A Legacy for a City’s Future

San Bernardino Clears Path for Trial. On a 6-1 vote, Mayor Carey Davis and the San Bernardino Council yesterday voted in support of the city’s proposed plan of debt adjustment, clearing the way for the plan to be submitted to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury, and opening the door for a trial which could take as long as a year to resolve the competing claims of thousands upon thousands of the city’s creditors, as well as for the city to try and convince the federal court it has a viable, sustainable plan for its fiscal future. Indeed, yesterday’s vote is not even necessarily the final say: with the city’s plan not due to Judge Jury until Saturday, yesterday’s adoption of the plan paves the way for intense negotiations among creditors with the city—as any further agreements could reduce the extraordinary costs to the city and its taxpayers of pending long and complex litigation in the federal courtroom. Nevertheless, San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzalez, whose district covers most of San Bernardino, yesterday, in city council chambers, said: “I, no different from the people in this room, value this moment as part of what will become your legacy in great history…Do not think of yourselves today. Think of 25 or 30 years in the future, and let it be said that on May 18, 2015, the leadership of San Bernardino was strong, and honest, and ready to introduce the future.” In contrast, one resident saw it from a very opposite extreme: “Today is the day the City Council committed suicide for San Bernardino.” The proposal in the adopted plan to outsource the city’s fire department drew the greatest opposition.

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