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East Bay Business Times - November 25, 2005 - The Mechanics Bank goes green. In environmentally focused Alameda County, a business "going green " is hardly news. What is noteworthy about the recent green certification of a Mechanics Bank Berkeley office is that it is the sole bank branch office - out of 288 in Alameda County - with the eco-friendly distinction.

Berkeley Daily Planet - November 25, 2005 - Commentary: Looking Toward the Future in Downtown Berkeley. “Today’s perception of the downtown is that there are more empty store fronts that there are current retailers. In reality the vacancy rate of the downtown is less than 10 percent! We are on the cusp of seeing a dramatic change to the downtown’s retail base. It is truly exciting!

Sacramento Bee - Monday, November 21, 2005 - Business Briefs. Sandy Yuyama has been named vice president and manager of the Elk Grove office of the Mechanics Bank. She previously served as a vice president and branch manager for Wells Fargo.

Contra Costa Times - October 29, 2005 - RICHMOND-BASED BANK KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY. A TV show about Mechanics Bank could easily be titled "Family Ties.". The Richmond-based financial institution on Friday reached a remarkable milestone when it completed its 100th year of existence and achieved the kind of longevity rarely enjoyed by community banks.

East Bay Business Times - October 28, 2005 - The Mechanics Bank running smoothly at 100. Centenarians are rare and 100-year-old banks are even more scarce, but The Mechanics Bank is still going strong as it celebrates its 100th birthday Oct. 28, 2005.

St. Helena Star - Business Briefs - Friday, October 21, 2005 - Mechanics Bank raises $4,000 for non-profits. The Mechanics Bank St. Helena office's grand opening campaign raised $4,000 recently for five local non-profits. For every new checking account, the bank pledged $25 to the non-profit of its client's choice. The donation checks will be presented during a gathering scheduled for the week of the bank's one-year anniversary, Oct. 12.

East Bay Business Times - September 23, 2005 - Mechanics Bank opens Concord branch, plans more in east Contra Costa County. After 100 years of service to western Contra Costa County, The Mechanics Bank is heading east to Concord and Pittsburg. A century later, the bank Downer started finally opened in Concord on Sept. 19 and a Pittsburg office is scheduled to open in early 2006.

Napa Valley Register - September 19, 2005 - SBA honors Mechanics Bank. The Mechanics Bank has been awarded Preferred Lender status by the Small Business Administration (SBA), adding another arrow to its quiver of financial services for businesses. The designation gives the bank the ability to provide faster loan decisions with less red tape.

East Bay Business Times - September 15, 2005 - Mechanics Bank branches into eastern Contra Costa. The Mechanics Bank announced expansion plans to open two new branches in eastern Contra Costa County.

East Bay Business Times - August 12, 2005 - Bank and Trust Create Safe Haven For Man And Beast. The relationship between The Mechanics Bank and the Muir Heritage Land Trust - a nonprofit organization established in 1988 to acquire and preserve open space and promote environmental education in Contra Costa County - has helped set aside more than 1,800 acres in various parts of the county.

San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, July 18, 2005 - PEOPLE IN BUSINESS. Kirsten Weisser joined the Mechanics Bank in Richmond as EVP. She was SVP, serving as the senior fiduciary officer in Northern California, at U.S. Trust Co.

Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal - May 26, 2005 - Survey: NorCal business remains optimistic. They're expecting higher taxes, more regulation, and a tougher time finding qualified employees but a recent survey of Northern California business owners and managers indicates optimism prevails at levels higher than elsewhere in nation.

East Bay Business Times - May 26, 2005 - Survey: Northern California businesses remain optimistic. They're expecting higher taxes, more regulation and a tougher time finding qualified employees but a recent survey of Northern California business owners and managers indicates optimism prevails at levels higher than elsewhere in nation.

Sacramento Business Journal - May 6, 2005 - Mechanics Bank to open Elk Grove office. The Mechanics Bank, a closely held bank based in Richmond, will make its entry to Sacramento County with the opening of an office in Elk Grove on May 16, executives said Friday. Mechanics has already had a presence in Greater Sacramento with offices in El Dorado Hills, Roseville and Rocklin...

Vallejo Times-Herald - May 26,2005 - County's job outlook bright. Survey: Nearly 68 percent of employers likely to hire in year ahead. Solano County's employers are the most likely in Northern California to hire in the next year, a new study shows. Nearly 68 percent of Solano County businesses surveyed said they are likely to add staff in the next year, with more than 42 percent saying they're very likely do so, said Hatti Hamlin of the East Bay-based Mechanics Bank, which conducted the survey.

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