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Six finalists seek open Asheville City Councilor seat

City Council received 30 applications for filling the seat vacated with the resignation of former Councilor Vijay Kapoor.

Commissioner characterizes vote as “the unfair treatment of one group for the gain of another”

Buncombe County Commissioners approved a resolution in opposition to the Catawba Indian Nation Casino in Kings Mountain.

County commissioners challenged to support democracy through shutdown

Debates behind changing Buncombe’s rules in recent years considered when public comments should be taken.

Congressional Committee Deputy Director fingers zoning as racist

Discussions have excluded consideration of a strategy that would reduce municipal policing power, lift burdens denying generational wealth creation to people of color, and cost local governments almost nothing.

Commisioners agree to address systemic racism

As an elected official, Penland said he considered it his job to make sure every citizen has equal access to opportunities. What’s more, the commissioners had already agreed in their strategic plan to address systemic racism, and the staff was already working on it.

Buncombe County Sheriff Miller hires Blake as new Chief Deputy

Herbert Blake has been hired by Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller as Miller’s new Chief Deputy for the Sheriff’s Office.

Pressley, Belcher would rather $1 million go toward resettlement

Buncombe County Commissioner Joe Belcher observed the board was working at cross-purposes at their April 4 briefing. They were considering again a request from the City of Asheville to commit to paying at least $1 million for enhanced aesthetic treatments as the NC DOT reconstructs local sections of I-26.

Asheville City Council adopts budget, funds only first quarter

City Attorney Brad Branham explained council could not adopt another interim budget because tax rates had to be set in an annual budget by the first of August. 

Asheville City Council gets earful on police budget

The main agenda item was the adoption of the city’s FY2020-2021 budget, a matter that had been postponed, according to the city’s narrative, to develop a response to the pressure group demanding reparations and defunding.

As Economies Rebuild, Tanner Urges Jettisoning Historically Repressive Policies

The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America’s Poor, represents Michael Tanner’s latest thoughts about empowering those in poverty.