CALQuiz: Fast-food politics, a California first, and thinning fire-prone trees
What biographical detail did the Washington Post's Fact Checker recently accuse John Cox of fudging?
His mother wasn’t actually a teacher, but a corporate lawyer
He didn’t actually grow up on the South Side of Chicago, but in the suburbs
His first name isn’t actually John, but Stewart
He isn’t actually a millionaire
After a tip from an avid reader, the Post looked into Cox's upbringing and found a few discrepancies. On the campaign trail, the Republican candidate for governor has said he was raised by a single mother on the South Side of Chicago. But the Post found records indicating that his mother remarried several years after he was born, and shortly after his family moved to a suburb 20 miles outside of the city. Read the details here.
Which fast-food chain upset Democrats this week after it was revealed that the company contributed $25,000 to the California Republican Party?
Democrats might have a hard time taking a bite out of their Double-Double the next time they roll through the drive-thru of their local In-N-Out. Many left-leaning burger connoisseurs have a queasy feeling in their stomachs after a public filing showed the beloved fast-food joint made a contribution to California's GOP this week. It's certainly not the first time In-N-Out has contributed to the party, but that's not stopping some Democrats, including the state party's chair, from proposing a boycott.
As the Legislature sprinted to the end of its session, California became the first state this week to do what?
Pick an official state marijuana strand
Give R ratings to movies with cigarette smoking
Eliminate its cash-bail system
None of the above
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that abolishes the state's cash-bail system, saying the reform will create a criminal justice system in which the "rich and poor alike are treated fairly."
A bill that would require California to obtain 100 percent of its energy from carbon-free sources passed both the Assembly and Senate and is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown for a signature. According to the legislation, when would the Golden State need to reach this ambitious climate goal?
Kevin de Leon's SB 100 would have the state transition completely from carbon sources of energy production to other renewable means by 2045.
Critics of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act want to change the law so that it's easier to place homeless Californians with mental health issues under conservatorship. Who was governor when the act was signed into law?
Then-Gov. Reagan signed the act, the intention of which was to stop the "inappropriate, indefinite, and involuntary" institutionalization of Californians with mental health issues and developmental disabilities. Now, a complex debate is unfolding over whether the law is in fact too strong, preventing very sick Californians from getting the help they need.
What does it cost, on average, to thin an acre of forested land using chainsaws?
The “mechanical thinning” of forested trees can cost as much as $1,400 an acre. California lawmakers are considering a plan to thin the state's sprawling forests in an effort to reduce the amount of potential fuel for the ever-worsening blazes consuming the state. Here are five things you should know about this approach to combating wildfires.