California

Gavin Newsom: A California governor groomed by the financial aristocracy

By Dan Conway, 23 October 2018

The Los Angeles Times recently published a report documenting the role of eight wealthy San Francisco families in bankrolling the political career of Democrat Gavin Newsom.

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Over the past several decades, universities in San Diego have developed into key assets for US militarism by becoming regional hubs for military training programs.

Los Angeles teachers union continues to delay strike action as negotiations proceed

By Dan Conway, 6 October 2018

The union for Los Angeles teachers is fighting to block strike action, despite teachers working without a contract and authorizing a strike.

Horrors at ICE prison in California: nooses found hanging in majority of cells

By Norisa Diaz, 4 October 2018

An unexpected visit from DHS inspectors found three quarters of the cells had nooses hanging from overhead pipes at a California immigrant detention center.

Los Angeles harbor drivers hold three-day strike

By Adam Mclean, 2 October 2018

Truck drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California began a three-day strike Monday over their misclassification as “independent contractors.”

A warning to students and the working class

Who are California Governor Jerry Brown’s appointments to the University of California Board of Regents?

By Evelyn Rios, 10 September 2018

Brown appointed his chief fiscal policy advisor, a top union bureaucrat, a former EPA official, and prior vice president of Lockheed Martin, the weapons manufacturer.

Verizon throttled emergency data during California wildfires

By Henry Allan, 25 August 2018

While many workers have lost their homes and lives, the telecommunications giant has seen the disaster as an opportunity to make some extra profits.

Los Angeles teachers vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 24 August 2018

After working without a contract for 13 months, Los Angeles teachers are taking a strike authorization vote.

Firefighter casualties mount from California wildfires

By Rafael Azul, 16 August 2018

The deadly fires which have claimed the lives of six firefighters, are part of a wave of wildfires affecting the entire western United States and British Columbia in Canada.

Heat wave and climate change drive California fires, now largest in state history

By David Brown, 10 August 2018

Last month was the hottest July on record for California going back 124 years, contributing to the drying out of vegetation and setting the stage for a record fire season.

Over 130 immigrant workers arrested in ICE raids in Minnesota and Nebraska

By Alec Andersen, 9 August 2018

Hundreds of immigration agents and police in military gear carried out Gestapo-style roundups at roughly a dozen agricultural job sites.

Berkeley police encourage harassment of anti-fascist protesters

By David Brown, 8 August 2018

The personal information of protesters arrested on Sunday was quickly released by police in a blatant attack on democratic rights.

California’s burning: The social and political background of the deadly infernos

By David Brown, 1 August 2018

For the second year in a row, the US state of California is the scene of death and destruction, as wildfires surge throughout the state and drive thousands from their homes.

Tesla assembles cars in a tent amid investigations of workplace safety

By Toby Reese, 31 July 2018

The company continues to show a net loss despite massive outside investments as it attempts to work out assembly line problems amid reports of serious workplace safety violations.

Seven killed, hundreds of homes destroyed as Carr wildfire spreads across Northern California

By Alec Andersen, 30 July 2018

Some 38,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate the area, many of whom have been forced to proceed to hastily-constructed relief centers run by charities.

California Democratic Party leadership snubs Feinstein in reelection bid

By Dan Conway, 18 July 2018

The California Democratic Party leadership endorsed Senator Dianne Feinstein’s opponent, State Senator Kevin de Leon, although Feinstein is still heavily favored in the November election.

State of California reeling from record high temperatures, early wildfire season

By Dan Conway, 9 July 2018

Record high temperatures in California last weekend caused energy demand to reach an all-time high, leaving many tens of thousands without power, and fires across the state.

Two hundred nurses at California hospital authorize strike

By Brian Dixon, 19 June 2018

The nurses have raised concerns over understaffing and the failure of the hospital to provide adequate “meal and break relief.”

Socialist Equality Party wins significant vote in California primary elections

By Jonathan Burleigh, 7 June 2018

David Moore, the SEP candidate for Senate, won 14,465 votes, or 0.4 percent, and Kevin Mitchell, the SEP candidate for House in the 51st district, received 900 votes, or 1.9 percent.

Vote for David Moore and Kevin Mitchell, Socialist Equality Party candidates, in the June 5 California midterm elections!

