Calif bank headquarters protest over foreclosures

PASADENA, Calif. — Dozens of people have invaded the California headquarters of OneWest Bank to protest the bank’s foreclosure practices.

The Pasadena Star-News ( says about 50 demonstrators jumped turnstiles and briefly commandeered the Pasadena bank headquarters on Thursday. Seven police officers showed up but no one was arrested.

The demonstrators were members of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and Service Employees International Union. They were there in support of Rose Gudiel, who is facing eviction from her La Puente home.

Gudiel says she’s been trying to get a loan modification for two years and the bank turned her down.

The group agreed to leave when bank vice president Brandon Latman met with Gudiel and her family. Latman arranged a Friday appointment for the woman.

Latman and other bank officials won’t comment.


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