By Kevin Martinez and Juan Verala Luz, 14 September 2012
A survey released last week by the California Community Colleges system documents the desperate state of two-year colleges in the state.
By Oliver Richards, 11 September 2012
California’s utilities monitoring agency has accused more companies of swindling the state’s electricity market since charges were filed against JPMorgan in July.
By Allison Smith and Rafael Azul, 10 September 2012
The administration of Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic Party controlled legislature are intensifying the practice of raiding special funds, including some that provide vital services to Californians.
By David Brown, 8 September 2012
Proposition 30 will raise taxes on the working class in California without ending the cuts to education and social services.
By Julien Kiemle, 6 September 2012
California’s Democratic-controlled legislature overwhelmingly passed a drastic pension reform bill and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown last Friday.
By Don Knowland, 5 September 2012
California’s Democratic governor and legislators, with the collusion of major unions, have gutted the compensation and medical benefits of injured workers.
By Tom Carter, 4 September 2012
Last month, the California State Assembly passed a resolution urging state educational institutions to limit criticism of the state of Israel on campuses.
By Karl Eisner, 30 August 2012
Socialist Equality Party campaigners spoke to farm workers in East Stockton, California.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 August 2012
As part of the attack on social services, the Sonoma Developmental Center in northern California is threatened with permanent closure.
By Julien Kiemle, 17 August 2012
As part of a deal between the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and California’s biggest public employee union, student workers are being pitted against their full-time counterparts.
By Dan Conway, 14 August 2012
The city of San Bernardino, California, population 210,000, has recently become the second largest city to file for bankruptcy protection in US history.
By our reporters, 11 August 2012
Attended by hundreds of residents, the first Anaheim, California city council meeting since last month’s police violence and popular unrest took place Wednesday.
WSWS speaks to victims of police violence in Anaheim, California
By our reporters, 11 August 2012
WSWS reporters spoke to several audience members at the Anaheim city council meeting August 8, including relatives of those killed by police.
By David Brown, Don Knowland and Kevin Martinez, 9 August 2012
Following the announcement earlier this month that San Bernardino, a city of 210,000, will file for bankruptcy, more California cities face the prospect of becoming insolvent.
By David Brown, 8 August 2012
For the fourth time in the past 18 years, Chevron’s Richmond, CA refinery has caught on fire, blanketing thousands of homes in toxic smoke.
By our reporters, 31 July 2012
Police in Anaheim, California deployed huge numbers of officers in military fashion over the weekend, in response to several hundred protesters demonstrating against the killing of Manuel Diaz.
By Kimie Saito, 26 July 2012
At least two dozen people were arrested on Tuesday night, as police responded to protests over the shooting of an unarmed man in Anaheim, California with bean bag guns, batons and pepper balls.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president
Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 26 July 2012
Police brutality is directed at all sections of the working class, white, black, Hispanic, Asian and immigrant.
By Toby Reese, Kimie Saito and D. Lencho, 25 July 2012
Protests in Anaheim, California continued on Tuesday amidst mass anger over the police killing of an unarmed man. The WSWS spoke to several residents.
By David Brown, 23 July 2012
Following a police shooting of an unarmed man in Anaheim, California, officers fired rubber bullets and sent a police dog against a crowd of residents who were demanding an explanation.
By Oliver Richards, 23 July 2012
The California Independent Systems Operator (CalISO) has alleged that JPMorgan Chase & Co. manipulated the state’s energy market, resulting in at least $73 million in improper payments.
By Julian Quinn, 19 July 2012
The institution responsible for accrediting community colleges is threatening to to revoke approval of the largest community college in the country in order to pressure it to raise tuitions, slash wages and cut programs.
By Roseanna Donatello, 30 June 2012
The Los Angeles County Superior Court system, the largest in the country, already sustaining a budget loss of $70 million, has had its budget slashed another $30 million.
Biggest ever US municipal bankruptcy
By David Brown and Barry Grey, 28 June 2012
Stockton, California, a city of nearly 300,000, is set to become the largest municipality in US history to file for bankruptcy, with devastating implications for current and retired city workers and the working class population as a whole.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 June 2012
Campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke with workers and students in Sacramento, California about the party’s presidential election campaign.
