Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Monday, May 21, 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

Video Archive
(3 hrs,15 mins)

AGENDA

 


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1.    Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2.    Approval of Agenda

3.    Public Forum

4.   Approval of the April 2, 2012 Regular Meeting minutes - TO BE DELIVERED

5.   Special Presentation by Rent Board Legislative Advocate Christine Minnehan and Brian Augusta on pending
      housing legislation 

6.   Action Items

      a.   From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1)  Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to modify the  contract with Christine Minnehan & Associates by extending the term through June 30, 2013 and increasing the contract by an amount not to exceed $46,000 for Fiscal Year 2012-2013  (Executive Director)

(2)  Discussion and possible action regarding holding a Special Rent Board Meeting during the week of June 11, 2012  (Executive Director and Budget & Personnel Committee) – Verbal

(3)  Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to modify the  contract with Berkeley Community Media by extending the term through June 30, 2013 and increasing the contract by an amount not to exceed $20,000 for Fiscal Year 2012-2013  (Executive Director)

(4)  Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to modify the  contract with Eviction Defense Center by extending the term through June 30, 2013 and increasing the contract by an amount not to exceed $112,000 for Fiscal Year 2012-2013  (Executive Director and Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee)

(5)  Recommendation to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to modify the  contract with East Bay Community Law Center by extending the term through June 30, 2013 and increasing the contract by an amount not to exceed $123,320 for Fiscal Year 2012-2013  (Executive Director and Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee)

(6)  Revision to Rent Board Staffing Model/Position Detail  (Executive Director and Budget & Personnel Committee)

(7)  Recommendation to assume an “endorse” position on SB 654 (Steinberg) and AB 1585 (Perez/Mitchell/Perea/Torres)  (Commissioner Tregub)

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

                Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.
          Property Address
4117                     2237 Haste Street
4130                     2435 – 7th Street
4132                     2424/2426 Jefferson Avenue
4133                     1514 Francisco Street
4135                     1728 Berkeley Way 
4138                     2306 Acton Street
4139                     2844 Woolsey Street

                 Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.           Property Address
  4079                    2414 Dana Street  (continued from the April 2, 2012 meeting)
  4107                    1531 Fairview Street
  4121                    2148 Curtis Street
  4125                    2627 Hillegass Avenue
  4128                    2419 Jefferson Avenue
  4129                    1560 Scenic Avenue
  4131                    2135 Oregon Street
  4134                    1939 Francisco Street
  4136                    1934 Stuart Street
  4137                    1326 Berkeley Way  


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 assistance provided to tenants affected by the November 18, 2011 fire at 2435 & 2441 Haste Street and the March 8, 2012 fire at 2227 Dwight Way (Executive Director)

(2)   Preliminary Staff Report on Rent Stabilization, Vacancy Decontrol and Property Maintenance  
       (Executive Director)

(3)   Updated Commissioner Attendance Records for Regular Board Meetings and Committee Meetings for
        the period December 2011 through February 2012  TO BE DELIVERED

(4)   December 29, 2011 “Auditor’s Communication with Those Charged with Governance” from Caporicci & Larson, Inc. regarding the audit of the Berkeley Rent Board fund for the 2010-2011 fiscal year  (Executive Director)

(5)   Report on the Rent Board’s role in the Berkeley Housing Authority Public Housing Conversion  
       (Executive Director)

(6)   Updated Rent Board Committee Assignments list (Chair Stephens)

(7)   Update on City Council item regarding the Responsible Banking Policy and results of research on possible moving Rent Board account holdings to an alternate financial institution  (Executive Director)

(8)   Update on City Council item regarding an alternate location for City Council Meetings 
        (Executive Director) – Verbal

(9)    February 8, 2012 Foreclosure Report to the Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee  (Commissioner Harr)

(10)  April 2012 Rent Board Tenant Postcard  (Executive Director)

(11)  May 9, 2012 SFGate.com article titled, “Rental competition fierce in S.F.’s market”  (Executive Director)

(12)  May 5, 2012 SFGate.com article titled, “S.F. moves to enforce affordable housing agreement”  
         (Executive Director)

(13)  May 15, 2012 report to City Council titled, “Initiative Petition: Sunshine Ordinance”  (Executive Director)

 
b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1)  Budget and Personnel

       a. May 12th agenda


(2)  Outreach 

       a. April 27th agenda


(3)   IRA/AGA and Habitability

       a. May 15th agenda


(4)   Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

        a.  February 8th minutes – Amended

        b.  April 24th agenda

        c.  April 24th minutes

        d.  May 17th agenda


(5)   Safe & Sustainable Housing

        a. May 9th agenda


(6)   Waivers Committee

        a.  March 2nd minutes

        b.  April 20th agenda


(7)   Ad Hoc Committee on Smoke-Free Housing

        a.   April 27th agenda

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

(9)    Future Special Meetings

 
c.      Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda


8.   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.

Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting



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