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PolitiFact California Reporter
Since 2015, Chris Nichols has worked as CapRadio’s PolitiFact California reporter where he fact-checks politicians in the Golden State both on-air and online. His work includes debunking social media misinformation and explaining complex statewide topics from California’s affordable housing and homelessness crises to election issues.
Previously, Chris spent a dozen years writing about government and politics at newspapers across California, including covering the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Before that, he worked as a news reporter at the North County Times in Escondido; the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Sonora Union-Democrat.
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.
He is cautiously optimistic that his hometown San Diego Padres will someday be World Champions, but he’s not holding his breath.
Sacramento Could Be One Of First Cities To Reform Single-Family Home Zoning. Here’s How It Would Work.
February 25, 2021
The Sacramento City Council recently voted to allow a greater variety of housing, from duplexes to fourplexes, in neighborhoods zoned almost exclusively for single family homes.
California Agencies Charged With Combating Homelessness Lack Oversight And Coordination, State Audit Finds
February 12, 2021
The report found the state’s Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council has yet to set priorities or a timeline for achieving its 18 statutory goals despite being established more than three years ago.
‘We Really Want To Figure This Out.’ Sacramento City, County Government Divided In Struggle To Confront Homelessness Crisis
February 12, 2021
Advocates for Sacramento’s homeless residents say city and county officials failed to provide adequate emergency shelter before last month’s powerful storm. Only now are city officials taking more aggressive steps.
February 11, 2021
GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claimed raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour “would destroy up to 3.7 million jobs.” That estimate relies on the high-end of an old report.
Can You Handle The Truth?: Fact Checking False Claims On Newsom Recall Campaign, Pelosi’s Tesla Stock Purchase
February 4, 2021
The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom shared a false claim this week that Facebook tried to ‘shut down’ the effort when it stopped running its ads on the platform. In reality, Facebook stopped accepting all political ads regardless of party.
February 2, 2021
Facebook stopped accepting social, political and election advertising on its platform last fall, though it allowed ads in the U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia. It did not single out the Newsom recall campaign.
January 28, 2021
Despite the false claims on social media, PolitiFact found there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine contributed to the death of baseball legend Hank Aaron last week.
January 27, 2021
Advocates for the homeless say Newsom deserves credit for his early actions as governor, but he needs to do much more to address the scale of the problem.
Sacramento To Open Downtown Library As Overnight Warming Center With Freezing Temperatures On The Way
January 25, 2021
The move follows calls to ease the criteria for opening warming centers by advocates for people experiencing homelessness.
January 20, 2021
The sites will require a permit and must be 500 feet from schools and daycare centers. They will also be required to include lighting, security, garbage pickup and an onsite manager.