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L-R: Rep. Brad Sherman, D-CA; Rep. Tom McClintock, R-CA; Diana Dykstra, President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; and Rep. Ami Bera, D-CA
L-R: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, discusses credit union legislation with Nevada Credit Union League Chairman and Clark County CU CEO Wayne Tew (left) and other Nevada credit union CEOs and executives.
L-R: Shruti Miyashiro, CEO of Orange County's CU; Diana Dykstra; and Teresa Halleck, Chairman of the California Credit Union League and CEO of San Diego County CU

CU LEADERS IMPRESS LAWMAKERS ON HILL
updated 03/05/13 10:37 AM
MBL, Supplemental Capital Discussed
Nearly 180 California and Nevada credit union executives and board members attended the Credit Union National Association's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. last week, meeting with legislators on the importance of retaining the movement's federal corporate income tax exemption, as well as passing member business lending legislation.

Members of congress—as well as legislative aides—were impressed during visits at everything credit unions in California and Nevada are accomplishing within their individual communities, whether working with members on their mortgages or taking the initiative to be good community stewards.

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The Issues at Stake
During legislator visits on Capitol Hill, credit union groups also stressed the importance of supplemental capital for the industry and voiced support for The Capital Access for Small Businesses and Jobs Act, which Rep. Brad Sherman, D-CA, recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives. The bill would permit the National Credit Union Administration to allow credit unions to accept additional forms of capital, and is identical to legislation introduced last session.

Sherman also recently reintroduced The Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act, which would make significant improvements in privacy notices for consumers.

The political debate over housing finance reform is still taking shape. Credit union advocates are working to ensure the movement gets its rightful place at the discussion table, as the federal government decides how to handle government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as other mortgage and consumer financial issues.

California and Nevada
California legislators speaking during GAC's general session on Tuesday and Wednesday included Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-CA; Ed Royce, R-CA; Brad Sherman, D-CA; and Maxine Waters, D-CA (ranking democrat on the House Financial Services Committee). Before and after speaking, they shook hands with credit union CEOs and board members from across California, giving those attendees a positive touch-point.

Additionally, the California Credit Union League held a successful fundraiser earlier that morning for another House co-sponsor and credit union supporter, Rep. John Campbell, R-CA, who was very gracious.

Credit Union House
Credit Union House buzzed with chatter as the following members of Congress stopped by on Wednesday night to address advocates: Reps. Grace Napolitano, D-CA; Janice Hahn, D-CA; Ami Bera, D-CA; Brad Sherman, D-CA; Tom McClintock, R-CA; and Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA. These legislators reiterated their support for credit unions as the so-called "sequester" budget cuts loomed during that week over Capitol Hill and the White House.

CUNA President and CEO Bill Cheney also stopped by to address supporters, saying that CUNA, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, and other state leagues are marching forward in 2013 with a strong credit union message that lawmakers are taking note of, especially since many credit union members are constituents in their respective districts.

Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra spoke as well. "Overall, the tone from lawmakers we visited was more positive than in the past two years," Dykstra said in a special message sent to members later that week. "Once again, I saw that with a focused message and a strong turnout, credit unions can cut through the political clamor and leave a strong impression. Participating in events like GAC and the Government Relations Rally (GRR) turns lukewarm credit union supporters into good ones, and good supporters into great ones. Thank you for your support, and let's continue reaching out whenever we can."

 
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AB 2274 PASSES STATE SENATE updated 08/16/16 11:19 AM
Unanimous Vote of 38-0
The California Credit Union League sponsored legislation, AB 2274 (Dababneh), passed the California State Senate Floor last night with a vote of 38-0.

CUs GATHER FOR ANNUAL SHAPIRO SUMMIT updated 08/16/16 07:45 AM
Talked Lending, Growth, and Tech
More than 65 credit union professionals and leaders came together on Aug. 5-6 in Redwood City, CA for the 2016 Shapiro Summit, an event for credit unions $50 million and under to discuss important issues impacting their business, including technology, marketing, operational efficiency, and regulations. A CEO Roundtable was held in conjunction with the event. The Shapiro Summit was highly rated for its educational content and networking opportunity.

