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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Regular Meeting

 Monday, July 21, 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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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Public Forum  

4. Approval of prior meeting minutes:

a. June 9th Special Meeting Minutes  

b. June 16th Regular Meeting Minutes  

5. Appeal – Update on Appeal – Appeal T-5379 (3030 College Avenue)

6. Action Items

 a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to reconsider Board support of Assembly Bill 2565 (Muratsuchi) concerning electric vehicle charging stations (Commissioner Webster and Chair Stephens)

(2) Discussion and possible action regarding Assembly Bill 1513 (Fox) regarding Residential property: possession by declaration (Vice Chair Harr and Commissioner Dodsworth)

(3) Discussion and possible action regarding the feasibility of entering a Joint Powers Agreement with the City of Richmond to implement the “Richmond CARES” program in Berkeley (Commissioner Soto-Vigil Vice Chair Harr)

7. Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Clarification of the term “Time Certain” on Rent Board agendas (Chair Stephens)

(2) Rent Board Meeting Procedures (Chair Stephens)

(3) Update on Council action related to Imposing Fees When Multifamily Properties are Destroyed Due to Fault of Property Owner (Chair Stephens)

(4) Update on Council action related to supporting selected NAACP Housing Recommendations (Chair Stephens)

(5) July 8, 2014 Council Item by Planning Department Director Eric Angstadt titled, “Addressing the Presence of Mold in Residential Buildings” (Vice Chair Harr and Chair Stephens)

(6) Discussion of changes to the Rent Board’s Compensation Policy (Chair Stephens)

(7) Board and Committee Attendance Records for the 2nd Quarter of 2014 (Executive Director)

(8) Update on Annual Registration (Executive Director) – Verbal

(9) Update on the Rent Tracking System (RTS) database project (Executive Director) – Verbal

(10) Update on the Staffing Model (Executive Director) – Verbal

(11) Update on wireless network connectivity and Board Member e-mail accounts (Executive Director) – Verbal

(12) Update on Registration Fee Overpayment/Credit by property rather than by owner (Executive Director) – Verbal

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

(14) March 24, 2014 article by Barbara Taylor titled, “Rent Board Report: San Francisco Demolition Eviction Up 300 Percent” (Vice Chair Harr)

(15) June 2014 Rental Housing cover article by Ron Kingston titled, “Rental Housing and the Sharing Economy – Why East Bay property owners should pay attention to the Airbnb controversy in San Francisco” (Vice Chair Harr)

(16) June 19, 2014 S.F. Examiner article by Joshua Sabatini titled, “Some tenants face monthslong waits for Rent Board case review” (Vice Chair Harr)

(17) July 2014 Rental Housing Magazine article by Jenny McNulty titled, “A Model of Preservation and Resilience – Berkeley prepares for an earthquake by mandating retrofits of soft story buildings” (Executive Director)

(18) July 7, 2014 Oakland Tribune article by Tom Barnidge titled, “Richmond City Council – Chance to finally put an end to mortgage scheme rejected” (Commissioner Hunt)

(19) July 9 and July 11, 2014 Business Insider articles by Sam Colt regarding a protest of a real estate firm accused of trying to evict a 98-year-old woman from her San Francisco home under the Ellis Act (Executive Director)

(20) July 10, 2014 Bay Area News Group article by Doug Oakley titled, “City orders homeless camp cleaned up” (Commissioner Hunt)

(21) July 14, 2014 Daily Californian editorial titled, “Berkeley housing vote is a step in the right direction, but there are miles still to go” (Executive Director)

(22) July 16, 2014 Mercury News article by Pete Carey titled, “Bay Area apartment rents continue relentless rise on tight supply” (Executive Director)

b. Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

 a. July 23rd agenda 

(2) Outreach

a. June 20th agenda 

b. July 18th agenda 

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a. June 6th minutes 

b. July 10th agenda 

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a. April 10th minutes 

b. June 26th 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

(1) Discussion of Berkeley fire relocation policies and regulations (Hunt)

(2) Discussion of Board Compensation and Attendance rules (Hunt)

(3) Discussion of Airbnb rentals in Berkeley (Harr)

8. CLOSED SESSION – The Board will adjourn to reconvene in Closed Session for an update on litigation pursuant to Section 54956.9 of the Government Code:

a. Case No. RG 14730761 – City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board v. Lekas  

b. Case No. RG 13702962 – Mak v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

9. Adjournment 



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