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Gov. Jerry Brown is spending the day in Fresno meeting with elected officials and other leaders, and his plate is about as full as it gets.

First, he'll talk with Mayor Ashley Swearengin, then meet with members of the City Council along with Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, a Democrat who was city councilman before being elected to the Legislature.

After he gives remarks at a Maddy Institute luncheon, the governor meets with the sheriff, the police chief and the county's probation chief to discuss his "realignment" plan to shift some law enforcement responsibilities from the state to the counties.

Brown will also meet with the Fresno Bee's editorial board, talk with Perea again (this time with Latino leaders), meet with Democratic Rep. Jim Costa and members of the agricultural community, then appear with the Fresno congressman at an event at the Fresno Art Museum.

Back in Sacramento, Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, joins Democratic Assemblywomen Alyson Huber of El Dorado Hills and Susan Bonilla of Concord to highlight a new bipartisan bill they're calling the Parole Reform Act of 2011, which was inspired by the Jaycee Lee Dugard case.

Their news conference, which starts at 10:30 a.m. on the Capitol's south steps, is also expected to draw Vern Pierson, El Dorado County's district attorney; Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County's district attorney and the chair of the California Sex Offender Management Board; Jan Scully, Sacramento County's district attorney; and Kent Scheidegger, general counsel of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.

Under the dome, Department of Personnel Administration Department head Ron Yank is among those required to appear before the Senate Rules Committee as members consider gubernatorial appointments.

Others with the same summons include Veterans Affairs Secretary Peter Gravett and two members of the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board -- former Sen. Roy Ashburn, a Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointee, and Brown appointee Robert Dresser. The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. in Room 113.

Don't expect a Geena Davis sighting, however. The confirmation hearing will also consider her nomination to the Commission on the Status of Women -- made courtesy of fellow movie star Schwarzenegger -- but she doesn't have to show up.


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