California

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.

Los Angeles Police Department shootings doubled in a single year, report shows

By Dan Conway and Marc Wells, 13 November 2015

LAPD officers are killing nearly two people each month, despite a slowing rate of homicides in the city overall.

Teamsters union pulls stunt strikes at southern California ports

By Marc Wells, 13 November 2015

The Teamsters have organized eight bogus strikes of truck drivers in two years at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in pursuit of increasing union membership.

Military maneuvers force LA Airport to reroute flights

By Alan Gilman, 11 November 2015

Military exercises, which began on Friday, November 6, and are expected to continue for about one week, are being conducted over the Pacific Ocean in an area just west of Los Angeles.

Hunger strikes spread in immigrant jails in US Southwest

By Kevin Martinez, 10 November 2015

Protests against inhumane treatment have spread from California to Texas and other states.

The ominous backdrop of California’s End of Life Option Act

By Norisa Diaz, 9 November 2015

The enthusiasm of the Brown administration for the legislation is based not solely on the autonomy and compassion it can grant the terminally ill, but on its cost-saving potential.

Wages and jobs cut as American Apparel files for bankruptcy

By Adam Mclean, 4 November 2015

American Apparel announced earlier this year that it would be eliminating $30 million in “operating expenses.”

Dismissed teachers file class action lawsuit against Los Angeles Unified School District

By Dan Conway, 22 October 2015

The lawsuit seeks damages arising out of the district’s use of the so-called “teacher jail” system.

“I feel like it’s the days of peasants and lords—and we’re the peasants.”

US grocery workers speak out against store closures

By Jake Dean and Norisa Diaz, 21 October 2015

The grocery chain Haggen announced plans to close all of its locations in California, Nevada and Arizona, laying off at least 8,000 workers.

New study documents California’s “Hidden Poor”

By Jill Lux, 10 October 2015

A new UCLA study reveals that more than 772,000 older Californians fall into the category of the “hidden poor.”

LA unions hail pension “reform” to legitimize attack on working class

By Adam McLean, 2 October 2015

Unions collaborated with the Los Angeles City Council to impose measures that will hang retirees out to dry.

Uncontrolled wildfires burn hundreds of homes in California

By Gabriel Black and Dan Conway, 16 September 2015

Wildfires have consumed hundreds of thousands of acres throughout California amidst the state’s worst drought in 500 years.

Hundreds arrested in California anti-immigrant sweep

By Jake Dean, 10 September 2015

The Obama administration continues its frontal assault on the democratic rights of immigrant workers.

Report documents rising cost of living in California

By Norisa Diaz, 8 September 2015

Inflated housing costs throughout California are making it increasingly impossible to live, forcing many families into overcrowded conditions and homelessness

Report documents rising cost of living in California

By Norisa Diaz, 7 September 2015

Inflated housing costs throughout California are making it increasingly impossible to live, forcing many families into overcrowded conditions and homelessness.

California Democrat urges court to reinstate death penalty

By John Andrews and Alan Gilman, 5 September 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, with the support of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, is defending the death penalty in federal court.

Two California killings used as pretext for attack on immigrants

By Dorota Niemitz, 2 September 2015

Two violent felonies attributed to undocumented immigrants in California are being used to launch a vicious attack on the entire immigrant community.

Broad Foundation spearheads expansion of Los Angeles charter schools

By Marc Wells, 31 August 2015

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the brainchild of investment billionaire Eli Broad, is known for its involvement in the privatization of public education.

Half a million California children are homeless

By Adam Mclean, 27 August 2015

About one in 20 children in California, home to over 100 billionaires, is homeless.

California insurance rates rise under Obamacare

By Julio Patron, 25 August 2015

Obamacare continues to provide enormous profits to insurers while the price of health care for workers soars to new heights.

Higher rates approved for California utilities

By Adam Mclean, 8 August 2015

The California Public Utilities Commission has rubber-stamped a regressive measure that will force most Californians to pay higher water bills.

