2018 Kettle Kick Off for Salvation Army at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena

2018 Kettle Kick Off for Salvation Army at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena

On Thursday, November 15th, Matt Ober and Kelly Richardson attended the 5th Annual “Kettle Kick Off” of the holiday season with The Salvation Army at the Rose Bowl before one of the most revered college football rivalries in the country, USC vs. UCLA. Matt obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles before obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law. Kelly obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Riverside, where he was a National Merit Scholar. Active in local community affairs, serving on the boards of churches, a private school and the Pasadena Salvation Army, Kelly has been participating in weekly homeless outreach in Pasadena for more than a decade. The two partners have enjoyed a friendly rivalry for many years when their two teams face off as they will this Saturday, November 17th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena....
Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL pens article for CAI Nevada Magazine, Community Interests

Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL pens article for CAI Nevada Magazine, Community Interests

In the October 2018 issue of Community Interests, the monthly magazine for CAI Nevada chapter members, Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL authored its featured article titled, “Be the Best Director You Can Be!” outlining the most important steps and characteristics of a successful HOA Director. To view the article in its entirety, please click here on the picture...
November Newsletter

November Newsletter

Avoiding Election Missteps: 8 Tips for a Winning Outcome By Matthew A. Gardner, Esq. and Alisa E. Sandoval, Esq. If practice makes perfect, association elections should be a breeze. However, overlooking even the smallest parts of the election can cause chaos. California Civil Code Sections 5100-5145 dictate the election process: when to use secret ballots; how to conduct elections; how to select inspectors; how to campaign; and how to conduct the ballot counting and understanding why the Civil Code requires these for fair elections, may help avoid some of those election day challenges. #1 Have election rules in place FIRST. All associations are required by Civil Code 5105 to adopt election rules. Without election rules, the owners, inspectors of election and board are all at-risk of mistakes that may result in costly legal challenges. Older CC&Rs and bylaws probably do not even require secret ballots, so it is important that the rules describe how elections are conducted. Election rules must comply with both Civil Code and your governing documents and should contain: Nomination procedures, Director qualifications, Method of selecting independent third parties as inspectors of election, Rules for access to association media during campaigns, Rules for access to common area meeting space during campaigns, Secret ballot instructions and procedures. Once you have the basics outlined above, make sure that the board and your owners are comfortable with how it is presented. Some associations will add additional details about candidate statements or “meet the candidate” events. Work with your owners so that the rules represent your community’s preferences regarding elections. #2 Identify candidate and director qualifications in the candidate nomination...
Matthew A. Gardner, Esq. joins CAI GLAC Community News Now Panel

Matthew A. Gardner, Esq. joins CAI GLAC Community News Now Panel

On Wednesday, December 5th from 6:00 – 8:30 PM, CAI-GLAC will host it’s annual Holiday HOA Marketplace at the Pasadena Hilton. Matthew Gardner will be joined by fellow HOA attorney, Brian Moreno, Esq.with SwedelsonGottlieb to debate the “most controversial issues the CID industry is currently facing.” Topics to be discussed include: Suspension of Membership Cannabis “Canna” Association Prohibit Smoking Pot Inside a Unit? Rolling Over Directors: How Many Times Do We Have to Keep Trying to Get Quorum Before We Quit? Rental Restrictions:  What is a reasonable restriction? Comfort Pets:  Do we have to let the faker have the boa constrictor and the peacock? For more information and to register visit...
Webinar: “Not All Rules are Golden… The Drafting, Changing and Enforcement of HOA Rules”

Webinar: “Not All Rules are Golden… The Drafting, Changing and Enforcement of HOA Rules”

In this presentation, Kelly Richardson will discuss the basic as well as advanced concepts in rule creation, amendment and enforcement. Creating, amending and enforcing HOA rules are the bane of the manager (and volunteer director’s) existence. Rules can be a great help to a community and build community spirit, or they can create more problems and foster divisiveness and negativity… and even litigation. The very fast-paced presentation will be 60 minutes in length, including 10 minutes for questions at the end of the prepared remarks. This course has been approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit for Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) by CAMICB.  Registration link at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1598374741632408065....
Matt Ober Joins Panel for Legislative Update and Case Law Review

Matt Ober Joins Panel for Legislative Update and Case Law Review

On Wednesday, November 14th, Matt D. Ober, Esq., CCAL will join other CID professionals including CAI’s advocate in Sacramento, Louie Brown, to review new laws affecting HOAs in 2019 at CAI-GLAC’s Educational Luncheon at the Skirball Center.  Find out how the 2018 chaptered bills and case law will affect your association governance. Joining Matt Ober and Louis Brown are Thomas Ware II, Esq.,and Lisa Tashjian, Esq.  The panelists will help break down the new laws into simple terms. Legislative Advocate, Louie Brown will talk about the bills and the atmosphere in Sacramento including what we can expect next year. For more information visit...