RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 7, 2003
7 PM

APPROVED 

Item 1. Call to Order - Chair Anderson called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

Commissioners Present: Alberti, Anderson, Chong, Evans, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Payne, Siegel, Spector.

Commissioners Absent: None 

Staff present: Kelekian, Tine, Wyche

Item 2. Approval of the Agenda - M/S/C (Siegel/Evans) APPROVED AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item 3. Public Forum - There were no speakers.

Item 4. Approval of March 3, 2003 Minutes - M/S/C (Spector/Siegel) APPROVED AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item 5.a.(1) Authorization for the Board's Legal Department to file a brief in the California Supreme Court as Amicus Curiae in support of Defendant and Appellant Syriah Degrate in Wasatch Property Management v. Degrate, Supreme Court No. S112386. M/S/C (Siegel/Hogarth) AUTHORIZATION GRANTED. Roll call vote. Passed unanimously.

Item 5.a.(2) Proposal that the Board adopt a resolution requesting the City Council to amend Berkeley Municipal Code Section 13.77.050 to include the notice requirement in Government Code section 7060.4(b)(4) and (5) for extending the date of withdrawal from the market units occupied by non-elderly and non-disabled tenants. Commissioner Siegel recused himself. M/S/C (Alberti/Evans) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION AS WRITTEN. Roll call vote. Yes: Alberti, Anderson, Chong, Evans, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Payne, Spector; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Siegel. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Item 5.a.(3) Proposal that the Board adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to modify the Rent Board's contract with the Eviction Defense Center to increase the total amount payable under the contract in Fiscal Year 2002/2003 by $2,300. M/S/C (Hogarth/Payne) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION AS WRITTEN. Roll call vote. Passed unanimously.

Item 5.a.(4) Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following request for waiver of late registration penalties.

Waiver No.      Location
2928                 1337 Peralta Avenue 
2944                 2808 Grant Street 
2946                 2225 8th Street 
2949                 2438 Russell Street 
2953                 1940 Hearst Avenue 
2960                 2936 Mabel Street 
2962                 1713 Parker Street 
2963                 2310 Piedmont Avenue 
2964                 1640 Julia Street 
2965                 3009 Ellis Street 
2968                 2420 Ellsworth Street 
2972                 2323 10TH Street 
2974                 2410 Stuart Street 
2975                 2700 Woolsey Street 
2980                 2028 8th Street 
2981                 1818 Derby Street 
2982                 1502 Cedar Street 
3006                 1361 Addison Street 
3007                 2103 Grant Street 
2983                 1465 Bancroft Way 
2986                 2737 Grant Street 
2988                 1106 Parker Street 
2991                 156 Panoramic Way 
2992                 1128 Amador Avenue 
2994                 1930 Bonita Avenue 
2998                 2600 San Pablo Avenue 
3002                 1937 Carleton Street

Commissioner Siegel recused himself from Waiver 2944 and pulled 2946 and 2965. Commissioner Evans pulled 2944. Commissioner Spector pulled 2974 and 2975.

M/S/C (Hogarth/Kavanagh) TO AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINERS' RECOMMENDATION ON ALL WAIVERS EXCLUDING WAIVERS 2944, 2946, 2965, 2974 and 2975. Voice vote. Passed unanimously.

M/S/F (Evans/Spector) TO DENY WAIVER NUMBER 2944; 2808 Grant Street. Roll call vote. Yes: Evans, Spector; No: Alberti, Anderson, Chong, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Payne; Abstain: None; Absent: Siegel. Failed: 2-6-0-1.

M/S/C (Alberti/Kavanagh) TO WAIVE 50% PENALTIES ON WAIVER NUMBER 2944. Roll call vote. Yes: Alberti, Anderson, Chong, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Payne, Spector; No: Evans; Abstain: None; Absent: Siegel. Passed: 7-1-0-1. 

M/S/C (Siegel/Alberti) TO WAIVE 75% PENALTIES ON WAIVER NUMBER 2946; 2225 8th Street. Roll call vote. Passed unanimously.

M/S/C (Siegel/Alberti) TO WAIVE IN FULL WAIVER NUMBER 2965; 3009 Ellis Street. Roll call vote. Yes: Alberti, Anderson, Chong, Evans, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Payne, Siegel; No: Spector; Abstain: None; Absent: None. Passed: 8-1-0-0.

M/S (Spector/Hogarth) TO WAIVE 50% PENALTIES ON WAIVER NUMBER 2974. Substitute Motion by Siegel, second by Alberti: TO WAIVE 75% PENALTIES. Roll call vote on substitute motion: Yes: Alberti, Chong, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Payne, Siegel, Spector; No: None; Abstain: Anderson, Evans; Absent: None. Passed: 7-0-2-0.

M/S/C (Hogarth/Evans) TO WAIVE 50% PENALTIES ON WAIVER NUMBER 2975; 2700 Woolsey Street. Roll call vote. Yes: Alberti, Chong, Evans, Hogarth, Siegel, Spector; No: None; Abstain: Anderson, Kavanagh, Payne; Absent: None. Passed: 6-0-3-0.

Item 6. Information and Announcements

b. Announcements of upcoming Committee Meetings: (All committee meetings held at Rent Board Offices, 2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor Law Library unless otherwise noted.) 

(1) Budget and Personnel: Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. 

(2) Combined Outreach Committee: Wednesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. 

(3) Eviction: No meeting set. 

(4) IRA/AGA: Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. 

(5) 3x3 City Council/RSB Housing Committee - No meeting set.

a. Discussion of items for placement on future agenda material.

Commissioner Kavanagh requested a presentation/update from the Berkeley Housing Department regarding revisions to the Rental Housing Safety Program (RHSP).

Item 9. Adjournment M/S/C (Hogarth/Alberti) MOTION TO ADJOURN. Voice vote: Passed unanimously. Chair Anderson adjourned the meeting at 7:58 p.m.