By Alexa Castro, 26 September 2020
Since the beginning of 2020, California has seen approximately 3.6 million acres burn—a testament to the growing climate crisis.
By Rafael Azul, 25 September 2020
While hundreds of homes burn to the ground and essential services are cut for the working class, California’s oligarchs save their homes and preserve their lifestyles with the aid of private firefighting services.
IYSSE at UC Berkeley condemns Philippine Stalinist “slanders and falsehoods” against Dr. Joseph Scalice
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at UC Berkeley, 25 September 2020
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison has accused Dr. Scalice of being a “CIA agent.” This pathetic lie is aimed at distracting workers and youth from Dr. Scalice’s exposure of the Stalinists’ support for president Rodrigo Duterte and other bourgeois politicians.
As Creek Fire become the largest in California history, farmworkers continue to labor without protection from smoke
By Aditya Veeraiah and Evan Winters, 24 September 2020
Even though plans were announced over a month ago to distribute hundreds of thousands of N95 masks to Fresno area farmworkers, few have received these masks, which provide a high level of protection against both air pollution and COVID-19.
By Melody Isley, 21 September 2020
As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, San Diego County supervisors are lobbying to artificially lower case numbers by excluding the recent outbreak at San Diego State University.
Dry weather continues to fuel historic wildfires in California, rains bring new dangers to Pacific Northwest
By Kevin Martinez, 21 September 2020
While fires continue to burn, destroying homes and displacing thousands, the Democrats and Republicans each seek to pass the blame onto each other.
By the Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 September 2020
The Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee has been established to protect the district’s students, teachers and staff from the deadly virus.
By John Andrews, 21 September 2020
Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva continues to lay blame on demonstrators and critics for the shooting of two deputies one week ago by a still unidentified assailant.
By Henry Hakamaki, 21 September 2020
The EPA loosened air pollution limits at the very time that coronavirus was becoming pandemic in the United States.
By Linda Rios, 19 September 2020
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 21 major fires are still burning in California, 12 in Oregon and 8 in Washington state.
By Peter Ross, 18 September 2020
The devastation caused by the 2020 fire season, like the COVID-19 pandemic, is a direct consequence of the criminal policies pursued by the American ruling class.
By Kevin Martinez, 16 September 2020
Tens of thousands of people fleeing fires have been forced to live in makeshift shelters, making effective social distancing measures nearly impossible.
San Diego State University seeks to shift blame to students for coronavirus outbreaks following reopening
By Melody Isley and Norissa Santa Cruz, 16 September 2020
As the virus spreads on campus, students have watched in horror as peers are taken away to isolation dorms by staff dressed in hazmat gear.
By John Andrews, 15 September 2020
After the shooting of two deputy sheriffs by an unknown gunman in Compton, California, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva threatened anti-police violence protesters and deputies roughed up and arrested a local reporter.
By Rafael Azul, 15 September 2020
Nearly 500,000 field workers have been severely affected by the ongoing wildfires as they continue to labor in California’s Central Valley and in the wine region, picking lettuce, strawberries, citrus, grapes, and other crops.
By Kayla Costa, 14 September 2020
With 33 dead and over 4.6 million acres burned, the unprecedented fires in California, Oregon and Washington have quickly spiraled into a catastrophe affecting the lives of millions.
By Bryan Dyne, 14 September 2020
The wildfires ripping through California and Oregon have exposed yet again the dangers posed by climate change and the inability of capitalist governments to deal with it.
By Linda Rios, 12 September 2020
As with the criminal mishandling of COVID-19, the mass devastation wrought by the wildfires exposes the complete inability of capitalism to address any social problem.
Ten percent of Oregon’s population ordered to evacuate as wildfires continue to ravage the US west coast
By David Fitzgerald, 11 September 2020
At least fourteen people have died in the latest outbreak: a one-year-old boy in Washington, three people in Oregon, and ten in California, and the death toll is expected to rise.
By Kevin Martinez, 10 September 2020
Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a wildfire emergency after two towns burnt to the ground and thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate.
By Rafael Azul, 9 September 2020
The record fires and deadly temperatures are an indictment of the failure of capitalism to resolve the ever-deepening environmental crisis caused by global warming.
By Dan Conway, 3 September 2020
On Monday, deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department stopped Dijon Kizzee over an alleged vehicle code violation while riding a bicycle leading to his murder after a brief foot chase.
By Peter Ross, 31 August 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly spread through California, with over 6,000 new infections per day, including 1,500 in Los Angeles County alone.
By Linda Rios, 29 August 2020
Nearly two dozen major fire complexes are still burning, along with hundreds of smaller ones, including a new fire that started in the early hours of Friday.
