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San Bernardino city council caps a 3-hour budget hearing by grimly approving authorization for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
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Today is Wednesday, July 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
The city of San Bernardino is seeking bankruptcy protection, joining a roster that also includes Stockton and Mammoth Lakes, reports the Los Angeles Times. Budget documents for the Inland Empire city were falsified 13 out of 16 years. KPCC reports that without bankruptcy, the city would miss next month's payroll.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen is being asked to explain why she placed Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative at the top of November's ballot, reports the Los Angeles Times.
About half of the Los Angeles Police Department's 1,000 annual crashes are preventable, according to the Daily News. LAPD officials are hoping to compare their crash statistics with those from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol.
San Fernando City Councilman Mario Hernandez resigned yesterday following the news that he and fellow Councilwoman Maribel de la Torre had filed restraining orders against one another, reports KPCC. The two had been romantically linked. Two of the five-member body's members have called for investigations into Hernandez, de la Torre and the city's Mayor Brenda Esqueda.
A Los Angeles Times editorial questions whether it's possible for Sheriff Lee Baca to reform the Los Angeles County jail system. "Now it is becoming increasingly clear that this isn't just a story of sporadic cruelty and violence but of a department that is institutionally unable — or worse, unwilling — to track and discipline those who engage in such misconduct," according to the newspaper.
Where to Find the Politicians
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will discuss the midyear crime statistics at LAPD Headquarters at 10 a.m.
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