Governor Brown Signs CLAC-sponsored Assembly Bill 1412

This new law and the protections therein will result in greater board representation for those residing or operating in mixed-use associations

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law this week Assembly Bill 1412, legislation sponsored by the California Associations Institute’s California Legislative Action Committee (CAI-CLAC) and authored by Assemblyman Steven Choi (R-68th District) that provides important liability protections for volunteer directors of mixed-use community associations.

Existing law limits the personal liability of volunteer officers or directors of associations that manage exclusively residential common interest developments for tortious acts or omissions made in good faith and within their scope of duty. AB 1412 extends these protections to volunteer officers or directors in associations that that manage mixed-use communities, including both residential, commercial and/or office.

“We appreciate Governor Brown, Assemblyman Choi and other legislators for supporting this important bill,” announced John MacDowell, CAI-CLAC’s chair. “This new law and the protections therein will result in greater board representation for those residing or operating in mixed-use associations.”

The issue was important for Assemblyman Choi, whose Orange County district already includes a significant number of managed community associations. As the residential and commercial marketplace continuing to shift toward more mixed-use developments, it was important that state law supported good governance in these communities.

“More and more new developments in Anaheim, Orange, Tustin, Irvine and Lake Forest are incorporating a mix of uses,” explained Assemblyman Choi. “It’s imperative that state law is updated to reflect this shift and that…

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