Leslee Kulba

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.

Reparation measures approved, not everyone is happy

Asheville City Council’s June 14 meeting approved monetary racial reparations.

‘Citizens for Reparation’ stir council into action

Citizen comment on Asheville City Council’s resolution to support reparations for slavery passed during Tuesday’s July 14 online meeting was overwhelming and unanimous in favor of said reparations.

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).