By Dan Conway, 15 December 2017
As the massive wildfires that engulf Southern California continue, a fire that consumed portions of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhood is being blamed on the city’s homeless.
By Adam Mclean, 15 December 2017
Alston spent his time in the impoverished LA neighborhood notorious for homelessness, drug abuse and police brutality.
By Brian Dixon and Dan Conway, 12 December 2017
Though some of the relatively smaller fires are now considered completely or nearly completely contained, larger fires in Ventura, San Diego and Riverside continue to burn.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 12 December 2017
The austerity measures will further undermine education in a school district that has already faced deep cuts.
By Dan Conway, 9 December 2017
As the fires continue, the Trump administration is pushing for cuts in fire prevention and Democratic Governor Brown is imposing pension cuts on firefighters.
By Dan Conway, 8 December 2017
Wildfires continue in Southern California with high winds stoking at least five major blazes in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura County areas.
By Dan Conway, 7 December 2017
Increasing temperatures coupled with funding cuts have left forestry services around the country woefully unprepared to deal with the rising danger.
By David Brown, 4 December 2017
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder in a case Trump had made central to his anti-immigrant presidential campaign.
By Evan Blake, 2 December 2017
Students registered opposition to the suppression of free speech and militarization of police by signing a petition and joining the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.
By Trévon Austin, 25 November 2017
Richard Coley was exonerated of the killing of his ex-girlfriend and her four-year-old son in Simi Valley based on modern DNA testing technology.
By Marc Wells, 24 November 2017
Los Angeles community colleges report that one in five students is homeless, while two-thirds cannot afford proper nutrition.
By Brad Dixon, 20 November 2017
This brings the total number of cases of the disease in the past month to 15, two of which have been fatal.
By Hector Cordon, 15 November 2017
Apparently picking out victims at random, the gunman opened fire at houses, cars and in several locations, including an elementary school.
By Therese Leclerc, 6 November 2017
Approximately 28,000 undocumented adults and children live in the region worst affected by the flames. But they do not qualify for federal aid.
By Marc Wells, 25 October 2017
The Los Angeles Police Commission voted last week to approve the deployment in the face of overwhelming public opposition.
By our reporters, 23 October 2017
Residents in Sonoma County were forced to flee their homes, in the very path of the flames, when officials decided not to activate the cell phone warning system.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 October 2017
While the number of new cases shows signs of slowing, the city of San Diego has forcefully removed homeless encampments from the downtown area.
By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 16 October 2017
In neither Napa nor Sonoma counties were the residents warned through the mobile-phone emergency alert systems of the impending catastrophe. In Lake County, the county used mobile alerts and is the only county to report zero deaths.
By our reporters, 13 October 2017
The death toll from the still uncontrolled wildfires in Northern California rose to 31 Thursday, making it the deadliest outbreak in the state’s history.
At least 23 dead as reports point to electrical infrastructure as possible cause of California fires
By Kevin Martinez, 12 October 2017
Reports are emerging that power lines owned by Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility for Northern California, may have sparked the fires.
By Rafael Azul, 11 October 2017
Flames from the wind-fueled fires obliterated housing developments and burned businesses to the ground in the city of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County.
By Trévon Austin, 10 October 2017
Officials have described the rapidly developing situation as one of the most destructive fire emergencies in the state’s history.
By David Brown, 3 October 2017
The university administration, headed by former Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, used the right-wing provocation as a pretext for mobilizing police on campus.
By Norisa Diaz, 28 September 2017
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at the US/Mexico border during the closure last weekend of the busiest border crossing in the world.
By John Burton, 25 September 2017
The fact that the national epidemic of police violence is now appearing with such virulence in communities such as Huntington Beach demonstrates that the fundamental causes are far deeper than racial discrimination.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 September 2017
A planned two-day strike potentially involving 10,000 workers was called off at the last minute by the Service Employees International Union.
