RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Monday, May 21, 2007
7 p.m.
Maudelle Shirek Building
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
City Council Chambers, Second Floor
Berkeley, CA
Broadcast Live - KPFB - 89.3 (N. Berkeley)
and
BTV Cable Channel 33

Webcast Video Archive 

AGENDA

 

1. Roll Call - 7:00 PM 

2. Approval of Agenda 

3. Public Forum 

4. Approval of the April 16, 2007 regular meeting minutes.

5.Approval of the May 7, 2007 Special Meeting/Public Hearing minutes .

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

Appeal T-4682; 2202 7th Street. The tenant filed a petition for an award of security deposit interest and a rent refund based on alleged habitability violations in her unit. The hearing examiner awarded security deposit interest and ordered a rent refund. On appeal, the tenant claims she was denied due process and the decision of the hearing examiner is not supported by the evidence. A review of the record establishes that the tenant received a fair hearing and that there is substantial evidence in the record to support the findings and decision of the hearing examiner. Therefore, other than correcting a clerical error in the calculation of the amount of the tenant's security deposit, staff recommends that the decision of the hearing examiner be affirmed.

7. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to adopt a resolution to extend the contract with Berkeley Community Media for the 2007/2008 fiscal year. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] (Executive Director) 

(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.] (Executive Director)

(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.] (Executive Director)

(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.] (Executive Director)

(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.] (Executive Director)

(6) Recommendation to adopt a resolution to extend the contract with Quartet for the 2007/2008 Fiscal Year. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] (Executive Director)

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

Discretionary Waivers

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

(8) Discussion and possible action concerning Fantasy Records Building [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] and continued loss of artist. (Commissioner Kavanagh)

8. Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) Annual registration fee mailing. (Executive Director)

(2) Update on resolution urging the City Council to appropriate one million dollars from the General Fund to the Housing Trust Fund [PDF file] (Commissioner Overman)

(3) Market Medians: January 1999 through March 2007 [PDF file] (Executive Director)

(4) Scheduled Board meetings through the remainder of 2007 calendar year. [PDF file] (Executive Director)

b. Announcements of upcoming Committee Meetings:

(1) Budget and Personnel. 

a. Minutes of May 7, 2007 meeting.

(2) Outreach

(3) Eviction/Section 8 

a. Unapproved minutes of April 16 meeting. 

b. May 7, 2007 meeting - no quorum.

(4) IRA/AGA and Habitability

(5) 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Soft Story Ordinance

(7) Future Special Meeting - Thursday, July 12, 2007

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.

9. Adjournment