Capitol Trivia tests the memories of the seasoned Capitol hands and offers
newbies a chance to learn something about the dark underbelly of California
1. What was the name of the tavern at 925 L Street that served as
hangout for reporters, lobbyists and assorted state employees?
2. On a personal level, two young assemblymen–both of whom later became
political legends–vowed to do what during the 1960s?
3. Where is the Torch Club, once the most famous political watering
hole in Sacramento, now?
4. During the Great Depression, where could poor visitors to Sacramento
get free oranges?
5. Who is the best bicyclist in the Capitol among the electeds, a
6. Which California governor used to drink seven or more bottles of
water a day?
7. What is the ‘Ban Roll-On’ building?
8. Where is the ‘secret’ DMV office that the public doesn’t know about,
but is a favorite of Capitol insiders?
9. Who among the senators is a considered an expert yachtsman?
10. Which senator, well known in the legal community as a top-flight
litigator with a Newport Beach law firm, played a role in California’s share
of the “Big Tobacco” case?
1. Ellis. The building, then formally named the “Park Executive Building”
became known as the “Ellis Building.” 2. Date a woman in each of the
Legislature’s 120 members’ offices. 3. On 15th, between J and I streets. It
has the original sign dating from the 1930s. 4. Capitol Park. 5. Tom
Torlakson. 6. Gray Davis. 7. The building at 1201 K Street, so-called
because of its round top.
8. Legislative Office Building, first floor. 9. Sen. Dick Ackerman, R-Irvine. 10. Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Garden Grove.