Sami Soto

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

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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.  

PolitiFact California’s Top 10 Most Popular Fact Checks of 2018

Claims on highly-charged topics from immigration to mass shootings to California’s stark divide between the rich and the poor all made PolitiFact California’s Top 10 most popular fact checks of 2018.

Examining Jerry Brown’s veto of California wildfire legislation and the criticism of it

As deadly wildfires burned across California, a flurry of social media and blog posts called into question Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a wildfire management bill two years ago. PolitiFact California examined these posts, the governor’s reasons for rejecting the bill and the state’s fire prevention efforts.