RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, March 7, 2005
7 PM

APPROVED


Item 1. Call to Order - Chairperson Chong called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. Pam Wyche called roll. 

Commissioners Present: Arreguin, Chong, Evans (arrived 7:10 p.m.), Kavanagh, Overman, Payne, Spector, Walden 

Commissioners Absent: Harrison 

Staff Present: Kelekian, Kelly, Tine, Wyche

Item 2. Approval of the Agenda. M/S/C (Arreguin/Overman) APPROVE WITH TWO CHANGES: MOVE WAIVER NUMBER 3226 TO NEXT REGULAR MEETING AND CORRECT PERCENTAGE FROM 0.09% TO 0.9% IN DESCRIPTION OF APPEAL T-4556 UNDER ITEM 5.a. Voice vote. Passed: 7-0-0-2. Absent: Evans, Harrison.

Item 3. Public Forum. There were no speakers.

Item 4. Approval of the Minutes. M/S/C (Payne/Arreguin) TO APPROVE THE FEBRUARY 7, 2005 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed: 7-0-0-2 Absent: Evans, Harrison.

Item 5.a. Appeal T-4556; 1305 Ashby Avenue. M/S/C (Arreguin/Overman) TO AFFIRM LEGAL STAFF RECOMMENDATION. Roll call vote. Yes: Arreguin, Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Spector, Walden; No: None; Abstain: Evans, Payne; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 6-0-2-1.

Item 5.b. Appeal T-4587; 2215 Bonar Street H. M/S/C (Overman/Spector) TO AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINER'S DECISION. Roll call vote. Yes: Arreguin, Chong, Evans, Kavanagh, Overman, Payne, Spector; No: None; Abstain: Walden; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 7-0-1-1.

Item 6.a.(1) Recommendation that the Board adopt a resolution in memory of Karl Linn to be presented at his memorial on March 20, 2005. (Read by Commissioner Walden) M/S/C (Walden/Payne) Roll call vote. Yes: Arreguin, Chong, Evans, Kavanagh, Overman, Payne, Spector, Walden; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Item 6.a.(2)That the Board adopt on first reading proposals to amend Regulations 701 [Security Deposits], 702 [Payment of Interest on Security Deposits] and 704 [Deduction of Interest from Rent] to clarify the procedures and interest rates payable on security deposits when the interest is not paid in December as required by B.M.C. section 13.76.070. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Walden/Payne) TO ADOPT ON FIRST READING PROPOSALS TO AMEND REGULATIONS 701, 702 AND 704. Roll call vote. Yes: Arreguin, Chong, Evans, Kavanagh, Overman, Payne, Spector, Walden; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Item 6.a.(3) That the Board adopt on first reading proposal to amend Regulation 1271 to provide for tolling of limitation period for liability for rent overcharges where the tenant delays filing petition in reasonable reliance on landlord's misrepresentations. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Evans/Kavanagh) TO ADOPT AT FIRST READING PROPOSAL TO AMEND REGULATION 1271. Roll call vote. Yes: Arreguin, Chong, Evans, Kavanagh, Overman, Payne, Spector, Walden; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Item 6.a.(4) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to transfer $200,000 from the AEPhi lawsuit settlement to the Housing Trust Fund. The $200,000 is to be used specifically for low-income housing development projects presented to the Board at its February 24th regular meeting. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Arreguin/Payne) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION AS WRITTEN. Roll call vote. Yes: Arreguin, Chong, Evans, Kavanagh, Overman, Payne, Spector, Walden; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Item 6.a.(5) Recommendation to cancel March 21st regular Board meeting. M/S/C (Payne/Arreguin) TO CANCEL MARCH 21, 2005 MEETING AS RECOMMENDED. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1 Absent: Harrison.

Item 6.a.(6) Rescinding Resolution 98-27, which allows two Board members to constitute a quorum of a committee. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Payne/Overman) TO RESCIND RESOLUTION 98-27. Roll call vote. Yes: Arreguin, Chong, Kavanagh, Overman, Payne, Walden; No: None; Abstain: Evans, Spector; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 6-0-2-1.

Item 6.a.(7) Proposal to approve staff recommendation on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties.

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3218                 2316 Ward Street 
3219                 2122 9th Street 
3220                 1362 Hopkins Street 
3221                 2005 Vine Street 
3222                 1247-49 Cedar Street 
3224                 1933 Ashby Avenue 
3226                 2620 Piedmont Avenue 
3228                 2620 Dana Street 
3230                 2518 Etna Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address 
3223                 1901-1902 Vine Street 
3225                 1823 Delaware Street 
3229                 1360 Berkeley Way 
3231                 2535 Regent Street 
3232                 1780 Le Roy Avenue 
3233                 2413 Milvia Street 
3234                 901 Page/1425 - 7th Street 
3236                 1815 Berkeley Way 
3237                 3200 Ellis Street 
3238                 1324 Alcatraz Avenue 
3239                 1547 Prince Street 
3240                 1312 Alcatraz Avenue 
3241                 1439 Carleton Street 
3242                 2721 California Street 
3247                 2914-16 Ellsworth Street

At owner's request, Waiver Number 3225 was pulled and carried over to next meeting. Commissioner Evans pulled Waiver Numbers 3232 and 3237-3240.

M/S/C (Overman/Payne) TO ACCEPT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS ON ALL WAIVERS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF 3225, 3232 AND 3237-3240. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1. Absent: Harrison.

M/S/C (Evans/Arreguin) TO CARRY OVER WAIVER NUMBER 3232 TO NEXT MEETING. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1 Absent: Harrison.

M/S/C (Spector/Arreguin) TO WAIVE 85% OF THE PENALTY FOR WAIVER NUMBER 3237-3240 OPPOSED TO THE RECOMMENDED 75%. Roll call vote. Yes: Arreguin, Chong, Kavanagh, Payne, Spector, Walden; No: Evans; Abstain: Overman; Absent: Harrison. Passed: 6-1-1-1.

Item 7.b. Committee meeting announcements and reports. 

(1) Budget/Personnel - No meeting scheduled. 

(2) Outreach - TBA. 

(3) Eviction - Monday, March 14th at 6 p.m. 

(4) IRA/AGA - Monday, March 21st at 6:00 p.m. 

(5) 4 x 4 - No meeting scheduled.

Item 8. Adjournment. M/S/C (Overman/Arreguin) Chair Chong adjourned at 9:00 p.m.