RENT STABILIZATION BOARD

Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, May 7, 2001
7:00 p.m.

APPROVED

Members Present: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth

 Absent: Anderson, Alberti 

Staff Present: Gelb, Kelly, Tine, Wyche

Item 1. Roll Call - 6:39 PM      Closed Session. 7:17 PM Regular Meeting 

Item 2. Closed Session 
CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION (Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9 of the Government Code) Hanerfeld v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Alameda County Superior Court Number 824551-3. The Board authorized Legal staff to pursue an appeal of the judgment. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Maldonado, Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 6-0-0-3

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - ANTICIPATED LITIGATION (Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to Subdivision (b)(3)(C) of Section 54956.9 of the Government Code: one case) Board received written communication threatening litigation on Late Registration Penalty Waivers #2501, 2626 and 2629. No action reported.

Item 3. Approval of the Agenda. APPROVED AS WRITTEN. M/S/C (Harris/Bernay) Passed: 5-0-0-4 Absent: Maldonado, Anderson, Bernay, Alberti.

Item 4. Public Forum. There was one speaker, Michael Grunwald, of Tenants Action Project.

Item 5. Approval of the Minutes. M/S/C (Bernay/Harris) APPROVED AS WRITTEN. Passed: 7-0-0-2 Absent: Anderson, Alberti.

Item 6.a. Appeal T-3888 - 1524 Spruce Street. Commissioner Bernay recused herself. M/S/C (Maldonado/Harris) TO AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINER'S DECISION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Spector, Harris, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti; Passed: 6-0-0-2 1 Recused.

Item 6.b. Appeal RWN-1322 - 1524 Spruce Street. Commissioner Bernay recused herself. M/S/C (Harris/Siegel) TO AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINER'S DECISION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 6-0-0-2 1 Recused

Item 7.a.(1) Second reading of proposal to amend Regulation 1201 to clarify that verified petitions or sworn declarations may substitute for the documentation necessary to establish eligibility for rent adjustments where the documentation is unavailable and to declare that it is the Board's policy that each party to a petition submit all supporting evidence as early as possible prior to the hearing on the petition. M/S/C (Harris/Bernay) TO ADOPT PROPOSAL TO AMEND REGULATION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 7-0-0-2

Item 7.a.(2) Second reading of proposal to amend Regulation 1207 to clarify the grounds for which a petition will be deemed unacceptable. M/S/C (Harris/Bernay) TO ADOPT PROPOSAL TO AMEND REGULATION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 7-0-0-2.

Item 7.a.(3) Authorization for the Executive Director to enter into an agreement with the City of Berkeley Housing Department whereby the Board would pay the Housing Department no more than $15,000 and the Housing Department would monitor the contract compliance of the Board's community agency service providers.  (Resolution No. 01-11) M/S/C (Bernay/Harris) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: Janowitz; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 6-0-1-2

Item 7.a.(4 )  Recommendation to authorize the Executive Director to enter into a contract with the Eviction Defense Center (EDC) to provide services to tenants in Berkeley.  (Resolution No. 01-12) Commissioner Janowitz recused himself. M/S/C (Harris/Hogarth) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 6-0-0-2 1 Recused.

Item 7.a.(5) Recommendation to authorize the Executive Director to modify Contract No. 3579 with Seifel Associates for the Year 2002 Annual General Adjustment (AGA) survey report. (Resolution No. 01-15) M/S/F (Siegel/Bernay) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 7-0-0-2

Item 7.b.(1) Adopting a Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Budget Amount for Funding Community Agencies that Provide Assistance to Lower-Income Tenants. (Resolution No. 01-08) Commissioner Janowitz recused himself. M/S/C (Hogarth/Siegel) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 6-0-0-2 1 Recused.

Item 7.b.(2) Adopting a Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Final Budget Amount and Establishing the Annual Registration Fee. (Resolution No. 01-09) M/S/C (Harris/Bernay) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 7-0-0-2

Item 7.b.(3) Second reading of proposal to amend Regulation 1310 to provide that it is not a substantial violation of a material term of a rental agreement containing a covenant prohibiting sublease or assignment, for a tenant to permit his or her rental unit to be occupied by a subtenant provided: (1) the landlord has unreasonably withheld consent to the subtenancy; (2) the tenant remains an actual occupant of the rental unit; and (3) the number of tenants and subtenants actually occupying the rental unit does not exceed the base occupancy level as provided in Regulation 1270(A). M/S/C (Hogarth/Harris) TO ADOPT PROPOSAL TO AMEND REGULATION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 7-0-0-2.

