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Stockton Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Cancelled

STOCKTON -- After several businesses were suddenly shut down along the Miracle Mile, people dealt with another letdown -- a Christmas tree lighting ceremony that was cancelled.

It is normally a small celebration, but it means a lot to those who live near the area.

Originally, the now bare Christmas tree was meant to be decorated during Wednesday's board meeting. It would have been the city's first time celebrating the event as a way to come together and put the past year's trouble behind them.

However, because the city council failed to renew the district for the next four years, the organization decided to put it on hold.

Just months ago, the city ordered all of the shops within the Empire Theatre building to shut down due to fire hazards. Then the former director of the improvement district was accused of embezzling around $60,000.

Despite the problems, shoppers say the shopping district is an energetic, well-visited place that deserves to thrive.

"I don’t know what the problems are, specifically, but I wish they weren’t on hiatus," said Stockton resident Francine Gottlieb. "I think, sure we all want a vibrant city and this adds to the vibrancy of the city."

According to the Miracle Mile Improvement District, will continue its security, landscaping and trash services for business owners until the end of the year. The board has said they hope to resolve the issues soon.