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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Regular Meeting
Thursday, January 20, 2022
7:00 p.m. 


Pursuant to Government Code Section 54953(e)(3), City Council Resolution 70,030-N.S., and City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Rent Board) Resolution 21-29, this meeting of the Rent Board will be conducted exclusively through teleconference and Zoom videoconference. Please be advised that pursuant to the Resolutions and the findings contained therein that the spread of COVID-19 continues to be a threat to the public health and that holding meetings of City legislative bodies in person would present imminent risks to the health and safety of the public and members of legislative bodies. Therefore, 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://us06web.zoom.us/j/81121155936?pwd=TGhIZ25HV3luZWpIWmE5YlJ2WVJ4Zz09. 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: 811 2115 5936 and Passcode: 837486. 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, email amueller@cityofberkeley.info with the Subject Line in this format: “RENT BOARD MEETING PUBLIC COMMENT ITEM.” Please observe a 150-word limit. 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 DéSeana Williams, 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, January 20, 2022  
7:00 p.m.

Live Webcast available via Zoom only

 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 – 2 min. per speaker for items on the agenda*

4. Public Comment – 2 min. per speaker for non-agendized items*

5. SPECIAL PRESENTATION by Tribal Chief Corrina Gould on the Importance of Land Acknowledgements

6. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*

a. Approval of December 16, 2021 regular meeting minutes

7. Public Comment – 2 min. per speaker for Action Items*


a. From Board Members, Committees, and Executive Director

(1) Recommendation to adopt proposed amendments to Regulation 801 [Proper Filing of Rent Registration Statement] – Second reading (IRA/AGA/Registration Committee) – 5 min.*

(2) Recommendation to adopt proposed amendments to Regulation 1311 [Alleging Compliance in Complaint] – Second reading (IRA/AGA/Registration Committee) – 5 min.*

(3) Recommendation to adopt Resolution 22-01 authorizing the Executive Director to modify the contract with Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP for the 2021-2022 fiscal year (General Counsel) – 5 min.*

(4) Recommendation to adopt Resolution 22-02 authorizing the Executive Director to modify the contract with 3Di Systems, Inc. (Executive Director) – 10 min.*

(5) Discussion and possible action regarding land acknowledgement for the Rent Board to be read at the start of every meeting and exploration of other possible actions to support indigenous people of Berkeley (Chair Simon-Weisberg, Commissioner Laverde & Commissioner Mendonca) – 15 min.*

(6) Discussion and possible action to change the name of the Individual Rent Adjustment/Annual General Adjustment/Registration Committee (the “IRA/AGA/Registration Committee”) to the Legislation, IRA/AGA and Registration Committee (the “LIRA Committee”) (Chair Simon-Weisberg) – 5 min.* 



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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on the City’s Website Reinvention Project timeline and the Rent Board’s content migration – Verbal (Executive Director & Board Secretary) – 5 min.*

(2) Market Medians Report updated through September 2021 (Executive Director)– 3 min.*

(3) January 5, 2022 memo to the 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing from Mayor Arreguín and Chair Simon-Weisberg: “Recommendation to Revise Berkeley B.M.C. Chapter 13.84 (“Relocation Ordinance”) to better protect tenants during construction due to necessary repairs and new construction of ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) and other additional housing units” (Chair Simon-Weisberg)– 3 min.*

(4) Commissioner attendance records for Board and Committee meetings updated through December 2021 (Executive Director & Board Secretary) – 1 min.*

(5) January 12, 2022 The New York Times opinion video and article by Jeff Seal, Chris Libbey and Nick Libbey titled, “The Landlord’s Worst Nightmare Is a Basic Human Right” (Chair Simon-Weisberg) – 1 min.*  https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/12/opinion/new-york-eviction-bill.html

(6) Article by Larisa K. Miller from Prologue – Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration 45.3-4 (2013) titled, “The Secret Treaties With California’s Indians” (Chair Simon-Weisberg) – 1 min.*

(7) Date to submit agenda topics/items for the February 17th Rent Board meeting: Friday, February 4th


a. Budget and Personnel Committee (Commissioner Selawsky, Chair) – 5 min.*
Next regularly-scheduled meeting: TBA

b. Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee (Commissioner Mendonca, Chair) – 5 min.*
Next regularly-scheduled meeting: TBA

c. IRA/AGA/Registration Committee (Commissioner Kelley, Chair) – 5 min.*
Next regularly-scheduled meeting: Wednesday, February 9th at 5:00 p.m.

(1) January 12th agenda

d. Outreach Committee (Commissioner Laverde, Chair) – 5 min.*
Next regularly-scheduled meeting: TBA

(1) January 19th agenda

e. 2 x 2 Committee on Housing: Rent Board/Berkeley Unified School District (Chair TBA) – 3 min.* Regularly-scheduled meeting date: TBA

f. 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing: City Council/Rent Board – 5 min.*
Committee Co-Chairs: Mayor Arreguín and Chair Simon-Weisberg
Next regularly-scheduled meeting: Wednesday, February 23rd at 3:00 p.m.

(1) January 11th agenda packet 

g. Ad Hoc Committee on RSB Technology Issues (Chair TBA) – 1 min.*
Next meeting date: TBA

h. Updates and Announcements – 3 min.*

i. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda – 3 min.*



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