California

School districts and administrators sue California over budget

By David Brown, 13 October 2011

The Association of California School Administrators and several school districts, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have sued the state of California over constitutionally mandated school funding.

Occupy LA protests enter second week

By a WSWS reporting team, 10 October 2011

Several hundred people were present Friday as protesters lined the block with signs denouncing the “one percent” super-wealthy and calling for justice for the 99 percent.

University of California students convicted for protesting Israeli ambassador’s speech

By Tom Carter, 30 September 2011

The prosecution of the “Irvine 11,” who protested a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California at Irvine last year, is an ominous attack on democratic rights in the US.

Union pushes through contract on Southern California grocery workers

By Kevin Martinez, 29 September 2011

The new three-year contract was pushed through by the union in a vote over the weekend, only a few days after the agreement was announced. Little has been made public, and workers were given no time to study its provisions.

University of California prepares huge tuition hikes

By David Brown, 22 September 2011

In response to the University of California’s continuing budget cuts, the Board of Regents is preparing to vote on tuition increases that will nearly double the cost of university over the next four years.

Grocery workers union signs agreement with Southern California supermarkets

By Rafael Azul, 20 September 2011

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union announced on Monday that it had reached an agreement with Southern California supermarket chains.

California teachers’ pension system labeled “high-risk issue” by state auditors

By Kevin Martinez, 14 September 2011

The California state auditor issued a report last month branding the defined benefit program of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System a “high-risk issue.”

Southern California power outage exposes decay of US infrastructure

By Toby Reese, 12 September 2011

A blackout last week affected 4 million people in San Diego County, southwestern Arizona, and parts of northern Mexico.

“This isn’t even a band-aid”

Thousands line up for jobs fair in Los Angeles

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 September 2011

Los Angeles was the site of the last of the jobs fairs organized by the Congressional Black Caucus, aimed at shoring up support for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

California schools: Billions more in cuts

By David Brown, 1 September 2011

Budget shortfalls in California make likely further cuts at all levels of public education, causing tuition increases at universities and a push for charter schools in K-12.

Fullerton, California authorities attempt to cover up police murder of innocent homeless man

By Tom Carter, 25 August 2011

The official and now fully-discredited whitewash by city authorities of a brutal police killing in Fullerton, California gives some indication of the depth of the social crisis in the United States.

Los Angeles grocery workers speak on strike vote

By Dan Conway, 22 August 2011

Southern California members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union voted for the second time in five months to authorize strike action against the three largest regional supermarket chains, Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons.

California grocery workers speak ahead of strike vote

By David Brown, 20 August 2011

Grocery workers at three major chains in Southern California are voting Friday and Saturday on whether to accept the latest contract offer or go on strike.

California transit agency cuts cell phone service to silence protests

By Kevin Kearney, 17 August 2011

In a blatant violation of democratic rights, Bay Area Rapid Transit cut cell service as a preemptive strike against a protest over police brutality last week.

California police shootings prompt popular outrage

By Juan Verala Luz and Kevin Kearney, 3 August 2011

A string of police shootings in California in recent weeks have provoked outrage in the population.

Public meeting in Los Angeles

The way forward for California grocery workers

Socialist Equality Party, 3 August 2011

A struggle against demands for wage and benefit cuts in California raises basic political questions for grocery workers and the entire working class.

Need overwhelms Southern California food pantries

By Ramon Valle, 18 July 2011

Los Angeles and Orange Counties, known as centers of Southern California wealth and glamour, are now home to half a million people seeking help from food pantries.

UFCW prepares betrayal of California supermarket workers

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 July 2011

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) recently held a series of rallies in California to let grocery workers vent their frustration.

California State University raises tuition

By Oliver Richards, 14 July 2011

The decision to hit students with another massive tuition increase came at the same time the Board of Regents approved a sharp pay hike for the new president of San Diego State University.

California moves to increase charter schools

By David Brown, 27 June 2011

Under conditions of oppressive budget cuts, some public schools are effectively being coerced into privatization as an alternative to cuts to essential programs.

Grocery workers march and rally in Los Angeles over contract impasse

By D. Lencho, 22 June 2011

Hundreds of grocery workers and supporters marched and rallied in Los Angeles on Tuesday over stalled contract negotiations with the supermarket chains Ralph’s, Vons and Albertsons.

California Governor Brown vetoes budget, demanding more cuts

By Dan Conway, 20 June 2011

As the 2010-2011 fiscal year comes to a close, the state of California faces the prospect of fiscal insolvency and the creation of a “doomsday budget” involving massive cuts to social programs.

