RENT STABILIZATION BOARD

Regular Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 18, 2001
7:00p.m.

APPROVED 

2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Council Chambers, Second Floor 7 PM

Members Present:         Janowitz, Anderson, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth, Alberti 

Absent:                             Maldonado

Staff Present:                  Gelb, Tine, Wyche

Roll Call –  6:13 for Closed Session and 7:18 Regular Meeting

Item 1.       Closed Session  Pursuant to Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9 of the Government Code, the Board met in closed session with Legal Counsel to discuss the annual litigation report:

Kneipp Water Church v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 760785-5

Alpha Epsilon Phi v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 763562-5

City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board v. Alpha Epsilon Phi Housing Association, Alameda County Superior Court Number 782442-3

Kerwin v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 787916-8

Munger v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 800183-0

Cabrera v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 801540-6

Dezerega v. Meggs  [Rent Board as Amicus Curiae], Court of Appeal Number A086725

Haral v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 817047-5

Wofsy & Associates v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 821922-6

Hanerfeld v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 824551-3

Ward v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 816835-5

Cabinda v. Santa Monica Rent Control Board [Berkeley Rent Board Amicus Curiae], Court of Appeal (2nd Appellate District) B133077

Iota Building Corp. v. Beauvais, Alameda County Superior Court Number 822845-3

Berkeley Property Owners Association v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 831986-1

No action was taken.

Item 3.             Approval of the Agenda.  APPROVED AS WRITTEN.  M/S/C (Harris/Siegel) Passed. 8-0-0-2.  Absent:  Maldonado.

 Item 5.            Approval of the Minutes.    APPROVED AS WRITTEN.  M/S/C (Harris/Janowitz) Passed: 8-0-0-1.  Absent:  Maldonado.

  Item 6 a.          First reading of proposal to amend Regulation 1206 to increase the statute of limitations for former tenants to file petitions with the Board from one year to three years.  M/S/C (Harris/Anderson) TO REMAND TO THE IRA/AGA COMMITTEE FOR FURTHER REVIEW AND DISCUSSION.  Voice vote:  Yes:  Janowitz, Anderson, Bernay, Harris, Hogarth, Alberti;  Abstain:  Spector, Siegel; Absent: Maldonado. Passed: 6-0-2-1.

Item 6.b.(3)      Proposal to adopt revised 2001 Board Meeting Schedule changing the February 22, 2001 meeting to February 15, 2001. M/S/C (Alberti/Hogarth) TO ADOPT REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE AS REVISED. Absent: Maldonado. Passed  8-0-0-1

Item 6.b.(1)      Presentation on proposals for increased support for limited equity housing cooperatives:  Kathy Labiola from Cooperative Housing Policy Task Force and Steve Barton, Acting Director Berkeley Housing Department.   DISCUSSION AND OVERALL AGREEMENT OF THE BOARD TO SUPPORT COOPERATIVE HOUSING IN BERKELEY THROUGH EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH, INCLUDING PRESENTATIONS ON THE RENT BOARD HOUSING UPDATE TELEVISION SHOW.  NO ACTION TAKEN.

Item 6.b.(2)      Presentation of Housing Element and proposal that Board support amendments to Draft General Plan:  Steve Barton, Acting Director Berkeley Housing Department.

M/S/C (Hogarth/Bernay) TO ENDORSE AND SUPPORT THE DRAFT GENERAL PLAN WITH A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT BY COMMISSIONER ALBERTI THAT THE TAX AMOUNT BE PROGRESSIVE.  A roll call vote was taken.  Yes: Janowitz, Anderson, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth, Albert; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Maldonado.  

Passed 8-0-0-1

Item 6.b.(5)      Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties held over from January 4, 2001 regular meeting:

  • Waiver numbers 2501, 2626, 2629:  M/S/C (Spector/Alberti) TO DENY WAIVERS.  PAY FULL PEANLTIES ON ALL THREE PROPERTIES.  A roll call vote was taken.  Yes: Janowitz, Anderson, Bernay, Spector, Siegel, Hogarth, Alberti; No: None; Abstain: Harris; Absent: Maldonado.  Passed 7-0-1-1.
  • Waiver number 2512: M/S/C (Alberti/Hogarth) TO ACCEPT STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO WAIVE $3,536 AND IMPOSE $992 IN PENALTIES.  A roll call vote was taken.  Yes: Janowitz, Anderson, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth, Alberti; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Maldonado. Passed 8-0-0-1.
  • Waiver number 2532:

Item 7.b.          Announcements of upcoming Committee Meetings.

  1. Budget/Personnel – Friday, February 2, 2001, 4pm, Law Library, 2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor.
  2. Community Education & Outreach –  No meeting set.
  3. Eviction – Monday, January 29, 2001, 6pm, Law Library
  4. Individual Rent Adjustment/Annual General Adjustment – Wednesday, February 7,  2001, 5:30pm, Law Library
  5. Student Outreach & Internship – Tuesday, January 30, 2001 on UC campus.
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Adjournment was at 9:41 P.M.