Ben Christopher

Ben covers California politics and elections. Prior to that, he was a contributing writer for CalMatters reporting on the state's economy and budget. Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has written for San Francisco magazine, California magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Priceonomics. Ben also has a past life as an aspiring beancounter: He has worked as a summer associate at the Congressional Budget Office and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Gov. Gavin Newsom discuses California’s efforts to convert hotels and motels into isolation housing for the homeless threatened by the coronavirus during a news conference near Sacramento, Calif. April 3, 2020.

Nearly 900 placed into hotels, motels — a fraction of California’s homeless

Google will be donating 100,000 wifi hotspots to help bridge California's digital divide during the coronavirus crisis. Is there a downside? Image via iStock

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A construction worker in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco on March 25, 2020. Public works employees are exempt during the shelter in place order. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

500% increase in CA unemployment claims

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