Leslee Kulba

Making Hoteliers Pay for Reparations

A developer of a 100-room hotel would pay around $400,000 in reparations. Wisler asked if he would now be paying $600,000, and Okolochany said it could go up to $800,000.

Commissioner wants more Money for Conservation

Buncombe County Commissioner Terri Wells would like to increase the amount of taxpayer dollars subsidizing conservation easements to $750,000 annually.

City States Case, Refocuses on Healing

Mass media conveyed a sense of community outrage over the removal of a homeless camp under the I-240 bridge in downtown Asheville. City Manager Debra Campbell wanted to assure the public the city was being as humane as humanly possible in dealing with a multifaceted issue - assistance is always welcome.

What Happens When Hotel Moratorium Ends?

Options for extending Asheville’s referendum on hotels have pretty much run out. To manage new construction, however, city council is considering allowing construction by developers who subsidize its general fund by supporting new governmental functions like building affordable housing, paying reparations, or supporting green and equity initiatives.

Red Cross Requests Blood Drive Space

There have been no reported cases of people getting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from a blood transfusion.

Council Doubles Down in War on Economics

The government mandating prices to be anything else introduces intentional market distortions, which have the unintended consequence of misallocating resources.

Has Anyone Seen the Supply Side, Yet?

COVID, economic devastation from the government’s response, rioting provocateurs, and more rock-bottoms falling out expected for 2021 have forced even limited-government types to look to Big Government solutions for their daily lives.

County Readies for Surprises in Vax Rollout

Now in the vaccination stage, concerns have shifted away from isolation and PPE manufacture, distribution, and installation.

Plans Trucking Along for Fulfillment Center

A last-mile fulfillment center is planned for the former BASF site.

Asheville Construction Soars during COVID

Jade Dundas, director of capital projects for the City of Asheville, said this had been a good year for construction.