RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 16, 2007
7 PM

Webcast Video Archive 

APPROVED

Item 1. Call to Order - Chair Arreguin called the meeting to order at 7:13 pm. Pam Wyche called roll.

Commissioners Present: Blake, Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Webster, Walden, Arreguin

Commissioners Absent: Harrison 

Staff Present: Kelekian, Kelly, Wyche

Item 2. Approval of the Agenda. M/S/C (Kavanagh/Walden) AT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REQUEST, MOVE ITEM 7.a.(1) TO ACTION ITEM AND COMBINE IT WITH 6.a.(2). Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Walden, Webster, Arreguin; No: None; Abstain: none; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

M/S/F (Kavanagh/Walden) MOVE ITEM 7.a.(5) TO THE ACTION CALENDAR. Roll call vote. Yes: Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Walden; No: Blake, Stephens, Webster, Arreguin; Abstain: None; Absent: Harrison. Failed: 4-4-0-1.

M/S/C (Webster/Stephens) TO APPROVE AGENDA WITH ONE CHANGE, TO MOVE ITEM 7.a.(1) TO ACTION ITEM AND COMBINE WITH 6.a.(2). Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1. Absent: Harrison.

Item 3. Public Forum. There were no speakers.

Item 4. Minutes of March 19, 2007 regular meeting minutes . M/S/C (Stephens/Webster) APPROVED WITH ONE CORRECTION ON ITEM 6.a. FIRST PARAGRAPH SECOND SENTENCE "Chair Arreguin moved ruled (second by Commissioner Kavanagh) that Commissioner Blake's January motion is no longer on the table and that the following motion is now the main motion;" Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1. Absent: Harrison.

Item. 5. Appeal T-4583/T-4698 - 3028 Deakin Street, #3. (Continued from March 19, 2007 meeting) M/S/C (Stephens/Blake) TO AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINER'S DECISION. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Webster, Arreguin; No: None; Abstain: Walden; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 7-0-1-1.

Item 6.a.(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.] M/S/C (Blake/Webster) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION AS WRITTEN. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Walden, Webster, Arreguin; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Item 7.a.(1) FY 2007 Budget Update (through February) and initial Status Quo Budget for FY 2008. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] Executive Director combined this item with 6.a.(2) giving his budget report and answering questions to help the Board decide if there is a need for a special meeting in order to hold a public hearing on the Fiscal year 2007/2008 budget and possible increase in the registration fee.

Item 6.a.(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.] M/S/C (Overman/Webster) MOVE RECOMMENDATION TO HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING ON MAY 7 TO HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC REGARDING A POSSIBLE ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE INCREASE AND TO SET A BUDGET CAP AT $3,525,000. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1 Absent: Harrison.

Item 6.a.(3) Proposal to approve staff recommendation on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties.

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

Commissioner Webster pulled Waiver 3459.

M/S/C (Overman/Kavanagh) MOTION TO ACCEPT STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS ON ALL WAIVERS EXCLUDING WAIVER 3459. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1 Absent: Harrison.

Commissioner Webster recused herself from Waiver Number 3459.

M/S/C (Chong/Stephens) TO ACCEPT STAFF RECOMMENDATION ON WAIVER 3459. Voice vote. 7-0-0-2 Absent: Harrison, Webster.

Item 6.a.(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 distributed a draft resolution. M/S/C (Overman/Walden) TO ADOPT DRAFT RESOLUTION WITH CORRECTION IN THE FIRST WHEREAS, TO REMOVE THE FIRST the. Friendly amendment by Commissioner Blake and accepted. TO REMOVE THE 11TH AND 12TH WHEREAS CLAUSES. Friendly amendment by Commissioner Webster and accepted. TO CHANGE THE FIRST BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED CLAUSE TO READ "BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this money not be in the form of a loan, but a be a direct permanent allocation…" Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Walden, Webster, Arreguin; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 8-0-0-1.Item 7. Information and Announcements

Item 7.a.(1) FY 2007 Budget Update (through February) and initial Status Quo Budget for FY 2008. Moved to action calendar and combined with Item 6.a.(2).

Item 7.a.(2) Upcoming Tenants' Rights Week and Earth Day activities. Executive Director announced that Rent Stabilization Program employees would staff booths at Tenants' Rights Week, being held this week on Cal campus, and at the Earth Day event on April 21 at Civic Center Park.

Item 7.a.(3) Update on request for waivers continued at the February meeting. Executive Director explained that Waivers 3410, 3412 and 3420, which he pulled at the February 15 meeting, have since been resolved and asked if the Board would like them placed back on the next agenda. Board declined and gave direction to let them go as resolved.

Item 7.a.(4) Update on City Council action on proposed ordinance limiting commissioner membership. Chair Arreguin informed the Board that the letter and resolution adopted by the Board at its last meeting was sent to the Mayor and City Council. At their meeting of March 20, the Council rescinded its adoption of the first reading of the ordinance, which limited terms of service on City commissioners, and decided to refer this issue to the Agenda Committee for further discussion. The item was on the Agenda Committee's agenda for this afternoon's meeting and it appears for now that this ordinance has been delayed.

Item 7.a.(5) Concern over Fantasy Records Building and continued loss of artists. Commissioner Kavanagh expressed his concern over the possible displacement of approximately 50 tenant artists in the Fantasy Records Building. He requested that the Board offer support to the City Council's ongoing efforts to mediate the crisis between the Fantasy Building, tenant artists and building owner, possibly in the form of a letter and/or resolution to the Mayor and City Council. He asked that this item be placed on the next regular Board meeting agenda as an action item.

Item 7.b. Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board meetings.

(1) Budget and Personnel - Tuesday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m.

(2) Outreach - To be announced. (TBA)

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability - TBA

(4) Eviction/Section 8 - Monday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee - No meeting scheduled.

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Soft Story Ordinance - No meeting scheduled.

(7) Future Special Meetings - Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. (Public Hearing on Registration Fee); Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Presentation by Legislative Advocate, Christine Minnehan.

Item 7.c Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda.

Item 8. Adjournment M/S/C (Walden/Webster) Chair Arreguin adjourned at 9:23 p.m.