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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

 Monday, December 15, 2014
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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AGENDA


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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum

4. Special Order of Business

a. Introduction of Rent Board Commissioners-elect: Katherine Harr,
    James Chang, Jesse Townley, John Selawsky and Paola Laverde-Levine

b. Oath of Office to Commissioners-elect:
    The Berkeley City Clerk will administer the Oath of Office to Commissioners-elect,
    Katherine Harr, James Chang, Jesse Townley, John Selawsky
    and Paola Laverde-Levine.

c. Election of Chairperson: Executive Director conducts the election for Chair.

1. Communication from Commissioner Soto-Vigil 

2. Communication from Vice-Chair Harr  

d. Election of Vice-Chairperson: 
    Newly-elected Chair conducts the election for Vice-Chair.

e. Comments by new Chair, Vice-Chair and Commissioners: 
    Newly-elected Chair, Vice-Chair and Commissioners speak if they wish.

5. Special Order of Business  

a. Resolution to be presented to former Commissioner Webster on behalf of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board and staff in appreciation of her eight years of outstanding service as a Rent Board Commissioner (To Be Delivered)

b. Resolution to be presented to former Commissioner Blake on behalf of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board and staff in appreciation of his eight years of outstanding service as a Rent Board Commissioner (To Be Delivered)

c. Resolution to be presented to former Commissioner Stephens on behalf of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board and staff in appreciation of her eight years of outstanding service as a Rent Board Commissioner and six years as the Board’s Chairperson (To Be Delivered)

d. Comments from former Commissioners

6. Approval of prior meeting minutes  

a. November 17th Regular Meeting minutes  

b. November 20th Special Meeting minutes  

7. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Discussion and adoption of the proposed Rent Board’s 2015 Calendar Year Regular Meeting Schedule (Executive Director)

(2) Recommendation to appoint an ad hoc committee to develop a paperless agenda process (Executive Director)

(3) Recommendation to support use of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program funding for seismic retrofits (Commissioner Townley & Vice-Chair Harr)

(4) Recommendation to oppose Santa Maria Crude-by-Rail Project in San Luis Obispo and send a letter to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission (Commissioners Soto-Vigil, Chang, Laverde-Levine & Vice-Chair Harr)

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

Ministerial Waivers  

Waiver No.           Property Address
4393                      2910 California Street
4433                      2312 Stuart Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.           Property Address
4391                      1730 Spruce Street
4420                      2317 Browning Street
4431                      2313 9th Street

8. Information and Announcements  

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Discussion of current Rent Board Committee structure and possible future changes (Commissioner Townley & Vice-Chair Harr)

(2) Increased Compensation for Chair and Vice-Chair (Commissioner Dodsworth)

(3) Update on charts and tables reflecting annual budgets and staffing levels for Berkeley and other cities (Commissioner Hunt) – Verbal

(4) Update on honorary formal acknowledgement of former Rent Stabilization Program staff (Commissioner Hunt) – Verbal

(5) December 9, 2014 Council Item: Confirming the Results of the November 4, 2014 General Municipal Election (Executive Director)

(6) November 18, 2014 Council item: Condominium Conversion Program – Annual Report (Executive Director) Carried over from November 17th Regular Meeting

(7) November 13, 2014 Soft Story Program Update by the Planning Department’s Building and Safety Division (Executive Director) Carried over from November 20th Special Meeting

(8) City of Oakland’s recently adopted Ordinance Prohibiting Various Harassing Behaviors by Landlords Against Tenants and Providing Civil Remedies for Violations (Executive Director) Carried over from November 20th Special Meeting

(9) November 21, 2014 New York Times article by Erik Eckholm and Ian Lovett titled, “A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates” (Executive Director)

(10) December 3, 2014 Los Angeles Times article by Rong-Gong Lin II and Gale Holland titled, “Silicon Valley homeless no longer welcome in ‘the Jungle’ (Executive Director)

b. Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

a. September 4th minutes  

b. September 15th minutes  

c. November 10th minutes  

d. November 21st agenda (continued from November 19th)

(2) Outreach

a. November 21st agenda  

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a. December 11th agenda  

(6) Waivers Committee

(7) 4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

(8) Future Special Meetings

c. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

9. Adjournment

 

COMMUNICATION ACCESS INFORMATION:  

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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