City of Berkeley
Rent Stabilization Board
Committee meeting schedules and assignments

(click a linked meeting date to view the proposed meeting agenda)

Rent Stabilization Board Commissioners' Committee meeting attendance records 


WAIVERS COMMITTEE

This Committee began by reviewing the regulations related to waiver of penalties imposed for late registration. The regulations were revised, but the committee continues to meet as needed to consider ways in which the waiver process can be improved. The Committee will also periodically review waivers recommendations prior to the recommendations being submitted to the full Board.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:     To Be Announced                                

Commissioner Dodsworth, Chair
Commissioner Harr
Commissioner Shelton


INDIVDUAL RENT ADJUSTMENT / ANNUAL GENERAL ADJUSTMENT / HABITABILITY COMMITTEE

This Committee handles all issues that relate to the Board’s regulations and the Hearings Unit. The Committee reviews and approves the Annual General Adjustment. Changes to regulations may be initiated at the Committee, and the Board refers any issues that arise related to regulations, hearings, or the appeals process to this Committee.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:     To Be Announced  

Commissioner Hunt
Commissioner Townley 
  


BUDGET AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

This Committee oversees the annual budget process, and makes recommendations to the Board throughout the year on changes to the staffing model and any expenditures that arise outside of the budget process. Any issues related to registration or the registration fee originate with this Committee, including such programs as the Summer Registration Fee for fraternities.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:      To Be Announced  

Commissioner Harr
Commissioner Shelton  


EVICTION / SECTION 8 / FORECLOSURE COMMITTEE

This Committee reviews and monitors matters related to the displacement of tenants from affordable housing and possible resources to assist them. The Committee’s work includes, but is not limited to, reviewing and tracking annual status reports on Owner Occupancy and Ellis evictions, meeting with the Berkeley Housing Authority on common ground issues, tracking and monitoring staff’s progress in outreach to tenants in foreclosed or distressed properties, and reviewing the work performed under contract with the East Bay Community Law Center and Eviction Defense Center.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:     To Be Announced  

Commissioner Harr, Chair
Commissioner Hunt
Commissioner Soto-Vigil


OUTREACH COMMITTEE

The Outreach Committee reviews efforts and makes recommendations for informing Berkeley residents and property owners of the services that the Rent Board provides and for expanding access to these services. Outreach projects include, but are not limited to, informative workshops and mailings, advertising, and on-the-spot counseling services at annual Berkeley events, the library, senior centers, and local college campuses.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:     To Be Announced  

Commissioner Dodsworth
  


SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE HOUSING COMMITTEE

This Committee focuses on matters related to maintaining rental housing in Berkeley that is secure, healthy, and environmentally conscientious. The Committee recently collaborated with City staff and other Commissions on crafting a draft disaster preparedness plan. It supported the composting and recycling improvements at the county level and the soft-story ordinance adopted by the City Council. It also investigated energy conservation and sustainability issues.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:  Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 4 p.m.
                         2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Law Library                                     

Commissioner Dodsworth
Commissioner Soto-Vigil
Commissioner Townley, Chair
  


4 X 4 JOINT COMMITTEE ON HOUSING - RENT BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL
(Prior meeting agendas are posted on the City Clerk's web site which is linked above.)

The 4x4 was established to allow the Rent Board and the City Council to discuss and make recommendations on housing issues where jurisdiction or policy overlap, conflict or is unclear. Four members are appointed from each body. Issues that have been before the 4x4 include seismic safety issues (soft story ordinance and signage enforcement), the Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Ordinance, the Condominium Conversion Ordinance, proposed changes to the Demolition Ordinance, recycling and energy issues, the apartment building fires, and habitability issues, including the Rental Housing Safety Program and how the city performs inspections.

Next Meeting:  To Be Announced

Commissioner Harr
Commissioner Townley 



DISBANDED COMMITTEES

Ad Hoc Committee on Smoke-Free Housing

Prior Agendas

Commissioner Blake, Chair
Commissioner Dodsworth
Commissioner Shelton
Commissioner Webster
  


Ad Hoc Committee on Board Compensation

Prior Agendas

Commissioner Drake
Commissioner Harr
Commissioner Stephens
Commissioner Townley, Chair   
  


Ad Hoc Committee on Filling Board Vacancy 

Prior Agendas

Commissioner Blake, Chair
Commissioner Drake
Commissioner Shelton
Commissioner Tregub 


Ad Hoc Committee on State Legislation 

Prior Agendas  

Commissioner Harr
Commissioner Shelton
Commissioner Tregub
Commissioner Webster