The impending bankruptcy has sent the city of San Bernardino locals into facing an uncertain future. During its heyday, the city had the Norton Air Force Base and the Kaiser Steel Mill as major employers but when these sources of income closed down, San Bernardino’s economy went downhill.
The city where the very first McDonald’s restaurant was founded in 1940 is just coming to grips with the reality that the municipality is seeking the protection of Chapter 9 bankruptcy reorganization to save itself from enormous debts.
On top of the enormous fiscal and financial problems, the city officials are squabbling with each other trying to find someone to blame for everything that has happened. The public’s interest does not become the top priority because the city leaders are busy trying to push their agendas and politicking for the next election. A public feud has been going on for years between City Attorney James Penman and City Mayor Patrick Morris.
When the bankruptcy issue came up, City Attorney Penman addressed the city council and alleged that 13 of the 16 city budgets had been falsified. So far no word yet if an independent investigation will be conducted either the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office or the State Controller’s Office.
It seems that no one in San Bernardino’s local government agree on anything without a fight. It has even been rumored that City Manager Charles McNeely that he will leave his position before his contract even ends because he is unable to convince the reorganized city council to go with his vision on how to rebuild the city. But McNeely denied that he will give up his post but he also did not confirm if he will finish his contract.