The Californian

‘Zoom bombers’ target Cal High’s video conference with Vietnam War veterans

With online classes using virtual meetings to hold lectures, people have found ways to hack into these calls to disrupt the peace.

Isabelle Coburn, Staff Writer, Artist

May 24, 2020

Nearly 100 Cal High juniors had their Zoom meeting for U.S. history hijacked on Friday when they were continuously shown screen shared videos depicting racial abuse, suicide, executions, and pornographic material.  The meeting was designed to give students taking U.S. history an opportunity to...

Healthcare practitioners are risking their lives to save others

Through this chaotic time of stress and an influx of patients affected by the pandemic, many healthcare practitioners have been keeping their heads high for their patients, families, and for the public.

Isabelle Coburn and Nima Pendar

May 21, 2020

Healthcare workers are putting their lives on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Many photos and videos taken by nurses and doctors on shift have gone viral, giving the world a glimpse of the front lines in hospitals across the nation. Many of these images include snapshots...

Cal High students are working in grocery stores as essential workers

This picture was taken at the Safeway on San Ramon Valley Blvd. before the mandate to wear face masks in public.

Liann Bielicki, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Mile-long lines, brawls over toilet paper and waves of frenzied shopping have put the brunt of the coronavirus panic on grocery store workers.  While other workers across the world may find ways to turn their jobs digital, these employees must be at work because of the highly essential nature...

The case of Ahmaud Arbery is an unacceptable example of injustice

Ahmaud Marquez Arbery was 25 when he was shot and killed on Feb 23, 2020.

Sabrina Contreras, Features Editor

May 19, 2020

Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, left his house on Feb 23 to go for a run through his neighborhood in Brunswick, Ga. He was unaware that he was not going to return home. Something as ordinary as going on a jog was a ‘justified’ death sentence for Arbery according to two white men, a father...

Boy Scouts Bankruptcy could herald significant change

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Nick Harvey, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

The Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 18 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, an action mainly caused by a flurry of child sex abuse lawsuits alleging that Scouters, adult Scout leaders, have abused youth Scouts. At first glance, it sounds like a bleak time for the BSA. One might think one of America’s...

Families celebrate holidays in quarantine

Many families have gathered over virtual platforms such as Zoom to celebrate holidays together.

Nick Harvey, Staff Writer

May 10, 2020

One of the numerous aspects of daily life that has been changed by the coronavirus pandemic is the celebration of holidays, which is especially interesting considering the abundance of holidays in late March, April, and May. Some people have celebrated holidays with their families virtually, over...

Students go nocturnal during shelter-in-place

Students find that the days melt together during this shelter-in-place order.

Angela Deanne Paloma, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Now that she doesn’t have to worry about waking up early for school, senior Kaithlyne Nguyen lets herself stay up a little bit longer, playing “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”. Hours later, her eyes finally close as the sun rises.  When Nguyen finally wakes up, she realizes she has slept...

Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski adjusts to life off the field during coronoavirus pandemic

Chris Wondolowski is a forward for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Greg Warrington, Staff Writer

May 4, 2020

Like all Americans, San Jose Earthquakes star forward Chris Wondolowski has been adjusting to his new life while what was supposed to be the final seasons of his brilliant professional soccer career is on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. Wondolowski, 37, said that while California has been under a she...

Throwback: Trump combs over voters

A glorious view of the dead skunk on Donald Trump's head. Photo courtesy of

Joseph Bugbee

April 30, 2020

This issue my editors insisted that Donald Trump was running for president. Funny, I thought he was running as a joke. But our favorite dude with the do has rescinded his bid for presidency to my great disappointment. Even so, I for one will be marking a little spot for Trump-Dawg on my ballot this...

District Zooms through Students’ Concerns

Clockwise from top left: Jessica Coulson, Christopher George, Dave Kravitz, Jon Campopiano.

Christine Oh, News Editor

April 30, 2020

This morning, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District held a livestream on YouTube through Zoom to answer the many questions students have had over the past weeks. Jon Campopiano, the district’s executive director of secondary education services, began the question and answer session by discussing...