By Isaac Finn, 21 July 2016
Caltrans maintenance workers, who have been working without a contract for a year, voted by 67 percent to reject a proposed contract and authorize a strike.
By our reporters, 13 July 2016
Workers and youth from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico expressed opposition to state violence, poverty and social inequality.
By John Burton, 11 July 2016
Noble, an unarmed 19-year-old white youth, was killed by two police officers from Fresno, an impoverished city of about one-half million located in the heart of California’s Central Valley.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 July 2016
The study, the first of its kind at a public university, estimated that almost 1 in 10 CSU students were homeless while another 1 in 5 were hungry.
By Genevieve Leigh, 28 June 2016
Ten people were left injured, at least three critically, after a violent clash between a fascist white nationalist group and counter-demonstrators at the California state capitol.
By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 28 June 2016
After three months without a contract, grocery workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons vote to strike.
By Eric London, 27 June 2016
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to nurses on the picket line in Los Angeles who were eager to continue the fight against for-profit health care.
By Marc Wells, 25 June 2016
Nurses launched a four-day strike at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, fighting for back pay, better wages, adequate staffing and patients’ safety.
By Adam Mclean, 21 June 2016
The fire, dubbed the Sherpa fire, is particularly concerning because of its potential for growth and its proximity to the city of Santa Barbara.
By Dan Conway, 21 June 2016
The new budget enshrines further austerity, with little money to be spent on needed social programs and windfall profits assured for employers.
By Gabriel Black, 16 June 2016
Caltrans workers were given ballots Monday to vote on the new contract agreement reached between the state government and the International Union of Operating Engineers.
“They are not accomplishing anything with these stupid maneuvers.”
By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2016
The walkouts are an evident attempt to allow workers to vent anger and frustration about the refusal of the CWA to call a strike over management’s concession demands.
By our reporters, 8 June 2016
Voters went to polls on Tuesday in the final six primary contests of the 2016 election cycle, with the exception of the District of Columbia, which will vote next week.
By Adam Mclean, 3 June 2016
Multiple police departments, including several SWAT teams as well as the FBI, swarmed the California university in response to reports of a shooting on the campus.
By our reporters, 1 June 2016
WSWS reporters spoke with Sanders supporters outside rallies in Santa Barbara and Oakland.
Bus workers strike in San Diego, California
By our reporters, 1 June 2016
Bus drivers and support staff in San Diego, California have one of the highest costs of living in the country, and many live in poverty.
By Norisa Diaz, 27 May 2016
The MTS strike follows industrial action by 1,700 San Diego AT&T telecommunications workers.
By Kevin Martinez and Adam Mclean, 26 May 2016
The proposal, based on a 20- to 30-year bond, does not address the root causes of homelessness.
By David Brown, 7 May 2016
Right-wing efforts to equate opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism have led to a series of provocations against student activists on several California campuses.
By Evan Blake and Jake Dean, 3 May 2016
Walsh presented the history of 20th century anti-war cinema and sought to uncover the roots behind the present cultural stagnation in the light of the eruption of American imperialism.
By Evan Blake, 21 April 2016
The revelation underscores the reactionary character of the campus administration.
By Norisa Diaz, 19 April 2016
The agreement by the California Faculty Association is a wolf in sheep’s clothing that abandons educators’ demands to recoup previous wage and benefit concessions accepted by the CFA.
By our reporters, 11 April 2016
Caltrans workers held three rallies across California last week to demand higher pay and benefits, improved safety and a draw-down in the hiring of contract workers.
By our reporters, 9 April 2016
A statewide strike planned for 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches throughout the 23 California State Universities has been called off by the union.
By David Brown, 7 April 2016
The following statement will be distributed at tomorrow’s statewide rallies of Caltrans workers, who build and maintain highway, bridge, and rail transportation in the state of California.
As April 13 strike deadline approaches
By Evan Blake and Genevieve Leigh, 6 April 2016
Despite the results of the fact-finding mission validating the CSU faculty union’s demand for a 5 percent pay raise, university administrators refuse to back down, setting the stage for a limited statewide strike.
By Adam Mclean, 4 April 2016
The poverty rate among California seniors nearly doubled between 1999 and 2014.
By David Brown, 2 April 2016
The last offer from the state includes meager raises that are wiped out by rising retirement and benefit contributions.
Immigrant farmworker sentenced to 25 years to life for leaving her newborn in California strawberry field
By Eden Ferrera, 31 March 2016
Nineteen-year-old Rosalba Moran, an undocumented immigrant and victim of rape, was charged with first-degree murder.
By Marc Wells, 30 March 2016
The deal, which has many loopholes, is aimed at containing deep opposition to poverty-level wages and bolstering support for the Democratic Party in the run-up to November’s elections.
By Kevin Martinez, 25 March 2016
The proposal is only the latest in the bipartisan attack on public-sector and private-sector pension plans throughout the United States.
By Norisa Diaz, 24 March 2016
The UC board president and ex-homeland security chief, Janet Napolitano, has overseen the installation of a massive spyware system.
