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  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]

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