California

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.

Lead-tainted drinking water found throughout San Diego schools

By Jake Dean, 7 June 2017

A majority of schools examined so far have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

Charter advocates take over Los Angeles school board

By Dan Conway, 23 May 2017

The LAUSD school board election highlighted the role of America’s oligarchs pushing for privatization and the discrediting of the teacher unions.

San Diego, California school district pushes forward with layoffs and cuts

By Norisa Diaz and Toby Reese, 23 May 2017

Some 1,500 educators and support staff in the San Diego Unified School District have been finishing the school year with apprehension that they may not have a job next fall.

California: San Diego to cut $2.3 million from city arts budget

By Marko Leone and Kevin Martinez, 20 May 2017

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has called for a 15 percent cut in the city’s budget for theaters, museums, playhouses and other cultural sites.

More than 10,000 immigrants detained each year in California are parents of US citizens

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 May 2017

A new report by Human Rights Watch reviewed nearly 300,000 federal detentions of immigrants in facilities in California from 2011 to 2015.

No to San Diego school layoffs! Defend the right to high quality public education!

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 11 April 2017

There is widespread opposition to the layoffs of 1,500 teachers and staff, but to fight, school workers must build a political movement against the squandering of resources on war and the interests of the super-rich.

Children in California show elevated lead levels at rates higher than Flint, Michigan

By Glenn Mulwray, 3 April 2017

A recent report revealed that children in working class neighborhoods across California have tested for elevated lead levels as high or higher than children in Flint.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement feuds with California police over sanctuary cities

By Adam Mclean, 27 March 2017

Differences over the issue of sanctuary jurisdictions are raising tensions between ICE and local police forces.

IYSSE leads opposition against anti-democratic policies at Los Angeles City College

By Zaida Green and Glenn Mulwray, 21 March 2017

At stake are basic constitutional rights—the right to free speech and political expression—which are severely curtailed by both school-wide and district-wide regulations.

Los Angeles school district sends layoff notices to 1,600 administrators

By Dan Conway, 18 March 2017

The layoffs are part of an ongoing attempt to gut public education in the nation’s second largest school district.

Detained immigrants living in trash and forced to eat spoiled meat in US detention centers

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 March 2017

A report released Monday by the Department of Homeland Security reveals inhumane conditions for immigrant detainees at Theo Lacy jail in Orange County, California.

One-third of San Diego residents without basic needs

By Norisa Diaz and Renae Cassimeda, 8 March 2017

WSWS reporters recently spoke with homeless residents on the difficulties of getting by in one of the nation’s most expensive cities.

San Diego Unified School District to cut at least 1,500 jobs

By Kevin Martinez, 6 March 2017

School Board Trustees who approved the layoffs cited the district’s $124 million budget deficit.

Tens of thousands evacuated from floods in Northern California

By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2017

While the Oroville Dam crisis highlighted the crumbling nature of US dams, levees around the country are also in deteriorating conditions.

Southern California hit by massive rainfall

By Glenn Mulwray, 22 February 2017

Rainstorms wreaked havoc over Southern California last weekend, causing mass power outages and flooding.

“This is a big kick for families that are already struggling.”

Video report: Oroville dam evacuees criticize state response, remain ready to flee

By Zac Corrigan, 16 February 2017

Thousands of evacuees from beneath the eroded Oroville dam sheltered their families at the fairgrounds in Chico, California.

Oroville Dam crisis highlights deteriorating state of US infrastructure

By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2017

Billions of dollars in dam repairs needed around the United States are not being made, putting countless lives at risk.

Evacuees return home beneath Oroville dam in California as new storm approaches

By Zac Corrigan and Ben McGrath, 15 February 2017

Several days of rain are forecast to begin this evening, meaning residents must be prepared to evacuate again at a moment’s notice.

Documents reveal that Oakland officials were aware of illegal housing prior to Ghost Ship fire

By Evan Blake, 15 February 2017

Over 600 pages of redacted reports by local police officers, firefighters and building inspectors detail dozens of visits to the Ghost Ship warehouse in recent years.

