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PRESS RELEASE 04-11
July 29, 2004
Contact: Alana Golden, Public Information Officer
(916) 323-7012 or (916) 322-5966
www.dfi.ca.gov

Department of Financial Institutions Announces New State Bank - Mother Lode Bank will open its doors in Sonora

San Francisco - The California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced today that the Department has approved the opening of a new state bank. Mother Lode Bank will open its doors on July 30, 2004 to customers in Sonora with a capitalization of $9.6 million.

"I am pleased to welcome Mother Lode Bank and report that state-chartered banks continue to grow and prosper in California," said Howard Gould, Commissioner of Financial Institutions. During the last three years, 36 new state-chartered banks opened with DFI approval. In addition, over 120 branches also opened their doors. "Each new bank has its unique characteristics, which range from serving a small community or ethnic community to offering special services for small businesses and professionals," added Commissioner Gould.

A. Peter Johnson will serve President and Chief Executive Officer; Craig E. Sandall as Chief Credit Officer; and Laurie E. Mitchum as Chief Financial Officer.

Mother Lode Bank is located at 172 West Stockton Road, Sonora, CA 95370. Their phone number is (209) 694-8400. Their Web site address is www.motherlodebank.com.

Like all California state-chartered banks, the Mother Lode Bank deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), up to $100,000 per depositor.

DFI supervises over 650 financial institutions, including 204 commercial and industrial banks and 221 credit unions. The Department is responsible for administering state laws regulating state-licensed financial institutions: banks, credit unions, industrial banks, savings associations, trust companies, offices of foreign banks, issuers of travelers checks and payment instruments (money orders), and transmitters of money abroad. The Department reports to Sunne Wright McPeak, Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.