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Year-end quiz tests readers' knowledge of Portland-area newsmakers and events

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Cassandra Wells, who is an offi cer with the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit offi cer, warms up Murphy before heading out to the outdoor arena at Centennial Mills. The horses are back at the former fl our mill after eight new pre-made stalls were installed in a safe area of the building.It was a year when Oregon — and especially Portland — proved it was politically different from the rest of the country by re-electing incumbent Democrats and increasing their control of the Oregon Legislature. That trend included re-electing Gov. John Kitzhaber, despite personal revelations about his fiancee Cylvia Hayes that turned the governor’s race into a soap opera.

It also was a year when Portland voters overwhelmingly decided not to take away control of the water and sewer bureaus from the City Council, they continued to complain about Water Bureau plans to disconnect the open reservoirs, and rolled their eyes about cost overruns at a new Bureau of Environmental Services building.

And don’t get us started about the street fee or tax or fund — or whatever — proposed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick.

In fact, sometimes it’s hard to distinguish fact from fiction in the Rose City — or real news from fake news. Take a stab at answering the following questions about Portland and Oregon news events of 2014, and you’ll see what we mean. The answers are below.

1. In 2014, Mayor Charlie Hales and the city of Portland established a cozy relationship with which new company in the “sharing economy?

a) San Francisco-based Uber, which enables anyone to become a taxi driver using their own car, and connects riders to drivers.

b) Portland-based Vacasa, which manages Oregonians’ second homes as vacation rentals

c) San Francisco-based Airbnb, which enables tourists to rent rooms and vacation rentals in Portlanders’ homes, condos and apartments

d) Zipcar, the car-sharing company that traces its origins to Portland

2. Art Robinson, the Oregon Republican Party chairman who lost his third race for a seat in Congress in November, is known for which of the following?

a) Circulating a petition that claimed reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would harm the environment

b) Suggesting we could get rid of nuclear waste by sprinkling it over the ocean

c) Asking Josephine County residents for urine samples

d) Saying public schools are the most devastating form of child abuse in the U.S.

3. Portland Parks & Recreation spent $1 million on what unexpected project this year?

a) An urban swim center for immigrant youth

b) An urban library for the homeless

c) An urban nature playground with logs, rocks, sand and water

d) An urban technology center for low-income kids who don’t have access to video games

4. Gov. John Kitzhaber was re-elected in November despite which scandals involving his partner, Cylvia Hayes?

a) Hayes admitted to an illegal marriage to an Ethiopian immigrant

b) Hayes used her role as the governor’s fiancee to benefit her private consulting business

c) Hayes bought land in Washington state to grow pot

d) Hayes hiked the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Elise Burke, of Moreland Farmers Pantry, stocks the shelves of Oregon's fi rst non-GMO grocery store.

5. Measure 92, the GMO-labeling measure that nearly won victory statewide, would have excluded what categories?

a) Snack food eaten after midnight

b) Anything made with kale

c) Restaurant food, beer and wine

d) Peanut-free, gluten-free, lactose-free pizza

6. What two Hollywood actresses star as mother and daughter in the filmed-in-Oregon movie “Wild?

a) Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon

b) Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie

c) Meryl Streep and Scarlett Johanssen

d) Maya Rudolph and Whoopi Goldberg

7. The biggest bombshell in Portland’s media world in 2014 was which development?

a) Street Roots went to weekly publication

b) The Portland Tribune went back to twice a week

c) Willamette Week’s biggest exposé was not about sex (well, sort of ... see No. 4)

d) The Oregonian went to four days a week and became a tabloid

8. The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s next “road diet” — removing vehicle lanes to slow traffic and improve safety will be which of these?

a) The Banfield Freeway

b) 82nd Avenue

c) Foster Road

d) Tilikum Crossing

9. Which of these events really occurred in 2014, and which were gags on “Portlandia?”

a) Fred gets visited by a fact checker before a date.

b) A celery salesman goes to great lengths to get celery back on the table

c) A Vermont company chooses Portland to launch its line of “sustainable” condoms

d) OPB listeners enjoy a tailgate party before a “Prairie Home Companion” taping

10. What happened in the months after Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick announced their “like it or lump it” street fee for local roads in May?

a) They couldn’t get a third vote and pushed its approval back until January, at the earliest

b) Multnomah County said Portland has to pay more for the replacement Sellwood Bridge project

c) Gov. John Kitzhaber announced a Transportation Visioning Committee that could delay any new state funds for local streets for years

d) The Bicycle Transportation Alliance agreed to support bicycle licensing to help fund infrastructure improvements for bicycle riders

11. The Multnomah County Circuit Court judge hearing the lawsuit about illegal spending by the water and sewer bureaus issued what ruling?

a) The bureaus should not have spent ratepayer money on public campaign financing (Voter Owned Elections)

b) The bureaus can legally spend ratepayer money to relocate utility lines in advance of transit projects, even if they aren’t scheduled for replacement

c) The Water Bureau should not have spent ratepayer money on the Portland Loos

d) The Bureau of Environmental Services could legally spend ratepayer money to help buy an undeveloped portion of River View Cemetery

