There is no duty to retreat in California. Deadly force is justified, when there is a threat of immediate injury or death. It is legal to defend others under the same circumstances.
Castle Laws are laws that address the use of force when defending one's self inside their home, or on their property. Some states expand this to vehicles, and the person's place of work. Castle Laws generally include: the places where this law applies, the requirements fro use of deadly force, if there is a duty to retreat, the amount of force that maybe used in defending one's self or others. These vary widely from state to state.