The massive quilt depicting Santa Barbara that hung on Rep. Lois Capps’ office wall for nearly two decades has come down. The original prints that acclaimed photographer Ansel Adams gave Rep. Sam Farr of Carmel are carefully wrapped up for the trip back to California.
Around their Capitol Hill offices, sticky notes mark items already claimed by family or staff, and stacks of frames wait to have their contents removed for easier transport. Boxes wait to hold mementos of the California Democrats’ decades in Washington.
Piece by piece, Capps, first elected in 1998, and Farr, elected in 1993, are going through the arduous process of deciding what to keep, what to donate to university archives and what to throw away.