California HOA, condo, co-op legislative updates (Elections – April 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   California Courts regard common interest communities as quasi-governmental entities. And, in many cases, boards of association-governed communities have greater power than elected officials of local government. For example, boards of association-governed common interest communities tend to have broad authority to decide how to best manage the corporate association, including determining how much to assess members, as well as how to collect and spend assessment dollars. Boards also have powers Continue ReadingCalifornia HOA, condo, co-op legislative updates (Elections – April 2018)

How can we create fair HOA elections?

CAI’s absurd vision flies in the face of democracy and common sense By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Back in April 2018, I posted an article about several pending bills in the state of California, among them SB-1128 and SB-1265. (In case you missed it, you can read the post and access links to the bills here.) Since that time, both bills have been actively debated in both houses of the Legislature. Thanks to the efforts Continue ReadingHow can we create fair HOA elections?

CA Gov. Brown vetoes HOA election reform bills

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few weeks ago, IAC updated readers on four bills approved the by California Legislature. In that September 6th, post, I wrote, with regard to two bills, namely SB 1265 and SB 1128: The vigorous debate of these two bills, and substantial amendments in the Legislature, resulted in some additional protections for homeowner rights to vote and run for election to their association’s board, but, with the passage of Continue ReadingCA Gov. Brown vetoes HOA election reform bills

California legislative updates: HOA election reform and more (Oct. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This year Governor Newsom signed an important HOA Election Reform bill that will change the HOA election process “by ensuring that HOA members are not disenfranchised,” according to Senator Bob Wieckowski [D-Fremont]. The new law makes several changes to the Davis Stirling Act, and applies to all common interest communities in the state of California. For starters, all association-governed communities are now required to hold an election at least Continue ReadingCalifornia legislative updates: HOA election reform and more (Oct. 2019)