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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board


Regular Meeting
Thursday, June 18, 2020
7:00 p.m.


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://us02web.zoom.us/j/81813887442. 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: 818 1388 7442. 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: “PUBLIC COMMENT ITEM #3.” 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)


Regular Meeting
Thursday, June 18, 2020  
7:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Archive (3:41)


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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 – 1 min.* 

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

4. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*

a. Approval of the April 3rd special meeting minutes 
b. Approval of the April 28th special meeting minutes 
c. Approval of the April 30th special meeting minutes 
d. Approval of the May 21st regular meeting minutes 

e. Recommendation that the Board support Senate Bill (SB) 1190 [Tenant Protections for Victims of Violent Crimes] and Assembly Bill (AB) 1436, AB 2690, AB 2782, and AB 2895 [Extending Protections to Mobile Home Tenants] and transmit letters of support to Senator Skinner, Assembly Member Wicks, and appropriate committees as needed (Commissioner Tregub, Chair Laverde & Vice-Chair Simon-Weisberg)
a. From Board Members, Committees, and Executive Director
(1) Recommendation to approve Resolution 20-07 Authorizing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 Line-Item Budget, Staffing Model & Expenditure Level (Including Powerpoint Presentation Distributed at the meeting) (Budget & Personnel Committee and Acting Executive Director) – 40 min.*
(2) Recommendation to adopt Resolutions 20-08 and 20-09 authorizing the Acting Executive Director to modify the contracts with the Eviction Defense Center in an amount not to exceed $150,000, and the East Bay Community Law Center in an amount not to exceed $150,000, for FY 2020-2021 (Budget & Personnel Committee and Acting Executive Director)  – 10 min.*
(3) Recommendation to adopt Resolution 20-10 authorizing the Acting Executive Director to modify the contract with Brian Augusta & Associates for legislative advocacy in an amount not to exceed $60,000 for FY 2020-2021 (Budget & Personnel Committee and Acting Executive Director) – 5 min.*

(4) Recommendation to adopt Resolution 20-11 authorizing the Acting Executive Director to modify the contract with Berkeley Community Media to capture and telecast all Board meetings by an amount not to exceed $22,000 for FY 2020-2021 (Budget & Personnel Committee and Acting Executive Director) – 5 min*   

(5) Recommendation to adopt Resolution 20-12 Affirming that Black Lives Matter (Commissioner Mendonca, Chair Laverde & Commissioner Tregub) – 10 min.*  
(6) Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following requests for waivers of late registration penalties (Acting Executive Director) – 15 min.*

Ministerial Waivers
Waiver No.    Property Address
4908              2919 Acton Street
4913              915 Dwight Way
Discretionary Waivers
Waiver No.    Property Address
4909              1936 Stuart Street
4910              1619 Fairview Street
4912               2631 Fulton Street


Please Note: The Board may move Information Items to the Action Calendar.
a. Reports from Board Members/Staff
(1) Update on the annual registration process – Verbal (Acting Executive Director) – 5 min.*
(2) June 14, 2020 memo from Brian Augusta & Associates to the elected Board and Acting Executive Director Matt Brown providing an update on the Judicial Council Emergency Rule of Court (Acting Executive Director) – 3 min.*
(3) June 8, 2020 letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors regarding approval of Countywide Eviction Moratorium at June 2, 2020 Meeting (Chair Laverde) – 2 min.*
(4) June 8, 2020 letter to the Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents regarding the purchase of 1921 Walnut Street, Berkeley, California/Preservation of Affordable Housing (Acting Executive Director) – 2 min.*
(5) June 1, 2020 memo from Acting Executive Director, Matt Brown, to all Rent Board staff titled, “Return to work – Remote/Onsite Operations Framework” (Acting Executive Director) – 5 min.*
(6) May 29, 2020 email communication from Matt Brown, Acting Executive Director to La Quinta Inn regarding homeless families at La Quinta Inn, Berkeley (Acting Executive Director) – 2 min.*
(7) April 8, 2020 SFGate.com op-ed by Alieza Durana and Matthew Desmond of the Washington Post titled, “A massive wave of evictions is coming. Temporary bans won’t help.” (Acting Executive Director) – 1 min.*
(8) May 27, 2020 The New York Times article by Sarah Mervosh titled, “An ‘Avalanche of Evictions’ Could Be Bearing Down on America’s Renters” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.* https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/27/us/coronavirus-evictions-renters.html
(9) June 2, 2020 The Daily Californian article by Mela Seyoum titled, “Residents of Berkeley apartment buildings face rising utility bills” (Acting Executive Director) – 1 min.* https://www.dailycal.org/2020/06/02/residents-of-berkeley-apartment-buildings-face-rising-utility-bills/ 
a. Budget and Personnel – 3 min.*
(1) May 13th minutes

(2) June 2nd meeting - Cancelled due to lack of quorum

(3) June 5th agenda
(4) June 5th minutes

(5) June 11th agenda
b. Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure – 3 min.*
(1) June 2nd agenda
c. Habitable & Sustainable Housing (HASH) – 3 min.*
d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 5 min.*
e. Outreach – 3 min.*
(1) June 3rd agenda 
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.*

CLOSED SESSION –  Pursuant to California Government Code Sections 54957(b) and 54956.9(d), the Board will convene in closed session to consider confidential personnel matters and potential litigation. 

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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