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Was the property represented as having working AC?
What is the landlord's response to your request for repairs?
Ok, then I would opine that you would have the right to have repairs made on your own and then sue the landlord for the cost of the repairs. You could claim that the landlord was in breach of contract for failing to provide AC as agreed and then sue them for a reduction in the rent based on what a judge finds the property is worth without AC.
But AC is not something that would make a property uninhabitable under CA law as it is more an amenity than a necessity.
So if it were me, I would call a repairman and have them come out to see if it could be fixed fairly cheaply and if so, have it fixed and then sue the owner in small claims court under a breach of contract claim.
I agree that is is a bad situation, but if you cancel and relocate, you will have to pay again for a new place and then hire an attorney for a few thousand or more to sue the landlord in court since the small claims limit is only $5,000. That could drag out for 6 months or longer before it got to court.
You might want to have an attorney contact the landlord and threaten to sue him if he didn't immediately have it repaired. That might be enough to convince him to make repairs rather than possibly get sued in court and lose.
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Called a local AC repairman and had him come fix it and then sue the landlord if I could fit it in my schedule or come back and sue him after my vacation.