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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Special Meeting

Monday, July 30, 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 hr, 56 mins)



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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda  

3. Public Forum

4. Special Presentations/Reports:  (held over from previous meetings**)

a. Rent Stabilization, Vacancy Decontrol and Reinvestment in Rental Property in Berkeley (Deputy Director Stephen Barton and Rent Board Assistant Planner Lief Bursell) **Please refer to material in the July 16th Board packet.

b. Customer Service Survey of Berkeley Rental Property Owners and Managers (Deputy Director Barton)  **Please refer to material in the July 16th Board packet.

c. Report on the Rent Board’s role in the Berkeley Housing Authority Public Housing Conversion (Deputy Director Barton)  **Please refer to material in the July 16th Board packet.    

5. Action Items

a.   From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Second reading of proposed changes to Regulation 884 (B): To Use an Owner’s Compliance with the City’s Soft Story Ordinance as a Criterion for Discretionary Review of Waiver Requests  (Waivers Committee and Executive Director)

6. Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff -- **For these items, please refer to material in the July 16th Board packet.

(1) July 25, 2012 Foreclosure Report to the Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee  (Commissioner Harr)

(2) Updated Commissioner Attendance Records for all Rent Board and Committee Meetings through June 2012  (Executive Director)**

(3) Update on RTS database project  (Executive Director) – Verbal

(4) July 16, 2012 e-mail from landlord Stephanie Thomas expressing her support for the Rent Board’s work  (Executive Director)

(5) July 13, 2012 e-mail from Marianne Robinson expressing her appreciation for the excellent work of the Rent Board and its staff  (Executive Director)

(6) July 13, 2012 e-mail from landlord William Nasser expressing his gratitude for the valuable service provided by Rent Board staff members Nick Traylor and Moni Law  (Executive Director)**

(7) July 11, 2012 report titled, “Findings and Recommendations from the April 11, 2012 Seismic Day of Compliance”  (Commissioner Tregub)**

(8) July 10, 2012 City Council item titled, “Amendment to Soft Story Ordinance”  (Executive Director)**

(9) Update on Board referral to staff and IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee regarding public speaker on profitability  (Executive Director) – Verbal

(10) Market Medians report for the 1st Quarter of 2012  (Executive Director)**

(11) June 6, 2012 East Bay Express article titled, “Renting: It’s Not For The Dogs”  (Commissioner Harr)**

(12) Update on City Council item regarding the Responsible Banking Policy and results of research on possible moving Rent Board account holdings to an alternate financial institution  (Executive Director) – Verbal

(13) Update on City Council item regarding an alternate location for City Council Meetings  (Executive Director) – Verbal

(14) May 2012 Rent Board Tenant Bulletin  (Executive Director)

(15) May 24, 2012 letter to City Council regarding the “Initiative Petition:  Sunshine Ordinance” item  (Chair Stephens)

(16) April 24, 2012 Measure “Y” Tracking Report to the Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee  (Commissioner Harr)

(17) April 2, 2012 letter from Commissioner Harr regarding moving the Rent Board’s account holdings from Wells Fargo Bank to an alternate financial institution, and a December 5, 2011 article titled, “Occupy San Francisco Targets Wells Fargo”

b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

a.  April 2nd agenda

b.  May 12th agenda

c.  June 17th agenda

(2) Outreach 

a.  March 16th agenda

b.  April 27th agenda

c.  June 1st minutes**

d.  June 29th agenda**

e.  July 20th agenda

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

a.  September 27, 2011 minutes

b.  March 8th agenda

c.  May 15th agenda  

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a.  February 8th amended minutes

b.  April 24th agenda

c.  April 24th minutes

d.  May 17th agenda

e.  May 17th minutes**

f.  June 27th agenda**

g.  July 25th agenda

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a.  April 4th agenda

b.  May 9th agenda 

(6) Waivers Committee

a.  November 8th, 2011 minutes

b.  March 2nd minutes

c.  April 20th agenda

d.  April 20th revised minutes**   

e.  July 11th agenda**

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Smoke-Free Housing

a.  April 27th agenda

b.  April 27th minutes

c.  June 1st agenda

d.  July 20th agenda

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

(9) Future Special Meetings

c. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

7. CLOSED SESSION   The Board will convene in closed session to meet concerning the following:

CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR (Government Code Section 54957.6)

Negotiators:  Jay Kelekian, Rent Stabilization Board Executive Director; David W. Hodgkins, Director of Human Resources;  Stephen Barton, Rent Board Deputy Director;  Matt Brown, Rent Board Staff Attorney. 

Employee Organizations:  SEIU Local 1021, Community Services and Part-Time Recreation Leaders Association, Berkeley Police Association, Berkeley Fire Fighters Association

8. Adjournment

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