By Kevin Martinez, 5 September 2017
At least ten people have succumbed to the infectious disease since officials promised a solution more than two months ago.
By Marc Wells, 5 September 2017
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County as wildfires threatened thousands of acres.
By Guillaume Garnier, 26 August 2017
Rents and housing prices in the most populous state in the US continue to rise, driving hundreds of thousands of workers and youth into economic crisis.
By Glenn Mulwray, 26 August 2017
According to a recent survey, Los Angeles community college students are experiencing widespread homelessness and chronic food insecurity.
By Anthony del Olmo, 3 August 2017
Congressman Juan Vargas hosted an Immigration Town Hall in San Diego that amounted to advice on how to ensure a smooth deportation.
By Jill Lux, 3 August 2017
Threats have been made against Professor Jonathan Graubart, who denounced the effusions of sympathy for the the long-time war-monger who was diagnosed with brain cancer.
By Jake Dean, 2 August 2017
Two-thirds of the US population lives in a “Constitution-free zone,” where anyone, including citizens, can be detained and questioned by federal immigration agents.
By Adam Mclean, 1 August 2017
The Detwiler Fire has forced evacuation near Yosemite National Park, while inmates are being used to control the blaze.
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 June 2017
Police claim that Armando Garcia-Muro was struck in the chest by a “skip” round that ricocheted from where it struck the ground after police opened fire on a pit bull.
“Being an ‘independent contractor’ is just an illusion so they can pocket more money for themselves”
By our reporters, 23 June 2017
Drivers in Long Beach spoke to the WSWS about the issues in their strike.
By our reporters, 21 June 2017
Port truck drivers are fighting to be classified as full-time employees, not “independent contractors” without guaranteed wages, health benefits or job protections.
By our reporters, 19 June 2017
To describe the Otay Mesa Detention Facility in California as Orwellian is an understatement.
By Evan Blake, 15 June 2017
The shooting was the 154th mass shooting in the US so far this year, and is yet another reflection of the profound social crisis gripping the country.
Rally held in solidarity with children of immigrant parents arrested by US Border Patrol in San Diego
By our reporters, 9 June 2017
A rally of 100 supporters was held Tuesday evening in National City, where the four children and their lawyer called for the immediate release of their parents.
By Evan Blake, 9 June 2017
While the two men clearly bear responsibility, their prosecution is meant to deflect blame from equally culpable city officials and others responsible for creating the housing crisis in the Bay Area.
By Thomas Gaist and Marc Wells, 9 June 2017
The number of homeless living in Los Angeles County grew by 23 percent over the last year, rising to 58,000.
By Jake Dean, 7 June 2017
A majority of schools examined so far have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in drinking water.
By Dan Conway, 23 May 2017
The LAUSD school board election highlighted the role of America’s oligarchs pushing for privatization and the discrediting of the teacher unions.
By Norisa Diaz and Toby Reese, 23 May 2017
Some 1,500 educators and support staff in the San Diego Unified School District have been finishing the school year with apprehension that they may not have a job next fall.
By Marko Leone and Kevin Martinez, 20 May 2017
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has called for a 15 percent cut in the city’s budget for theaters, museums, playhouses and other cultural sites.
By Genevieve Leigh, 18 May 2017
A new report by Human Rights Watch reviewed nearly 300,000 federal detentions of immigrants in facilities in California from 2011 to 2015.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 11 April 2017
There is widespread opposition to the layoffs of 1,500 teachers and staff, but to fight, school workers must build a political movement against the squandering of resources on war and the interests of the super-rich.
By Glenn Mulwray, 3 April 2017
A recent report revealed that children in working class neighborhoods across California have tested for elevated lead levels as high or higher than children in Flint.
By Adam Mclean, 27 March 2017
Differences over the issue of sanctuary jurisdictions are raising tensions between ICE and local police forces.
By Zaida Green and Glenn Mulwray, 21 March 2017
At stake are basic constitutional rights—the right to free speech and political expression—which are severely curtailed by both school-wide and district-wide regulations.