Wildfires spread in Northern California

By Kevin Martinez, 7 August 2015

Over 13,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as about two dozen fires consume more than 142,000 acres.

California’s immigration program: A smokescreen for the interests of big business

By Dorota Niemitz, 24 July 2015

Recently proposed immigration measures represent an attempt by the California political establishment to cast the state as a haven for immigrants.

Wages for California workers continue to decline

By Kevin Martinez, 15 July 2015

California’s high cost of living has accelerated the decline of real wages.

The historical background of California’s water crisis

By Marc Wells and Evan Blake, 14 July 2015

The damage from California’s drought stems from almost two centuries of an irrational water rights regime.

Settlement in Mexican farmworkers struggle leaves families mired in poverty

By Clodomiro Puentes and Don Knowland, 8 July 2015

The wage agreement left Baja California farm workers well below the poverty threshold and subject to other work abuses.

Drought-fed fire hits California’s San Bernardino Mountains

By Adam Mclean, 3 July 2015

The Lake Fire, one of several fires in the US southwest fueled by high temperatures and drought, now covers 30,000 acres.

Budget cuts create intolerable conditions in California nursing homes

By Adam Mclean, 30 June 2015

The private investment firms, which have bought up many nursing home chains, are reaping high profits by reducing care to elderly patients.

San Bernardino, California, prepares to privatize city services

By Dan Conway, 26 June 2015

The city of San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy in July 2012, is seeking to privatize its firefighting and garbage collection services.

Berkeley, California balcony collapse kills six

By David Brown, 17 June 2015

Several observers have pointed to signs of dry rot in the wooden support beams exposed by the collapse, possibly due to inadequate waterproofing.

Medical technicians and paramedics picket against low-wage exploitation

By K. Rowe and Toby Reese, 6 June 2015

Working EMTs and paramedics have been picketing at San Diego City Hall since last Thursday in protest over the extension that maintains appallingly low wages.

San Diego, California renews emergency services contract with low-wage company

By K. Rowe and Toby Reese, 6 June 2015

The Democratic-controlled city council voted unanimously for an agreement that maintains a starting wage of only $10 an hour for new EMTs.

Los Angeles homeless population grew by 16 percent since 2013

By Glenn Mulwray, 4 June 2015

Soaring housing prices, along with falling incomes and cuts in government programs, have led to the dramatic growth in homelessness in Los Angeles County.

Utilities, regulators conspired to make public pay for California nuclear plant closure

By Dorota Niemitz and Charles Thornton, 3 June 2015

Recently disclosed documents reveal that the $4.7 billion settlement to decommission the San Onofre nuclear plant was planned in secret, closed-door meetings.

Los Angeles County backs Obama’s anti-immigrant agenda

By Dorota Niemitz, 28 May 2015

The board of supervisors in the southern California city voted to endorse the Priority Enforcement Program, a refashioned federal program to deport undocumented workers.

Pipeline in Santa Barbara oil spill lacked key safety feature

By Kevin Martinez, 26 May 2015

The pipeline had no automatic shutoff valve, a routine safety feature that could have greatly minimized the disaster.

Despite surplus, California governor releases austerity budget

By Dan Conway, 23 May 2015

The proposal will further undermine public education and maintain cuts to health care programs for low-income families, children and the disabled.

Pipeline rupture causes oil spill in California

By Gabriel Black, 22 May 2015

State officials say that at least 21,000 gallons of oil has reached the sea, causing an oil slick that spans nine miles.

San Bernardino, California officials to vote on bankruptcy plan

By Kevin Martinez, 20 May 2015

The plan, which follows the bankruptcy of Detroit, would force retirees to pay more for health insurance and contract out the city’s fire and waste disposal departments.

Los Angeles police shoot unarmed homeless man

By Tom Carter, 11 May 2015

The LAPD is suppressing a video of the May 6 shooting of 29-year-old Brendon Glenn.

