In the wake of a mass shooting in San Bernardino that killed at least 14 people, Gov. Jerry Brown canceled Wednesday’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Capitol.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and everyone affected by the brutal attack,” Brown said in a statement. “California will spare no effort in bringing these killers to justice.”
The tree was still illuminated, albeit in much more subdued fashion: As workers packed up hundreds of plastic folding chairs, a crowd of several dozen gathered to watch 9-year-old J.J. Paris of Sonora assume lighting duties from Brown.