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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

 Full Agenda Packet (PDF Copy)  

Regular Meeting

 Monday, February 6, 2017
      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 (3:37)



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1. Roll call – 1 min.*

2. Approval of Agenda – 1 min.*

3. Public Forum – 3 min. allotted per speaker*

4. CONSENT ITEMS – 5 min.*

a. Approval of the January 19th Regular Meeting minutes

b. Recommendation to support the Draft Tenant Protection Ordinance (Chair Selawsky & Commissioners Murphy, Chang & Soto-Vigil)

c.  Meeting excusal and stipend reimbursement for Commissioner Soto-Vigil (Commissioner Soto-Vigil & Chair Selawsky)

d. Recommendation to honor Katherine Harr for her years of service on the Rent Stabilization Board at the March 20th meeting


a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Discussion and possible action regarding support for a county-wide Anti-Displacement funding and policy plan proposal (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine and Commissioners Murphy & Simon-Weisberg) – 20 min.* Distributed at the Meeting

(2) Discussion and possible action concerning the selection and appointment to fill the vacancy on the Rent Board (Chair Selawsky and Executive Director) – 45 min.*

a. Memo from the Executive Director and Legal Staff regarding selection and appointment to fill a vacancy on the Rent Board

b. Proposed process to select a replacement for outgoing Board Member Harr (Chair Selawsky & Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine)

(3) Recommendation regarding the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s report: “California’s Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities Public Draft – Statewide Housing Assessment 2025” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine & Chair Selawsky) – 15 min.*

(4) Update and possible action regarding the Short-term Rental Ordinance (Executive Director) – 10 min.*


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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on Deputy Director recruitment (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(2) Commissioner Katherine Harr’s January 26, 2017 letter of resignation from the Rent Board (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(3) Revised 2017 Committee Assignments (Chair Selawsky) – 1 min.*

(4) January 23, 2017 communication to City Council regarding Support for Short-term Rentals Ordinance with Amendments (Chair Selawsky & Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(5) Updated Rent Board Regulation Appendices B, C and D (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(6) October 23, 2015 article prepared for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics by Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman titled, “Relationships Between Elected Officials and Staff” (Commissioner Harr) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(7) September 23, 2016 First Tuesday Journal Editorial Staff article titled, “Conflict over redevelopment of rent-controlled units plagues Berkeley” (Commissioner Harr) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(8) January 6, 2017 East Bay Times.com article by Karina Ioffee titled, “Richmond: Rent control gets reprieve; industry group files suit” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(9) January 9, 2017 LATimes.com article by Anthony Clark Carpio titled, “City Council candidate wants to focus on rent control and affordable housing” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(10) January 9, 2017 NBC Bay Area.com article by Gillian Edevane titled, “Landlord Group Files Lawsuit to Block Voter-Approved Rent Control in Richmond” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(11) January 10, 2017 Press Democrat.com article by Kevin McCallum titled, “Santa Rosa calls for rent control vote in June” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(12) January 11, 2017 Los Altos Town Crier Staff Report titled, “Lawsuit temporarily halts MV rent control measure” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(13) January 11, 2017 Mountain View Voice article by Mark Noack titled, “Rent control boosters look to Richmond” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(14) January 12, 2017 The Atlantic’s City Lab article by Kriston Capps titled, “Does Ben Carson Believe in HUD?” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(15) January 12, 2017 Mercury News.com article by Kevin Kelly titled, “Menlo Park: City weighs actions on displacement” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE


A. Budget and Personnel – 1 min.*

B. Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure – 1 min.*

C. Habitable & Sustainable Housing – 1 min.*

D. IRA, AGA and Registration – 1 min.*

E. Outreach – 1 min.*

F. Resilience and Sustainability – 2 min.*

(1) December 8, 2016 minutes

G. 4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee – 1 min.*

H. 4 x 4 Ad Hoc Committee on Safety, Occupancy and Affordability of Converted Artist Warehouses and Workspaces – 5 min.*

(1) January 13th minutes

(2) January 27th agenda

I. Ad Hoc Committee on the Effects of Costa-Hawkins – 1 min.*

J. Ad Hoc Committee on Technology Issues – 1 min.*

K. 2 x 2 x 2 Committee on Housing: Council / Rent Board / BUSD – 1 min.*

L. Updates and Announcements regarding future Special Meetings – 1 min.*

M. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda – 2 min.*



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. 

Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting.  









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