So far, so good. This bill changes the laws governing California common-interest developments (condominium associations, housing cooperatives, etc.), so (among other things) their boards of directors must actually meet when they make decisions. At Berkeley Town House, some major, and later deeply regretted, decisions have been made in “actions without meetings”, where a manager sends a ballot to each director and if they all return their ballots marked “aye” then the motion is adopted. SB 563 outlaws that practice. Better late than never.
Given how that loophole had been abused here at BTH in the past, my fellow shareholders must have thanked me for helping get the bill adopted into law, right? Well, some in the rank and file did. But some others, including two of my fellow directors, took a different view. One of them (Paula P) called my letter “libelous”, and another (Judith W) charged me with deceptively identifying myself as “Director” of the corporation and thus implying that I was in charge of it and speaking on its behalf. Any day now I expect the corporation to serve me with a libel or identity-theft lawsuit.
Judge for yourself. I didn’t even name Berkeley Town House Cooperative Corporation in the letter, and in any case I’ll be happy to respond to any evidence that what I said about it is false. As for calling myself “Director”, I guess Judith W doesn’t think much of capitalization and indefinite articles. For normal readers, I believe, they make a difference, and thus “of which I am a shareholder and a director” differs from “of which I am Director and on behalf of which I am writing this letter”. What do you think? Did I need to add something like “I am writing this letter on my own behalf and not representing the (unnamed) corporation referred to above”?