Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. Last week, we addressed questions to members of the Greensboro City Council about their perspectives on the new year and challenges ahead. This year, we turn to their counterparts in Greensboro. In the spirit of the season, questions 1 and 2 are automatically scored correct.


1. Name one of your new year’s resolutions. 2. Name one of the top challenges the Greensboro City Council will face in 2011. 3. Name one item on Tuesday’s meeting agenda.

Danny Thompson, at-large

1. To be a better father, husband and council member.

[ ] 2. Decision on the landfill. [ ] 3. They’ll be presenting the sustainability plan. We’ll be deciding whether to accept it or not. [ ]

Zack Matheny, District 3

1. I want to be a better friend. [ ]

2. Budget. The budget concerns me. It scares me. I’m worried about how the county treats the city. The state’s deficit and how that will affect us, that’s a big concern. [ ] 3. I don’t know I haven’t seen it. I got something for you: The consent agenda. Pledge of Allegiance. [ ]

Mary Rakestraw, District 4

1. To get in more exercise and take care of my health. [ ] 2. Well, probably, as it has continued on, is the landfill. That’s one of them that has been ongoing. Another one is trying to get more jobs into Greensboro. [ ] 3. They’re going to do the sustainability report. [ ]

Correct Answers

1 & 2. Automatically scored correct.

3. A request for proposals for solid waste disposal, the Sustainability Action Plan, closure of part of Terrapin Ridge Drive, a contract with KRG Utility for a sanitary sewer rehabilitation project, implementation of the Triad Region Intelligent Transportation System and a $1.4 million contract with Jimmy R. Lynch & Sons for the Isaacson Boulevard Extension project.