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L-R: Ron Stratman, Chief Marketing Officer for California CU; Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles; Diana Dykstra, President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; and Ron McDaniel, CEO of California CU and Chairman of the Leagues' Government Relations Committee
Travis CU CEO Patsy Van Ouwerkerk (left) discusses credit union financial literacy efforts with Catherina Nou, capitol director for Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Solano.
California Credit Union League Chairman and San Diego County CU CEO Teresa Halleck (left)—along with Cabrillo CU CEO Robin Lentz (right)—talk with Bridget Kolakosky, legislative director for Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

updated 04/26/13 01:49 PM
Legislators Experience CU Philosophy
Credit union CEOs, executives, and board directors filled the halls of the California state capitol building during the 2013 California Government Relations Rally (GRR) last week, impressing upon assembly members and senators the successful financial literacy efforts credit unions are accomplishing within their districts.

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CU Members, Districts, and Financial Literacy
Almost 80 participants—with fact sheets in hand detailing their respective credit union's outreach to local schools and organizations—discussed with lawmakers and legislative aides how credit unions are making a difference in local communities. Headlining their visit was the fact that April is Financial Literacy Month, giving credit unions an even bigger opportunity to spotlight their conversation with member-owners and non-members alike.

Positive educational programs weren't the only subject in focus, as CEOs also talked about the effort credit unions make to work with members during times of dire financial need, whether it's a car loan, mortgage, or other types of credit.

Several lawmakers and aides were receptive, acknowledging the credit union movement's continuing success on this front. Many said they realized credit unions work under a different philosophy than banks since the movement is built on a cooperative member-owned structure.

CEOs and board directors extended a welcoming hand to lawmakers, inviting them to visit their credit unions in the coming year. New relationships were forged with freshman members of the legislature, and ongoing relationships with incumbents were strengthened.

A New Political Environment
During the morning's briefing, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues Vice President of State Government Affairs Melissa Ameluxen said there are 39 new assembly members and senators this year—and because of new California legislation passed by voters in 2012, these legislators' terms are 12 years instead of the usual 6 years incumbent lawmakers have been working under. The longer period gives members of both houses more time to craft legislation.

Although a democratic super-majority exists in both houses, it still takes two-thirds of the entire legislature to pass significant pieces of legislation. This new backdrop gives credit unions insight into the possible political challenges ahead as the state prepares to deal with a number of issues, including health care, privacy, the environment, and taxation.

So far this year, there have been 67 bills introduced—some eliminated, some mitigated, and some being watched by the Leagues—which would have impacted, or may still affect, credit unions. They include debt forgiveness, escheatment, university and college contracts, Iran sanctions, taxes on recorded losses, recovery of property, privacy policies, oral disclosures, repayment of California Department of Financial Institution (DFI) loans, and other issues.

The "hot topic" with both republicans and democrats is payday lending, an area some credit unions have used to teach members good habits regarding paying down debt.

Fundraiser for Assemblyman
In between legislative visits, a group of attendees joined the California Credit Union League Political Action Committee (PAC) in the Leagues' Sacramento office just blocks away from the capitol building to raise money for Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles. Gatto is chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and also serves on the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee.

A proven credit union friend, Gatto said he understands the unique roll credit unions play in their communities.

He was elected to office in a June 2010 special election. He represents Assembly District 43, which includes the cities of Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, and parts of Los Angeles.

'Extremely Valuable' Support
Earlier that day, Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra and other League staff gave an update on system-wide credit union issues, including foreclosure legislation in several different states, as well as the possibility of Congress discussing the credit union industry's federal income tax exemption in light of ongoing U.S. fiscal budget issues. The Leagues remain committed to the success and survival of the industry, she said.

"Your support on this day is extremely valuable as we build relationships with individuals locally in the state—some of whom may eventually run for Congress and move to Washington, D.C. in the future," Dykstra said. "Your hard work really shows when our state legislators are glad to see us and want to talk with us. Keep up the good work."

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Delegates visit California
As reported earlier this week in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, a WOCCU delegation from the Dominican Republic visited the League to learn about best practices for running an advocacy program.

3 WAYS TO SUPPORT LOCAL CMN KIDS updated 10/05/15 03:26 PM
Events on CU Day, and at 'REACH'
In the coming weeks, there will be three ways to support your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. First up is Shop for Miracles on Oct. 15. That will be followed by a couple of events at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ REACH Conference in November in Palm Desert.

PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE WE HAVE LOST updated 09/30/15 10:41 AM
'In Memory'
During REACH 2015, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues will once again take a moment to honor and remember credit union leaders who had a significant impact on their credit union or credit union organization and passed away in the last year.

2016 'GAC' ROOM BLOCK OPENS updated 09/29/15 08:48 AM
CUNA-League Event: Feb. 22-25
The Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) room block has officially opened, which means those who plan on attending can reserve their lodging early.

‘RBC STOP-STUDY ACT’ TO BE REVIEWED updated 09/29/15 08:17 AM
Committee Hearing This Week
Tomorrow, the House Financial Services Committee will review H.R. 2769, the Risk Based Capital Stop and Study Act—a bill that would halt the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) risk-based capital proposal until further study is assessed.

NV REP. TITUS SENDS SUPPORT LETTER updated 09/25/15 09:41 AM
Member Business Lending Rule
As reported earlier today in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, members of Congress from the California and Nevada Congressional Delegation continue to show their support for credit unions. This morning, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) submitted a support letter to the NCUA for their proposed revisions to the member-business lending (MBL) regulation. Titus joins 8 other Members of Congress from our two states who have responded favorably to MBL rule.

