RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Monday, January 23, 2012
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

Live Webcast

AGENDA 


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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of the prior Meeting Minutes

a.  Minutes of the December 19, 2011 Regular Meeting (To Be Delivered)

b.  Minutes of the December 20, 2011 Special Meeting

5.   Special Order of Business 

a. Procedures governing election of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

b. Election of Chairperson

Executive Director conducts election for Chair.

c. Election of Vice Chairperson

Newly-elected Chair conducts election for Vice-Chair.

d. Comments by new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

Opportunity for the newly-elected Chair and Vice-Chair to speak.

6. Appeal Time Certain – 7:15 p.m. Appeal T-5188 (1675 Euclid Ave., Unit 1)

Landlord appeals a hearing examiner decision ordering him to refund a total of $884.20 to tenant for rent overcharges related to code violations and decreases in services.  On appeal, the landlord argues that the hearing examiner should not have awarded as much of a rent reduction because the evidence did not support the award for damages.  Landlord also argues that he was not afforded sufficient opportunity to cross-examine the tenant regarding photographs that were submitted after the hearing.  A review of the record establishes that the hearing examiner correctly ruled on the issues before the Rent Board.  Therefore, the decision should be affirmed.

7. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1)  Discussion and approval of the 2012 Rent Board Meeting Schedule  (Executive Director and Chair Stephens)

(2)  Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to extend Contract Number 8086 with the Berkeley Food and Housing Project for the administration of Resolution 11-02 [Pass Through to Certain Tenants a Portion of the 2011 Registration Fee] (Executive Director)

(3)  Recommendation to approve proposed revisions to the FY 2011/2012 Staffing Model ((Executive Director)

(4)  Discussion and possible action on proposal to move Berkeley Rent Board account holdings to an alternate bank or credit union (Commissioner Tregub)

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

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4045                 1711 Bancroft Way  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4047                 1423 Walnut Street, #5  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4089                 2127 McGee Avenue  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4090                 1927 Stuart Street  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4091                 1808 Bancroft Way  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4092                 1601 Derby Street  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4095                 2710 Benvenue Avenue  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4096                 1019 Channing Way
4099                 1750—62nd Street
4100                 2803 Parker Street
4106                 2240—10th Street
4109                 1604 Milvia Street
4110                 1349 Derby Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4065                 1700 Addison Street  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4071                 2930 MLK King Jr. Way  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4073                 2609 McGee Avenue  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4080                 2310 Piedmont Avenue  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4093                 2836 Regent Street  (carried over from Dec. 19, 2011 meeting)
4044                 1919 Curtis Street  (carried over from Aug. 15, 2011 meeting)
4046                 1506 Russell Street
4068                 1360 Euclid Street

8.   Information and Announcements

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

**Items carried over from last meeting.

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff            

(1) Communication from Commissioner Harr regarding January 17, 2012 Council report titled, “New Location for City Council meetings”  (Commissioner Harr) - Council Item from 1/17/2012 

(2) Update on efforts to assist tenants affected by the November 18, 2011 fire at 2435 Haste Street and 2441 Haste Street  (Executive Director)

(3) Fall 2011 Rent Board Tenant Postcard  (Executive Director)

(4) Market Medians report (Executive Director)

(5) Update on the Relocation Ordinance  (Executive Director)** – Verbal

(6) Update on the Affordable Housing Mitigation Fee Ordinance  (Executive Director)** – Verbal

(7) Report from Rent Board Legislative Advocate Christine Minnehan regarding update on pending legislation and recent court cases (Executive Director) – TO BE DELIVERED

(8) Update on the October 4, 2011 Small Property Owners’ Workshop  (Executive Director)** – Verbal

(9) Update on the October 7, 2011 meeting with the Berkeley Association of Realtors  (Executive Director)** – Verbal

(10) Update on November 5, 2011 presentation to the Berkeley Property Owners Association  (Executive Director)** – Verbal

(11) Update on the RTS project  (Executive Director) – Verbal **

b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

a.  January 20th agenda

(2) Outreach 

a.  Update on Social Media Policy 

b.  January 13th agenda 

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability 

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a.  November 30th minutes

b.  January 5th agenda 

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Waiver Process

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Board Compensation

(8) 4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

a.  December 6th agenda packet

(9) Future Special Meetings

c.      Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

7.   Adjournment 


COMMUNICATION ACCESS INFORMATION:

This meeting is being held in a wheelchair-accessible location.  To request disability-related accommodation(s) to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact Aimee Mueller at 981-4932 or 981-6903 (TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date.

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