Now (through annual meeting date of May 16) is election season for our California Inland Empire HOA with about 1317 members (homeowners). Unfortunately, last year the voter turnout was only 477, or about 36 percent of the electorate. Despite some contentious and controversial stands by the board in the last couple of years, member apathy, angst, and anger remain a key factor for the political scene in our community. No doubt, this situation is typical for most HOAs out there.
A 'moniker' for the 'social current see' about common interest developments, aka HOAs, or homeowner associations, also property owner associations (POAs). These communities, while private governments, function much like cities with more than 9 million residents in these localities in California. As such, ALTACITIES, "alternate cities," are larger than the combined populations of the four largest cities in the state, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco.