RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Monday, June 29, 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

Video Archive
(2 hrs, 25 mins)

AGENDA

1. Roll Call.  - 7:00 PM

2. Approval of agenda.

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of May 28, 2009 regular meeting minutes. 

5. Appeal Time Certain – 7:15 p.m.

a.  Appeal T- 4995 – 2311 Le Conte Ave., Unit 2B.  This is a tenant appeal of a hearing examiner finding that the subject property is conditionally exempt from the Rent Ordinance.  Upon review, staff confirms tenant’s claim that new residents of the subject property are not selected by a committee composed primarily of current residents, a condition of the exemption.  Accordingly, staff recommends that the Board find that the property is no longer exempt from the Rent Ordinance and that the tenant is entitled to a refund of a portion of his security deposit.

6.   Discussion and adoption of the Fiscal Year 2009/2010 Budget. 

a. Public testimony on the 2009/2010 Fiscal Year budget.

b. Discussion and adoption of the Fiscal Year 2009/2010 budget and staffing model and revised expenditure level.  (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee Members.) (To be distributed)

c. Authorizing the Executive Director, in accordance with the City’s layoff procedure, to approve out placement for employees in classifications affected by changes to the staffing model approved for FY 2009/10 (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee) 

7. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to issue a purchase order in the 2009/2010 Fiscal Year with Volt Temporary Agency not to exceed $25,000.  (Executive Director)

(2) Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to issue a contract with Berkeley Food and Housing Project in an amount not to exceed $8,000, to administer implementation of Resolution 09-04 by performing certain services upon receipt of applications by tenants for reimbursement of the pass-through of a portion of the 2009 registration fee. (Executive Director)

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

     Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.     Property Address
3741                2725 Dohr Street
3757                1813 Stuart Street
3760                2036-6th Street
3763                1685 Le Roy Avenue

     Discretionary Waivers

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

3749                2831 Hillegass Avenue 
3758                1728 Berkeley Way
3759                1517 Alcatraz Avenue
3761                1332 Blake Street

8.    Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) Draft Report from Software AG/WebMethods on migration and upgrade of existing RTS database.  (Executive Director) (To be distributed)

(2) Market Median Rent Report for the Period January 1999 – March 2009. (Executive Director)

(3) June 25, 2009 letter to the Zoning Adjustments Board on Whether Rental Units at 3240 Sacramento Street are “Controlled Rental Units”. (Executive Director)

(4) June 24, 2009 Article from SFGate.com titled “S.F> Supes Pass New Rules on Renters’ Rights”  (Executive Director)

(5) Letter from landlord in appreciation of services provided by Nicolas Traylor, Rent Board Public Information Unit Counselor.  (Executive Director)

b. Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings.

(1) Budget and Personnel

a.  Approved minutes of May 12th meeting.

b.  June 18th meeting agenda.

(2) Outreach

a.  Approved minutes of May 28th meeting.

b.  June 12th meeting agenda.

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

a.  Approved minutes of March 23rd meeting.

b.  Approved minutes of April 27th meeting.

c.  June 1st meeting agenda.

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosures

a.  Approved minutes of April 30th meeting.

b.  June 18th meeting agenda.

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

a.  June 10th meeting agenda.

b.  April 22, 2009 approved minutes.

(6) Safe and Sustainable Housing

a.  Approved minutes of March 16th meeting.

b.  Approved minutes of April 20th meeting.

c.  June 1st meeting agenda.

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Waiver Process

(8) Future Special Meetings

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

9.    Adjournment