RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 21, 2003
7 PM

APPROVED

Item 1. Call to Order - Co Vice-Chair Spector called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

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

Commissioners Absent: Anderson, Payne 

Staff present: Kelekian, Kelly, Wyche

Item 2. Approval of the Agenda - M/S/C (Hogarth/Alberti) APPROVED AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed: 7-0-0-2. Absent: Anderson, Payne.

Item 3. Public Forum - There were no speakers.

Item 4. Approval of April 7, 2003 Minutes - M/S/C (Chong/Siegel) APPROVED WITH CORRECTION UNDER WAIVERS ITEM 5.a.(4) SECOND MOTION (WHICH DID NOT PASS) BY EVANS SHOULD READ: TO DENY WAIVER NUMBER 2944; 2808 GRANT STREET (INSTEAD OF WAIVE IN FULL). Voice vote: 7-0-0-2 Absent: Anderson, Payne.

Item 5. Appeal T-4324: 1603 Alcatraz Avenue M/S/C (Siegel/Chong) TO AFFIRM STAFF RECOMMENDATION WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE DISPUTED AMOUNT TO BE PLACED IN ESCROW BE CHANGED TO $450 INSTEAD OF $900. Roll call vote. Yes: Alberti, Chong, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Siegel; No: None; Abstain: Evans, Spector; Absent: Anderson, Payne. Passed: 5-0-2-2.

Item 6.a. Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following request for waiver of late registration penalties.

Waiver No.   Street No.   Street Name
2924               1327             Haskell Street 
2943               2508             Hillegass Avenue 
2978               1730             Curtis Street 
2979               1925             Russell Street 
2984               1543             Fairview Street 
2987                    66             Panoramic Way 
2989               1709             Dwight Way 
2990               1642             10th Street 
3003               1415             Josephine Street 
3005               1641             Julia Street 
3015               1934             Stuart Street 
3016               1338             Kains Avenue 
3017               2665             Shasta Road 
3018               1911             MLK Jr. Way 
3019               1434             6th Street 
3039               1530             University Avenue 
3047                 914             Delaware Street 
3052               1328             Burnett Street

Commissioner Evans pulled Waivers 2943 and 3005.

M/S/C (Hogarth/Alberti) TO AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINER RECOMMENDATIONS ON ALL WAIVERS EXCLUDING WAIVERS 2943 AND 3005. WAIVERS 2943 AND 3005 TO BE CONTINUED TO THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING. Voice vote. Passed: 7-0-0-2 Absent: Anderson, Payne.

Item 6.a.(2) First reading on proposal of Regulations 524 and 525 [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] :

(a) Regulation 524 to clarify that the rent ceiling limitations of Rent Stabilization Ordinance are intended to apply to units rented for residential use by a "tenant in occupancy" and do not apply to rental units that are kept primarily for secondary occupancy, such as a pied-a-terre or a vacation home, or for non-residential use, such as commercial or storage; and

(b.) Regulation 525 to provide a procedure by which a landlord may seek a determination from the Rent Board that a unit is not being occupied by a "tenant in occupancy."

M/S/C (Chong/Alberti) TO ADOPT FIRST READING OF PROPOSAL OF REGULATIONS 524 AND 525. Roll call vote. Yes: Alberti, Chong, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Siegel, Spector; No: Evans; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Payne. Passed: 6-1-0-2.

M/S/C (Alberti/Chong) REQUEST THAT LEGAL STAFF RESEARCH POSSIBILITY OF CHANGING SERVICE BY MAIL TO CERTIFIED MAIL. Roll call vote. Yes: Alberti, Chong, Evans, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Siegel, Spector; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Payne. Passed: 7-0-0-2. Absent: Anderson, Payne.

M/S/C (Evans/Siegel) REQUEST THAT LEGAL STAFF RESEARCH THE POSSIBILITY OF INCLUDING A PROCEDURE WHERE A TENANT COULD REOPEN A FINALIZED TENANT IN OCCUPANCY PETITION IF STAFF DETERMINES THE TENANT WAS NOT PROPERLY SERVED. Voice vote. Passed: 7-0-0-2 Absent: Anderson, Payne.

Item 6.a.(3) First reading on proposal to amend Regulation 880 [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader], which establishes the due date for the payment of registration fees. M/S/C (Siegel/Chong) TO ADOPT FIRST READING OF PROPOSAL TO AMEND REGULATION 880. Roll call vote. Yes: Alberti, Chong, Evans, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Siegel, Spector; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Payne. Passed: 7-0-0-2.

Item 7.b. Proposal that the Board adopt a resolution revising the operational spending level and annual appropriation amount for Fiscal Year 2002/2003 from $2,789,176 to $2,950,000. M/S/C (Chong/Siegel) TO ADOPT PROPOSED RESOLUTION AS WRITTEN. Roll call vote. Yes: Alberti, Chong, Evans, Hogarth, Kavanagh, Siegel, Spector; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Payne. Passed: 7-0-0-2.

Item 8. Information and Announcements

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

(1) Budget and Personnel: No meeting set. 

(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 (Siegel/Chong) MOTION TO ADJOURN. Voice vote. Passed unanimously. Vice Chair Spector adjourned the meeting at 9:28 p.m.