Anti-Homeowner Bill Thwarted in California

California Assemblyman Richard Gordon was persuaded to remove his bill that would have required homeowners in the state’s 17,000 HOAs to surrender their right to a secret ballot in HOA elections. It’s stunning that such a law would even get proposed in a knowledgeable State Legislature, but this bill was an evil one. It gave a private organization, Community Associations Institute (CAI) almost dictatorial control over HOA board elections.

CAI comes across as such a benign “education only” organization, but just keep your eye on the money. Always watch the money. CAI would have made billions and billions of dollars had this legislation passed.

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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