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. Who was the last California state senator to represent all of Los
2. What is the nickname of the meeting room at the rear of the Assembly
chambers, across from 3162?
3. What former state Senator was known by many as “the shrink”?
4. At one point, the Assembly had four first-rate baseball players. Who
5. More on baseball: What is the name of the Capitol Press Corps’
long-running softball team, and who is the coach?
6. What now-defunct establishment was once the choice of the Capitol’s
major party animals? Why?
7. What grouchy, hard-nosed deputy prosecutor rose to prominence after his
boss was gunned down in a San Francisco courtroom?
8. Who pushed through a landmark bill to protect consumers from usurious
interest rates and shoddy credit practices–a bill that served as a national
9. Which former schoolteacher, in light of events over the past three
years, may rightly be regarded as one of the nation’s top environmentalists?
10. Who was the Senate’s best crossword player?
1. Tom Reese, a Democrat, who served at the time of the U.S. Supreme Court’s
one-person, one-vote ruling. He later went to Congress and, under pressure
from the National Organization for Women, supported the appointing of the
first female congressional page. 2. The lounge. 3. Paul Carpenter,
D-Cypress, who had an advance degree in psychology and served as caucus
chairman before being snagged in a federal undercover corruption probe. 4.
Tom Hayden, Bill Leonard, Michael Roos, Pat Johnston. 5. The Muckrakers;
Steve Lawrence, Associated Press. 6. The El Rancho Motel in West Sacramento,
which boasted discrete bungalows and privacy. 7. Hiram Johnson. 8. Former
Speaker Jesse Unruh. 9. Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, for the
authorship of greenhouse-gas legislation. 10. Former Senate Leader James
Mills of San Diego.