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CALQuiz: Obama endorses, 3D-printed guns and firefighting help from abroad

CALQuiz: Obama endorses, 3D-printed guns and firefighting help from abroad

Consider yourself an expert on California news? Let’s see if you’ve been paying attention this week to the big stories on politics and policy in the Golden State. Test your knowledge and share your score.


Which of these California Democrats did not receive an endorsement this week from former President Barack Obama?

Gavin Newsom (for governor)

Harley Rouda (for Congress)

Dianne Feinstein (for U.S. Senate)

Eleni Kounalakis (for lieutenant governor)

Obama has endorsed all of these candidates, but he announced his support for Sen. Dianne Feinstein this past May in the lead-up to the June 5 primary. The former president endorsed a total of 10 California Democrats this week, including a former member of his campaign and administration who is running for an Assembly seat in the East Bay.


Around how many people a year take out a payday loan in California?


2 million

10 million

None. Payday loans are illegal here.

Each year, one in 20 residents, or around 2 million, in the Golden State takes out a payday loan, worth a total of $2.9 billion annually. Californians in need of quick cash agree to loan terms that include aggressive collection practices, inflexible repayment plans and high interest rates. But the California Legislature hasn’t intervened to curb or ban the practice. Currently, five regulatory bills are stalled in the Capitol.


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a lawsuit against a Trump administration settlement that gave clearance to a gun rights organization to legally post blueprints for 3D-printed guns. What is the total number of lawsuits the Golden State has filed against Trump as of this week?





Becerra joined Washington state’s lawsuit, bringing the total to 39. A federal judge, however, ruled Tuesday that distributing the blueprints for the guns is illegal, and he temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s settlement. But before the court order, many blueprints had already been released online. Check our lawsuit tracker for a comprehensive list of all the legal fights.


Which two countries are sending firefighters to the U.S. to help battle wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington?

Australia and New Zealand

Germany and France

Chile and Argentina

Japan and South Korea

Australia and New Zealand are sending 147 of their own firefighters to assist states that are combating historic summer blazes.


Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography were surprised to discover what in the waters off the coast of La Jolla?

A previously undiscovered sea creature

A floating plastic island the size of Rhode Island

The highest sea temperature ever recorded off the Scripps Pier

A pod of dead gray whales

The sea surface temperature reached 78.6 degrees at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, beating the previous record of 78.4 degrees that was set in 1931. The institution has been taking temperature measurements since 1916.


The cost of living is making it harder to purchase a home, so first-time buyers are relying more on financial assistance from their parents. In California, how many Federal Housing Authority loans now include down payment money from relatives?

One in four

One in three


Three in four

One in three FHA loans include financial support from family members, surpassing the national average of 26 percent. Housing experts warn this trend could lead to growing inequities in homeownership across race and ethnicity.

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