Regular Meeting

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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
(2hrs, 18mins)


1. Roll Call  - 7 PM

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Special Order of Business

a. Election of Chairperson: Executive Director conducts election for Chair.

b. Election of Vice Chairperson: Newly elected Chair conducts election for Vice-Chair.

c. Comments by new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson: Opportunity for the newly elected Chairperson and Vice-chairperson to speak.

5.   Approval of December 21, 2009 regular Board meeting minutes.

6.  Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Discussion and approval of the revised 2010 Rent Board meeting schedule. (Executive Director)

(2) Discussion and possible action concerning the selection and appointment to fill the vacancy on the Rent Board created by the death of Commissioner Jack Harrison’s. (Executive Director)

(3) Proposed change to the Staffing Model (Executive Director)

(4) First reading of proposed amendments to Regulation 702 – Payment of Interest on Security Deposits (IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

(5) First Reading of proposed amendments to Regulation 1266 – Self Labor (IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

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

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3807                 2403 10th Street
3817                 2415 Byron Street

7. Special Presentation to the Board

a.  Initial report on results of the Survey of Tenants of Registered Rental Units in Berkeley (April – May 2009)

8.   Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) Comments by Stephen Barton, Rent Board Principal Planner, on the Report “Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives as a Form of Affordable Housing,” Item 8 on the January 7, 2010 HAC Agenda.  (Executive Director)

(2) Update on Council Reports related to enforcement and revisions of tenant notification provisions of the Soft Story Ordinance (Executive Director)

(3) Copy of November 3, 2009 draft recommendations to the Berkeley City Council and BUSD on “Vision 2020” (Executive Director)

(4) Update on tenant survey and economic analysis of rental property in Berkeley (Executive Director) Power Point Presentation [PDF file]

(5) Update on Housing Element (Executive Director)

b.  Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings.

(1) Budget and Personnel

a.  Thursday, January 21st agenda.

(2) Outreach 

a.  Friday, January 22nd agenda.

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

a.  Thursday, January 21st agenda.

(4)  Eviction/Section 8

(5)  Safe & Sustainable    

(6)  4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

(7)  Ad Hoc Committee on Waiver Process

(8)  Future Special Meetings

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

9.    Adjournment