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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.

GRR: FIN. LITERACY MONTH SHOWCASED
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.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the entire event.

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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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.

'IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO' updated 05/17/16 10:16 AM
CFO Professional of the Year
Most new ideas aren’t necessarily new, according to Susan Gruber. They are old concepts with a new twist, and they can have great potential.

WHY ONE SMALL CU RANKS BIG IN TECH updated 05/09/16 08:48 PM
Behind United Catholics FCU
No one was perhaps more surprised to learn her credit union ranked No. 1 on MagnifyMoney’s most recently published list of “most digitally savvy” U.S. credit unions than Lucy Sloan.

FINANCIAL CAPABILITY COLLOQUIUM updated 05/03/16 11:38 AM
Measuring Credit Unions' Impact
Nearly 30 leaders and professionals came together last week at the first Financial Capability Colloquium to discuss how to collectively and effectively measure the individual financial literacy efforts that their credit unions and organizations routinely implement within their communities, and how to use these measurements to tell a powerful story that will resonate with the public.

METSGER APPOINTED NCUA BOARD CHAIR updated 05/02/16 05:17 PM
Plus, CFPB on Arbitration and TRID
President Barack Obama has appointed National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Vice Chairman Rick Metsger to be the ninth chairman of the NCUA Board of Directors, succeeding outgoing Board Chairman Debbie Matz, whose service ended April 30.

TV INVESTIGATION SPOTLIGHTS 'PACE' updated 05/02/16 02:39 PM
Protecting Consumers Becomes Crucial
A TV news station in Los Angeles has captured a clear example of consumer protection issues stemming from the “PACE” lending program (Property Assessed Clean Energy) in just one instance of how it is proving financially harmful to homeowners and credit union members across California.

'PACE' PASSES FIRST STATE COMMITTEE updated 04/26/16 08:48 AM
Congressman Sherman Gives Support
In a rare instance of federal and state legislative involvement, Assembly Bill 2693, authored by Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Encino), received two significant boosts yesterday.

INDUSTRY LEADER AND MENTOR PASSES updated 04/25/16 12:43 PM
O'Rourke 'Will be Missed'
Gene O’Rourke—who left a 40-year legacy of helping shape and place leaders in the credit union industry throughout California and the nation—died this past Friday. He was 70.

LEAGUES COMMENT ON OTR, FEE METHODS updated 04/25/16 04:12 PM
Plus, NCUA's 2 New Proposals
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have told the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) that federally insured state-chartered credit unions (FISCUs) and federally chartered credit unions (FCUs) should be treated equitably in their comment letter on the Overhead Transfer Rate (OTR) and Operating Fee Schedule Methodologies.

REG COMMITTEE RESPONDS TO CORDRAY updated 04/19/16 09:31 AM
CU Leaders Express Opinions
In Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director (CFPB) Richard Cordrary’s recent response to a congressional letter that calls on him to fully utilize the bureau’s exemption authority for community financial institutions, Cordray cites examples of how the bureau has already used this authority.

NCUA SELECTS NEW REGION V DIRECTOR updated 04/19/16 07:31 AM
Plus: Proposed Rules; Comments Needed
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has selected Cherie Freed as regional director of the agency’s Region V office in Tempe, AZ. She will replace current Regional Director Elizabeth Whitehead, who will retire in May after 28 years of service.

AUTOS MAY PEAK AT 18 MILLION IN 2017 updated 04/19/16 05:40 PM
Decisive Moment for Credit Unions
Credit unions’ speedy, record breaking growth in auto lending might peel even more rubber in 2017. But how will they handle a plateau and subsequent drop in sales when the current business cycle runs its course?

RESPECTED ECONOMIST DIES AT 63 updated 04/14/16 04:38 PM
Esmael Adibi on SchoolsFirst Board
A beloved and well-respected forecaster on the California economy over the past 38 years—as well as credit union board member of SchoolsFirst FCU—died of complications from a stroke on April 8.

ADVOCACY IN FULL SWING AFTER 'GRR' updated 04/12/16 08:51 AM
Upcoming Committee Meeting on PACE
Credit union advocates may have left Sacramento last week after the 2016 California Government Relations Rally (GRR) came to a close, but state legislative efforts on a number of issues remain in full swing as the industry continues fighting for its members.

NV CUs SPECIFIED IN SENATE HEARING updated 04/11/16 01:50 PM
More Action is Forthcoming
In the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ continual push for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to fully use its exemption authority for credit unions, Nevada credit unions were specifically discussed by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) during the first of two hearings last week regarding the CFPB’s impact.

MODERNIZATION BILL MOVES TO ASSEMBLY updated 04/05/16 09:24 AM
CA Gov. Relations Rally Kicks Off
Sacramento is front and center for credit union advocacy this week as two powerful events unfold that are integral to the cause of the industry and its members across California: the state-charter modernization bill and the 2016 California Government Relations Rally (GRR).

SACTOWN RAISES NEARLY $200K FOR CMN updated 04/05/16 09:03 AM
Benefits CA/NV Children's Hospitals
The sixth annual Credit Union SacTown Run—which took place Sunday, April 3 in downtown Sacramento, CA—raised nearly $200,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in California and Nevada. The event was sponsored by CU Miracle Day, Inc. along with 69 credit unions and credit union businesses including the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

CFO: INSIGHT ON FASB's 'TRG' MEETING updated 04/05/16 08:54 AM
Current Expected Credit Loss
On April 1, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) met with its Transition Resource Group (TRG) on the proposed accounting standards update (ASU) for credit losses, which would implement a forward-looking Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) model.

EVENT WILL LAUNCH DYNAMIC DISCUSSION updated 04/04/16 04:24 PM
'Your Economy, Your Credit Union'
Credit unions can join their peers from across California and Nevada to engage with three renowned experts on June 16 during "Your Economy—Your Credit Union: 2017 and Beyond," a first event of its kind!

CUs PREPARE TO UNITE IN SACRAMENTO updated 03/29/16 09:31 AM
Register for 'GRR' Today
All credit union advocates are needed in Sacramento as momentum builds toward the 2016 California Government Relations Rally (GRR) from April 4-5, where executives, managers, and board volunteers will discuss important topics with state lawmakers to help protect credit unions and allow their members to thrive.

GROUP TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON 'CECL' updated 03/29/16 08:11 AM
Two CUs Part of Discussion
Two credit union CFOs will be a part of a key meeting this week leading up to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) expected mid-2016 decision on its proposed accounting standards update (ASU) on credit-losses standard.