One of the Capitol’s most solemn annual traditions returns today for the 40th time.
Gov. Jerry Brown will once again join the families of slain law enforcement for the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, which this year honors four officers killed in the line of duty in 2015 and one from 1954. Following a private ceremony in the Capitol, Brown and the families will participate in the “walk of honor” down the west steps at 10:30 a.m., before laying red roses at the memorial on the corner of 10th Street and Capitol Mall. A customary 21-gun salute and remarks from Brown will follow.
Last year saw two local officers recognized: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr., who were gunned down in a daylong rampage in October 2014. Check out The Bee’s coverage of the ceremony, including pictures and video.
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WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE: In the afternoon, Brown will head over to the the Cal Fire Aviation Management Unit in McClellan to commence Wildfire Awareness Week. Raging wildfires have been a severe problem in California in recent years, something that Brown has linked to climate change. The twin Butte and Valley fires last September caused an estimated $1 billion in insurance losses, among the costliest in state history.
BABY, I LOVE YOU: Over the next week, you may notice collection bins in every legislative office in the Capitol soliciting baby items such as diapers, wipes and formula. They are part of a donation drive organized by the nonprofit HomeAid and First 5 California that will distribute contributions to shelters serving homeless families with children. Sens. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Manteca, Bob Huff, R-San Dimas, and Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assembly members Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach, and Young Kim, R-Fullerton, will help launch the campaign, 1:30 p.m. in Room 2040.
TRAVELIN’ MAN: How is California’s tourism economy doing? Quite well, thank you, according to Visit California, which says 2015 saw a sixth-straight year of growth. The tourism board will release is annual report, featuring statewide and regional data on visitor spending, employment in the industry and tax revenue, at 1:30 p.m., kicking off its celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.