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RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

 Monday, April 16, 2018

    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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*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 – 2 min.*

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

4. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*

a. Approval of the March 19, 2018 meeting minutes  

b. Adopt Resolution 18-02 Increasing the Authorized Amount of AEPhi Settlement Funds Expended for Reimbursement of Low-income Tenants by $2,500  

5. ACTION ITEMS  

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to schedule a Special Meeting of the Rent Board on May 7, 2018, to adopt the annual registration fee for the 2018-2019 fiscal year (Budget & Personnel Committee and Executive Director) – 15 min.* Distributed at the meeting. 

(2) Recommendation to adopt proposed amendments to Regulation 1267 [Capital Improvements] on first reading (Executive Director & Legal Unit) – 10 min.* Distributed at the meeting. 

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

Discretionary Waivers  

Waiver No.         Property Address
639                      1515 Blake Street
4676                    2122 9th Street
4680                    2843 Sacramento Street
4683                    2324 9th Street
4685                    1734 Spruce Street
4687                    2118 Ward Street
4688                    901 Page Street
4696                    2728 Channing Way
4699                    2837 Regent Street
4703                    1620 Harmon Street


6. APPEAL Case No. T-5718 (1524 University Avenue)

APPEAL WITHDRAWN BY APPELLANT. THE BOARD NEED NOT CONSIDER THIS MATTER AS THERE ARE NO FURTHER ISSUES OF LAW OR FACT TO DECIDE.

7. APPEAL8:00 p.m.** Case No. E-84 (1534 Julia Street, lower unit) 45 min.*

** This appeal will not be heard before 8:00 p.m. but may be heard any time thereafter.

Landlords filed an appeal of a hearing decision denying exemption of the lower unit, an unpermitted dwelling that lacks a Certificate of Occupancy. On appeal, Landlords argue that the Rent Board is required to follow a 2009 determination of exemption despite an intervening change in the eligibility of such unpermitted units for exemption. Landlords also argue that applying rent control to their property would be an unconstitutional taking, that the voters misunderstood the effect of Measure AA, that Measure AA and Regulation 510 are preempted by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, and that the decision applies the law retroactively. These arguments misconstrue both the law and the legal effect of board action. The hearing examiner correctly determined that the subject unit is not exempt under Costa- Hawkins, nor under Measure AA, nor under Regulation 510. Therefore, the decision should be affirmed.

8. INFORMATION, ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS ARTICLES

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on proposed amendments to Senate Bill (SB) 827 [Planning and zoning: transit-rich housing bonus] (Commissioner Tregub & Executive Director) – 5 min.*

(2) 2/3-year Budget Update (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(3) Short-Term Rental applications update (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(4) Commissioner attendance at Board and Committee meetings for the 1st Quarter of 2018 (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(5) Memo from Honorable Mayor Jesse Arreguín to the 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing regarding Prohibition of “Lease-Breaking” or “Roommate-Replacement Fees” (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(6) Memo from Honorable Mayor Jesse Arreguín to the 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing regarding Amending the Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO) to Prohibit Unilateral Lease Changes (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(7) Copy of City of Berkeley Housing & Community Services Department’s “Apartment Buildings with City of Berkeley BMR Program Units” handout (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(8) Distressed Properties/Foreclosure Report (Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee) – 2 min.*

(9) Update on recent Rent Board outreach events (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(10) Rent Board’s March 2018 “Tip of the Month” posted on Facebook (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(11) Update on legislation and/or new rent control or eviction protections in other cities, if any – Verbal (Executive Director & Commissioner Simon-Weisberg) – 2 min.*

(12) March 22, 2018 Berkeleyside article by Emilie Raguso titled, “Likely Berkeley voters say yes to affordable housing bond, survey says” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.* 

(13) March 27, 2018 Daily Californian article by Alyssa Bernardino titled, “State Sen. Nancy Skinner introduces bill to boost affordable student housing” (Vice-Chair Laverde & Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*  

(14) March 28, 2018 Curbed San Francisco article by Brock Keeling titled, “Berkeley mayor: ‘I am committed to building housing on the Berkeley BART parking lot’ ” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*

(15) April 3, 2018 CALMatters.org article by Felicia Mello titled, “California campuses confront a growing challenge: homeless students” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*   

(16) April 4, 2018 Berkeleyside article by Natalie Orenstein titled, “Berkeley police tell Marina RV campers to move out … or get towed” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*  

(17) April 4, 2018 Daily Californian article by Shelby Mayes titled, “California officials oppose Department of Housing and Urban Development scaling back fair housing enforcement” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*

(18) April 4, 2018 East Bay Express article by Scott Morris titled, "Fire and Fortune" (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*  

(19) April 4, 2018 East Bay Express article by Sam Lefebvre titled, “Oakland Tenants Take Direct Action to Fight Large Rent Hikes” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*   

(20) April 5, 2018 Berkeleyside article by Natalie Orenstein titled, “Should UC Berkeley’s Oxford Tract be developed for student housing?” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*  

(21) April 5, 2018 Berkeley News article by Jill Schlessinger of UC Berkeley’s Division of Student Affairs titled, “Student film raises awareness, proposes solutions to student homelessness” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*

(22) April 10, 2018 SFGate article by Melody Gutierrez titled, “Wiener scales back bill that would allow taller housing near public transit” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*   


9. COMMITTEE/BOARD MEETING UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

a. Budget and Personnel – 4 min.*

(1) March 28th agenda 

(2) April 10th agenda  

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

(1) April 11th agenda  

c. Habitable & Sustainable Housing (HASH) – 2 min.*

d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 2 min.

e. Outreach – 2 min.*

(1) April 2nd meeting – CANCELLED

f. 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing: City Council/Rent Board – 3 min.*

(1) April 2nd agenda packet  

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 item(s) listed below. Upon the Board’s return, the public 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 pursuant to California Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) for discussion and possible action regarding:

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUTION
Title: Executive Director

10. ADJOURNMENT 

 

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