San Francisco is poised to become the first U.S. city to require health warnings on ads for sodas and other beverages. Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen turned back an attempt by interested trade groups to stop pending legislation requiring the warnings — American Beverage Association, California State Outdoor Advertising Association and California Retailers Association. The groups said to allow the warnings, “the city [would be] trying to ensure that there is no free marketplace of ideas, but instead only a government-imposed, one-sided public ‘dialogue’ on the topic.” Chen also denied the groups’ request for an injunction to delay implementation of the measure to accommodate further legal proceedings.
National Rifle Association announced at its recent national meeting that it endorses businessman Donald Trump for U.S. president. Trump’s opponents have tried to exploit the candidate’s backtracking on bans and waiting periods, suggesting that makes the presumptive Republican candidate inconsistent and unreliable as a nominee. Nearly 20 years ago, Trump wrote that he was for the-then assault weapons ban and for wait periods to buy guns. He recently wrote on his website that he is against any type of ban.
Eleven credit unions across the country have announced the launch of a collaborative association called Catholic Credit Unions of America. Best practices will be shared among member institutions in the areas of lending, product design, marketing, technology, along with canon law and other issues related to the Catholic mission. CCUA will also aid Catholic-oriented projects. Nearly 100 credit unions in the U.S. have some form of Catholic affinity, and they collectively have about $3.6 billion in assets. Of that total, the association’s 11 credit unions account for about $1.9 billion. Member credit unions are Alliance Catholic Credit Union, Southfield, Mich.; Catholic Family Credit Union, Kansas City, Mo.; Catholic Family Federal Credit Union, Wichita, Kan.; Catholic Federal Credit Union, Saginaw, Mich.; Minnesota Catholic Credit Union, Little Canada, Minn.; Notre Dame Federal Credit Union; Oceanside Christopher Federal Credit Union, Oceanside, N.Y.; Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union, Garfield Heights, Ohio; Parish Federal Credit Union, Toledo, Ohio; St. Coleman and Affiliates Federal Credit Union, Cleveland, Ohio, and Unity Catholic Federal Credit Union, Parma, Ohio.
Central Station Alarm Association may be renamed “The Monitoring Association,” if CSAA members approve the name change in a June 7 vote. "The world is changing. Historically, central stations monitored electronic systems that detect burglar and life safety events. We now have a technology-based environment where just about anything can be connected, and thus monitored. ... The proposed new name accommodates the expanding monitoring community," CSAA executive director Jay Hauhn said in an interview with Security Systems News. The name change is one of several proposed bylaw changes that CSAA members will vote on during a CSAA general membership meeting at the ESX show, June 7-10. CSAA recently notified members of the vote.
International District Energy Association and the Microgrid Resources Coalition announced a merger agreement to integrate the resources and technical and regulatory expertise of the MRC into IDEA as part of a collaborative strategy to strengthen information exchange and advocacy efforts. IDEA joined MRC as a founding member in 2014, and all current MRC member companies are also IDEA members. Members of both organizations have common perspectives on the energy industry. Through the merger, IDEA and MRC will combine technical, regulatory and policy resources to educate and engage with federal and state energy regulatory and policy agencies, as well as utility business leaders and local governments.
NAACP issued the following statement on the acquittal of Baltimore police officer Edward Nero by a Baltimore judge this week: “In spite of today’s verdict, we await justice for Freddie Gray. We respect the legal process and pray that the family of Freddie Gray will receive justice for his tragic death as we continue to call on systemic reforms in municipal and state police departments across the country. As we continue to watch the legal process unfold and as the trials of other officers commence, we urge the community to let their voices be heard in nonviolent protest as we seek justice for a violent death.” Nero and several other officers were charged by the Baltimore attorney general in connection to Gray’s death while in the custody of police. His death sparked a days-long street protest in Baltimore, which including looting and vandalism. NAACP headquarters are in Baltimore.
Association Media and Publishing #AMP16 meeting will take place June 27-29 in Washington. Education sessions include PMMI’s purchase of a commercial printer; aligning your organization with millennials; and what CEOs think about communications, media and publishing. Details at www.amp16.org.
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council CEO Mike Bober responded to a new Arizona law that implements statewide standards in regards to the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores. This new state-level legislation reverses local sales bans in Phoenix and Tempe as well as a proposed one in Tucson. The new law requires pet stores to display the source of their animals, including the name of the breeder and the USDA license near the animals’ cage or crate. Pet stores will be subject to escalating fines for not following protocol, ensuring transparency among breeders and sellers. “We applaud the state of Arizona for taking this positive step toward consistent protection of animals and consumers. Meaningful sourcing restrictions are something we’ve been advocating for sometime now as they give prospective pet owners the information they need to ensure companion animals acquired from pet stores come from responsible, regulated breeders,” Bober said.
American Institute of Architects, Public Architectur and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partnered to connect building owners seeking ENERGY STAR certification with licensed professionals willing to provide pro bono verification services. AIA is offering participating architects up to eight Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) continuing education units (CEUs) – representing a major proportion of their annual requirement for continuing professional licensure. Engineers in licensure states with continuing education requirements may also be eligible to take advantage of CEU credits. Licensed professionals can further use this opportunity to build relationships and name recognition with nonprofit building owners and managers, among other benefits: Details: www.energystar.gov/probono
United Way of the National Capital Area launched a public service announcement called Tell 5 Friends in preparation of the fourth annual Do More 24 giving campaign. The PSA reminds DC-area residents that they will have 24 hours to give to their favorite charities via DoMore24.org. The PSA launched this week. More than 600 DC-area nonprofits have registered to take part in the Do More 24 giving day. This year’s event will take place starting at midnight on June 2 and will last for a full 24 hours.
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association board president Jennifer Christensen threw out the first pitch at a Phillies baseball game on May 16. NLGJA is considering Philadelphia for its 2017 national convention. From left are Philadelphia CVB sales VP Tim Haggerty, Christensen, PCVB CEO Julie Coker Graham and Christensen’s wife, Holly Crenshaw. Photo credit: Anthony Sinagoga for PHLCVB.
Led by sponsor Delcor Technology Solutions, 16 organizations raised $25,459.50 for the Capital Area Food Bank in metropolitan Washington. The money will allow the food bank to provide 63,649 meals. That’s 2.5 meals for every dollar donated. This was the largest food drive by Delcor, which launched its .org Community Food Drive in 2003 and has sponsored the event annually. Associations, nonprofits and vendors in the DC area take part. Each participating organization holds its own mini food drive with the direction and support of DelCor. Eleven organizations actively fundraised: American Industrial Hygiene Association, ASAE, Brightfind, DelCor Technology Solutions, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, McKinley Advisors, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, Optical Society, Personify Corp., Reinsurance Association of America and Summit Group. An additional five organizations offered corporate support: DSK Solutions, ISG Solutions, Gravitate Solutions, Higher Logic and Orion Investment Advisors.
Executive search firm Searchwide released a redesigned website to provide an enhanced user experience. The new site has an improved navigation and functionality that flows smoothly allowing our clients and candidates alike to find the information they’re searching for quickly and efficiently. Searchwide works in the association and nonprofit space. Details: www.SearchWide.com.
For the second year in a row, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has been selected as one of the city’s Top Workplaces by The Times-Picayune and Nola.com. The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Workplace Dynamics, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of the workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection.
Visit Laguna Beach (Calif.) - Ashley Johnson was named CEO. She most recently was Visit Laguna Beach’s brand marketing and communications director. She is celebrating 10 years of service with the organization this month.