Regular Meeting

Monday, April 20, 2009
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

Video Archive
3hrs, 28mins - trimmed, "jump" points not edited


1. Roll Call.  - 7:00 PM

2. Approval of agenda.

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of March 16, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes.

5. Appeal  – 7:15 PM

Appeal T-4971 – 1260 Hopkins Street, #22. 

This is a tenant appeal of a hearing examiner decision that held that a payment for locksmith service was not a rent overcharge.  On appeal, appellant requests an opportunity to present additional evidence to establish that the key broke in the lock on the entry door of his unit because the door warped and prevented the deadbolt lock from moving freely.  The evidence appellant seeks to submit, with reasonable diligence, could have been produced and presented at the initial hearing.  Therefore, there is no basis to remand the petition for an additional evidentiary hearing.  Similarly, several other issues raised by the appellant do not warrant modification of the hearing examiner decision.  Accordingly, staff recommends that the decision be affirmed.

6. Fiscal Year 2009/2010 Budget and Registration Fee.

a. Presentation by Matt Brown, Manager of Public Information and Registration Units.

b. Report from Executive Director concerning FY 2009/10 budget process and annual registration fee.  (To be delivered.)

7.   Public Hearing on the Annual Registration Fee and the Fiscal Year  2009/2010 Budget.  8:00 PM

a. Public testimony on the annual registration fee and 2009/2010 Fiscal Year budget.

b. Comments and questions from Board members.

8.   Action Items     From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

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

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.     Property Address
3722                2718-20 MLK Jr. Way
3723                2632 Benvenue Avenue
3724                1138 Addison Street
3725                2442 Grant Street 
3728                2314 – 10th Street
3730                2409-15  - 10th Street
3731                1715 Bancroft Way
3735                2424 – 10th Street
3736                2401 McKinley Avenue
3737                2817 Woolsey Street
3742                2243 Oregon Street
3743                1349 Rose Street
3744                2398 Hilgard Avenue
3745                2422 Hilgard Avenue
3747                780 Wildcat Canyon Road

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.     Property Address
3718                2807 College Avenue
3721                2615 Regent Street
3733                2432/2434 McGee Avenue
3734                3010 California Street
3738                1410 Cornell Avenue
3740                2110 Spaulding Avenue
3748                2421 Prospect Street
3750                1810 Euclid Avenue
b.  Rent Board Recommendation to City Council on Rental Housing Safety Program fee (IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee) 

9. Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) Update on Webmethods contract and time line. (Executive Director)

(2) Update on Berkeley Tenants Survey. (Executive Director)

(3) Rent Board staff ergonomic study. (Executive Director)

(4) Copy of March 24, 2009 letter from Chair Stephens to City Council regarding Rental Housing Safety Program Fee Increase.  (Executive Director)

(5) East Bay Community Law Center’s announcement of Eviction Clinic move on May 4, 2009. (Executive Director)

(6) News Release Environmental Defense Fund Applauds City of Los Angeles for Approving First Municipal Program That Links Green Jobs and Green Building.  (Commissioner Tregub)

(7) April 15, 2009 Daily Cal article by Carol Yur, City Considers Joint Application for Stimulus Funds to Buy Foreclosed Properties.  (Executive Director)

(8) CNN State of the Union article by John King, Tenant evicted even though she pays rent.  (Executive Director)

(9) CNN State of the Union article by John King, ‘Defenders’ help homeowners fight eviction.  (Executive Director)

b.     Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings.

(1) Budget and Personnel

a. February 27, 2009 approved meeting minutes.

b. March 27, 2009 meeting agenda

c. April 13, 2009 meeting agenda.

(2) Outreach

a. March 6, 2009 approved meeting minutes.

b. April 17, 2009 meeting agenda.

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

a. February 23, 2009 approved meeting minutes.

b.  March 23, 2009 meeting agenda.

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a.  February 26, 2009 approved meeting minutes

b.  March 26, 2009 meeting agenda.

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

a.  April 22, 2009 meeting agenda.

(6) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a.  January 22, 2009 approved meeting minutes.

b.  February 19, 2009 approved meeting minutes.

c.  March 16, 2009 meeting agenda.

d.  April 20, 2009 meeting agenda.

(7) Future Special Meetings – Board meeting setting registration fee on May 4, 2009.

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

              10.    Adjournment