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Hey news nerds! How closely were you paying attention to local happenings over the past year? Your attention to detail could make you a winner.
Yes, it’s time for the second annual VOSD News Quiz. Write down the answers to the following questions and send them to me at this email address by Friday at 5 p.m.
The person who’s first with the most correct answers will receive a copy of the book “Our People, Our Places: A San Diego Photo Story,” featuring photography by contributing photographer Sam Hodgson, and a voiceofsandiego.org T-shirt.
The second- and third-place winners will receive T-shirts. And all three will get a shout-out by name in the Morning Report next week. It’s the perfect way to start off the new year by impressing your friends (and your enemies too). And please, don’t cheat. No Google searches or internet trolling. Go off of memory. You’re on the honor system.
OK, everybody: Ready, set, remember!
1. If you are an elected Democratic or Republican in the county and endorse someone for San Diego mayor who’s a member of the other party, what will happen to you?
a. It’s allowed, but you’ll receive a sternly worded letter
b. It’s not allowed, and you’ll lose your party’s support in your own race
c. It’s allowed, but your name will be purposefully misspelled on the next primary ballot
d. It’s not allowed, and you will be expelled from your party
2. An unlikely local town spent millions in urban-renewal money — designed to help rundown neighborhoods — on projects like a promenade, an animal care facility, a theater and a tennis center. Name the place.
a. Rancho Santa Fe
b. Del Mar
c. La Jolla
3. In January, the son of a former Escondido city councilman admitted that he used a fake name when he tattled to the media about a council candidate’s DUI arrest. What pseudonym did he use?
a. Heywood Jablome
b. Billy Dingleberry
c. I.P. Freely
d. Amanda Lovinkiss
4. Questions arose about whether school board member Shelia Jackson lived at the address she claimed or at another residence outside the district she represented. Reporters saw her leave an apartment complex on several mornings, taking a street whose name was surprising. What was the name of the street?
a. Shelia Driveway
b. Jackson Drive
c. Shelia Jackson Court
d. School Board Expressway
5. Supervisor Bill Horn claimed that he went to jail to support the civil rights movement and worked for a close aide to Martin Luther King Jr.
A spokesman for Horn said two men could corroborate part of the story, but “unfortunately, both of those men have passed away, and short of a séance, there’s no way to confirm with them the events of a half century ago.”
No séance required, just a telephone. They’re both still alive, actually. One is a former football star. Who is he?
a. Jim Brown
b. Rosey Grier
c. Deacon Jones
d. Willie Lanier
6. Former San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy, who resigned in 2005, is out with a new book titled “San Diego’s Judge Mayor.” What’s the book’s subtitle?
a. “How Murphy’s Law Blindsided Leadership With 2020 Vision”
b. “How 2020 Vision and Leadership With Vision Blindsided Murphy’s Law”
c. “How Murphy’s Law Blindsided 2020 Leadership With Vision”
d. “How 2020 Vision and Murphy’s Law Blindsided Leadership”
7. Mayor Jerry Sanders went on national television in March and touted cutbacks in San Diego, saying 17 percent of city employees had been laid off. Maybe they cut his fact-checkers, since his statistic was faulty. What was the real number at the time, going back to 2007?
a. 2.5 percent
b. Less than 1 percent
c. 1 percent
d. 1.5 percent
8. What’s the nickname preferred by the new owner of the Union-Tribune?
a. “Papa Doc”
b. “Papa John”
c. “Daddy Dearest”
d. “Papa Doug”
9. The liberal wonkette.com blog called a local activist a “numbskull,” “vindictive weirdo” and “a very superior weiner” after the activist created fake Twitter accounts in the names of San Diego politicians. Who’s the activist?
a. San Diego County Democratic chairman Jess Durfee
b. Councilwoman Marti Emerald
c. San Diego County GOP chairman Tony Krvaric
d. County Supervisor Ron Roberts
10. A national advocacy organization rapped San Diego for having few men with a specific trait and warned that the trend could lead to its extinction, “just as we have seen the great decline of women in the state who don’t have lower back tattoos or ‘tramp stamps.’” What’s the trait?
a. Hairy backs
b. Pickup truck ownership
d. Those really big round earring things
11. A report from the Pew Charitable Trust about city government across the country wrongly declared that no council members had been indicted in San Diego in recent years. How many have been indicted in the last decade (as of earlier today)?
12. A PBS documentary series about Prohibition conjured up memories of a 1929 City Hall scandal involving the mayor, the police chief, the American Legion and a big stash of illicit hooch. What was the name of the informal group set up by the legion to get its hands on illegal booze?
a. “Thirst Relief Task Force”
b. “(Pabst) Blue-Ribbon Panel”
c. “Beverage Procurement Board”
d. “Irrigation Committee”
13. The Omni San Diego Hotel boasts that corporate executives can use part of the adjoining Petco Park for meetings. What part is it?
a. Press box
b. Locker room
c. Luxury boxes
d. Parking lot
14. A famous one-time San Diego resident and his wife were finally reunited in death at Mt. Hope Cemetery on Valentine’s Day. Their remains had long been separated, and it took a court case to bring them together. Who now rests next to his beloved?
a. Silent film actor Harold Lloyd
b. Professional baseball player Ted Williams
c. Mystery author Raymond Chandler
d. Consolidated Aircraft founder Reuben H. Fleet
15. Two local merchants began offering unusual products via vending machines. What were they selling?
a. Fresh seafood (at Seaport Village)
b. Medical marijuana (at San Diego pot dispensaries)
c. Fish tacos (at Rubio’s locations in Mira Mesa and Mission Valley)
d. Alcohol-free sanitizing wipes and gas masks (at Occupy San Diego)
EXTRA CREDIT: A journalist wrongly claimed that San Diego pedestrians are at risk of being bonked on the head by falling coconuts due to cutbacks in palm tree trimming. In fact, we were only able to confirm the existence of one coconut-bearing tree in the entire city. Where is it?