By Kevin Martinez, 6 March 2017
School Board Trustees who approved the layoffs cited the district’s $124 million budget deficit.
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.
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.”
By Zac Corrigan, 16 February 2017
Thousands of evacuees from beneath the eroded Oroville dam sheltered their families at the fairgrounds in Chico, California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Evelyn Rios, 10 January 2017
The strike affects all 10 UC campuses and five medical centers throughout the system.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Marc Wells, 26 October 2016
The accident is one of the deadliest of its kind in California history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
By Marc Wells, 22 July 2016
Home to 131 billionaires, making it the third in the world for number of billionaires, California is also the US state with the highest poverty rate.
By Toby Reese, 21 July 2016
Similar leaps in premiums are expected throughout the nation.
By Isaac Finn, 21 July 2016
Caltrans maintenance workers, who have been working without a contract for a year, voted by 67 percent to reject a proposed contract and authorize a strike.
By our reporters, 13 July 2016
Workers and youth from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico expressed opposition to state violence, poverty and social inequality.
By John Burton, 11 July 2016
Noble, an unarmed 19-year-old white youth, was killed by two police officers from Fresno, an impoverished city of about one-half million located in the heart of California’s Central Valley.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 July 2016
The study, the first of its kind at a public university, estimated that almost 1 in 10 CSU students were homeless while another 1 in 5 were hungry.
By Genevieve Leigh, 28 June 2016
Ten people were left injured, at least three critically, after a violent clash between a fascist white nationalist group and counter-demonstrators at the California state capitol.
By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 28 June 2016
After three months without a contract, grocery workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons vote to strike.
By Eric London, 27 June 2016
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to nurses on the picket line in Los Angeles who were eager to continue the fight against for-profit health care.
By Marc Wells, 25 June 2016
Nurses launched a four-day strike at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, fighting for back pay, better wages, adequate staffing and patients’ safety.
By Adam Mclean, 21 June 2016
The fire, dubbed the Sherpa fire, is particularly concerning because of its potential for growth and its proximity to the city of Santa Barbara.
By Dan Conway, 21 June 2016
The new budget enshrines further austerity, with little money to be spent on needed social programs and windfall profits assured for employers.
By Gabriel Black, 16 June 2016
Caltrans workers were given ballots Monday to vote on the new contract agreement reached between the state government and the International Union of Operating Engineers.
“They are not accomplishing anything with these stupid maneuvers.”
By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2016
The walkouts are an evident attempt to allow workers to vent anger and frustration about the refusal of the CWA to call a strike over management’s concession demands.
By our reporters, 8 June 2016
Voters went to polls on Tuesday in the final six primary contests of the 2016 election cycle, with the exception of the District of Columbia, which will vote next week.
By Adam Mclean, 3 June 2016
Multiple police departments, including several SWAT teams as well as the FBI, swarmed the California university in response to reports of a shooting on the campus.
By our reporters, 1 June 2016
WSWS reporters spoke with Sanders supporters outside rallies in Santa Barbara and Oakland.
Bus workers strike in San Diego, California
By our reporters, 1 June 2016
Bus drivers and support staff in San Diego, California have one of the highest costs of living in the country, and many live in poverty.
By Norisa Diaz, 27 May 2016
The MTS strike follows industrial action by 1,700 San Diego AT&T telecommunications workers.
By Kevin Martinez and Adam Mclean, 26 May 2016
The proposal, based on a 20- to 30-year bond, does not address the root causes of homelessness.
By David Brown, 7 May 2016
Right-wing efforts to equate opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism have led to a series of provocations against student activists on several California campuses.
By Evan Blake and Jake Dean, 3 May 2016
Walsh presented the history of 20th century anti-war cinema and sought to uncover the roots behind the present cultural stagnation in the light of the eruption of American imperialism.
By Evan Blake, 21 April 2016
The revelation underscores the reactionary character of the campus administration.
By Norisa Diaz, 19 April 2016
The agreement by the California Faculty Association is a wolf in sheep’s clothing that abandons educators’ demands to recoup previous wage and benefit concessions accepted by the CFA.
By our reporters, 11 April 2016
Caltrans workers held three rallies across California last week to demand higher pay and benefits, improved safety and a draw-down in the hiring of contract workers.
By our reporters, 9 April 2016
A statewide strike planned for 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches throughout the 23 California State Universities has been called off by the union.
By David Brown, 7 April 2016
The following statement will be distributed at tomorrow’s statewide rallies of Caltrans workers, who build and maintain highway, bridge, and rail transportation in the state of California.