By Dan Conway, 23 June 2012
The agreement between Democratic Party Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders will slash welfare spending and reduce child care coverage and college aid. It is part of a broader austerity campaign that has one the support of the trade unions.
By Julian Quinn, 19 June 2012
The pension benefits of city workers in San Jose, California will be slashed following the passage of a ballot measure.
By a WSWS reporting team, 19 June 2012
In both Northern and Southern California, campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers and students about budget cuts in the state and Jerry White’s presidential campaign.
By Kevin Kearney, 18 June 2012
Stockton, California will potentially declare bankruptcy as early as June 25, tearing up the contracts of public employees. This would mark the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
By Kevin Martinez and Allison Smith, 13 June 2012
The WSWS spoke to workers and job-seekers at a career assistance center in Los Angeles.
By Dan Conway, 12 June 2012
The United Teachers of Los Angles has agreed to 10 additional unpaid furlough days for the upcoming school year, just a few weeks after the passage of an identical agreement by the Service Employees International Union.
By Allison Smith, 8 June 2012
With the support of the SEIU, Governor Jerry Brown is attempting to sugar coat massive cuts to social services and increased taxes on the poor, with a token tax on the rich.
By David Brown, 30 May 2012
For the second time in three months, workers at Tesoro’s Golden Eagle Refinery have authorized a strike.
Jerry White and SEP candidate for US President, 22 May 2012
This statement has been issued by SEP presidential candidate Jerry White.
By Rafael Azul and Roseanna Donatello, 21 May 2012
California’s unemployment rate has declined from 11 percent in March to 10.9 percent in April because many workers have simply stopped looking for work, according to figures released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By Jack Hood, 18 May 2012
As part of the whitewashing of police violence against student protesters, the UC system has released a shallow and hypocritical report on how campus police should respond to demonstrations.
By Rafael Azul, 16 May 2012
On Monday, California’s Democratic Party Mayor Jerry Brown called for drastic cuts in health care and government worker pay, two days after the state announced a projected deficit increase of nearly $7 billion for next year.
By David Brown, 14 May 2012
In just four months, California's projected deficit nearly doubled, sparking more calls for austerity from Democratic Party Governor Jerry Brown.
By Marc Wells, 14 May 2012
Maywood, California in Los Angeles County is one of many US cities suffering from a lack of access to one of the most basic requirements of modern society: clean drinking water.
By Kevin Martinez, 11 May 2012
Students protesting budget cuts at California State University started a hunger strike as trustees voted on another presidential pay raise.
By David Brown, 4 May 2012
On May 1, thousands of protesters marched and rallied around the Bay Area, and several unions called one day strikes.
By Jack Cody, 1 May 2012
California state controller John Chiang last week reported that the state fell $233.5 million short of revenue expectations for the month of March; $125.8 million of that figure, or 54 percent, comes from a shortfall in corporate income tax revenue.
By Kevin Martinez, 28 April 2012
Members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) are voting on strike authorization if they are unable to reach a deal with the CSU administration over a contract dispute.
By Russell Roller, 24 April 2012
Against the recommendations of the city’s own charter school board, the Oakland school board voted to renew the license for American Indian Public School II.
By Julian Quinn, 23 April 2012
Nearly 11 percent of California’s labor force is officially unemployed nearly two years after the supposed end of the recession in the US.
By Jack Hood, 17 April 2012
Two reports found that UC Davis police and administrators did not hesitate to attack students, used unauthorized means of violence.
By our correspondents, 14 April 2012
On Thursday evening, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White addressed an election meeting in Maywood, California, a predominantly Hispanic city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, in which he took on directly the issue of identity politics.
By Richard Adams and Ramón Valle, 14 April 2012
The production of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice now running at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, California is vibrant and refreshing.
By Toby Reese, 13 April 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke at a meeting at San Diego State University Wednesday night. The talk focused on the 2012 elections and the erosion of democracy and democratic rights in the United States.
By Kimie Saito and Ramon Valle, 12 April 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White will be speaking today at a meeting in Maywood, a predominantly Hispanic section of Los Angeles County.
By David Brown, 11 April 2012
Under the guise of “increasing efficiency,” California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a reorganization of state agencies that would result in the elimination of around 3,000 jobs.
By Kevin Martinez, 10 April 2012
While the vote to postpone the two-tier tuition system is being cast as a victory for students opposed to the attack on public education and police repression on campus, in reality it is only a maneuver to buy time.
