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For the past dozen years, Chris Nichols 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.
He is a native of sunny San Diego and long-suffering fan of the San Diego Padres and Chargers – but only if they stay in America’s Finest City. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, Chris left California to earn his master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2004, but quickly returned home after realizing his heart was in the Golden State, not the Big Apple.
November 5, 2019
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.
October 31, 2019
Is the state’s homeless crisis really as severe as Steinberg claimed?
October 29, 2019
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called for a "Silicon Valley moment" on housing in California, saying cities should work with private industry to rapidly expand tiny home construction across the state.
October 28, 2019
Backers say the new measure would scale back the California law blocking rent control on units built after 1995, but not get rid of it entirely.
October 23, 2019
Sacramento leaders say that the city's newly-awarded Major League Soccer franchise and stadium will be an economic win for the city. But some economists aren't sure about that.
Homeless Californians Who Commit Minor Crimes Could Get Treatment Instead Of Jail Under Proposed Ballot Measure
October 18, 2019
A proposed statewide ballot measure would create a court system to channel people who are homeless toward mental health treatment instead of jail for some minor crimes. But many homeless advocates say it could lead to mass institutionalization.
October 16, 2019
Most Americans have seen income go up, slowly.
October 14, 2019
Most residential solar systems are designed only to work when the customer is connected to the grid. Solar battery storage changes that.
October 10, 2019
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs claimed his 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 reliable rental data.
October 4, 2019
Californians now rank homelessness as their biggest concern, along with jobs and the economy. It’s the first time in the two-decade history of the Public Policy Institute of California’s survey that homelessness has been ranked as the top problem.