Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, May 21, 2007
7 PM

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APPROVED 

Item 1. Call to Order - Chair Arreguin called the meeting to order at 7:11 pm. Pam Wyche called roll. 

Commissioners Present: Blake, Chong, Harrison, Kavanagh, Overman (arrived 7:14), Stephens, Walden, Webster, Arreguin 

Commissioners Absent: None 

Staff Present: Kelekian, Kelly, Wyche

Item 2. Approval of the Agenda. M/S/C (Harrison/Stephens) APPROVE AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1. Absent: Overman.

Item 3. Public Forum. There were two speakers, Marc Janowitz on behalf of EBCLC in support of the Rent Stabilization Board funding for EBCLC and eviction defense services. Anne Whyte concerning her Waiver Number 3467 regarding 2724 College Avenue.

Item 4. Minutes of April 16, 2007 regular meeting minutes.  M/S/C (Harrison/Stephens) APPROVE AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item 5. Minutes of May 7, 2007 Special Meeting/Public Hearing minutes. M/S/C (Harrison/Stephens) APPROVE AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item. 6. Appeal T-4682; 2202 7th Street. Commissioners Overman and Walden asked to be recused. M/S/C (Stephens/Harrison) TO AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINER'S DECISION WITH CORRECTION TO CLERICAL ERROR AS NOTED BY LEGAL STAFF. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Chong, Harrison, Stephens, Webster, Arreguin; No: None; Abstain: Kavanagh; Absent: Overman, Walden. Passed: 6-0-1-2.

Item 7.a.(1) Recommendation to adopt a resolution to extend the contract with Berkeley Community Media (BCM) for the 2007/2008 fiscal year.  [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Chong/Overman) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT WITH BCM TO JUNE 30, 2008 AND INCREASE THE AMOUNT PAYABLE BY AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $18,500. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Chong, Harrison, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Walden, Webster, Arreguin; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: None. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item 7.a.(2) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to extend the Rent Board's contract with the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) for the 2007/2008 Fiscal Year.  [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Chong/Harrison) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT WITH EBCLC AND INCREASE THE AMOUNT PAYABLE BY AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $107,000 IN FISCAL YEAR 2007/2008. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Chong, Harrison, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Walden, Webster, Arreguin. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item 7.a.(3) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to extend the Rent Board's contract with the Eviction Defense Center (EDC) for the 2007/2008 Fiscal Year.  [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Chong/Stephens) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT WITH EDC TO JUNE 30, 2008 AND INCREASE THE AMOUNT PAYABLE BY AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $106,000 IN FISCAL YEAR 2007/2008. Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item 7.a.(4) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to extend the Rent Board's contract with Housing Rights, Inc. for the 2007/2008 Fiscal Year. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Walden/Blake) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT WITH HRI TO JUNE 30, 2008 AND INCREASE THE AMOUNT PAYABLE BY AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $3,000 IN FISCAL YEAR 2007/2008. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-1-0. Abstain: Stephens.

Item 7.a.(5) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to extend the contract with Legislative Advocate Christine Minnehan & Associates for the Fiscal Year 2007/2008.  [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Stephens/Overman) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT WITH CHRISTINE MINNEHAN TO JUNE 30, 2008 AND INCREASE THE AMOUNT PAYABLE BY AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $45,000 IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2007/2008. Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item 7.a.(6) Recommendation to adopt a resolution to extend the contract with Quartet for the 2007/2008 Fiscal Year. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Chong/Stephens) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT WITH QUARTET TO JUNE 30, 2008. Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item 7.a.(7) Proposal to approve staff recommendation on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties.

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3467                 2724 College Avenue (Continued from May 7 meeting.) 
3450                 1238 Haskell Street

Commissioner Chong pulled Waiver Number 3467.

M/S/C (Harrison/Blake) ACCEPT STAFF RECOMMENDATION ON REMAINING WAIVER NUMBER 3450. Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

M/S/F (Blake/Harrison) SUBSTITUTE MOTION ON WAIVER 3467 TO HOLD OVER TO NEXT MEETING TO HAVE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR INVESTIGATE WHETHER THE PROPERTY OWNER RECEIVED A LETTER REGARDING OUR AMNESTY PROGRAM AND IF SO, WHETHER HE BELIEVES THAT WAS MOTIVATION FOR THE OWNER RESPONDING TO THE REGISTRATION STATUS OF THE PROPERTY. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Harrison, Arreguin; No: Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Walden, Webster; Abstain: None; Absent: None. Failed: 3-6-0-0.

M/S/C (Chong/Overman) MAIN MOTION ON WAIVER 3467 TO WAIVE 100% OF THE PENALTY. Roll call vote. Yes: Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Walden; No: Blake, Harrison, Arreguin; Abstain: Webster; Absent: None. Passed: 5-3-1-0.

Item 7.a.(8) Discussion and possible action concerning Fantasy Records Building and continued loss of artist. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/F (Blake/Webster) SUBSTITUTE MOTION TO TABLE ITEM INDEFINITELY. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Overman, Arreguin; No: Kavanagh, Walden; Abstain: Chong, Harrison, Stephens, Webster; Absent: None. Failed: 3-2-4-0.

M/S/C (Kavanagh/Harrison) MAIN MOTION TO CONTINUE TO NEXT REGULAR MEETING TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO MODIFY THE LETTER AND ADD MORE LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS COMMISSIONER HARRISON'S CONCERNS, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE BOARD WILL VOTE ON A FORMAL ACTION TO SEND THE APPROVED MODIFIED LETTER TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL. Roll call vote. Yes: Chong, Harrison, Kavanagh, Stephens, Walden; No: Blake, Overman, Arreguin; Abstain: Webster; Absent: None. Passed: 5-3-1-0.

Item 8.a. Reports from Board members/Staff.

(1) Annual registration fee mailing. Executive Director attached copies of mailings.

(2) Update on resolution urging the City Council to appropriate one million dollars from the General Fund to the Housing Trust Fund. Commissioner Overman gave Boardmembers an update.

(3) Market Medians: January 1999 through March 2007. Executive Director explained the attached report. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.]

(4) Scheduled Board meetings through the remainder of 2007 calendar year. Board agreed to the schedule provided by the Executive Director with one correction, to add the June 18 regular meeting. Boardmembers were reminded of the special to be held at the North Berkeley Senior Center on July 12 to hear a legislative update presentation by Legislative Advocate, Christine Minnehan.

Item 8.b. Announcements of upcoming Committee Meetings:

(1) Budget and Personnel. - TBA 

(2) Outreach - TBA 

(3) Eviction/Section 8 - No meeting scheduled. 

(4) IRA/AGA - TBA 

(5) 4 X 4 - No meeting scheduled. 

(6) Ad Hoc on Soft Story Ordinance - TBA 

(7) Future Special Meetings - Thursday, July 12 to hear legislative update by Legislative Advocate, Christine Minnehan. This meeting will not be aired and will be held at the North Berkeley Senior Center.

c. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda material.

  •  Report on rent increases in the Bay Area
  •  Mold and habitability issues 
  •  Supplemental information to Measure Y tracking report 
  •  Discussion on introduction of new evidence on appeal. 
  •  Selection of Ad Hoc Committee to discuss future computer database upgrades. 
  •  Disaster preparedness training for tenants and landlords, particularly for larger buildings.

9. Adjournment M/S/C (Stephens/Blake) Chair adjourned at 9:38 P.M. in honor of Commissioner Arreguin's recent graduation from UC Berkeley.

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