California Hit Parade Rolls On: Atwater Scrambles to Avoid Bankruptcy

by Mike Shedlock
MISH’S Global Economic Trend Analysis

The California hit parade keeps on rolling as yet Another California city scrambles to avoid bankruptcy.

Atwater, a city of roughly 28,000 in California’s Central Valley, may declare a fiscal emergency as soon as next week, but it is trying to avoid becoming the fourth California city to file for municipal bankruptcy this year, its mayor said.

Under California law, a local government must either declare a “fiscal emergency” or go through a 60-to-90 day confidential negotiation process with its creditors before it files for municipal bankruptcy. Since late June, three Golden State cities-Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes-have filed for bankruptcy protection.

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