The Los Angeles Times has an opening for a state government and politics reporter in the Sacramento bureau. The successful candidate will help Times readers see the success or failure of a variety of California government policies through the lens of inequality. The reporter will examine inequities tied to race, ethnicity and poverty and how they are mitigated or worsened by government politics and actions. Policies covered may include healthcare, the social safety net, housing, immigration and criminal justice. In some instances, the reporter will lead coverage on these issues; in others, the reporter will join colleagues on other beats for in-depth reporting on California’s ever-widening gap between the affluent and the less affluent. Coverage will span California government, including the Legislature, state agencies and state programs administered on the local level. The position will require aggressive coverage of policy and legislation as well as on-the-ground reporting that uses explanations and context to show how California government affects real people. During election cycles, the reporter will contribute to coverage of California candidates and ballot measures.