Terry Taplin is a poet and Berkeley City Councilmember representing District 2, West and Southwest Berkeley. A mobility and environmental  justice activist, Terry has led on housing, green transportation, and fights for a climate resilient future. As a West Berkeley native, Terry envisions a future where West Berkeley is at the center of an economically vibrant, innovative, and sustainable East Bay.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Taplin Statement on NUHW Kaiser Strike
    August 8 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE I support the Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) who will be on strike at various locations across Northern California starting on August 15. The over-2,000 unionized psychologists, therapists, chemical dependency counselors and social workers in Northern California are right to demand that the […]
  • Statement on Berkeley Rent Board Proposed Ballot Measure
    Last night, I voted against ballot measure language that would have made significant changes to Berkeley’s rent control laws if passed. I support some language in the measure giving Berkeley the ability to bring replacement units for rent controlled housing when demolished, as required by California’s Housing Crisis Act of 2019 and state density bonus law, under Berkeley […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade
    I am shocked and saddened by today’s news of the US Supreme Court overturning the Roe decision. It was always clear that this Trumpist-majority Supreme Court would move swiftly to end reproductive rights and many other important civil rights, but even for those who saw it coming, this is devastating. There is no duty more sacred for elected […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on May 5 Reimagining Public Safety Meeting
    May 5, 2022  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Dear District 2, I was born and raised in West Berkeley, and have lived in the neighborhood currently bearing the brunt of increasing gun violence for most of my life. Berkeley is a diverse community, and while we may not always agree on particulars, we value a just society and each others’ […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on May 3 Homicide
    May 4, 2022  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  I am grieving the loss of another neighbor in the district. We must never let gun violence become an acceptable, routine part of our lives–it is a terrible tragedy and we must do everything in our power to stop the bloodshed for good.  The City of Berkeley must take serious action now–not […]

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