School children look at the statue of Queen Isabella in the rotunda of the State Capitol. One of the Capitol's least-known traditions, perhaps, is the mischievous, biennial tossing of coins by lobbyists into the crown of Queen Isabella on the final night of each legislative session.
School children look at the statue of Queen Isabella in the rotunda of the State Capitol. One of the Capitol's least-known traditions, perhaps, is the mischievous, biennial tossing of coins by lobbyists into the crown of Queen Isabella on the final night of each legislative session. Brian Baer Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
School children look at the statue of Queen Isabella in the rotunda of the State Capitol. One of the Capitol's least-known traditions, perhaps, is the mischievous, biennial tossing of coins by lobbyists into the crown of Queen Isabella on the final night of each legislative session. Brian Baer Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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Dan Walters' column appears in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at dwalters@sacbee.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee