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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Regular Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 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://zoom.us/j/99876939267?pwd=VU40WmVuc2RuMVF1aXFqWTJoekVqQT09. 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: 998 7693 9267 and Passcode: 328350. 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, November 19, 2020  
7:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Archive (2:28)

 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. Approval of Agenda – 1 min.*

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

5. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*
a. From Board Members, Committees, and Executive Director
(1) Update and possible action regarding Measure MM (IRA/AGA/Registration Committee and Acting Executive Director)  – 15 min.*
(2) Recommendation that the Board adopt modified Rent Board office hours to close from December 24-31 to align with City service delivery during the last week of December – Verbal (Acting Executive Director & Chair Laverde) – 5 min.*
Ministerial Waivers
Waiver No.      Property Address
4929                1311 Addison Street 
Discretionary Waivers
Waiver No.      Property Address
4921                2555 Virginia Street
4928                1522 Prince Street 


Please Note: The Board may move Information Items to the Action Calendar.
a. Reports from Board Members/Staff
(1) Update regarding November election of new Rent Board Commissioners – Verbal (Acting Executive Director) – 5 min.* 
(2) Update regarding Councilmember Davila’s proposed amendments to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Ordinance (BMC Chapter 13.110) considered at the November 17, 2020 Council meeting (Commissioner Tregub & Chair Laverde) – 10 min.* (Rent Board legal staff’s comments attached to Councilmember Davila’s proposal pursuant to formal request from 4 x 4 Committee)

(4) Rent Board’s 2021 Annual General Adjustment (AGA) & Security Deposit Interest Information postcard mailed to owners and tenants in early November (Acting Executive Director) – 3 min.* 

(5) Update on recent Rent Board outreach events (Acting Executive Director) – 5 min.* 
a. October 14th @ 10:30 a.m. – Security Deposits Webinar
b. October 21st @ 10:30 a.m. – Rental Housing & COVID-19 Webinar
c. Virtual Cal Counseling – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month (excluding holidays) 
(6) California Courts “New Laws Apply to Eviction Cases” webpage with synopses and resources for tenants and landlords (Commissioner Tregub) – 3 min.*  https://www.courts.ca.gov/44660.htm

(7) California Not for $ale” website (Commissioner Tregub) – 3 min.*   https://californianotforsale.org/   

(8) Update on communications with People First Portland (Maine) regarding efforts to implement their rent stabilization ordinance (Acting Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(9) November 5, 2019 (sic) The Daily Californian article by Audry Jeong titled, “State Treasurer’s Office allocates funds for affordable housing” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.* https://www.dailycal.org/2019/11/05/state-treasurers-office-allocates-funds-for-affordable-housing/

(10) October 7, 2020 Houston Public Media article by Elizabeth Trovall titled, “How Houston-area Families Are Being Forced From Their Homes Without An Eviction Notice” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(11) October 8, 2020 Houston Public Media article by Jen Rice titled, “In Houston, Whether Or Not You’re Evicted Can Depend On The Judge” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(12) October 22, 2020 Berkeleyside article by Frances Dinkelspiel titled, “Independent expenditure campaigns spend big to influence rent board, District 2 city council race” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(13) October 24, 2020 NPR transcript of report by Beth Healy titled, “Some Boston Landlords Flout Eviction Bans, Pressure Tenants To Leave” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(14) October 27, 2020 Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information blog post by Shameka Walker titled, “Temporary stop of COVID-19 evictions: what you need to know” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(15) October 29, 2020 ABC News article by Radhika Chalasani titled, “Photos document US eviction crisis as families struggle during the pandemic” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(16) October 31, 2020 Reuters article by Michelle Conlin titled, “The great divergence: U.S. COVID-19 economy has delivered luxury houses for some, evictions for others” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*

(17) November 3, 2020 Berkeleyside staff article titled, “By the numbers: Berkeley’s 2020 election results” (Chair Laverde) – 1 min.*

(18) November 4, 2020 Berkeleyside article by Frances Dinkelspiel titled, “The pro-tenant, ‘Right To Housing’ slate sweeps Berkeley rent board election” (Chair Laverde) – 1 min.* https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/11/04/berkeley-ca-rent-board-election-2020

(19) November 8, 2020 Berkeley Daily Planet article by Rob Wrenn titled, “Updated: Berkeley Elections: No Changes from Additional Counting” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
(20) November 10, 2020 Live Science article by Nicoletta Lanese titled, “Evictions would raise COVID-19 risk for everyone” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.* https://www.livescience.com/eviction-moratoriums-coronavirus-spread.html

a. Budget and Personnel – 5 min.*
b. Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure – 5 min.*
c. Habitable & Sustainable Housing (HASH) – 3 min.*
d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 5 min.*
e. Outreach – 3 min.*

(1) November 18th 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.*


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