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File #: 21-1383    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Public Hearing/General Business Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/28/2021 In control: Parks & Recreation Commission
On agenda: 10/19/2021 Final action:
Title: Recommend Nominee(s) for Consideration as the "Honorary Holiday Tree Lighter 2021" for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 3, 2021
Attachments: 1. Holiday Tree Lighters List
REPORT TO PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION

SUBJECT
Title
Recommend Nominee(s) for Consideration as the "Honorary Holiday Tree Lighter 2021" for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 3, 2021

Report
BACKGROUND
The Santa Clara tradition of decorating and lighting a Holiday Tree Lighting is over 100 years old. It is held on the first Friday (evening) in December. In recent years, the festivities are held in Central Park and have included a decorated "live" holiday tree, heirloom Teddy Bear, colorful lights, live stage music and entertainment, children's and family activities, community information and non-profit organization food booths, and a Mayoral Proclamation recognizing an honorary "Holiday Tree Lighter." The Holiday Tree Lighter is a Santa Clara individual, family or business that embodies the meaning of community service, generosity, and the heartfelt positive spirit of the holiday season.

This year, the City will be hosting a smaller celebration due to the ongoing economic effects of the pandemic on the City's budget elimination of the seasonal ice skating rink and fireworks display. However, the honorary "Holiday Tree Lighter" and Mayoral Proclamation will continue.

DISCUSSION
This item is continued from the regular Parks & Recreation Commission meetings on August 17, 2021, and September 21, 2021. The Commission will discuss a nominee, or nominees, to recommend to the Mayor for consideration as the "Honorary Holiday Tree Lighter 2021." A list of recent holiday tree lighters is provided in Attachment 1.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
The action being considered does not constitute a "project" within the meaning of the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15378(b)(5) in that it is a governmental organizational or administrative activity that will not result in direct or indirect changes in the environment.

PUBLIC CONTACT
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