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3rd Calif. city files for bankruptcy in 1 month; total deficit $114M

[Are we broke yet?]
3rd Calif. city to file for bankruptcy in 1 month
July 11, 2012 12:39 AM

(CBS/AP) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The Southern California city of San Bernardino has voted to declare bankruptcy.

The City Council in the city of 210,000 people decided to seek Chapter 9 protection Tuesday night, making it the third California city - after Mammoth Lakes and Stockton - in less than two weeks to make the rare move. It would also become among the largest in the nation ever to declare bankruptcy. Stockton, the northern California city of nearly 300,000, became the biggest when it filed for bankruptcy June 28.

The Los Angeles Times says the City Council made the decision during a meeting where Interim City Manager Andrea Miller told them San Bernardino "has an immediate cash flow issue" and may not be able to make payroll with a budget shortfall of more than $45 million in the next fiscal year.

Stockton filed for bankruptcy after officials were unable to reach a deal with the city's creditors to restructure hundreds of millions of dollars of debt under a new state law designed to help municipalities avoid bankruptcy. The city had been facing a $26 million deficit in next year's budget.

The ski town of Mammoth Lakes sought bankruptcy protection because it is facing a $43 million judgment that's more than twice the town's budget.
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Bring it on.

There's a whole line of cities set to do the same thing. The whole state, in fact. There's no way they can meet the unfunded pension obligations for retired government "workers," and their "free" healthcare for life.

Obvious solution: fire the government workers, drastically reduce their health and retirement"benefits," and stop providing whatever "services" they pretended to provide. Private companies will spring up like mushrooms to deliver REAL competitively priced services to the public -- so there will be plenty of work for any former government "workers" who are actually competent. Number one target: government schools.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

SteveMT's picture

"The whole state [is bankrupt] in fact," is right.

In addition to unfunded pensions, CA just approved a high-speed rail line as well. Their appetite to spend other people's money is unquenchable.
Bankrupt CA Approves $68B High-Speed Rail

Keynesian economics

has a solution for problems like this, which accounts for the legislative measures being proposed. In essence, that solution is: "When you've dug yourself into a hole, dig deeper."

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose