Politics & Government

Capitol’s tree ceremony sparkles – and barks – in special seasonal tribute

Sutter Brown barks as the gallery applauds at the Christmas tree lighting on Thursday evening at the State Capitol.
Sutter Brown barks as the gallery applauds at the Christmas tree lighting on Thursday evening at the State Capitol. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust-Brown, above, accompanied by their dog Sutter, hang an ornament on the state’s Christmas tree with Angel Valencia-Ceja, 8, of Vallejo, at Thursday night’s lighting ceremony.

Valencia-Ceja, at left with mother Rosa Valencia, suffers from a congenital heart disease known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and was selected to light the tree and to hang a special ornament, according to a press release from the Department of Developmental Services.

Velancia-Ceja is the 31st child with a developmental disability chosen to participate in the annual ceremony.

The 55-foot-tall red fir came from the Latour Demonstration State Forest in Shasta County, according to a press release from the governor’s office. Children and adults with developmental disabilities handcrafted the 500 ornaments adorning the tree.

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