As April 13 strike deadline approaches
By Evan Blake and Genevieve Leigh, 6 April 2016
Despite the results of the fact-finding mission validating the CSU faculty union’s demand for a 5 percent pay raise, university administrators refuse to back down, setting the stage for a limited statewide strike.
By Adam Mclean, 4 April 2016
The poverty rate among California seniors nearly doubled between 1999 and 2014.
By David Brown, 2 April 2016
The last offer from the state includes meager raises that are wiped out by rising retirement and benefit contributions.
Immigrant farmworker sentenced to 25 years to life for leaving her newborn in California strawberry field
By Eden Ferrera, 31 March 2016
Nineteen-year-old Rosalba Moran, an undocumented immigrant and victim of rape, was charged with first-degree murder.
By Marc Wells, 30 March 2016
The deal, which has many loopholes, is aimed at containing deep opposition to poverty-level wages and bolstering support for the Democratic Party in the run-up to November’s elections.
By Kevin Martinez, 25 March 2016
The proposal is only the latest in the bipartisan attack on public-sector and private-sector pension plans throughout the United States.
By Norisa Diaz, 24 March 2016
The UC board president and ex-homeland security chief, Janet Napolitano, has overseen the installation of a massive spyware system.
By Evan Blake and Guillaume Garnier, 14 March 2016
With a limited strike looming, the CFA is rushing to push through another deal that will erode the living standards of 26,000 professors and other staff.
By Kevin Martinez, 4 March 2016
Even as the cost of rent continues to rise, a report by the California Budget & Policy Center found that the top 1 percent in the state captured most, if not all, income gains since 1989.
By John Andrews, 3 March 2016
Three counter-demonstrators were stabbed Saturday at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim, California.
By David Brown, 3 March 2016
The rally was held outside the California Department of Human Resources, where a bargaining session had been scheduled but was canceled by the state in order to avoid the protest.
By Eric London, 1 March 2016
Shawna Lynn Jones, who was incarcerated in Los Angeles, died Friday after her skull was crushed by a boulder while fighting a brushfire.
By Dan Conway, 29 February 2016
The job action in the Compton School District highlights the growing opposition to the attacks on teachers and public education as a whole.
By David Levine, 23 February 2016
The second head of the California Coastal Commission was fired last week as the result of a political campaign backed by Democrats tied to developers.
By Tom Carter, 13 February 2016
The fall of Lee Baca, once labeled “Sheriff of the Year,” underscores the fact that American police departments function essentially as criminal enterprises.
By Kevin Martinez, 30 January 2016
A state labor board ruled against cutbacks to pensions last December, prompting the City Council to vote unanimously for an appeal.
By David Brown, 26 January 2016
The continuing leak of natural gas in Southern California highlights corporate negligence and decaying infrastructure.
By Evan Blake, 22 January 2016
One of the largest methane gas leaks in US history, the product of corporate greed, could grow substantially worse in the event of a well head blowout.
By David Brown, 21 January 2016
The decision of the largest terminal operator to leave the Port of Oakland is a harbinger of a crisis in the shipping industry and worsening conditions for port workers.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 January 2016
A delegation of top Obama administration officials met with tech industry leaders Friday as part of efforts to step up government spying on social media and other online communications.
“They just want to score some points with this incident and then leave us.”
By our reporters, 7 January 2016
Despite constant coverage of the recent San Bernardino shootings in the mainstream media, little attention has been given to the city’s widespread poverty and social distress.
Notes on police violence in America
By John Andrews, 21 December 2015
Newly released video recordings that captured two brutal law enforcement shootings starkly demonstrate that police violence and official cover ups continue unabated.
By Kevin Martinez, 18 December 2015
Fridoon Rawshan Nehad, who struggled with PTSD from experiences in Afghanistan, was shot and killed by San Diego police April 30.
By Don Knowland, 16 December 2015
The message which apparently prompted the closure of more than 1,000 schools had been determined to be a hoax by early Tuesday afternoon.
By a reporter, 4 December 2015
Widely viewed on the Internet, the video shows a group of police officers opening fire simultaneously on a cornered 26-year-old man.
By Marko Leone, 4 December 2015
There is strong discontent amongst the faculty after years of minimal pay raises that failed to compensate for inflation, or no raises at all, and the recent imposition of furloughs.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 December 2015
The mass killing at the Inland Regional Center is only the latest in a long string of tragedies that point to the deeply diseased and dysfunctional state of American society.
By Jake Dean, 1 December 2015
All 97 of the chain’s locations in California, Arizona and Nevada were shut down last month.
By Julio Patron, 16 November 2015
Mental health workers remain isolated, as their union seeks to subordinate them to the Democratic Party.