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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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Community Managers: An Essential Part of Building Community

Community Managers are an essential part of cultivating a harmonious community association lifestyle. Community management is more than just managing maintenance and financial services, it’s about creating an environment that is safe, secure and welcoming for all residents. Community managers that are tasked daily with managing common interest communities have tremendous opportunity to cultivate closer ties between residents, Association Board Members and can help build a strong sense of community among residence. The bottom line, building a stronger community benefits everyone.

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New Legislation Effective January 1, 2019

Through the grass-roots efforts of the Community Association Institute’s California Legislative Action Committee (CAI-CLAC), Governor Brown vetoed two bills that would have imposed unnecessary burdens on California’s community associations. We also had other successes in the 2018 legislature in educating legislators and their staffs about common interest developments and the impact of new laws.

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