By Kevin Martinez, 5 April 2012
At least two people were hospitalized and several others injured when police used pepper spray against a crowd of 100 people trying to enter a a Board of Trustees meeting at Santa Monica College in California.
By Jack Cody, 3 April 2012
A local school board voted to deny a petition to change Desert Trails Elementary in Adelanto, California, to a charter school.
By Rafael Azul, 23 March 2012
On March 15, California schools handed out 20,000 layoff notices to teachers and other employees in all the school districts across the state.
By Alfonso Santana, D. Lencho and Kevin Martinez, 22 March 2012
Students at Santa Monica Community College spoke to the WSWS on the introduction of a two-tiered system to charge substantially more for high-demand classes.
By our reporter, 15 March 2012
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke at meetings in Berkeley and Sacramento, California this week. Both meetings were well-attended and included a wide-ranging discussion on the basic issues of the election campaign.
By our reporter, 10 March 2012
Jerry White and supporters concluded a campaign stop in San Diego, California on Friday. Discussions with students at San Diego State University followed a successful public meeting the previous evening.
By Jack Hood, 7 March 2012
The California State Capitol Building in Sacramento was the scene of a series of demonstrations Monday against further tuition fee hikes, budget cuts and privatization at the state’s public universities.
By Kevin Kearney, 6 March 2012
Stockton—California’s 13th largest city—is considering filing bankruptcy under Chapter 9 of federal bankruptcy law.
By Rafael Azul, 22 February 2012
California Governor Brown is using the budget to attack and dismantle public schools and community colleges.
By Jack Hood, 21 February 2012
Christian Alexander Gomez, a 27 year-old inmate, died last week at the Corcoran State Prison in California after four days on a hunger strike to protest poor conditions.
By Dan Conway, 20 February 2012
Miramonte Elementary, the largest public elementary school in the Los Angeles area, has been rocked in recent weeks by a scandal involving alleged inappropriate acts committed by teachers.
By Kevin Martinez, 17 February 2012
California women are suffering from the effects of the economic crisis at a rate disproportionate to the population overall, new data reveals.
By Kevin Martinez, 17 February 2012
The Democratic administration of Governor Jerry Brown is poised to inflict more severe austerity in the coming year.
By Allison Smith, 14 February 2012
California State University Northridge has announced a cap on the number of credits most students can carry. More tuition hikes may be on the horizon.
By David Brown, 8 February 2012
Emboldened by the successful arrests of around 400 protesters last week, the city government of Oakland, California is hoping to curb all future protests through stricter enforcement of permit laws.
By Jack Hood, 30 January 2012
Police in Oakland, California used rubber bullets, flash bangs, smoke grenades, bean bag guns, batons and tear gas to suppress the demonstrations. At least one person was hospitalized with serious injuries.
By Jack Hood, 26 January 2012
About two thousand people participated in demonstrations on Friday in San Francisco, and police in riot gear responded with 24 arrests.
By Juan Verala Luz, 24 January 2012
Two people were arrested, and police used pellets and batons against a protest last week in Riverside, California.
By Jack Cody, 24 January 2012
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has reached an agreement with the Food 4 Less supermarket chain in Southern California that ties wage increases to higher health premiums.
By Dan Conway, 23 January 2012
Police in Anaheim, California arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for four murders of homeless men in the surrounding area over the past four weeks.
By Russel Roller, 21 January 2012
Layoff notices are expected for about 1,500 city workers in Oakland, California this week. Of these, 200 are projected for February 1.
By David Brown, 20 January 2012
Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget involves significant cuts to social services and a sales tax increase that would predominantly affect the working class.
By David Brown and Dan Conway, 11 January 2012
The Los Angeles Unified School District, with the support of the teachers’ union, has enacted a plan that would bypass traditional job protections in the name of giving more autonomy to local schools.
By Rafael Azul and Kim Saito, 24 December 2011
Some 6000 nurses in California went on a one-day protest strike on Thursday December 22. The nurses are demanding decent staffing levels, health benefits, and sick leave.
By Kevin Martinez, 20 December 2011
The practice of fining the children for debts incurred by their parents has been going on for years by the California Department of Social Services, targeting family members of welfare recipients for collections, even if a family member was a minor when the alleged debt occurred.
