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State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (front row, second from right), D-Fremont, with credit union representatives from Southern and Northern California in Sacramento during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR).

LEADERS ENGAGE WITH STATE LAWMAKERS
updated 04/15/14 09:44 AM
Card Security a Hot Topic
Credit union professionals and volunteers took a stand for their members in Sacramento from April 7-8 during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR)—an event that attracted more than 75 attendees and helped build relationships with state legislators.

Click here to view photos of the 2014 GRR! To view a compilation video of GRR and the Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run, click here.

Card security headlined the discussions between credit union leaders and lawmakers as concern over data breeches continues to grow. Also in focus was SB 1351—authored by State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo—which touches on the 2015 Europay-Mastercard-Visa (EMV) chip deadline for card issuers and retailers.

Additionally, AB 1710 was discussed, which looks at notification, standards, reimbursement, and other provisions regarding protection of personal privacy. Other bills of interest included tax credits for 527 accounts, voided title/falsified documents, emailed local agency reports, billing inquiries, and California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) loan repayments.

“It’s important for the credit union industry to come together and be a stronger voice for consumers,” said Donna Bland, CEO of Golden 1 CU, after Tuesday morning’s legislative briefing. “I would hope that today’s issue regarding card security would be common ground for all financial institutions. It’s not a political issue—it’s about consumer protection.”

John Cassidy, CEO of Sierra Central CU, said GRR is indispensable to building relationships with state legislators. “If we don’t show up, we could face the unintended consequences of bad legislation,” he said. “Our capacity of communicating our message to legislators has never been better, but it needs to continue to grow. Engaging with lawmakers is the way to accomplish this.”

Participants were addressed the day before by Anthony Huey, president of Reputation Management Associates, who delivered a powerful presentation on how to effectively communicate and leave a lasting impression with state legislators and others.

Also, DBO Commissioner Jan Owen and Deputy Commissioner of Credit Unions Erick Orellana gave an insightful update on the financial health of state-licensed credit unions, and how the department is working with credit unions every day. State-licensed credit unions hold a little more risk than the average credit union in California, but they are “stable and strong,” and financial data keeps improving, Orellana said.

This year’s California Credit Union League PAC fundraiser raised $8,300 to support State Senator Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, who was elected to office in 2010. In his address, Cannella touched on the political environment in Sacramento, as well as the state’s widespread water drought.

 
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NCUA AGENDA: ASSOC. COMMON BONDS updated 04/28/15 09:01 AM
RBC2 Comment Letter Update
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board will consider a final rule on field of membership (FOM) and associational common bonds at the upcoming April 30 board meeting.

NCUA TESTIFIES ON REG. BURDENS updated 04/24/15 02:31 PM
House Financial Services Committee
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Director of the Office of Examination and Insurance Larry Fazio testified yesterday before the House Committee on Financial Services along with other U.S. banking regulators. Topics covered include the 2nd version of the risk-based capital rule and access to industry interactions. In addition there were considerable conversations about how to protect smaller financial institutions from regulation intended for large Wall Street banks.

CUs CELEBRATE EARTH DAY updated 04/22/15 12:51 PM
Tree Donations and More
Today is Earth Day and credit unions across the country are helping make a difference.

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY ECON. OUTLOOK updated 04/22/15 02:33 PM
What You Missed
The California Credit Union League attended the San Gabriel Valley Economic Outlook event on April 21 and share gained insights with its members.

CUNA JOINS HOME DEPOT LAWSUIT updated 04/16/15 03:30 PM
Association Rallies with CUs
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has joined forces with the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, credit unions, and other financial institutions as a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the Home Depot.

SUCCESS AT ‘SACTOWN’ AND GRR updated 04/16/15 02:46 PM
April 12-14 in Sacramento
The annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run and the California Government Relations Rally (GRR) were huge successes. Hundreds of credit union leaders, professionals, and volunteers convened in Sacramento to participate in these consecutive events on April 12-14. Collectively, our efforts will help change lives and make a positive impact on the movement.

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR TAX DAY updated 04/15/15 12:06 PM
CU Members Paid $1.2T in Taxes in 2014
Today is tax day! Nearly 102 million credit union member owners paid $1.2 trillion in taxes in 2014. In California alone, 9.9 million members paid $127 billion in taxes, while in Nevada 330,000 members paid $3.9 billion in taxes.

‘SACTOWN 10’ TROPHY AWARDED updated 04/15/15 01:32 PM
Rep. Ken Cooley Claims Prize
Following a legislative meeting during the California Government Relations Rally on April 14, League members presented Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with this year's Legislative Team Traveling trophy. The trophy is awarded to the legislative team with the best combined run time in the Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run’s five-mile team run.

