Important Notices

Monthly Bulletin 


    Volume 15, Issue 4 - October 2011 


    Dawne Bortolazzo Appointed Chief Administrative Officer
    Dawne Bortolazzo, Manager of Fiscal Services at DFI was appointed Chief Administrative Officer effective October 17, 2011.
    Ms. Bortolazzo received her Bachelor's degree from California State University Sacramento in the field of Communications. She interned and was subsequently hired by Meta Information Services where she worked for over ten years. Following her work at Meta Services, she was hired to manage the data operations for a long distance service program. She began her State career at the Department of Corporations as a budget analyst in 2001. She transferred to the DFI in 2004 to serve as the Budget Officer. She was promoted to the Fiscal and Business Manager in 2009 responsible for overseeing the budget, procurement, contracting and accounting operations at the DFI.



    Application Filing Procedures
    Recently, applicants have been sending electronic copies of applications to multiple DFI staff members in the Examinations, Legal and Licensing Sections of the Department. To expedite processing, if you choose to send an application in electronic (PDF) format, please send only one copy to Licensing@dfi.ca.gov. Applicants should send one original and one hard copy of applications to:

    Department of Financial Institutions
    45 Fremont Street #1700
    San Francisco, CA 94105-2219
    Attn: Licensing Section

    Questions or comments about the application procedure should be directed to Patrick Carroll at (415) 263-8559 or by email to pcarroll@dfi.ca.gov.

    45 Fremont Street, Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA 94105-2219 (415) 263-8500

    300 South Spring Street, Suite 15513, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1204 (213) 897-2085

    1810-13th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 322-5966

    7575 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 108, San Diego, CA 92108-4421 (619) 682-7227

    Consumer Compliance (800) 622-0620


    Highlights of 2011 State Chaptered Legislation

    Attached is Highlights of 2011 State Chaptered Legislation. This summary is a compendium of most but not all of the legislation that may have an impact on financial institutions. There is a brief description of each measure with a link to the chaptered version of that legislation.
    We hope you find the 2011 Highlights of State Chaptered Legislation to be a productive tool. We encourage any suggestions you may have to improve its usefulness to you and your organization.


    DFI Mailing List Changes

    Improved Communication with Licensees Sought
    DFI will be making some mailing list changes starting on or about November 1, 2011 in an effort to improve its communications with licensees.
    Financial institution email addresses currently located in the dfi_bank, dfi_bidco, dfi_cu, dfi_fbk, dfi_ind_bk, dfi_mt, dfi_othr_state_bk, dfi_pfc, dfi_trustco and dfi_tr_dept lists will be moved to the dfi_public list. Financial institutions' designated email addresses will be added to the appropriate licensee list.

    In 2010, Commissioner Haraf issued an order requiring that financial institutions provide a single, standard email address for each licensee to receive communications from the DFI. The goal is to promote quick, direct communication to an email account that is monitored daily. The DFI relies on this designated email address to disseminate information, such as messages and orders from the Commissioner of Financial Institutions and consumer complaint information. By integrating the designated email address with the mailing list, we hope to further improve communications with our licensees.

    No action on the part of the list member is required. Please contact Patrick Carroll at (415) 263-8559 or by email at pcarroll@dfi.ca.gov with any questions you may have about this change.


    New Money Transmission Bond Forms
    DFI has revised its existing bond form for receiving money for transmission and has adopted a new bond form for the selling or issuing of payment instruments or stored value. Each licensee is required to update its bond form(s) using the new forms. Licensees who receive money for transmission must file the form entitled "Receiving Money for Transmission Licensee Bond" and licensees who sell or issue payment instruments or stored value must file the form entitled "Payment Instrument or Stored Value Licensee Bond." Licensees who both receive money for transmission and also sell or issue either payment instruments or stored value must file both forms pursuant to Financial Code §1817.


    DFI Partners with Go Direct
    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is proud to be a partner with Go Direct, a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Federal Reserve Banks, to encourage people who receive Social Security and other federal benefit payments by check to switch to direct deposit.

    By March 1, 2013, everyone getting federal benefits by paper check will need to switch to electronic payments - direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card.

    Financial institutions are invited to partner with the U.S. Department of the Treasury Go Direct campaign and receive helpful information, tips and materials including direct deposit enrollment forms to help customers/members to understand the benefits of direct deposit.
    For more information, visit the Go Direct Web sites available in English (www.GoDirect.org) and
    Spanish (www.DirectoASuCuenta.org).


    SCO Fall 2011 Newsletter
    The following message is from the State Controller's Office (SCO):
    Please take some time to read the 2011 Fall Newsletter regarding the California Unclaimed Property
    Program. The newsletter includes articles on the following topics:
    - 1577 Interest Assessment Overview
    - Due Diligence Requirement
    - Reporting Reminders
    - Owner Reunification Efforts
    - Important Upcoming Dates

    The newsletter can be found at: http://www.sco.ca.gov/upd_rptg_outreach.html.
    If you have any questions about unclaimed property reporting, please contact the Unclaimed Property Reporting Unit at (916) 464-6284 or ucpreporting@sco.ca.gov, or the Outreach and Compliance Unit at (916) 464-6088 or updcompliance@sco.ca.gov . General questions regarding unclaimed property may be directed to the Holder Outreach Unit at: updholderoutreach@sco.ca.gov .


    Commercial Bank Activity

    Merger

    Coronado First Bank, Coronado, to merge with and into Embarcadero Bank, San Diego
    Approved: 10/20/11

    Fullerton Community Bank, FSB, Fullerton, to merge with and into Opus Bank, Redondo Beach
    Effected: 10/31/11

    Global Trust Bank, Mountain View, to merge with and into Bay Commercial Bank, Walnut Creek
    Effected: 10/18/11

    Nara Bank, Los Angeles, to merge with and into Center Bank, Los Angeles
    Filed: 5/26/11
    Approved: 10/27/11

    Santa Lucia Bank, Atascadero, to merge with and into Mission Community Bank, San Luis Obispo
    Approved: 10/5/11
    Effected: 10/21/11

    Aquisition of Control

    TBancorp, Inc., to acquire control United American Bank
    Approved: 10/11/11

    California Republic Bancorp, to acquire control of California Republic Bank
    Filed: 10/13/11

    Patriot Financial Partners, L.P. and Patriot Financial Partners Parallel, L.P., to acquire control of
    Heritage Oaks Bank
    Approved: 10/6/11

    Purchase of Partial Business Unit

    GBC International Bank, Los Angeles, to acquire the San Jose branch of New Omni Bank, N.A., Alhambra
    Approved: 9/24/11
    Effected: 10/24/11

    Change of Name

    Promérica Bank, to change its name to ProAmérica Bank
    Notified: 10/25/11


    Credit Union Activity

    Field of Membership

    Three credit unions received approval to add three new fields of membership during September 2011.

    Bylaw Amendment

    Three credit unions received approval for three bylaw amendments during September 2011.

    Merger

    Inland Empire Credit Union, Pomona, to merge with and into Credit Union of Southern California, Brea
    Filed: 5/16/11
    Approved: 6/16/11

    North Orange County Credit Union, Fullerton, to merge with and into Credit Union of Southern
    California, Brea
    Filed: 10/5/11


    Premium Finance Company Activity

    New Premium Finance Company

    Meadowlands Premium Finance Company, Inc.
    500 East E Street, Ontario, San Bernardino County
    Opened: 10/25/11

    Pacific Premium Financing Specialists, Inc.
    500 East E Street, Ontario, San Bernardino County
    Withdrawn: 10/10/11


    Foreign (Other State) Bank Activity

    New Facility

    Bank of England/ENG Lending
    2701 Main Street, Irvine, Orange County
    Notified: 10/31/11


    Money Transmitter Activity

    New Money Transmitter

    Commonwealth Foreign Exchange, Inc.
    Approved: 10/13/11

    Custom House (USA) Ltd. dba Western Union Business Solutions
    Approved: 10/13/11

    Tempus Consulting, Inc.
    Filed: 6/16/11
    Approved: 9/2/11
    Opened: 10/24/11

    Trans-Fast Remittance LLC
    Approved: 9/2/11

    Acquisition of Control

    The Western Union Company, to acquire control of Travelex Global Business Payments, Inc. Approved: 10/13/11


    Erratum
    The September 2011 Monthly Bulletin incorrectly reported that the application filed by Metavante Payment Services, LLC (MPSLLC) on June 30, 2011 was withdrawn on September 26, 2011. The MPSLLC application was not withdrawn and is still considered as pending. The application filed by Metavante Payment Services AZ is considered to be a revision of the MPSLLC application.


    WILLIAM S. HARAF
    Commissioner of Financial Institutions
    Bulletin for Month ended     
    October 2011, issued pursuant
    to Financial Code section 258