Chris Nichols

Chris Nichols is the PolitiFact California reporter for Capital Public Radio. For the past dozen years, Chris has worked as a government and politics reporter at newspapers across California. Most recently, he covered the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Previously, he worked at the North County Times in Escondido; the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Sonora Union-Democrat.

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What Do You Want To Know About California Politics? Ask PolitiFact California!

We're starting a new project called ‘Ask PolitiFact California,’ where we're asking for your questions about politics and government in the Golden State.

‘The California price’: Why it costs so much to build a home in the Golden State

Why does it cost so much to build a home in California? It’s more than just the land, labor and materials. PolitiFact California found the lengthy development process itself, complete with delays, strict environmental reviews and expensive impact fees, can add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of new homes and apartments in the state.

Candidate for California governor employs fake ads to protest Facebook policy

A San Francisco man is running for California governor in 2022 to protest Facebook’s decision to allow false ads by political candidates. He plans to run his own fake ads, but Facebook says it will penalize him. PolitiFact California spoke with the candidate about his campaign plans.

Boosters say Sacramento’s MLS stadium will be an economic game-changer. Economists aren’t so sure.

Sacramento leaders are optimistic that the city’s newly-awarded MLS franchise and stadium will be an economic engine for the region. But several economists cautioned that stadium projects can have the effect of concentrating spending in one part of a city, rather than generating new revenue.

Is Stockton really home to ‘second highest rent increases’ in the nation? There’s no simple answer.

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs claimed his Central Valley city "has seen the second highest rent increases in the nation." PolitiFact California examined what’s driving these soaring rents and the challenge researchers have in finding complete, up-to-date and reliable rental data.

Gavin Newsom promised to expand homeless services. What has he done?

During his run for California governor, Gavin Newsom vowed to expand homeless services, one of a dozen promises PolitiFact California is tracking on our Newsom-Meter. We examined the progress he’s made so far.

Kamala Harris claims she ‘took on Big Oil’ as California AG. How far did she go?

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris has claimed she took on Big Oil during her time as California’s attorney general. PolitiFact California examined her record and spoke with environmental experts about how far she went. 

Fact-checking claims about the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton

In the days since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we’ve heard a lot from people seeking to shape the gun debate with their own theories, facts and figures.  With so much going on, it might be hard to keep all of it straight. We recapped our fact-checking of politicians, pundits and social media here.

Were Tulsi Gabbard’s attacks on Kamala Harris’ record as a California prosecutor on target?

California Sen. Kamala Harris’ record as a prosecutor was attacked at the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit. PolitiFact California took a closer look at that record and the accuracy of the attacks.

Fact-checking claims on California’s unsheltered homeless population

During his recent push for a ‘right to shelter’ law, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg made eye-opening claims about California’s homeless population, including the soaring rate of homeless deaths in the state. PolitiFact California fact-checked his statements.