Arbitrator imposes concessions on California transit workers

By Oliver Richards, 15 June 2011

In a thoroughly undemocratic move, an arbitrator declared Monday night that transit workers in San Francisco, California would have to accept a concessions contract that they just rejected by an overwhelming margin.

California teachers’ unions collaborate with state officials to impose cuts

By Allison Smith and Tom Carter, 13 June 2011

The United Teachers of Los Angeles has once again collaborated with state officials and the Democratic Party to impose cuts on teachers and the state education system.

California transit workers reject union-backed contract

By Toby Reese, 10 June 2011

Transit workers in the city of San Francisco overwhelmingly rejected a contract on Wednesday supported by both Transit Workers Union and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

California teachers and students protest against education cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 27 May 2011

In response to past budget cuts and the threat of future ones, California’s schools have continued to layoff teachers and staff while axing programs.

US Supreme Court decision exposes barbaric conditions in California prisons

By Kevin Kearney, 27 May 2011

In a narrow majority opinion, the court found that gross overcrowding and its effect on inmate health care constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” in violation of the 8th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Following more budget cuts, tuition to increase at California’s public colleges

By Kevin Martinez, 25 May 2011

In his revised May state budget proposal, California’s Democratic governor Jerry Brown proposed a multitude of tax extensions and spending cuts to balance California’s remaining $9.6 billion deficit.

Public meeting in Los Angeles

The way forward in the fight against budget cuts in California

24 May 2011

This public meeting will address the political issues in the fight against the attack on health care and education in California and throughout this US.

California Democratic governor releases proposal for continued budget austerity

By David Brown and Dan Conway, 23 May 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown has released his proposal to deal with state’s remaining budget deficit through $2.2 billion in spending cuts and $9 billion in regressive tax proposals.

California teachers and students denounce cuts in public education

By our reporters, 16 May 2011

Thousands of teachers, students and supporters in California participated in demonstrations Friday to oppose cuts in public education. The World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those attending.

Education is a social right! Unite teachers, students and workers against all cuts!

By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 12 May 2011

This statement will be distributed by supporters of the SEP and ISSE at rallies of teachers Friday in California to oppose attacks on public education.

Southern California grocery workers authorize strike

By Jack Hood, 29 April 2011

A strike vote by 62,000 grocery workers in California is part of growing opposition to attacks on workers’ living standards throughout the US.

Los Angeles: Budget crisis used to press attack against city workers

By Dan Conway, 27 April 2011

The Los Angeles, California city government, headed by Democratic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is working with the trade unions to enforce drastic cuts in pay and benefits on its 19,000-member workforce.

California governor campaigns for budget cuts, regressive taxes

By Jack Hood and Oliver Richards, 26 April 2011

Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown has launched a statewide campaign to promote his proposals to extend regressive taxes as part of a budget-cutting plan that includes deep cuts in social programs.

California’s Democratic governor targets public pensions

By David Brown, 19 April 2011

In the US state of California, both the Democrats and Republicans, led by Governor Jerry Brown, are pushing for pension reform as yet another way to make workers pay for the budget crisis.

Budget cuts to hit public education in California

By Jack Cody and Russell Roller, 13 April 2011

The WSWS spoke to teachers and students in the US state of California about the deep cuts being implemented in public education at all levels.

California public employee unions line up against workers

By Tom Carter, 2 April 2011

Last week, the administration of California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, with the full support of both parties, passed a draconian package of $8 billion in budget cuts.

Facing layoff, California city worker commits suicide

By Kim Saito and Rafael Azul, 30 March 2011

In Costa Mesa, California, city maintenance worker Huy Pham jumped to his death shortly after officials announced that they were going ahead with the sacking of nearly half the city workforce.

California governor, legislature approve deep cuts in social programs

By David Brown and Joseph Kishore, 29 March 2011

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last week a package of measures that will slash billions from welfare, health care, and education. Meanwhile, the trade unions and the Democratic Party are working to push through concessions contracts on state and city workers.

California teachers unions back regressive tax proposal

By David Brown, 23 March 2011

Teachers unions across California are throwing their support behind Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s regressive tax proposal.

California state workers’ pensions under attack

By Kevin Martinez, 19 March 2011

After assuming the office of governor, thanks in part to the endorsement of many public sector unions, California Democrat Jerry Brown is now eying “pension reform” as a means to cut state expenditures and address a $27 billion budget deficit.

