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Let's Send a Real Message to Raleigh

Last week, I asked Council to think about this question: “What system best serves the average Asheville resident” as our guide to our decision on Council districts. Since then, I’ve continued to think about my own answer to this question.

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An All At-Large System is Bad for Asheville

At last night's City Council meeting, we approved beginning the Charter amendment process to reinstate a City Council primary in March (which I supported) and to go back to the all at-large voting system (which I opposed).

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Recessions, Trade Wars and Asheville

As kids, we learned that what goes up must come down and, despite what we might wish, that adage also applies to the economy.  Nationally, we’re in the longest period of economic growth since the end of WWII, but warning signs are flashing. 

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A Possible Way Forward on Districts

I’ve been listening to many of you about the positives and negatives of city council districts as well as how they came about and, based on these discussions, I want to offer a possible way forward.

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More on Districts

Recently, I told you that I changed my mind from opposing to supporting a five-member City Council district system with two at-large members. 

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Districts

As you may have seen, the issue of whether to challenge the City Council voting district system has been in the news.

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Proposed Budget and $15/Hour Pay Issue

On Tuesday, City Manager Debra Campbell presented her first budget to City Council.

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Flat Iron Building

Last night, after seeing that City Council would not approve a request to preserve the Flat Iron Building by permitting it to be used as a hotel, the developer withdrew the application.  I supported the request to permit it to be used as a hotel and made the following statement at the meeting.

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Budget Update, Bonds and Transit

Here's an update on the budget, bonds and transit.

 

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Our New City Manager

Debra Campbell, previously Charlotte’s Assistant City Manager, will become Asheville’s new city manager effective December 3rd.  After a nation-wide search with many talented candidates, Debra was Council’s unanimous first choice.  This post explains why I supported her.

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