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Legislative Advocacy

Your Credit Union, Your Voice, Your Impact
The Leagues' Government Affairs team works diligently in Sacramento, Carson City, and Washington, D.C. We promote credit unions' legislative agenda, review hundreds of bills each year, and provide credit union leaders with opportunities to meet with legislators. Please take part in these essential advocacy efforts. (Continue to meet the staff...)
Federal Government Affairs

California and Nevada's voice in Washington D.C. The Leagues are the only Leagues with a full time staff dedicated to working with Congress, Government Agencies, and Federal Regulators. The resources in this area will help you keep informed of the latest developments and credit union priorities.

State Advocacy

State Government Advocacy efforts brings the voice of credit unions to Sacramento and Carson City. Our advocacy team works daily with elected officials, staff, the executive offices, gubernatorial appointees, and the decision-makers of California and Nevada. This area will keep you updated on all advocacy efforts at the state level of Government.

From the Editors of CU Weekly

Andrea Svoboda, Manager of Political Advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues
updated 01/24/14 03:23 PM
Assembly and Senate District Changes
In 2013, we saw a lot of action in the way of special elections. This series of nine elections is part of a downward trend as California’s new 12-year term limits take effect. We expect fewer turnovers in the state legislature in the future.

Senate District 4 (Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba counties, parts of Placer, and parts of Nevada)—On Jan. 8, Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R) was elected to fill Doug LaMalfa’s seat after he was elected to Congress.

Senate District 40 (Imperial County and portions of Riverside and San Diego counties)—On March 12, Assemblyman Ben Hueso (D) won in the primary to fill now-Congressman Juan Vargas' seat.

Assembly District 80 (Southern portions of San Diego County)—Lorena Gonzalez (D) easily defeated her opponent with 71 percent of the vote during the May 21 primary election. It was held to fill the unexpired term of Ben Hueso.

Assembly District 52 (Portions of the Inland Empire)—California Credit Union League-supported Freddie Rodriguez (D), a Pomona councilman, won this seat by 400 votes to fill the unexpired term of Norma Torres in the Sept. 24 general election.

Senate District 26 (Culver City and portions of Los Angeles)—On Sept. 17, Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D) was elected to fill the unexpired term of Curren Price, who was elected to the Los Angeles City Council earlier in the year.

Assembly District 54 (The Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood, including Century City, Baldwin Hills, the Crenshaw district, and Culver City)—The 26-year-old City Council Aide Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D) is the son of now-Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Sebastian scored an easy primary victory, garnering 60 percent of the vote to fill the unexpired Assembly term of Holly Mitchell.

Senate District 32 (A portion of the Inland Empire, parts of Los Angeles County, and parts of San Bernardino County)—After a grueling six-person primary and general runoff election in May, now-Senator Norma Torres (D) ultimately won 59.6 percent of the vote. This seat was vacated by Gloria Negrete-McLeod when she was elected to Congress.

In the March primary, four democrats and two republicans entered the race. Democratic Assemblywoman Norma Torres and Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, a republican, were the top two vote-getters. It’s worth noting that Leon ran again in 2013 to try and fill Torres' unexpired Assembly term. He changed his registration to "No Party Preference" and lost that race by 400 votes to League-supported Freddie Rodriguez (D).

Senate District 16 (Southern Central Valley)—This was one of the most interesting and expensive special elections of 2013. Michael Rubio resigned from his seat in April, leaving an unexpired Senate seat to fill. While five candidates entered the May 21 primary race, it was really between republican farmer Andy Vidak and democrat Leticia Perez, a member of the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

Vidak, the sole republican in the race, spent close to $1 million with hopes of winning the race outright in the primary, and he nearly pulled it off with 49.8 percent of the vote. Perez spent $1.1 million and came in second with 44 percent.

In the July 23 run-off, Vidak won with 52 percent of the vote. Vidak's win marks the first time in history since 1996 where the winning candidate of a special election was not from the same party as the outgoing state senator. It’s also the first time in 19 years that a republican state senator has won the 16th district.

Assembly District 45 (Calabasas and Hidden Hills, the southwest San Fernando Valley, along with about 1,300 voters in Ventura County's Bell Canyon)—A special election was called to fill the unexpired term of Bob Blumenfield, who was elected earlier this year to the Los Angeles City Council.

The primary had a vast field of 11 candidates. League-supported Matt Dababneh (D) won 25 percent of the vote, and businesswoman Susan Shelley (R) received 21 percent. The Nov. 19 general election was extremely tight, and Dababneh squeaked through with 329 votes.

Dababneh had been a district chief of staff for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) for eight years and has a deep understanding of credit union issues.

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Grassroots Advocacy
Grassroots Advocacy efforts connects you to your government. Whether issues arise at the Federal or State level, you can be an advocate for your credit union by participating in our programs. Using traditional Grassroots tactics, the Leagues connects you to our cause.
PAC Programs

Political Action Committees are organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates, representing business, labor or ideological interests.

Talking Points
If your credit union would like talking points for an issue, such as member business lending (MBL) or supplemental capital, the Leagues' Consumer Advocacy Department can develop one to suit your particular needs. Please contact Public Affairs and Consumer Advocacy Specialist Tina Ramos-Ingold at tinar@ccul.org, or by phone at 909-212-6050.