CU MORTGAGE REFIs SOAR AS RATES DIP updated 08/03/16 09:13 AM
Home Equity a Contributing Factor
As mortgage interest rates have fallen due to “Brexit” and other factors, some credit unions in California, Nevada and across the nation have taken advantage of this phenomenon by booking a noticeable number of new refinance loans.

CA LEADERS DISCUSS REGS WITH CORDRAY updated 08/01/16 10:52 AM
Credit Union Concerns Shared
Member credit unions of the California Credit Union League had the exclusive opportunity to meet with representatives from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last week, including Director Richard Cordray.

WCMS HONORS ITS 2016 CLASS updated 07/25/16 10:54 AM
101-Student Xi Class Graduated
Joining more than four thousand alumni of the school, Western CUNA Management School’s (WCMS) 55th graduating class accepted their diplomas at a ceremony held July 21 at Pomona College. The 101 students of the Xi class of 2016 received their degrees at the end of WCMS’s 57th session, held July 10-22 at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

WCMS 2016 COLLOQUIUM updated 07/18/16 02:25 PM
It’s Up To You!
In the midst of the warm balmy, breezes typical of a Southern California evening at Bridges Auditorium in Claremont, CA, Jim Nussle, president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), took the stage in front of students from across the country at the Richard Myles Johnson Colloquium in Credit Union Philosophy on July 14.

'REACH 2016': IT'S TIME TO EXPLORE updated 07/07/16 03:53 PM
Education, Collaboration, Excitement
REACH 2016—the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' much-awaited annual convention—is taking place in four months at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from Nov. 2-4. Are you ready?

WHAT CUs ACCOMPLISHED IN SACRAMENTO updated 07/05/16 09:52 AM
Mid-Year Legislative Update
The California State Legislature adjourned for summer recess on June 30 so state lawmakers can spend the month of July in their districts. But before doing so, major deadlines were met, including passing the state budget, completing all policy committee hearings, and passing any legislative measures intended to make it on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

LOCAL MEDIA: WHAT CUs SHOULD KNOW updated 06/27/16 03:45 PM
Regional Footprint Creates Opportunity
Over the past five days, a string of events pushed the “credit union” name into the spotlight on the websites of 10 suburban daily newspapers across Southern California—a phenomenon revealing how media conglomerates operate today, and how credit unions fit into this crowded and emerging picture.

NEVADA CREDIT UNION LEADER PASSES updated 06/23/16 12:49 PM
More Information to Follow
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues received word that Doug Schwartz, President and CEO of Elko Federal Credit Union (EFCU), was struck by a car yesterday in Elko, Nevada and passed away early Thursday. Details are still being investigated.

TMG, CO-OP: BLOCKCHAIN STUDIES updated 06/22/16 02:45 PM
Help FIs Evaluate Opportunities
Three influential payments industry players–TMG, CO-OP Financial Services and Mercator Advisory Group–are making progress on their collective plan to create much-needed clarity around the potential for blockchain technology in the community financial institution industry.

CUs CONVERGE ON ECONOMY AND STRATEGY updated 06/20/16 03:00 PM
Forecast, Discussion, and Ideas
How can credit unions prepare for 2017 given so many "what if" scenarios on the economy, interest rates, labor force, household demographics, political environment, and consumers?

DIVERSITY: GOOD INVESTMENT FOR CUs updated 06/16/16 02:33 PM
Latest Issue of “The NCUA Report”
In the latest issue of the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) monthly newsletter, an article by the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion outlines how diversity leads to better service, greater innovation and increased membership. These outcomes make credit unions stronger and more sustainable, and ultimately lead to greater strength for the entire credit union system.

CA CUs SURPASS $100B LENDING MARK updated 06/14/16 08:06 AM
Auto Market Under the Microscope
California credit unions just hit a record: they surpassed the $100 billion lending milestone for the first time ever, with used auto loans making a superstar appearance during this historical moment.

