The last meeting of the Buncombe County Commissioners was marked by a miscellany of extraneous revenues and expenditures.
The Buncombe County Commissioners took public comment on a draft nondiscrimination ordinance, which had been updated since Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara last spoke informally about it.
Discussion of reparations dominated Asheville City Council’s annual retreat. Sensing members of the public did not think the city was doing enough, City Manager Debra Campbell wanted to emphasize that council had not dropped the ball. She spoke about how 2020 had been unprecedented for city management. Noting she knew of no other city that […]
At their retreat, members of Asheville City Council had difficulty whittling their expansive list of ambitions down to a package that was economically and technically feasible for staff to complete.
The Buncombe County Commissioners mirrored dissatisfaction in their constituency over the management of Asheville City Schools (ACS). A lot of the dissatisfaction appears to have stemmed from a surprise announcement of the intent to close the Asheville Primary School.
The City of Asheville means well, attempting to overcome economic disparity through innovations of its Office of Equity and Inclusion. Some of the initiatives, however, retain a tinge of paternalism and repression.
Answering to public pressure, Asheville City Council is now lobbying the legislature to change the way school board members are seated. Instead of appointing members themselves, council is recommending converting to either a fully-elected board or a hybrid of the two systems.
The Buncombe County Commissioners were asked to set aside $283,000 a year to continue what appears now to be a successful intervention in the local opioid problem.
Many people identifying/expressing as one or the other binary gender feel violated sharing public showers with those who identify/express as the other gender. Those positioned somewhere along a broad spectrum of genders feel discriminated against if the former express their discomfort. The question is back on the table.
Asheville City Council approved this year’s legislative agenda. Priorities focused on increasing revenue.