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UPDATED: Bank of Santa Barbara CEO search underway

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on UPDATED: Bank of Santa Barbara CEO search underway

The Bank of Santa Barbara is searching for a new CEO as it races to comply with a regulatory order related to violations of Bank Secrecy Act reporting rules. Eloy Ortega has left his position as chief executive and Joanne Funari has been appointed interim CEO while a special committee recruits a new leader.

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The Bank of Santa Barbara CEO steps down

By   /  Wednesday, May 14th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on The Bank of Santa Barbara CEO steps down

The Bank of Santa Barbara is seeking a new CEO as it races to comply with a regulatory order related to violations of Bank Secrecy Act reporting rules.

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What did Sheila Bair know about Banco BuenaVentura, and when did she know it?

By   /  Friday, September 23rd, 2011  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on What did Sheila Bair know about Banco BuenaVentura, and when did she know it?

It might be the understatement of the decade to describe Sheila Bair as a complex creature. The recently retired chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was early to spot the evils of sub-prime mortgage lending — she warned about them as a Treasury official in 2002. During the 2008 financial crisis, she famously feuded Read More →

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First California acquires failed Woodland Hills bank

By   /  Saturday, November 6th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on First California acquires failed Woodland Hills bank

[Editor’s note: This story has been corrected. Scroll down to the bottom for the update.] Westlake Village-based First California Financial Group acquired the assets of Western Commercial Bank on Nov. 5 after federal regulators shut down the Woodland Hills-based institution. First California will pay the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. a half percent premium to assume Read More →

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