Regular Meeting

Monday, September 15, 2008
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)
BTV Cable Channel 33

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1. Roll Call  - 7 PM 

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of August 18, 2008 regular meeting minutes .

5. Appeal Time Certain – 7:15 p.m.

a.  Appeal T-4917.   This is an appeal of a hearing examiner’s decision that awarded rent overcharges due to habitability problems in the tenant’s unit.  Although not raised in the petition, the hearing examiner offered an opinion on how the utility provision in the tenant’s lease was likely to be interpreted.  On appeal, the landlord argues that the opinion is contrary to the law.  The opinion rendered by the hearing examiner, however, is not binding on the parties and, therefore, does not present an appealable issue.  Regarding the rent overcharge award, the landlord cites no facts and presents no argument that would warrant modification of the hearing examiner’s decision.  For these reasons, staff recommends that the decision of the hearing examiner be affirmed.

6. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees 

(1) Proposal that the Board adopt a resolution to amend the Executive Director’s contract to extend the term, increase the salary and modify the benefits

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

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3605                 1725 Stuart Street
3612                 1106 Oxford Street
3613                 1400  67th Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.       Property Address
3582                  2516 Ellsworth Street
3614                 1541 Oxford Street
3615                 2000 Durant Avenue
3616                 2405 Fulton Street
3617                 1912 Milvia Street
3618                 2228 San Pablo Avenue
3619                 1612 Parker Street
3620                 2509 10th Street
3631                 2308 Prince Street

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 proposed changes to the Condominium Conversion Ordinance.  (Executive Director)

(2) Letter from a Berkeley landlord concerning penalties assessed on water users who surpass the mandatory limits, with a suggestion that the Board consider setting up a process by which landlords or tenants could petition to have the penalties assessed on the correct party.  (Executive Director)

b. Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings.

(1) Budget and Personnel

(2) Outreach

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

(4) Eviction/Section 8

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Soft Story Ordinance

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Condominium Conversion Ordinance

(8) Future Special Meetings

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

8. Adjournment