The Lake Wobegon days of the Conejo Valley are over.
Union Bank will lay off almost 500 Santa Barbara Bank & Trust employees, or nearly half the bank’s work force, the San Francisco-based lender announced on the eve of its acquisition of Pacific Capital Bancorp. A spokesperson for Union Bank told the Business Times that 468 SBB&T positions will be eliminated over the next year. Read More →
Pacific Capital Bancorp’s controlling shareholders cured one of the biggest TARP headaches when they inked a $46-per-share sale to Union Bank’s parent company.
Pacific Capital Bancorp, the largest banking company based in the Tri-Counties, turned a $70.5 million profit in 2011 after years of staggering losses. At the same time, First California Financial Group and Heritage Oaks Bancorp, the next two largest banks on the list, reported improved earnings for the year and bold plans to expand. Here’s Read More →
Three recent earnings reports from area banks shed light on the tri-county economy as we approach the three-year anniversary of the crisis that nearly wrecked the nation’s financial system.
Two years after the U.S. Treasury Department rolled out its Troubled Asset Relief Program, the federal rescue plan for banks, eight of the nine banks based in the Tri-Counties that took those funds have not yet repaid them. The one bank in the region that has repaid its TARP funds — Santa Barbara-based Pacific Capital Read More →