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  • CM Taplin Statement on Police Misconduct Allegations
    November 14, Councilmember Taplin Statement on Police Misconduct Allegations I am deeply disturbed and troubled by the recent surfacing of texts exhibiting anti-homeless andanti-Black racial bias distributed by an officer of the Berkeley Police Department. There can bezero tolerance for racism, bigotry, and hate anywhere in our city, let alone among the firstresponders who … Read more
  • Press Release: Taplin’s Adult Re-entry and Basic Income Pilot Proposal Passes Key Committee Vote
    November 14, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today the Berkeley City Council’s Health, Life Enrichment, Equity & Community (HLEEC) Committee unanimously passed District 2 Councilmember Terry Taplin’s proposal for the City’s newly-formed Office of Racial Equity to incorporate workforce development services for the recently incarcerated (known as “adult re-entry”) and development of a Guaranteed Basic Income … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Reimagining Public Safety in Berkeley
    April 29, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Last week, the City Manager’s Office presented a Reimagining Public Safety implementation plan with budget recommendations. This plan includes reinstating most deferred positions in the Police Department, as well as strengthening funding and institutional support for a Specialized Care Unit (SCU) and other community-based service models. I will be … Read more
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Berkeley Homicide
    March 9, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE I am heartbroken by the news of Anthony Joshua Fisher’s murder. I am grateful for the hard work of the Berkeley Police Department’s homicide detectives to investigate this heinous crime and arrest the suspect. They have fulfilled the highest duty of our officers of the peace with integrity and … Read more
  • Taplin Proposes Equitable Safe Streets and Climate Justice Resolution
    February 9, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BERKELEY, CA —City Councilmember Terry Taplin has introduced the Equitable Safe Streets and Climate Justice Resolution, which would establish several traffic engineering policy changes to improve street safety: Adoption of the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide as the default engineering standard for city streets, while strongly restricting use of … Read more

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