By Rafael Azul, 28 August 2020
State authorities are warning that fire conditions are still very dangerous and have warned evacuees not to return to their homes until allowed to do so.
By Anthony del Olmo, 27 August 2020
Northern California residents have suffered more than a week of wildfires caused by lightning strikes and a historic heat wave in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Peter Ross, 26 August 2020
As of Tuesday morning, 937 structures have been destroyed and 251 damaged, and the fires continue to threaten some 30,500 additional structures.
“I have nothing but a bunch of ashes”
By Norissa Santa Cruz, 24 August 2020
The two largest fires, now the second and third largest in the state’s history, are forcing hundreds of thousands to flee from deadly situation to another.
By Rafael Azul, 20 August 2020
The heat wave and numerous wildfires were all predictable, so why wasn’t California prepared?
By Renae Cassimeda, 18 August 2020
Democrats in the two largest school districts are pushing to reopen schools in a matter of weeks, endangering the lives of millions of residents in New York and Los Angeles.
By Peter Ross, 17 August 2020
A major heat wave affecting much of the southwestern US caused rolling blackouts Friday and Saturday throughout California.
By Marc Wells, 10 August 2020
The high court decision denies inmates their right to safety during a deadly pandemic and at the same time shows contempt for the lives of the poor.
By Tom Carter, 7 August 2020
Alongside rampant brutality, a secretive police culture has emerged featuring tattoos, occult rituals and symbols, codes of silence, and barbecues to celebrate murder.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear Socialist Equality Party candidates’ appeal in California voting rights case until after ballots are printed
By Shuvu Batta, 6 August 2020
The decision effectively deprives Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz of the right to have their appeal heard on the merits before the ballots are printed.
By Peter Ross, 4 August 2020
The massive fire continued to spread Monday in California’s Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
By Brian Dixon, 23 July 2020
Workers are protesting understaffing at the hospital, inadequate access to personal protective equipment, and management’s proposal to slash their benefits.
“They have put the needs of the 1 percent over the importance of human life”
By Linda Rios, 23 July 2020
Concerns about the lack of safety measures at the shipyard began to surface in late March, when a worker tested positive for COVID-19.
California judge rules that SEP candidates must collect physical signatures during pandemic or be excluded from ballot
By Kevin Reed, 22 July 2020
Federal District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee handed down a ruling on Tuesday against the lawsuit filed by the SEP, which argues that California’s ballot access laws are “effectively impossible” to satisfy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Marc Wells, 14 July 2020
The Los Angeles Apparel factory was shut down after months of reports and formal complaints filed by garment workers and advocacy groups.
Democratic California Governor Newsom argues that allowing SEP candidates on the ballot would cause “frustration of the democratic process”
By Isaac Finn, 14 July 2020
Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz are suing California for enforcing a 200,000-signature requirement. Yesterday, the candidates appealed a Michigan judge’s ruling against them to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
By Alex Johnson, 4 July 2020
According to health officials, the confirmed active case count in Riverside bloated to 10,059 on Thursday, compared to 9,532 on Wednesday. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 stands at 465.
By Kevin Martinez, 2 July 2020
Nurses are protesting unsafe working conditions while county health officials announced this week that ICU beds were at 99 percent capacity
SEP presidential candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access restrictions in California
By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP Vice Presidential Candidate, 2 July 2020
The Socialist Equality Party’s candidates argued in court filings Tuesday that the state’s requirement that the candidates gather 200,000 voter signatures is impossible to meet during the pandemic and a violation of basic democratic rights.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 June 2020
Nurses in the SEIU have launched a 10-day strike to protest staffing cuts while their for-profit hospital chain has received government bailouts.
San Diego city council approves $27 million increase in police budget, pledges millions for an Office of Race and Equity
By Linda Rios, 26 June 2020
The San Diego City Council’s budget for FY 2020-21 includes a $27 million increase in the funding of the Police Department and $3 million devoted to the creation of an “Office of Race and Equity.”
By Alan Gilman, 25 June 2020
Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 agreed to a two-year wage cut of over 11 percent for 96,000 custodians, administrators and nurses employed by the state government.
By Renae Cassimeda, 16 June 2020
Amid massive cuts to public education looming in the coming months, many of California’s K-12 public school districts facing prior budget shortfalls have already laid off educators for the coming school year.
By Rafael Azul, 15 June 2020
Protesters rallied in Palmdale, California on Saturday demanding answers in the death of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old black worker found hanging from a tree outside City Hall.
By Adam Mclean, 10 June 2020
The driver, Timothy Moore, was defended by police and subsequently released without charge after he rammed Robert Forbes.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 6 June 2020
Sean Monterrosa was on his knees with his hands held up when police officers shot five bullets into him through the windshield of their unmarked cruiser.