By David Moore and Kevin Mitchell, 4 June 2018

The Socialist Equality Party is running Moore for US Senate and Mitchell for US House in the 51st District to fight for a socialist program for workers and youth. Elections are on June 5.

Facebook blocks ads in midst of US primary elections

By David Moore—SEP candidate for Senate in California, 1 June 2018

As part of the campaign against “Russian influence,” Facebook implemented new advertising rules that heavily favor established candidates.

Support the National City teachers! Defend public education!

By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for US Congress in California, 26 May 2018

Teachers in the San Diego community have joined a growing wave of teachers’ strikes taking place nationally.

University of California three-day strike ends without any resolution for workers

By Kayla Costa, 10 May 2018

The health and service workers now face the efforts of the union to isolate their struggle and push a sellout contract.

Sympathy strike expands University of California picket lines

By Evelyn Rios, 9 May 2018

Nurses and administrative professionals joined service and technical workers on strike across 10 California campuses as students also began to express their support.

“There’s an attack on all public workers”

Striking University of California workers speak out

By our reporters, 8 May 2018

On Monday, 24,000 service workers on University of California campuses, members of AFSCME Local 3299, hit the picket lines for the first day of a three-day strike.

53,000 workers begin three-day strike at California universities and hospitals

By Evelyn Rios, 7 May 2018

Workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike in April, rejecting the UC’s last offer of 3 percent yearly wage increases and a prorated, lump-sum payment of $750.

Unite the working class against police killings!

By David Moore: SEP candidate for US Senate from California, 19 April 2018

The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.

Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s national guard deployment!

Statement of Socialist Equality Party Senate and Congressional candidates

By David Moore and Kevin Mitchell, 12 April 2018

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump’s anti-immigrant militarization of the border.

Northern California teacher placed on leave after encouraging discussion of school shooting protests

By Dan Conway, 3 April 2018

Rocklin High School history teacher Julianne Benzel was disciplined after encouraging discussion over last month’s school shooting protests.

Socialist Equality Party announces California candidates in midterm elections

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

3 April 2018

David Moore, SEP candidate for the US Senate, and Kevin Mitchell, SEP candidate in the 51st Congressional District, will run on a socialist, anti-war and anti-capitalist program in the interests of the working class in California and around the world.

Homeless cleared from Anaheim, California encampment remain in limbo

By Adam Mclean, 31 March 2018

While the long-term future of the Anaheim homeless is still uncertain, the about-face by the county will strand them for the immediate term.

“This can be turned around by people who want to build a new society”

California: Protesters denounce war and social inequality

By our reporters, 27 March 2018

The large turnout in the most populous US state reflects a political shift, as a new generation of young people are being thrust into politics for the first time.

Black Lives Matter promotes illusions in African-American police chief after Sacramento police murder

By Alec Andersen, 26 March 2018

The response of Black Lives Matter activists to the killing of Stephon Clark further demonstrates the complete bankruptcy of the group’s racialist perspective.

Sacramento police shoot and kill unarmed man in his backyard

By Matthew Taylor, 23 March 2018

Clark’s murder exposes the futility of the various reforms promoted by Black Lives Matter and put in place in the aftermath of mass protests against police murders.

Homeless family of four found dead in van in Orange County, California

By Kimie Saito, 19 March 2018

The tragic incident further exposes the housing crisis in Orange County, California where police have recently been working to clear out hundreds of people from homeless encampments.

Farm worker parents of six children die in car crash while fleeing ICE agents

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 16 March 2018

The tragic deaths of Santo Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Profecto are the outcome of the Trump administration’s immigration policy in action.

Trump visits border wall prototypes in California to “pick the right one”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 March 2018

Trump’s first visit to California as president sparked protests and came in the context of an intensification of the anti-immigrant policies of the administration.

California: 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses authorize strike

By Brian Dixon, 12 March 2018

The not-for-profit organization gained net income of $3.6 billion in 2017, but uses none of these fund to address the issues driving nurses to authorise a strike.

Four dead following hostage situation at Northern California veterans home

By Alec Andersen, 10 March 2018

The hostages were employees of the nonprofit organization Pathway House, which provides services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Impoverished California parents arrested, charged with raising children in substandard conditions

By Dan Conway, 6 March 2018

By all indications, the only crime committed by the two homeless parents was raising their children while extremely poor.

