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Rent Stabilization Board
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Full Agenda Packet (PDF)

Regular Meeting

 Monday, December 17, 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

Video Archive
Teleconference locations:
2003 Stuart Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 
Somerset Community Room, Somerset Xindicheng Xian 
No.64 The West Section of South 2nd Ring Road, Electronics City, Xian, China, 710065

This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act, CA Government Code Section 54953(b)(2), and Teleconferencing.  Any member of the public may attend this meeting at either location.  Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Jay Kelekian, Executive Director and Secretary to the Board, (510) 981-7368.



 6:30 p.m.  Prior to the public meeting, the Board will convene in Closed Session. 

CLOSED SESSION – Pursuant to California Government Code Section 54956.8, the Board will discuss and possibly take action on the following item:

Leasing office space for the Rent Board 



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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*


a. Oath of Office of Board Members-elect:
Lieutenant Governor-elect Eleni Kounalakis and Honorable Mayor Jesse Arreguín administer the Oath of Office to Board members-elect.

b. Introduction of and Comments from Board Members-elect

c. Election of Chairperson:
The Executive Director conducts the election for the Board’s Chair.

d. Election of Vice-Chairperson:
The newly-elected Chairperson conducts the election for the Board’s Vice-Chair.

e. Comments from the newly-elected Chair, Vice-Chair and Board Members

5. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*

a. Approval of the November 19th regular meeting minutes  

b. Request to excuse Commisioner Poblet’s absence from the November 19th Regular Board Meeting (Commissioners Murphy, Poblet & Chang)

c. Request to excuse Commisioner Murphy’s absence from the November 19th Regular Board Meeting (Commissioners Murphy, Poblet & Chang)


a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to amend Regulation 1269 [Change in Space or Services] – Second reading (IRA/AGA/Registration Committee) – 2 min.*

(2) Recommendation to adopt the Rent Stabilization Board Regular Meeting Schedule and Location for 2019 (Executive Director) – 20 min.* Distributed at the Meeting  

(3) Discussion and possible action related to Senate Bill SB 18 (Skinner), the Keep Californians Housed Act – 10 min.*

a. Recommendation that the Board endorse Senate Bill 18 and notify the author (Commissioners Tregub and Simon-Weisberg, and Vice-Chair Laverde)

b. Recommendation that the Board endorse Senate Bill 18, notify the author, and forward to the City Council (Commissioners Chang and Murphy)

(4) Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following requests for waivers of late registration penalties (Executive Director) – 10 min.*

Administrative Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4765                 1711 Blake Street

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4755                 1390 Curtis Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4732                 1215 Virginia Street
4753                 1329 Curtis Street
4754                 2133 Parker Street
4757                 2030 Delaware Street
4758                 838 Hearst Avenue
4759                120 Fairlawn Drive
4768                1531 Alcatraz Avenue


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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on the Rent Board Staffing Model – Verbal (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(2) Short-term Rental applications update (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(3) Rent Board “Tip of the Month” for December 2018 – 2019 Rent Increases (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(4)November 29, 2018 communication to the Board from Dohee Kim, Advocacy Intern at YWCA Berkeley/Oakland and Zoning Adjustments Board Commissioner, regarding affordable student housing (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(5) October 29, 2018 article from The American Journal of Economics and Sociology by Teron McGrew, MS, PhD, titled, “The History of Residential Segregation in the United States, Title VIII, and the Homeownership Remedy” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*

(6) November 21, 2018 Curbed Los Angeles article by Elijah Chiland titled, “LA County approves temporary rent control measure” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*

(7) November 26, 2018 Daily Journal article by Zachary Clark titled, “Officials eye rent control: Half Moon Bay officials examining variety of protections for residents” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*

(8) November 29, 2018 Daily Post article by Allison Levitsky titled “Mountain View residents to vote on ‘sneaky repeal’ of rent control” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*

(9) December 3, 2018 Reason.com article by Christian Britschgi titled, “Oakland Gets Sued For Law Requiring That Landlords Pay Tenants Up to $12,000 Just to End a Lease” (Comissioner Murphy) – 1 min.*

(10) December 4, 2018 MissionLocal.org article by Joe Eskenazi titled, “Anne Kihagi: Court roundly rejects appeal brought by San Francisco’s ‘cruelest landlord’—affirms hefty fine” (Executive Director)

(11) December 5, 2018 Architects Newspaper article by Antonio Pacheco titled, “Housing Battles Continue: California’s new legislators aim to reshape state housing policy” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*

(12) December 8, 2018 Mercury News article by Emily Deruy titled, “San Jose landlords may be pressured to accept Section 8 vouchers” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*


a. Budget and Personnel – 2 min.*

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

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

d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 2 min.

e. Outreach – 2 min.*

f. 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing: City Council/Rent Board – 1 min.*

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 Real Property Negotiations – 1 min.*

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

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

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

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

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


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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