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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board


Regular Meeting

Monday, August 20, 2012
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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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of prior meeting minutes:

a. July 16, 2012 Regular Meeting minutes (REVISED 8/20/2012) 

b. July 30, 2012 Special Meeting minutes  

5. Action Items  

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees  

(1) Discussion and possible action regarding the content of the Rent Board’s formal response to the 2011-2012 Alameda County Civil Grand Jury’s Final Report  

a. Proposed formal response to the Civil Grand Jury (Chair Stephens)

b. Comments/recommendation from Commissioner Drake

c. Comments/recommendation from Commissioner Harr

d. Comments/recommendation from Commissioner Shelton

e. Comments/recommendation from Commissioner Tregub

f. Comments/recommendation from Commissioner Webster

g. June 25, 2012 Press Release and Rent Board Chair’s Preliminary Response to Civil Grand Jury Report (Chair Stephens) 

h. Pages 63-74 of the 2011-2012 Alameda County Civil Grand Jury Final Report on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Chair Stephens)

i. June 28, 2011 letter from the Berkeley Property Owners Association to City Auditor regarding the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Chair Stephens)

j. May 14, 2012 report titled, “Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause in the 21st Century” (Executive Director)

k. July 12, 2012 e-mail communication from SEIU Local 1021 President Roxanne Sanchez in response to the Grand Jury Report concerning the Berkeley Rent Board (Executive Director)

(2) Discussion and possible action regarding the scheduling of a Special Meeting of the Rent Board in September 2012 (Executive Director)

(3) Discussion and possible action to adopt a resolution amending the Rent Board’s current Records Retention Schedule in compliance with the City’s Records Management Program (Executive Director)

6. Information and Announcements  

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Soft Story Inventory and Reinvestment Report (Executive Director)

(2) August 13, 2012 Beyond Chron article by Randy Shaw titled, “San Francisco’s Uninformed Civil Grand Jury Strikes Again” (Executive Director)

(3) August 12, 2012 Daily Cal article by Alyssa Neumann titled, “Web application helps residents identify Berkeley’s seismically unsound buildings” (Executive Director)

(4) August 1, 2012 Wall Street Journal article by Bobby White titled, “Rental Board Under Fire in Berkeley” (Chair Stephens)

(5) July 25, 2012 San Jose Mercury News article by Bonnie Eslinger titled, “Hundreds of pre-eviction notices sent to East Palo Alto tenants by new landlord” (Executive Director)

b. Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

a. August 21st agenda  

(2) Outreach

a. August 17th agenda  

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a. June 27th minutes  

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

(6) Waivers Committee

a. July 11th minutes  

b. August 14th 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

7. Adjournment

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