Sami Soto

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

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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.

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.’ 

Pot 101: Facts you should know about California’s legal marijuana

California's recreational marijuana law marks a milestone for the cannabis industry. But it doesn't offer the complete freedom to smoke, buy and transport pot anywhere you please. PolitiFact California examined many of the restrictions consumers still face.