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Gov. Jerry Brown is making another foray to the south state today.

First up, the 112th annual convention of the California State PTA. Brown will be speaking at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center at 4:30 p.m.

The governor will then attend the 30th annual award dinner for the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, named for his dad. That event is at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, the Public Policy Institute of California lays out its annual statewide survey on Californians and education, which looks at views on the state's budget gap, challenges for the K-12 system and other issues. The event runs from noon to 1:30 p.m at the CSAC Conference Center. Click here for more information.

As Bee colleague Kevin Yamamura reports, most voters the PPIC surveyed still support Brown's special election to resolve the state deficit, but they send mixed messages when it comes to approving taxes on the ballot. Find his post on Capitol Alert.

Closer to the dome, Caltrans will honor 175 fallen state transportation workers, including a man killed last year by a suspected drunken driver. You'll find 10th Street closed between L and N streets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workers memorial starts at 11 a.m. on the Capitol's west steps.

Meanwhile, local and state law enforcement officials hold their own remembrance commemorating officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. That ceremony starts at noon at the Sacramento Police & Sheriff's Memorial at 500 Arden Way.

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR: Both the Senate and the Assembly have scheduled floor sessions for 9 a.m. Track bills and issues moving through the houses' committees here and here.

RAIL RELOCATION: Local, state and federal officials will be on hand in the Sacramento railyards to mark the groundbreaking of the rail relocation project. Expected to attend the 10 a.m. event: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and others.

TEXAS TRIP: Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway and Republican Assembly members Dan Logue, Kristin Olsen and Shannon Grove join others to talk about their recent trip to Texas and unveil 30 measures they're calling the 2011 "California Jobs First" bill package. The news conference starts at 11 a.m. at the Carl's Jr. restaurant at 2615 Broadway, Sacramento.

TANNING BEDS: Sen. Ted Lieu highlights his Senate Bill 746 to ban youths under age 18 from using indoor tanning booths at a news conference starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 1190. The bill is sponsored by the California Society of Dermatology & Dermatological Surgery and the Aim at Melanoma Foundation.

LABOR DINNER: Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones heads to Stockton to speak to the North Valley Labor Federation tonight at the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium. The anniversary dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.

FEM DEMS: The Fem Dems of Sacramento honor Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, tonight at its spring reception and silent auction at Barton Art Gallery, 1723 I St. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for more information.



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