Regular Meeting

Monday, April 21, 2003
7 p.m.

2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Council Chambers, Berkeley, CA.
Broadcast Live - KPFB - 89.3 FM
BTV Cable Channel 25 and
CTV Cable Channel 78


1. Roll Call - 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda 

Please Note: The Board may rearrange items to accommodate time certain items.

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of the Minutes

Minutes of the April 7, 2003 regular meeting.

5. Appeal - Time Certain - 7:30 p.m.

Appeal T-4324: 1603 Alcatraz Avenue. Tenant/petitioners filed a petition to recover overcharges paid for the rental of a unit petitioners shared with six or seven other tenants. Petitioners began withholding rent prior to filing the petition. Following the hearing, the landlord requested that the rent be paid into a Board created escrow account. After initially denying the request, the hearing examiner issued an order directing petitioners to pay future rent into a Board controlled escrow account. The stated reason for the creation of the account was to insure proper distribution of overcharges to the non-petitioning tenants. Petitioners appealed the order. Upon review, staff recommended that the escrow order be affirmed.

6. Action Items

a. From Executive Director

(1) Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following request for waiver of late registration penalties.

Waiver No.   St. No.   St. Name
2924              1327       Haskell Street 
2943              2508       Hillegass Avenue 
2978              1730       Curtis Street 
2979              1925       Russell Street 
2984              1543       Fairview Street 
2987                   66       Panoramic Way 
2989              1709       Dwight Way 
2990              1642       10th Street 
3003              1415       Josephine Street 
3005              1641       Julia Street 
3015              1934       Stuart Street 
3016              1338        Kains Avenue 
3017              2665        Shasta Road 
3018              1911        MLK Jr. Way 
3019              1434        6th Street 
3039              1530        University Avenue 
3047                914        Delaware Street 
3052              1328        Burnett Street

(2) First reading on proposal to amend Regulations 524 and 525 [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]:

(a) Regulation 524 to clarify that the rent ceiling limitations of Rent Stabilization Ordinance are intended to apply to units rented for residential use by a "tenant in occupancy" and do not apply to rental units that are kept primarily for secondary occupancy, such as a pied-a-terre or a vacation home, or for non-residential use, such as commercial or storage; and

(b) Regulation 525 to provide a procedure by which a landlord may seek a determination from the Rent Board that a unit is not being occupied by a "tenant in occupancy."

(3) First reading on proposal to amend Regulation 880, which establishes the due date for the payment of registration fees.  [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] 

7. Budget Workshop, discussion and possible action.

a. Update on the status of Fiscal Year 2003 Budget. (Executive Director)

b. Proposal that the Board adopt a resolution revising the operational spending level and annual appropriation amount for Fiscal Year 2002/2003 from $2,789,176 to $2,950,000. (Budget and Personnel Committee)

c. Overview and discussion of the proposed budget and registration fee for Fiscal Year 2004. (Executive Director and Budget and Personnel Committee) (To be distributed.)

8. Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports and information from Board Members/staff.

(1) Staff participation in Tenants Rights week, Earth Day and Cinco De Mayo events.

(2) April 15, 2003 informational mailing to owners.

(3) Copy of April 7, 2003 memorandum to City of Berkeley Budget Manager, Paul Navazio responding to Council inquiry on the number and type of units under rent control.

(4) Copy of April 17, 2003 memorandum to Commissioner Kavanagh on City-wide average and median rents.

b. Committee meeting announcements and reports. (Committee meetings will be held at the Rent Board Offices located at 2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Law Library unless otherwise noted.)

(1) Budget/Personnel 

(a) Minutes (unapproved): Thursday, April 10.

(2) Combined Outreach 

(a) Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 30 at 6 p.m.

(3) Eviction

(4) IRA/AGA 

(a) Agenda: Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. 

(b) Unapproved minutes: Thursday, February 13, 2003.

(5) 3 x 3

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

9. Adjournment