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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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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 Announce Proposed Merger

The California Bankers Association (CBA) and the Western Independent Bankers (WIB) have announced a proposed merger.

The CBA and WIB boards of directors have voted to approve moving forward with a merger agreement and now a member vote will determine whether the merger is approved. In the coming weeks, our bank members will receive a ballot along with additional information regarding the specific components of the merger, and will vote on whether to approve it or not. If approved by member banks, WIB will merge into the CBA.

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

With momentum building in Congress for regulatory reform — but dwindling time left on the 2017 legislative calendar — CBA is appealing to members to contact our California senators and urge their AYE vote on meaningful regulatory relief.

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CBA Signs Letter of Support for Regulatory Relief

The financial regulatory reform issue has moved to the Senate now that the House has passed the Financial Choice Act on a party-line vote. CBA joined 51 other state banking associations in a joint letter to Senate leadership urging support for a regulatory relief bill that is currently in development under the direction of Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo and Ranking Member Maxine Waters.

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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.


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.