Long Beach, California: Public schools targeted for massive cuts, layoffs

By Tom Carter and Kim Saito, 16 March 2011

In anticipation of massive cuts at the statewide level, Long Beach, California issued layoff notices and announced school closures.

San Diego school district launches new attacks on teachers

By Richard Vargas, 14 March 2011

A special meeting of the San Diego Unified School District, the second largest district in California, approved a proposal that represents another round in the attacks against the working class in the state.

Momentum builds for austerity budget in California

By Dan Conway, 7 March 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown has set a March 10 deadline to reach agreement on a budget to resolve the state’s $26 billion budget deficit.

California’s budget crisis: a historical overview

By Jack Cody, 28 February 2011

California has been at the center of the transformation of the American economy from a system of producing socially useful commodities to one in which wealth is transferred to the financial class without going through the intermediate process of production.

Proposed California budget slashes education

By David Brown, 21 February 2011

California’s proposed budget will force new cuts to public education regardless of whether the Governor’s tax proposals are passed.

Los Angeles School District works with ACLU to deny teachers’ seniority rights

By John Andrews, 2 February 2011

To settle a class action filed by the local ACLU against the Los Angeles Unified School District, a court order was entered to allow the layoff of teachers without regard to seniority rights.

Education crisis in California

By David Brown, 26 January 2011

California’s schools are in a “state of financial emergency,” and can expect significant losses to quality of education under the proposed state budget.

Oppose Brown’s cuts in California! Education must be a social right!

By International Students for Social Equality, 25 January 2011

This statement is being distributed by members of the ISSE in the US state of California as the new college semester begins.

California governor begins term proposing massive austerity budget

By Dan Conway, 13 January 2011

On Monday, newly installed Democratic governor of California, Jerry Brown, released his proposal to resolve the state's $24.5 billion budget deficit, including measures that are far more draconian than those made by his Republican predecessor.

Democrats, Republicans plan deep cuts in US state budgets

By Joseph Kishore, 11 January 2011

States throughout the US are beginning to unveil budget proposals, with the Democratic governor of California, Jerry Brown, leading the way in proposing steep cuts in health care and other social services for the poor.

Right-wing Democrat takes California governor’s office, demands “sacrifice”

By Tom Carter, 6 January 2011

The inauguration speech of right-wing Democrat Jerry Brown, callously boasting of the harshness of his austerity budget, amounted to a declaration of war by the new governor of California against the state's working population.

Los Angeles area teachers, parents fight charter school takeover

By D. Lencho and Kevin Martinez, 20 December 2010

McKinley Elementary is set to become the first school in California to be converted from a public to a charter school under the so-called parent trigger option.

California budget crisis poses new attacks on teachers

By Oliver Richards, 16 December 2010

California politicians, at both the state and local level, are exploiting the budget crisis to cut social spending and drive down living standards of teachers and other state workers.

Los Angeles expands charter schools in attack on public education

By Dan Conway, 11 December 2010

The Los Angeles Unified School District has for the third time in a single year made it possible for several of its new and existing schools to be converted into charter and other semi-private institutions.

Los Angeles schools suffer more job cuts

By David Brown, 9 December 2010

The Los Angeles Unified School District has laid off more than 1,000 non-teaching personnel, while decreasing pay for thousands more.

California state workers’ pensions under assault

By Kevin Martinez, 6 December 2010

The California state budget, passed in early October, mandates brutal cuts to social programs and pension plans.

New social cuts in California to follow revised budget deficit

By Tom Carter, 19 November 2010

A week after the November election, California’s budget deficit projection has been revised sharply upward, and a special legislative session has been called to implement new cuts.

Thirteen arrested in California student protest

By Rafael Azul, 19 November 2010

A University of California police officer drew his gun at protesting students in San Francisco on Wednesday.

California state workers’ union pushes through cuts in pay and pensions

By Jack Cody, 18 November 2010

The contract is an indication of the type of austerity measures that will be imposed—with the complicity of the unions—throughout the state and across the US.

California’s public universities start new round of tuition hikes

By James Crawford and Dan Conway, 11 November 2010

California State University voted to increase tuition by 15.5 percent Wednesday, while the University of California system is preparing to increase fees by 8 percent.

Public outrage over light sentence for California cop

By Tom Carter, 6 November 2010

Public outrage and ongoing protests followed the announcement of a shockingly light sentence for the police officer who killed unarmed youth Oscar Grant on a train platform on January 1, 2009.

