As news consumers, we know that you’re ready to be challenged about what you remember from 2014. We will make it multiple choice, just because it’s the holidays. So test yourself on these current events questions.
1. In 2014, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin proved that:
a) If you are running for statewide office in California as a Republican you’ll get more votes by not telling people that you’re a Republican.
b) Calling yourself “Mayor, City of Fresno” carries more clout than being a nondescript “Mayor/CEO” of who-knows-where.
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c) If whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting, then the battle to increase Fresno water rates is thermonuclear political war.
2. On Dec. 18, the Fresno City Council approved a new general plan that intends to steer growth inward through 2035. A general plan is:
a) A document authored by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
b) A map that developers pin to the wall and throw darts at while writing up rezone amendments.
c) A well-intentioned guide to planning that can be picked apart by the City Council on any given Thursday.
3. Based on their votes in 2014, the best thing the Fresno County Board of Supervisors could do next year is:
a) Kick back and smoke a little medical marijuana instead of chewing on tea (party) leaves all day.
b) Figure out that rank-and-file should get their Great Recession era pay cuts restored before giving the County Administrative Officer another fat raise.
c) Get back on the high-speed rail bandwagon before it flattens the board in its tracks.
4. Fresno City Council President Steve Brandau is also:
a) A world-famous horticulturist whose pansy collection is second to none.
b) A bike rider who abhors bike lanes — on north Fruit Avenue, anyway.
c) A really nice guy whom liberals love to use as a punching bag.
5. Now that Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is overseeing the Coroner’s Office, she:
a) Would like to assume law-enforcement responsibilities for Madera County, too.
b) Won’t rest until every adult with a clean criminal record in Fresno has a concealed weapon permit.
c) Is raising money for former coroner David Hadden’s retirement gala.
6. Two local medical groups, Valley Children’s Hospital and Santé Community Physicians, decided:
a) To forge a closer relationship so that all children in our region would receive better medical care.
b) That greed is good and cut-throat competition would improve medical outcomes for children.
c) That families know as much about medical insurance as people in the industry do and won’t be confused about where they are allowed to seek help for sick kids.
7. The San Francisco Giants moved their Triple-A affiliation from Fresno to Sacramento on Aug. 18. Your reaction is:
a) Forget the Giants, how will the Grizzlies survive without their Chukchansi casino sponsorship?
b) San Francisco has won its only three World Series with Fresno as its top farm club. Years from now, with the Giants on hard times, San Francisco Chronicle sports writers will be penning tales of the “Sacramento Jinx.”
c) I miss ’em already.
8. Neel Kashkari was defeated for governor of California after he:
a) Pretended to be homeless for a week in Fresno.
b) Pretended to rescue a drowning child who wasn’t drowning while not actually getting wet.
c) Pretended to be a Republican.
9. California voter turnout was:
a) Really easy to count, because there were only 46 votes.
b) Similar to an online poll asking for your opinion about the cutest cat video.
10. Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election strategy consisted of:
a) Just showing up.
b) Limiting Sutter, the family Corgi who is California’s First Dog, to one news conference per week.
c) Sitting silently in the lotus position.
Scoring guide: If you got fewer than two right, you will make a great California nonvoter. If you got eight right, you’re following the news. If you got more than 10 right, you cheated.
Happy New Year!