ASHEVILLE - A ruling by North Carolina judges to redraw the state's gerrymandered legislative lines likely will mean new districts for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, a move that could change the political makeup of the body responsible for spending hundreds of millions of local taxpayer dollars each year.
Maps approved Sept. 18 by the General Assembly shift some city of Asheville precincts elsewhere and move previously elected representatives to new districts. Barring court action, the maps will become law — and will reshape commissioner districts, unless lawmakers pass a local bill that would decouple them from state lines.
ASHEVILLE - Jasmine Beach-Ferrara will try for a second term on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
The Asheville Democrat announced Sept. 18 that she will run again in 2020, saying to Facebook followers that her time on the board has been "a tremendous honor."
"Our community deserves the very best of what local government can be and for the full resources of county government to be focused resolutely on solving problems and serving people," Beach-Ferrara said in a statement. "I've been and will continue to be a voice for reform, transparency and accountability in our county government."
One of two District 1 commissioners and the board's currently appointed vice-chair, Beach-Ferrara was first elected in 2016.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, opioid overdose deaths are down for the first time in five years.
Buncombe County leaders said the new numbers reflect that more people are seeking help, but they said the fight is far from over. Leaders said chances are you know someone.
“We are seeing that the considerable effort and resources that have been going into local response are starting to turn some of the numbers,” District 1 commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara said.
Buncombe County is providing $2.2 million toward a Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO) project that will bring much needed affordable housing to Swannanoa. The East Haven Apartments are officially under construction, and the $16.8 million initiative will add 95 affordable housing units for the County.
“This project will be one of the most significant to be developed in eastern Buncombe County over the last several decades,” exclaims County Commission Chair Brownie Newman. “Every unit counts and makes a difference; we need more projects like this that really deliver to meet the scope of the challenge we face as a community.” Affordable housing is one of six strategic priorities unanimously adopted by the Board of Commissioners.
ASHEVILLE - Buncombe County's four Democratic commissioners are putting their support behind Sheriff Quentin Miller, saying a state bill that would mandate him and others to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers takes away local control and erodes community trust.
Chairman Brownie Newman, Vice-Chair Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, and commissioners Al Whitesides and Amanda Edwards have signed onto a letter to state lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper expressing opposition to the bill known as HB370.
Miller is one of several sheriffs in North Carolina who has pledged to no longer honor ICE detainers.
After months of planning, applications, and deliberation, Buncombe County’s Early Childhood Education and Development Committee finalized allocated funding for $3.6 million dollars to schools and local organizations to make positive, lifelong impacts on our children. In October 2018, the Board of Commissioners voted to establish the fund and a committee for funding recommendations. Early childhood education is one of the Board of Commissioners’ six strategic priorities, and the following goals identified for funding:
Buncombe County commissioners approved $3.6 million Tuesday night in support of early childhood education.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Buncombe County commissioners approved $3.6 million Tuesday night in support of early childhood education.
There are more than 11,000 children who are 4 or younger in the county, but only a third of those are enrolled in an early childhood education program.
This more than $3 million investment will be used to create classrooms and teaching centers and will also help create a pipeline to recruit and retain early childhood teachers.
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"Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara posted a statement on Facebook on April 18 expressing support for the local immigrant community and applauding the efforts of local organizations.
“We live in a community of many heroes and many of these stories may never see the light of day,” Beach-Ferrara wrote. “An incredible alliance of Latino, civil rights and faith-based organizers are working around the clock to document what is happening and support impacted families. From Buncombe County Schools to Pisgah Legal Services to Minnie Jones Health Clinic, educators and direct service providers are working to ensure people can access schools and services safely.”