Fresno Housing Authority Commissioner Faces Backlash After Comments Are Being Called Racist

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FRESNO, Calif. — A Fresno Housing Authority Commissioner, Terra Brusseau is facing backlash after comments she made at last month’s meeting about a proposed affordable housing project in Clovis. 

In it she said, “I think there are more or better areas for diversity and for our residents to feel like they’re in the right place.”

Some, including Fresno City Council member Esmeralda Soria are speaking out and calling her comments racist.

“Families should have the right to attend any school and any neighborhood regardless of socioeconomic status or color of their skin. When I heard the remark I thought it was offensive and contrary to the city and the housing authority,” said Fresno City Council Member Esmeralda Soria. 

Soria added that Brusseau is an appointee of the city and she is calling for her resignation.

“I don’t think she is an accurate reflection of the values and diversity that the City of Fresno embraces,” said Soria. 

This field on Alluvial and Willow where the City of Clovis and Housing Authority are working to build the affordable housing apartment complex. 

Now the City of Clovis is speaking out and distancing themselves from her comments.

“The city of Clovis doesn’t have a representative on the board. They were not made on the behalf of the City of Clovis or on their consent,” said Mayor Drew Bessinger, City of Clovis.

They are hoping residents understand –that the city is welcoming anyone who wants to live there. 

“We want to make sure that the citizens of the region know we welcome everyone to Clovis,” said Bessinger. 

We reached out to the commissioner but have not heard back. 

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