HOA Homefront is a syndicated weekly column that educates the public on issues pertaining to California residents living in common interest developments, their boards of directors, and community association managers. HOA Homefront is published in over a dozen Southern California newspapers.

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Embrace The Hybrid Meeting in Your HOA

Embrace The Hybrid Meeting in Your HOA

Before the pandemic changed our world in early 2020, who knew about WebEx, Zoom, or RingCentral, or the many other virtual meeting platforms used since that time to allow HOA members to “attend” board or even membership meetings? Since that time, HOAs large and small have found the virtual meeting to be the way to comply with County or State health orders while still complying with most of the Open Meeting Act.

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Avoid Overuse of Closed Sessions (part 4)

Avoid Overuse of Closed Sessions (part 4)

Perhaps the most frequently abused HOA governance tool is the closed session. Boards justify overuse of closed sessions for various reasons, such as that their open meetings are too raucous and closed sessions are more productive. However, the Open Meeting Act (part of the Davis-Stirling Act) requires all board deliberations to be in open meetings with members able to listen except for the short list of topics listed in Civil Code Section 4935.

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