RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, July 21, 2008
7 PM

APPROVED

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1. Roll Call  - Chair Arreguin called the closed session meeting to order at 6:10 PM.  Pam Wyche called roll.

Commissioners present:  Blake, Calfee, Chong, Harrison, Overman, Stephens, Webster, Arreguin.

Commissioners absent:  Walden

Chair Arreguin called the regular meeting to order at 7:11 PM.

Commissioners present:  Blake, Calfee, Chong, Harrison, Overman, Stephens, Webster, Arreguin.

Commissioners absent:  Walden

2. Closed Session  - 6 PM

a. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION, pursuant to Government Code section 54957. 
     Title:  Executive Director

     Board unanimously approved its comments on the Executive Director’s evaluation.
 
b.  CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS:  Commissioners Stephens and Harrison, pursuant to Government code section 54957.6. 
     Unrepresented Employee:  Executive Director

     No action taken.

3.  Approval of Agenda M/S/C (Overman/Stephens) APPROVE AGENDA WITH THE FOLLOWING CHANGES:  MOVE ITEMS 8.a.(1) AND 8.a.(3) TO FOLLOW ITEM NUMBER 6, APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.  Voice vote.  Passed: 8-0-0-1 Absent: Walden.

4.  Public Forum  There were two speakers, Paul Barker and Marcia Levenson.

5.  Comments from Boardmembers.   There were no comments.

6.  Approval of June 16, 2008 regular meeting minutes   APPROVED WITH A CORRECTION TO ITEM NUMBER 2 UNDER CLOSED SESSION PURSUANT TO GOVERNMENT CODE 54957.6, COMMISSIONER CALFEE WAS AN ALTERNATE, NOT A PARTICIPANT.  Voice vote.  8-0-0-1. Absent:  Walden.

Action Items moved by motion.

8.a.(1)  Proposed changes to the Condominium Conversion Ordinance. (Executive Director and Ad Hoc Committee)  Following Board discussion, Chair Arreguin directed staff to schedule a special meeting tentatively on Monday, July 28, to continue discussion and take possible action on this issue.

Chair Arreguin left at 7:35 p.m. and turned the meeting over to Vice Chair Harrison.

8.a.(3)  Board notification of tenants and owners of possible foreclosures. (Chong)  M/S/C (Webster/Harrison) TO ACCEPT COMMISSIONER CHONG’S PROPOSAL TO DIRECT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO PURCHASE OR PROCURE A BERKELEY FORECLOSURE LIST AND NOTIFY TENANTS OF FORECLOSURES ON A MONTHLY BASIS.  Roll call vote.  Yes: Calfee, Chong, Harrison, Overman, Stephens, Webster; No: None; Abstain: Blake; Absent: Arreguin Walden.  Passed: 6-0-1-2.

7. Appeal Time Certain – 7:15 p.m.

a. Appeal T-4848 – 2533 Milvia Street.  (Continued from June 16th meeting.)  M/S/C (Chong/Stephens) TO AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINER’S DECISION.  Roll call vote.  Yes: Blake, Calfee, Chong, Harrison, Overman, Stephens, Webster; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Walden, Arreguin.  Passed: 7-0-0-2. 

b. Appeal RWN-1458 – 1600 Woolsey Street.  M/S/C (Stephens/Webster) TO AFFIRM HEARING EXAMINER’S DECISION.  Roll call vote.  Yes:  Blake, Calfee, Harrison, Overman, Stephens, Webster; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Chong, Walden, Arreguin.  Passed: 6-0-0-3. 

8.a.(2)  Recommendation to adopt at first reading proposed amendments to Regulations 701 [Security Deposits] and 702 [Payment of Interest on Security Deposits]. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] (Blake and Stephens)  M/S/C (Calfee/Overman) ADOPT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO REGULATIONS 701 AND 702 AT FIRST READING.  Roll call vote.  Yes: Blake, Calfee, Harrison, Overman, Stephens, Webster; No: None; Abstain: None; Absent: Chong, Webster, Arreguin.  Passed: 6-0-0-3.

8.a.(4)  Recommendation to the Board to adopt a resolution authorizing the issuance of a purchase order for Volt Temporary Agency for the 2008/2009 Fiscal Year in an amount not to exceed $20,000. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.] (Executive Director)  M/S/C (Overman/Harrison) APPROVE RESOLUTION AS WRITTEN.  Roll call vote.  Yes:  Blake, Calfee, Harrison, Overman, Webster; No: None; Abstain: Stephens; Absent: Chong, Walden, Arreguin.  Passed: 5-0-1-3.
 
9.a.    Information and Announcements
   
(1)  Update on registration.  The Executive Director informed the Board that the annual registration process went well and is complete. 

(2)  Rent Board in the library and senior centers. The Executive Director informed the Board that counseling at the library and senior centers has been going well and keeping the staff counselors very busy.

(3)  Memorial for Louise Marouis.  Commissioner Stephens announced that the memorial for long time activist Louise Marouis would be on Sunday, July 27th at 2 PM at 1706 Ninth Street.

9.b.   Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings.

(1)  Budget and Personnel – No meeting scheduled.

(2) Outreach  -  To be scheduled off line.

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability – To be scheduled off line.

(4) Eviction/Section 8  -  No meeting scheduled.

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee – No meeting scheduled.

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Soft Story Ordinance – No meeting scheduled.

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Condominium Conversion Ordinance – To be scheduled off line.

(8) Future Special Meetings – Monday, July 28, 2008.

9.c.     Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda.   Continue discussion and take possible action on the proposed changes to the Condominium Conversion Ordinance.

10.      Adjournment – Vice Chair Harrison adjourned at 8:30 PM in memory of Louise Marquis.