San Bernardino bankruptcy reignites debate over outsourcing city police and fire services

     

The Sun — Larry Gaines, chair of the criminal justice department at Cal State San Bernardino, is quoted in an article about the city of San Bernardino possibly outsourcing fire and police protection.

The Sun (San Bernardino County)The city’s decision to file for bankruptcy protection has reignited the debate about whether the city, as a potential cost-cutting measure, should dissolve its police and fire departments and contract with San Bernardino County for those services.

Last week, the San Bernardino City Council declared a state of fiscal emergency and directed staff to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. It came a week after city officials said a $45 million budget deficit and cash-flow quagmire could leave the city unable to meet its Aug. 15 payroll.

The article, published July 23, also appeared in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Daily Breeze (Torrance), San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times.

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