Crumbling California dam forces 188,000 to evacuate as threat of major flood looms

By Ben McGrath, 14 February 2017

The state government ignored clear warnings of an impending disaster at the Oroville dam and gave residents just one hour to evacuate when the emergency spillway began to fail.

Hundreds attend IYSSE rallies to defend immigrant rights in New York and San Diego

By our reporters, 3 February 2017

Chapters of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality led campus rallies to defend immigrant and refugee rights against the policies of the Trump administration.

Protests lead to cancellation of alt-right speaking event at UC Davis

By Evan Blake, 17 January 2017

The hosting of far-right Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, and the event's cancellation due to protests, mark the politically charged atmosphere leading up to Trump's inauguration.

California state workers voting on new contract

By Dan Conway, 13 January 2017

More than 96,000 state workers are voting this week on a new contract between Service Workers International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 and the state government, led by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

Low turnout for University of California workers’ one-day strike

By our reporters, 11 January 2017

Teamsters Local 2010, which represents over 12,000 UC administrative, support and clerical staff, staged a limited one-day strike Tuesday.

University of California support staff in one-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 10 January 2017

The strike affects all 10 UC campuses and five medical centers throughout the system.

Militarized police deployed to Los Angeles subway system after bomb hoax

By Zaida Green, 16 December 2016

The operation last week mobilized heavily-armed sheriff’s deputies, sniffer-dog squads, and undercover police from the FBI, the LAPD, and the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

Developers are “deliberately making properties uninhabitable”

Tenant rights attorney discusses housing crisis behind Oakland “Ghost Ship” tragedy

By David Brown, 12 December 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Laura Lane, the Housing Practice Director for the East Bay Community Law Center on conditions facing tenants in Oakland.

Sharp Professional Nurses Network union rams through concessionary contract

By Seb Gomez, 10 December 2016

Having called off a strike hours before it was set to begin, the Sharp Professional Nurses Network pushed through a new sellout contract.

Housing crisis and neglect at root of fatal Oakland fire, one of the deadliest in US history

By David Brown, 6 December 2016

With at least 36 confirmed dead, the Ghost Ship fire is the deadliest in over a decade—the product of city negligence and skyrocketing rent prices driving an informal housing market.

Death toll at least 33 in Oakland warehouse fire

By David Brown, 5 December 2016

The currently confirmed death toll makes this the worst building fire in the United States since 2003, when 100 people died in a night club fire in Rhode Island.

Union cancels strike by California state workers, seeks to impose concessions

By Dan Conway, 5 December 2016

The Service Employees International Union called off the strike by 95,000 California state workers to prevent a struggle against the austerity measures of Governor Brown and the Democrats.

San Diego nurses work without contract after union blocks Sharp Healthcare strike

By Marko Leone, 3 December 2016

As part of the deal calling off the walkout by more than 3,000 nurses, the union secured an agreement from management giving it authority to collect dues from new nurses.

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles: Widespread hunger and homelessness

By Marc Wells, 26 November 2016

An examination of social conditions in Los Angeles, America’s second largest city, reveals the intense hardship facing wide layers of the population.

David North addresses packed meeting in San Diego on the election of Donald Trump

By our reporters, 18 November 2016

Between 150 and 200 students, workers and youth attended the lecture at San Diego State University, which analyzed origins and implications of Trump’s victory in the US elections.

Anti-Trump protests in Los Angeles: “At the end of the day, we didn’t want either of them”

By our reporters, 14 November 2016

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the Los Angeles area over the weekend to protest the election of Donald Trump.

Thousands protest in Berkeley in wake of Trump election

By Joseph Santolan, 10 November 2016

The Berkeley protest was part of a wave of protests in cities across the country expressing shock and outrage at the election of Trump.

Homeland Security resumes deportation of Haitian immigrants

By Jake Dean and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 November 2016

While thousands of Haitian immigrants remain stranded at the US-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security has quietly ended its moratorium on deportations.

California state workers to vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 4 November 2016

The union fears that a strike will cut across its support for the Democratic Brown administration and the Democratic Party.

