California

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.

California, sixth largest economy in the world, has highest poverty rate in US

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.

Obamacare insurance rates set to spike in California in 2017

By Toby Reese, 21 July 2016

Similar leaps in premiums are expected throughout the nation.

California transportation workers reject sellout contract

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.

Immigrants in Los Angeles denounce police repression worldwide

By our reporters, 13 July 2016

Workers and youth from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico expressed opposition to state violence, poverty and social inequality.

Video exposes Fresno police lies in shooting death of Dylan Noble

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.

Study reveals mass homelessness, hunger among California State University students

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.

Violent confrontation at Sacramento racist demonstration leaves 10 injured

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.

Grocery workers vote to strike in Southern California

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.

Nurses unions shut down emerging strike wave

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.

Kaiser Permanente nurses in Los Angeles on strike again

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.

Record heat wave fuels wildfire in southern California

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.

California legislature and governor reach agreement on 2016-2017 budget

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.

12,000 Caltrans workers offered effective pay decrease in new contract

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.”

CWA calls diversionary “grievance strikes” against AT&T West in California

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.

California primary voters speak on social inequality, war

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.

Police carry out militarized lockdown of UCLA after murder-suicide

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.

Sanders supporters discuss issues outside California rallies

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

First Transit employees speak about social conditions

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.

San Diego transit workers in third day of walkout over pay and benefits

By Norisa Diaz, 27 May 2016

The MTS strike follows industrial action by 1,700 San Diego AT&T telecommunications workers.

California Governor Jerry Brown backs $2 billion plan to deal with the state’s homeless

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.

Islamophobic provocations on California campuses

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.

David Walsh speaks on “Art, War and Social Revolution” at meetings in California

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.

University of California, Davis pays $175,000 to erase pepper spraying incident from Internet

By Evan Blake, 21 April 2016

The revelation underscores the reactionary character of the campus administration.

A closer look at the faculty union’s deal that halted the California State University strike

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.

Caltrans workers rally in Sacramento and San Bernardino

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.

California State University faculty union agrees to sellout deal

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.

Mobilize the working class to defend Caltrans workers!

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

Struggle at California State University endangered by faculty union’s alliance with Democrats

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.

Poverty among California seniors rising despite economic “recovery”

By Adam Mclean, 4 April 2016

The poverty rate among California seniors nearly doubled between 1999 and 2014.

California’s budget to hit Caltrans workers

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.

California Democrats, unions announce deal on $15 minimum wage

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.

University of California president proposes privatization of pension fund

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.

University of California installs secret spyware system

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.

California Faculty Association prepares to sell out CSU workers

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.

Widening social inequality exacerbates housing crisis in California

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.

Questions raised about police role in violent KKK rally in California

By John Andrews, 3 March 2016

Three counter-demonstrators were stabbed Saturday at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim, California.

Caltrans workers rally in Sacramento for better pay and benefits

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.

California inmate firefighter, 22, crushed to death protecting Malibu mansions

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.

Los Angeles area teachers stage “sickouts” over pay

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.

California Coastal Commission head ousted

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.

Former Los Angeles County sheriff pleads guilty in jail scandal

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.

San Diego officials to fight ruling against pension cutback

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.

Corporate gas leak in California’s Aliso Canyon to continue for months

By David Brown, 26 January 2016

The continuing leak of natural gas in Southern California highlights corporate negligence and decaying infrastructure.

Massive methane gas leak imperils Los Angeles neighborhood

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.

Port of Oakland in California to close major terminal

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.

Obama seeks Silicon Valley aid to spy on social media

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.”

Residents speak on social crisis in San Bernardino, California following mass shooting in December

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

Four recent police shootings spark outrage

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.

Family of San Diego man killed by police disputes official story of his death

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.

Los Angeles shuts down entire school district after email terror threat

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.

Video shows murder by San Francisco police firing squad

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.

California State University faculty union votes to authorize strike

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.

The mass killing in San Bernardino, California

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.

US: More than 3,000 laid off in closure of Fresh & Easy grocery stores

By Jake Dean, 1 December 2015

All 97 of the chain’s locations in California, Arizona and Nevada were shut down last month.

California: Kaiser Permanente mental health workers set to strike

By Julio Patron, 16 November 2015

Mental health workers remain isolated, as their union seeks to subordinate them to the Democratic Party.