RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Thursday, February 19, 2009
7 p.m.
Maudelle Shirek Building
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
City Council Chambers, Second Floor
Berkeley, CA
Broadcast Live - KPFB - 89.3 (N. Berkeley)
and
BTV Cable Channel 33

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AGENDA


1. Roll Call  - 7:00 PM

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of January 22, 2009 regular meeting minutes.

5. Appeal Time Certain – 7:15 PM

Appeal T-4902; 2915 Fulton St. #C.  This is a tenant appeal of a hearing examiner decision that awarded rent overcharges because of a habitability problem and a decrease in service.  On appeal, the tenant contends the rent reductions are insufficient and that an additional reduction should have been granted.  The findings in this matter are based on witness testimony that is best evaluated by the hearing examiner.  In such cases, the Board’s practice is to defer to the hearing examiner proved the findings are supported by substantial evidence.  Based on a review of the record, staff recommends that the Board affirm the decision of the hearing examiner.

6. Action Items From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

a. Update and possible action on Board’s RTS Computer System.   Possible action may include authorizing the Executive Director to expend up to $25,000 to have Software AG perform a review and validation of the migration requirements to upgrade and replace the Board’s existing RTS computer database.  (Executive Director and Budget/Personnel Committee) (To be delivered)

b.  Proposal to approve staff recommendation on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties. (Executive Director)

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3662                 1513 6th Street
3677                 1390 Curtis Street
3678                 1824 Blake Street
3679                 2436 California Street
3680                 2111 Byron Street
3681                 1431 Dwight Way
3682                 2113 San Pablo Avenue
3684                 1509 Spruce Street
3691                 2931 Stanton Street
3694                 1921 Dwight Way
3696                 1380 Curtis Street
3699                 1305  66th Street
3701                 3006/3008 King Street
3702                 2933 Stanton Street

Discretionary Waivers 

Waiver No.      Property Address
3653                 1507 Josephine Street
3654                 1610-1612  62nd Street
3667                 1535 Prince Street  
3697                 2317 Parker Street
3700                 1111 Blake Street
3705                 2238 Russell Street
3709                 1539 Prince Street
3710                 1433  9th Street
3711                 1118 Dwight Way
3713                 1635-39 Josephine Street
3715                 1700-06 Addison Street/2101 McGee Avenue
3716                 2409 Edwards Street

7. Information and Announcements

Please Note:  The Board may move Information Items to the Action Calendar.

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) Update on proposed revisions to the Condominium Conversion Ordinance. (Executive Director)

(2) Measure Y Report for the period 2006 through 2008.  (Executive Director) (To be delivered)

(3) Mid-Year Budget Update. (Executive Director) (To be delivered)

(4) Market Median Report October through December 2008.  (Executive Director) (To be delivered)

(5) Nuts and Bolts of Cooperative Housing.  (Townley)

  b.     Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings.

(1) Budget and Personnel

a. February 13, 2009 meeting agenda.

(2) Outreach

a. February 6, 2009 meeting agenda.

b. February 20, 2009 meeting agenda.

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

(4) Eviction/Section 8

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

(6) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a.  January 22, 2009 meeting agenda.

b.  February 19, 2009 meeting agenda.

(7) Condominium Conversion

(8) Future Special Meetings

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

8. Adjournment