Re: Voting backup - help with fine print
From: Diana Kardia (
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 15:10:59 -0800 (PST)
In a recent community meeting discussion about the role of voting in our consensus process, we found it very helpful to emphasize another point in all this that too often gets overlooked:

Because we are governed by condo law, there are decisions that require votes even when consensus is "working" (i.e., has no need for voting as a fall back). (Right now we're making changes to our Master Deed.) This situation requires that we be aware of two things:

1) that not all voting happens because consensus "fails" (and yes, what it means for consensus to fail or be deadlocked is it's own important discussion) - sometimes voting needs to be cast as a final formal step to a successful consensus process.

2) just because a legal process requires a vote doesn't mean that voting is the way the actual decision is made - it's important to outline the exact process that a decision can be moved through both consensus and voting.

Diana Kardia

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:20:27 -0800
From: "Jenny Guy" <jenstermeister [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Voting backup - help with fine print

Hi, we want to include a voting backup provision in the Operating Agreement
for our LLC.
We need something that will make banks happy when we go to get a
construction loan; we been advised that they'll want to know that we can
make decisions quickly when we need to, but we also need to be able to make
our own rules about how we use consensus, and when we would use a vote.

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