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Regular Meeting

 Monday, October 16, 2017
      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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         *Times allotted for each item are approximate and may be changed at the Board’s discretion during the course of this meeting.    

1. Roll call – 1 min.*

2. Approval of Agenda – 1 min.*

3. Public Forum – 3 min. allotted per speaker*

4. CONSENT ITEMS – 2 min.*

a. Approval of the September 18th meeting minutes

b. Adopt Resolution 17-25 authorizing changes to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018 Staffing Model to eliminate the Community Service Specialist III and Legal Secretary positions and to add a Community Service Specialist II and an Office Specialist II position (Budget & Personnel Committee and Executive Director)

c. Approval of 60-day Administrative Waivers: 275 eligible properties, waiving $351,574 in penalties assessed for the 2017/2018 fiscal year (Executive Director)


a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to adopt Resolution 17-23 confirming that the 2018 Annual General Adjustment (AGA) increases rent ceilings by 2.3 percent and ordering that the 2018 AGA be published as Regulation 1140(IRA/AGA/Registration Committee & Executive Director) – 5 min.*

(2) Recommendation that the Board adopt Resolution 17-22 to invoke Regulation 1017 to allow landlords to temporarily rent to people displaced by Hurricane Maria and the fires in Northern California at reduced rents(Chair Selawsky and Executive Director) – 5 min.*

(3) Recommendation that the Board adopt Resolution 17-24 to authorize the Executive Director to execute a new contract with TransSIGHT, LLC in an amount not to exceed $50,000 to provide technical advice and guidance related to changes to the Board’s Rent Tracking System (RTS) database and online registration portal (Executive Director and Budget & Personnel Committee) – 10 min.*

(4) Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties(Executive Director) – 15 min.*

                 Ministerial Waivers  

         Waiver No.       Property Address
         4635                   2330 8th Street 
         4648                   2221 6th Street

                 Discretionary Waivers

         Waiver No.       Property Address 
         4634                   2424 10th Street 
         4637                   1415 7th Street 
         4640                   1730 Alcatraz Avenue 
         4643                   2130 Browning Street 
         4645                   1604 Milvia Street 
         4646                   1215 Virginia Street 
         4647                   1338 Shattuck Avenue 
         4651                   1643 Edith Street 
         4653                   256 67th Street


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

         a. Reports from Board Members/Staff  

(1) Legislative update  (Executive Director) – 3 min.* Distributed at the meeting

(2) October 3, 2017 communication to the Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council regarding the Board’s action to adopt a Resolution Opposing the Rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Calling for a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(3) October 13, 2017 letters sent to federal legislators conveying the Board’s opposition to the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Calling for a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants (Executive Director) – 2 min.* TO BE DISTRIBUTED

(4) Rent Board participation in UC Berkeley Student Legal Services 50th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 19th (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(5) Rent Board participation in UC Berkeley Public Service Center 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 22nd (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(6) Update on Rent Board workshops, seminars and/or outreach at community events-Verbal (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(7) September 24, 2017 East Bay Times article by Dave Boitano titled, “Rent control fight to be arduous, Alameda conference hears”  (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.* 

(8) September 28, 2017 Curbed Los Angeles article by Elijah Chiland titled, “LA is mulling new rules to prevent the demolition of rent-controlled apartments” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*

(9) October 2, 2017 Berkeley Patch article by CALmatters titled, “How sky-high housing costs make California the poorest state”  (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(10) October 3, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle “Editorial: Housing costs are pushing millions of Californians into poverty” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*

(11) October 6, 2017 Capital & Main article by David Dayen titled, “California Game Changers: Preserve the Affordable Housing We Have” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*

(12) October 6, 2017 The Mercury News article by Richard Scheinin titled, “On a roll: Affordable housing advocates pack a San Francisco hotel and say they’re winning the battle” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*

(13) October 6, 2017 article by Jeff Landa titled, “Glendale tenants file proposed rent control ordinance with the city” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*

(14) October 9, 2017 Mountain View Voice article by Mark Noack titled, “Rental committee considers $160 annual fee on apartments”  (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*

(15) October 9, 2017 The Richmond Standard article by Mike Aldax titled, “Mayor: RPA members who pushed for rent control are ‘unlicensed, unregistered’ landlords” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.* 

(16) October 10, 2017 Market Watch article by Jacob Passy titled, “Does rent control impact crime rates? These economists have the answer…”  (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.* 

(17) October 12, 2017 San Francisco Examiner article by Peter Cohen and Fernando Martí titled, “Eye on the State: This year was all about housing”  (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*


a. Budget and Personnel – 2 min.*

(1) September 19th agenda

(2) October 5th agenda

b. Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure – 2 min.*

(1) September 27th agenda - Cancelled due to lack of quorum

(2) October 18th agenda

c. Habitable & Sustainable Housing (HASH) – 3 min.*

(1) September 21st meeting – Cancelled

2) October 12th agenda

d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 2 min.*

(1) October 2nd agenda

e. Outreach – 2 min.*

(1) October 2nd agenda

f. 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing: City Council/Rent Board – 5 min.*

(1) September 21st agenda packet (rescheduled from Sept. 15th)

g. 4 x 4 Ad Hoc Committee on Safety, Occupancy and Affordability of Converted Artist Warehouses and Workspaces – 1 min.*

h. Ad Hoc Committee on the Effects of Costa-Hawkins – 1 min.*

i. Ad Hoc Committee on Technology Issues – 1 min.*

j. 2 x 2 x 2 Committee on Housing: Council / Rent Board / BUSD – 1 min.*

k. Updates and Announcements regarding future Special Meetings – 2 min.*

l. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda – 2 min.*

At this point, the Board will adjourn to reconvene in Closed Session to discuss the items listed below. Upon the Board’s return, the meeting will resume and the Chair will announce any action(s) taken by the Board during Closed Session.

CLOSED SESSION – The Board will convene in Closed Session for an update on litigation pursuant to California Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1):

Gabriela Del Hoyo, et al. v. Superior Court of Alameda County (Alameda County Appellate Division, Case No. RG 17844740)

St. Hieronymus Press, INC, a California Corporation, et al. v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, et al. (Alameda County Superior Court, Case No. RG 17867768)


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