RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Monday, June 18, 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 May 21, 2007 regular meeting minutes 

5. Appeal L-3881; 2476 Virginia Street. 

Both the landlord and the tenant appeal the hearing examiner's decision on the landlord's petition for capital improvement rent adjustments. The landlord spent approximately $769,000 renovating the six-unit stucco building that had been built in the 1920's. The hearing examiner found that $469,000 of the work qualified for rent adjustments under Board Regulation 1267. The remaining $300,000 of work was found not to qualify. On appeal, the landlord contends that the renovation should be considered as a single capital improvement project and a rent adjustment should be granted based on the entire cost. Conversely, the tenant claims the work was required because the building had been neglected for 25 years and no adjustments would be granted. Upon review, staff recommends that the adjustment granted for replacing the concrete stairs in front of the building should be denied. Otherwise, the decision of the hearing examiner should be affirmed.

6. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Acknowledgement of Steve Barton's accomplishments and requesting the City Council to review the allegations contained in the June 6th letter from the City Attorney. (Chair Arreguin - to be distributed)

(2) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to issue a purchase order in the 2007/2008 fiscal year with Inkworks Printing. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] (Executive Director)

(3) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to issue a purchase order in the 2007/2008 fiscal year with KPFA. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.]  (Executive Director)

(4) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to issue a purchase order in the 2007/2008 fiscal year with Teri Darrenougue to continue to provide closed captioning services. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.]  (Executive Director)

(5) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to issue a purchase order in the 2007/2008 fiscal year with Berkeley Unified School District for rental of the Council Chambers for monthly Rent Board meetings. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.]  (Executive Director)

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

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3473                 2308 Prince Street 
3480                 1103 Addison Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3476                 2700 Sacramento Street 
3477                 2240 Blake Street 
3478                 2627 Hillegass Avenue 
3479                 2327 Browning Street

(7) Action concerning Fantasy Records Building and continued loss of local artists. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] (Commissioner Kavanagh) (Continued from May 21 meeting.)

7. Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) Appointment of Commissioner Chong to the Ad Hoc Committee representing the Board in monitoring future changes to the Rent Board computer database upgrades. (Chair Arreguin)

(2) Special Board meeting on the June 25, 2007 to adopt the FY 07/08 Rent Board budget (Executive Director)

(3) Registration update. (Executive Director)

(4) Update on office phone system. (Executive Director)

(5) Rent Board presence at Juneteenth Festival. (Executive Director)

b. Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings. 

(1) Budget and Personnel 

(2) Outreach 

(3) IRA/AGA/Habitability 

(4) Eviction/Section 8 

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee 

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Condominium Conversion Ordinance 

(7) Future Special Meetings 

a. Monday, June 25 in Council Chambers. 

b. Thursday, July 12 at North Berkeley Senior Center.

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

8. Adjournment