This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:
- Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators went to Concord Thursday to tout their transportation package, which they unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol.
- Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León amended his "sanctuary state" bill Thursday morning to allow law enforcement to notify federal immigration officials about the release of violent felons.
- Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones hosted a community forum on immigration Tuesday, where the guest speaker was the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Two big efforts by the administration of President Trump have the potential of reshaping some key political and policy debates here in California.
On this week's California Politics Podcast, we discuss the Trump administration's actions to sideline existing fuel standards for vehicles and the proposed federal budget that slashes billions in domestic spending. Both could have major impacts on the state.
We also discuss a far reaching proposal by Democrats in the state Capitol to offer a "debt-free" college financial aid plan.
The week also saw the end of an era in Los Angeles politics with the guilty verdict in the trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and the death of former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp.
I'm joined by Times staff writer Melanie Mason, along with Marisa Lagos of KQED News and Anthony York of the Grizzly Bear Project.