Two death penalty propositions on California ballot

By Adam Mclean, 3 November 2016

From a class standpoint, it is impossible to support an anti-death penalty proposition that expands life imprisonment without parole and other forms of punishment of prisoners.

SEP candidates hold successful meetings in run-up to November 5 anti-war conference

By our correspondents, 29 October 2016

Jerry White spoke before more than 100 students at San Diego State University, while Niles Niemuth addressed a meeting of nearly 40 at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Scandal erupts over Pentagon’s forcing California National Guard veterans to repay bonuses

By John Burton, 26 October 2016

A Pentagon program to claw back millions of dollars in reenlistment bonuses has revealed the contempt of the military-intelligence complex for its former soldiers.

Fatal crash near Palm Springs, California leaves 13 dead, 31 injured

By Marc Wells, 26 October 2016

The accident is one of the deadliest of its kind in California history.

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth speaks at election meetings in South Dakota

By our reporter, 18 October 2016

The meetings in Rapid City and Pine Ridge Reservation were the first SEP meetings to be held in the state, and the latter was the first held on an American Indian reservation.

Los Angeles police kill second man in two days

By Zaida Green, 5 October 2016

The unidentified young man was shot to death just a day after the fatal shooting of another youth, 18-year-old Carnell Snell, Jr.

Protests continue in El Cajon, California over the police killing of Alfred Olango

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 October 2016

Recently-released video shows an officer firing deadly shots at unarmed Olango less than two minutes after arriving on the scene.

Pasadena police kill father of eight during help call

By Dan Conway and John Andrews, 3 October 2016

Pasadena police officers dispatched to assist with a disturbed man, tased, beat and ultimately asphyxiated Reginald Thomas, Jr., a father of eight, in front of his family.

UC Berkeley reinstates class on Palestine after protests

By David Brown, 22 September 2016

The class had been suspended after a campaign by right-wing Zionist groups and was reinstated when the actions of the UC administration became more widely known.

Drone Valley: The University of California and the business of high-tech slaughter

By Toby Reese, 12 September 2016

The appointment of a number of new academics and scientists to the University of California, San Diego’s (UCSD) Contextual Robotics Institute is bound up with the US drive to war.

California Assembly passes Secure Choice pension bill

By Zeke Alan and Marc Wells, 6 September 2016

The bill requires workers to contribute 3 percent of their paycheck into a retirement fund, while exempting employers from committing any additional funding.

California legislature votes to expand mandatory sentences for sexual assault

By Tom Carter, 3 September 2016

California’s barrage of law-and-order legislation underscores the reactionary content of the campaign over sexual violence promoted by the Democratic Party and its allies.

New video shows Los Angeles Police Department officers kill 56-year-old man in jail

By John Andrews, 22 August 2016

A recently released video depicts six officers Tasing and choking to death 56-year-old grandfather Vachel Howard in a Los Angeles jail in 2012.

Blue Cut fire quickly engulfs tens of thousands of acres in Southern California

By Dan Conway, 18 August 2016

An incredibly strong brush fire has rapidly swept through more than 30,000 acres near the Southern California city of San Bernardino.

UFCW agrees to meager “pay raise” for Southern California grocery workers

By Jake Dean, 15 August 2016

After workers have been without a contract for over three months, and while many scrape by on part-time and meager wages, the union is pawning off the contract as a victory.

Police violence in Los Angeles continues unabated

By Alan Gilman, 12 August 2016

An unarmed man mistaken for a carjacker, an unarmed homeless man on a bicycle and a 14-year-old youth allegedly engaged in graffiti are the latest victims.

“We should have socialized medicine in the United States”

Video: Socialist Equality Party campaigns in San Diego, California

By our reporters, 28 July 2016

Workers in the Encanto neighborhood of San Diego expressed frustration and contempt with the two presidential candidates being put forward by the Democrats and Republicans.

Sand fire rages in Southern California; 10,000 homes evacuated

By Adam Mclean, 27 July 2016

The wildfire in Santa Clarita, strengthened by an ongoing heatwave, has so far destroyed 18 homes and resulted in one death.