RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Thursday, May 28, 2009
7 p.m.
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue
Classroom A/B, Second Floor
Berkeley, CA 94709

Please note change in location.
This meeting will not be broadcast.

AGENDA

 

1. Roll Call.  - 7:00 PM

2. Approval of agenda.

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of May 4, 2009 special meeting minutes.

5.    Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees 

(1) Recommendation to adopt a resolution to extend the contract with Berkeley Community Media for FY 2009/2010 and to increase the contract in an amount not to exceed $19,000 in the 2009/2010 fiscal year. (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee)

(2) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to extend the contract with KPFA for FY 2009/2010 and to increase the contract in an amount not to exceed $2,100 during the 2009/2010 fiscal year for live radio broadcasts of Board meetings.  (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee)

(3) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to issue a purchase order with Teri Darrenougue for Fiscal Year 2009/2010 in the amount not to exceed $10,000 to provide closed captioning services of televised Board meetings.  (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee)

(4) Recommendation to adopt a resolution to extend the contract with Quartet Systems for the 2009/2010 Fiscal Year. (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee)

(5) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to issue a purchase order with Berkeley Unified School District for Fiscal Year 2009/2010 in the amount not to exceed $2,000, as rent for space to conduct Rent Board meetings. (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee)

(6) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to issue a purchase order with Inkworks Press for FY 2009/2010 in an amount not to exceed $40,000 for publication of newsletters and other printed educational material. (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee)

(7) Recommendation to adopt resolutions authorizing the Executive Director to extend the contracts with the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) and Eviction Defense Center (EDC) for FY 2009/2010 and to increase each contract in the amount not to exceed $112,000 in the 2009/2010 fiscal year. (Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee, Budget and Personnel Committee and Executive Director)
    
(8) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to extend the contract with Legislative Advocate Christine Minnehan & Associates for FY2009/2010 and to increase the contract in an amount not to exceed $45,000 in the 2009/2010 fiscal year. (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee)

(9) Proposed revision to Regulation 883 concerning administrative penalty waivers.   (Executive Director) (To be distributed.)

(10) Recommendation to establish non-compliance with the Rental Housing Safety Program as a condition for denial of Annual General Adjustments. (Chong) (To be distributed.)

(11) Recommendation to establish on a pilot basis for six months a survey account for commissioner use in gathering public input. (Chong) (To be distributed.)

(12) Questions/information related to extracting information from RTS relevant to greening of multi-unit housing policy proposals. (Chong) (To be distributed.)

(13) Proposal to have the Rent Board host a workshop for owners on how to prevent or mitigate the impacts of defaults and foreclosures. (Tregub) (To be distributed.)

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

  Ministerial Waivers

  Waiver No.      Property Address-
  3752                 454 Vassar Avenue
  3755                 1331 Bonita Avenue        

             Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.        Property Address
3751                   2722 Durant Avenue
3753                   2922 Dohr Street
3754                   1217 Haskell Street
3756                   1329 – 66th Street

6.    Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) Update on Tenant’s Survey.  (Executive Director)

(2) Update on WebMethods RTS review.  (Executive Director)

(3) May 5, 2009 communication from Commissioner Chong concerning WebMethods review of RTS database (Chong) 

(4) Annual Registration Mailing.  (Executive Director)

(5) May 12th memorandum to Mayor Bates and the City Council with Rent Board recommendations regarding proposed increase in Rental Housing Safety Program fees.  (Executive Director)

(6) Announcement of May 27, 2009 Berkeley Housing Element Workshop.  (Executive Director)

(7) May 21, 2009 article from Tenants Together by Dean Preston titled Obama Signs New Federal Law Protecting Renters after Foreclosure. (Tregub) 

 b. Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings.

(1) Budget and Personnel

a.  Minutes of April 28th meeting.

(2) Outreach

a.  May 28th meeting agenda.

(3)  IRA/AGA and Habitability

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosures

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

(6) Safe and Sustainable Housing

(7) Future Special Meetings

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

7.  Adjournment