Los Angeles teachers face political fight to defend public education

By Dan Conway, 4 May 2015

The agreement signed by the LA teachers' union will escalate the assault on teachers and public education, while rewarding the union apparatus for backing school “reform.”

Strike of California nurses ends

By Marc Wells, 2 May 2015

After a tentative agreement, 6,500 nurses in eight California hospitals returned to work.

California and Illinois nurses set to strike

By Marc Wells, 25 April 2015

Nurses at eight California hospitals and one Chicago medical center have announced a strike against understaffing, limited by the unions to a one- or two-day action.

California governor’s emergency drought measures leave agribusiness giants untouched

By Evan Blake and Glenn Ricketts, 20 April 2015

Democratic Party Governor Jerry Brown acknowledged that California’s agricultural monopolies are essentially off limits.

Los Angeles rail accident exposes decaying state of public transit in the US

By Dan Conway, 31 March 2015

The crash revealed the lack of effective safety provisions in Los Angeles public transportation due to years of cost-cutting and budget cuts.

The California drought: Water-rationing plan leaves corporate interests untouched

By Evan Blake, 26 March 2015

Last week, the state passed emergency legislation targeting residential “water wasters,” while giving free rein to the agricultural giants to continue their overuse of groundwater.

Stockton, California teachers endorse possible strike action

By David Brown, 25 March 2015

The Stockton Teachers Association and School District have exchanged allegations of illegal labor practices in the wake of a recent strike authorization vote.

California Democrat plans ballot proposal to cut public employee pensions

By Kevin Martinez, 17 March 2015

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will lead a ballot initiative in May to eliminate constitutional protections for CalPERS and other state pension funds.

Judge in Stockton bankruptcy upholds retiree benefit cuts

By Adam Mclean, 12 February 2015

The ruling paves the way for cities throughout California and nationwide to use bankruptcy courts to slash pensions.

University of California doctors hold one-day strike

By our reporters, 30 January 2015

In line with its strategy of subordinating workers to the Democratic Party, AFSCME limited the strike by doctors to one day, focused on claims of unfair labor practices.

Striking California mental health workers denounce attacks on health care

By our reporters, 19 January 2015

Some 2,600 mental health care workers in California are in the second week of a strike against Kaiser Permanente.

California mental health care workers strike

By David Brown, 15 January 2015

Without a contract for four years, mental health workers in the National Union of Healthcare Workers at Kaiser Permanente are holding a series of partial strikes across California.

Los Angeles police department on high alert after officers allegedly ambushed by gunmen

By Dan Conway, 30 December 2014

The placing of the LAPD on "high alert" coincided with the release of an autopsy report on the police killing of an unarmed man in August.

California drought has depleted water sources by 11 trillion gallons

By Evan Blake, 19 December 2014

Recent storms have only partially quenched the state’s worst drought in recorded history.

After being exposed, undercover cop draws gun on protesters in California

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 12 December 2014

On Wednesday night, two plainclothes police officers dressed as protesters were exposed during a demonstration against police brutality in Oakland, California.

Protests over police killings continue in Northern California

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 10 December 2014

Police cracked down on a third night of protests in Berkeley, California on Monday night, leading to the arrest of over 150 protesters.

Los Angeles police gun down man at busy Hollywood intersection

By John Burton, 9 December 2014

LAPD officers shot and killed a man allegedly carrying a small knife at an intersection in the heart of the Hollywood “Walk of Fame,” stunning tourists.

San Jose, California: “The Jungle” homeless camp dismantled

By Evan Blake, 9 December 2014

Authorities in San Jose shut down the largest homeless encampment in the United States last Thursday.

Tear gas, rubber bullets used against protests over police brutality in Berkeley, California

By our reporters, 8 December 2014

Police fired tear gas at a peaceful protest late Saturday evening, hitting both demonstrators and passersby.

