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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Ciudad de Berkeley Rent Stabilization BoardCandidato para Commissioner

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Igor Tregub

Housing Commissioner/Engineer
25,991 votos (17.25%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Solving Berkeley's housing crisis and displacement epidemic
  • Ensuring an adequate supply of seismically safe, habitable units
  • Outreach to tenants and property owners, accountability, and accessbility

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Engineer/Vice Chair, Housing Advisory Commission/Vice Chair, Zoning Adjustments Board
Engineer/Safety Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy (2008–current)
Principal, Tregub and Associates Consulting (2014–current)
Vice Chair, Housing Advisory Commission — Cargo designado (2012–current)
Vice Chair, Zoning Adjustments Board — Cargo designado (2012–current)
Member, AC Transit Parcel Tax Oversight Committee — Cargo designado (2014–current)
Member, Berkeley Unified School District Facilities Safety and Maintenance Oversight Committee — Cargo designado (2015–current)
Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Board — Cargo elegido (2008–2012)

Educación

Duke University Master of Science (M.S.), Engineering Management, Concentration in Finance (2015)
UC Berkeley Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Mechanical Engineering (2008)
UC Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (2008)

Actividades comunitarias

Steering Committee, Berkeley Tenants Union (2016–current)
Vice Chair, SF Bay Chapter, Sierra Club (2014–current)
Block Captain, National Night Out (2013–current)
Mentor, East Bay College Fund (2016–current)
Community Board Member, Savo Island Cooperative (2013–2015)

Biografía

I came here to attend college, graduating from UC Berkeley with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science. Upon graduation, I was fortunate enough to accept a position with the Department of Energy, allowing me to stay in Berkeley and serve our local community at the same time as I am serving our nation. Berkeley’s amazing neighbors welcomed me and my partner – the current Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women – with open arms. We will fight for a Berkeley that people like us can afford and in which we can all raise our children and grandchildren.

 

I am an experienced housing, environmental justice, and labor advocate passionate about bringing diverse voices into the fold of the organizations that I'm a part of. I have previously served as an elected Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner and chaired its Budget and Personnel Committee, and am running again after being asked by community members to step up in the face of an unprecedented housing crisis in Berkeley.

 

As a longtime Berkeley resident and Steering Committee member of the Berkeley Tenants Union, I have helped resolve hundreds of tenant issues, allowing people and families to stay in our Berkeley community,. I also helped secure millions of dollars for low-income housing as Vice Chair of the Housing Advisory Commission, and stopped the demolition of several rent-controlled buildings as the Vice Chair of the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board.

 

In addition, I serve as the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter Vice Chair, Northern Alameda County Group Conservation Chair and Northern California Secretary of the California-Nevada Regional Conservation Committee. My service to the Democratic Party includes work as Parliamentarian and Pacific Region Director of the Young Democrats of America, President of the East Bay Young Democrats, and Delegate and Legislation Committee Member of the California Democratic Party. I am a mentor with the East Bay College Fund, and serve as a National Night Out block captain in the wonderful West Berkeley community that my partner and I call home.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Sierra Club
  • Alameda County Democratic Party

Organizaciónes (10)

  • Alameda County Democratic, Green, and Peace and Freedom Parties
  • Berkeley Tenants Union
  • Alameda County Labor Council
  • Cal Berkeley Democrats
  • Alameda County Building Trades Council
  • Berkeley Democratic Caucus
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • East Bay Express
  • The Daily Californian
  • Democracy for America

Funcionarios electos (5)

  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Assemblymembers Tony Thurmond, Rob Bonta, Evan Low, and Sandre Swanson (ret.)
  • Alameda County Supervisors Keith Carson, Nate Miley, and Richard Valle
  • Berkeley Council Members Anderson, Arreguin, Droste, Maio, Moore, Worthington, Ying Lee (ret.)
  • Berkeley Rent Board Commissioners Chang, Dodsworth, Harr, Laverde, Selawsky, Shelton, Soto-Vigil, and Townley

Individuos (50)

  • Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Erin Carlstrom
  • ASUC Housing Commission Director Matthew Lewis
  • Nonprofit Executive and Assembly Candidate Mae Cendana Torlakson
  • Cal Berkeley Democrats President Rhea Misra
  • Photojournalist David Bacon
  • Housing Advocate Alfred Twu
  • Police Review Commission Chair George Perezvelez and Commissioner J. George Lippman
  • Berkeley Library Board Trustee Winston Burton
  • Contra Costa Democratic Party Chair Jeff Koertzen and Member Dr. Carolyn Phinney
  • Disability Services Advocate Alex Ghenis
  • Homeless People's Advocate boona cheema
  • Housing Coordinator Christina Murphy
  • Community Environmental Action Chair Ben Gould, Fmr. Chair Luis Amezcua, and Commissioner Dyana Delfin-Polk
  • ASUC Senators Rigel Robinson and Bulmaro "Boomer" Vicente (ret.)
  • Tenants Together Executive Director (former) Dean Preston and Legal Director Leah Simon-Weisberg (for ID purposes only)
  • Young Democrats of America Executive Vice President Kristina Contreras Fox
  • California Young Democrats President Eddie Kirby
  • Children, Youth, and Recreation Commissioner Elizabeth Echols
  • Alameda County Democratic Central Cmte Officers Kathy Neal, Andy Kelley, Sean Manalo; Members Dr. Barnett. Dr. Wheatley
  • Berkeley Parks and Waterfront Commissioner Karen Weinstein
  • Chair, Berkeley Police Review Commission George Perezvelez
  • Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board Members Shoshana O'Keefe and Sophie Hahn (fmr.)
  • Berkeley Planning Commission Chair Stephen Murphy and Member Ben Bartlett
  • Orinda School Board Vice Chair Carol Brown
  • Contra Costa Community Colleges District Trustee De’shawn Woolridge
  • San Francisco Unified School District Board Chair Matt Haney
  • Alameda County School Board Superintendent Emerita Sheila Jordan and Director (ret.) Marlon McWilson
  • Peralta Community College Board Trustee Nicky Gonzalez Yuen
  • East Bay Municipal Utilities Board Directors Andy Katz and Doug Linney
  • BART Board Director Rebecca Saltzman and Candidate Lateefah Simon
  • AC Transit Directors Chris Peeples, Mark Williams, and Rocky Fernandez (ret.)
  • San Leandro Councilmember Corina Lopez
  • Richmond Councilmembers Jovanka Beckles and Jael Myrick
  • Oakland Councilmembers Annie Campbell-Washington, Abel Guillen, Dan Kalb, and Rebecca Kaplan
  • Hercules Vice Mayor Myrna da Vera
  • Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon
  • Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez
  • El Cerrito Mayor Pro Tempore Janet Abelson, Concilmember Gabriel Quinto
  • Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie
  • Albany Mayor Peter Maass and Councilmember Nick Pilch
  • Berkeley School Board Directors Judy Appel, Josh Daniels, Karen Hemphill, and Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
  • Fmr. Rent Board Commissioners Dave Blake, Marsha Feinland, Paul Hogarth, Marc Janowitz, Sharon Maldonado, Eleanor Walden
  • California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California State Senators Ben Allen and Ellen Corbett (ret.)
  • Congressmen Mark DeSaulnier, Eric Swalwell, and Ron Dellums (ret.)
  • Maritessa Bravo Ares, Chair, Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women
  • Former Berkeley Vice Mayor Carole Kennerly
  • Former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport
  • NAACP Berkeley Chapter President Mansour Id-Deen
  • Marian Wolfe, Former Chair, Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (2)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Respuesta de Igor Tregub:

Active outreach and education to all Berkeley tenants and property owners. Historically, the Rent Board has been on the front lines of educating thousands of Berkeley tenants and property owners on their rights and responsibilities and providing legal advice or dispute mediation in the unfortunate events when this becomes necessary. Over the past eight years, I have worked collaboratively with Rent Board commissioners and staff to deploy a set of information tools that are more responsive than ever to the varying levels of familiarity with and interest in the ordinance. This will again be a focus for my work.

Seismic safety. Many rent-controlled buildings in Berkeley are incapable of withstanding a magnitude 6.7 earthquake, predicted along Hayward Fault in the next 20 years. Soft-story buildings, many of which house students, pose an additional risk of total collapse in the event of seismic activity. I worked with the City Council to push for a strong ordinance that would begin to enforce Phase I (engineering study and tenant notification) and pass Phase II (mandatory seismic retrofitting) of the Soft-Story Ordinance. If elected, I will continue efforts to ensure that this and other seismic safety ordinances are being enforced, and that the vast majority of property owners who wish to do the right thing have sufficient financing options to comply with them. 

A Board that’s Accountable to and Provides a Quality Service for All. When I chaired the Rent Board Budget and Personnel Committee, the registration fee only went up by $24 in four years. The registration fee – the only means that finances the agency – must be periodically assessed to ensure that hardworking Rent Board staff have the tools to provide quality services to tenants and property owners, but is not out of reach for Berkeley’s small landlords.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the Rent Control Board?
Respuesta de Igor Tregub:

– An affordability crisis of unprecedented proportions
– A huge increase in the number of actual and attempted evictions
– Concerns around seismic safety, habitability, and reductions in habitable space

The Board has numerous tools available at its disposal to support its mission. The most important powers in its possession are its quasi-judicial authority to make determinations in landlord-tenant disputes, the power to provide influence on housing policy to the City Council and other entities in the City of Berkeley, and to educate and outreach to tenants and property owners on their rights and responsibilities.

