VALLEJO, Calif. (1/5/11)--The merger between 1st Pacific CU and Self-Help FCU has received regulatory approval. Effective Jan. 1, the nine Bay Area Calif. branches of 1st Pacific CU, will operate as part of Community Trust, a division of Self-Help FCU. The merger brings 1st Pacific CU, a $161 billion institution, into a family of Self-Help FCU branches operating across California. Self-Help FCU, with $377 million in assets, was chartered in 2008 with a mission of preserving and expanding economic opportunities for families and communities of modest means. With the addition of 1st Pacific CU, Self-Help FCU now has 17 branches. The merger is the sixth for Self-Help FCU in California.