Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:
- Legislators sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun violence measures on Thursday, efforts to impose new rules on everything from buying ammunition to reporting stolen or lost firearms.
- An initiative to overhaul prison parole earned a spot on the crowded Nov. 8 ballot on Thursday, as did an effort to speed up death penalty cases.
- Rep. Xavier Becerra and other California House members hosted a gun control discussion Wednesday at Los Angeles City Hall.
- Assemblymembers will consider a resolution asking Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a statewide homelessness emergency.