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CAI San Diego Legislative Meeting

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.

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SB 323 Problem: One Size Does Not Fit All

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.

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S.B. 323 Allows Felons to Serve on HOA Boards

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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CAI-CLAC Works with Senate Leader to Craft Pragmatic Infrastructure Bill

In 2017 and 2018, Community Association Institute’s California Legislative Action Committee (CAI-CLAC) worked hard to remove community associations from a bill designed to make apartment balconies and other raised structures safer. Recognizing that community associations are not like apartment buildings, the author of the bill agreed to delete provisions related to associations. As enacted, the bill, authored by Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo, requires apartment owners to inspect wooden balconies, landings, and other similar structures every six years, including invasive testing to visualize structural elements. It also requires apartment owners to make repairs.

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Legislative Day at the Capitol: An Invaluable Experience

I attended the CAI-CLAC Legislative Day at the Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, April 8th and Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 after receiving the Duncan McPherson Memorial Scholarship. The experience, education and information were invaluable. Monday’s sessions provided an overview of the legislative process and how proposed bills become law in California…

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CAI-CLAC Opposes New Bill Allowing Accessory Dwelling Units

Assembly Bill 670 (Friedman) would require community associations to allow accessory dwelling units.

A.B. 670 would render void any provision in a community association’s governing documents prohibiting an “accessory dwelling unit” or “junior accessory dwelling unit” on a single family lot. The bill would not apply to provisions already in place as of January 1, 2020, but would apply to new documents and to any amendment effective after that date.

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CAI-CLAC Supports Two New Senate Bills Protecting Residents

CAI-CLAC continues to update our position on several bills being considered by the state legislature this year, all of which could significantly impact those living in common interest developments (CDIs). Here is what you need to know about Senate Bill 326 (Hill) and Senate Bill 754 (Moorlach) and why they have our full support.

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