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Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Governor Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown joined Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to host the 80th Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last Wednesday on the west steps of the State Capitol.

Brown was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

The tree is decorated with 900 hand-crafted ornaments created by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers. It is illuminated by 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights.


The Governor was joined by six-year-old Makayla Jones, of Visalia, who assisted him in lighting the Capitol Christmas tree.


Kitty O’Neal, of a Sacramento radio station, emceed the ceremony, which also featured performances by: California Army National Guard, 59th Army Band, The Brass Quintet, The Governor’s Own; Bel Tempo Ringers; Galena Street East; students from the Oakland Military Institute and Oakland School for the Arts; Woodland Opera House; St. Paul’s Baptist Church Choir and Kevin Wilson.


The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.