San Bernardino Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2012

San Bernardino on Tuesday became the third California city in less than a month to seek bankruptcy protection, with officials saying the financial situation had become so dire that it could not cover payroll through the summer.

The unexpected vote came at the suggestion of the interim city manager, who said the city faces a $46-million deficit and depleted coffers.


Mayor Patrick Morris called the decision, passed on a 4-2 vote, a “stain” on the city. But he said the only other option was “draconian cuts” to all city services, including the police and fire departments.

“It means the bills will be paid,” said a dejected Morris, who is not a voting member of the council.

The city’s fiscal crisis has been years in the making, compounded by the nation’s crushing recession and exacerbated by escalating pension costs, lucrative labor agreements, Sacramento’s raid on redevelopment funds and a city reserve that is tapped out, officials said.

Miller told the council that the city faced major deficits for the next five years.

The deficits remain even after the city negotiated $10 million in concessions from employees and slashed the workforce 20% over the last four years.

The expected bankruptcy for the city of 209,000 residents is certain to heighten concerns about the fiscal forecast for other struggling California cities, which have been slashing jobs and services as tax revenues have declined during the prolonged economic slump.


City Atty. James Penman said city budget officials had falsified documents presented to the mayor and council for 13 of the last 16 years, masking the city’s deficit spending.


Morris was taken aback by the comments, saying this was the first time he has heard of the allegations.


Councilwoman Wendy McCammack said San Bernardino had little choice. Miller, the city manager, said that even if the council eliminated all services except for the police department, it would not be enough to pull the city out of its financial tailspin.


Filing for municipal bankruptcy protection will allow San Bernardino to renegotiate contracts, including those with employees, and stave off creditors while officials restructure the city’s finances. Current employee pension obligations, one of the contributors to the city’s financial straits, will not be affected, officials said.

San Bernardino’s tax revenues have declined by as much as $16 million annually over the last few years, primarily because of drops in sales and property taxes.

The city joins two others in California—Stockton and Mammoth Lakes—that have turned to bankruptcy in recent weeks to cope with their financial problems, albeit for different reasons.


[Editor’s Note: According to the 2010 census, San Bernardino’s population is 19 percent white, 60 percent Hispanic, and 15 percent black. In 1970, whites were 65.6 percent of the population.]

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    • Oil Can Harry

      An AmRen exclusive: here is footage of the California State Assembly meeting when the pols were convinced to spend $68 billion on a high-speed rail line.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

        Well, if you keep shoveling money into the boilers of the Titanic, it might make it to shore before it sinks.

  • ncpride

    San Bernardino’s tax revenues have declined by as much as $16 million annually over the last few years, primarily because of drops in sales and property taxes.

    In other words, Whitey has mostly fled the area and there is no one to pay the bills for all their illegals and their ‘free’ stuff.

    •  It’s like they can’t figure out the connection between lack of property tax revenue and giving housing loans to mexicans who CANNOT afford them couple with increased spending on social services for mexicans who pay no taxes for said services.  But hey just educate the little suckers and they will magically stop producing 5 kids and will cease overloading our social infrastructure! 

      • ncpride

        I can’t recall any official in California even hinting that illegals are a large part of the problem, however I DO recall Swarchenegger adamantly deny that they were not. Now, these large pensions Cali is paying out might be a problem now, but I would argue they probably wouldn’t be an issue if they hadn’t allowed these free loaders to take them for a ride for so many decades by providing them with a sanctuary state.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          I wonder if  Schwarzenegger’s illegitimate halfbreed son will get welfare and other subsidies?

    • Exactly.

      California is now a welfare state. The number of people needing public assistance is now too great for the number of workers living on lower wages. Taxes go up to pay for public assistance and those who have the means to leave get out leaving only the poor and those dependent on assistance.

      It’s an unsustainable economic model. It MAY work for a few years and APPEAR to be a booming economy but once the scale tips, the economy collapses.


    San Bernardino, like Stockton, CA, has a very high population of Mexican immigrants and their offspring.

    •  Mexican “immigrants?”  I prefer the far more accurate term Mexican INVADERS.

      • Easy there, we don’t want to give anyone the wrong impression. The correct term is “unarmed invaders”

        • The__Bobster

          Except that a lot of them are armed.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      More Mexicans means more white racism. The cause for the bankruptcy is obviously white racism.

  • Jefferson County, Alabama (Birmingham) is so bankrupt that it can’t afford to be bankrupt.

    What I mean by that is that it can’t even afford to pay its own bankruptcy lawyers.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Birmingham, Alabama isn’t bankrupt.

