Resident fiscal observer John Marshall Lee touched on a number of subjects Monday night in his public address to the City Council:
Ladies and gentlemen of the Council, I have read the Agenda for this evening and approve the crafting of Ordinances regarding official Bridgeport Fair Rent and Fair Housing commissions and placing them on the record. There are still elderly homeowners with mortgages fully paid running into problems with WPCA and property tax affairs in arrears, ultimately losing property and significant equity in a court system not understood by the owner to predators who know the law but do not care to make the ‘Port a healthier place for fair, timely, and accurate responses.
Let’s see what enough Council members decide is fair for all Bridgeport citizens and property-owning taxpayers by your sub-committee comments. One or more of you have been listening to the embarrassing case of Bridgeport completely ignoring State Statutes. Is this ordinance proposal a work-around for a Mayor who has not cared to act?
It is Hispanic Heritage Month and some of you were at Klein Auditorium on Saturday for a professional presentation of La Gringa. What recent cultural event has brought out an audience like this at the Klein?
Cultural question: If I asked what culture popularized pizza or apizza, New Haven approach, locally? Of course, we would say Italian American. And the Christopher Columbus narrative will no doubt be reprised in October. So instead of keeping the statue, removed from Seaside Park two years ago and placed in a barn that formerly housed horses (that one former member of this assembly finds disrespectful, though I call everyone to remember that those calling themselves Christians know that their humble leader was born in a stable among other living animals, more than 2,000 years ago).
Can we gather Hispanic, Black, and brown residents together with others who have built the Bridgeport of today over the past 200 years, to discuss A Port Trail, a walking, historically supported, educational and entertaining pathway by existing City museums, statues, memorials, buildings, fountains, and other sites portraying the variety of history, heritages, and cultures that have gotten us to where we are today? Is there room at this table? Does it cost anything? Time will tell.