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PRESS RELEASE 05-31
December 29, 2005
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 - Plaza Bank will open its doors in Irvine on December 30

San Francisco-The California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced today that the Department has approved the opening of a new state bank. Plaza Bank will open its doors on December 30, 2005 with an initial capital of $13 million.

"I am pleased to welcome Plaza Bank - the 22nd new bank to open in 2005 - and report that state-chartered banks continue to grow and prosper in California," said Brian Yuen, Acting Commissioner of Financial Institutions. During the last five years, 60 new state-chartered banks have 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 Yuen.

Plaza Bank is located at 19900 Mac Arthur Boulevard, Suite 110, Irvine, CA 92612. The bank's telephone number is (949) 502-4300 and the fax number is (949) 502-4399.

Donald L. Solsby will serve as President/CEO; Lawrence L. Luckey as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; J. Douglas Sherman as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer; and Bruce J. McDonald as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

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

DFI supervises over 650 financial institutions. 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. DFI reports to Sunne Wright McPeak, Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.