Gregory Favre

Gregory Favre is an editor for PolitiFact California

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‘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. 

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.

Who is Tom Steyer? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

California environmental activist and billionaire Tom Steyer is running for president. Here’s a biographical look at the 2020 Democratic candidate.

Kamala Harris made forceful claims on civil rights and immigration. Did she get them right?

With passionate claims on the economy, civil rights and immigration, California Sen. Kamala Harris captured the attention of many Thursday during the second night of the Democratic presidential debates in Miami. Did she get them right?