JAN OWEN: STATE CUs STRONG, GROWING updated 04/14/15 10:29 AM
Mentions Joint Exams, Advisory Board Seat
The health of state-chartered credit unions in California is strong, with the average net worth ratio at 11.2 percent, according to Jan Owen, commissioner for the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO). She spoke at the California Credit Union League’s 2015 Government Relations Rally (GRR) on Tuesday morning.

POLITICAL ARENA SHAPES CU ADVOCACY updated 04/14/15 09:48 AM
Jim Brulte Addresses GRR Attendees
California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte helped kick off the California Credit Union League's 2015 Government Relations Rally on Monday afternoon, giving attendees a taste of how the state and federal political environments have evolved over the past few decades, and what it means for credit union leaders when they visit state legislators.

CFPB—WHAT DID YOU SAY? updated 04/14/15 02:17 PM
Consumers To Share Complaint Stories
In July 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a policy that would allow consumers to publicly share their stories when they submit complaints to the bureau. Recently, the CFPB has now finalized its consumer narrative policy.

'SACTOWN' RAISES NEARLY 200K FOR CMN updated 04/13/15 04:59 PM
Benefits Children’s Hospitals in CA, NV
The fourth annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run—which took place Sunday in downtown Sacramento—raised more than $195,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) in California and Nevada.

PRIVATELY-INSURED CUS JOIN FHLB updated 04/13/15 03:21 PM
House Passes H.R. 299
The House passed the Capital Access for Community Financial Institutions Act of 2015 (H.R. 299), a bill that would allow privately-insured credit unions to join the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) program. According to Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), the bill would give 1.2 million credit union members greater access to credit.

‘SACTOWN 10’ RAISES $200K SO FAR updated 04/10/15 11:23 AM
Race is April 12, 2015
The credit union community will be out in force for the first of four events that represent the Credit Union Miracle Day Family of Races benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: the Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run in Sacramento, CA and Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run in Washington, D.C.—both happening on April 12.

CA ECONOMY: MAJOR GROWTH PREDICTED updated 04/09/15 08:15 AM
Two Forecasts Talk Jobs, Wages, More
Stop calling it a “recovery”—the California economy is in expansion mode, and it won’t taper for the foreseeable future.

NCUA UPDATES SECONDARY CAPITAL updated 04/09/15 01:44 PM
Federation Applauds Efforts
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has announced major improvements to secondary capital, which will spur greater investment into the credit union system. The NCUA's Supervisory Policy Manual revisions will provide clear steps for Low Income Designated (LID) credit unions to apply and be approved for pre-payment of secondary capital. The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation) is pleased with the NCUA’s action.

CO-OP DECLARES $29.2M DIVIDENDS updated 04/08/15 02:10 PM
Has Nearly 1,200 Shareholding CUs
CO-OP Financial Services announced a shareholder dividend pool of $29.2 million for 2014, bringing its total shareholder patronage amount to $314.1 million since 1996. Additionally, the year was marked with new records, partnerships, and products for the CUSO.

CUs, LEAGUES, AND NCUA MEET updated 04/06/15 11:18 AM
Exam Survey and IRR Discussed
Representatives from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues joined other state league and credit union leaders in meeting with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Region V Director Liz Whitehead and her staff last Friday in Arizona.

REGISTER NOW FOR NEXT WEEK'S GRR updated 04/06/15 03:04 PM
Highly Anticipated Event This Year
The most important state advocacy event of the year for credit unions takes place NEXT WEEK—the California Government Relations Rally (GRR) in Sacramento.

APRIL: FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH updated 04/02/15 02:39 PM
CUNA and NCUF Celebrate
April is dubbed National Financial Literacy Month and National Credit Union Youth Month. It signifies a time for credit unions and organizations to engage with their members—particularly youth—about the importance of financial literacy.

LATEST ‘MEMBERS FIRST IN ACTION’ updated 04/01/15 12:47 PM
Q4 Activities from the Leagues
In this Members First In Action update, we recap the first 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).

‘SACTOWN’ FEATURED ON TODAY SHOW updated 04/01/15 03:35 PM
Local Race Part of National Effort
The annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run has been selected as a flagship race by the TODAY Show as part of its health-focused national #RunforTODAY program. In partnership with local NBC-affiliates, the program is aimed at empowering women across the country to get fit this spring.

CONGRESSMAN VISITS SAN DIEGO CUs updated 04/01/15 03:18 PM
Rep. Xavier Becerra Talks Industry Issues
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) held a series of meetings in San Diego on March 30, the first of which was with credit union leaders.

CA GRR: JIM BRULTE AND JAN OWEN updated 03/31/15 11:37 AM
Exciting Guest Speakers
This year’s California Government Relations Rally (GRR) from April 13-14 in Sacramento will feature guest appearances by Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, and Jan Owen, commissioner of the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).