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The North Bay Fires

As I write, the North Bay Fires are still raging in Sonoma and Napa Counties. I know that some of our member associations have been affected, as well as numerous homes, businesses, and lives. The loss is overwhelming, and my heart goes out to everyone in the area.

If you are in a position to help, please consider making a donation to the Red Cross – they are assisting in several shelters in the area.

https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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Political Rallies in the Clubhouse? SB 407 is Now Law

SB 407 permits residents of HOAs to sponsor meetings and invite the public to assemble inside the development to discuss “common interest development living, association elections, legislation, election to public office, or the initiative, referendum, or recall processes.”

Category: Legal, Legislation

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East Bay Panel Update - Director Liability

What did we learn at the East Bay Panel? A recent court case narrows the protection of the "Business Judgment Rule" for board members just a little bit more. 

Category: Events, Insurance, Legal

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ECHO Board Member Panel

Would you like to make a difference for your HOA and associations throughout California? You can by working with ECHO!

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Congratulations to our Award Winners!

This year, at ECHO's 45th Annual Seminar, we introduced two new annual awards: the Homeowner Association of the Year and the Board Member of the Year.

These awards recognize and honor remarkable California communities and board members who do exceptional work in their homeowner associations and support board education. For the inaugural awards, we are thrilled to honor an association and board member who have demonstrated steadfast dedication both to ECHO and to their association members.

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Does a New Law Override CC&R Restrictions on "Granny Units?"

Several board members are concerned about changes to the California laws that regulate “Accessory Dwelling Units” (sometimes called “Granny Units”). Some are wondering if this law applies to HOAs.

Category: HOA Governance, Legal, Legislation

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Boards Have a New Obligation to Stop Discrimination

The Fair Housing Act prohibits the HOA boards from discriminating against protected classes. But changes to the Act now require the board to intervene when third parties discriminate.

Category: Legal, Legislation

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2015 ECHO Board Election & Bylaws Update

In October, we mailed a proxy to all 1300 homeowner associations who are members of ECHO - the voting members of our community. The letter was sent to the HOA President listed in our records. We hope your HOA board or board president will take the time to review the voting materials and return them to the ECHO office. If you'd like to know more about the candidates running for the ECHO Board, please read about them below:

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California Makes Artificial Grass Permanent

This month, Governor Brown signed AB 349, a drought bill aimed at California HOAs that restrict the installation of artificial turf. Significant protections already exist for owners who wish to install “low water-using landscaping,” but AB 349 goes a step further, directly addressing artificial turf.

Category: ECHO News, Legislation

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Water Conservation Now Mandatory for California Residents

As we enter another hot, dry Californian summer, Governor Brown is taking immediate action to drastically improve our state’s conservation efforts. For the first time in recorded state history, conservation is now mandatory for all residents.

Category: ECHO News, Maintenance

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