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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting
Thursday, December 17, 2020
7:00 p.m. 

      

PUBLIC ADVISORY: THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH VIDEOCONFERENCE AND TELECONFERENCE
Pursuant to Section 3 of Executive Order N-29-20, issued by Governor Newsom on March 17, 2020, this meeting of the City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Rent Board) will be conducted exclusively through teleconference and Zoom videoconference. Please be advised that pursuant to the Executive Order and the Shelter-in-Place Order, and to ensure the health and safety of the public by limiting human contact that could spread the COVID-19 virus, there will not be a physical meeting location available.

To access this meeting remotely: Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device by clicking on this URL: https://zoom.us/j/93670403499?pwd=VmpJVEpndkNLaktaelRLQ1J1SUMvQT09. If you do not wish for your name to appear on the screen, then use the drop-down menu and click on "rename" to rename yourself to be anonymous. To request to speak, use the “Raise hand” icon by rolling over the bottom of the screen.

To join by phone: Dial 1-669-900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 936 7040 3499 and Passcode: 140541. If you wish to comment during the public comment portion of the agenda, Press *9 and wait to be recognized by the Chair.

To submit an e-mail comment to be read aloud during public comment, email amueller@cityofberkeley.info with the Subject Line in this format: “RENT BOARD MEETING PUBLIC COMMENT ITEM.” Please observe a 150 word limit. Time limits on public comments will apply. Written comments will be entered into the public record. Email comments must be submitted to the email address above by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting in order to be included.

Please be mindful that this meeting will be recorded, and all other rules of procedure and decorum will apply for Rent Board meetings conducted by teleconference or videoconference.

This meeting will be conducted in accordance with Government Code Section 54953, 54956, and all current state and local requirements allowing public participation in meetings of legislative bodies. Any member of the public may attend this meeting. Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Matt Brown, Acting Executive Director, at (510) 981-7368. The Rent Board may take action related to any subject listed on the Agenda.


Full Agenda Packet (PDF Copy)   

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting
Thursday, December 17, 2020  
7:00 p.m.
 

Zoom Video Archive (3:59)


 Many of the links below lead to PDF files that require Adobe Acrobat Reader to be installed on your computer. 

You can download Acrobat Reader for free

*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. SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
a. Oath of Office of Commissioners-elect:
    City Clerk Mark Numainville will administer the Oath of Office to Commissioners-elect.

3. Approval of Agenda  – 1 min.*

4. Public Comment – 3 min. allotted per speaker*

5. SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

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

b. Election of Rent Board 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 Commissioners.

6. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*
a. Approval of the November 19th regular meeting minutes

7. ACTION ITEMS

a. From Board Members, Committees, and Executive Director
(1) Update and possible action regarding Measure MM implementation (Acting Executive Director and Budget & Personnel Committee) – 15 min.*
(4) Discussion and recommendation to set the 2021 Regular Rent Board Meeting Schedule (Acting Executive Director) – 15 min.*
8. INFORMATION, ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS ARTICLES

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

 a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(2) Summer 2020 report prepared by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (Chirla.org) titled, “Forgotten During Covid: An Assessment of Immigrant Needs in the Pandemic” (Chair Laverde) – 2 min.*
https://www.chirla.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Forgotten-During-Covid-Report-FINAL.pdf
(3) December 1, 2020 Joint Center for Housing Studies (Harvard University) article by Chris Herbert, James Stockard and Ben Hecht titled, “In Pursuit of New Approaches to Solve the Rental Affordability Crisis in US Cities” (Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*
https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/blog/pursuit-new-approaches-solve-rental-affordability-crisis-us-cities
(4) December 7, 2020 The Washington Post article by Heather Long titled, “Millions of Americans are heading into the holidays unemployed and over $5,000 behind on rent” (Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/12/07/unemployed-debt-rent-utilities/

 

9. COMMITTEE/BOARD MEETING UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
a. Budget and Personnel – 5 min.*
(1) November 20th agenda
(2) December 10th agenda  
b. Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure – 3 min.*
c. Habitable & Sustainable Housing (HASH) – 3 min.*
d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 3 min.*
e. Outreach – 3 min.*
f. 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing: City Council/Rent Board – 5 min.*
(1) November 24th agenda packet 
g. Ad Hoc Committee on Technology Issues – 3 min.*
h. Updates and Announcements regarding future Special Meetings – 3 min.*
i. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda – 3 min.*

10. ADJOURNMENT

COMMUNICATIONS DISCLAIMER:
Communications to Berkeley boards, commissions or committees are public record and will become part of the City’s electronic records, which are accessible through the City’s website. Please note: e-mail addresses, names, addresses, and other contact information are not required, but if included in any communication to a City board, commission or committee, will become part of the public record. If you do not want your e-mail address or any other contact information to be made public, you may deliver communications via U.S. Postal Service to the secretary of the relevant board, commission or committee. If you do not want your contact information included in the public record, please do not include that information in your communication. Please contact the secretary to the relevant board, commission or committee for further information. 

 

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