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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown hosted the 83rd Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 2nd.

This year’s tree is a 53-foot tall white fir from Latour Demonstration State Forest located near Redding in Shasta County, the third Capitol Christmas tree to come from a state forest managed by CAL FIRE on behalf of the public. The tree was cut down by a crew from the Department of General Services (DGS) Real Estate Services Division, then transported by CAL FIRE to the Capitol west lawn where it was set-up and decorated by DGS staff.

The tree is illuminated by approximately 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights and decorated with 900 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.

Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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