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First California to buy into debit card business

By   /  Thursday, December 30th, 2010  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Latest news, Personal Finance, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on First California to buy into debit card business

Westlake Village-based First California Financial Group said Dec. 30 that it will buy the electronic banking division of Palm Desert-based Palm Desert National Bank, allowing it to move into the prepaid debit card market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Pacific Capital hires Cal Fed veterans

By   /  Tuesday, December 28th, 2010  /  Banking Industry, Latest news, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Pacific Capital hires Cal Fed veterans

Pacific Capital Bancorp, the parent of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust that was recapitalized and taken over by Texas banking heavyweights Gerald Ford and Carl Webb earlier this year, is bringing aboard a new group of executives that helped Webb and Ford build out their last big venture.

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A decade of taking stock: A Q&A with West Coast Asset Management

By   /  Monday, December 27th, 2010  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A decade of taking stock: A Q&A with West Coast Asset Management

Business Times Editor Henry Dubroff interviews Paul Orfalea and Lance Helfert of West Coast Asset Management on investing strategies

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Teledyne sells small-aircraft engine division for $186M

By   /  Tuesday, December 14th, 2010  /  Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Teledyne sells small-aircraft engine division for $186M

Teledyne is selling its small-aircraft engine business for $186 million to a Chinese company.

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Ventura branch to give Crowell Weedon hat trick in region

By   /  Monday, December 13th, 2010  /  Personal Finance  /  Comments Off on Ventura branch to give Crowell Weedon hat trick in region

Financial services firm Crowell Weedon & Co. will open a Ventura branch less than a year after arriving in Santa Barbara.

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Cal Oaks merger nears close

By   /  Friday, December 10th, 2010  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Cal Oaks merger nears close

Shareholders of both California United Bank and California Oaks State Bank gave the final go-ahead for the merger of the two institutions on Dec. 9

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Semtech to pay $20M to settle options suit

By   /  Wednesday, December 8th, 2010  /  Banking & Finance, Latest news, Technology, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Semtech to pay $20M to settle options suit

Semtech Corp. said Dec. 8 that it will pay $20 million in cash to settle a class action securities lawsuit.

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