In that same regard, many of you have heard us (the Board) say that we are guided not by our own ideas of how to govern, but more by what is mandated by law in how to govern. Sometimes simple issues like who can speak during a Board meeting can be confusing to members, and seem like the Board is allowing some to speak and others to not speak. In actuality, there is a set rule or rules that are applied to even a process that, again, may seem simple. In cases like this, as well as so many other instances, we draw upon a particular set of standards that apply to the way HOAs are governed, without prejudice. It's our hope that by providing you with the links below to sites that are designed to give those residents with the interest in better understanding why we often take the actions that we do, with a clearer understanding of the reasons behind taking those actions.
After looking at the sites linked below, if you still have questions, or just need a clarification on something you read, feel free to contact the association's designated spokesperson and current Board President, Robert Riddick ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and he'll be more than glad to walk you through anything that you might need further explanation about. If he can't, he has ample resources that can be drawn upon in an effort to provide you with needed information regarding how our association is governed.
And, it's noteworthy to mention that all common interest developments (HOAs) in California are directed by what's known as the Davis-Stirling Act of the California Corporations and Civil Codes, sections 4000 – 6150. And, the code is updated regularly by the State legislation.
So, here are the links referred to:
www.davis-stirling.com - This is an excellent resource for just about anything you might have a question about regarding rules and regulations that every HOA in California is governed by. It is laid out well, and is an easy-read for most folks who visit the site.
www.mysunnymead.com – This is our website, and a valuable resource for information regarding Sunnymead Ranch. When you get to the site, just look for the “DOCS” button. Click it, and it will take you to a repository of governing documents that are specific to Sunnymead Ranch, including our Bylaws, our CC&Rs, and our Rules and Regulations, just to name a few.
www.rulesonline.com - This is an easy site to look up any questions about how Robert's Rules of Order are interpreted and used by different organizations. It is an excellent resource for those who may wonder why certain parliamentary procedures are followed at our Board of Director meetings.
All-in-all, these three links offer you the opportunity to better acquaint yourself with why and how rules and procedures take place the way they do in our monthly meetings, and ultimately will further help you in observing how your Board of Directors operates at those meetings, where you, the members, are kept abreast of the discussions taking place on the Board and with the Board.