New legislative star has
bird’s-eye view of Capitol
What’s a bored Capitol community to do while it waits for a water bond deal? Make a star of a pigeon.
As legislators caucused before an afternoon session Wednesday, the California Channel’s filler broadcast of the Capitol dome was interrupted by an avian cameo.
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Natalie Ramirez, who works in Cal Channel’s master control room, noticed the pigeon, which appeared to be staring at its reflection in a camera atop the Legislative Office Building, and tweeted a picture dubbing it “Birdzilla.”
It became a social media favorite, inspiring more pictures and jokes as the session stretched into evening and the pigeon returned.
Legislative aide Chris Chavez suggested Cal Channel launch a “Pigeon Week” to compete with Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” The popular parody account “Unruly Unruh” started a rumor that “the water bond contains $2.7 billion to build two new giant bird baths to win over support from #Birdzilla.”
The pigeon even inspired a parody Twitter handle of its own. “I long for the days when I could nest in one of Jackie ( Speier), Debra Bowen or Elaine Alquist’s lapel flowers. #safehome,” it wrote.
“Most of what we do here is of no consequence to the people of California. This is.”
REPUBLICAN SEN. JIM NIELSEN, on approval of a new water bond for the Nov. 4 ballot.