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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board


Regular Meeting
Thursday, May 21, 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/83890618495?pwd=cXlZWmJWaGZLaGhmZXhhUU1SVFp0dz09. 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: 838 9061 8495. 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 6:00 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 Agenda.

Full Agenda Packet (PDF Copy)


Regular Meeting
Thursday, May 21, 2020  
7:00 p.m.


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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.*  

CLOSED SESSION - Pursuant to Government Code section 54957(b)(1), the Board will convene in closed session for discussion and possible action related to:

Public Employee Performance Evaluation
Title: Executive Director

2. Approval of Agenda – 1 min.* 

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

4. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*

a. From Board Members, Committees, and Executive Director
(2) Discussion and possible action regarding the budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 (Budget & Personnel Committee and Acting Executive Director) – 20 min.*

Ministerial Waivers
Waiver No.    Property Address
4895              1916 Stuart Street
4896              719 Neilson Street
4898              1025 Heinz Avenue
4899              1132 Addison Street
4900              139 Forest Lane
4907              2341 California Street


Discretionary Waivers
Waiver No.    Property Address
4854              1354 Grizzly Peak Boulevard
4875              1607 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
4897               2709 Dwight Way
4901              1718 Chestnut Street
4902              2728 Channing Way
4903              2434 Piedmont Avenue
4904              1304 Josephine Street
4905              2425 Prince Street


Please Note: The Board may move Information Items to the Action Calendar.
a. Reports from Board Members/Staff
(1) Market Medians Report through the 1st Quarter of 2020 (Acting Executive Director) – 5 min.*
(6) April 14, 2020 Council Action Calendar Item regarding Amending Tenant Screening Fees Ordinance for Existing Tenancies (Acting Executive Director) – 2 min.*
(12) April 25, 2020 The Intercept article by Natasha Lennard titled, “With Millions Unable to Pay for Housing Next Month, Organizers Plan the Largest Rent Strike in Nearly a Century” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.* https://theintercept.com/2020/04/25/coronavirus-rent-strike-may/
(13) April 29, 2020 East Bay Express article by Jean Tepperman titled, “What if They Held a Pandemic (And A Rent Strike Broke Out Instead?)” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(14) April 29, 2020 Berkeleyside article by Natalie Orenstein titled, “What will happen May 1? Berkeley renters, landlords, officials respond to new reality” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*

(15) April 30, 2020 The Mercury News article by Louis Hansen titled, “Coronavirus: Desperate Bay Area tenants face monthly rents as advocates push for massive bailout” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*

(16) May 4, 2020 Berkeleyside article by Frances Dinkelspiel titled, “UC Berkeley is negotiating to buy and potentially tear down 111-year-old rent-controlled building” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*

(17) May 5, 2020 Alameda County Community Development Agency recommendation to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to amend a countywide temporary moratorium on residential evictions (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(18) May 6, 2020 Financial Times article by Joshua Chaffin titled, “Crunch time for US tenants and landlords” (Acting Executive Director) – 1 min.*  https://www.ft.com/content/92e73091-eaa9-40cb-abb3-829363ac7685
(19) May 11, 2020 U.C. Berkeley Cal Alumni Association’s California Magazine article by Brian Howey titled, “Housing Insecure Students Face an Uncertain Future” (Commissioner Tregub) – 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 – 5 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.


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 or in person 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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