Lawsuits cost $$$$$ and
all members pay to defend.
The board could at anytime stop the hemorrhaging of association money
communicating with the Plaintiffs...but they continue to refuse to do so.
What is the Board hiding that is worth $28,000?
is still being contested and may end up in Appeals Court. We continue to
fight for a principle--that of openness and transparency. Our Bylaws give
members the right to request information about the Association’s records;
it is the duty of the Board to provide that information. The lawsuit came
about because the Board refused the request.
The Concerned Members never asked for personal information, in their books
request, nor were they
accused by the Court of coercion or malicious intent—board statements
in the August member letter.
The Board refused a request by the Plaintiffs for a meeting with the board
and the attorney to resolve the
issues months before the lawsuit. Mediation was requested to avoid a
lawsuit--by the Plaintiffs, not the Board. Mediation and attempts by the
Plaintiffs to resolve the issues prior to the lawsuit failed due to lack
of willingness by the Board to communicate.
But...the lawsuit has resulted in benefits:
• an audit due in 2012 was finally produced in 2015- after the lawsuit
forced the issue
• a reserve study has been initiated
• financial administration will be supervised by a management company
• bank reconciliations were turned over to an independent company
• properties that become delinquent, by law, are encumbered with a
• facts stated in testimony provide evidence of the Board’s
abuses of the
SLP Bylaws and their own policies
• a recording made during a contentious books and records inspection
meeting reveals how two Board members used intimidation tactics to
disrupt the session