Item 7.b.(4) Recommendation to authorize the Executive Director to extend Contract No. 3554 with Berkeley Community Media, Inc. for Fiscal Year 2001/2002 for cable broadcast and production services. (Resolution No. 01-10) M/S/C (Maldonado/Bernay) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION TO EXTEND CONTRACT. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 7-0-0-2.

Item 7.b.(5) Recommendation to authorize the Executive Director to enter into and execute a modification to the contract with Christine Minnehan & Associates to perform legislative advocacy services. (Resolution No. 01-13) M/S/C (Spector/Hogarth) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION. A friendly amendment made by Commissioner Spector was accepted: TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE CONTRACT AMOUNT WILL BE INCREASED IF NECESSARY FOR CHRISTINE MINNEHAN TO ACCOMPLISH THE BOARD'S FISCAL YEAR OBJECTIVES. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Siegel, Alberti. Passed: 6-0-0-3.

Item 7.b.(6) Recommendation to authorize the Executive Director to amend Contract No. 2453 with Quartet Systems for maintaining the Board's computer database. (Resolution No. 01-14) M/S/C (Harris/Bernay) TO ADOPT RESOLUTION TO AMEND CONTRACT. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 7-0-0-2.

Item 7.b.(7) Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties.

Waiver No.      Location 
2552                1534 Fairview Street 
2587                1719 63rd Street 
2598                2531 MLK Jr. Way 
2600                2811 Channing Way 
2603                1516 Parker Street 
2610                1614 Harmon Street 
2611                1528 Ada Street
2615                2930 Benvenue
                         /2623Ashby
2616               1306 Grizzly
2618               1823 Delaware Street 
2620               168 Southampton
2621               2914 Stanton Street 
2623               1600 Oxford Street 
2624               1708 Delaware Street 
2625               1535 Julia Street

Commissioner Janowitz recused himself. M/S/F (Siegel/Hogarth) TO DENY WAIVER NUMBER 2552 IN FULL. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Spector, Siegel, Hogarth; No: Bernay, Harris; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Failed: 4-2-0-2 1 Recused.

Substitute Motion: M/S/F (Harris/Bernay) TO ACCEPT HEARING EXAMINER'S RECOMMENDATION. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Bernay, Harris; No: Maldonado, Spector, Siegel, Hogarth; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti; Recused: Janowitz. Failed: 2-4-0-2 1 Recused.

Substitute Motion: M/S/C (Maldonado/Hogarth) TO CONTINUE WAIVER NUMBER 2552 TO NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF MAY 21, 2001. A friendly amendment made by Commissioner Hogarth was accepted: REQUESTING STAFF TO INCLUDE THE LETTER MENTIONED IN THE WAIVER IN THE MAY 21, 2001 AGENDA TO COMMISSIONERS. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti; Recused: Janowitz. Passed: 6-0-0-2 1 Recused.

M/S/C (Harris/Bernay) TO ACCEPT HEARING EXAMINERS' RECOMMENDATIONS ON ALL OTHER WAIVERS. A roll call vote was taken. Yes: Maldonado, Janowitz, Bernay, Spector, Harris, Siegel, Hogarth; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Anderson, Alberti. Passed: 7-0-0-2.

Item 8. Announcements of upcoming Committee Meetings.

(1) Budget/Personnel - No meeting set. 
(2) Community Education & Outreach - Tuesday, May 29 at 5:30PM 2001 Center, 2nd Floor, Law Library. 
(3) Eviction - Thursday, May 31 at 6PM 2001 Center, 2nd Floor, Law Library. 
(4) IRA/Annual General Adjustment - Thursday, May 17 at 6PM, 2001 Center, 2nd Floor, Law Library. 
(5) Student Outreach & Internship - No meeting set. 
(6) 3x3 City Council/RSB Housing Committee - No meeting set.

Adjournment was at 8:52 PM