City Loan Pool Expected to Start Again Lending Soon

A loan program the city set up last year needs more money before it can start lending again to local businesses. The program was previously run by the city for downtown businesses, but will soon be available for small companies across Raleigh.

District Court Judge 10 (Gray Seat) — Erin Mulligan Graber

[media-credit name="Erin Mulligan Graber" align="alignright" width="150"][/media-credit]Erin Mulligan Graber — District Court Judge 10
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Beyond enforcing laws and being fair, what do you think are important qualities to bring to the bench? Let me tell you a little about myself and what I think are very important qualities to bring to the bench. Before I was a lawyer I worked at social services. I worked at Interact here in Wake County, if you’re familiar with that program. We work with domestic violence victims and survivors of sexual assault. Being in social services I was in this day in and day out, learning the resources in the community, in Wake County.

District Court Judge 10 (Worley Seat) — Anna Worley

Anna Worley — District Court Judge 10
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[media-credit name="Anna Worley" align="alignright" width="150"][/media-credit]Beyond enforcing laws and being fair, what do you think are important qualities to bring to the bench? I certainly think of course that fairness is primary among those things that we have to bring to the bench. There are several other traits that I think are very important. I think that being able to listen carefully to people and patiently to people. In the time that I’ve been on the bench I have gained an even greater understanding of how very difficult it can be to the large number—and it is an extraordinarily large number now—of pro se litigants in the court system to express their case.

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Few Problems After Eight Months of Food Trucks

In September, 2011, Raleigh City Council voted to permit food trucks downtown. Despite initial concerns about emissions, littering and unfair competition for restaurants, city staffers say the lack of complaints since September is a good sign.