Los Angeles report on homelessness reveals widening funding gap

By Adam Mclean, 23 February 2018

Homelessness in LA is growing at a much higher rate than was previously thought, outstripping the already limited funding allocated to programs aimed at aiding the homeless.

ICE arrests 212 immigrants, raids 122 businesses in Los Angeles area

By Evan Blake, 19 February 2018

The raids across seven counties are meant to instill fear within immigrant communities and stifle opposition to the fascistic policies of the Trump administration.

As AFSCME drags out contract negotiations

Brutal police assault on UC Berkeley worker evokes anger

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Evelyn Rios, 16 February 2018

AFSCME has portrayed the attack on 51-year-old housing and dining services employee David Cole during a campus protest over stalled contract talks in exclusively racial terms.

One dead as fires strike homeless encampments in Oakland, California

By Guillaume Garnier and David Brown, 14 February 2018

A fire that burned down the tents of roughly 20 people in a semi-official encampment was followed by a blaze in a separate camp that killed one man.

Police step up harassment of Los Angeles homeless

By Adam Mclean, 7 February 2018

The harassment of the homeless is connected to efforts to gentrify downtown Los Angeles, which is near Skid Row, the largest concentration of homeless people in California.

ICE conducts 77 workplace raids in Northern California

By Evan Blake, 5 February 2018

The wide scale of the workplace raids could signal the start of an anticipated crackdown across the entire region, threatening over 1,500 with arrest and deportation.

San Diego mayor outlines impending crackdown on homeless

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 30 January 2018

Mayor Kevin Faulconer combined praise of the city’s meager response to the recent hepatitis A outbreak with a thinly veiled threat that homelessness would no longer be tolerated.

“This could be anyone tomorrow”

Anaheim, California: Homeless encampment residents speak on their conditions

By Adam Mclean, Kevin Martinez and Kimie Saito, 29 January 2018

Rather than offering assistance to those living on the riverbed, the city has started a “slow and methodical” drive to shut down the encampment.

Officials begin clearing out homeless encampment in Anaheim, California

By Kevin Martinez, 23 January 2018

The estimated 1,000 people living in tents along the Santa Ana riverbed will be cleared out by Orange County sheriffs. The vast majority have no place to go and authorities have no plans to house them.

Massive raids threatened against immigrants in California

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2018

Plans have been revealed to pour immigration agents from all over the country into Northern California cities to round up at least 1,500 undocumented immigrants.

Death toll in Southern California mudslides rises to 20

By Dan Conway, 16 January 2018

Rescuers have all but given up hope of finding anyone else alive in the coastal community of Montecito, transitioning from a “search and rescue phase” to a “search and recovery phase.”

Deadly mudslides in Southern California expose inadequate infrastructure

By Dan Conway, 13 January 2018

Four days after 3-foot-high mudslides raged through the California coastal community of Montecito, rescuers continue to search for survivors.

Death toll in Southern California mudslides rises to 17

By Dan Conway, 11 January 2018

Rescuers continued to search for survivors in the upscale community of Montecito, California Wednesday after rivers of mud and debris had raged through the area a day earlier.

At least 13 dead as rainfall in Southern California triggers mudslides and flooding

By Dan Conway, 10 January 2018

The deaths were primarily due to mudslides triggered by heavy rains in areas largely denuded by massive wildfires only a few weeks before.

San Diego homelessness crisis remains after hepatitis A outbreak

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 9 January 2018

Official reports indicate that more than 9,000 homeless people live on the streets of San Diego, with over a thousand of them being concentrated in the downtown area.

Southern California wildfires continue into third week

By Dan Conway, 21 December 2017

Firefighters in Southern California continue to battle the Thomas Fire, now the second largest in state history, northwest of Los Angeles more than 16 days after it began.

Build a committee to oppose Oakland school cuts! For a socialist program to expand public education!

By the Socialist Equality Party (US), 16 December 2017

Workers must reject the entire framework of austerity and fight for the broadest expansion of public education, through the independent political mobilization of the entire working class.

Oakland, California board of education approves mid-year budget cuts despite growing opposition

By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 December 2017

Roughly 500 people attended the latest board meeting to protest the budget cuts, expressing the deep support for public education within Oakland’s working class.

After ten days, largest of Southern California wildfires continues to rage

By Dan Conway, 15 December 2017

As the massive wildfires that engulf Southern California continue, a fire that consumed portions of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhood is being blamed on the city’s homeless.

