San Bernardino City Mayor Patrick Morris listens as councilman Rikke Van Johnson speaks about the recent city bankruptcy issues during a council meeting on Monday, July 16, 2012.(STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
BY IMRAN GHORI
Published: 16 July 2012 03:11 PM
San Bernardino city officials delayed a vote on whether to declare a fiscal emergency after an emotional hearing on Monday, July 16, where many residents and city employees urged leaders to seek an alternative to bankruptcy.
City officials say they still see no alternative to seeking bankruptcy protection, which a council majority agreed to pursue last week. But as council members debated a fiscal crisis in which the city faces a $45 million deficit, they said more time was needed to get more answers.
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