Recap of CU Accomplishments
The California Credit Union League reported a successful year for credit unions as the California Legislature adjourns for the 2015 legislative session. The League advanced data security legislation, helped defeat two high-profile bills that would’ve been detrimental to credit unions, and garnered several other legislative accomplishments during the past year.

RISK-BASED CAPITAL 2 updated 09/18/15 11:09 AM
Rep. Vargas Leads New Comments
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, last week on Capitol Hill, Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Chula Vista) led 11 of his colleagues from California and Nevada in sending a letter to the NCUA raising on-going concerns with the agency's risk- based capital (2) proposal. The Vargas letter was initiated by a request from the CA & NV Leagues and was advocated as a top priority during the Leagues' Hike the Hill to Washington, D.C. last week.

NCUA Redefines Small CUs updated 09/18/15 10:17 am
Threshold Raised to $100MM in Assets
The NCUA Board voted unanimously in favor of four supervisory actions Thursday, including one that will change the definition of “small entity” in the Regulatory Flexibility Act from credit unions with less than $50 million in assets to credit unions with less than $100 million in assets.

At its open board meeting, the agency first approved the expansion of the community charter for the $342 million Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union in Charlotte, N.C., to include 10 counties in the Charlotte metro area. The credit union previously served Mecklenburg County only.

Increased CA/NV Backing of H.R. 1188
As reported earlier today in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, the California and Nevada delegations have made big gains in terms of support for H.R. 1188, legislation to raise the member business lending cap.

NEW WCMS TRUSTEES updated 09/17/15 02:52 PM
Janclaes, Rivera Joining Board
Partners FCU President and CEO John Janclaes and SkyOne FCU President and CEO Eileen Rivera will be joining the Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) Board of Trustees.

CU LEADERS MEET WITH ASM. BILL DODD updated 09/16/15 09:28 AM
Address Current/Upcoming Legislation
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Travis Credit Union hosted a gathering with Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) the team at Travis educated Asm. Dodd on their suite of financial literacy and community empowerment programs to help all including the underserved. The group also addressed current and upcoming legislative issues impacting credit unions including data security, EMV implementation, PACE lending reform, and state charter enhancements.

'HIKE THE HILL' MAKES IMPACT FOR CUs updated 09/15/15 12:12 PM
Plus, CU T-Shirt PAC Fundraiser
Last week credit unions from California and Nevada "hiked the hill" in the halls of Congress, advocating for regulatory relief, support of the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) member business lending rule, and other important items.

Officials Listen to CU Leaders
The second day of last week’s “Hike the Hill” event in Washington, D.C. was devoted to regulatory issues, where credit union leaders met with representatives from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

CUs GO CASUAL FOR KIDS updated 09/14/15 12:58 PM
Miracle Jeans Day Nets Money for CMN
On Sept. 9, staff at credit union branches throughout California and Nevada traded in their normal work attire for jeans—and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It was all part of Miracle Jeans Day—a day set aside to go casual for kids.

CUs ACTIVATE FIRE RELIEF FUNDS updated 09/14/15 12:22 PM
Monies to Help California Victims
Several fire relief funds administered by credit unions, the California Credit Union League, and other organizations have been created to help communities ravaged by the Valley Fire in Middletown, CA (90 miles north of San Francisco) and other fires in Northern California.

LEGAL FIGHT ON CAs SURCHARGE BAN updated 09/14/15 11:14 AM
Credit Unions Represented
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, last week CUNA filed an amicus brief in support of California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ defense of the CA law prohibiting merchants from imposing a surcharge on consumers who chose to use a credit card in lieu of payment by cash, check or similar means.

Session Ends with Passage of Resolution AJR 25
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, both houses of the California legislature adjourned their regular session for the year on Saturday, September 12. The Senate and the Assembly are gone until January unless they decide to convene for a special extraordinary session to meet on healthcare and transportation funding.

SOCIAL MEDIA PLAN = LOAN GROWTH updated 09/11/15 12:09 PM
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NCUA Chair Sends Response Letters
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Debbie Matz, Chair of the National Credit Union Administration has begun sending replies to the 8 Representatives of the California Congressional Delegation who wrote letters in support for the proposed member-business lending rule.

GET READY TO CRASH THE GAC 2016 updated 09/10/15 12:31 PM
Application Deadline October 31
Represent your credit union and the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues at Crash the GAC 2016. The Cooperative Trust, in partnership with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), is now accepting applications for Crash the GAC 2016. Those interested in the program—which provides scholarships for up-and-coming credit union professionals to attend the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference—must submit their applications by October 31, 2015. New this year, applicants will be required to submit a 60 second video instead of an essay.

Harmful Bill Thwarted
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, the League's advocacy team defeated SB 308 (Wieckowski D-Fremont) which would have dramatically increased the amount of assets a debtor could shield through bankruptcy leaving credit unions and their members holding the bag. The bill received only 21 votes on the Assembly floor vote—20 votes short of what the bill needed for passage. The League's advocacy team will continue to monitor this and other legislation through the last day of this year's legislative session on September 11th.

Foundation Board Nominations Open updated 09/10/15 03:13 PM
Seeking Nominations for Three Seats
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is currently seeking nominations for three board seats. Volunteers serve up to three terms of three years each on the Foundation Board, as long as they are re-nominated by the Foundation Nominations Committee and re-elected by the Foundation Board.

As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, this morning in Washington D.C., credit union leaders met with representatives from the NCUA and CFPB, continuing our message of regulatory relief.