CALmatters aims to make people interested in state government and fill a gap in California

The goal of CALmatters is to shed more light on the capital through explanatory reporting. The small team — around 11 total when they finish hiring — will focus on telling stories about issues like education, the environment, and prison reform in a way that spells out the costs and consequences of legislation.

“We’re going after a set of civically engaged Californians who feel very disconnected from their state government,” said Kaizar Campwala, the president and cofounder of CALmatters.