Which is by way of leadin to linking to this article on San Berdo's bankruptcy. Here is the lede:
Facing the same financial stressors that pushed San Bernardino toward bankruptcy, cities across California are slashing day-to-day services and taking other drastic actions to skirt a similar fiscal collapse.The thing is, out in California they have actual counties, which can give economy of scale on certain services.
We seem to be avoiding this issue of bankruptcy here in Lowell, and just as well.
Regards — Cliff