* HARRISBURG, Pa. (7/9/10)--Erie (Pa.) FCU President/CEO Mary Beth Wilcher, left,
met Saturday with U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-3) during an Erie District meeting, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. They discussed the impact of interchange fees, as well as member business loans. Dahlkemper is a co-sponsor of the member business lending (MBL) bill and supports increasing credit unions' MBL cap from the current 12.25% to 12.75%. Congress is expected to return to Washington, D.C., from its holiday district sessionson Monday (Life is a Highway
July 8). (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) ... * ONTARIO, Calif. (7/9/10)--
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have named Andrea Svoboda as director of political affairs and have hired Patty Salazar as state legislative and regulatory lobbyist. Svoboda joined the leagues in 2008 as government affairs specialist. She will oversee fundraising programs for state and federal political action committees (PAC) and coordinate campaign involvement on behalf of league-supported candidates. She has been filling the position since it became vacant in May. Salazar will represent the leagues to legislative and regulatory decision makers in both states, effective July 26. They will join the leagues' government affairs team based in Sacramento. Previously, Svoboda coordinated grassroots outreach for Cerrell Associates Inc. Salazar was a senior account executive, local government, for Cerrell Associates Inc., and previously served as a case worker for Los Angeles Councilman Alex Padilla's office and as assistant to the chief of staff for Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar ... * CHARLOTTE, N.C. (7/9/10)--Two North Carolina "career offenders" and a woman were sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge Tuesday for their roles in bank and credit union robberies in Mecklenburg County, N.C. Terry Bernard Blackmon, 54, Charlotte, was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for a December 2008 robbery of Bank of America. Alfred Louis Logan Jr., 30, and his sister, Crystal Chevon Logan, 26, both of Asheville, were sentenced to prison for an attempted robbery in January 2009 of Charlotte Metro CU's branch in Matthews. Alfred Logan received a 14-year sentence; Crystal Logan received more than five years. The sentences of Blackmon and Alfred Logan were lengthy because they were considered career offenders. During the credit union robbery, Crystal Logan nearly ran over a sheriff's deputy during the getaway. They were arrested the same day as the robbery (Charlotte Observer
July 7) ...