Aside from their authority around regulation of rents, enforcement of the minimum warranty of habitability, promulgation of just-cause eviction protections, and resolution of hearing appeals, Rent Board commissioners have a second power and charge.

When we negotiate with due diligence and an understanding of the other stakeholders, we, the Rent Board Commissioners, can have a great deal of influence in areas where the Berkeley City Council is the final decision-making body, such as around seismic retrofitting and the Soft-Story Ordinance, recycling and composting in multi-family units, expanding energy efficiency and water conservation measures, and strengthening the Relocation and Demolition Ordinances.

If elected, intend to continue my work to advance the production and financing of new and rehabilitated affordable housing, preserving rent control, and ensuring that the units in which Berkeley’s tenants reside in are both habitable and seismically safe.

I also have championed, along with Councilmember Jesse Arreguin and several Rent Board commissioners, an effort to pass a Tenant Protection Ordinance, which is patterned after San Francisco and other municipalities. It would ensure additional protection from unlawful evictions for long-term tenants (who are often on a limited income).

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

The approach I take to governance is very similar to the one I take to my everyday job duties around safety oversight and nonproliferation. I spend at least 10 hours per week going through agenda packets, researching issues, and consulting with stakeholders prior to each meeting. While I have a lot of respect for the professional judgment of staff, as an engineer I scrutinize models and the methodologies they include to ensure that I have come to a similar conclusion. When conclusions differ, I ask staff – typically, prior to the meeting because nothing is more frustrating to a staff person than to be openly questioned in public. If I still disagree with the conclusion or feel that there is a better solution, I try to develop an alternative proposal.

I have a collaborative working style and believe that the best decisions can only come from community input. While I may not agree 100% of the time with my colleagues, I have amassed a respect among them for doing my due diligence in researching each issue – earning me the Vice-Chairmanship of two commissions.

As a Berkeley community servant-leader, I have distinguished myself as being extremely accessible to members of the public and other elected and appointed officials throughout the region. I spend a great deal of time researching best practices from across the nation. For example, as former California delegation chair of the Young Elected Officials Network, I worked to develop a database of such best practices on everything from prevailing wage agreements to recycling contracts.

When I chaired the Housing Advisory Committee’s Subcommittee on Short Term Rentals, I went out of my way to invite participation and input from all members of the Berkeley community, including the Berkeley Tenants Union, Berkeley Property Owners Association, the East Bay Home Sharers Network, members of the Rent Board (who had a similar committee in place), Planning Commission, and Zoning Adjustments Board. Under my leadership, we held a number of public hearings to listen to and take stock of written and oral public testimony. When we ultimately arrived at our recommendations, I made sure to report out arguments on both the prevailing and the minority side. And I continue to keep the community in the loop – both via email and through NextDoor – about the next steps for the Short-Term Rental Ordinance, long after it has left our hands and is now in the City Council’s.

This is the kind of public servant I am and will continue to be: accountable, accessible, accepting of differing points of view, though never afraid to vote my conscience. I can be reached at any time at 510-295-8798 or itregub@gmail.com, and look forward to hearing from you.

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My ballot statement

Summary

My ballot statement

Housing is a human right. I am proud to be selected by the 2016 Berkeley Tenants Convention, a diverse coalition of nearly 400 tenants, landlords, and homeowners committed to protecting rent control and tenants’ rights. 

Our Berkeley community faces an unprecedented housing crisis. Rents have skyrocketed by 60% in the last three years. The number of threatened and actual evictions has risen dramatically. My partner and I are immigrants, tenants, and longtime Berkeley residents who would like to start a family here. I know firsthand that strong rent protections are critical to maintaining stable schools, good local jobs, and our diversity.

As Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission Vice-Chair, I successfully helped secure millions of dollars of affordable housing funding, increase impact fees on market-rate developers, and implement a Tenant Protection Ordinance. As Zoning Adjustments Board Vice-Chair, I approved thousands of rental housing units - many of them reserved for lower-income families - while stopping the demolition of rent-controlled housing. I hosted a foreclosure-prevention workshop which earned Rep. Barbara Lee’s Certificate of Congressional Recognition.

 

For my record of implementing successful solutions to the housing crisis, I am endorsed by the Berkeley Tenants Union, SEIU 1021, Alameda County Building Trades, Friends of Adeline, former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport and Mayors of three neighboring cities, majorities of the Berkeley City Council and School Board, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Board of Equalization President Fiona Ma, State Senator Ben Allen, Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Sandre Swanson (ret.), and EBMUD Board Members Andy Katz and Doug Linney.

I humbly ask for your vote. www.berkeleyrentboard.org.

 

Videos (1)

Why I'm running — November 1, 2016 CALI Team Campaign

A little bit about why I'm running with the CALI Team - please go to www.berkeelyrentboard.org and scroll down to see the video.

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