Capitol Ghost Stories

Standing in the well-lit hallway outside the Governor’s office, you wouldn’t necessarily think that the State Capitol has a scary past. The friendly Highway Patrol officers pose for photos with visitors and the county displays offer cheerful reminders of the diversity of California’s people and places. There is also a less known history of murders […]

San Luis Obispo Highways

Driving through San Luis Obispo County last weekend, I stopped to photograph several places and things named for California Legislators. The most easily visible was the Senator Vernon L. Sturgeon Memorial Highway. Named for a local State Senator who served two terms before serving as Legislative Secretary for Governor Reagan, the highway is the much traveled Highway 101 (between Paso Robles and […]

A Decade Later: Assemblyman Mike Gordon

A decade ago Thursday, 47-year-old Mike Gordon, just months into his first term as a member of the State Assembly, died of cancer. Gordon, who had previously served as the Mayor of El Segundo and as a staffer to Assemblyman Bruce Young, was diagnosed with a brain cancer just months after his inauguration. He was survived by his […]