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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Regular Meeting

Monday, March 17, 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 the January 27th Regular Meeting minutes 

5. Special Presentation by representatives from Christine Minnehan & Associates, Rent Board Legislative Advocate, on housing-related legislation 

a. State Legislative Report 

b. Recommendation concerning three pieces of legislation:

(1) Recommendation that the Board go on record supporting AB 2175 (Daly)  

(2) Recommendation to direct Legislative Advocate to urge author to amend SB 1439 (Leno)  

(3) Recommendation to encourage the Berkeley City Council to review AB 2181 (Bloom)

6. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Discussion and possible action regarding the Multi-Unit Housing Emergency Preparedness Program memo (Commissioner Townley)

(2) Recommendation to restore the 10% deduction from Commissioner Hunt’s stipend for her absence from the January 3rd Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee meeting (Commissioner Hunt)

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

Ministerial Waiver

Waiver No.      Property Address
4325                 2119 Emerson St
4348                 2042 Dwight Way
4349                 3135 Mabel St
4352                 1330 Oxford St

Discretionary Waiver

Waiver No.      Property Address
4340                 1533 MLK Jr Way
4341                 1308 Hopkins St
4343                 1333 Santa Fe Ave
4344                 1215 Kains Ave
4351                 3141 College Ave
4353                 2919 Acton St
4357                 2443 Derby St

7. Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) February 21, 2014 staff report to Outreach Committee regarding Providing City E-mail Addresses to Commissioners (Executive Director)

(2) Update on Council’s action regarding the referral to the City Manager of an Exemption of Fire-Damaged Buildings from Affordable Housing Mitigation Fee (Executive Director)

(3) February 7, 2014 Ellis Act and Owner Move-in (Measure Y) statistics report to Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee (Executive Director)

(4) March 4, 2014 Summary of Ellis Act Evictions (1986-2013) report to Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee (Executive Director)

(5) Copies of the Notice of Apparent Lawful Rent Ceiling mailing to Berkeley property owners and tenants (Executive Director)

(6) January 28, 2014 article by Will Kane titled, “Renters complain of squalid conditions, file claim in West Oakland” (Executive Director)

(7) February 3, 2014 San Francisco Chronicle article by Marisa Lagos titled, “Pushing to slow Ellis Act evictions” (Executive Director)

(8) February 12, 2014 East Bay Express article by Darwin Bond Graham titled, “The Rise of the New Land Lords” (Commissioner Harr)

(9) February 24, 2014 and article by John Coté titled, “Ellis Act spat goes to state Capitol” (Commissioner Hunt)

(10) March 3, 2014 and article by Heather Knight and John Coté titled, “Public housing to get boost from federal program” (Commissioner Hunt)

(11) March 4, 2014 Huffington Post article by Ben Hallman and Jillian Berman titled, “Wall Street Has Found Its Latest Dangerous Financial Product, Activists Warn” (Commissioner Harr)

(12) March 10, 2014 SFGate article by Kathleen Pender titled, “One-third rule not always feasible in Bay Area rental market” (Executive Director)

b. Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

a. January 29th agenda  

b. February 26th meeting cancellation notice  

c. Update on the subject of paperless agendas – Verbal

(2) Outreach

a. December 20, 2013 minutes

b. January 17th minutes  

c. February 21st agenda  

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability – next meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 21st.

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

a. November 7, 2013 minutes

b. January 3rd minutes

c. February 7th agenda  

d. February 7th minutes  

e. March 4th agenda

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a. March 13th 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

8. Adjournment – in honor of Jackie Foster-Wilson, long-time public servant and the first Executive Director of the elected Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board.


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.

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