Taplin defeated incumbent Cheryl Davila to take the West Berkeley seat.
The plan aims for 100% affordable housing at Ashby BART, and 50% throughout the corridor
The commission says the percentage is not a requirement, but an aspiration. Community and BART talks are ongoing.
Local developers have set their eyes on South Berkeley and put forward their vision for at least two new buildings where Walgreens and True Value now operate.
Mendonca sits on the Housing Advisory Commission, has been homeless herself and currently resides in Section 8 housing.
When the homeowner did not voluntarily repair his house, a court-appointed receiver spent around $550K to fix it. The City Council will review the situation on Tuesday.
The new proposal could result in hundreds of housing units on the Ashby BART parking lot, narrower tree-lined streets, and new intersections. Learn more at a community meeting tonight.
Berkeley cited 1911 Harmon St. for code violations. When they were not corrected, the court appointed a receiver to make the repairs, which cost $600,000. The original owner has to come up with a repayment plan.
About 50 people gathered in South Berkeley to talk about racial discrimination in housing, jobs, schools, and the community.
Elisa was not only very smart and hard-working, but she cared passionately about local politics and the advancement of women.
About 100 South Berkeley residents showed up to a town hall organized by Councilman Ben Bartlett to discuss a homeless activist encampment and its demands for a portable bathroom.
A South Berkeley activist who fought doggedly for social justice died unexpectedly in her home last week, family and friends report. Elisa Cooper was just 47.