Welcome to this week’s YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, in which we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, in light of the holidays and the fact that there are no imminent meetings scheduled, we’ll cut the Winston-Salem City Council some slack with a “no wrong answers” quiz. The rules are simple: No research, no callbacks.
1. What is your resolution for the new year? 2. What is your proudest achievement of the past year?
Mayor Allen Joines
1. My resolution is to continue working hard to create jobs for all of our citizens. [ ] 2. I guess I would have to say ending the year with the Herbalife announcement of a company coming in creating 500 jobs. [ ] 3. I guess the fac t that our budget wa s so tight and revenues so tight that we ended up hav in g to do a reduc tion in force for our cit y gover nm ent. [ ]
Dan Besse, Southwest Ward 1. Stop being late to so many things. [ ] 2. We actually got a new section of the Brushy Fork Greenway open. [ ] 3. Hmm. That we didn’t send a city capital investment project to public referendum in November. I think it would have won and would have given us some options for moving forward on public3. What was your biggest regret in 2012? investments over the next few years. [ ]
Robert Clark, West Ward 1. I would say my general resolution for the new year is to go from trying to survive the worst recession to trying to go to the offensive trying to be positive, politically, personally and with my business. 2. That’s a tough one. I would say on the city front I would say we’ve done a good job of adjusting the city to be able to perform satisfactory in this new norm of lower revenue and higher unemployment…. Such as the roll-out recycling carts; that saved the city a million dollars a year. [ ] 3. I would say, personally, my family was geared to run the New York marathon and we didn’t. Not me personally, but four members of my family were going to. We trained for it and raised money for it. [ ]