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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Full Agenda Packet (PDF Copy)

Regular Meeting

 Thursday, February 20, 2020
    7:00 p.m. 

Berkeley Unified School District Board Room 
1231 Addison Street 
Broadcast Live – KPFB – 89.3 
(N. Berkeley) and BTV Cable Channel 33

Video Archive (1:05)

6:00 p.m.  Prior to the public meeting, the Board will convene in Closed Session. 

CLOSED SESSION – Pursuant to California Government Code Section 54957(b), the Board will convene in closed session to consider confidential personnel matters. 


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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.*
b. Approval of the January 29th special meeting minutes

c. Recommendation to adopt Resolution 20-02 Authorizing the Board to Expend up to $100,000 on Personnel Matters and Execute any Resultant Contracts (TO BE DELIVERED)
a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees
Ministerial Waivers
Waiver No.   Property Address
4832            1411 Parker Street
4847             2520 10th Street
4848             2338 8th Street
4851             2530 Piedmont Avenue
4853             1537 63rd Street
4855             3151 Eton Avenue
4856             2128 Roosevelt Avenue

Discretionary Waivers
Waiver No.   Property Address

4834             1500 Fairview Street
4845             1508 Ward Street
4846             1224 Evelyn Avenue
4862             1531 Alcatraz Avenue


Please Note: The Board may move Information Items to the Action Calendar.
a. Reports from Board Members/Staff
(1) Update on Staffing Model – Verbal (Executive Director) – 3 min.* 
(4) Update on recent and upcoming Rent Board outreach events – Verbal (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(7) January 20, 2020 The New York Times op-ed by Richard Rothstein titled, “The Neighborhoods We Will Not Share” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(8) January 21, 2020 San Francisco Chronicle article by Sarah Ravani titled, “Oakland becomes first in state to ban criminal background checks for rental housing” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(9) January 22, 2020 East Bay Express article by Jean Tepperman titled, “Berkeley Greenlights BART Housing in Principle, But the Devil Is In the Details.” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(10) January 23, 2020 Curbed San Francisco article by Adam Brinklow titled, “Oakland approves ban on tenant criminal background checks” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(11) January 28, 2020 Daily Californian article by Sebastian Cahill titled, “Bill to provide families with right to housing dies in CA State Assembly” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(12) January 30, 2020 Legal-Planet.org article by Ethan Elkind titled, “BREAKING: SB 50 Voted Down By State Senators Representing Affluent Suburbs” (Commissioner Chang) – 1 min.*
(13) February 4, 2020 APNews.com article by Don Thompson titled, “California voters to eye expanded rent control in November” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.* https://apnews.com/cf8a90eedaace9d522b2714d5e80e828
(14) February 4, 2020 San Francisco Chronicle article by Alexei Koseff titled, “California rent control will be back on the November ballot” (Chair Laverde) – 1 min.* https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/California-rent-control-will-be-back-on-the-15029507.php
(15) February 7, 2020 Curbed opinion by Alissa Walker titled, “The real reason California’s upzoning bill failed” (Commissioner Chang) – 1 min.* https://www.curbed.com/2020/2/7/21125100/sb-50-california-bill-fail
(16) February 7, 2020 Daily Californian article by Olivia Buccieri titled, “City of Berkeley receives support to protect tenants, preserve affordable housing” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(17) February 10, 2020 NBCBayArea.com article by Jodi Hernandez titled, “Oakland Tenants Go on Strike, Protesting Rising Rents” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

a. Budget and Personnel – 3 min.*
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.*
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.*
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.  

Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting.

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