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“Grade Inflation” Widespread in CRA Reviews, Greenlining Institute Charges

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell) WASHINGTON – Federal bank regulators increasingly look the other way when major banks’ CRA reviews show low performance on lending, investments or services, allowing bank mergers that aren’t in the public interest…
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Economic Summit in Oakland Friday Features Top Business & Gov’t Leaders, Local Youth

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – The Greenlining Institute’s annual Economic Summit shifts to Oakland this year as the organization prepares to move to a new downtown Oakland headquarters in 2015. Federal Consumer Financial Protection…
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New Small Business Administration Chief Urged to Hit the Ground Running

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell) WASHINGTON – Newly-confirmed Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet must move swiftly to create a new plan that will enable small businesses to thrive and grow in this new economy, The…
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California Utility Customers Start Receiving “Climate Credit” in April

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell) SAN FRANCISCO – In a few days, customers of Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric will receive the first “Climate Credit” on their electricity bills. Consumer and…
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Federal Consumer Finance Watchdog Richard Cordray Headlines Economic Summit in Oakland Apr. 4

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and Pacific Gas and Electric President and CEO Anthony F. Earley, Jr. will keynote The Greenlining Institute’s annual Economic Summit April 4.…
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California Banks Buy Little from Minority-Owned Businesses, New Study Finds

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell) SAN FRANCISCO – California’s largest banks buy few goods and services from minority-owned businesses, reports a new study from The Greenlining Institute, released this morning in San Francisco. In a state where…
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Banks and Minority-Owned Businesses: New Report to Be Released at 2/24 Event in S.F.

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell) SAN FRANCISCO – The Greenlining Institute will release its first annual report on how California’s major banks contract with minority business enterprises at a special event in San Francisco Feb. 24. The presentation…
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