Regular Meeting

Monday, November 21, 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

Video Archive
(3 hrs, 52 mins)


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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of the October 17, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes - TO BE DELIVERED

5. Appeal Time Certain – 7:15 p.m. Appeal T-5109 (Decision on Remand) – 1951 Chestnut Street, #312. **APPEAL WITHDRAWN BY APPELLANT** 

6. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

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

(2)  Second 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)

(3)  Discussion and possible action on Proposed Resolution Revising Rules on Deductions from Commissioners’ Stipend; Enacting Rules on Posting Meeting Attendance Records; and Repealing and Reenacting Rules and Policies on Meeting Schedules and Commissioners’ Stipend and Other Compensation (Ad Hoc Committee on Board Compensation)

(4)  Discussion and possible action regarding either extending the 12-month time period allotted for the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Waivers, or changing its designation to a standing committee  (Chair Stephens)

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

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.   Property Address
4064               1411 Parker Street
4066               1528 Parker Street
4067               1300 Alcatraz Avenue
4076               1212 Nielsen Street
4081               2418 Atherton Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.   Property Address
4022               2616 Ashby Avenue
4031               2122 – 9th Street
4050*             2933 Stanton Street   *Continued from October 17, 2011 meeting
4055              1305 Carrison Street
4061              2424 Prince Street 
4083              1529 Harmon Street
4084              1531 Alcatraz Avenue

7.   Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff
 **Indicates items carried over from October 17, 2011 meeting and not included in this agenda packet but available online.

(1) Discussion and possible action on staff report and legal opinion concerning the Board’s responsibilities and obligations under Section 1770 (g) of the Government code  (Executive Director)

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

(3) Update on the Relocation Ordinance (Executive Director)

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

(5) Rent Board Commissioners’ Attendance records for the period December 2010 through November 17, 2011 (Executive Director)

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

(7) Report on 60-Day Waivers  (Executive Director)**

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

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

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

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

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

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

(14) 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)**

(15) October 2011 joint report by the Cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville titled “Increasing Energy Efficiency in Existing Multifamily Buildings – An Overview of Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Tools”  (Executive Director) 

(16)  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)**

(17) November Annual General Adjustment mailing to landlords and tenants  (Executive Director)

(18) Update on November 5, 2011 presentation to the Berkeley Property Owners Association  (Executive Director)

b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

a.  September 27th agenda**  

(2) Outreach 

a.  September 23rd agenda** 

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

a.  August 30th minutes** 

b. September 27th agenda** 

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a.  August 24th minutes**  

b.  October 14th agenda** 

c.  October 14th minutes 

d.  October 24th agenda 

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a.  August 23rd minutes** 

b.  October 13th agenda** 

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Waiver Process

a.  September 15th minutes** 

b.  October 12th agenda** 

c.  October 12th minutes 

d.   November 8th agenda 

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Board Compensation

a.  November 3rd agenda 

b.  November 3rd minutes 

c.  November 17th agenda 

(8) 4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

a.  September 29th agenda packet** 

(9) Future Special Meetings

c.      Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

8.   Adjournment 


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