UN special rapporteur on poverty visits LA’s Skid Row

By Adam Mclean, 15 December 2017

Alston spent his time in the impoverished LA neighborhood notorious for homelessness, drug abuse and police brutality.

While Southern California burns, governor declares fire devastation to be “new normal”

By Brian Dixon and Dan Conway, 12 December 2017

Though some of the relatively smaller fires are now considered completely or nearly completely contained, larger fires in Ventura, San Diego and Riverside continue to burn.

Oakland, California school board set to enact mid-year budget cuts

By Jonathan Burleigh, 12 December 2017

The austerity measures will further undermine education in a school district that has already faced deep cuts.

Fires rage across Southern California for fifth day

By Dan Conway, 9 December 2017

As the fires continue, the Trump administration is pushing for cuts in fire prevention and Democratic Governor Brown is imposing pension cuts on firefighters.

Southern California wildfires continue to rage for third day

By Dan Conway, 8 December 2017

Wildfires continue in Southern California with high winds stoking at least five major blazes in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura County areas.

Massive wildfires grow across Southern California

By Dan Conway, 7 December 2017

Increasing temperatures coupled with funding cuts have left forestry services around the country woefully unprepared to deal with the rising danger.

Trump denounces acquittal of California immigrant

By David Brown, 4 December 2017

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder in a case Trump had made central to his anti-immigrant presidential campaign.

IYSSE mounts campaign against university police censorship at University of California, Berkeley

By Evan Blake, 2 December 2017

Students registered opposition to the suppression of free speech and militarization of police by signing a petition and joining the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

California man wrongfully convicted freed after nearly 40 years

By Trévon Austin, 25 November 2017

Richard Coley was exonerated of the killing of his ex-girlfriend and her four-year-old son in Simi Valley based on modern DNA testing technology.

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles: From Hollywood’s American dream to social nightmare

By Marc Wells, 24 November 2017

Los Angeles community colleges report that one in five students is homeless, while two-thirds cannot afford proper nutrition.

California health authorities identify three more cases of Legionnaires’ disease

By Brad Dixon, 20 November 2017

This brings the total number of cases of the disease in the past month to 15, two of which have been fatal.

Five dead after mass shooting in small California town

By Hector Cordon, 15 November 2017

Apparently picking out victims at random, the gunman opened fire at houses, cars and in several locations, including an elementary school.

Survivors of Northern California fires face new ordeal of recovery

By Therese Leclerc, 6 November 2017

Approximately 28,000 undocumented adults and children live in the region worst affected by the flames. But they do not qualify for federal aid.

Los Angeles Police Department set to deploy drones

By Marc Wells, 25 October 2017

The Los Angeles Police Commission voted last week to approve the deployment in the face of overwhelming public opposition.

Northern California fire survivors: “It’s shameful they didn’t warn us”

By our reporters, 23 October 2017

Residents in Sonoma County were forced to flee their homes, in the very path of the flames, when officials decided not to activate the cell phone warning system.

California declares state of emergency over Hepatitis A outbreak as death toll rises to 19

By Kevin Martinez, 19 October 2017

While the number of new cases shows signs of slowing, the city of San Diego has forcefully removed homeless encampments from the downtown area.

Why weren't residents warned about the Northern California fires?

By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 16 October 2017

In neither Napa nor Sonoma counties were the residents warned through the mobile-phone emergency alert systems of the impending catastrophe. In Lake County, the county used mobile alerts and is the only county to report zero deaths.

Evacuees speak about devastating California fires

By our reporters, 13 October 2017

The death toll from the still uncontrolled wildfires in Northern California rose to 31 Thursday, making it the deadliest outbreak in the state’s history.

At least 23 dead as reports point to electrical infrastructure as possible cause of California fires

By Kevin Martinez, 12 October 2017

Reports are emerging that power lines owned by Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility for Northern California, may have sparked the fires.

Northern California wildfires leave at least 15 dead, 200 missing

By Rafael Azul, 11 October 2017

Flames from the wind-fueled fires obliterated housing developments and burned businesses to the ground in the city of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County.

Ten dead, thousands displaced as wildfires rip through northern California

By Trévon Austin, 10 October 2017

Officials have described the rapidly developing situation as one of the most destructive fire emergencies in the state’s history.

