Regular Meeting

Monday, October 17, 2011
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



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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of the September 19, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes

5. Special Presentation by East Bay Community Law Center Attorneys Marc Janowitz and Brendan Darrow:  The Problems of Foreclosures and Displacement of Tenants

6. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1)  Discussion and confirmation of the November 2011 Rent Stabilization Board meeting date  (Chair Stephens) 

(2)  Recommendation to adopt Regulation 1134 – the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) for 2012  (Executive Director and IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

a. Staff report and proposed regulation

b. Legal opinion on Board’s ability to deny the AGA for Soft Story Ordinance non-compliance 

(3)  First reading of proposed Regulation 403.5 [Rooming House definition] (Executive Director and IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

(4)  First reading of proposed revisions to Regulation 883(H) [Waiver of Penalties and Interest on Delinquent Registration Fees]  (Executive Director and Ad Hoc Committee on Waivers)

(5)  Recommendation to adopt a resolution confirming the Board’s policy to sue prior property owners for fees and penalties if the fees and penalties were accrued while the prior property owner was responsible for paying them  (Executive Director)

(6)  Discussion and possible action regarding revisions to Rent Stabilization Board member compensation, publication of Board member attendance records, and staff report regarding Abandonment of Office (Chair Stephens and Commissioners Harr and Townley)

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

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4047                 1423 Walnut Street, Unit #5
4058                 1527 Lincoln Street  
4059                 2803 Hillegass Avenue
4074                 1900 Woolsey Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4030                 2910 Regent Street
4032                 1325 Sacramento Street
4033                 2169 Acton Street
4036                 1912 Woolsey Street
4041                 2622 Regent Street
4050                 2933 Stanton Street  

7.   Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Sample Notice of Decision clarifying Appeal deadline  (Executive Director and IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

(2) Update on the Affordable Housing Mitigation Fee Ordinance  (Executive Director)

(3) Update on the Relocation Ordinance  (Executive Director)  **To Be Delivered**

(4) Report on 60-Day Waivers  (Executive Director) 

(5) Update on the Small Property Owners’ Workshop on October 4, 2011  (Executive Director) 

(6) Update on the October 7, 2011 meeting with the Berkeley Association of Realtors  (Executive Director)   

(7) Update on registration of fraternities (Executive Director) 

(8) October 12, 2011 communication from Attorney Anna de Léon titled, “Vacated Seat of Nicole Drake on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board”  (Executive Director) 

(9) October 12, 2011 communication from Commissioner Drake titled, “Information Item, RSB Meeting, October 17, 2011”  (Commissioner Drake)

(10) October 12, 2011 communication from Attorney Anna de Léon titled, “Response to Zac (sic) Cowan Letter re Nicole Drake” (Executive Director)

(11) Article by Deputy Director Stephen Barton, Ph.D., published in the October 2011 issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology titled  “Land Rent and Housing Policy: A Case Study of the San Francisco Bay Area Rental Housing Market”  (Executive Director)  

(12) Report and update on the Cal Corps Student Intern program (Executive Director)

(13)  October 4, 2011 United Way of the Bay Area press release titled, “Bay Area Cost of Living has Soared 18% Since Recession Onset” (Executive Director)

b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) 4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

a.  September 29th agenda packet

(2) Budget and Personnel

a.  September 27th agenda

(3) Outreach 

a.  September 23rd agenda

(4) IRA/AGA and Habitability

a.  August 30th minutes

b. September 27th agenda

(5) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a.  August 24th minutes  

b.  October 14th agenda 

(6) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a.  August 23rd minutes

b.  October 13th agenda

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Waiver Process

a.  September 15th minutes

b.  October 12th agenda

(8) Future Special Meetings

c.      Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

8.   Adjournment 


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