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VIDEO: Assemblyman Ken Cooley gives a tour of the California Capitol

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, at the Capitol in Sacramento on March 20, 2015
Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, at the Capitol in Sacramento on March 20, 2015 The Sacramento Bee

The earth shook, shattering the state Capitol building and pressing a young Ken Cooley into service as Sacramento’s unofficial tour guide.

Now a Democratic Assemblyman from Rancho Cordova, Cooley was working for then-Sen. Lou Papan when Papan was overseeing renovations to the Capitol after the 1971 San Fernando earthquake. In an effort to demonstrate to visitors and critics the worthiness of the project, Cooley began giving tours of the building.

Decades later, he is still at it. From a hidden Medfly to the one place you can find authentic gold leaf, Cooley’s tour offered a glimpse at the history embedded in the building.

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.

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