RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, August 19, 2002
7 PM

APPROVED 

Members Present: Maldonado, Janowitz, Anderson, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth, Chong, Alberti

Absent:

Staff Present: Gelb, Kelly, Morgan, Tine

Item 1. Roll Call - 6:00 PM Closed session. 7:02 PM Regular Meeting.

Item 2. Closed Session - 6:00 PM CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION (Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9 of the Government Code)

Dezerega v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board [Meggs] Alameda County Superior Court Number 2001-032280

Action Taken: TO REFRAIN FROM SEEKING APPELLATE REVIEW OF THE JUDGMENT OF THE SUPERIOR COURT THAT GRANTED THE LANDLORD'S PETITION. M/S/C (Janowitz/Alberti) Roll call vote. Yes: Janowitz, Anderson, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth, Alberti, Chong; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Maldonado. Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Berkeley Property Owners Association v. Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Alameda County Superior Court Number 8319881

No action taken.

Item 3. Approval of the Agenda - APPROVED WITH CORRECTION TO ITEM 7. a. APPEAL T-4126 ADDRESS STREET NUMBER CHANGED TO 2304 GRANT STREET. M/S/C (Harris, Siegel) Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0

Item 4. Public Forum There was one speaker: Wanda Remmers of Housing Right, Inc..

Item 5. Approval of Minutes - Approval of August 5, 2002 regular Board meeting minutes. M/S/C (Siegel/Spector) TO APPROVE AS WRITTEN. Voice vote. Passed: 8-0-1-0.

Item 6. Special Order of Business - Presentation by Steve Barton and Carlos Romo from the City of Berkeley Housing Department on the housing inspection procedure. No action taken.

Item 7.a. Appeal T-4126 - 2304 Grant Street, Unit G. (Continued from August 5, 2002 meeting.) M/S/F (Harris/Spector) TO REMAND ON THE ISSUE OF THE SECURITY DEPOSIT TO PERMIT APPELLANT TO INTRODUCE EVIDENCE OF EXPENDITURES FOR REPAIRS/CLEANING. Roll call vote. Yes: Maldonado, Spector, Harris, Chong; No: Janowitz, Anderson, Hogarth, Alberti; Abstain: None; Absent: None; Recused: Siegel. Failed: 4-4-0-1.

M/S/C (Janowitz/Hogarth) TO AFFIRM THE DECISION OF THE HEARING EXAMINER. Roll call vote. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Anderson, Hogarth, Alberti, Chong; No: Spector, Harris; Abstain: None; Absent: None; Recused: Siegel. Passed: 6-2-0-1.

Item 7.b. Appeal T-4189 - 1433 Berkeley Way, Unit A. M/S/C (Siegel/Alberti) TO AFFIRM THE DECISION OF THE HEARING EXAMINER. Roll call vote. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Anderson, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth, Alberti, Chong; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: None; Passed: 9-0-0-0.

Item 7.c. Appeal T-4195 - 2418 Dana Street, #23. M/S (Hogarth/Alberti) TO AFFIRM THE DECISION OF THE HEARING EXAMINER. The following substitute motion was made: M/S/C (Siegel/Chong) TO ELIMINATE THE 5% REDUCTION AWARDED FOR THE LANDLORD'S DELAY IN INSTALLING THE NEW HEATING SYSTEM. THE DECISION OF THE HEARING EXAMINER IS OTHERWISE AFFIRMED. Roll call vote. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Anderson, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Chong; No: Hogarth, Alberti; Abstain: None; Absent: None; Passed: 7-2-0-0.

Item 8.a.(1) Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties.

Waiver No.       Location
2871                 2909 Florence Street
2873                 3116 Mabel Street
2879                 2415 Fulton Street

Commissioner Hogarth pulled Waiver 2879 for discussion.

M/S/C (Hogarth/Alberti) TO ACCEPT RECOMMENDATIONS OF HEARING EXAMINERS ON WAIVERS 2871 and 2873. Voice vote. Passed: 9-0-0-0.

M/S/C (Alberti/Hogarth) TO DENY WAIVER 2879. Roll call vote. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Anderson, Spector, Siegel, Hogarth, Alberti, Chong; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Harris; Passed: 8-0-0-1.

Item 9. Announcements

a. Announcements of upcoming Committee Meetings:

(1) Budget and Personnel - No meeting set.
(2) Community Education and Outreach - Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 PM at 2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Law Library.
(3) Eviction - Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 PM at 2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Law Library.
(4) IRA/AGA - Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00 PM at 2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Law Library.
(5) Student Outreach and Internship - Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 PM at 2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Law Library.
(6) 3x3 City Council/RSB Housing Committee - No meeting set.

b. Housing Update program televised live: Monday, September 9, 2002 at 5:30pm Hosted by Commissioner Janowitz. The topic is mold.

Item 10. Adjournment 9:49 PM.  In memory of Hank Henson, a long time Berkeley resident and tenants' rights activist.