It's been half a century since people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder were warehoused in state hospitals. Reformers dismantled that system, and the hope was people would receive care in community-based facilities. But that system was never fully funded, and the intervening years have seen a whittling away of resources. Now, California faces an acute shortage of hospital beds for psychiatric emergencies.
CORRECTION: In a headline today on the new labor contract reached between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees union, we said the deal includes a 1 percent wage cut. That's not the case. There is no cut, but a variety of raises over several years.