Popular Capitol Weekly features include:
- The Roundup
- Leak of the Week
- Big Daddy
- Politics at the Movies
- The Skinny
- The Weekly Roundup
- Experts Expound
Capitol Weekly was founded in 1988 by Kenneth Mandler, a former state government employee. The newspaper offered detailed listings of state government job openings.
Mandler gradually expanded his listings, using California's Public Records Act to obtain significant amounts of data about state employment. In California, Mandler is regarded as a pioneer in the effort to classify government workers' compensation as public documents subject to disclosure.
On July 1, 2005, Capitol Weekly was purchased by Arnold and Karen York of Malibu, who publish the weekly Malibu Times. Capitol Weekly was changed from a newspaper of job listings into a newspaper that included extensive coverage of the state Capitol's politics and governance, the lobbying community, campaign politics and the state bureaucracy.
At the time, the newspaper Roll Call in Washington, D.C., was viewed as a model for Capitol Weekly, but as Capitol Weekly evolved, it appeared to be closer in nature to Politico, a much larger publication that was founded two years later.
The York's son, Anthony York, was the first editor of Capitol Weekly from July 2005 to December 2010, when he moved to the Sacramento Bureau of the Los Angeles Times to cover the governor's office. Before joining Capitol Weekly, he served as a political writer for Salon and wrote for the California Journal. He also was the editor of Political Pulse, a weekly newsletter covering the inner workings of the Capitol.
The current editor of Capitol Weekly is John Howard, who worked with York since the paper's purchase. Howard is a former news editor and political writer for The Associated Press in California, former Sacramento bureau chief of the Orange County Register and former associate editor of the California Journal.
Capitol Weekly is distributed in and around the state Capitol, and mailed to several hundred subscribers outside Sacramento. The paper is located at 980 9th Street, Suite 175, Sacramento, Calif. 95814. Its offices are about four blocks from the Capitol.