San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/07/2013 07:46:50 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The first City Council meeting of the year flew by in only two hours Monday, after starting about an hour and a half late.

The delay was to privately discuss the city’s bankruptcy case with attorneys.

“Hey, we were up there saving you guys money, about $300,000,” Councilwoman Wendy McCammack good-naturedly told a resident complaining about the delay, as she and others apologized.

During the open-session discussion, several items on the day’s agenda were delayed until a special meeting called for Thursday at 3 p.m., while others drew only limited disagreement.

Among the unanimous decisions was the acceptance of the two sets of City Council minutes from December – a routine item most government bodies approve shortly after the meeting described in those minutes.

But the city hadn’t approved minutes for months – since before it filed for bankruptcy – drawing criticism from attorneys from the California Public Employee Retirement System at the city’s last appearance in bankruptcy court Dec. 21.

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