About This Project
California Divide is a statewide media collaboration to raise awareness and engagement about poverty and income inequality through in-depth, local storytelling and community outreach. The project is based at CalMatters in Sacramento with a team of reporters deployed at news organizations throughout California.
In Depth: Evictions
Once a fringe tactic, rent strikes are gaining political attention around the state as renters seek payment relief amid the coronavirus recession.
In Depth: Guest workers
A CalMatters analysis shows that Cal/OSHA dispatches inspectors in just 5% of COVID complaint cases. Non-COVID complaints were more than twice as likely to result in on-site inspections — but that’s still far below the pre-pandemic share.
The California Divide project is funded through individual donations and foundation grants to CalMatters. Specific support for the project comes from:
- The James Irvine Foundation
- Report for America
- The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
- Stephen Silberstein
- Ann and John Doerr
- Howard and Barbara Wollner
- Blue Shield of California Foundation
- The Goldhirsh Foundation
- The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative