CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1993
A Glendale man has been sentenced to more than 40 years in federal prison for robbing banks in Burbank and North Hollywood last year, the FBI announced Friday. Benjamin Velasquez Jr., 33, was arrested in December after he and Robert Duane Smith, 26, of Bloomington, Calif., led police on a 20-minute car chase through Burbank and Glendale before they lost control and crashed the car. The two had escaped with some $70,000 during the two robberies.
January 3, 1998 |
California Federal Bank, the nation's fourth-largest thrift, has delayed its plans for a $700-million initial stock offering because of a review of the plan by regulators, thrift officials said Friday. The San Francisco-based thrift, 80% owned by financier Ronald Perelman, had planned to complete its stock offering by the end of February.
August 14, 1998 |
The U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision has approved the merger of California Federal Bank with Golden State Bancorp Inc. Golden State, parent of Glendale Federal Bank, and San Francisco-based California Federal are merging in a complicated transaction creating the second-largest U.S. thrift after Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc. The OTS approved the arrangement in an Aug. 12 letter, signed by Assistant Regional Director Nicholas Dyer. The letter was released Thursday.
October 22, 1997 |
The U.S. attorney for Northern California charged 28 former bank employees from the San Francisco area with embezzlement of bank funds. U.S. Atty. Michael Yamaguchi said the charges are part of an ongoing program to deter theft and fraud within financial institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jonathan Schmidt, a spokesman for Yamaguchi, said the 28 people charged had allegedly embezzled a total of $115,000 over a year or so.
August 8, 1990 |
California Federal Bank, moving to further expand its Southern California customer base, said Tuesday that it will take over certain branches and deposits from Empire Federal Savings of America. The Los Angeles-based thrift said it will acquire about $265 million in deposits from Empire, taking over three Southern California branches and assuming deposits from 10 others. Cal Fed will not acquire any loans from Empire in the deal, spokesman James F. Hurley said.
August 19, 1995 |
A mortgage company that won a $31.5-million verdict against California Federal Bank and its one-time Orange County building arm was awarded nearly $1.5 million more Friday in interest and court costs. Weyerhaeuser Mortgage Co. in Woodland Hills won the jury award in June after a trial on its fraud and civil racketeering lawsuit against Cal Fed, a Los Angeles savings and loan. The jury awarded $31.5 million on the fraud claim and $6.
April 16, 1998 |
Advertiser: California Federal Bank Agency: Richards/Gravelle, Dallas Challenge: Develop a brand campaign that aligns the thrift closely with Californians. The Ads: TV ads consist of a series of images tied together by CalFed's slogan, "You've got our attention." One ad shows a range of people--a black businesswoman, a female surfer, an elderly male swimmer and so on--as a voice-over by Winona Ryder notes that CalFed "celebrates the differences" among Californians.
October 9, 1998 |
Golden State Bancorp Inc.'s California Federal Bank asked a judge for more than $1.6 billion in damages in its "supervisory goodwill" lawsuit against the U.S. government. The damages request, which asks for more than many analysts and investors expected, could give a boost to other litigants seeking as much as $30 billion in 120 separate cases. The aggressive bid could also pave the way for other lawsuits.
June 13, 1995 |
California Federal Bank and its defunct Orange County home-building arm were hit with a $31-million fraud judgment Monday by jurors in a civil suit filed by Weyerhaeuser Mortgage Co. The jury also found two former Cal Fed presidents, William Callender and David J. Reed, and George R. Meeker, former president of its California Communities Inc. subsidiary, liable for civil racketeering.