Leslee Kulba

Asheville’s latest response to protesters

A resolution scheduled for adoption by Asheville City Council June 14 stated that slavery, forced segregation, and destruction of functional minority communities in the name of urban renewal are wrong.

At some point, discussions about managing the COVID debt should begin

It was an Archimedean wager. Provided COVID-19 was not created in the lab, nobody knew if it was containable.

Commissioners support pay-for-itself LEED gold policy

Buncombe County staff started work on the policy by looking at out-of-the-box green certification programs, such as the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

‘Fraternity of Police’ President shares other side of the story: Part I

The Tribune spoke with Rondell Lance, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police to find out what was on the list of negotiating points police officers were bringing to the table.

Asheville city council considers when duplication may not be duplication

Typically, Asheville City Council will approve whatever staff recommends for disbursing federal housing funds. But something strange happened during the consideration of disbursing $615,934 in special COVID-19 funding the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) was making available by way of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Campbell takes charge responding to criticism of city

Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell took the blame for the city failing to communicate at the council’s last meeting. She had received a lot of emails complaining that Asheville’s Police Chief David Zack had moved forward and unilaterally reimagined policing for the city.

Commissioners disagree about statues, agree love wins

The Buncombe County Commissioners, along party lines, voted 4-3 in favor of the joint resolution with Asheville City Council to remove statues honoring heroes of the Confederacy on city/county-owned land.

A conversation opener for police reform, now it’s your turn

The point is – as local jurisdictions around the country are taking the protests following the lethal use of force on George Floyd to be a mandate for police reform – no amount of new policies and procedures is going to reduce misconduct by officers flaunting existing policies.

Listening to community, Asheville Police Chief announces restructuring

The fifth Asheville Police Chief (APD) in as many years, David Zack, debuted before the city council with an update on the department’s response to protests that occurred in Asheville following the murder of George Floyd.

Asheville protests got out of hand but most wanted healing

On June 2, after two nights of protest, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer declared a citywide state of emergency and put an 8 pm - 6 am curfew into effect immediately and indefinitely. The curfew was lifted this past Saturday, June 6.