Regular Meeting

Monday, March 18, 2013
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
(1 hrs, 23 mins) 


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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.
2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of February 25th Regular Meeting Minutes

5. Action Items

a.   From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

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

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4169                 2207 Sacramento Street
4171                 1528 University Avenue
4179                 2149 Russell Street
4184                 2409 College Avenue
4185                 2731 Woolsey Street
4187                 2631 Benvenue Avenue
4188                 2629 Benvenue Avenue
4189                 1950 Rose Street
4190                 2521 Piedmont Avenue
4197                 2012 Grant Street
4198                 3110 MLK Jr. Way
4199                 3114 MLK Jr. Way
4200                 1486 University Avenue
4201                 2132 Roosevelt Avenue
4202                 2468 Bancroft Way
4211                 2511 San Pablo Avenue
4230                 1542 Tyler Street

6.   Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on Regulation 1282 (Executive Director)

(2) Registration Fees, Penalties and Waivers: Some History  (Executive Director)

(3) March 5, 2013 Ellis Report to the Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee (Commissioner Harr)

(4) March 7, 2013 Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Press Release titled, “Berkeley Rents Reach All-Time Highs but Reinvestment Lags”  (Chair Stephens)

(5) March 4, 2013 Berkeley Patch article by Charles Burress titled, “Growing Trend: People Working in Berkeley Can’t Afford to Live Here, Report Says”    (Commissioner Harr)

(6) March 13, 2013 Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times article by Doug Oakley titled, “What’s behind sky-high Berkeley apartment rents?”  (Executive Director)

(7) February 7, 2013 article by Frances Dinkelspiel titled, “1,000 new apartments planned for downtown Berkeley”  (Executive Director)

(8) December 2012 Rental Housing article by Link Corkery titled, “Red Hot Market” (Executive Director)

(9) Rent Board Notice of Apparent Lawful Rent Ceiling letters to Landlords and Tenants  (Executive Director)

(10) March 14, 2013 Daily Californian special insert titled, “The Housing Guide” (Executive Director)

(11) March 18, 2013 Rent Board Eviction Workshop for Landlords flyer  (Executive Director)

b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel 

a.  March 15th agenda

(2) Outreach 

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a.  February 14th minutes

b.  March 5th agenda 

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a.  March 14th agenda

(6) Waivers Committee

a.  December 10, 2012 minutes

b.  March 6th agenda

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Smoke-Free Housing

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

(9) Future Special Meetings

c.      Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

CLOSED SESSION – The Board will convene in Closed Session to discuss the following:

(1) CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – Anticipated Litigation
Initiation of litigation pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 54956.9 of the Government Code:  several potential cases related to registration compliance.

(2) Pursuant to California Government Code § 54957.6
Negotiator: Jay Kelekian, Rent Stabilization Board Executive Director
Employee Organizations: SEIU Local 1021, Community Service and Part-Time Recreation Leaders Association, and Public Employees Local 1.

(3) Pursuant to California Government Code § 54957(b)
Title: Executive Director
(4) Pursuant to California Government Code § 54957(b)
Title:  Executive Director

7.  Adjournment


This meeting is being held in a wheelchair-accessible location.

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