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Santa Barbara Community Bank to open on Carrillo Street

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Real Estate, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara Community Bank to open on Carrillo Street

OCB Bancorp has taken over the 1,600-square-foot space at 21 E. Carrillo St. in downtown Santa Barbara for its new Santa Barbara Community Bank division. The location is a new branch for Ojai-based OCB Bancorp, which announced last month that it had tapped veteran banker Eloy Ortega to lead its expansion into the South Coast. Read More →

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Bank of America names market president

By   /  Tuesday, August 5th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Bank of America names market president

Diana Gleason has been named market president for Bank of America in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Most recently, Gleason was a regional sales executive for Bank of American Home Loans for Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and West Los Angeles. She has been in the banking industry for nearly 40 years Read More →

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Santa Maria farmer files Chapter 7 amid legal battle with bank

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria farmer files Chapter 7 amid legal battle with bank

A Santa Maria produce broker and farmer has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with about $1 million in assets and $9 million in liabilities as his family companies sue the region’s largest bank on allegations that it failed to come through on millions of dollars in promised loans.

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OCB Bancorp taps Ortega to open Santa Barbara branch

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on OCB Bancorp taps Ortega to open Santa Barbara branch

The parent company of Ojai Community Bank is tapping veteran South Coast banker Eloy Ortega to open a new Santa Barbara branch.

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Heritage Oaks Q2 profits jump 25%

By   /  Tuesday, July 29th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Heritage Oaks Q2 profits jump 25%

Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bancorp’s second-quarter profits jumped 25.1 percent to $2.9 million. Net income from its acquisition of Mission Community Bancorp in February drove the increase, Heritage Oaks said in a July 28 earnings release. The bank’s loans grew 46.9 percent to $1.1 billion, year-over-year, as it added $280.7 million of Mission’s loans to Read More →

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Community West Bank profits fall 19.8 percent

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Earnings, Latest news, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Community West Bank profits fall 19.8 percent

Goleta-based Community West Bancshares, the holding company for Community West Bank, reported that earnings per diluted share fell to $0.18 for the second quarter while net interest income rose to $6.3 million.

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Ventura County’s ripe farm loan market drives $15.3M bank deal

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, East Ventura County, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ventura County’s ripe farm loan market drives $15.3M bank deal

Sierra Bancorp is placing a $15.3 million bet on the agricultural bounty of Ventura County. The Porterville-based parent company of Bank of the Sierra said July 17 that it is purchasing Santa Paula-based Santa Clara Valley Bank in an all-cash deal that includes three branches and $105 million in deposits. The deal gives the Central Read More →

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