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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

 Full Agenda Packet (PDF Copy)

Regular Meeting

 Monday, July 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

 (Video Archive pending captioning) 


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

CLOSED SESSION – Pursuant to California Government Code Section 54957.6, the Board will convene in Closed Session for discussion and possible action regarding:

Negotiators: Jay Kelekian, Executive Director 
                  Margarita Zamora, Employee Relations Officer, City of Berkeley Human Resources Dept. 
Employee Organization:
• SEIU Local 1021 – CSU / PTRLA
               • SEIU Local 1021 Maintenance & Clerical Chapters
               • Public Employees Union Local 1
               • Unrepresented Employees (Z2) and (Z9)


*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 June 18th meeting minutes

b. Recommendation to waive the stipend deduction for Commissioner Murphy’s absence from the July 9th Outreach Committee meeting (Commissioners Chang and Murphy)

5. APPEAL7:30 p.m.** Case No. RWN-1604 (2441 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Unit C) – 30 min.*

** This appeal will not be heard before 7:30 p.m. but may be heard any time thereafter. 

Landlord appeals a hearing examiner decision that found that the subject property is operated as a rooming house and should be registered with the Rent Board accordingly. On appeal, the landlord disputes the hearing examiner’s factual findings.
A review of the record establishes that the hearing examiner carefully considered the relative merit of the evidence presented, and that decisions regarding the credibility of certain evidence were reached through careful analysis of the entire body of evidence. The Board’s practice is to defer to the hearing examiner on decisions regarding the relative weight of evidence and questions of credibility. The landlord’s contention that she considers the subject property to be her residence does not establish that she actually resides in the subject property and not in one of her three other residential properties in Oakland. Testimony and evidence from tenants and former tenants consistently established that the landlord does not share cooking or bathing facilities with the tenants. Legal staff recommends that the hearing examiner’s decision be upheld.


a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to adopt Resolution 18-14 authorizing the Executive Director to proceed under the terms of the contract with Software AG for the 2017/2018 fiscal year to provide services enhancing the Board’s Rent Tracking System (RTS) database including, but not limited to, database upgrades, servicing and system maintenance and development of API integration enabling online registration (Executive Director and Chair Selawsky) – 5 min.*


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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on Board’s recommendation to City Council regarding proposed amendments to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (Executive Director) – 5 min.*

(2) Online Registration update – Verbal (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

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

(4) Summary of Ellis Act Evictions as of June 1, 2018 (Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee and Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(5) Commissioner attendance at Board and Committee Meetings through June 30, 2018 (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(6) Rent Board “Tip of the Month” for July 2018 – Sustainability in Rental Units (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(7) Remembering Peter Ross Tannenbaum (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(8) June 13, 2018 Moody’s Analytics Economy.com analysis by Andres Carbacho-Burgos titled, “A Dissent: The Economic Consequences of Unrestricted Rent in California” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(9) June 25, 2018 Mercury News.com article by Annie Sciacca titled, “The eye-popping definition of what is ‘low income’ in the Bay Area increases again” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(10) June 27, 2018 CNN.com article by Tami Luhby titled, “Yet another sign that San Francisco’s housing market is out of control” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(11) July 2, 2018 IndyBay.org article by Lynda Carson titled, “Vote ‘Yes’ on Proposition 10 to repeal extreme Costa Hawkins Act in November” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*

(12) July 6, 2018 DailyCal.org article by Alexandra Reinecke titled, “Berkeley City Council to vote on new qualifications for vacancy fines” (Vice-Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*


a. Budget and Personnel – 2 min.*

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

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

(1) May 17th minutes  

(2) June 28th agenda  

d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 2 min.

e. Outreach – 3 min.*

(1) July 9th agenda  

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 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.*


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