The most recent articles on PolitiFact California

Ad says California 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.

VIDEO: Our early fact-checking on claims in California governor's debate

PolitiFact California's early impressions on statements made at Tuesday's gubernatorial candidates debate in San Jose. 

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

Ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate, PolitiFact California reviews how candidates have fared with the truth, including a look at candidates’ claims about past accomplishments and assertions made in TV campaign ads.

Fact-checking TV ad’s claims on Golden State Killer case

A TV ad claims Sacramento County District Attorney is a "groundbreaking DNA expert" and led the case that "solved" the Golden State Killer case. PolitiFact California examined those campaign statements.

Tale of two different Gavin Newsom TV ads

The Gavin Newsom for Governor campaign says it has not pulled its "First" TV ad that includes a claim PolitiFact California rated False. A spokesman told us the campaign is running a similar but separate TV ad that omits the claim in question but was produced back in February, and not in response to any factual concerns.   

Fact-checking TV ads in California governor’s race

TV ads for the top two Democrats in the race for California governor hit the airwaves this week. PolitiFact California examined the accuracy of the claims in each one.