San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/14/14, 11:39 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

The police officer association’s nearly yearlong truce with the city is over, the union’s attorney said Wednesday in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

And so it’s asking for two actions — one to move along a case they say is languishing in court, the other as a “counterpunch” against a city they allege “pulled the rug out” in the disputed breakdown of a tentative contract agreement.

Noting that the city’s bankruptcy case is now in its third year and has cost city taxpayers more than $6.5 million, attorney Ron Oliner writes that the city has “steadfastly refused” to answer when it would present a plan of adjustment, the plan to exit bankruptcy. And so the court should order a deadline by which the city must present that plan, he says.

And he says two motions that have been dormant for months while negotiations progressed and then culminated in August in a tentative agreement — the union’s request to lift a stay that otherwise prevents it from suing the city, and the city’s motion to reject the union’s existing contract as the judge already allowed them to do to firefighters — should be revived now that the deal between the city and union is gone.

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