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  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Shooting at George Florence Park
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diego Aguilar-Canabal ( (510) 981-7120 “I am deeply disturbed by reports of a shooting near George Florence Park this morning. West Berkeley has seen a terrifying uptick in gun violence over the past year. I empathize with community members who are losing patience with the violence erupting in our neighborhoods, threatening […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Texas Abortion Ban
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diego Aguilar-Canabal ( (510) 981-7120 “I stand in solidarity with women, nonbinary, and trans Texans who will lose access to critical lifesaving healthcare due to the Texas legislature’s draconian abortion ban and the conservative Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it. It is impossible to ignore that the Republican Party’s aim is […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Passing of Pedestrian Vincent Koehler
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diego Aguilar-Canabal ( (510) 981-7120 “I’m heartbroken by the news that Vincent Kohler died this week after being struck by a drunk driver in Berkeley on August 19, as reported by Berkeleyside. Our community lost a cherished father, husband, and local business leader who would still be with us today if not for the fatal decision […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Proposes Ban on “Ghost Gun” Precursor Parts
    Berkeley, CA— City Councilmember Terry Taplin (District 2) introduced a proposal to prohibit the sale, distribution, and possession of un-serialized precursor parts, including frames and receivers, which can be purchased to assemble “ghost” guns. State law requires privately-made firearms assembled from precursor part kits to be labeled with a serial number provided to the California […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Horizon Temporary Village Opening
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2021 The opening of this temporary shelter presents a huge opportunity for Berkeley to make lasting progress in housing its unhoused community. We must not squander it. With the 18-month contract for this site and 24-hour security, I’m looking forward to partnering with the county, state agencies, and community leaders to ensure this provides […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Chauvin Verdict and Berkeley Police Audit
    April 22, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “The verdict delivered in Minneapolis is not what justice looks like—what we saw was the bare minimum of public accountability,” said Berkeley City Councilmember Terry Taplin (District 2). “Justice would mean George Floyd being alive today, known mostly for his art and love for his family. Just as peace is not merely the […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Proposes Urgent Ninth Street Traffic Safety Improvements
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/13/2021 BERKELEY, CA – Jackie Erbe, a local mobility justice activist, was struck by a motorist on March 16 while biking with her child at Ninth Street and Channing Street and was hospitalized with serious injuries. In response to this near-tragedy and countless others like it, City Councilmember Terry Taplin (District 2) […]
  • In response to rise in shootings, City Councilmembers propose bike/foot patrol in West and South Berkeley, and will host town hall.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2021 BERKELEY, CA —Responding to a recent surge in shootings and homicides, City Councilmembers Terry Taplin, Ben Bartlett, and Mayor Jesse Arreguín introduced a budget referral this week to fund a bike and foot patrol in West Berkeley and parts of South Berkeley, similar to the foot patrol already deployed […]
  • Berkeley City Council Unanimously Passes CM Taplin’s Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Workers
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2021 BERKELEY, CA — On February 23rd, the Berkeley City Council enacted the Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers Ordinance, which requires Hazard Pay in the amount of $5 per hour for grocery workers in Berkeley, effective immediately, in grocery stores that employ 300 or more workers in California. The requirement […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Proposes West Berkeley Traffic Calming Budget Referrals
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2021 BERKELEY, CA — City Councilmember Terry Taplin has introduced two budget referrals to implement long-overdue traffic calming measures on “High-Injury” streets in West Berkeley. One budget referral targets the intersection of Sixth Street and Addison Street for the addition of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons to enhance pedestrian safety and […]

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