Some community members and officials are asking for a citywide vote on a section of San Bernardino’s governing charter that sets public safety salaries as the average of 10 similar-sized cities, saying it locks the city into too-high pay. Others say the section provides stability and fairness. (Rick Sforza/Staff photographer)
SAN BERNARDINO’S FINANCIAL CRISIS
Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 08/01/2012 04:59:03 PM PDT
SAN BERNARDINO – The city filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday afternoon, about two weeks before it was expected.
When the City Council voted July 18 to authorize Chapter 9 bankruptcy because of a $45.8 million deficit and severe cash- flow problems, officials said they would work as quickly as possible but expected to file in about 30 days.