What will Gov. Jerry Brown do on gun control bills?

Updates on California politics: State lawmakers vote on gun control package, D-Day for ballot measures June 30, 2016, 2:21 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here’s what we’re watching: Today is the final day for voter initiatives to qualify…

Volkswagen settlement: What you need to know

Nine months after state and federal regulators said Volkswagen had equipped its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles with “defeat devices” to cheat emissions tests, the automaker has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion in a slew of settlements. The proposed settlements, which are still subject to court approval,…