Has the Time Come for Banks Run By Cities and Voters?

Has the Time Come for Banks Run By Cities and Voters?

CityLab talks to Sushil Jacob, Julian LaRosa and David Jette on how the Public Banking Act can create a democratically-run financial institution that can address the needs of our local communities. “We planted a seed,” tweeted Public Banks L.A., the day the organization’s ballot measure—which...

Public Banking Act passes state Senate test

Public Banking Act passes state Senate test

Beverly Press. The Public Banking Act, AB 857, passed its first hurdle in the California Senate on June 19. The measure passed through the Senate Banking Committee and now heads to the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) said AB 857 has the broad...

In Us We Trust

In Us We Trust

By Tom Gogola, Pacific Sun. There’s an effort afoot in Sacramento for public banking that’s putting the focus on how localities manage their investment portfolios. A bill that’s currently parked in a Senate committee chaired by North Bay legislator Mike McGuire would, for the first time, allow...

Does public banking loom in California?

Does public banking loom in California?

By Scott Soriano, Capitol Weekly. The concept of public banking in California is making a comeback. By law, currently California cities and counties typically have one place to deposit the funds they collect from taxes, fees and fines: private commercial banks. Billions of dollars of public...

Making Bank

Making Bank

Bohemian.com talks with Friends of Public Banking Santa Rosa organizer and Alliance member Shelly Browning. PQ: “The activities of the top big banks in fossil fuels and many other activities gives us limited, to no options regarding large, socially responsible banking options. We are...

The Movement For California Public Banking

The Movement For California Public Banking

By Jennifer Wadsworth, Good Times. Silicon Valley Bank opened in 1982 to serve startups overlooked by big lenders, which saw the fledgling tech sector as inherently risky. Roger Smith and Bill Biggerstaff, the two Wells Fargo defectors who founded the small bank with Stanford professor Robert...