      It’s blackrupt.

  • JackKrak

    Declare bankruptcy so you can clear the books and get started on your next bankruptcy…

    First it was personal, now it’s local. Coming soon – state and federal.

  • Global Minority

    Sorry part about this is the “liberal’s” in San Bernardino fled the diversity when it affected them with crime, volience, trashing up the place with gang graffiti, etc…. and the rising txes to pay for invaders. The “liberal’s” have fleed to places like Colorado and are forcing their ways on Colorado! They destroy everything they get their hands on. The native people of Colorado are NOT happy and righfully so. The liberals need to shut up and stay out of “plotics” all together. Don’t they get what there doing?Apparently not. The only ones I feel sorry for are the middle class San Bernardino’s that had to flee too and for the poor white people who can not afford to flee but are stuck in a third world state.

  • 3rdworlders cant support a 1stworld enviroment or they would do it in their homeland.

  • Hard to believe this could happen in such a diverse city. I always thought diversity was our strength. I once new a grade school teacher from SB who tried to reason with her unruly students by saying “Don’t you want a good education so you when you get older you can get a good job and make good money?” The kids would say “No, when we need money we just go to the mailbox and pick up the check”.

  • This is what happens when you have a county full of Illegal invading mexicans who reproduce and take. Eventually, you go belly up. As reconquista takes affect, expect the entire state to file for BR in a short time.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Yet, the City is still facing the possibility of insolvency due to a variety of issues including accounting errors, deficit spending, lack of revenue growth, and increases in pension and debt costs.

    Those “issues” include the fact that San Bernadino is 84 percent Hispanic or black and 19 percent White.  It is a welfare pit, dirty with rotting infrastructure and run down buildings. No one wants to do business there which explains the “lack of revenue growth.”

    Anyone see any patterns here?  Democratic rule and a tax base that is either out of money or has fled.

    Many legal residents of California have already left the state, an estimated 458,000 over the past three years.  Foreign-born migration has added 661,000 people to the state in the same three year period.

    As it stands today, about 40% of Californians don’t pay any income tax and a quarter are on Medicaid.

    “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.” 



    • Diamond_Lil

      So why are you still here, Bon?   No offense.  

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        No offense taken.

        California is my home; I was born here. I love my home state as much as Texans love theirs, Arizonans love theirs and Coloradans and Alabamans love theirs.

        It is the politicians I despise.

        I have traveled to all 57 states and haven’t seen or found a place that I like as much as California. I always want to go home to California.

        It is VERY difficult to leave one’s home.

        But, it is becoming increasingly difficult to live here what with the tax rates, bankruptcies, illegal alien colonization, Mad Max roadways and high cost of living.

        A lot of people in other places don’t like us Californians, say we “Californicate” their states. Well, would you rather have me or a high-fertility low IQd illegal alien? Or a backwards African refugee?

        Would you welcome me in your home state??


        • Shawn_thefemale

           Bon despite the tantalizing wonders of those other 56 states, I would be happy to welcome you to Georgia. A few tips on Jivespeak and you’d be good to go!

        • Global Minority

          Yes I would. You would be a welcome addition. Not every Califronians are flamming liberals. My aunt/uncle and his entire family fleed years ago.

  • Diamond_Lil

    LA is next.  No one at my local grocery store speaks English, except to me at the cashier stand.  All use the EBT cards, except me.  How can a state sustain itself with 40-50% on welfare?  

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      By 2014, 1/3 of LA’s city budget will be encumbered to pay for pensions.

      This is not sustainable.


    • Global Minority

      And your putting your life at risk by staying there? Why? MOVE

      •  I live in a Wonderful Whitopia in So CAL.  There is NO PLACE on Earth like So CAL.  It is beautiful and wonderful here.  I can surf in the morning and snowboard in the afternoon.  There are NO BLACKS where I live and almost no Mexicans.

  • s shadow

    It’s my impression that at least 80% of  Mexican invaders are on welfare.  An easygoing dullness is pervasive.  They are poorly represented among skilled repairmen.  Would you want one of  these in your home fixing something.  They will do a poor job and know the layout.  Not exactly a win win situation.   How long can the media ignore reality now?  That is the question.   I hope the evil geniuses who are deconstructing this country get their just deserts. 

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      s shadow:  

      From Wake UP America’s Illegal Alien Fact Sheet:

       *More than 43% of all Food Stamps issued are to illegal aliens.

      *More than 41% of all unemployment checks issued in the United States are to illegal aliens.

