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1. La Jolla artist and publisher Jim Lee recently won notoriety for redesigning which comic ­hero?

A. Spider Man

B. Superman

C. Dick Tracy

D. Wonder Woman

2. Caltrans has proposed expanding Interstate 5 from La Jolla to Oceanside at an estimated cost of $4.5 billion. If they get their way, how many lanes will I-5 have on this stretch when completed?

A. 16 lanes

B. 14 lanes

C. 11 lanes (rotating express lane)

D. 12 lanes

3. Police are investigating a ­Starbucks in the College Area after finding what hidden in the restaurant ­bathroom?

A. Camera

B. Gun

C. Bong

D. Kilo of marijuana

4. Which film actor dropped a lawsuit against a concert promoter for allegedly failing to back his musical ­career?

A. Russell Crowe

B. Kevin Costner

C. Sean Penn

D. Billy Bob Thornton

5. San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith has proposed a plan to save the city $34 million a year by

A. Selling advertising space on the side of city-owned buildings

B. Eliminating homeless services

C. Closing Balboa Park museums one extra day each week

D. Making homeowners pay for trash collection

6. An estate owned by the late actor (and onetime La Mesa resident) Dennis Hopper is for sale. Where is ­Hopper’s former residence ­located?

A. Malibu

B. Carlsbad

C. Venice Beach

D. La Jolla

7. Which nation just surpassed the United Sates as the ­world’s top energy ­consumer?

A. Russia

B. Japan

C. China

D. Saudi Arabia

8. Nationally, apartment rental rates have declined 0.7 percent over the past year. One California community has seen its rents fall 2.9 percent, more than triple the national rate. Which area saw this ­drop?

A. Los Angeles

B. Imperial County

C. Riverside County

D. San Diego

9. Which San Diego County community has agreed in principle to pay the entire cost ($45 million) for a minor league baseball ­stadium?

A. Oceanside

B. Escondido

C. Chula Vista

D. El Cajon

10. Which national political figure said, “I ­don’t think the [Democratic] losses are going to be bad at all. I think ­we’re going to shock the heck out of ­everybody.”

A. Harry Reid

B. Joe Biden

C. Nancy Pelosi

D. Charles Schumer

11. Former Rams quarterback Pat Haden has just been named athletic director at the University of Southern California. Which USC alum held the job for the past 17 years before Haden’s appointment?

A. Marcus Allen

B. Vince Evans

C. Mike Garrett

D. Neil Armstrong

12. In order to meet state-mandated “green” energy goals, SDG&E is purchasing a wind farm located in

A. Montana

B. Wyoming

C. Death Valley

D. Nevada

13. Which Middle Eastern country recently banned face-covering veils (“niqabs”) at its universities?

A. Iraq

B. Syria

C. United Arab Emirates

D. Kuwait

14. Which Democratic gubernatorial candidate has announced plans to skip fundraising events with President ­Obama?

A. Diane Denish, New Mexico

B. Jerry Brown, California

C. Tom Holland, Kansa

D. Bill White, Texas

15. Which California city council approved an ordinance on July 20 that made it the first city in the state to permit industrial marijuana production?

A. Oakland

B. San Francisco

C. Los Angeles

D. San Jose

16. Which entertainer will receive the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at this ­year’s Emmy Awards ­ceremony?

A. Sandra Bullock

B. Oprah Winfrey

C. Bill Cosby

D. George Clooney

17. One small town in California is considering a ban on smoking in all apartments. Which town is it?

A. Sebastopol

B. Fort Bragg

C. Salinas

D. Bishop

18. Which auto maker is purchasing AmeriCredit Corp. in order to increase leasing and have more loans available to low-credit-score ­customers?

A. Ford

B. General Motors

C. Chrysler

D. Nissan

19. Which ride at Disneyland was closed in July to install safety barriers after Cal/OSHA inspectors noted that maintenance crews were at risk in higher-elevated segments of the ­ride?

A. The Matterhorn

B. Mr. ­Toad’s Wild Ride

C. Alice in Wonderland

D. Space Mountain

20. Who said that the outlook for the U.S. economy was “unusually uncertain”?

A. Bill Gates

B. Warren Buffett

C. Alan Greenspan

D. Ben Bernanke


  1. D, Wonder Woman
  2. B, 14 lanes
  3. A, Camera
  4. B, Kevin Costner
  5. D, Making homeowners pay for trash collection
  6. C, Venice Beach
  7. C, China
  8. A, Los Angeles
  9. B, Escondido
  10. B, Joe Biden
  11. C, Mike Garrett
  12. A, Montana
  13. B, Syria
  14. D, Bill White, Texas
  15. A, Oakland
  16. D, George Clooney
  17. A, Sebastopol
  18. B, General Motors
  19. C, Alice in Wonderland
  20. D, Ben Bernanke
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