Stockton Humbly Emerges from 31 Months of Bankruptcy

The City of Stockton emerged from bankruptcy on Wednesday, February 25, after a 31-month ordeal. There were no winners in trying to restructure over $2 billion in debt and obligations. Nearly half of non-safety city employees were dumped, the survivors’ wages were cut by up to 23 percent, and retirees lost $500 million in lifetime medical benefits. Bondholders and creditors are receiving pennies on the dollar. Hopefully the sad lessons about what happened to Stockton might help other California cities to control spending.

Stockton (Max Whittaker / Reuters)

San Jose, Capital of Silicon Valley, Out of Money

San Jose, once viewed as a jewel, called “America’s safest big city” and known as the prime bedroom community of Silicon Valley, now has little money. Its libraries close some of the time, its potholes remain unfixed, and its police force goes understaffed.

San Jose (Michael / Wikimedia Commons)

RadioShack Begins Final Sale

RadioShack, which owns roughly 4,000 stores in the United States and filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, started a final sale at 1,700 of its stores over the weekend to aid its restructuring. The sale was prompted by Friday’s ruling from Judge Brendan Shannon, who permitted it.

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