RENT STABILIZATION BOARD

Regular Meeting

Thursday, January 20, 2005
7 p.m.

2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Council Chambers, Berkeley, CA.
Broadcast Live - KPFB - 89.3 FM
BTV Cable Channel 33

AGENDA

1. Roll Call - Closed Session - 6:15 p.m. Regular meeting - 7:00 PM 

2. Closed Session - 6:15 p.m.

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION
(Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9 of the Government Code)

Berkeley Property Owners Association v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board 
Superior Court No. 831986-1 

Zaidi v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (McGuinness)
Superior Court No. 841319-8 

Hanerfeld v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board 
Superior Court No. 2001-029283 

King v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Dai) 
Superior Court No. 2001-035396 

Manazadani v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board 
Superior Court No. 2002-2054558 

Mutnick v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board 
Superior Court No. 2002-063704 

Ong v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Darksmith)
Superior Court No. 2002-072014 

Valiyee v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board 
Superior Court No. 2002-070999 

Hanerfeld v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Ziaeian)
Superior Court No. RG03106423 

Flynn v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board 
Superior Court No. RG03115504 

Berkowitz v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Rice-Evans)
Superior Court No. RG04152382

3. Approval of Agenda 

4. Public Forum 

5. Approval of the Minutes 

Minutes of the December 6, 2004 regular meeting.

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

Appeal T-4580; 2430 8th Street. Both the landlord and the tenant appeal the hearing examiner's decision. The landlord contends that the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Costa-Hawkins) allowed him to set the tenant's rent up to 15% more than the Section 8 rent set by the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) for the preceding tenancy. The tenant claims she is entitled to recover more than three years of rent overcharges because the landlord prevented her from filing a more timely petition. A review of the record establishes that the hearing examiner's decision complies with the law and is supported by substantial evidence. For this reason, staff recommends that the decision be affirmed.

7. Action Items 

a. From Board Members, Committees and Executive Director

(1) Recommendation to the Board to adopt a resolution to continue broadcasting meetings and provide closed captioning. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.]  (Executive Director) To be delivered.

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

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address 
3208                 3104 MLK Jr. Way 
3209                 1245 Francisco Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address 
3178                 1343-45 Ward Street 
3183                 3236 King Street 
3202                 1304 Josephine Street 
3203                 1617 Oxford Street 
3204                 1422 Addison Street

8. Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports and information from Board Members/staff.

(1) 2005 Committee Assignments. (Chairperson Chong) 

(2) Soft story community meeting on February 24, 2005. (Executive Director) 

(3) January 25, 2005 report to City Council on Housing Trust Fund allocations. (Executive Director) To be delivered. 

(4) Winter 2005 Newsletter and updated Guide to Berkeley Rent Stabilization Program to be printed. (Executive Director)

(5) Checklist for Brown Act and Commissioner's Handbook Compliance prepared by City Attorney, Manuela Albuquerque, revised January 2005. (Executive Director) 

(6) City of Berkeley Voluntary Time Off Program dates through May 2005. (Executive Director) 

(7) Update on Staff Attorney I recruitment. (Executive Director)

(8) Ellis Bill Statistics 1986 - 2004[PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] (Executive Director) 

(9) Market Median Rents: January 1999 through December 2004[PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] (Executive Director) To be delivered.

b. Committee meeting announcements and reports. (Committee meetings will be held at the Rent Board Offices located at 2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Law Library unless otherwise noted.)

(1) Budget/Personnel 

(2) Outreach 

(3) Eviction 

(4) IRA/AGA 

(5) 4 x 4

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

9. Adjournment