By Dan Conway, 18 March 2017
The layoffs are part of an ongoing attempt to gut public education in the nation’s second largest school district.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 March 2017
A report released Monday by the Department of Homeland Security reveals inhumane conditions for immigrant detainees at Theo Lacy jail in Orange County, California.
By Norisa Diaz and Renae Cassimeda, 8 March 2017
WSWS reporters recently spoke with homeless residents on the difficulties of getting by in one of the nation’s most expensive cities.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 March 2017
School Board Trustees who approved the layoffs cited the district’s $124 million budget deficit.
By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2017
While the Oroville Dam crisis highlighted the crumbling nature of US dams, levees around the country are also in deteriorating conditions.
By Glenn Mulwray, 22 February 2017
Rainstorms wreaked havoc over Southern California last weekend, causing mass power outages and flooding.
“This is a big kick for families that are already struggling.”
By Zac Corrigan, 16 February 2017
Thousands of evacuees from beneath the eroded Oroville dam sheltered their families at the fairgrounds in Chico, California.
By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2017
Billions of dollars in dam repairs needed around the United States are not being made, putting countless lives at risk.
By Zac Corrigan and Ben McGrath, 15 February 2017
Several days of rain are forecast to begin this evening, meaning residents must be prepared to evacuate again at a moment’s notice.
By Evan Blake, 15 February 2017
Over 600 pages of redacted reports by local police officers, firefighters and building inspectors detail dozens of visits to the Ghost Ship warehouse in recent years.
By Ben McGrath, 14 February 2017
The state government ignored clear warnings of an impending disaster at the Oroville dam and gave residents just one hour to evacuate when the emergency spillway began to fail.
By our reporters, 3 February 2017
Chapters of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality led campus rallies to defend immigrant and refugee rights against the policies of the Trump administration.
By Evan Blake, 17 January 2017
The hosting of far-right Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, and the event's cancellation due to protests, mark the politically charged atmosphere leading up to Trump's inauguration.
By Dan Conway, 13 January 2017
More than 96,000 state workers are voting this week on a new contract between Service Workers International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 and the state government, led by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
By our reporters, 11 January 2017
Teamsters Local 2010, which represents over 12,000 UC administrative, support and clerical staff, staged a limited one-day strike Tuesday.
By Evelyn Rios, 10 January 2017
The strike affects all 10 UC campuses and five medical centers throughout the system.
By Zaida Green, 16 December 2016
The operation last week mobilized heavily-armed sheriff’s deputies, sniffer-dog squads, and undercover police from the FBI, the LAPD, and the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
Developers are “deliberately making properties uninhabitable”
By David Brown, 12 December 2016
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Laura Lane, the Housing Practice Director for the East Bay Community Law Center on conditions facing tenants in Oakland.
By Seb Gomez, 10 December 2016
Having called off a strike hours before it was set to begin, the Sharp Professional Nurses Network pushed through a new sellout contract.
By David Brown, 6 December 2016
With at least 36 confirmed dead, the Ghost Ship fire is the deadliest in over a decade—the product of city negligence and skyrocketing rent prices driving an informal housing market.
By David Brown, 5 December 2016
The currently confirmed death toll makes this the worst building fire in the United States since 2003, when 100 people died in a night club fire in Rhode Island.
By Dan Conway, 5 December 2016
The Service Employees International Union called off the strike by 95,000 California state workers to prevent a struggle against the austerity measures of Governor Brown and the Democrats.
By Marko Leone, 3 December 2016
As part of the deal calling off the walkout by more than 3,000 nurses, the union secured an agreement from management giving it authority to collect dues from new nurses.
By Marc Wells, 26 November 2016
An examination of social conditions in Los Angeles, America’s second largest city, reveals the intense hardship facing wide layers of the population.
By our reporters, 18 November 2016
Between 150 and 200 students, workers and youth attended the lecture at San Diego State University, which analyzed origins and implications of Trump’s victory in the US elections.