      *62% of all undocumented immigrants in the United States are working for cash and not paying taxes, predominantly illegal aliens working without a green card.

      *Nearly 66% os all occupants of HUD properties in the U.S. are illegal aliens.

      *The lifetime fiscal impact (taxes paid minus services used) for the average adult Mexican illegal alien on the average American taxpayer is $55,000 over a five-year span. You personally are giving $11,000 every year to illegal aliens.


      • s shadow

        Had a busy week.  Just noticed your reply.  Thanks for the interesting data.  It would be hard to find, but it would be interesting to know the % of Mexican invaders entering in the last 30 yrs who are receiving some form of welfare.

  • Sloppo

    “Miller, the city manager, said that even if the council eliminated all services except for the police department, it would not be enough to pull the city out of its financial tailspin.”

    Why would they need a police department when the word “illegal” is a taboo subject?

  • Detroit_WASP

    The racial makeup of San Bernardino was 95,734 (45.6%) White, 31,582 (15.0%) African American, 2,822 (1.3%) Native American, 8,454 (4.0%) Asian, 839 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 59,827 (28.5%) from other races, and 10,666 (5.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 125,994 persons (60.0%). Non-Hispanic Whites were 19.0% of the population in 2010,[12] compared to 65.6% in 1970.[13]

    • Not different because Whites (45.6%) are, evidently, the sum of European Whites (19%) plus White Hispanics (ca. 26%). Elsewhere Hispanics are mentioned as a single, non-racial or pan-racial ethnic group (60%). Evidently, they are split to ca. 26% whites, ca. 28% Mestizos and 5% of biracials or multiracials (add 1% to round the numbers).

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        I’ve seen Mestizos who are clearly Mestizos put “White” on school/government forms.

        But when it comes to their “immigrants rights,” (for more Free White Money), well, they’re a part of La Raza.

        (We need a Taxpayer Rights group as militant as “The Race”).


        • Sloppo

          “(We need a Taxpayer Rights group as militant as “The Race”).”

          If our Taxpayer Rights group would be as aggressive as La Raza, it would invade Mexico.  I think it would be good enough to just vigilantly defend our own territory.

          • anarchyst

            Good idea, but the “tribe” won’t allow it.  You see, “multiculturalism” and “diversity” is MANDATORY for all those not of the “tribe”.
            Best regards . . .

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      The data I used in my comment below are from City-Data:

      60% Hispanic

      19% White

      14.2 % Black

      I have been through San Bernadino, it is a graffiti-covered hell hole — and I question the 19% White figure (I think it is too high).  Also, housing there is very cheap — if this were a White area, housing would be much much higher.

      Price of a house or condo:

      San Bernardino:$179,400California:$384,200

      And they wouldn’t be filing for bankruptcy.


      • Detroit_WASP

        That’s what I thought too….Whites and Hispanics were lumped together.

        The small western town I lived in was Pueblo CO.  About 50/50 White and Hispanic.  Almost no blacks.  It was a pretty nice place.  No real gang activity and many of the Mexicans were cowboys….literally. 

  • On PBS, Ben Wattenberg (American Enterprise Instituted and Wall Street Journal) used to gush over immigrants flooding California. He was a major force for open borders and ‘free flow of immigrants’.

    There’s simply no way you can allow millions of people living on low wages and dependent on public assistance without long-term consequences.

    After the boom comes the inevitable bust.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

     Not for Whites.


  • Don’t come to Massachusetts! Unconstitutional gun laws, Democrat stronghold, and full of puerto ricans.

  • MissBonnie123

    Years ago I was visiting California. I met a White man who lived in San Bernardino. When I asked him how it looked, he said “like a ghetto.”

    This explains San Bernardino’s seeking bankruptcy.

  • MartelC

    …meanwhile California just approved a multibillion dollar high speed rail plan… 

  • KenelmDigby

    And the elitists shamelessly still claim that mass uncontrolled immigration *benefits* the US economy.

  • ageofknowledge

    Three CA cities down this month and it’s not even the 15th yet. Six more are ready to go and thirty, including Los Angeles, are looking at bankruptcy within a decade. It’s not easy for these cities to file bankruptcies because California is the only state in the U.S. that requires mediation before bankruptcy can be filed. These cities that are filing have zero options left. ZERO.

    Sure the economy is trashed due to U.S. politicans working for the wealthy elitists and globalists that paid them to sell out the American people for their short term profit and globalist agenda by breaking our trade, encouraging monopolization, over regulating the little guy, etc… etc… etc… but we all know immigration and public unions are what is pushing California over the edge.

