Geena Davis says state women's panel to get an extended run
Actress Geena Davis announced Tuesday that the state Commission on the Status of Women, which she heads, has avoided the threat of being shut down by securing a new source of state funding for the coming year.
Gov. Jerry Brown had proposed the elimination of the panel as part of his budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, but legislative leaders agreed to continue its funding from $150,000 in savings found in the Assembly operating budget. The commission would raise money from private sources to add to the state money so it can operate through the next year.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this game-changing announcement that will reestablish funding for the commission,” said Davis, an Academy Award winner. "There is still much to be done to sustain a public dialogue and create real change for women and for our society as a whole, and the commission will get back to work doing just that.”
The proposal drew opposition from Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), who said continuing state funding of the advisory panel is not appropriate when the state is cutting funds to schools and other important government services.
"At a time when teachers are receiving pink slips and we are releasing prisoners early, why would we use this money to fund the Commission on the Status of Women instead of a priority program? That is beyond comprehension," Olsen said.
-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento
Photo: Geena Davis is chairwoman of the state Commission on the Status of Women. Credit: Kent Eanes/ABC