee Hearing

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care has passed Assembly Bill 611 (Dababneh), which is sponsored by the California Bankers Association, and provides important financial protections for seniors. Specifically, AB 611 gives a bank or credit union, as a mandated reporter of elder financial abuse, the statutory authority to decline a power of attorney if there is actual knowledge that a report of financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult has been made to adult protective services or local law enforcement.

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Simone Lagomarsino Named New President and CEO of the California Bankers Association

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that Simone Lagomarsino has been selected to serve as the new president and CEO of the association, succeeding Rod Brown, who is retiring after serving in that role for nearly 10 years. Prior to her new role with the CBA, Lagomarsino served as CEO of Heritage Oaks Bank, and president and CEO of Heritage Oaks Bancorp, headquartered in Paso Robles, Calif.

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Another Voice: Starting a Conversation on Bank Rules

Golden Pacific Bank’s President and CEO Virginia Varela says in Another Voice: Starting a Conversation on Bank Rules in the Sacramento Business Journal, “No matter what your political stance, there is something that we should be able to agree on, and that is there are too many silly, outdated and overly restrictive laws affecting community banks and small credit unions, harming small businesses and their access to capital.”

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Rod Brown Sacramento Bee Opinion Editorial: Trump is right to order review of the impact of banking regulations

CBA President and CEO Rodney Brown says White House is right to seek regulatory balance by reviewing the impact of banking regulations. 

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California Bankers Louise Walker and Jeff Ball Elected to the American Bankers Association Board of Directors
Walker is the current chair of the California Bankers Association (CBA); Ball is member of the CBA board, and a former chairman

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that its current chair Louise Walker, president and CEO of First Northern Bank based in Dixon, and former chairman, Jeff Ball, president and CEO of Friendly Hills Bank based in Whittier, were elected to serve on the American Bankers Association board of directors at the association’s annual convention held in Nashville on October 18. Walker was elected to serve a three-year term, and Ball, who is also vice chairman of the ABA’s government relations council, was elected to serve a one-year term.

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Effects Of New Legislation, Propositions And Presidential Race On The Financial Services Industry

SVP of Communications and Marketing, Beth Mills, discusses state legislation affecting the financial services industry.

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Action Needed! Contact Congress and Tell Them to Repeal the Durbin Amendment

As Congress prepares to consider the Financial Choice Act, the CBA is strongly urging all bankers to contact and encourage their members of Congress to support efforts to repeal the Durbin Amendment and eliminate the government-imposed price controls on debit card interchange.

To help bankers craft their messages to lawmakers, the American Bankers Association has created a customizable draft message and a fact sheet about the negative effects of the Durbin Amendment on both banks and consumers.

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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.