RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Monday, April 16, 2007
7 p.m.
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
City Council Chambers
Berkeley, CA
Broadcast Live - KPFB - 89.3 (N. Berkeley)
and
BTV Cable Channel 33

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AGENDA


1. Roll Call - 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of March 19, 2007 regular meeting minutes.

5. Appeal Time Certain - 7:15 p.m.

Appeal T-4583/T-4698 - 3028 Deakin Street, #3. (Continued from March 19, 2007 meeting). This is a tenant's appeal of the amount of the rent reductions granted by the hearing examiner. On appeal, the tenant seeks rent reductions for two items for which reductions were denied and for greater reductions on several items for which reductions were granted. Reductions were properly denied on items where the tenant's use of the rental unit was not significantly impaired or her health and safety jeopardized. In addition, no compelling grounds have been provided for increasing the amount of the rent reductions that were granted. For these reasons, staff recommends that the decision of the hearing examiner be affirmed.

6. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Proposal to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to increase the 2006/2007 Purchase Order with Inkworks Progressive Printing ("Inkworks") from $15,000 to $30,000. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader .] (Budget/Personnel Committee)

(2) Recommendation to hold a special meeting and public hearing on the FY 2007/08 Budget and possible increase in the Registration Fee, on Monday, May 7. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] (Budget/Personnel)

(3) Proposal to approve staff recommendation on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties. (Executive Director)

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address 
3444                 1916 Haste Street 
3461                 3240 Adeline Street 
3463                 2807-2809 College Avenue 
3464                 2340 Hilgard Avenue

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address 
3459                 2001 Allston Way 
3462                 3151-A Harper Street 
3465                 1522 Francisco Street 
3466                 1108-1110 Francisco Street 
3467                 2726 College Avenue 
3468                 1525 Harmon Street 
3469                 1624 Hearst Avenue

(4) Recommendation to adopt a resolution urging the City Council to appropriate one million dollars from the General Fund to the Housing Trust Fund (Commissioner Overman) (To be distributed.)

7. Information and Announcements

Please Note: The Board may move Information Items
to the Action Calendar.

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) FY 2007 Budget Update (through February) and initial Status Quo Budget for FY 2008. (Executive Director)

(2) Upcoming Tenants' Rights Week and Earth Day activities. (Executive Director and Outreach Committee)

(3) Update on request for waivers continued at the February meeting. (Executive Director)

(4) Update on City Council action on proposed ordinance limiting commissioner membership.

(5) Concern over Fantasy Records Building and continued loss of artists. (Commissioner Kavanagh)

b. Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings. 

(1) Budget and Personnel 

a. Minutes of April 9 meeting. 

b. Agenda for April 17th meeting. 

(2) Outreach 

a. Minutes of April 9 meeting. 

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability 

(4) Eviction/Section 8 

a. Minutes of Monday, March 26 meeting. 

b. Agenda of Monday, March 29 meeting. (No quorum/canceled) 

c. Agenda for April 16th meeting. 

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee 

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Soft Story Ordinance 

(7) Future Special Meetings - Thursday, July 12 - Presentation by legislative advocate.

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

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.

8. Adjournment