A nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California’s policies and politics

David Lesher

Editor and CEO

Co-Founder David Lesher was Director of Government Affairs at the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan think tank focused on state policy issues. Lesher has more than 25 years of journalism experience, largely at the Los Angeles Times where he was a political writer, state Capitol reporter and assistant national editor for the White House campaign. He also has served as editor of California Journal magazine and as California director for the New America Foundation.


Dear Friends, CALmatters. It’s not just our name. It’s what drives our team to produce compelling coverage on how Sacramento works and why it matters. CALmatters was launched two years ago because...

We are excited to launch a new project about California’s pension debt crisis that is a collaboration between CALmatters, the Los Angeles Times and Capital Public Radio.    In print, online and over...

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