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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Regular Meeting

Monday, November 18, 2013
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 October 21st Regular Meeting minutes  **TO BE DELIVERED**

5. Action Items

a.   From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to amend Regulation 1004 [Provision of Certificate of Permissible Rent Level] – First reading (IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

(2) Recommendation to amend Regulation 1269 [Changes in Space or Services] – Second reading (Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee)

(3) Recommendation to restore the 10% deduction from Commissioner Blake’s stipend for his absence from the October 9, 2013 meeting of the Safe & Sustainable Housing Committee (Chair Stephens)

(4) Recommendation to extend and modify the contract with the Executive Director (Budget & Personnel Committee)

6.   Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on City Council action to adopt the Ordinance to Require the Retrofit of Soft, Weak or Open Front Buildings; BMC Chapter 19.39  (Executive Director)

(2) Update on changes to the Demolition Ordinance and City Council proposed action regarding a Recent Change in State Law Affecting Inclusionary Housing (Executive Director)

(3) Update on Tobacco-Free Multi-Unit Housing Ordinance  (Executive Director) – Verbal

(4) November 19, 2013 memo from the Housing Advisory Commission (HAC) regarding their recommendations to City Council on the Tobacco-Free Multi-Unit Housing Ordinance  (Executive Director)

(5) Fall 2013 information sheet from the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley on Senate Bill 36 (SB 36) titled, “A Bill in Support of Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing”  (Chair Stephens)

(6) Update on action proposed to City Council regarding the Condominium Conversion Program – Annual Report and Amending BMC Chapter 21.28  (Executive Director)

(7) Communication from Commissioner Dodsworth to the Rent Board requesting that his absence from the October 21, 2013 Rent Board meeting be “excused” (Commissioner Dodsworth) 

(8) Update on notification of mandatory carbon monoxide detector requirements  (Executive Director) – Verbal

(9) Sample Notice of Apparent Lawful Rent Ceiling mailing to landlords  (Executive Director)

(10) November Annual General Adjustment (AGA) mailing to landlords and tenants (Executive Director)

(11) November 7, 2013 letter from The League of Women Voters Berkeley-Albany-Emeryville Chapter to Chair Stephens and the Rent Board regarding the “Alameda County Grand Jury Report of 6/2012 and the Response of Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board 8/2012  (Executive Director)

(12) October 16, 2013 Bay Area News Group article by Pete Carey titled, “Rent increases slowing pace”  (Commissioner Hunt)

(13) October 30, 2013 article by Melissa Wen titled, “Fire-damaged building to stay rent-controlled after Berkeley City Council meeting”  (Chair Stephens)

(14) October 31, 2013 article by Emilie Raguso titled, “Berkeley units to stay rent-controlled after 2012 fire”  (Chair Stephens)

(15) November 1, 2013 Contra Costa Times article by Judith Scherr titled, “Berkeley council upholds affordable housing exemption for rebuilt apartments” (Chair Stephens)

(16) November 11, 2013 article by Jessica Guynn and Chris O’Brien titled, “In San Francisco, Twitter’s IPO stokes debate over wealth it created” (Chair Stephens)

b.   Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

a.  October 21st agenda

b.  November 15th agenda

(2) Outreach 

a.  August 23rd minutes

b.  September 20th agenda

c.  October 18th agenda

d.  November 15th agenda

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

a.  September 13th minutes

b.  October 18th agenda

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a.  October 11th agenda

b.  November 4th agenda

c.  November 7th agenda

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a.  September 11th minutes

b.  October 9th agenda

c.  November 14th agenda

(6) Waivers Committee

(7) Ad Hoc Committee on Smoke-Free Housing

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

a.  May 16th minutes

b.  October 10th agenda

(9) Future Special Meetings

c.      Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

7.   CLOSED SESSION – Pursuant to California Government Code § 54957(b):

Title:  Executive Director
Title:  Executive Director

8.   Adjournment



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