I’m always asking myself what’s the end of the year without a news quiz. Actually, I stole this idea from the Fresno Bee. Give it a try and see how you do. And, yes, I do know that the questions should be numbered and the answers should be lettered, but I am remain a klutz when it comes to formatting anything, so I’ll make this my last formal apology of 2014.
A. Which of the following happened in 2014
- One of the four open investigations into officer-involved shootings in Salinas was completed
- The various Peninsula agencies agreed on a plan to increase groundwater storage and expand conservation efforts
- A sheriff’s deputy with no management experience was elected to head the county’s largest law enforcement agency
B. Which of these development projects moved ahead despite demonstrably inadequate water supplies:
- Monterey Downs
- Ferrini Ranch
- Corral de Tierra shopping center
- All of the above
C. GOP political consultant Brandon Gesicki
- Managed a principled campaign
- Told a chamber of commerce committee that his candidate’s opponent would soon be charged with a crime
- Became a campaign issue to the point that he had to pretend to leave the campaign
D. The Monterey Herald editorialized that
- Water should not be an issue when developments are proposed because no single development could exhaust the county’s entire water supply
- The Pebble Beach clambake golf tournament should be moved to summertime so better weather would attract more tourists
- Howard Gustafson and Ken Nishi were the best candidates for seats on the Marina Coast Water District board.
E. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey
- Was caught skinny dipping with the PG&E board of directors
- Told Southern California Edison shareholders that if they thought rates were too high, they should just discontinue their electrical service.
- Called victims of the San Bruno explosion “a bunch of crybabies.”
- Finally got the hell out of Dodge.
F. California American Water Co. spent more than $2 million on
- Defeating a public campaign to take over the business even though it claims to be losing money
- Brochures touting the company’s frugality
- Lunches with Michael Peevey
G. The proposed design of the Monterey conference center was compared to
- A post office, circa 1962.
- A dental office, circa 1972
- A visionary yet misunderstood monument to man’s inhumanity to man
H. In his book, Leon Panetta
- Disclosed that the CIA staff kept him in the dark about everything
- Revealed that he worked as a script adviser on Zero Dark Thirty
- Disclosed that it was Sylvia who found bin Laden
- Mentioned that he had wanted Al Pacino to play him in the movie, a young Al Pacino.
- None of the above.
I. The oil industry spent $2 million on
- Attempting to defeat a public campaign to prevent fracking in San Benito County even though the oil companies contend there is no fracking in San Benito County.
- Beautification of the Lost Hills oil reserve
- Brochures touting the industry’s environmental resolve
J. Lou Calcagno’s final act as Monterey County Supevisor was to
- To take Steve Collins to lunch
- Give John Phillips’ home phone number to Tony Lombardo
- Pardon Dave Potter
- It’s a secret
Answers: A. (3). B. (4). C. (2 and 3). D. (2 and 3). E. (4). F. (1). G. (1 and 2). H. (5). I. (1). J. (4)
If you correctly answered all 10 questions, consider this an offer to come to work for the Partisan, especially if you have other income.
If you got more than six questions right, you’re a true newshound. You probably borrow your neighbor’s Herald occasionally and pick up the Weekly once in a while.
If you got two to five right, you probably know what comes on right after the KSBW news.
If you got none or one right, Peter Newman’s team at the local GOP would like to talk to you about running for office.