The most recent articles on PolitiFact California

Who’s telling the truth in California’s 10th Congressional District?

TV attack ads have painted Democrat Josh Harder as a Bay Area elitist as he runs for Congress in his hometown Central Valley district against incumbent Republican Jeff Denham. Harder's TV ads have attacked Denham over his healthcare vote. PolitiFact California explored whether the ads are accurate and whether they’ll be effective in this toss-up district.

Fact-checking claims in California’s U.S. Senate race

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her challenger in California’s U.S. Senate race Kevin de León made several claims that caught our attention during their only scheduled campaign forum this week in San Francisco.

Fact-checking claims about California’s rent control measure Prop 10

There’s a flood of ads about California’s rent control measure Prop 10 on TV, radio and social media. But which claims are true? PolitiFact California fact-checked some of the most common ones.

El debate entre John Cox y Gavin Newsom en California, chequeado

Los candidatos a gobernador en California se reunieron para el único debate del ciclo electoral. John Cox, el candidato republicano, y Gavin Newsom, el demócrata, concordaron en que sostienen posiciones distintas en varios temas, incluyendo regulación e inmigración. Escribimos un resumen de lo que dijo cada candidato en el debate, con mayor contexto verídico.

Fact-checking the California governor's debate with John Cox and Gavin Newsom

Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox meet for their only general election debate.

UPDATE: Ad says Calif. candidate Gil Cisneros demanded sex for campaign cash. Here's what we know

A super PAC used a claim against Gil Cisneros knowing it is unsubstantiated.

Does ICE Have Unlimited Authority To Make Courthouse Arrests?

How much legal authority does ICE have to make arrests at local courthouses? PolitiFact California explored that topic with  experts on immigration law following the recent ICE arrest of an undocumented man inside a local Sacramento courtroom.

Unearthing the facts on Yosemite’s visitors, bears and wildfires

In the spirit of Capital Public Radio's new podcast, YosemiteLand, PolitiFact California dug up some eye-opening facts about Yosemite National Park, its history, its wilfires, visitors and the animals that call it home.

Burning money: The facts on California's soaring cost to fight wildfires

California's cost to fight wildfires has spiked dramatically in recent years, jumping from about $200 million five years ago to more than $770 million last year. PolitiFact California examined these cost increases.

Separating fact from fiction on California’s Sanctuary State law

Does California really have a "policy of releasing dangerous criminal illegal aliens back into our communities," as Rep. Tom McClintock claimed? PolitiFact California examined this statement by the Republican congressman.

Pot 101 update: Are there limits on smoking pot at home near kids? Where else is it legal to smoke?

Are there limits on smoking pot at home around kids? Where else can you legally light up? PolitiFact California tackles these reader questions in an update on our Pot 101 report about what’s legal and what’s not under the state’s marijuana law.

Did Gavin Newsom 'separate families and deport children' in San Francisco?

John Cox, Newsom's GOP opponent in the race for California governor, made this claim. PolitiFact California found there's some truth, but it's also missing some important context.

Dispelling myths about California’s homeless

What’s fact and fiction about California’s homeless? PolitiFact California debunks several myths, including the idea that the homeless are always ‘from somewhere else’ and ‘they want to be homeless.’ 

It’s election time: How have the candidates for California governor fared with the facts?

Through our Tracking The Truth project, PolitiFact California has published more than 40 fact checks and articles investigating the accuracy of claims by those seeking the state’s highest office.

Has Obama endorsed in the California governor’s race? No.

A recent campaign mailer and TV ad feature former President Barack Obama warmly embracing California candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa, conveying the possible impression that Obama has endorsed the former mayor of Los Angeles. But that’s simply not the case.