Reminder: Governor Brown, First Lady to Light Capitol Christmas Tree Tomorrow


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SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will attend the 82nd Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow, Thursday, December 12th on the West Steps of the State Capitol.

This year’s tree is a 55-foot tall red fir from the Latour Demonstration State Forest located near Redding in Shasta County, the second Capitol Christmas tree to come from a state forest.

The tree is decorated with 500 hand-crafted ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.

The Governor and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will light the Capitol Christmas tree with eight-year-old Angel Valencia-Ceja, of Vallejo. It will be illuminated by approximately 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights.

Kitty O’Neal, of KFBK Radio, will emcee the ceremony, which will also feature performances by the California Army National Guard’s DET 1, 40th Infantry Division Band, Brass Quintet, the Governor’s Own; California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; students from the Oakland Military Institute and Oakland School for the Arts; and St. Paul’s Baptist Church Choir.

When: Tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. (formal program begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Where: California State Capitol, West Steps, Sacramento, CA 95814

**NOTE: This event is open to the public and credentialed media. Members of the public are asked to RSVP and encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the California Emergency Foodlink.

Parking for satellite trucks will be available on the east side of 10th Street between L and N Streets.

For more information on Angel Valencia-Ceja, please contact Nancy Lungren, California Department of Developmental Services, at

Photo captions can be found below:

1.) California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera performs on-stage at annual California Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting. Photo Credit: Justin Short, Office of the Governor.

2.) Governor Brown and First Lady Gust Brown join eight-year old Angel Valencia-Ceja (left) and his mother Rosa Valencia (right) at tree lighting ceremony. Photo Credit: Justin Short, Office of the Governor.

3.) Governor Brown, First Lady and Angel Valencia-Ceja (left) after lighting 2013 California Capitol Christmas Tree. Photo Credit: Justin Short, Office of the Governor.

For high resolution copies of these photos, please contact Danella Debel, Office of the Governor at