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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

 

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting
Thursday, September 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/98263437225?pwd=YUVPVExsVkE4ZnR2ZFJzamV2VmdnUT09. 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: 982 6343 7225 and Passcode: 921748. 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)  

  

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

Zoom Video Archive (3:09)


 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*

4. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*

a. Approval of the August 20th regular meeting minutes

b. Approval of the August 28th special meeting minutes

5. SPECIAL PRESENTATION on Housing Legislation including Assembly Bill (AB) 3088 by Brian Augusta & Associates, Rent Board Lobbyist

a. State Legislative Report

6. ACTION ITEMS 

a. From Board Members, Committees, and Executive Director

(1) Discussion and possible action to adopt Resolution 20-17 to extend the sunset provision in Regulation 503(B)(2) (Acting Executive Director) – 15 min.*

(2) Discussion and possible action to recommend proposal for implementing the registration of partially exempt units if Measure MM is adopted at the November general election (IRA/AGA/Registration Committee) – 20 min.*

7. INFORMATION, ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS ARTICLES 

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on recent Rent Board outreach events (Acting Executive Director) – 5 min.*

a. Sept. 9th Tenant 101 Webinar

b. Sept. 30th Landlord 101 Webinar

(2) Update on the annual registration process and amnesty program to forgive penalties for COVID-related non-payment of registration fees – Verbal (Acting Executive Director) – 5 min.*

(4) Text of AB 3088, Chiu [Tenancy: rental payment default: mortgage forbearance: state of emergency: COVID-19.] https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB3088 (Commissioner Tregub) – 2 min.*

(5) August 26, 2020 The Daily Californian article by Veronica Roseborough titled, “Berkeley Tenants Union addresses UC Berkeley class registration hold policy” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
https://www.dailycal.org/2020/08/26/berkeley-tenants-union-addresses-uc-berkeley-class-registration-hold-policy/

(6) August 31, 2020 The Daily Californian article by Kate Finman titled, “Berkeley rent board removes disincentives for lowering rent, responds to state emergency” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
https://www.dailycal.org/2020/08/31/berkeley-rent-board-removes-disincentives-for-lowering-rent-responds-to-state-emergency/ 

(7) September 4, 2020 GlobeSt.com article by Grace Winters, Dina Tecimer and Delilah Clay titled, “A Closer Look at California’s AB 3088” (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*
https://www.globest.com/2020/09/04/a-closer-look-at-californias-ab-3088/?slreturn=20200810190821   

 

  8. COMMITTEE/BOARD MEETING UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.*

(1) August 24th agenda

(2) September 8th agenda

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.*

9. CLOSED SESSION:

a. 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.

b. Pursuant to California Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1), the Board also will convene in closed session for an update on litigation:

NCR Properties, LLC v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Alameda County Superior Court Case # RG19024268)  

 

10. ACTION ITEM: Discussion and possible action to adopt Resolution 20-18 authorizing the Acting Executive Director to enter into a contract with the Centre for Organization Effectiveness to facilitate strategic support in relation to an executive transition process (Chair Laverde & Vice-Chair Simon-Weisberg)

11. 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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