UC Berkeley mobilizes police for “Free Speech Week”

By David Brown, 3 October 2017

The university administration, headed by former Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, used the right-wing provocation as a pretext for mobilizing police on campus.

Binational workers speak out during the San Diego-Tijuana border closure

By Norisa Diaz, 28 September 2017

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at the US/Mexico border during the closure last weekend of the busiest border crossing in the world.

Brutal video depicts Huntington Beach, California officer killing Navy veteran

By John Burton, 25 September 2017

The fact that the national epidemic of police violence is now appearing with such virulence in communities such as Huntington Beach demonstrates that the fundamental causes are far deeper than racial discrimination.

California: SEIU sabotages San Diego County workers’ strike

By Kevin Martinez, 19 September 2017

A planned two-day strike potentially involving 10,000 workers was called off at the last minute by the Service Employees International Union.

San Diego declares public health emergency after death toll from Hepatitis A outbreak rises to 14

By Kevin Martinez, 5 September 2017

At least ten people have succumbed to the infectious disease since officials promised a solution more than two months ago.

Los Angeles County wildfires prompt California governor to declare state of emergency

By Marc Wells, 5 September 2017

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County as wildfires threatened thousands of acres.

Government report reveals scope of housing crisis in California

By Guillaume Garnier, 26 August 2017

Rents and housing prices in the most populous state in the US continue to rise, driving hundreds of thousands of workers and youth into economic crisis.

Poverty among Los Angeles community college students reaching crisis levels

By Glenn Mulwray, 26 August 2017

According to a recent survey, Los Angeles community college students are experiencing widespread homelessness and chronic food insecurity.

Democrats advise concerned immigrant community to prepare for deportation

By Anthony del Olmo, 3 August 2017

Congressman Juan Vargas hosted an Immigration Town Hall in San Diego that amounted to advice on how to ensure a smooth deportation.

San Diego State University professor attacked over Facebook post criticizing Senator John McCain

By Jill Lux, 3 August 2017

Threats have been made against Professor Jonathan Graubart, who denounced the effusions of sympathy for the the long-time war-monger who was diagnosed with brain cancer.

San Diego teacher detained by Border Patrol at internal immigration checkpoint

By Jake Dean, 2 August 2017

Two-thirds of the US population lives in a “Constitution-free zone,” where anyone, including citizens, can be detained and questioned by federal immigration agents.

Wildfires in California burn three times the average annual acreage

By Adam Mclean, 1 August 2017

The Detwiler Fire has forced evacuation near Yosemite National Park, while inmates are being used to control the blaze.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies kill teenager

By Matthew MacEgan, 24 June 2017

Police claim that Armando Garcia-Muro was struck in the chest by a “skip” round that ricocheted from where it struck the ground after police opened fire on a pit bull.

“Being an ‘independent contractor’ is just an illusion so they can pocket more money for themselves”

Striking Los Angeles-Long Beach port truck drivers speak

By our reporters, 23 June 2017

Drivers in Long Beach spoke to the WSWS about the issues in their strike.

Truck drivers strike at Los Angeles-Long Beach ports

By our reporters, 21 June 2017

Port truck drivers are fighting to be classified as full-time employees, not “independent contractors” without guaranteed wages, health benefits or job protections.

San Diego immigrant mother released from detention, father remains in custody

By our reporters, 19 June 2017

To describe the Otay Mesa Detention Facility in California as Orwellian is an understatement.

Mass shooting at San Francisco UPS facility leaves four people dead, including gunman

By Evan Blake, 15 June 2017

The shooting was the 154th mass shooting in the US so far this year, and is yet another reflection of the profound social crisis gripping the country.

Rally held in solidarity with children of immigrant parents arrested by US Border Patrol in San Diego

By our reporters, 9 June 2017

A rally of 100 supporters was held Tuesday evening in National City, where the four children and their lawyer called for the immediate release of their parents.

Two charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in Oakland Ghost Ship fire

By Evan Blake, 9 June 2017

While the two men clearly bear responsibility, their prosecution is meant to deflect blame from equally culpable city officials and others responsible for creating the housing crisis in the Bay Area.

Homelessness sharply increases in Los Angeles County

By Thomas Gaist and Marc Wells, 9 June 2017

The number of homeless living in Los Angeles County grew by 23 percent over the last year, rising to 58,000.