The California homeowner activist group, CCHAL, with Marjorie Murray as its president is moving in the right direction. In its email distribution urging homeowners to contact their representatives to OPPOSE SB 391, CAI is called to task and criticized for its support.
“’The Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the property managers (CACM) are still “stretching the truth’ about SB391 (to put it politely.) CAI and CACM keep publishing ads saying ‘SB391 gives HOAs the right to hold teleconference meetings during an emergency…’ This is FALSE.”
We need more advocate leaders and homeowners to speak up strongly to force CAI to defend its statements, if they dare, or to shut up! Silence only helps CAI to increase its stature before legislatures, the media, and the public. Victory is ours by not remaining silent!
I was reminded of my oversight in not mentioning California’s SB 407 (law in 2018) when referring to California’s constitutional rights legislation. SB 407 dealt directly with free speech issues while SB 323 dealt with extensions to fair elections.
Thanks to Marjorie Murray, President of the very active homeowner rights organization, Center for California Homeowner Association Law (CCHAL). CCHAL has long fought CAI-CLAC, the voice of the collective CAI legislative action committees in California. (CAI-CLAC opposed SB 407).
CAI-CLAC is very slick in presenting a positive face to naïve homeowners and those seeking info on HOAs in California, known as CIDs. The title of its CAI Government Affairs Blog email release of March 2, 2021 reads, “Grassroots Advocacy Initiatives Are More Essential Than Ever.” But many readers may miss the important appeal as stated in the email:
“Each year, CAI advocacy leaders engage with and encourage members across the country to connect with their elected officials and advocate on behalf of the 73.9 million Americans currently living in community associations.”.
This is a misrepresentation and a misleading assertion that CAI speaks for all persons living in an HOA in California. NOT SO! (See HOA homeowner membership in CAI is a mere 36%). As I’ve repeatedly urged others to do, such statements must be challenged and rebutted.
 Murray commented: The California legislation that re-affirmed the First Amendment rights of association owners was SB407, sponsored by the Center for California Homeowner Association Law and carried by Senator Bob Wieckowski.
Now law, it affirms the rights of homeowners to assemble peacefully, to communicate freely with their neighbors on matters of mutual concern, and to invite others onto the association campus. It was signed into law in 2018. CCHAL organized a public forum on the bill after it became law and videotaped the forum. Here’s the link to the text: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB407;