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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Regular Meeting

Thursday, February 16, 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 the January 23, 2012 Regular Meeting Minutes

5. Appeal Time Certain – 7:15 p.mAppeal T-5212  (2425 Eunice Street) 

Landlord appeals a hearing examiner decision ordering her to refund a total of $4,010.42 in rent overcharges due to illegally high rent and $893.66 in security deposit overcharges.  The decision also clarified that the monthly rent ceiling for the unit is $803.17 and the landlord must return all post-October 2011 rent collected in excess of that amount.  On appeal, the landlord submits a great deal of new evidence and argues that the Board should overturn the hearing examiner’s decision due to overriding principles of justice.  A review of the record establishes that the hearing examiner correctly ruled on the issues in the record.  Therefore, the decision should be affirmed.

6. 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)

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.     Property Address
4101                2110—9th Street
4103                2766 Sacramento Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.     Property Address
4078                2605 Haste Street
4082                1434 Milvia Street
4085                2228 McKinley Avenue 
4087                3114 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
4088                3110 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
4097                3006 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
4105                3411 Adeline Street
4108                1220 Haskell Street

(2)  Discussion and possible action regarding Proposed Resolution Revising Rules on Deductions from Commissioners’ Stipend; Enacting Rules on Posting Meeting Attendance Records; and Repealing and Reenacting Rules and Policies on Meeting Schedules and Commissioners’ Stipend and Other Compensation (Chair Stephens) – TO BE DELIVERED 

7.   Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) February 9, 2012 communication from Commissioner Harr with two articles: “Right-to-Rent”: A Simple, Sensible Idea That Dysfunctional Washington Is More Than Happy to Let Die, and Ben Bernanke’s Solution To The Housing Crisis: Renting Foreclosed Homes  (Commissioner Harr)

(2) January 24, 2012 memo to City Council regarding Consent Item #11 – Referral to the City Manager: Responsible Banking policy  (Executive Director)

(3) Update on efforts to assist tenants affected by the November 18, 2011 fire at 2435 Haste Street and 2441 Haste Street  (Executive Director)

(4) January 22, 2012 Legislative Report from Christine Minnehan, Rent Board Legislative Advocate (Executive Director)

b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

          a.  January 20th minutes

          b.  February 9th agenda 

(2) Outreach 

          a.  February 17th agenda

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

          a.  January 5th minutes

          b.  February 8th agenda 

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

          a.  February 1st agenda

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Waiver Process

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Board Compensation

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

          a.  February 9th agenda packet

(9) Future Special Meetings

c.      Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

8. Closed Session   CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – Litigation Update

Update on litigation pursuant to Section 54956.9 of the Government Code:

Case No: RG 11572749:  Chapple vs. Udenski, et al.

Case No. RG 11583907:  Hanley vs. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

10 Alameda Superior Court cases filed against various UC Berkeley fraternities for failure to pay  Rent Board Registration Fees when renting to non-members

9.   Adjournment 


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.

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