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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Full Agenda Packet  (PDF Copy)

Regular Meeting

 Monday, January 22, 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 (1:30)


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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 December 18th meeting minutes 


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

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

c. Comments from the newly-elected Chair, Vice Chair and Boardmembers
Newly-elected Chair, Vice Chair and Commissioners speak if they wish.


a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to adopt proposed amendments to Regulation 403 [Rental unit; definition] on second reading (IRA/AGA/Registration Committee) – 5 min.*

(2) Recommendation to adopt proposed amendments to Regulation 1242 [Appeal] on second reading (IRA/AGA/Registration Committee) – 5 min.*

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

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
4671 2210        Parker Street
672 2200          Browning Street
4673 1381        Curtis Street


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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on actions related to recent fire-related State of Emergency declarations and the application of California’s anti-price gouging statute: Penal Code Section 396 (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(2) Discussion of 2018 Committee Assignments (Chairperson-elect) – 3 min.*

(3) Update on AB 1506 – Residential rent control: Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

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

(5) Commissioner Attendance at Board and Committee meetings through the 4th Quarter of 2017 (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

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

(7) Copy of December 19, 2017 letter to Mayor Arreguín and the Berkeley City Council regarding prioritization of housing over parking at the proposed Berkeley Way site (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(8) Copy of December 26, 2017 letter to Senator Nancy Skinner and Senator Jerry Hill conveying the Board’s support for SB 721 (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(9) Copies of January 4, 2018 thank you letters to state legislators (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(10) December 6, 2017 Berkeleyside article by Frances Dinkelspiel titled,Rents are down in Berkeley and Oakland, but still out of reach for many (Executive Director) – 1 min.* 

(11) January 6, 2018 The Daily Californian article by Alicia Kim titled, Proposed state bills could increase housing opportunities in Berkeley(Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*  

(12) January 11, 2018 LA Times article by Liam Dillon titled, “Proposal to expand rent control in California fails to advance” (Executive Director) – 1 min.* 

(13) January 11, 2018 East Bay Times article by Katy Murphy titled, “Rent control in California: Proposal to lift restrictions blocked in committee” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(14) January 12, 2018 The Sacramento Bee article by Erika D. Smith titled, “If not rent control, then what? California renters can’t afford to wait” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(15) January 16, 2018 The Daily Californian article by Anjali Shrivastava titled, “Rent Stabilization Board confirms rents on continuous upward trend” (Executive Director) – 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 – 2 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 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 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):

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)

City of Berkeley Rent Board v. Boyd (Alameda County Superior Court, Case No. RG17866033)

 Pursuant to California Government Code Section 54957(b)(1), the Board will also discuss:

Title: Executive Director


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