Regular Meeting

Monday, September 16, 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

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CLOSED SESSION  -- The Board will convene in Closed Session pursuant to California Government Code § 54957(b):


Negotiators:   Jay Kelekian, Executive Director; and Margarita Zamora, Acting Employee Relations Officer
Employee Organizations: SEIU Local 1021, Community Service and Part-Time Recreation Leaders Association


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

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of the August 26th Regular Meeting minutes 

5. Action Items

a.   From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Memorandum Agreement:  Service Employees International Union, Local 1021 Community Services & Part-Time Recreation Leaders Association (Executive Director)

(2) Recommendations concerning Proposed Phase II of the Soft Story Ordinance (Safe & Sustainable Housing Committee)

(3) Recommendation to amend Regulation 702 [Payment of Interest on Security Deposits] due to lack of data published by the Federal Reserve Board – First Reading  (IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)  

(4) Discussion and possible action on the subject of eminent domain in the case of foreclosed homes in Berkeley  (Chair Stephens and Commissioner Townley)

a. Article from Contra Costa Times by Robert Rogers titled, “Richmond:  Divided City Council votes to stay on course with plan to use eminent domain to seize mortgages” (Chair Stephens)

b. Article from Oakland Tribune by Robert Rogers titled, “RICHMOND MORTGAGE PLAN – Eminent domain concerns mount”  (Commissioner Hunt) 

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

 60-Day Administrative Waivers (Informational Only)

The Board will be presented with a list of 235 properties totaling $129,868 in penalties that have been administratively waived in accordance with Regulation 883.

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4294                 3041 Tremont Street
4305                 1919 Cedar Street
4307                 1231-1233 Burnett Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address 
4280                 2665 Shasta Road
4283                 2111 Byron Street
4285                 1837 Addison Street
4291                 2675 Sacramento Street
4292                 2760 Dohr Street
4295                 1437 Ward Street
4296                 1650 Tyler Street
4300                 3110 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
4301                 3114 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
4304                 1632 Walnut 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 proposed ordinance on Smoke-Free Housing – Verbal  (Executive Director)

(2) Update on Proposed Revision to the Demolition Ordinance   (Executive Director)

(3) Updated Measure Y Tracking Report given to the Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee and Rent Board Regulation 1016  (Eviction/Section8/Foreclosure Ctte.)

(4) September 2013 article in Rental Housing magazine (a publication of the East Bay Rental Housing Association) by Grant Chappell titled, “Steady Volume, Climbing Prices” (Vice Chair Harr)

(5) August 27, 2013 article in The Boston Globe by Peter Schworm and Matt Rocheleau titled, “Landlords call Boston’s new fee plan intrusive, costly” (Executive Director)

(6) Planning Commission’s Notice of Public Hearing on September 18, 2013 – “Zoning Ordinance Amendments to BMC Title 23: Zoning for Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, and Supportive Housing”  (Executive Director)

(7) August 27, 2013 summary report of the NAACP-sponsored “Town Hall Meeting” in July 2013 (Chair Stephens)

(8) September 8, 2013 Daily Cal article by Alison Fu titled, “Berkeley City Council to reassess affordable housing fee” (Executive Director)

(9) “Green Your Apartment!” flyer from Multifamily SWEEP (Solid Waste and Energy Efficiency Program) regarding free services for eligible Berkeley tenants (Executive Director)

(10) September 10, 2013 article by Henry K. Lee titled, “USF media professor dies in Berkeley fire”  (Executive Director)

(11) Update on September 10, 2013 Rent Board workshop: “Owning Rental Property in Berkeley”  (Executive Director)

(12) Announcement of September 18th Rent Board seminar:  “Tenants Rights and Responsibilities” (Executive Director)

b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

a.  September 13th agenda

(2) Outreach 

a.  June 14th minutes 

b.  July 19th agenda – Meeting cancelled due to lack of a quorum

c.  August 23rd agenda

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

a.  September 13th agenda

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a.  July 12th minutes

b.  August 1st minutes

c.  September 6th agenda

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a.  May 2nd minutes

b.  August 29th agenda – Meeting cancelled due to lack of a quorum

c.  September 4th agenda

d.  September 4th minutes

e.  September 11th agenda 

(6) Waivers Committee

(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

7.  Adjournment



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