In order to get closer to the entreprenuers fueling thetechnology gold rush, bankers are packing up their San Franciscoquarters and moving to the Silicon Valley. And the exodus has hitone San Francisco building particularly hard -- the Bank of Americabuilding at 555 California St. has seen several tenants leave inrecent months, and others are rumored to follow.

In February, Banc of America Securities LLC relocated 60investment bankers to Palo Alto. But 1,500 other employees remainedat 555 California, many brokers and researchers among them.

Also partially relocating to Palo Alto is Salomon Smith Barney,which in June began moving its 90-employee technology investmentfrom San Francisco. The company is keeping equity and salesemployees in San Francisco.

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