Monthly Bulletin – March 2001

State of California

Gray Davis, Governor

Business Transportation and Housing Agency
Maria Contreras-Sweet, Secretary

Department of Financial Institutions

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Monthly Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 9

March, 2001

Message From Maria Contreras-Sweet

An updated energy message is attached to this month’s Bulletin from Secretary Maria Contreras-Sweet of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

California continues to experience electrical shortages that threaten rolling blackouts. To reduce the risk of power outages, the most important thing you can do is reduce your demand for electricity and use energy more efficiently.

"With summer’s peak energy usage months soon upon us", said Secretary Contreras-Sweet, "Governor Davis has proposed a clear and effective three-pronged answer to the energy challenge."

Donald R. Meyer Confirmed as Commissioner of Financial Institutions

The California Senate unanimously voted on Monday, March 19, 2001, to approve the appointment by Governor Gray Davis of Donald R. Meyer as Commissioner of Financial Institutions.

Department Seeks Comment on Wildcard Regulations

The Department is seeking input on whether regulations under Section 753 of the Financial Code (the so-called "wildcard" provision) are necessary to achieve parity between state chartered depository institutions and national banks. It has been suggested that under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (PL. 106-102) and the federal regulations implementing it, national banks may establish operating and financial subsidiaries more easily than California state banks. The Department would like to know if state banks are concerned about this or other potential inequities.

If you wish to comment on this issue, please let us know. Comments should include proposed language of a "wildcard" regulation and an explanation of why the regulation is necessary to achieve parity between national banks and state depositary institutions. Comments should be sent in writing postmarked no later than April 30, 2001 to:

Rosemarie Oda, Esq.
General Counsel
Attn: Wildcard Regs
Department of Financial Institutions
111 Pine Street, 11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Submissions by e-mail may be sent to Please also include the name, title, company, street address and telephone number of the sender. Anonymous comments will not be accepted.

Monthly Activity Report

Commercial Bank Activity

New Bank

Community Bank of Santa Maria
1493 South Broadway
Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County (93454)
Officers: William Hares: Chairman of the Board; James D. Glines, President and Chief Executive Officer; Jack Van Bergen, Chief Credit Officer; Janet Silveria, Chief Financial Officer
Capitalization: $5,701,640.13
Opened: 3/1/01


Antelope Valley Bank, Lancaster and Eldorado Bank, Tustin, with and into California Bank & Trust, San Diego
Approved: 3/26/01

Bank of San Francisco, San Francisco, with and into First Bank & Trust, San Francisco, amended to
a merger of First Bank & Trust, San Francisco, with and into Bank of San Francisco, San Francisco,
and to change the name of the surviving bank to First Bank & Trust
Approved: 3/8/01

Sacramento Commercial Bank, Sacramento, with and into Placer Sierra Bank, Auburn
Approved: 3/19/01

Application for Trust Powers

East-West Bank
415 Huntington Drive, San Marino, Los Angeles County
Approved: 3/21/01

Business and Industrial Development Corporation Activity


CNL Commercial Lending, Inc., A California Business and Industrial Development Corporation
26137 La Paz Road, Mission Viejo, Orange County
Correspondent: Loren P. Hansen
Knecht & Hansen, 1301 Dove Street, Suite 900, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 851-8070
Approved: 3/8/01

Industrial Bank Activity

Acquisition of Banking Business

Affinity Bank, Ventura, to acquire the Irvine Branch Office of First Plus Bank, Tustin, located at 14252 Culver Drive, Irvine, Orange County
Effected: 3/2/01

Foreign Bank Activity

New Foreign (Other Nation) Bank

Bank of Communications
In the vicinity of the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
(Representative Office)
Contact person: Omer S.J. Williams
Thacher Proffitt & Wood
Two World Trade Center
New York, NY 10048
Phone: (212) 912-7432
Filed: 3/16/01

Voluntary Surrender of License

Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation
801 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
(Representative Office)
Effected: 3/15/01

Industrial Loan Company Activity

Premium Finance Company Activity

Collier Financial, Inc.
2501 East Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, Orange County
Approved: 3/8/01

The Plantation Corporation
21371 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County
Abandoned: 3/21/01

Voluntary Surrender of License

Infinity Acceptance Corporation
21731 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County
Effected: 12/19/00

Preferred Payment Plan, Inc.
6405 Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, San Diego County
Effected: 3/8/01

Pouring Financial, Inc.
2100 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, Orange County
Effected: 12/31/99

Credit Union Activity


Carnation Southern California Federal Credit Union, Los Angeles with and into California Agribusiness Credit Union, Buena Park
Filed: 3/19/01

Conversion to State Charter

Courts & Records Federal Credit Union, Pasadena
Filed: 3/26/01

First Federal Credit Union, Sacramento, as First U.S. Community Credit Union
Effected: 3/23/01

SafeAmerica Federal Credit Union, Hayward
Filed: 3/15/01


The February 2001 issue of the Monthly Bulletin incorrectly showed the merger of Citrus and Avocado Employees Federal Credit Union, Ventura into California Agribusiness Credit Union, Buena Park as having been filed on February 27, 2001 and the merger of Mobil West Federal Credit Union, Torrance into Premier America Credit Union, Chatsworth as having been filed on February 20, 2001. Please note that the mergers were approved on those respective dates.


Commissioner of Financial Institutions

Bulletin for month ended
March, 2001, issued pursuant
to Financial Code, Section 258

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