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CBA: In Business to Help its Members Succeed

In 2018, the Western Independent Bankers (WIB) merged with the California Bankers Association (CBA) to create the Western Bankers Association (WBA). Both names—the “California Bankers Association” and the “Western Independent Bankers”, as well as their respective areas of professional focus, have been retained by WBA, and operate as divisions of WBA.

CBA, the California state and federal advocacy division, is the advocate of the California banking industry for needed legislative, regulatory and legal changes.

The WIB division offers dynamic conferences, training seminars, more than 250 webinars and enhanced education for member banks. Conferences that have historically been offered by the CBA are now marketed and delivered by the WIB division of the WBA.

With more than 200 years of combined experience serving banks, the WBA is one of the largest, state-banking, trade associations and regional educational organizations in the United States. 


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Cannabis conundrum: What to do with billions of dollars that banks won’t touch

What to do with billions of dollars that banks won’t touch

By Mark Anderson  –  Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal
Nov 17, 2017

The billions that will be generated from California’s soon-to-be-legal recreational marijuana industry cannot be banked legally.

And that presents a real conundrum for companies that sell pot.

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Central Valley Businesses Give Back

Local members of the California Bankers Association are supporting several philanthropic endeavors in the Central Valley community, via the Central Valley Business Times. For example, in 2016 CBA member banks across California donated nearly $82 million.

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Central Valley Community Banks’ Generosity and Community Support Highlighted this Holiday Season
Local members of the California Bankers Association proudly support several philanthropic endeavors in the Central Valley community

SACRAMENTO, CA   November 15, 2017 – Members of the California Bankers Association (CBA) play a critical role in supporting California’s local communities and their economies. In a 2017 CBA Community Relations Survey, banks shared their dedication to giving back to their communities by hosting local events, funding scholarship programs and supporting many philanthropic endeavors. In total, responding CBA member banks across California donated nearly $82 million last year.

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Simone Lagomarsino in SNL: Housing Greatest Concern as California Wildfires Continue to Rage

As bankers continue to survey losses associated with the catastrophic wildfires wreaking havoc in Northern California and some southern portions of the state, housing appears to be a top concern. CBA President & CEO Simone Lagomarsino discusses how bankers are working
together to rebuild communities.

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California Department of Business Oversight Declares Extraordinary Situation in Counties Affected by Wildfires

Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed a state of emergency in the following counties due to the effects of the California wildfires which has damaged structures and infrastructure, threatened homes, and caused the evacuation of residents.

Consequently, Commissioner of Business Oversight Jan Lynn Owen has determined that an extraordinary situation exists in the counties and has issued a proclamation authorizing state-chartered banks to close any or all of their offices in affected areas until the Commissioner determines the extraordinary condition has ended.

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California Bankers Association, Western Independent Bankers Finalize Merger

As of January 1, 2018, the California Bankers Association (CBA) and Western Independent Bankers (WIB) have merged and are now the Western Bankers Association (WBA). 

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Simone Lagomarsino Oped: Bank regulation reform bills offer sensible solutions to promote economic growth

CBA President & CEO Simone Lagomarsino discusses the need for regulatory reform to promote economic growth in an Orange County Register oped.

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Simone Lagomarsino Oped: Sensible Solutions for California’s Economic Growth

CBA President & CEO Simone Lagomarsino authored an oped the appeared in this weekend’s East Bay Times, calling for Congress to act on a tailored approach to the current regulatory system.

View the opinion editorial here.

Legislation & Advocacy

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WBA Urges Members to Contact Senators and Request Their Support on Regulatory Relief

Momentum is building in Congress to finally achieve commonsense regulatory reform and relief, and we need your help to turn this momentum into action!

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Treasury Releases Report Suggesting Significant Reforms to Banking Regulations

The U.S. Treasury Department has officially issued its 150-page report, making several recommendations for how Congress and the regulatory agencies can streamline bank regulation in a way that promotes economic growth.