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Three leaders of bankrupt San Bernardino head to recall ballot

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Steven Cuevas

Longtime San Bernardino city attorney James Penman will face a recall election in November.

Three leaders in the bankrupt city of San Bernardino will find their names on recall ballots in November.

Recall organizers who became weary of the city's financial and political turmoil had originally targeted nearly every elected leader.  Ultimately, they found support to put City Attorney James Penman and council members Wendy McCammack and John Valdivia on the recall ballot.

Voters in this city of 213,000 will have the chance to replace most of their elected officials when they go to the polls November 5. That's because another three people on the seven-member council are up for election. Voters will also choose a new mayor from 11 candidates.

This week, a federal judge ruled that the city is eligible to seek bankruptcy protection.


 

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