FEDERATION AND EQUIFAX PARTNER updated 06/13/16 02:48 PM
Launch Financial Capability Center
The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation) and Equifax Inc. announced a partnership to build the Westside Financial Capability Center. The Center will provide the Atlanta Westside community with affordable banking, alternatives to payday loans, affordable home mortgages, and a suite of financial services designed to empower residents to achieve their financial goals. The search for a physical site has narrowed to several options that will allow the Center to function in coordination with Atlanta area credit unions, community stakeholders and service providers. Equifax has committed $450,000 through 2018 in support of the Center which is scheduled to open in early 2017.

TWO LARGE CALIFORNIA CUs TO MERGE updated 06/09/16 02:33 PM
N. Island Financial CU & Calif. CU
Two California credit unions—the $1.24-billion North Island Financial CU and the $1.6-billion California CU—announced plans to merge.

'JUNTOS AVANZAMOS' ADVANCES FORWARD updated 06/02/16 08:09 AM
Kinecta FCU Becomes 6th in CA
Kinecta FCU and its affiliate, NIX Neighborhood Lending, were recently recognized by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions and the California Credit Union League with the “Juntos Avanzamos” (Together We Advance) certification—a branding initiative helping credit unions become the preferred financial resource for local organizations serving underserved Hispanic immigrants.

MEETING WITH NCUA REGION V DIRECTOR updated 06/01/16 02:11 PM
Freed Committed to Fair Process
Today in Sacramento, local credit union leaders met with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Region V Director, Cherie Freed, who succeeds Liz Whitehead.

DEFENSE CREDIT UNION COUNCIL LIAISON updated 05/27/16 10:21 AM
McWatters Named to Represent NCUA
At the request of NCUA Board Chairman Rick Metsger, Board Member J. Mark McWatters will serve as the National Credit Union Administration’s liaison to the Defense Credit Union Council.The agency is committed to supporting service members and hiring veterans.

RMJ LAUNCHES 'BITE OF REALITY' APP updated 05/26/16 02:40 PM
Modernizes, Streamlines Program
The Richard Myles Johnson Foundation recently rolled out an app for its successful Bite of Reality program. The app— believed to be the first of its kind for a credit union-sponsored reality fair program—modernizes Bite of Reality, making it more relatable to young people.

DECISION ENGINE TECHNOLOGY updated 05/24/16 09:57 AM
Get The Most Out of Your Technology
May is an awkward month. It’s as if it is not sure exactly what it wants to be. Somedays in May are more like April; some are more like June. Perhaps that is where we got the word “May”-be? But, one thing that is certain about May is that it is the month of graduation ceremonies, and much like the month itself, graduates are at that awkward point in life, where the future is not quite certain.

MOUNTAIN WEST JOINS 'PLEXCITY' updated 05/23/16 03:22 PM
CU Association is 6th Shared Owner
Mountain West Credit Union Association is purchasing a shared-ownership stake in Plexcity for information technology, accounting/finance, and human resource solutions, adding to the Ontario, CA-based company’s unique story of growing collaboration between credit union trade associations since January 2015.

CONNECTING WITH MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS updated 05/19/16 10:29 AM
Matrícula Consular Online Seminar June 9
Lack of identification is one of the biggest barriers for Hispanic immigrants to access affordable financial services. RSVP for a Juntos Avanzamos online seminar on using the Matrícula Consular to reach unbanked Mexican immigrants. Learn how to use the Matricula Consular as a safe, effective way to open savings and checking accounts.

SUMMER IMPACT OPPORTUNITY FOR CUs updated 05/19/16 03:30 PM
$21M Toward Jobs For Young People
Federal government leaders are working hand in hand with local stakeholders to craft solutions that harness resources across multiple agencies in response to local needs and priorities. Since 2009, more than fifteen Federal agencies have launched dozens of initiatives and partnerships with over 1,800 rural, tribal and urban communities. Federal leaders are working across agency lines and offering hands-on support to build local capacity, provide expertise, and unlock resources to help community leaders achieve their goals.