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News Quiz 2013

  • Traffic on northbound Highway 101 is gridlocked, as seen from the Rohnert Park Expressway overpass, due to the opening of the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Happy New Year! It's time for boxing up decorations, making resolutions for a new year and testing our memories about an old one.

So, yes, that means it's time for The Press Democrat Editorial Department News Junkies Quiz, back with all the buildup and nervous anticipation of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

So sharpen your No. 2 pencils, put away your study guides and keep your eyes on your own newspaper — or tablet, phone, computer, iPod or Google glasses. As always, there's no time limit, but keep in mind there are only two days left in the year and others may be waiting a turn. (Well, it's possible.)

So without further delay, here's the 21st annual 2013 quiz:

1. After adding up all of California's assets and subtracting its liabilities, the state auditor announced in March that California's net worth was:

a. $256 billion

b. $37 billion

c. Negative $8.6 billion

d. Negative $127 billion

e. A secret

2. In January, the U.S. Census Bureau issued a report comparing commute times for residents of various cities. In which Sonoma County city do residents, on average, spend the most time commuting to work? Who spends the least time commuting?

3. Earlier this year, the city of Santa Rosa received 18 applications to:

a. Referee disputes among City Council members.

b. Live rent-free in city-owned houses.

c. Play for free at the city's golf course.

d. Fill an open seat on the City Council.

e. Reunite Courthouse Square.

4. A lawsuit involving the city of Petaluma and owners of land surrounding city-owned Lafferty Ranch was placed on hold in November because:

a. The city ran out of money to fight this legal battle.

b. A 19th century map confirms that the property touches on Sonoma Mountain Road and the two sides are negotiating a possible settlement.

c. The two sides wanted to take a break for deer season.

d. Another lawsuit concerning potholes on Sonoma Mountain Road took precedence.

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