Capitol Trivia

Capitol Trivia tests the memories of the seasoned Capitol hands and offers
newbies a chance to learn something about the dark underbelly of California
political history.

1. For years, what restaurant and bar was a quiet, out-of-the-way watering
hole for lawmakers and lobbyists?
2. Who was Newton Booth?
3. Whatever happened to the 524 Restaurant, a popular Mexican eatery named
after its Alkali Flat address on 12th Street?
4. Which California political reporter, in a tactic to intimidate the
people he was interviewing, would slowly shake his head while taking notes?
5. Who successfully pushed through landmark legislation that legalized
sexual activity between consenting adults?
6. Who got a haircut, and now looks clean cut–much different than during
his years of power?
7. Which lawmaker often drove an electric car in his district–years before
they became popular?

1. Neptune’s Table, south of Land Park 2. Governor of California, elected in
1871, who ran as a reform-minded, anti-railroad independent. Later it was
disclosed that Booth was a secret supporter of railroad magnate Collis P.
Huntington. He resigned and represented California in Washington, D.C. 3. It
burned down, but another one remains open on Northgate. 4. The late Richard
Bergholz of the L.A. Times. 5. Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. 6.
John Burton. 7. Tom Hayden

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