"If we could just give a moment of silence to these young people ages five through 10 that were killed, that's the least we can do," City Council President Herb Wesson told the City Council.
Wesson said the council would adjourn in the memory of the students and would send the adjourning motion to the school as soon as possible.
Fighting back tears, Wesson told the council, "When you go home today, call your children. Tell them you love them, anybody that you care about, because all we have promised is this moment."
Gunfire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killed 27 people -- 20 students, six adults and the gunman.
Much of the morning council meeting was spent honoring outgoing City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who was attending his last council meeting before heading to Washington, D.C. to be sworn in as a member of Congress.
Cardenas mentioned the shooting during his final speech before the council. "I am going to Congress. This is my problem. This is my issue. This should never happen in this great country," he yelled. "And yes, in this democracy, we can do something about it."
"And yes, there are powerful interests who say the way to do something
about it will get you unelected, de-elected," Cardenas added. "Bring it.