RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Monday, September 23, 2002
7 p.m.

2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Council Chambers, Berkeley, CA.
Broadcast Live - KPFB - 89.3 FM
BTV Cable Channel 25 and
CTV Cable Channel 78

AMENDED AGENDA
(Adding Item 6.b.)

1. Roll Call - 7:00 PM

2. Approval of the Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Special Order of Business

Report from Rent Board Lobbyist, Christine Minnehan.

5. Approval of September 5, 2002 Minutes 

6. Appeals - Time Certain - 7:30PM

a.   Appeal T-4160/T-4161; 2126 Bancroft Way. This is a landlord appeal of a hearing examiner decision that awarded significant rent refunds for habitability problems. On appeal, the landlord claims that the tenants exaggerated the duration of the various problems. However, no evidence is cited or argument presented to support this claim. For this reason, it is recommended that the decision of the hearing examiner be affirmed.

b.   Appeal L-3688/T-4104; 2398 Hilgard Ave.  (Continued from September 5, 2002 meeting.)  The landlord filed a petition for a determination of the rent reductions that would be imposed if certain housing services were removed from the unit.  The hearing examiner issued a decision which has been appealed by the tenant.  The tenant, however, no longer resides in the subject unit and a new rent has been established for the current tenant.  Therefore, the issue of rent reductions for the removal of services from the new former tenant is moot.  A decision on the appeal, other than a dismissal, will have no practical significance. 

7. Action Items

a. From Committees

Recommendation that the Board extend the contract with Marjorie Gelb, as Chief Counsel on a half-time basis, until January 7, 2003. (Budget and Personnel)

8. Announcements

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

b. Announcements of upcoming Committee Meetings:

(1) Budget and Personnel
(2) Community Education and Outreach - Wednesday, September 25, 6PM, 2001 Center, 2nd Floor, Law Library.
(3) Eviction - Thursday, September 26, 6PM, 2001 Center, 2nd Floor, Law Library.
(4) IRA/AGA
(5) Student Outreach and Internship - Tuesday, September 24, 7PM Eshleman Hall, UC Campus.
(6) 3x3 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

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

9. Closed Session

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 Alameda County Superior Court Number 8319881

10. Adjournment