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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.

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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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CUES HONORS INSTITUTE GRADS updated 07/01/15 03:11 PM
Four from CA CUs
Four leaders from California credit unions are recent grads of the CUES Governance Leadership Institute: John Buttril, director at Xceed Financial CU; Edward Fujimoto, Supervisory Committee chair at California CU; Norma Iadevaia, board chair at University CU; and David Ostash, board chair at AltaOne FCU. A total of 39 credit union board members and executives from around the country graduated, each earning the distinguished Certified Credit Union Director (CCD) designation.

LATEST ‘MEMBERS FIRST IN ACTION’ updated 06/30/15 11:02 AM
Q2 2015 Activities from the Leagues
In this Members First In Action update, we recap the second quarter and year-to-date benefits extended to your credit union as a valued member of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

Congress Out, Meet with CU Leaders updated 06/30/15 10:25 AM
Southern California Credit Union Leaders Meet with Long Beach Representative Alan Lowenthal
With Congress in their districts for the 4th of July Recess, credit union leaders are at work with our congressional delegation. Today, leaders from Long Beach and Orange County met with Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) at LBS Financial Credit Union. Congressman Lowenthal is a long time credit union supporter — he also told the group that he has been a member of LBS Financial CU for more than 46 years!

O.C. ECONOMIC FORECAST updated 06/30/15 09:30 AM
Local Conditions Gain Momentum
Picture this: It’s January 2017. Seven years into the recovery, your local Orange County economy has found a sweet spot among California and the United States. It’s humming along nicely—not too slow, not too fast. And the past two years? Smooth sailing.

NCUA BANS PERIODIC MEM. FEES updated 06/26/15 07:44 AM
FCUs May Not Charge Periodic Fees
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) announced that federal credit unions cannot charge periodic membership fees, according to a letter to the American Bankers Association.

LEAGUES SUPPORT RBC STUDY ACT updated 06/26/15 02:09 PM
Submits Letter to Representatives
On June 25, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues CEO Diana Dykstra sent a support letter to representatives Stephen Fincher (R-TN) and Dennis Heck (D-WA), the authors of H.R. 2769, the Risk Based Capital Study Act.

CA CUs GAIN MORT. MARKET SHARE updated 06/23/15 11:11 AM
Noticeable Rise Since 2009
California is no exception to the rule as credit unions nationwide continue gaining substantial market share in the competitive space for first mortgages—a trend beginning six years ago on the heels of the financial crisis.

TILA/RESPA NEW RULE DELAYED updated 06/17/15 03:05 PM
Postponed until Oct. 1, 2015
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues confirmed with the office of Congressman Brad Sherman: "Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has heard from many that want to delay the effective date, or at least the rigorous enforcement of, the new TILA/RESPA form known as the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) form. He has reported that he will be delaying the effective date until Oct. 1, 2015. This is partly due to some internal details and partly due to many of us that saw the need for a delay.”

BILL ADOPTS CUNA/CU RBC CONCERNS updated 06/17/15 03:01 PM
NCUA Makes Proposal Revisions
Language was adopted today by the House Appropriations Committee via voice vote that reflects the concerns the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and credit unions have regarding the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) effort to impose a risk-based capital (RBC) guideline for credit unions

CU LEADERS PUSH DATA SECURITY IN CA updated 06/16/15 11:11 AM
'Connect For The Cause' a Success
More than 3,000 letters from credit union supporters were sent to California state legislators last week in support of Assembly Bill 83 (AB 83).

GREAT TIME TO BE A CREDIT UNION? updated 06/16/15 09:36 AM
Conference: Employees, Millennials, and More
Is it a great time to be associated with credit unions? Based on yesterday’s gathering of leaders in the industry, the answer is an overwhelming “yes”—but with a caveat.

NCUA TO DISCUSS PROPOSED MBL RULE updated 06/12/15 03:06 PM
Other Important Agenda Items Scheduled
The National Credit Union Administration board has a full agenda scheduled for its June 18 meeting, with a proposed member business lending (MBL) rule slated for discussion.

VISA: CUs CAN NAME RETAILERS updated 06/11/15 09:40 AM
Leagues’ Set the Record Straight
Visa has responded to the Leagues’ written inquiry to Visa whether or not credit unions are able to name retailers when reissuing payment cards, following a data breach. Visa clarified there is neither a rule or nor contractual obligation that requires financial institutions to withhold the name of a breaching retailer.

DIVERSITY STANDARDS ISSUED FOR FIs updated 06/10/15 10:49 AM
Regulators Issue Diversity Standards
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DATA BILL HEADS TO CALIFORNIA SENATE updated 06/09/15 10:14 AM
Committee to Review AB 83
The California Credit Union League is advocating for Assembly Bill 83 (AB 83)—data security legislation at the state level which has already passed the California State Assembly with overwhelming support. It is now headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee for its first hearing.

CO-OP SHARED BRANCH SURPASSES 5,300 updated 06/09/15 10:10 AM
More Than Bank of America
With 5,341 branches, CO-OP Shared Branch is now the nation’s third largest network of financial institution branches, according to data drawn from the FDIC—surpassing Bank of America’s 5,244 branches.

CUs CAN IDENTIFY RETAILERS IN BREACH updated 06/09/15 08:46 AM
MasterCard Clears Misconception
Electronics payment network MasterCard has responded to an inquiry by Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, regarding whether credit unions can identify a merchant responsible for a data breach, and if such action is rule- bound or under contractual obligation.

CONSUMER COMPLAINT PROCESS IMPROVED updated 06/09/15 06:09 AM
Also, NCUA Town Hall Webinar
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has issued Letter to Credit Unions 15-CU-04, which describes recent changes to streamline the agency’s consumer complaint handling process.

CA CU Leaders Meet Officials updated 06/03/15 04:27 PM
Credit Union Leaders Visit Elected District Officials
In California this week, credit union leaders in Northern and Southern regions continued ongoing advocacy efforts of cultivating relationships with elected officials.

NEVADA BILLS HIGHLIGHT CU SUCCESS updated 06/02/15 11:16 AM
State Legislature Adjourns
With the Nevada Legislature adjourning for the 2015 legislative session, the Nevada Credit Union League reports it was a successful year for credit unions.

CREDIT UNIONS HIT RECORD DEPOSITS updated 06/02/15 09:30 AM
California Leads the Way
California credit unions most likely hit a record in deposits—nearly $132 billion—as credit unions nationwide reported more than $1 trillion in these accounts as of the first quarter this year.

CUs BOOST LENDING, INVESTMENTS updated 06/02/15 02:57 PM
Loan Delinquencies Fall NCUA Reports
According to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), federally-insured credit unions focused more on lending and less on investments to generate income during the first quarter of 2015.

GRASSROOTS RECAP: FIRST HALF OF 2015 updated 05/26/15 10:56 AM
California CUs Reach Out to Legislators
It’s evident California and Nevada credit union leaders have been active during the first half of 2015 in reaching out to state and federal legislators on both sides of the aisle to reinforce the credit union philosophy, including several district meetings, annual events, and visits to offices.

GOLF TOURNEY RAISES 68k FOR PAC updated 05/22/15 11:17 AM
Record Amount Contributed to Cause
More than 150 credit union CEOs, executives, professionals, and industry vendors took part in the 2015 Multi-Chapter PAC Golf Tournament in Valencia, CA last week, raising more than $68,000 for the California Credit Union League’s Political Action Committee.