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Reader Questions: Do We HAVE to Zoom? Nov 05, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL 

Dear Mr. Richardson: I'm still confused about holding board meetings. We use Zoom for our meetings as we have no convenient place...

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Guidelines for Purely Virtual Meetings Oct 08, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL

In 2024, Civil Code 4926 will permit 100% virtual meetings along with the current in-person and hybrid meeting formats. Readers have...

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Board Doesn’t Act, And Then Won’t Inform Us When They Do! Sep 25, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL

Dear Mr. Richardson: We are hopeful you can shed some light on these issues in our HOA:

Board members are elected for 2-year terms. ...

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New Appellate Court Ruling Allows Board Email Discussions Sep 11, 2023

There is a transparency law within the Davis-Stirling Act called the “Open Meeting Act,” containing requirements regarding governance transparency. For years,...

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Be Prepared for the Possibility of Election By Acclamation Jun 12, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Last year, HOAs received a very helpful new tool with the enactment of Civil Code Section 5103 – election by acclamation. This...

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Getting Board Meetings In Order Mar 26, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Unruly board meetings may be the most discouraging part of HOA living.  Mature homeowners avoid such meetings, managers fear such...

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Can One Person Destroy Our Meetings? Mar 19, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly: Is there a way to limit comments/attendance at monthly board meetings?  We have a member who is constantly making harassing...

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Reader Questions – HOAs Still Refusing to Meet in Person Feb 12, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Hi Kelly: It seems our HOA is hiding behind an over-used Covid excuse to hold their meetings virtually. Is there currently a requirement...

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New Year Resolutions for HOA Directors Jan 03, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

When starting the new year with commitments to improve, maybe your HOA could also benefit. This four-part series proposes resolutions for...

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Reader Questions – Are Board Meetings Properly Open? Nov 20, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Kelly: Our HOA continues to have meetings without posting a proper notice, no agenda. The directors receive an agenda, but the...

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Reader Questions – Why Can’t We Attend Board Meetings? Oct 02, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Mr. Richardson: Meeting outside the regularly scheduled board meeting, the directors are meeting to review and accept the...

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The Rules On Rule Changes Jul 02, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Good community rules and regulations (“operating rules,” per Civil Code 4340) help set standards and encourage neighborly...

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