PolitiFact California Contributor
Sasha Hupka is a contributor to PolitiFact California. Previously, she reported on local government at The Arizona Republic as a Pulliam Fellow and worked as a statehouse reporting intern with the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association, wracking up bylines in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and PennLive. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, where she majored in English, and a current student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
November 3, 2021
The federal VAERS database has seen an influx of reports among children in recent months. But experts say that doesn’t mean COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous for kids, as some are claiming online.
September 29, 2021
School districts from Los Angeles to Oakland have begun to require that eligible students get vaccinated against COVID-19 despite questions about whether the districts have the legal authority to do so.
Gov. Gavin Newsom Showed Up At A Berkeley Encampment Sweep. Were The People Living There Moved Into Safe Housing?
September 11, 2021
The California Governor’s Office stated on Aug. 9, 2021: “California is moving folks out of encampments, into safe housing and getting them the mental health services they need.”
July 24, 2021
Instagram posts stated on June 21, 2021: “California has a personal belief exemption to any new vaccine added to the schedule after June 2015 for public and private daycare, preschool and K-12.”
July 3, 2021
Facebook posts stated on June 18, 2021: “California literally just told everyone to not charge their electric cars due to power shortage.”
Can You Handle The Truth?: Fact-Checking Claims About Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Plans On Homelessness And His Legal Authority
June 24, 2021
A TV ad supporting Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election claims the governor is “getting 65,000 homeless Californians into housing.” PolitiFact California found that’s a long-term goal, not something Newsom has accomplished.
Yes, Gov. Gavin Newsom Has the Authority to Continue California’s State of Emergency, Legal Experts Say
June 22, 2021
A Facebook video stated on June 7, 2021: Gov. Gavin Newsom has “no power or authority” to extend the state of emergency in California because it expired “automatically” on May 6, 2020.
May 25, 2021
An Instagram post stated on May 18, 2021: “Businesses cannot legally ask for proof of vaccination and cannot deny entry based on vaccination status.”
San Francisco 49ers Rookie QB Trey Lance Signed A $34 Million Contract. How Much Will Go To California Taxes?
May 13, 2021
An image shared on Instagram claims that rookie quarterback Trey Lance, who recently signed to the San Francisco 49ers, will take home $16 million from his $34.1 million deal after paying California income taxes.
April 30, 2021
An image falsely quotes Vice President Kamala Harris, claiming she said during the Democratic debates that President Joe Biden would do “whatever” the Chinese government said because they gave Hunter Biden “over a billion dollars.”