Sami Soto

Sami Soto is a PolitiFact California intern and Sacramento State University journalism major. 

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Pot 101 Update: What are the rules for advertising recreational marijuana in California?

Billboards with colorful advertisements for recreational marijuana are popping up across the state. What are the limits on promoting marijuana and how do they differ from rules on tobacco ads? PolitiFact California looked into the answers as part of our Pot 101 series about what's legal and what's not under the state's pot laws. 

Who is Eric Swalwell? Meet the latest California Democrat running for president

Eric Swalwell, a Democratic congressman from California's East Bay, is running for president and qualified this week for the Democratic primary debates. Who is this long-shot 2020 candidate and where does he stand on key issues? 

Gavin Newsom has made progress on some promises, but what about a state homelessness secretary?

After 100 days in office, Democratic Califoria Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to appoint a State Homelessness Secretary as he promised on the campaign trail. PolitiFact California is tracking his promises on our Newsom-Meter and asked advocates for the homeless what they think about this lack of action. 

Kamala Harris calls her LIFT plan ‘the most significant middle-class tax cut in generations.’ Is it?

California Sen. Kamala Harris has claimed her LIFT plan would be one of the largest middle-class tax cuts in generations. We examined her proposal, considered a centerpiece of Harris’ presidential campaign, and how it stacks up with past tax cuts.  

Have fatal shootings by police in California dropped 40 percent since 2015?

The law enforcement-backed nonprofit Protect California claimed there's no "epidemic" of police violence in the state and that fatal shootings by police are down 40 percent since 2015. PolitiFact California examined those claims.     

A look at Kamala Harris’ record on PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter

Together, PolitiFact and PolitiFact California have fact-checked presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris more than a dozen times. We’ve summarized the most prominent ones, including claims aimed at her by the Trump administration, in this article.

Who is Kamala Harris? Meet the California Democrat running for president

Democratic U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris is relatively new on the national scene. PolitiFact California examined Harris' biography and stances on key topics as she heads out on the 2020 trail. 

Fact-checking California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Inauguration Speech

PolitiFact California fact-checked several eye-opening statements from California Gov. Gavin Newsom's Inaugural Address, on claims about the economy, homelessness and the cost of President Trump's border wall. 

Introducing PolitiFact California’s ‘Newsom-Meter’, tracking the campaign promises of Gavin Newsom

During his run for California governor, Gavin Newsom made bold promises to address everything from the state’s affordable housing crisis to creating universal healthcare in the state. Through our ‘Newsom-Meter’ project, PolitiFact California will track 12 of Newsom’s top promises over the next four years and provide updates on the progress, or lack thereof, for each.

Pot 101 Update: What are the laws surrounding second-hand marijuana smoke?

Laws around second-hand marijuana smoke can be a bit hazy and even cause some disputes between neighbors. PolitiFact California examined what local governments in California are doing to address the issue.