By our reporters, 14 November 2016
Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the Los Angeles area over the weekend to protest the election of Donald Trump.
By Joseph Santolan, 10 November 2016
The Berkeley protest was part of a wave of protests in cities across the country expressing shock and outrage at the election of Trump.
By Jake Dean and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 November 2016
While thousands of Haitian immigrants remain stranded at the US-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security has quietly ended its moratorium on deportations.
By Dan Conway, 4 November 2016
The union fears that a strike will cut across its support for the Democratic Brown administration and the Democratic Party.
By Adam Mclean, 3 November 2016
From a class standpoint, it is impossible to support an anti-death penalty proposition that expands life imprisonment without parole and other forms of punishment of prisoners.
By our correspondents, 29 October 2016
Jerry White spoke before more than 100 students at San Diego State University, while Niles Niemuth addressed a meeting of nearly 40 at the State University of New York at Geneseo.
By John Burton, 26 October 2016
A Pentagon program to claw back millions of dollars in reenlistment bonuses has revealed the contempt of the military-intelligence complex for its former soldiers.
By Marc Wells, 26 October 2016
The accident is one of the deadliest of its kind in California history.
By our reporter, 18 October 2016
The meetings in Rapid City and Pine Ridge Reservation were the first SEP meetings to be held in the state, and the latter was the first held on an American Indian reservation.
By Zaida Green, 5 October 2016
The unidentified young man was shot to death just a day after the fatal shooting of another youth, 18-year-old Carnell Snell, Jr.
By Genevieve Leigh, 3 October 2016
Recently-released video shows an officer firing deadly shots at unarmed Olango less than two minutes after arriving on the scene.
By Dan Conway and John Andrews, 3 October 2016
Pasadena police officers dispatched to assist with a disturbed man, tased, beat and ultimately asphyxiated Reginald Thomas, Jr., a father of eight, in front of his family.
By David Brown, 22 September 2016
The class had been suspended after a campaign by right-wing Zionist groups and was reinstated when the actions of the UC administration became more widely known.
By Toby Reese, 12 September 2016
The appointment of a number of new academics and scientists to the University of California, San Diego’s (UCSD) Contextual Robotics Institute is bound up with the US drive to war.
By Zeke Alan and Marc Wells, 6 September 2016
The bill requires workers to contribute 3 percent of their paycheck into a retirement fund, while exempting employers from committing any additional funding.
By Tom Carter, 3 September 2016
California’s barrage of law-and-order legislation underscores the reactionary content of the campaign over sexual violence promoted by the Democratic Party and its allies.
By John Andrews, 22 August 2016
A recently released video depicts six officers Tasing and choking to death 56-year-old grandfather Vachel Howard in a Los Angeles jail in 2012.
By Dan Conway, 18 August 2016
An incredibly strong brush fire has rapidly swept through more than 30,000 acres near the Southern California city of San Bernardino.
By Jake Dean, 15 August 2016
After workers have been without a contract for over three months, and while many scrape by on part-time and meager wages, the union is pawning off the contract as a victory.
By Alan Gilman, 12 August 2016
An unarmed man mistaken for a carjacker, an unarmed homeless man on a bicycle and a 14-year-old youth allegedly engaged in graffiti are the latest victims.
“We should have socialized medicine in the United States”
By our reporters, 28 July 2016
Workers in the Encanto neighborhood of San Diego expressed frustration and contempt with the two presidential candidates being put forward by the Democrats and Republicans.
By Adam Mclean, 27 July 2016
The wildfire in Santa Clarita, strengthened by an ongoing heatwave, has so far destroyed 18 homes and resulted in one death.
By Marc Wells, 22 July 2016
Home to 131 billionaires, making it the third in the world for number of billionaires, California is also the US state with the highest poverty rate.
By Toby Reese, 21 July 2016
Similar leaps in premiums are expected throughout the nation.