By David Brown, 14 December 2011
On Monday, protesters sought to shut down ports across the West Coast. They succeeded in disrupting the ports in Oakland, Longview, and Portland, and caused temporary delays in Seattle and Long Beach.
By Jack Cody, 13 December 2011
Midway through the 2011-2012 fiscal year, California Governor Jerry Brown is preparing for billions of dollars in new cuts, targeting public education and the most vulnerable sections of the population.
By James Brewer, 8 December 2011
One hundred police in riot gear laid siege to the Occupy San Francisco encampment in a surprise early morning raid.
By our reporter, 6 December 2011
Undercover Los Angeles Police Department officers began infiltrating the Occupy LA encampment at least two weeks before the police raid on November 30.
By David Brown, 1 December 2011
The resolution, presented by a member of the International Students for Social Equality, denounces the attack on UC Davis students, and calls for an independent social and political movement of the entire working class.
By our reporters, 29 November 2011
Several hundred students at the University of California, Davis participated in protests on Monday in opposition to tuition increases and the pepper spraying of peaceful protesters.
By Jack Hood, 28 November 2011
The UC Davis chancellor who ordered police action against peaceful protesters is a prime example of the growing nexus between corporate CEOs, academic administrators and the police-intelligence apparatus.
26 November 2011
Members and supporters of the International Students for Social Equality discuss the political and international significance of the attack on Occupy protesters at the University of California, Davis.
By Jack Hood, 23 November 2011
Over 5,000 students gathered on the University of California, Davis quad to protest police brutality, social inequality, and tuition hikes. During a general assembly, the students voted in favor of a university strike, to be held on November 28.
By Jerry White, 23 November 2011
The November 18 police assault on protesting students at University of California, Davis has exposed the reactionary and brutal character of political, social and economic relations in the United States.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 November 2011
There are certain events that serve to lift the veil on class relations and become the focal point for mass public outrage. The deliberately vicious pepper spraying of peaceful protesters at the University of California, Davis is one of these events.
By Jack Hood, 17 November 2011
Demonstrations against increases in tuition at state universities in California have merged with Occupy protests against inequality.
By Kevin Kearney, 12 November 2011
Sacramento—the state capital of California and the home of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown—has spearheaded efforts to criminalize the Occupy protests over the last month.
By James Eckelburt, 11 November 2011
Police attacked a demonstration in Berkeley, California on Wednesday, hitting students and youth with batons and arresting nearly 40. One graduate student was sent to the campus health center with serious injuries.
By our reporters, 9 November 2011
The Occupy Los Angeles movement has entered its second month, with several hundred protesters encamped next to city hall.
By Kevin Martinez, 9 November 2011
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown of California unveiled a proposal last week outlining a series of attacks on public employees and their right to a secure retirement.
By David Brown, 4 November 2011
A one-day protest in Oakland, California on Wednesday was followed by early morning arrests and tear gas, while the trade unions moved quickly to reopen ports that were closed for the evening.
By Jerry White, 3 November 2011
Thousands of protesters participated in a day of marches and demonstrations in Oakland, California Wednesday, eight days after a violent attack by police on the Occupy Oakland encampment.
By our reporters, 29 October 2011
Police carried out a raid early Friday morning on Occupy San Diego, making 51 arrests and clearing out protesters who had been maintaining their encampment for three weeks.
By Jack Hood, 28 October 2011
About three thousand people gathered in Oakland, California Wednesday voted to call for a general strike on November 2 in response to the police crackdown on protesters.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 October 2011
Recent polls show widespread popular support for the Occupy Wall Street movement and its basic aims, centered on opposition to inequality and corporate domination of politics. The growth of support comes as local governments, implicitly backed by the Obama administration, are moving to shut down demonstrations―in some cases, violently.
By Fred Williams, 27 October 2011
Protests spread Wednesday night in Oakland, California and throughout the country, a day after police attacked unarmed demonstrators with tear gas, flash grenades, wounding several. Over one hundred were arrested, and there were several injuries.
By Fred Williams and Joseph Kishore, 26 October 2011
Police violently attacked hundreds of demonstrators in Oakland, California on Tuesday night, in part of a coordinated attempt to disperse occupy encampments in several cities throughout the US.