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Full Agenda Packet (PDF copy) 

Regular Meeting

 Thursday, April 18, 2019
    7:00 p.m. 

NEW Location:
Berkeley Unified School District Board Room 
1231 Addison Street 
Broadcast Live – KPFB – 89.3 
(N. Berkeley) and BTV Cable Channel 33

 Video Archive (2:56) 


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*Times allotted for each item are approximate and may be changed at the Board’s discretion during the course of this meeting.

1. Roll call – 1 min.*

2. Approval of Agenda – 2 min.*

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

4. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*

a. Approval of the March 21st regular meeting minutes

b. Request to reimburse Commissioner Soto-Vigil for the stipend deduction due to his absence from the March 5, 2019 Habitable & Sustainable Housing Committee meeting (Commissioners Chang and Soto-Vigil)

c. Recommendation to adopt Resolution19-05 authorizing the Executive Director to allocate an additional $2,500 in AEPHI funds to fully reimburse the current $10 per month AGA pass-through to income-eligible long-term tenants (Executive Director)

d. Recommendation to adopt Resolution 19-06 authorizing the Executive Director to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a New Integrated Database System for the Rent Stabilization Board (Budget & Personnel Committee and Executive Director)

e. Recommendation to adopt Resolution 19-07 authorizing the Executive Director to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Scanning of Rent Stabilization Program Files (Budget & Personnel Committee and Executive Director)

5. APPEAL – 8:00 p.m.**  Case No. E-92 (2504 Dana Street, Units A, B and C)

** This appeal will not be heard before 8:00 p.m. but may be heard any time thereafter.

Landlord filed an appeal of a hearing decision denying exemption of a converted triplex. Appellant argues that the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy triggered by the conversion of a large single-family residence to a triplex guarantees exemption from the Rent Ordinance under state law. Appellant claims that the Board has no jurisdiction to interpret the applicability of the new construction exemption, that the decision has impermissible retroactive effect, and that the legal authority relied upon by the hearing examiner is inapplicable to the facts of this case. The first two arguments misconstrue the law and the legal effect of Board action. In a related case, E-91, the Board upheld a similar ruling on appeal. There are no distinguishing facts in this case, including the fact that one of the subject rental units is comprised largely of newly created space. Therefore, the Board should modify the hearing examiner’s decision to exempt that unit, and thereby render a decision consistent with precedent and state law.


a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to adopt Resolution 19-08 Setting the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019/20 Annual Registration Fee (due July 1, 2019) and Resolution 19-09 Authorizing the Pass-Through of a Portion of the Registration Fee to Certain Tenants (Budget & Personnel Committee and Executive Director) – 10 min.*

(2) Recommendation to adopt Resolution 19-10 Establishing the FY 2019/20 Summer Rental Registration Fee for Qualifying Fraternities and Sororities (Budget & Personnel Committee and Executive Director) – 10 min.*

(3) Recommended revisions to the Rent Board Meeting Procedures (Commissioners Tregub, Alpert and Chair Laverde) – 20 min.*

(4) Discussion and possible action to change the membership of the 4x4 Joint Committee on Housing (Commissioners Selawsky and Soto-Vigil) – 10 min.* Carried over from March 21st meeting

(5) Recommendation regarding Ordinance No. 7,643-N.S. (BMC Section 14.20.120 C.) pertaining to parking of recreational vehicles (RVs) or campers (Commissioners Soto-Vigil, Murphy, and Chair Laverde) – 5 min.*


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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Two-thirds-year Budget Update (Executive Director) – 5 min.*

(2) Deputy Director recruitment and update on Rent Board Staffing Model (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(3) Commissioner attendance at Board & Committee meetings for the 1st Quarter of 2019 (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(4) Update on recent and upcoming Rent Board outreach events (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(5) March 13, 2019 East Bay Express article by Steven Tavares titled, “Housing Crisis Averted in San Leandro?” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*

(6) March 13, 2019 article by Bloomberg titled, “Airbnb Loses Major Fight Over California City’s Rental Law” (Vice-Chair Simon-Weisberg) – 1 min.*

 (7) April 3, 2019 East Bay Citizen ( article by Steven Tavares titled, “Sweeping protections for Alameda renters coming soon” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.* 

(8) April 4, 2019 The Mercury News article by Angela Ruggiero titled, “Ghost Ship owners plead the Fifth in trial over deadly warehouse fire” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.* 

(9) April 7, 2019 Santa Cruz Sentinel article by Marisa Kendall titled, “The kids aren’t alright: How the housing crisis hurts the Bay Area’s youngest residents” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(10) April 8, 2019 article by Columbia Business School titled, “Return of Rent Control: New Research Shows Benefit of Decades-Old Affordable Housing Approach” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*


a. Budget and Personnel – 3 min.*

(1) March 12th minutes

(2) April 11th agenda

b. Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure – 2 min.

c. Habitable & Sustainable Housing (HASH) – 5 min.*

(1) March 5th minutes

(2) April 2nd agenda

d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 5 min.

(1) April 9th agenda

e. Outreach – 5 min.*

(1) March 7th minutes

(2) April 4th agenda

f. 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing: City Council/Rent Board – 5 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 – 2 min.*

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


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