3. San Jose was the first city established in California...
... that wasn't associated with a mission or a military post in the Spanish colony of upper California. It was called El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. 'Natch.
4. San Jose was California's first state capital
IN YOUR FACE, SACRAMENTO. San Jose hosted the first and second sessions of the California Legislature, in 1850 and 1851.
5. Our legislative sessions were known as the "Legislature of a Thousand Drinks"
IN YOUR FACE AGAIN, SACRAMENTO. The epic nickname for those first two legislative sessions was inspired by Senator Thomas Jefferson Green, who, at the end of each session, called out to fellow lawmakers, "Let's have a drink! Let's have a thousand drinks!"