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.
The Los Angeles Rams and other large developers across California have ballot initiatives to secure fast-track approvals for their projects — and sidestep the state's environmental rules.
But a new proposal from Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) aims to end that practice, arguing that only the wealthy and powerful benefit from the maneuver.