Right-wing Democrat wins in California gubernatorial election

By Tom Carter, 5 November 2010

California’s highly publicized and heavily-funded gubernatorial race concluded with the victory of right-wing Democrat Jerry Brown amid mass abstention from the polls, especially by young people.

California ballot propositions: Corporate money and the illusion of reform

By Karl Eisner, 2 November 2010

Along with several measures that deal with state park fees and California’s redistricting commission, voters will decide on notable propositions concerning the state’s budget, corporate taxation, climate change law and drug policy.

Right-wing consensus in California gubernatorial elections

By Kevin Kearney, 22 October 2010

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown are both agreed on the need to impose further harsh austerity measures, including mass layoffs and cuts to education, health care and pensions.

California budget cuts billions from social programs

By Dan Conway, 13 October 2010

The budget passed with both Democratic and Republican Party support is the latest in a series of budgets with crippling cuts targeted at the working class.

Supreme Court to review order to slash California’s prison population

By Kevin Kearney, 7 October 2010

On June 14, 2010, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s challenge of a court order requiring the state to reduce its prison population by 46,000 inmates.

Break with Obama and the Democratic Party

For an independent working class movement to defend public education!

By the Statement International Students for Social Equality, 7 October 2010

Students are protesting today against attacks on public education under conditions of mounting social distress for millions of young people.

Tens of thousands of distressed homeowners line up for assistance in Los Angeles

By Tom Carter, 6 October 2010

Workers desperate to save their homes waited around the clock in long lines for a brief chance to negotiate a slightly lower monthly payment. Many spoke to the WSWS about their economic distress and their anger at the Obama administration.

New austerity budget in California

By Olivier Richards, 4 October 2010

The two main components of the budget are further cuts to social programs and an attack on pensions for state workers. Politicians of both parties agreed to reject any measures that increase taxes on the wealthy or corporations.

After San Bruno firestorm

California energy giant PG&E releases list of 100 most dangerous gas pipelines

By Kevin Kearney, 25 September 2010

Following the San Bruno explosion, PG&E has released a list of the most dangerous sections of gas pipeline in Northern and Central California. This has only heightened concerns that the region is sitting on a number of gas explosion “time bombs.”

Planning committee on education cuts—the ISO supports the Democratic Party

By Jack Cody, 23 September 2010

A meeting called to discuss a “day of action” to protest education cuts in California exposes the role of ex-left organizations like the International Socialist Organization as front groups for the Democratic Party.

More evidence of PG&E cost-cutting prior to San Bruno explosion

By Kevin Kearney, 17 September 2010

The California utility that operates the pipeline that exploded in San Bruno last week killing at least seven people, failed to perform a scheduled replacement on a near-by pipe or install automatic shut-off valves.

Evidence points to infrastructure decay in California gas explosion

By Kevin Kearney, 13 September 2010

As the death toll mounts from Thursday’s gas explosion in San Bruno, California, evidence is beginning to emerge pointing to infrastructure decay and neglect.

California budget impasse leads to funding crisis in health care, education

By Dan Conway, 13 September 2010

Seventy-five days into the current fiscal year, the California legislature Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have failed to reach agreement on a budget, prompting the state to suspend billions of dollars in payments for critical social programs.

Gas line explosion in California kills four, injures dozens

By Kevin Kearney, 11 September 2010

Four people were killed, 52 injured, and dozens of homes were destroyed when a gas line exploded in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno Thursday evening.

Los Angeles Mayor defends shooting of immigrant worker

By Rafael Azul, 11 September 2010

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has jumped to defend as “heroes” officers who shot an immigrant worker on Sunday. Meanwhile, opposition and anger among residents erupted at a mass meeting on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Times campaigns against teachers

By Jack Cody, 20 August 2010

The Los Angeles Times has published an analysis of the “effectiveness” of city teachers, as part of an intensifying campaign to blame teachers for deteriorating conditions in public schools.

California governor Schwarzenegger declares state of fiscal emergency

By Dan Conway, 2 August 2010

After having failed in its attempt to impose a minimum wage order on California state workers, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of fiscal emergency Thursday, allowing him to sign into a law a measure requiring state workers to resume taking three unpaid days off per month.

Fires ravage Southern California

By Jack Cody, 2 August 2010

Three separate fires burned all last week in Southern California’s Los Angeles and Kern Counties, setting off the state’s fire season.

