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L-R: Barbara Bean, CEO of Cal Poly FCU; Eric Bruen, CEO of Desert Valleys FCU; and Pete Meza, CEO of Corrections FCU

CALIFORNIA CUs RECEIVE 'LICU' GRANTS
updated 03/19/14 03:59 PM
Part of National Recipient Group
Three low income-designated credit unions in California—and 124 others nationwide—will be able to offer new products, train the next generation of credit union leadership, and gain access to more resources to help their communities with grants awarded last week from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

In this round, credit unions received approximately $517,000 through the first Community Development Revolving Loan Fund grant round in 2014, with NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives (OSCUI) administering the funds.

Cal Poly FCU, Desert Valleys FCU, and Corrections FCU collectively received $10,500.

Cal Poly FCU
“There’s never a lack of projects we need help on,” said Cal Poly FCU CEO Barbara Bean, whose credit union received $4,000 to put toward a summer internship. The credit union will most likely hire at least one Cal Poly Pomona student. “We have a number of opportunities, whether it’s providing financial literacy to incoming students, helping us develop a home banking app, creating a new member rewards program, or assisting with our social media expansion,” she said.

Bean is grateful for the grant funds, which are “extremely limited,” she said. Cal Poly FCU continually applies for several grants but is oftentimes turned down. Demand is high among credit unions. “We get expertise that we could not otherwise afford, and interns receive money for working during the summer,” Bean said. “Our members will be served with new products and services they want—so it’s a win for everyone involved.”

Desert Valleys FCU
Desert Valleys FCU received a $2,500 technical assistance grant—money that’s going toward hiring a consultation company to assist the credit union in securing a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certification from the U.S. Treasury Department. “CDFI programs provide substantial grant opportunities to introduce small business lending programs and Individual Development Accounts (IDA), both of which we see as opportunities for our credit union,” said CEO Eric Bruen.

He said grants such as these are important. “They provide a way for small credit unions to explore new avenues and opportunities to serve their existing members, and potentially new members,” Bruen said. “The real key to all of these programs is strategic planning and understanding how they enhance your mission or help your credit union grow, either in membership or services.”

If the credit union received CDFI certification, it will be in a unique position. “We’ll be the only CDFI-certified institution within several hundred miles of the communities we serve,” Bruen said. “This gives us a chance to offer something different and that’s a powerful competitive edge in today’s market.”

Corrections FCU
Corrections FCU received $4,000 to hire a student accounting intern—an important position at this stage of the credit union’s operations. “We’re looking at implementing a new core data processor and a fixed-asset software program,” said CEO Pete Meza. “Whoever is hired for the internship will be completing due diligence for this.”

The credit union will be holding interviews with students from four local colleges. At $10 per hour, Corrections FCU will benefit from 400 hours of internship work. “The grant is going to help us out a lot,” Meza said. “We’re very grateful.”

Since 2001, NCUA has received more than $12.8 million in grant funding for credit unions serving low-income communities. The revolving grant and loan fund was established by Congress. In this current round, 320 credit unions submitted grant applications to NCUA, with more than $2.3 million in funding requests. Click here for more information.

 
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SHARED CEO MODEL AND SMALL CUs updated 07/01/15 11:51 AM
CEO Jon Hernandez Shares Insight
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CUES HONORS INSTITUTE GRADS updated 07/01/15 03:11 PM
Four from CA CUs
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LATEST ‘MEMBERS FIRST IN ACTION’ updated 06/30/15 11:02 AM
Q2 2015 Activities from the Leagues
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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
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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
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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
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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
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NEVADA BILLS HIGHLIGHT CU SUCCESS updated 06/02/15 11:16 AM
State Legislature Adjourns
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CREDIT UNIONS HIT RECORD DEPOSITS updated 06/02/15 09:30 AM
California Leads the Way
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Loan Delinquencies Fall NCUA Reports
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California CUs Reach Out to Legislators
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