By Norissa Santa Cruz and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 May 2020
The Democratic governor is accelerating the re-opening of the state, allowing resumption of business for shopping malls, dine-in restaurants, and large gatherings, despite the enormous dangers of COVID-19.
Coronavirus pandemic spreads across the US South
By Bryan Dyne, 23 May 2020
The spike in cases in such divergent areas of the country is another indication that, contrary to official policy, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is not slowing but increasing.
By Peter Ross, 19 May 2020
The warehouse explosion spread the fire to adjacent buildings but was contained in about an hour by some 230 responders.
“How many people have to die for us to be treated like human beings?”
By Evan Blake, 30 April 2020
At least one worker at the warehouse has died from COVID-19 and many other have tested positive, as management moves to force workers to accept deadly working conditions or face getting fired and losing unemployment benefits.
By Jonathan Burleigh and Norissa Santa Cruz, 30 April 2020
Lacking any viable political strategy, the leaders of the UC grad student strike capitulated to the United Auto Workers, the same union teaching assistants rebelled against.
By Dan Conway, 25 April 2020
The cuts announced by the Democratic mayor herald an onslaught of similar measures in other US cities and states.
By Evelyn Rios, 23 April 2020
While knowing they will not have a job next school year and facing unemployment in six weeks, hundreds of laid-off teachers in the Sweetwater district have gone back to work.
San Leandro, California police execute man suffering mental health crisis in front of dozens of people in packed Wal-Mart
By Jacob Crosse, 21 April 2020
The killing of 33-year-old Steven Taylor on Saturday sparked outrage after a 57-second graphic video was posted and shared widely on social media.
By Dan Conway, 26 March 2020
The guilty plea allows the utility to escape further costs and legal liabilities stemming from its refusal to modernize its antiquated electrical grid.
By Jonathan Burleigh and Tom Hall, 11 March 2020
UAW Unit Chair Gerard Ramm declared that the union would not defend students who violated the no-strike clause in the UAW contract.
Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for vice president of the United States, 11 March 2020
Teachers, students and parents in California’s Sweetwater school district demonstrated outside a school board meeting.
Norissa Santa Cruz addresses University of California, Irvine strikers
By Jonathan Burleigh, 9 March 2020
As the strike spreads to administrative and professional workers at University of California's Hastings campus, Norissa Santa Cruz called at an organizing meeting at the Irvine campus for a break with the unions and a political struggle against the Democratic Party in defense of public education.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 March 2020
A key factor in the dizzying growth of Tesla’s profits is management’s blatant disregard for workers’ safety and health.
University of California graduate student strike: A struggle against the United Auto Workers and the Democratic Party
By Tom Hall, 7 March 2020
For two months, UC graduate students and teaching assistants have engaged in a wildcat strike, rebelling against the UAW to demand cost of living adjustments in one of the most expensive states in the US.
Joseph Kishore – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 7 March 2020
On Friday, March 6, hundreds of students at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, California walked out to oppose budget cuts and attacks on public education.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 3 March 2020
Thousands of graduate students and supporters rallied across California to demand higher wages and rehiring of over 100 victimized strikers. Administration, backed by the United Auto Workers, remains intransigent despite growing international support.
Workers must defeat the strikebreaking by the Democrats!
Statement of Socialist Equality Party (US) Vice Presidential candidate Norissa Santa Cruz, 29 February 2020
Janet Napolitano, the UC president and Obama’s former director of Homeland Security, has fired 54 striking grad students for daring to fight for living wages and affordable housing.
By Evelyn Rios, 28 February 2020
Hundreds of protesters opposed the layoffs the school district and union agreed to.
As support for wildcat strike spreads
By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 February 2020
The UAW declared in an open letter at Berkeley that it would not defend the UCSC strikers or any UC Berkeley students who took sympathy wildcat action.
By Anthony del Olmo, 26 February 2020
Another “Doomsday” rally is scheduled for Thursday, the new deadline set by the administration for grad students to end their strike or be fired.
By Dan Conway, 26 February 2020
California, the largest state in the US, also has the largest number of homeless people.
By Evelyn Rios, 24 February 2020
Sweetwater board of trustees will vote Monday to approve pink slips and closures of learning centers
Demonstrations throughout California in support of wildcat strike by UC-Santa Cruz graduate teaching assistants
By Anthony del Olmo, 22 February 2020
Friday’s demonstrations were dubbed the “Doomsday Strike” in reference to the 11:59pm deadline set for UCSC TAs to submit Fall semester grades or be fired.
