Milagros Mercado is concerned about the mix of people who will descend on her neighborhood for services and resources as mayor Jose “Joey” Torres seeks to locate a prisoner reentry program next door to her home on Montgomery Street where she has been living for almost two decades.
Eight months after receiving a campaign contribution from a Fairfield-based law firm, mayor Jose “Joey” Torres gave the company a $100,000 contract, according city records and campaign finance filings.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres took 11 days off from work this year so far, according to his attendance records provided by the city.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ was handed a devastating defeat at the polls on Tuesday when voters rejected his proposal to increases taxes to fund recreation leading many opponents of his recreation levy to rejoice.
The city council refused to support mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ new move to reduce the budget line item that funds recreation to $0 and substitute it with the $3 million in anticipated revenue the recreation tax will bring into city coffers if it is approved by voters on November 3rd, 2015.
Three out of the five 1st Ward city council candidates said they oppose mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ recreation tax which – if approved by voters on November 3rd, 2015 – will raise $3 million from property owners in order to acquire and maintain recreational facilities.
Roughly 50 people packed the city council chamber on Tuesday evening to protest delays at the city’s Community Improvement division which issues construction permits.