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Darren Williams, CEO of Wescom CU

CEO TESTIFIES IN COMMITTEE HEARING
updated 10/07/13 02:10 PM
CUs Put Members First, He Says
Wescom CU CEO Darren Williams testified as one of several witnesses during a California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee offsite informational hearing in Santa Ana, CA last week—a meeting focused on the Homeowner Bill of Rights' impact on the state's housing market, businesses, and consumers.

Williams' testimony was centered on California credit unions' low foreclosure numbers, high level of service, and emphasis on keeping members in their homes.

Other witnesses also included economists, the California attorney general's appointed mortgage monitor, borrower advocates, and representatives from mortgage servicers, regulators, attorneys, and banks.

In July 2012, the California legislature passed—and Governor Jerry Brown signed—two identical pieces of legislation that collectively came to be known as the California Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR). Effective Jan. 1 of this year, HBOR enacted comprehensive mortgage loan servicing reforms, established mortgage loan borrower protections, and modified California's non-judicial foreclosure process.

While credit unions were largely exempted from the law, HBOR prohibited all servicers from dual tracking and robo-signing—practices uncommon in the credit union industry.

The senate banking committee plans on holding another offsite hearing covering HBOR in Northern California in November.

 
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Data Breaches in Focus
Various opinion articles defending the credit union movement’s stance on data breaches were published in five regional and community newspapers across California and Nevada within the past week as the latest data theft incident at national retailer Home Depot continues to be critiqued in the media spotlight.

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The new Advocacy Blog launched by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues in August is gaining steam as more credit union advocacy professionals and others in the industry continue signing up to receive e-mail alerts on important state and federal updates.