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 Adam Mclean, 8 August 2015
The California Public Utilities Commission has rubber-stamped a regressive measure that will force most Californians to pay higher water bills.
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 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.
By Kevin Martinez, 17 March 2015
Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will lead a ballot initiative in May to eliminate constitutional protections for CalPERS and other state pension funds.
By Adam Mclean, 12 February 2015
The ruling paves the way for cities throughout California and nationwide to use bankruptcy courts to slash pensions.
By our reporters, 30 January 2015
In line with its strategy of subordinating workers to the Democratic Party, AFSCME limited the strike by doctors to one day, focused on claims of unfair labor practices.
By our reporters, 19 January 2015
Some 2,600 mental health care workers in California are in the second week of a strike against Kaiser Permanente.
By David Brown, 15 January 2015
Without a contract for four years, mental health workers in the National Union of Healthcare Workers at Kaiser Permanente are holding a series of partial strikes across California.
By Dan Conway, 30 December 2014
The placing of the LAPD on "high alert" coincided with the release of an autopsy report on the police killing of an unarmed man in August.
By Evan Blake, 19 December 2014
Recent storms have only partially quenched the state’s worst drought in recorded history.
By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 12 December 2014
On Wednesday night, two plainclothes police officers dressed as protesters were exposed during a demonstration against police brutality in Oakland, California.
By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 10 December 2014
Police cracked down on a third night of protests in Berkeley, California on Monday night, leading to the arrest of over 150 protesters.
By John Burton, 9 December 2014
LAPD officers shot and killed a man allegedly carrying a small knife at an intersection in the heart of the Hollywood “Walk of Fame,” stunning tourists.
By Evan Blake, 9 December 2014
Authorities in San Jose shut down the largest homeless encampment in the United States last Thursday.
By our reporters, 8 December 2014
Police fired tear gas at a peaceful protest late Saturday evening, hitting both demonstrators and passersby.
By Evan Blake, 29 November 2014
The regents’ vote to approve 5 percent annual tuition increases for the next five years has prompted demonstrations on UC campuses statewide.
By Marc Wells, 24 November 2014
Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended an eight-day strike against unfair practices and wage theft.
By Rafael Azul, 22 November 2014
Workers and students spoke about the massacre and abduction of teaching school students in Iguala, 43 or whom are still missing.
By Gabriel Black and Marc Wells, 21 November 2014
The UC board of Regents has approved steep tuition increases for the next five years.
By Adam Mclean and Marc Wells, 21 November 2014
Under the guise of empowering parents, the “parent trigger” law is part of a drive, funded by multibillionaires and backed by the unions, to privatize public education.
By David Brown, 17 November 2014
The two-day strike at Kaiser Permanente facilities was used by the CNA to present Governor Jerry Brown, who has slashed health care, as a champion of nurses’ safety.
By Marc Wells, 15 November 2014
Truck drivers went on strike last Thursday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over poverty pay and wage theft.
By Gabriel Black, 8 November 2014
A yearly tuition increase of up to 5 percent is being implemented in the UC system while the cost of living for students skyrockets.
By Norisa Diaz, 5 November 2014
In the world’s eighth-largest economy, 1.85 million workers live in constant fear of deportation.
By Jerry White, 31 October 2014
A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a restructuring plan that will eliminate health care benefits for 2,400 retired city workers and their families.