Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask politicians and public servants about their jobs. This week, we address questions to members of the Greensboro City Council. The rules are simple: no research, no callbacks.

1. According to a recent survey of city employees conducted by the NC Employment Security Commission, what percentage of employees agreed with the statement that the council cared about the needs of staff?

2. What is the percentage and actual amount of the cut to homeless services in the interim city manager’s proposed budget?

3. True or false. Yusra Alaqrah, a Jordanian-American resident of Adams Farm, alleges that she has called the Greensboro Police Department many times to no avail to report repeated incidents involving her windows being broken and eggs and bottles being thrown at her house in what she described as a possible hate crime.

Mayor Yvonne Johnson

1. Oh it was low, it was twenty percent. Maybe 26, 27 percent. [ ]

2. Maybe 10 or twenty percent, what I heard was that they had found some money from some place to offset that by about $200,000. [X]

3. That her house was being egged, she lives out in Adams Farm, she has called the police but she hasn’t gotten any satisfaction, she has had a surveillance camera but it wasn’t clear because it was rainy. [ ]

At-large Councilman Robbie Perkins

1. Oh, I think that was about 26 percent. [ -]

2. The amount was $20,000; I think it was about 4 percent, but the manager was actually saying there was an increase of funding by $200,000. So I don’t know. [ ]

3. She alleged that. That’s true. [ ]

Goldie Wells, District 2

1. Our overall rating was 26 percent. [ -]

2. Hmmm. Hmmm. I don’t remember that. They were talking about $200,000. I can’t be positive. [X]

3. That’s the truth. I was appalled by that. [ ]

Zack Matheny, District 3

1. The council cared about the needs of staff…. I would still put that low. I’d probably put it in the 35 percent. [X]

2. 4 and 20 [thousand] [ ]

3. I know your intent is true. She did talk about eggs. She did say it could be a possible hate crime. I think what you’re asking for is true. [ ]


1. 27.7 percent

2. 4 percent;$20,000 (Interim Assistant City Manager Andy Scott said the city hadobtained $200,000 in federal funding that could only be spent on rentalassistance, and not on emergency cash assistance grants, which are atstake in the city budget.)

3. True


The following council members did not return calls: Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Anderson Groat, at-large Councilwoman Mary Rakestraw, District 1 Councilwoman Dianne Bellamy-Small, District 4 Councilman Mike Barber and District 5 Councilwoman Trudy Wade.