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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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FEDERAL ADVOCACY DEVELOPMENTS updated 02/09/16 09:12 AM
FOM Rule and District Meetings
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, two developments have recently occurred on the federal side of advocacy.

REP. LINDA SANCHEZ' LETTER TO NCUA updated 02/09/16 08:55 AM
Support for FOM Rule
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, California Rep. Linda Sanchez (D- Norwalk), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means (which governs the credit union tax status) and Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, submitted a letter to the NCUA in support of the field of membership rule. Rep. Sanchez states in her letter, "with a large Latino constituency that is comprised of many unbanked consumers, this rule is a positive step toward addressing this issue."

CA ASSEMBLY BANKING CHAIR SPEAKS updated 02/08/16 09:50 AM
So. Cal Leaders Meet with Dababneh
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Southern California credit union leaders met with Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) last Friday at Wescom Credit Union.

THINK 16 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS updated 02/04/16 09:19 AM
May 3-6 in San Diego
CO-OP Financial Services has announced eight featured speakers for THINK 16, focusing on leading social, consumer and technology trends to help credit unions re-envision what “People Helping People” means in 2016 and beyond.

FIELD OF MEMBERSHIP (FOM) RULE updated 02/04/16 09:12 AM
More Congressional Action
As reported yesterday in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Chico) has sent the attached support letter to the NCUA for their Field of Membership rule.

ONLY 7 DAYS TO COMMENT ON PROPOSAL updated 02/02/16 07:04 AM
NCUA's Field-of-Membership Rule
The countdown is on as the Feb. 8 (Monday) deadline approaches for federal and state chartered credit union leaders to submit comments supporting the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) Field-of-Membership (FOM) proposal.

CEOs SOUND OFF ON NCUA'S PROPOSAL updated 02/01/16 03:36 PM
Urge Peers to Comment on FOM
California credit union CEOs are sounding off as the deadline approaches (Feb. 8) to comment on the National Credit Union Administration’s Field-of-Membership (FOM) proposal—one that will update rules to reflect marketplace changes and give the industry a broader menu of flexible options for remaining competitive.

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY AND 'PACE' REFORM updated 02/01/16 01:47 PM
Rounding Out CA Legislative Goals
Threats to credit unions are already being spotted on the horizon by the California Credit Union League’s advocacy team as the state legislature’s Feb. 19 deadline to introduce new legislation looms.

ANNUAL PRIVACY NOTICES updated 01/29/16 11:47 AM
Federal-No; State-Maybe
As reported in the League's Advocacy Blog, after the release of the NCUA Letter to Credit Unions, #16-CU-03, about privacy notices, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues took action to clarify applicability to state laws. The NCUA letter addressed the recent federal law change on annual privacy notices related to Gramm-Leach-Bliley that states that when a financial institution meets certain statutory requirements, it no longer must send annual privacy notices.

CU LEADERS MEET WITH LEGISLATOR updated 01/29/16 05:09 PM
Asm. Kim Tours Credit Union
As reported earlier today in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Southern California credit union leaders met with Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton).

CU LEADERS MEET WITH ASSEMBLY MEMBER updated 01/28/16 01:47 PM
Portantino Running for Senate
As recently reported in the Leagues Advocacy Blog, credit union leaders met with former member of the Assembly, Anthony Portantino, who served from 2006 until being termed out in 2012. Prior to his time in office, he spent many years working in film and television production and is currently is a Visiting Fellow teaching Values Based Political Leadership at USC.

COMMENTS NEEDED: NCUA'S FOM PROPOSAL updated 01/26/16 10:06 AM
Deadline is February 8
With less than two weeks until the comment deadline of Feb. 8, it is crucial the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) hear from credit unions in support of the proposed chartering and field-of-membership (FOM) amendments.

LEAGUE'S 2016 CA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA updated 01/26/16 09:10 AM
Charter Modernization, CUSOs, LICU
The final year of the two-year state legislative session (2015-2016) in California is here, and the California Credit Union League’s advocacy team is primed to roll out a robust legislative package.

ANAHEIM DUCKS HONOR RICHARD JOHNSON updated 01/21/16 03:09 PM
Recognized For Military Career
Before Richard Myles Johnson was a credit union industry icon, he was a Marine. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941. He ended his military career as a colonel in 1972. Along the way, he amassed a vast number of ranks, honors, and awards, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY: TWO TALES updated 01/19/16 10:40 AM
CUs Can Take Pulse of Econ. Mobility
As financial “opportunity” for low and middle-income Americans is debated leading up to a national election this November, many within the credit union industry can take a pulse of their members’ financial health and how economic changes are shaping that opportunity.

ROYCE HELPS FORM COOPERATIVE CAUCUS updated 01/19/16 07:18 AM
Business CO-OP: Focus on Legislation
Last week Rep. Ed Royce, R-CA (Brea), joined Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI, to found the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus. With Royce’s dedication and expertise in credit unions, it comes as no surprise he is chairing a new caucus to focus on legislation that impacts cooperative businesses.

FIELD OF MEMBERSHIP RULE updated 01/13/16 10:53 AM
CA Congressman Gives Support
California Congressman Ted Lieu (D-El Segundo) has just sent the NCUA a support letter in favor of their Field of Membership Rule. In his letter, Rep. Lieu endorses for several of the provisions in the rule (letter linked below).The League has been working with our congressional delegation to ensure there is overwhelming support for this rule.

RMJ TO BE HONORED AT HOCKEY GAME updated 01/13/16 01:59 PM
Recognized as Armed Services Vet
Richard Myles Johnson— who joined the credit union movement after finishing a 30-year career in the United States Marine Corps, where he retired as a colonel—is scheduled to be recognized as the honored armed services veteran by the Anaheim Ducks hockey team at its home game Wednesday, Jan. 20.

FHLB MEMBERSHIP updated 01/12/16 12:51 PM
Final Rule Issued
Today the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued their final rule on Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) membership. After receiving over 1,300 comment letters—an unprecedented amount, with most in opposition—the FHFA’s final rule does not include two provisions for which the Leagues strongly opposed. That is, the final rule does not require financial institutions to hold one percent of their assets in home mortgage loans and 10% of assets in residential mortgage loans (RML) on an ongoing basis.

TARGET SETTLEMENT DETAILS updated 01/12/16 10:34 AM
Available on New Website
Credit unions have begun receiving email and paper mail directing them to a dedicated website that offers information on the Target data breach litigation, including settlement terms, important dates, frequently asked questions, information on filing a claim, directions for opting out, court and settlement documents, and contact information.

CO-OP CEO STAN HOLLEN TO RETIRE updated 01/12/16 09:39 AM
More Than 10 Years at CUSO
In a landmark moment for the nation’s largest credit union service organization, CO-OP Financial Services (based in Rancho Cucamonga, CA) announced this morning that President and CEO Stan Hollen will retire on May 31, 2016.

MATZ TO MEET CA-NV LEADERS AT 'GAC' updated 01/12/16 08:05 AM
Plus, Upcoming Regulatory Webinar
California and Nevada credit union leaders will have the opportunity to engage with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz during an exclusive meeting arranged by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues at the upcoming 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

CA CONGRESSMAN PREPARES TAX REFORM updated 01/11/16 02:59 PM
Credit Union Tax Status Honored
As first reported on the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA (Tulare), has been drafting a comprehensive tax reform package which will honor the credit union tax status.

CUs4KIDS 20 YEAR CMN PARTNERSHIP updated 01/08/16 01:40 PM
Raised $150M in Donations
This year, Credit Unions for Kids celebrates 20 years of fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals), a collaboration that has yielded more than $150 million in donations.