On San Bernardino

Re “A bro­ken city,” June 14

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Thank you for putting the ar­ti­cle about the de­cline of San Bernardino on the front page. We need to be re­minded of just how far we as a na­tion have fallen. It is hor­rific to read yet again of how hard it is for peo­ple on the fringes to sur­vive.

Equally hor­rific is the men­tion that half of the city of San Bernardino’s sworn fire per­son­nel earn more than $150,000 a year. And that in 2012, 72% of the city’s gen­eral fund went to­ward salaries and pen­sion costs for the po­lice and fire de­part­ments.

We re­ally need to get our pri­or­i­ties in or­der. Do we hand over the keys to our cities to po­lice and fire unions at the ex­pense of the most vul­ner­a­ble? We are all in this to­gether.

Chris Reiff


Francine Orr Los An­ge­les Times

IN SAN BERNARDINO, a ho­tel man­ager at­tempts to clean the room of an evicted ten­ant.

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