Protests, building occupations follow California tuition hike

By Evan Blake, 29 November 2014

The regents’ vote to approve 5 percent annual tuition increases for the next five years has prompted demonstrations on UC campuses statewide.

Teamsters sell out strike by port truck drivers in southern California

By Marc Wells, 24 November 2014

Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended an eight-day strike against unfair practices and wage theft.

Los Angeles: One thousand protest Mexican student massacre and disappearances

By Rafael Azul, 22 November 2014

Workers and students spoke about the massacre and abduction of teaching school students in Iguala, 43 or whom are still missing.

University of California’s regents approve tuition hikes

By Gabriel Black and Marc Wells, 21 November 2014

The UC board of Regents has approved steep tuition increases for the next five years.

Los Angeles schools superintendent backs “parent trigger” privatization scheme

By Adam Mclean and Marc Wells, 21 November 2014

Under the guise of empowering parents, the “parent trigger” law is part of a drive, funded by multibillionaires and backed by the unions, to privatize public education.

California Nurses Association backs Democrats with Ebola protest

By David Brown, 17 November 2014

The two-day strike at Kaiser Permanente facilities was used by the CNA to present Governor Jerry Brown, who has slashed health care, as a champion of nurses’ safety.

Port truck drivers strike in southern California

By Marc Wells, 15 November 2014

Truck drivers went on strike last Thursday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over poverty pay and wage theft.

University of California president proposes new fee hikes

By Gabriel Black, 8 November 2014

A yearly tuition increase of up to 5 percent is being implemented in the UC system while the cost of living for students skyrockets.

Undocumented immigrants make up 10 percent of California’s workforce

By Norisa Diaz, 5 November 2014

In the world’s eighth-largest economy, 1.85 million workers live in constant fear of deportation.

Judge backs Stockton, California bankruptcy plan ending retiree health care payments

By Jerry White, 31 October 2014

A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a restructuring plan that will eliminate health care benefits for 2,400 retired city workers and their families.

The California drought: A tale of two cities

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 27 October 2014

The California drought has left thousands of people without access to drinking water while the super-rich are trucking in water to maintain their private lakes and gardens.

Los Angeles City Council proposes minor increase in minimum wage

By Kevin Martinez, 20 October 2014

The proposal, presented as a way of alleviating social inequality in one the poorest cities in the US, is aimed at bolstering the Democratic Party.

Students forced to endure sweltering temperatures in Southern California classrooms

By Kimie Saito and Adam Mclean, 20 October 2014

Children were sent to school nurses with nausea, headaches and bloody noses during a recent heat wave.

San Ysidro, California teachers sold out after three-day strike

By Toby Reese and Shane Reynaldo, 16 October 2014

The union rammed through the deal at a hastily called meeting at which teachers were not allowed to ask questions.

San Diego suicides reach highest reported number in 2013

By Archie Stone and Toby Reese, 8 October 2014

A recent report from the San Diego Suicide Prevention Council noted a 20 percent increase in suicides over the past six years.

Los Angeles police kill about one person per week

By Kevin Martinez, 30 September 2014

Police in Los Angeles County have killed at least 589 people since 2000.

Appeal filed in California of court ruling against teacher tenure

By Dan Conway, 24 September 2014

The ruling makes it easier to fire teachers and replace them with lower-paid, less experienced instructors.

More than 3,000 flee King fire in California

By Evan Blake, 23 September 2014

The state’s worst drought in 500 years has created the conditions for more frequent wildfires.

San Jose, California police acquire a drone

By Henry Allan, 15 September 2014

The drone, purchased with federal grant money, will be made available to 13 other bomb squads in the Bay Area.

California Governor Brown signs sick leave bill

By Henry Allan, 15 September 2014

AB 1522, with its three paid sick days, is a political maneuver on the part of California Democrats, Governor Brown, and the unions in the lead-up to the elections in November.

LAPD officers ignored pleas from dying asthmatic arrestee

By Dan Conway, 25 August 2014

Newly released video footage shows that officers told the dying man, “You can breathe just fine. You can talk, so you can breathe.”

