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Jerry Brown to take part in Capitol tree-lighting ceremony

December 5, 2012 |  3:54 pm


Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, will attend the 81st annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the state Capitol on Wednesday evening.

 The 50-foot tall white fir tree from Shasta County is the Capitol’s first Christmas tree from a state forest. The tree came from the Latour Demonstration Forest near Redding.

Brown will light the tree with 10-year-old Christian Anderson of Costa Mesa. The tree is adorned with hundreds of hand-crafted ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities in addition to about 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights, according to the governor’s office.

Kitty O'Neal, of KFBK Radio, will emcee the ceremony, which will also feature performances by the California Army National Guard, 59th Army Band, the Brass Quintet, and  students from the Oakland Military Institute and Oakland School for the Arts

Last year, Brown attended a menorah lighting ceremony at the Capitol sponsored by Chabad of Sacramento. The group plans to hold a similar ceremony this year, but a Brown spokeswoman said the governor has no confirmed plans to attend.


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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown and wife Anne Gust Brown will attend the 81st annual Capitol tree lighting ceremony Wednesday evening. Credit: Associated Press