RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Monday, March 15, 2010
7:00 p.m.

Maudelle Shirek Building     
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Council Chambers, Second Floor
Broadcast Live – KPFB – 89.3
(N. Berkeley) and BTV Cable Channel 33

Teleconference location – 2303 14th Street, NW, #608, Washington, DC 20009

This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54953, and Teleconferencing.  Any member of the public may attend this meeting at either location.  Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Jay Kelekian, Executive Director and Secretary to the Board, 981-7368.

Video Archive
(3hrs, 6 mins)
Due to technical difficulties, the March 15, 2010 Rent Stabilization Board meeting was not broadcast or recorded in its entirety.
Meeting video starts during Item 5. Appeal

AGENDA - REVISED

1. Roll Call  - 7 PM

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of February 25, 2010 Special Board Meeting minutes.

5. Appeal Time Certain – 7:15 p.m. 

Appeal T-5070; 2520 Durant Ave. #302.  (Continued from February’s Special Meeting)

Should Appellant Henri Davis fail to comply with the Escrow Order dated February 25, 2010, this appeal will be dismissed before the instant Board meeting, and there will be no need for the Board to consider the merits of the Appeal.

This is a tenant appeal of a hearing examiner decision that awarded the tenant rent reductions for various habitability violations and decrease in services.  On appeal, the tenant alleges that the landlord, Mark Buxton, lied under oath at the hearing on this matter and that the hearing examiner did not award enough of a rent reduction for the items in the petition.  Upon review of the testimony and evidence in the record, there is substantial evidence to support the hearing examiner’s award in the decision.  For this reason, staff recommends that the decision of the hearing examiner be affirmed.

6. Special Presentation to the Board by Dr. Stephen Barton, Principal Planner, with a final report on results of the Tenant Survey and preliminary report on effects of rent stabilization and vacancy decontrol on property values and rent burdens in Berkeley.   (Preliminary report to be delivered.)

7. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees 

(1) Recommendation to adopt Resolution authorizing a $15,000 increase to the existing purchase order with Volt Temporary Agency for the 2009/2010 Fiscal Year in an amount not to exceed $40,000. (Executive Director)

(2) Proposal that the Board adopt a Resolution approving a revised records retention schedule for the Rent Stabilization Board. (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
3813                  3161 College Avenue
3818                  1039 Carleton Street
3829                  2449 Acton Street
3833                  2309 Parker Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.       Property Address
3823                  4 Hopkins Court
3825                  2501 Prince Street (Continued from February meeting)
3834                  2604 Fulton Street
3837                  2605 Haste Street
3842                  2100 – 9th Street
3845                  1786 Spruce Street

8.  Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) Committee assignments. (Chair Stephens)

(2) Update on Rent Board Deputy Director Council report.  (Executive Director) [Link to item added 4/30/2010]

(3) Update on procedure to select a replacement for the vacant seat on the Board.  (Ad Hoc Committee on Filling Board Vacancy)

(4) Status report on Waiver Committee’s work and request for Board input.   (Ad Hoc Committee on Waivers)

(5) Update on Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Task Force recommendations.  (Executive Director)

(6) Update on UC Berkeley Tenants’ Rights Week.  (Commissioner Tregub)

(7) Letter dated March 7, 2010 from Carol Denney, a Berkeley tenant, regarding smoke free housing.  (Executive Director)

(8) Update on Recycling in Multi-Unit Buildings  (Commissioner Tregub)

b.   Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings.

(1) Budget and Personnel

(2) Outreach

a. March 12th meeting agenda 

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

(4) Eviction/Section 8

(5)  Safe & Sustainable    

(6)  4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

(7)   Ad Hoc Committee on filling vacant board member seat.

(8)   Ad Hoc Committee on Waiver Process

(9)  Future Special Meetings

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

     9.    Adjournment

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