Los Angeles police shoot and kill unarmed man

By John Andrews, 14 August 2014

Ezell Ford, a 24-year-old mentally challenged man, was gunned down near his home in south-central Los Angeles.

The political issues facing Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 12 August 2014

Like its predecessors, the new leadership of the United Teachers of Los Angeles is aligned with the Democratic Party, which is leading the assault against public education.

California’s 2014-2015 budget attacks education

By Theo Mclean, 8 August 2014

Teachers and students are among those targeted to pay for the economic crisis.

California: Immigrants eligible for Medicaid may not receive coverage

By Clodomiro Puentes, 2 August 2014

The expansion of Medicaid in California under Obama’s Affordable Care Act has been falsely promoted as a huge success.

Los Angeles water main break points to failing national infrastructure

By Gabriel Black, 1 August 2014

Tuesday’s water main break at the University of California Los Angeles underscores the danger of the failing, ancient, water infrastructure beneath the nation’s cities.

Deepening water crisis in California driven by drought, wildfires and infrastructure

By David Brown, 31 July 2014

A burst water main flooded the UCLA campus with 20 million gallons of water during the worst ongoing drought in California history.

Three killed in Stockton, California after police open fire on vehicle

By Eric London, 18 July 2014

Two men suspected of bank robbery and a female hostage were killed and three others wounded by police who fired on the escape vehicle.

California drought hits state economy, pushes US food prices higher

By Evan Blake, 15 July 2014

The third year of California’s record-breaking drought has devastated the agriculturally rich Central Valley.

Teamsters shut down truckers strike at southern California ports

By Gabriel Black, 14 July 2014

A largely ceremonial strike by port truck drivers was ended in Los Angeles and Long Beach over the weekend with a deal brokered by local Democratic Party politicians with the Teamsters union.

California’s whooping cough epidemic

By Henry Allen, 12 July 2014

A growing number of whooping cough infections could be the start of the worst pertussis outbreak in 70 years.

Truck drivers on strike at two California ports

By Marc Wells, 9 July 2014

Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on an indefinite strike Monday morning protesting against unfair practices, including lower than minimum wage pay, intimidation and retaliatory firing.

California police officer savagely beats great-grandmother

By Gabriel Black, 7 July 2014

Last week, a California Highway Patrol officer was caught on tape repeatedly punching an unarmed woman in the face.

Union-sponsored bill to fast track the firing of teachers signed by California governor

By Alan Gilman, 28 June 2014

The legislation signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown will be used to remove better-paid, more experienced teachers.

One quarter of people in San Diego cannot make ends meet

By Marko Leone, 14 June 2014

The Center on Policy Initiatives published a report on the wages needed to subsist without public or private assistance in San Diego County.

One quarter of people in San Diego cannot make ends meet

By Marko Leone, 13 June 2014

The Center on Policy Initiatives published a report on the wages needed to subsist without public or private assistance in San Diego County.

California court ruling signals nationwide attack on teacher tenure, seniority rights

By Gabriel Black, 12 June 2014

The anti-teacher ruling was immediately hailed by the Obama administration as creating a “new framework for the teaching profession” for the entire country.

Crisis of low-cost housing affects a million families in California

By Theo Mclean, 12 June 2014

Two new reports document the impact of growing social inequality in the area of access to decent, affordable housing.

California governor Jerry Brown calls for raising teachers’ pension contributions

By Kevin Martinez, 6 June 2014

As part of his May budget revision, California governor Jerry Brown is calling for increasing teachers’ contributions into the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

Governor’s revised budget signals renewed attack on California workers

By Dan Conway, 29 May 2014

After years of cuts, the new budget is being seized upon as an opportunity to cut billions more from social programs.

Video: The plight of migrant workers in Southern California

By our reporters, 28 May 2014

In this video, agricultural workers and residents speak about social conditions in Southern California’s Imperial Valley.