San Bernardino has filed an emergency petition for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy protection, roughly two weeks earlier than planned. On July 9, 2012, the San Bernardino City Council approved a decision to file for bankruptcy, but the actual filing came sooner than expected, spurred by lawsuits filed against the City’s Police Department. The emergency filing was made to protect the City from having any of its assets seized.

For the past month, news about San Bernardino and its troubled financial state has been anything but scarce. has continued to provide an updated collection of resources – including official documents released by the City and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Central Division of California – pertaining to San Bernardino’s decision to seek bankruptcy protection, through the actual filing on August 1, 2012.

Straight from the source:

  • Watch a video recording of the July 10 special meeting of the San Bernardino Mayor and Common Council, where the Council voted to approve Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing
  • City of San Bernardino Financial Reports, including Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports dating back to fiscal year 2007-2008
  • City of San Bernardino Budget Information – includes recent budget documents, video recordings of budget and economic outlook presentations, and even five-year projections

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