Here’s the question recently submitted that triggered this blog:
“Are California HOA’s subject to the Brown Act, opening meeting laws, etc.?
My main concern we have a 5 member board and three of the directors sit on one committee. Can they meet without regard to the meetings laws?”
Here is the information I provided part of which comes directly from THE DAVIS STIRLING ACT IN PLAIN ENGLIST, which is a book that is available on my website at californiacondoguru.com:
California HOAs are not subject to the Brown Act but there is a whole comprehensive section in the Davis Stirling Act portion of the Civil Code on open and closed meetings in homeowner associations.
You can pull the codes for free from the California state website. They start at Civil Code Section 4900.
TAKEN FROM THE DAVIS STIRLING ACT IN PLAIN ENGLISH by Beth A. Grimm, HOA Attorney:
“ARTICLE 2. Board Meeting [4900 - 4955]
4900. COMMON INTEREST DEVELOPMENT OPEN MEETING ACT
This article shall be known and may be cited as the Common Interest Development Open Meeting Act.
Comment: HOAs are subject to this Act, but not the Brown Act which regulates the meeting processes for governmental (public) entities.”