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  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Statement on DoubleTree Unionization Efforts
    December 2, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “As a native of West Berkeley and City Councilmember representing half of the Berkeley Marina, I am in full support of the efforts by employees at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel to obtain a union contract. Hospitality and service workers are the backbone of our local economy, and their work at DoubleTree provides […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Interim Regulations for Police Accountability Board
    October 5, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “I am proud to be from a city that was first in the nation to pioneer civilian oversight of police. I was proud to vote for Measure II last year, along with many District 2 voters who chose me to represent them. However, I remain concerned with the City Council’s approval of interim […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Where Do We Go v. Caltrans Ruling
    September 27, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “I am disappointed by District Court Judge Edward Chen’s decision to keep people living at the Ashby Shellmound encampment. A freeway exit is not a stable, secure, or sustainable location for anyone, let alone vulnerable and marginalized individuals. The City of Berkeley, Alameda County, and our community partners at Dorothy Day House and […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Shootings in Southwest Berkeley
    September 24, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “It has been just 20 days since my last statement on a shooting in District 2. I am heartbroken by the news of two more shootings in our community last night, with one that sent a young girl to the hospital. I am relieved to hear that her injuries were not life-threatening, but […]

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