An e-mail exchange released by Asheville City Council member Bill Russell reveals new details about how a proclamation recognizing the Oct. 1 Blue Ridge Pride festival made it onto Council’s agenda for its Sept. 27 meeting. In the exchange, Mayor Terry Bellamy, who has not given the festival a standard mayoral proclamation, notes that she will place it on the new business portion of the agenda. Russell says he hoped for a standard proclamation instead of a contentious vote.
In the latest installment of our ongoing series of interviews with Asheville City Council candidates, David Forbes talks to Lael Gray about issues ranging from transit to development and police accountability. Audio from the interview included.
In this installment of our ongoing series of interviews with candidates for Asheville City Council, Jake Frankel interviews Mark Cates on issues facing the city. In addition to an edited transcript, this post includes audio of the conversation.
For weeks, Asheville has seen rumors swirl that New Belgium is considering the city for a new brewery and looking for economic development incentives. Today, Sept. 22, City Council member Jan Davis publicly confirmed the rumors at a Council of Independent Business Owners forum. He tells Xpress that while he welcomes the company, he’s skeptical about the need for incentives.
Caitlin Byrd interviews Asheville City Council candidate Marc Hunt on issues facing the city.
Proposed rules allowing food trucks downtown once again dominated the agenda during Asheville City Council’s Sept. 13 meeting. After a lengthy public hearing and contentious debate, Council members had narrowly approved the move Aug. 23 on a 4-3 vote. Because of that slim margin, however, the city's development guidelines required a second reading. Proponents of […]
I'll be voting to return Jan Davis to Asheville City Council this fall, and I encourage Xpress readers to do the same. Jan has been a steady hand on Council since 2003, and has always had a pragmatic view about how to get the best outcomes for all stakeholders in city policy. I often see […]
I am writing to endorse Marc Hunt in his bid for Asheville City Council. Marc’s many years of business, nonprofit management and community-service experience will bring much practical value to Council. His deep commitment to his community will bring value to the whole city. Marc has a long and successful record of business and organizational […]
Marc Hunt has an unusual pedigree for a politician. His accomplishments in professional life and community service uniquely qualify him as at once knowledgeable, caring and capable in the very topics that City Council must grapple with on a daily basis. His financial prudence has been honed by years of leadership in the budget-making aspects […]
In this, the first of an ongoing series, Caitlin Byrd interviews Asheville City Council candidate Saul Chase on issues facing the city. Xpress will run an interview with a different candidate every day this week. UPDATED with audio.
In this edition of the Mountain Xpress’ local news podcast: Jake Frankel on the most recent Buncombe County Commission meeting; Susan Andrew with the latest on the CTS cleanup; Tracy Rose on the Women In Business supplement and David Forbes on the Asheville City Council meeting about downtown food trucks.
Back for a second reading before Asheville City Council, new rules allowing food trucks downtown passed 5-2 this evening, Sept. 13. Passage of the new rules clears the way for up to 10 food trucks to begin operating in Asheville’s core district.
With the second vote on allowing food trucks in downtown Asheville, City Council members have a full agenda for today’s Sept. 13 meeting. For live dispatches from Senior News Reporter David Forbes, look here, or follow #davidforbes or #avlgov on Twitter.
As the upcoming and very important City Council elections approach, I encourage my fellow Asheville residents to vote for Jan Davis. Mr. Davis has served our city very well for the past eight years as a cohesive and coalition-building voice on City Council. Davis is a life-long resident, a successful downtown small-business owner and former […]
When our family first moved to Montford five years ago, it was Lael Gray who arrived first on our porch, offering to introduce us to her family, her neighborhood and the city she loved. She opened her heart to us, offering her vast store of knowledge about Asheville. She helped us to feel at home […]
After a lengthy public debate and close vote at the last formal Asheville City Council meeting, new rules allowing food trucks downtown narrowly passed. However, since a second vote is required when a development change that passes that closely, the rules are back for another reading at the Sept. 13 meeting.
In this edition of Local Matters — the Xpress weekly news podcast — reporter David Forbes talks about City Council member Bill Russell dropping out of his bid for re-election, Pisgah Legal Services efforts to increase access to legal help for the poor, and the recent claim by NC State Sen. James Forrester that Asheville is a “cesspool of sin.”
Asheville City Council member Bill Russell has withdrawn from the race. Russell, in a statement released on the Scrutiny Hooligans political blog, wrote that “there would be no greater regret for me than if I was not there fully for my kids with my time and energy as they move through these most important years of their lives.”
Local grassroots progressive organization, WNC for Change, hosted a forum this week that featured four of the nine Asheville City Council candidates explaining their positions on a variety of issues, from infrastructure improvements to economic development.
When I read the Aug. 17 Xpress article about the City Council candidates, I immediately noticed TJ Thomasson [“And Then There Were Nine”]. I thought, “Great! A gay candidate that can represent me.” My excitement over the prospect of a young gay man on City Council led me to look deeper into what this candidate […]