Community Insider Summer 2018 - Page 25

3. There is Power in Numbers: You may think analyzing and shaping pending legislation is the job of CLAC delegates and CAI’s legislative advocate, Louie Brown. And you are right. However, input from constituents, whether in the form of an in-person visit, social media post, e-mail or hard copy letter can be extremely influential on elected officials. Why? Because your vote literally may determine whether someone is re-elected, so you have greater power than you may think and need to use it. 4. Be a Resource: There were over 2,000 bills introduced in 2018 and it’s extremely challenging for a legislator and their staff to understand them all. Take advantage of this opportunity to educate them not only on whether a draft bill does what its author says it’s trying to accomplish, but also what are the unintended consequences of the bill. For example, a bill may increase public safety, but be so expensive to implement the individuals whose homes it’s proposing to make safer may lose their homes paying for the measures required by the bill. 5. Relationships Matter: Politics is the art of the long game. Legislators will meet with constituents and people with business before their committees over anyone else. If a legislator evaluates the pros and cons of a bill to be fairly equal, their vote generally will go to the person or organization they have a relationship with. So, it’s very important to cultivate those relationships, and participating in Leg Day is a great way to do that. for the M-100 class. You may also be eligible for a scholarship to cover the costs of your PMDP courses. Visit: to see if you qualify and to download the application form to submit for consideration. We look forward to seeing you there! Membership & Retention Now that you know what an important role you play in this process, we hope to see as many of you as possible at Leg Day 2019. Manager Support by Pejman Kharrazian Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC Attention Managers! Stay up to date with your Professional Management Development Program (PMDP) courses right here in San Diego. Our M-201 class in April was we ll attended and informative, and we hope to continue this trend! CAI San Diego is also hosting a 2-½ day M-100 course on The Essentials of Community Association Management. This course will be held on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Check here: to register by Laura Todd Southern Cross Property Consultants The Membership & Retention Committee is recruiting organized, action-oriented individuals who believe in fostering education, advocacy, and increased resources for everyone living in or servicing Homeowner Associations. Your involvement provides opportunities for mentorship, professional and personal growth. For those unable to join the committee, you can still support us by encouraging non- members to check out CAI San Diego. We will happily support you to support CAI San Diego! Reach out for tools and resources to help you share the benefits of membership. On behalf of the Membership & Retention Committee and the entire Chapter, thank you for your support! / /in/caisandiego WWW.CAI-SD.ORG | 25