Pasadena Rental Housing Board - PRHB

Meeting Information

Time: 6:00 PM
Meeting Schedule: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
PRHB Meeting Calendar
Location: Robinson Park Recreation Center
Multi-Purpose Room
1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
Media:  Archived Audio & Video Recordings
Zoom: Computer or electronic devices, join the meeting at: Zoom Meeting
Telephone only dial-in:
1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 898 165 902 99

Contact Information

Staff Rep: Desiree Acosta, Management Analyst II (CTW)
Mark Jomsky, City Clerk
Phone: (626) 744-7999
Email: rentalboard@cityofpasadena.net
Mailing Address: 100 North Garfield Ave
Room S228
Pasadena, CA 91101

Commission Members

Name Nominating Authority Term Expires
Ryan Bell, Chair District 6/Tenant 5/24/27
Brandon Lamar, Vice Chair District 3/Tenant 5/24/25
Deborah Dunlop District 7/Tenant 5/24/25
Lourdes Gonzalez At Large 5/24/27
Allison Henry At Large 5/24/25
Emanuel Najera District 1/Tenant 5/24/27
Barbara Pitts District 4/Tenant 5/24/27
Dianne Romero Chavez District 2/Tenant 5/24/27
Arnold Siegel At Large 5/24/27
Yaneli Soriano Santiago District 5/Tenant 5/24/25
Adela Torres At Large 5/24/25
Peter Dreier Alternate At Large 5/24/27
Aaron Markowitz Alternate Tenant 5/24/27

Measure H - Pasadena City Charter Article XVIII

The Pasadena Rental Housing Board (PRHB) was established as part of the adoption of a voter-initiated City Charter Amendment (Measure H), which was approved by Pasadena voters at the November 2022 General Municipal Election. Codified as City Charter Article XVIII, Section 1811 of the Charter establishes the PRHB, its composition, duties, authority, and oversight of the Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Charter Amendment.

Composition

Pasadena residency is required to serve on the PRHB. There are 11 primary members, with 7 Tenant members and 4 At Large members. Each Tenant Member is nominated by a Councilmember to represent that Council District, (nominees must be tenants, reside in the nominating Councilmember’s District, and may not have a material interest in rental property). The 4 At Large members are appointed by the City Council. At Large members may reside in any District, may/may not be tenants, and may/may not have material interest in rental property. There are 2 Alternate members: 1 Alternate Tenant member (citywide), and 1 Alternate At Large member (citywide). Alternate members are subject to the same conditions of the Primary Tenant and At Large members. All members of the PRHB are required to file annual Statements of Economic Interest.

Terms of Office

4 years. Limited to two consecutive terms. Per City Charter Section 1811(d): members may serve no more than eight (8) consecutive years. If a vacancy occurs, the member completes the remainder of their predecessor’s term. Initial members with 2-year terms may be appointed for one additional four-year term only.

Description

On December 12, 2022, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 9970, certifying the November 8, 2022 General Municipal Election results showing that Measure H, “The Pasadena Charter Amendment Initiative Petition Measure Imposing Rent Control”, received 53.8% approval of the total votes cast and is deemed approved by the voters. On December 20, 2022, the California Secretary of State’s Office notified the City that the Charter Amendment filing was received and accepted, and that a conformed copy was being sent to the City Clerk’s Office. In accordance with newly adopted City Charter Section 1824 — Majority Approval, Effective Date, Execution — Measure H is in effect as of December 22, 2022.

Measure H assigns powers and duties necessary to “administer and enforce” the provisions of the Charter Amendment to the Pasadena Rental Housing Board. As required by Measure H, City staff is making preparations to organize and establish the Pasadena Rental Housing Board, as that is the body responsible for implementation of the Measure. The Measure (full text available below) provides details and a timeline for the solicitation of Board member applications, the application process, and appointments of Board members by the Pasadena City Council.

City Charter Section 1811 requires the City Clerk (“Clerk”) to provide forms and to accept applications on behalf of the City Council (“Council”) for appointment to the Pasadena Rental Housing Board (“Board”). In preparation of administering the application process, a draft set of rules are posted below for public inspection of the City Clerk’s understanding of the duties assigned under Charter Section 1811, and of how the City Clerk intends to fulfill them in accordance with the newly amended City Charter.