    Other states are grappling with the same aweful economy but don’t have ten million illegals and anchors working under the table, on the welfare, degrading their public education sytem, and filling up their jails and prisons. They also don’t necessarily have the highest compensated public employees on the planet.

    • ageofknowledge

      “TIMBER!!!””Rising costs push California cities to fiscal brink: Throughout the state, local governments are slashing services to avoid bankruptcy. For some, it’s too late.”,0,2433019.story?track=lat-pick

  •  In this case, they’re half right and half wrong.

    Ask Bon the exact figure, but just the California state government alone (and that’s not counting the cities within California) has future pension liabilities to the tune of a half terabuck.  That’s trillion, with a T, one followed by twelve zeroes.

  • Ni123

    This what the luxury of having cheap strawberries eventually comes to: bankrupt cities.

    •  Cheap strawberries?  Where?

      • Ni123

         I was mocking one of the favorite claims I’ve met so far online: we need Hispanics for cheap labor because Americans will not be willing to work for these wages.

        •  And I was making a point too.  Even with all this cheap labor, the finished product isn’t getting any cheaper, it’s getting more expensive.

          • Ni123

            Yes, you’re right. But they still argue about cheap strawberries.

  • Ni123

    With blacks at 14% and Hispanics at 60% of population S.Bernardino is #3 for gangs. #1 is LA. So much for “hard working” and “family oriented” Hispanics.

  • You are so right Henry! The invasion was lost in 1994 when as a last gasp effor, we tried to combat this invasion via legal means. Now, it’s going to take much more to evict the invaders…..

  • Margaret


    The $800.00 per month fraud ridden fake baby sitting program is a federal program paid for by federal money.  (White people’s)  It was part of the Clinton fake welfare reform.  That is the cost of a decent day care center, many cost a lot more.  But school children need after school care.

    The money is funneled by the feds to the states and  distributed through county welfare programs.  Since welfare reform mandates that welfare mommas are supposed to be constantly either looking for work or in classes that teach resume writing etc the $800.00 per month is avaliable for those not working.

    But of course they hire their friends and relatives as baby sitters and get kickbacks.  Often the 2 Mothers just trade off the $800.00 checks.  $800.00 per month per kid added to the basic welfare check is pretty good.  Wish I had gotten $800.00 per month child support when I was raising my 2 kids.

    Of course the county welfare department is vastly burdened by having to employ hordes of clerks to process all these welfare programs needed by blacks and hispanics.  The welfare clerks are of course 100 percent affirmative action hispanics and blacks with a few asians and filippinos to show the county is not discriminatory in its hiring practices.

    The schools of course have to hire all sorts of counselors and psychologists and security guards special teachers, on and on and on to deal with the violent blacks and borderline retarded blacks and browns.

    Goverment payroll is dependent on the numbers of blacks, in the population.  Police departments spend virtually all their non traffic time herding the blacks and hispanics.  Go into any  city or county jail in the country.  All you will see are blacks or hispanics, even if there are few in the population.

    San Francisco city and county jail is a perfect example.  The black population was at its highest at the 1970 census, 11 percent.  It dwindled to 5 percent now.  But most of the jail population is either black or hispanics.   As well as the welfare, blacks and hispanics, blacks especially put undue and extreme burdens on police, courts, victims of crime compensation, disability programs for those totally disabled by black criminals, drug and alcohol programs etc. 

    So any city and county that experiences a black or brown invasion has to hire vast numbers of police and social workers to take care of them and try to  control their crime.  Of course the police and social workers are all affirmative action blacks and browns which just brings more of their spawn to destroy the school system.

  • The razzle dazzle is underway:

    This is the start of the full court media press to make you think that these crimes are the cause of SB’s bankruptcy, instead of the real cause, a heavily dependent black and Hispanic population, and out of control public sector unions.  It’s like the subprime crisis:  Official America is in full cover-up mode, trying to find diversions and distractions to hide the racial perfidy.

  • Dave4088

    Sheesh!  At this rate there will be no more government services in the golden state.  That means mestizos will return to Mexico, right?  Wrong!  As long as the district of corruption still draws breath and as long as there’s plenty of white municipalities with functioning government in adjacent states the parasites will just pick up and take their act elsewhere.   Wash, rinse, repeat as they say.

    With the kind of diversity cited by the moderator one would think San Bernadino would have their own advanced technology and space program when not singing kumbaya in the streets.  After all, I thought only a racially diverse population can achieve great things.