Social crisis in California deepens for millions

By Richard Vargas and Alfonso Santana, 23 July 2010

The seven-week delay by the US Senate in passing an extension of unemployment benefits has considerably deepened the social crisis in California, the most populous state.

California proposes to eliminate CalWORKS welfare program

By Kim Saito and D. Lencho, 12 July 2010

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes the wholesale elimination of the state’s welfare program, CalWORKS, which will affect 1.4 million low-income people, including 1.1 million children.

Mass arrests in Oakland protests against court verdict

Police officer who killed defenseless man given lenient verdict

By Jack Cody and Tom Eley, 10 July 2010

On Thursday Oakland police arrested 83 protesters after a jury delivered a lenient verdict in the trial of a police officer who killed an unarmed man.

California governor seeks reductions in state worker pay

By Dan Conway, 8 July 2010

The California state legislature failed to meet its deadline to pass a budget last Thursday, prompting Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to call for the reduction in state worker pay to federal minimum wage, a mere $7.25 per hour.

California pension system seeks $700 million in state funds

By Kevin Martinez, 6 July 2010

The board of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest pension fund in the US, voted to seek an extra $700 million from taxpayer funds and 1,000 school districts.

California: Unions work with governor to cut state worker retirement benefits

By Dan Conway, 21 June 2010

Last Wednesday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reached deals with four key public sector labor unions that drastically reduce the state’s pension obligations and rollback retirement benefits for state workers.

California nursing homes received millions in state funds as staff, services cut

By Kevin Martinez, 13 May 2010

According to an investigation conducted by the non-profit group California Watch, scores of California nursing homes have used more than $880 million in state funding to increase profits, while firing staff and reducing wages.

Oakland, California teachers authorize a strike

By Oliver Richards, 10 May 2010

On May 3 Oakland teachers voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing their union to call a strike, with 565 out of a total of 755 voting yes.

Drop in California state revenues exacerbates budget crisis

By Dan Conway, 8 May 2010

Finance officials for the US state of California reported a precipitous drop in tax collections, which will lead to further reductions in spending on education and social services.

Oakland, California teachers participate in one-day strike

By the a WSWS reporting team, 1 May 2010

A rally by Oakland, California teachers on Thursday reflected growing opposition to the attack on public education. The one-day strike was used by the union, however, to blow off steam as it works with the school board to impose concessions.

Los Angeles faces insolvency

By Dan Conway, 10 April 2010

Los Angeles faces the possibility of running out of cash in its general fund, accompanied by threats from city officials to push through furloughs and stop paying employees.

Los Angeles sends layoff notices to 5,200 teachers

By D. Lencho, Kevin Martinez and Dan Conway, 9 March 2010

The Los Angeles Unified School District voted to send out 5,200 layoff notices to school employees, even as the teachers’ union was given control of 22 campuses in the city.

Thousands rally in San Diego, California against education cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 March 2010

Members of the International Students for Social Equality addressed large demonstrations in San Diego, California, as part of protests throughout the state and country on March 4.

ISSE members speak at San Diego rallies

6 March 2010

Members of the International Students for Social Equality spoke March 4 at rallies in San Diego, which drew thousands of people to protest cuts to public education. The demonstrations were part of events throughout the state and country to oppose school closures, tuition increases, and teacher layoffs.

Students and staff protest against education cuts in US

By a WSWS reporting team, 5 March 2010

Tens of thousands of students, teachers and workers participated in protests Thursday against cuts in education across the US. Many of the largest protests occurred in California.

NUMMI auto workers denounce UAW intimidation

2 March 2010

The WSWS attended a United Auto Workers union meeting in Fremont, California, on February 28. Workers opposed the closure of the NUMMI auto plant and denounced the role of the UAW in working with the company and seeking to intimidate workers.

Locked-out California Borax mine workers oppose concessions

1 March 2010

The WSWS spoke with Rio Tinto miners participating in a rally in Boron, California on February 24. Some 570 Borax mine workers in the city have been locked out for four weeks after workers opposed contract concessions.

San Francisco school district prepares to lay off 900 workers

By Oliver Richards, 27 February 2010

The move by the school board in the US state of California is part of a nationwide attack on teachers and public education.

UAW holds nationalist rally at NUMMI plant in California

By Kevin Kearney, 25 February 2010

A rally held on February 12 was part of the UAW’s chauvinist anti-Japanese campaign, intended to boost profits for the Big Three and cloak the union’s complicity in attacking auto workers.