By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/28/13, 7:26 PM PDT |

Officials and concerned citizens said Wednesday that a federal judge’s tentative ruling qualifying San Bernardino for Chapter 9 bankruptcy is a good start, but remained wary of the city repeating the same mistakes.

“I don’t think it’s a celebration,” said Larry Sharp, former CEO of Arrowhead Credit Union who attended Wednesday’s hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside. He said Wednesday’s ruling now sets the city in motion to produce a plan of adjustment.

“They’ve kicked the can down the road so many times,” Sharp said, adding that he is fed up with seeing San Bernardino politicos make decisions and take actions serving their own special interests at taxpayer expense. “They’re going to have to buckle down, and they’re not going to want to do that before the election.”

San Bernardino Police Officer’s Association President Steve Turner said he wasn’t surprised by Judge Meredith A. Jury’s decision. He just hopes the city, if given the reprieve, makes the right choices, especially ones involving those whose job it is to protect and to serve.

“I hope the city does right by this opportunity and fix the issues with the police employees,” Turner said.

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