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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Regular Meeting

Monday, June 18, 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.

  1. Approval of Agenda 

  2. Public Forum 

  3. Approval of prior meeting minutes:

a. May 21, 2012 Regular Meeting minutes

b. June 13, 2012 Special Meeting minutes

5.   Special Presentation by Rent Board Deputy Director Steve Barton on Rent Stabilization, Vacancy Decontrol
         and Reinvestment in Rental Property in Berkeley

6.   Action Items

a.   From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1)  Discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to adopt the FY 2012/2013 line-item Budget and Staffing Model (Executive Director and Budget & Personnel Committee)  **TO BE DELIVERED**
(2)  Discussion and possible action to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to negotiate and execute a contract modification with Software A.G. to continue with the replacement and upgrading of additional portions of the Board's Rent Tracking System (RTS) database  (Executive Director and Budget & Personnel Committee)  **TO BE DELIVERED**

(3)  Discussion and possible action to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to transfer funds in the amount of $47,000 to pay for the Rent Board's portion of the City's contract with Advantel Networks for the new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system (Executive Director and Budget & Personnel Committee)

(4)   First reading of proposed Regulation 1282: Individual Rent Adjustments for Units in Properties Where No Units Have  Received a Vacancy Increase (Executive Director and IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

(5)  Discussion and possible action to adopt a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to modify the contract with Theresa B. Darrenougue for captioning services of televised Rent Board meetings by extending the term through June 30, 2013 and increasing the contract by an amount not to exceed $12,000 for Fiscal Year 2012-2013  (Executive Director)

(6)Discussion and possible action regarding recommendation that the Executive Director  send a letter to the University of California at Berkeley on the subject of affordable housing in student dormitories  (Commissioner Tregub)

(7)  Proposal to approve staff recommendation on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties  (Executive Director)

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address 

             4098                1109 Parker Street  (held over from April 2, 2012 meeting)

      7.   Information and Announcements                            

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

    1. Reports from Board Members/Staff

    2. (1)   Customer Service Survey of Berkeley Rental Property Owners and Managers (Executive Director)

                    (2)   Report on the Rent Board's role in the Berkeley Housing Authority Public Housing Conversion     
                            (Executive Director)

                    (3)   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)

                    (4)   Update on City Council item regarding an alternate location for City Council Meetings  (Executive Director)

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

                     (6)   Market Medians report for the 4th Quarter of 2011  (Executive Director)

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

  •                      (8)   May 24, 2012 letter to City Council regarding the "Initiative Petition:  Sunshine Ordinance" item
                                 (Chair Stephens)

  • b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings 

                    (1)  Budget and Personnel

      a.  June 17th agenda

            (2)  Outreach

               a.  June 1st agenda        
          (3)  IRA/AGA and Habitability

                    (4)  Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

                    (5)  Safe & Sustainable Housing

  •                 (6)  Waivers Committee

  •                 (7)  Ad Hoc Committee on Smoke-Free Housing
  •                     a.  April 27th minutes

                        b.  June 1st agenda 

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

                    (9) Future Special Meetings

               c.      Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda 

     8.   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.

     Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting

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