Assemblyman Ken Cooley gives a tour of the California Capitol

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.