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Welcome to the CAI-CLAC blog, your resource for community association legislation, events and current news.
About three years ago, I joined our local CAI Channel Islands Chapter and began hearing about the value the California Legislative Action Committee (CAI-CLAC) brings to homeowners associations by representing their interests at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The more I heard, the more important I believed CAI-CLAC’s contributions to be.
The 2019 CAI-CLAC Annual Planning Meeting (APM) brought together 56 CAI-CLAC Delegates, Liaisons, At-Large Delegates, Emeritus Members, as well as Chapter CED and LSC members from throughout California to discuss key issues facing community associations and our legislative priorities for 2020 and beyond.
We are disappointed to announce that late last night, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 323 (Wieckowski). This means it will be effective on January 1, 2020. We worked hard to defeat SB 323 and I am proud of the work we’ve done. We came very close, especially on the Assembly Floor where the bill passed and was sent to the Governor with NO votes to spare. It would not have been so close without your hard work at the grassroots level, nor would the bill be as it is written now. Believe it or not, SB 323 was even worse when it was first in print and our opposition forced the bill to be amended to account for the problems we pointed out. While we’re disappointed in the outcome, we were very successful in reducing the bill’s negative implications. Your efforts, in the form of phone calls, letters, e-mails, social media messaging, and in-person visits with legislators, made a big difference – and nearly made all the difference.
SB 323 (Wieckowski) currently sits on the Governor’s desk, awaiting his action. If he doesn’t veto SB 323 on or before October 13th, it will become law on January 1, 2020. Given the significant problems with SB 323, we’ve been asking for your help! Thank you to everyone who has responded to our calls-to-action. But, we’re not done yet!
Members of the CAI San Diego Legislative Support Committee accepted the challenge made by CLAC Legislative Advocate, Louie Brown, to meet with Legislators during the summer recess.
LSC members Nathan Cornett and Lara Kwiatkowski acted on a very short notice and accepted a meeting with Assembly Member Randy Voepel (71st District) to discuss concerns with SB 323 (Wieckowski), which would eliminate local government over elections and candidate qualifications. The meeting was very productive and the Assembly Member offered to help talk with other legislators about his concerns with the bill.
Why would we change California Law for less than 2% of Community Associations with disgruntled homeowners?
Sun City Lincoln Hills Community Association (SCLH) has over 11,000 residents. We’re actively trying to improve digital communications to increase our community association’s communication efforts and digital delivery of association documents to save money. In order to do so, we need residents to provide their emails. We now have over 10,000 emails, but that only makes up half of the households in our community – and we need it to grow.
Current law allows homeowners association boards to remove convicted felons. Homeowners association members can also enact bylaws that prevent owners from running from their boards if they do not pay their assessments or follow the rules. But the proponents of S.B. 323 (Weickowski) think these provisions give homeowners too much power; they want state law to tell homeowners who can and cannot serve on their boards.
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