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The Commission on the Status of Women is expected to get a new lease on life today as commission chair - and Academy Award-winning actress - Geena Davis joins Assembly Speaker John Pérez for a 10:30 a.m. press conference.

Pérez plans to announce that the Assembly will contribute a portion of its budget savings to the commission, which Gov. Jerry Brown slated for elimination in his January budget proposal.

State Sen. Noreen Evans, a commission member who was critical of the governor's proposal, will also attend the event, set for room 317 in the Capitol.

Brown has a busy day of his own scheduled, beginning in San Jose with a 9 a.m. panel at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's 9th Annual CEO Business Climate Summit. He'll join Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to talk about the state's business climate and economic development.

Then he'll head to Sacramento for a rally co-sponsored by Crime Victims United of California and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. The event, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol, is planned in connection with National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Tomato workers unhappy with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board will continue their vigil today across from the Capitol's west steps, saying they've waited too long for payment from a dispute that began when employees of San Joaquin Tomato Growers, Inc. voted for UFW representation in 1989.

The case has been in litigation for years, and the board is now considering final action. The workers say they play to stay until that happens.

Have ideas or concerns about taxes? The first of two "Taxpayers' Bill of Rights" public hearings will be held today at the state Board of Equalization district office in Culver City.

Watch it live here, beginning at 1:30 p.m. A second hearing will be held in Sacramento on June 26.

LAWSUITS: California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and the Civil Justice Association of California will hold a public forum today in Sacramento. The session begins at 3 p.m. in room 127 at the Capitol.

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