By Evan Blake and Guillaume Garnier, 14 March 2016
With a limited strike looming, the CFA is rushing to push through another deal that will erode the living standards of 26,000 professors and other staff.
By Kevin Martinez, 4 March 2016
Even as the cost of rent continues to rise, a report by the California Budget & Policy Center found that the top 1 percent in the state captured most, if not all, income gains since 1989.
By John Andrews, 3 March 2016
Three counter-demonstrators were stabbed Saturday at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim, California.
By David Brown, 3 March 2016
The rally was held outside the California Department of Human Resources, where a bargaining session had been scheduled but was canceled by the state in order to avoid the protest.
By Eric London, 1 March 2016
Shawna Lynn Jones, who was incarcerated in Los Angeles, died Friday after her skull was crushed by a boulder while fighting a brushfire.
By Dan Conway, 29 February 2016
The job action in the Compton School District highlights the growing opposition to the attacks on teachers and public education as a whole.
By David Levine, 23 February 2016
The second head of the California Coastal Commission was fired last week as the result of a political campaign backed by Democrats tied to developers.
By Tom Carter, 13 February 2016
The fall of Lee Baca, once labeled “Sheriff of the Year,” underscores the fact that American police departments function essentially as criminal enterprises.
By Kevin Martinez, 30 January 2016
A state labor board ruled against cutbacks to pensions last December, prompting the City Council to vote unanimously for an appeal.
By David Brown, 26 January 2016
The continuing leak of natural gas in Southern California highlights corporate negligence and decaying infrastructure.
By Evan Blake, 22 January 2016
One of the largest methane gas leaks in US history, the product of corporate greed, could grow substantially worse in the event of a well head blowout.
By David Brown, 21 January 2016
The decision of the largest terminal operator to leave the Port of Oakland is a harbinger of a crisis in the shipping industry and worsening conditions for port workers.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 January 2016
A delegation of top Obama administration officials met with tech industry leaders Friday as part of efforts to step up government spying on social media and other online communications.
“They just want to score some points with this incident and then leave us.”
By our reporters, 7 January 2016
Despite constant coverage of the recent San Bernardino shootings in the mainstream media, little attention has been given to the city’s widespread poverty and social distress.
Notes on police violence in America
By John Andrews, 21 December 2015
Newly released video recordings that captured two brutal law enforcement shootings starkly demonstrate that police violence and official cover ups continue unabated.
By Kevin Martinez, 18 December 2015
Fridoon Rawshan Nehad, who struggled with PTSD from experiences in Afghanistan, was shot and killed by San Diego police April 30.
By Don Knowland, 16 December 2015
The message which apparently prompted the closure of more than 1,000 schools had been determined to be a hoax by early Tuesday afternoon.
By a reporter, 4 December 2015
Widely viewed on the Internet, the video shows a group of police officers opening fire simultaneously on a cornered 26-year-old man.
By Marko Leone, 4 December 2015
There is strong discontent amongst the faculty after years of minimal pay raises that failed to compensate for inflation, or no raises at all, and the recent imposition of furloughs.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 December 2015
The mass killing at the Inland Regional Center is only the latest in a long string of tragedies that point to the deeply diseased and dysfunctional state of American society.
By Jake Dean, 1 December 2015
All 97 of the chain’s locations in California, Arizona and Nevada were shut down last month.
By Julio Patron, 16 November 2015
Mental health workers remain isolated, as their union seeks to subordinate them to the Democratic Party.
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.
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.
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.
By Kevin Martinez, 10 November 2015
Protests against inhumane treatment have spread from California to Texas and other states.
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.
By Adam Mclean, 4 November 2015
American Apparel announced earlier this year that it would be eliminating $30 million in “operating expenses.”
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.”
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.
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.”
By Adam McLean, 2 October 2015
Unions collaborated with the Los Angeles City Council to impose measures that will hang retirees out to dry.
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.
By Jake Dean, 10 September 2015
The Obama administration continues its frontal assault on the democratic rights of immigrant workers.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Adam Mclean, 27 August 2015
About one in 20 children in California, home to over 100 billionaires, is homeless.
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.
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.
By Adam Mclean, 7 August 2015
The California Public Utilities Commission has rubber-stamped a regressive measure that will force most Californians to pay higher water bills.
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.
By Kevin Martinez, 15 July 2015
California’s high cost of living has accelerated the decline of real wages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 May 2015
The pipeline had no automatic shutoff valve, a routine safety feature that could have greatly minimized the disaster.
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.
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.
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.
By Tom Carter, 11 May 2015
The LAPD is suppressing a video of the May 6 shooting of 29-year-old Brendon Glenn.
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.”
By Marc Wells, 2 May 2015
After a tentative agreement, 6,500 nurses in eight California hospitals returned to work.
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.
By Evan Blake and Glenn Ricketts, 20 April 2015
Democratic Party Governor Jerry Brown acknowledged that California’s agricultural monopolies are essentially off limits.
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.
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.
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.