RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, December 5, 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, Harrison, Kavanagh, Overman (arrived 7:05), Spector, Walden

Commissioners Absent: Payne 

Staff Present: Kelekian, Wyche

Item 2. Approval of the Agenda. M/S/C (Chong/Harrison) TO MOVE ACTION ITEMS 6.a.(1) AND 6.a.(3) TO THE BEGINNING AND AFTER PUBLIC FORUM. Voice vote. Passed: 7-0-0-2. Absent: Overman, Payne.

Item 4. Public Forum. There were no speakers.

Item 6.a.(1) Proposal that the Board authorize the Executive Director to arrange, through the City's Information Technology Department, web casting for all future Rent Board regular meetings. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Overman/Arreguin) MOVE TO ACCEPT STAFF RECOMMENDATION. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1. Absent: Payne.

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

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3276                 2531 Ridge Road (continued from November 21st meeting.)

M/S/C (Evans/Spector) TO ACCEPT STAFF RECOMMENDATION ON WAIVER NUMBER 3276. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1 Absent: Payne

Item 3. Special Order of Business

a. Election of Chairperson. Chair Chong opened the nominations. Commissioner Arreguin nominated for reelection Commissioner Chong and he accepted. There were no more nominations. Chair Chong closed the nominations and called the question. A raised hand vote was taken. Commissioner Chong was reelected to Chairperson by an 8-0-0-1 vote. Absent: Payne

b. Election of Vice-Chairperson. Chair Chong opened the nominations. Commissioner Chong nominated Commissioner Payne, indicating that she had previously agreed to accept if nominated during her absence. Commissioner Harrison nominated Commissioner Kavanagh and the Commissioner respectfully declined. There were no more nominations. Chair Chong closed the nominations and called the question. A raised hand vote was taken. Commissioner Payne was reelected to Vice-Chairperson by an 8-0-0-1 vote. Absent: Payne.

Item 5. Approval of the November 21, 2005 regular meeting minutes. M/S/C (Evans/Walden) TO APPROVE AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed: 7-0-1-1. Abstain: Arreguin; Absent: Payne.

Item 6.a.(2) Approval of the 2006 Calendar Year Rent Stabilization Board regular meeting schedule. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] M/S/C (Chong/Harrison) TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION REVISING RESOLUTION NUMBER 96-13 TO RE-ESTABLISH THE SCHEDULE, TIME AND PLACE FOR HOLDING REGULAR MEETINGS; TO MEET ONCE A MONTH ON THE THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH, UNLESS THE MONDAY FALLS ON A CITY OF BERKELEY HOLIDAY IN WHICH CASE THE MEETING WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO THE FOLLOWING THURSDAY. IN ADDITION, BOARD COMMISSIONERS ARE TO RESERVE THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR POTENTIAL SPECIAL MEETINGS, UNLESS THE MONDAY FALLS ON A CITY OF BERKELEY HOLIDAY IN WHICH CASE THE COMMISSIONER SHOULD RESERVE THE FOLLOWING THURSDAY. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-0-1 Absent: Payne.

Item 7.a.(1) Update by Executive Director on proposed changes to the Ellis Implementation Ordinance. City Council adopted the changes on second reading last Tuesday. The Ordinance is now being posted and will go into effect December 29th.

Item 7.a.(2) The first quarter budget update was presented by the Executive Director.

Item 7.a.(3) A corrected Market Median Rent report for the period January 1999 through September 2005 was distributed.  [PDF file requires  Adobe Acrobat Reader.] 

Item 8.b. Announcement of Upcoming Committee Meetings:

(1) Budget and Personnel: No meeting scheduled. 

(2) Outreach: TBA 

(3) IRA/AGA: Tuesday, December 20th (tentative) 

(4) Eviction: No meeting scheduled. 

(5) 4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee: TBA

Item 8.c. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda.

(1) Authorization to contract to purchase a new phone system. (Executive Director) 

(2) Securing services for people who are not paying rent registration. (Harrison) 

(3) Invite Christine Minnehan, Board Lobbyist, to give a legislative update. (Executive Director) 

(4) Revisit waiver procedures and the fee issue. To go to committee first then to full Board. (Evans) 

(5) Revisit Regulation 1269 (B) 4. To go to committee first then to full Board. (Arreguin)

Item 9. Adjournment: M/S/C (Harrison/Walden) Moved to adjourn. Chair Chong adjourned at 8:15 p.m.