RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, June 18, 2007
7 PM

Webcast Video Archive 

APPROVED 

Item 1. Call to Order - Chair Arreguin called the meeting to order at 7:07 pm. Pam Wyche called roll. 

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

Commissioners Absent: Walden 

Staff Present: Kelekian, Tine, Wyche

Item 2. Approval of the Agenda. M/S/C (Overman/Webster) APPROVE AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed 8-0-0-1. Absent: Walden.

Item 3. Public Forum. There were no speakers.

Item 4. Minutes of May 21, 2007 regular meeting minutes . M/S/C (Overman/Blake) APPROVE WITH THE FOLLOWING CHANGES: Item 3. Public Forum: Marc Janowitz spoke in support of the Rent Board's funding of EBCLC and other eviction defense services. Item 6. Appeal T-4682, Commissioner Harrison seconded, not Blake. Item 7.a.(4) regarding Housing Rights, the vote was 8-0-1-0 with Stephens abstaining. Item 9. Adjournment: Commissioner Stephens moved to adjourn, not Webster. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1. Absent: Walden.

Item. 5. Appeal L-3881; 2472 through 2478 Virginia Street. Substitute Motion (Blake/Overman) TO ADOPT ALL WORDING IN THE MAIN MOTION AND TO TAKE HALF OF THE $38,600 FOR THE PLASTER SHEATHING AND ALLOCATE IT AS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Harrison, Overman; No: Chong, Webster; Abstain: Kavanagh, Stephens, Arreguin; Absent: Walden. Failed: 3-2-3-1.

Main Motion (Stephens/Webster) AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINER'S DECISION WITH LEGAL STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION THAT THE ADJUSTMENT GRANTED FOR REPLACING THE CONCRETE STAIRS IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING BE DENIED. Roll call. Yes: Blake, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Webster, Arreguin; No: Chong, Harrison; Abstain: None; Absent: Walden. Passed: 6-2-0-1.

Item 6.a.(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.

M/S/C (Overman/Kavanagh) TO DIRECT THE RENT BOARD CHAIR TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE CITY MANAGER AND CITY COUNCIL ASKING THAT THEY IMMEDIATELY HIRE AN OBJECTIVE OUTSIDE SOURCE, NOT A CITY EMPLOYEE, TO INITIATE AN INDEPENDENT AND THOROUGH INVESTIGATION INTO THE ACCURACY OF THE ALLEGATIONS MADE IN THE CITY ATTORNEY'S JUNE 6TH MEMORANDUM REGARDING THE STATE OF THE BERKELEY HOUSING AUTHORITY. THIS INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE INDEPENDENT OF ALL OTHER HOUSING AUTHORITY INVESTIGATIONS AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE CITY COUNCIL'S SUMMER RECESS AT THE END OF JULY. THIS LETTER WILL INCLUDE BOARD RECOGNITION OF THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT DR. STEPHEN BARTON HAS MADE TO OUR COMMUNITY IN HIS 18 YEARS OF SERVICE AS A CITY EMPLOYEE. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Chong, Harrison, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Webster, Arreguin; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Walden. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Item 6.a.(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.] 

Item 6.a.(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.]

Item 6.a.(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.]

Item 6.a.(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)

M/S/C (Overman/Stephens) TO COMBINE ITEMS 6.a.(2) THROUGH 6.a.(5) AND ADOPT THE PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS ON EACH ITEM. Roll call vote. Yes: Blake, Chong, Harrison, Kavanagh, Overman, Stephens, Webster, Arreguin; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Walden. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Item 6.a.(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

M/S/C (Overman/Webster) ACCEPT STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS ON ALL WAIVERS LISTED. Voice vote. 8-0-0-1 Absent: Walden.

Item 6.a.(7) Action concerning Fantasy Records Building and continued loss of local artists. (Continued from May 21st meeting.) Commissioner Kavanagh announced that he would prepare a personal letter, written in his capacity as an individual and Rent Stabilization Board member, out of the draft letter submitted to the Board tonight and deliver it to the Mayor and City Council this week. He invited his colleagues, if so inclined, to add their names to the letter. No other action taken. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] 

Information and Announcements

Item 7.a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

Item 7.a.(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 announced the appointment.

Item 7.a.(2) Special Board meeting on the June 25, 2007 to adopt the FY 07/08 Rent Board budget. Executive Director informed the Board that a special meeting is needed on June 25th to review and adopt the FY 2007/2008 budget. Board agreed.

Item 7.a.(3) Registration update. Executive Director informed the Board that registration is progressing smoothly and is on track.

Item 7.a.(4) Update on office phone system. Executive Director said he expects to be coming to the Board next month with a final proposal to upgrade and replace the antiquated office phone system.

Item 7.a.(5) Rent Board presence at Juneteenth Festival. Executive Director announced that staff had set up an information booth at the Juneteenth Festival on Sunday, June 17th.

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

(1) Budget and Personnel - No meeting scheduled. 

(2) Outreach - TBA within the next two weeks. 

(3) IRA/AGA/Habitability - Will schedule after Budget approval. 

(4) Eviction/Section 8 - TBA and will schedule in the first or second week of July. 

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

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Condominium Conversion Ordinance Soft Story. (Correction) - To be scheduled in the near future.

(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.

Whether to cancel the regularly scheduled July 16th Board meeting and substitute with the recently scheduled special meeting of July 12th, being held at the North Berkeley Senior Center.

8. Adjournment (Blake/Harrison) Chair Arreguin adjourned at 9:32 p.m.