Please understand that the proactive efforts by advocates across the country, especially the new reform legislation, are making CAI very nervous. Look what CAI has done to get more $$$ to fight advocate legislation.
What is the Issues Advancement Fund? CAI’s Board of Trustees established the Issues Advancement Fund to help support and advance CAI’s legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy efforts and programs. It was established to provide a resource base to enable CAI to respond to challenges, which, if unmet, could undermine community associations, their residents and member professionals. The Issues Advancement Fund works to support efforts at both the state and federal levels.
Who can contribute to the IAF? The Issues Advancement Fund accepts voluntary contributions from individuals, associations and businesses that wish to directly support CAI’s government affairs initiatives.
The very powerful CAI California LAC (CLAC) admits to the need for its top-line – CAI’s view – lawyers in CCAL to defend the HOA legal concept that flies in the face of our constitutional system of government (my emphasis).
“CCAL attorneys have played a significant role in CAI-CLAC and provided countless volunteer hours and dedication since the formation of this organization,” says current CLAC Chair Darren Bevan. “These attorneys offer their expertise and real world experiences as this organization works towards smart legislation that preserves community.”
CCAL lawyers commit themselves to raising the bar of professional and ethical conduct in representing community associations in such areas as education, advocacy, governance, and career mentorship.
Being recognized as a CCAL Fellow is the pinnacle of the legal profession for the community association lawyer.”
Earlier this year in Arizona, 2013 CCAL President Scott Carpenter hit the nail on its head when he cautioned his audience in Top 10 For 2015 (Arizona Carpenter Hazlewood online seminar).
“What we are seeing is that the [homeowner] attorneys are becoming more sophisticated and making more sophisticated arguments, and the litigation is becoming more and more challenging in the sense they are raising arguments that are harder for us to beat back . . . .” (7:31 – 8:10)
CAI can be beat easily with fundamental constitutional arguments and avoiding CAI’s narrow real property approach to community government. CAI still speaks of community associations while arguing HOAs are businesses. Doesn’t make common sense, does it? Just demand CAI answer this obvious contradiction, reminding them that advocates are not stupid.