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bgeiser <bgeiser@lmi.net>
Monday, February 01, 2016 9:29 PM
Kalb, Dan; Guillen, Abel; McElhaney, Lynette; Campbell Washington, Annie; Gallo, Noel;
Brooks, Desley; Reid, Larry; Kaplan, Rebecca
DL - City Council; Schaaf, Libby; Office of the Mayor; Roberts, Brenda; Parker, Barbara
Tues Feb 2 5:30pm - Oakland City Council mtg - Remove item 7.11 RAP HRRRB
appointments from the consent calendar

Oakland City Hall


1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Attention: Councilmembers:
Dan Kalb, district 1
Abel J. Guillen, district 2
Lynette Gibson McElhaney, district 3
Annie Campbell Washington, district 4
Noel Gallo, district 5
Desley Brooks, district 6
Larry Reid, district 7
Rebecca Kaplan, at-large
Libby Schaaf, Mayor
Barbara Parker, City Attorney
Brenda Roberts, City Auditor
Regarding: Tuesday February 2 Oakland City Council Meeting - Remove Item 7.11 RAP HRRRB appointments from the
consent calendar
Councilmembers,
From the Rent Adjustment Ordinance:
8.22.040 Composition and functions of the Board
C. Terms and Holdover.
1. Terms. Board members' terms shall be for a period of three years beginning on February 12 of each year and ending
on February 11 three years later. Board members shall be appointed to staggered terms so that only one-third of the
Board will have terms expiring each year, with no more than one Board member who is neither a residential rental
property owner nor a tenant, and no more than one rental property owner and no more than one tenant expiring each
year. Terms will commence upon the date of appointment, except that an appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the
unexpired portion of the term only. No person may serve more than two consecutive terms.
2. Holdover. A Board member whose term has expired may remain as a Board member for up to one year following the
expiration of his or her term or until a replacement is appointed whichever is earlier. The City Clerk shall notify the Mayor,
the Rent Program, the Board, and affected Board member when a Board member's holdover status expires. Prior to
notification by the City Clerk of the end of holdover status, a Board member may fully participate in all decisions in which
such Board member participates while on holdover status and such decisions are not invalid because of the Board
member's holdover status.
What the mayor is proposing is il-legal. Both proposed appointees have already served two complete terms - one as a
so-called "neutral" (non-renter or residential rental property owner) and the other as a residential rental property owner.
There are over 400,000 residents in Oakland. Roughly 40% are not residential renters and their wages tend to be double
or triple what the typical renter household in Oakland earns. These two categories should be the easiest to fill. The
mayor can surely find two NEW responsible candidates
Past experience will suggest that neither the city staff or the city attorney will give good advice on legal issues.
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brian geiser

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