Regular Meeting

Monday, December 19, 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, 50 min)


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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of the November 21, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes  

5. Action Items

          a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1)  First reading of proposed Regulation 1313 [Prohibition against evictions for tenants’ failure to 
comply with unilateral changes in terms of tenancy]
(Executive Director)

(2)  Discussion and possible action regarding 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 (Executive Director and Ad Hoc Committee on Board Compensation) Continued from November 21st meeting

(3)  Discussion and approval of the 2012 Rent Board Meeting Schedule  (Executive Director and Chair Stephens)

(4)  Discussion and possible action regarding the Rent Board’s proposed Social Media Policy (Executive Director and Outreach Committee)

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

               Ministerial Waivers

     Waiver No.         Property Address
     4045                   1711 Bancroft Way
     4047                   1423 Walnut Street, #5
     4089                   2127 McGee Avenue
     4090                   1927 Stuart Street
     4091                   1808 Bancroft Way
     4092                   1601 Derby Street
     4095                    2710 Benvenue Avenue

               Discretionary Waivers

     Waiver No.          Property Address
     4065                    1700 Addison Street
     4071                    2930 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
     4073                    2609 McGee Avenue
     4080                    2310 Piedmont Avenue
     4093                    2836 Regent Street

 6.   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 the October 17, 2011 and/or November 21, 2011 meeting.

(1)   Update on the Relocation Ordinance  (Executive Director)** – Verbal

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

(3)   Update on the Affordable Housing Mitigation Fee Ordinance  (Executive Director)** – Verbal

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

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

(6)   December 1, 2011 letter to Attorney Anna de Léon in response to her complaint regarding Commissioner Nicole Drake (Executive Director)   

(7)   Update on November 5, 2011 presentation to the Berkeley Property Owners Association  (Executive Director)** --Verbal

(8)   December 14, 2011 article titled, “Telegraph named a disaster zone to help the fire-affected” (Executive Director)

(9)   Update on the RTS project  (Executive Director) – Verbal

(10)  U.S. Census Bureau report titled, “Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010” for Berkeley, California  (Executive Director) 

11)  December 4, 2011 e-mail communication from Albert Sukoff regarding Capital Improvements Offset and Costa- Hawkins Increases (Executive Director)

b.     Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

      (1)      Budget and Personnel 

      (2)      Outreach  

                  a.  August 12th minutes

                  b.  September 23rd minutes 

                  c.  December 9th agenda      

      (3)      IRA/AGA and Habitability

      (4)      Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

                   a.  October 24th minutes

                   b.  November 30th agenda      

      (5)     Safe & Sustainable Housing

      (6)     Ad Hoc Committee on Waiver Process

      (7)     Ad Hoc Committee on Board Compensation

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

      (9)     Future Special Meetings

c.      Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

7.   Adjournment 


This meeting is being held in a wheelchair-accessible location.  To request disability-related accommodation(s) to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact Aimee Mueller at 981-4932 or 981-6903 (TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date.

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