By our reporters, 22 February 2020
While grad students, facing threats of dismissal and deportation, voted overwhelmingly to continue their wildcat strike, the UAW is seeking to contain the strike and prevent an open struggle against the Democrats.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 21 February 2020
The Faculty Senate passed a resolution in favor of striking students and demonstrations have spread to at least four other UC campuses.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 19 February 2020
Striking University of California, Santa Cruz graduate students are bravely defying administration’s threats and intimidation as support grows across the UC system among students and faculty, and across the country.
By Mike Ingram, 18 February 2020
The two companies headquartered in Massachusetts announced layoffs as investors demand profitability while at least eight Bay Area tech companies have alerted the state government of job losses totaling 1,100 positions.
Striking University of California-Santa Cruz grad students defy UAW, arrests and threats of termination
By Stewart Bernays and David Brown, 18 February 2020
UC president and former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano threatened to fire striking workers and demanded that they honor the contract imposed by the UAW.
By Adam Mclean, 17 January 2020
A SWAT team wielding semi-automatic AR-15s broke down the front door of the house with a battering ram and arrested the residents of the house along with two protesters.
By Evelyn Rios, 28 December 2019
Amidst the continued cuts by the Sweetwater Union High School District, teachers are beginning to speak out in defense of their jobs and the future of education.
“It’s just getting harder and harder to live”
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Ryley Koffing, 27 December 2019
San Diego has the fourth-highest number of homeless residents in the United States.
By Anthony del Olmo, 19 December 2019
The revised settlement retains the incredibly inadequate $13.5 billion payout, a pittance compared to the immense destruction wrought by the company’s criminally negligent practices.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 December 2019
The students, whose demand is a “Cost of Living Adjustment” to their wages as Graduate Teaching Assistants, are withholding submitting the final grades for Fall quarter.
By our reporters, 18 December 2019
Kaiser Permanente workers spoke to WSWS reporters about the horrific conditions in its mental health care system.
By Anthony del Olmo, 16 December 2019
If PG&E accedes to Newsom’s demands, the company’s board will simply be changed from Wall Street vultures to financial parasites from California.
By Steve Filips, 12 December 2019
As the holiday shipping season began, two young UPS workers were killed late last month when the cargo tugging vehicle they were riding overturned at the Ontario International Airport in California.
By Evan Blake, 11 December 2019
If approved, the deal will do nothing to make victims and their families whole, and will position PG&E to qualify for a $21 billion state wildfire fund to bail them out of future liabilities.
By Evelyn Rios, 11 December 2019
Graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz are demanding raises to meet the cost of living in one of the country's most expensive regions.
By Kevin Martinez, 5 December 2019
The 700-page report found that the company had systemic failures when it came to updating and fixing its infrastructure leading up to the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 85 people.
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 November 2019
Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center will vote tomorrow on the new contract, which will drive a chasm between higher-paid veteran nurses and all new hires.
California utility PG&E plans regular blackouts for another ten years as more residents have power cut this week
By Anthony del Omo and Dan Conway, 21 November 2019
Earlier this week, the Pacific Gas and Electricity utility (PG&E) announced that they would shut off electrical power to hundreds of thousands of customers beginning Wednesday morning in the fourth such mass power outage since October.
By Evelyn Rios, 13 November 2019
The real concern of the union is the amount of dues revenue that will be lost if UC continues to employ outsourced labor.
By Dan Conway, 11 November 2019
California police arrested 25-year-old Chelsea Cheyenne Becker on a charge of 1st degree murder last week after she delivered a stillborn baby with methamphetamine in its system.
An accounting of a crime
By Toby Reese, 11 November 2019
November 8 marked one year since the outbreak of the Northern California Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history.
“Air pollution is arguably the greatest environmental catastrophe in the world today”
By David Levine, 4 November 2019
The WSWS recently spoke with Dr. Richard A. Muller, a University of California professor who has published research on issues of air pollution, as well as Jameson Karns, a UC researcher in the field of fire management.
By Kevin Martinez, 1 November 2019
11 fires are presently raging across California, with reports indicating that the state’s utility monopolies likely bear responsibility for the most damaging fires.
PG&E "can tell you what to do and you have to pay them money"
By Gabriel Black, 30 October 2019
Millions of people are frustrated and sickened by the regularization of the blackouts.
Hundreds of thousands evacuated, more than two million without power as fires continue in California
By Gabriel Black and Dan Conway, 29 October 2019
In the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country in the world, millions are forced to spend days without power or flee for their lives as wildfires continue to rage.
By Renae Cassimeda, 28 October 2019
Large areas of northern California are engulfed in flames as wind gusts reach over 90 miles per hour, leading to the largest evacuation in the state’s history.
By Dan Conway, 26 October 2019
Millions of Californians are told to prepare for further power outages as wildfires wreak havoc across the length of the country’s most populous state.