12. After Portland met all of Google’s conditions for bringing its ultra-high-speed broadband service to town, which company was offering the most residential 1 Gig service by the end of the year?

a) Google, which installed its Fiber service much faster than anyone expected

b) Comcast, which began upgrading its service to reduce slowdowns to Netflix customers

c) Frontier, whose CEO said nobody really needs 1 Gig service anyway

d) CenturyLink, which already was offering it in select locations

13. After years of discussions, construction finally began on which of the following long-delayed projects this year?

a) Renovation of Veterans Memorial Coliseum

b) Redevelopment of Centennial Mills in Northwest Portland

c) Redevelopment of the large U.S. Post Office complex in Old Town

d) The replacement for Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland

e) Renovation of the Portland Building next to City Hall

14. Which of the following big controversies did the City Council resolve this year?

a) Finding a mutually agreeable new location for the R2DToo homeless camp in Old Town/Chinatown

b) Reaching an agreement for Uber to operate its app-based paid ride service in the city limits

c) Approving an acceptable street fee to fund maintenance and safety projects

d) Making sure neighbors and apartment builders agree on how much new parking should be created for each project

e) Solving the problems created by residential demolition and infill projects

15. What Portland School Board action(s) caused an uproar this year?

a) Approving a 28 percent raise for Superintendent

Carole Smith

b) Changing the policy on transfers to focus-option schools

c) Firing a popular principal

d) Letting teachers go on strike when a deal was not met at the bargaining table

16. Which of these did Phil Knight do in 2014?

a) Acquired minority ownership of the Ducks football team

b) Released his third feature-length film

c) Committed Nike to develop concussion-proof football helmets

d) Agreed to annex Nike into neighboring Beaverton

17. After 50 years in business, what is the new season format that Portland Opera announced?

a) “Carmen” five times a year

b) Cataract Sundays for senior citizens

c) Twenty-three performances in a three-month summer festival

d) Switch to an all-Broadway musical format

18. Ice cream maker Salt & Straw opened its first Los Angeles branch, offering which new flavors?

a) Black olive brittle and goat droppings

b) Sour grape and corneille

c) Tomato water and Ojai olive oil

d) Avocado and prune colonic

19. What did the Portland police Mounted Patrol Unit do with their horses because of structural problems at their stables?

a) Sold them all off to a local CSA

b) Moved them out of Centennial Mills to a barn in Aurora

c) Replaced them with a Segway-based ride-sharing system

d) Fitted the horses with bodycams allowing them to roam in the new Riderless Square zone

20. Kevin Rose, a general partner for Google Ventures, incurred the wrath of his neighbors when he paid $1.3 million for a Willamette Heights house built in 1892 and proposed to do what?

a) Turn it into an incubator for tech startups complete with plumbed-in Red Bull and coffee, cots and 1 gigabit-per-second data


b) Demolish and replace it with a modern, energy-efficient home designed by a renowned local firm of architects

c) Live in it, quietly, changing nothing, taking The Oregonian and swimming at the MAC

d) Use it as the set for a

reality show called “TenEx,” format to be decided later

21. Monica Wehby was involved with which of these events during her losing bid for the U.S. Senate?

a) She was named in Portland police reports by her former boyfriend and her

former husband — both of whom accused her of stalking them

b) She was named in BuzzFeed accounts of plagiarizing statements from other Republicans — including her former primary opponent — in her health care and economic positions

c) She received help from past presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt


d) She aired a TV ad that featured the endorsement of a male couple challenging Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriages

Here are the answers

1. Airbnb.

Portland and Uber struck a temporary deal after the city sued. Vacasa’s vacation rental service is still illegal in Portland, though it’s Oregon’s fastest-growing company.

2. All of the above.

3. C

4. A, B and C

5. C

6. A

7. All are true. However, D, the shrinking Oregonian, was the bombshell.

8. C, Foster Road.

Tilikum Bridge won’t need to reduce lanes for cars because it won’t allow any.

9. C.

The rest were “Portlandia” gags.

10. A, B and C.

11. All are true.

12. D. Although Frontier is now offering 1 Gig service in Beaverton.

13. None. Although the Portland Development Commission approved a Centennial Mills plan by Harsch Development and authorized the demolition of some buildings.

14. In your dreams. The Portland City Council was unsuccessful in accomplishing any of these.

15. A and B.

16. None. “The BoxTrolls” was the work of Laika, of which Travis Knight (son of Phil and Penny Knight) is the President and CEO.

Phil Knight did come closer to realizing his dream of a $1 billion donation to the Knight Cancer Research Center, when the drive to match his half-billion-dollar pledge got up to $445 million — and counting.

17. C

18. C

19. B

20. B

21. All of the above

How did you do?

Correct Answers:

18-20: Rock star, indie hero, Good Citizen, call yourself what you want, you earned it.

14-17: You certainly heart your Portland. Way to stay informed!

10-13: Good joooob!

5-9: Too long, didn’t read is no longer an excuse.

0-4: Oh dear. Just off the plane from Silicon Valley/Madison/Kansas City/Pennsylvania? There are some great apartments to rent on Division. Get settled in and we’ll see you in January.

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