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<b>AFFORDABLES: </b> Rona Barrett's Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez Valley nears completion.

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AFFORDABLES: Rona Barrett's Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez Valley nears completion.


So You Wanna Be a Citizen

A Civics Test for Would-Be Americans


CIVICS TEST: The U.S. citizenship test includes a list of 100 civics questions. If you apply, you may be asked 10 of them, and you must answer at least six correctly.

The overall national pass rate is 91 percent, according to CNN. Here are 10 from the list. Let’s see how you do. No cheating. Answers below.

Barney Brantingham

1) We elect a president every 2, 4, 6, or 10 years?

2) The House of Representatives has how many members: 453, 534, 345 or 435? (Seven states have only one representative: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North and South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.)

3) Which are not Cabinet positions: Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Communications, Secretary of Energy.

4) Who is in charge of the executive branch of the government? The president, Speaker of the House, chief justice of the Supreme Court, or majority whip.

5) Which war was not fought in the 20th century? Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korean, World War II.

6) What is the name of the national anthem? American Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America.”

7) What did we buy from France in 1803? Alaska, the Louisiana territory, Puerto Rico, Hawai‘i.

8) How many senators are there? 50, 200, 100, 435.

9) What is the last day to mail your income tax return? March 25, April 21, April 15, May 1.

10) Whom did we fight in World War II? Germany and Italy; Vietnam, Germany, and Italy; North Korea, Germany, and Japan; or Japan, Germany, and Italy.

Answers: (1) A presidential election takes place every four years, although some might feel that the campaigns never end. (2) The House of Representatives has 435 members.

(3) Secretary of Communications is not a Cabinet position. (4) The president is in charge of the Executive Branch. (5) The war with Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, which was 26 days after the September 11 attack on the U.S.(6) Our national anthem is “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

(7) The U.S. bought the Louisiana territory from France in 1803. The land deal included approximately 828,000 square miles west of the Mississippi River for $15 million, considered the best real estate deal in history. Napoleon needed the money. It nearly doubled the size of the U.S.

(8) There are 100 U. S. senators. (9) Federal tax returns are due on April 15 (this year on April 18, due to observance of Emancipation Day, a holiday celebrated in Washington, D.C., to mark President Lincoln signing the Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862.) (10) In World War II, the U.S. fought Japan, Germany, and Italy.

$45 MILLION PROJECT: Rona Barrett, former star entertainment industry columnist, has welcomed another Hollywood icon, David Geffen, to support Barrett’s longtime dream of a Santa Ynez Valley affordable housing center for low-income seniors.

The David Geffen Foundation, created by the record producer and film studio executive, is joining valley residents David Crosby and his wife, Jan Dance, in support for Barrett’s community-based Golden Inn & Village, which she terms the valley’s first of its kind.

The 7.3-acre campus now nearing completion is located on the southeast corner of Refugio Road and Highway 246. It’s across the street from the YMCA, which offers senior programs, and diagonally from Santa Ynez Valley High School and a public transportation stop.

The Golden Inn & Village will include 60 apartments, community rooms, and other facilities in partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara and Surf Development.

Located nearby are a grocery store, restaurants, and other community facilities. The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital is a little more than a mile away.

The $45 million project includes a planned Phase II that will provide assisted living, memory care, and adult day care ​— ​“a place where seniors will never have to move from again as they age in place,” Barrett said.

It’s “a big step forward in making Hollywood and other billion-dollar foundations aware of the need for greater support to solve a nationwide crisis in how we house and care for the very population that helped build this country,” said Barrett, who for 20 years since retiring to the valley has been a strong advocate for seniors.

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