Dark Days Not Over for Bankrupt Vallejo

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    John Moorlach, the accountant who predicted the 1994 Orange County bankruptcy sees up to 10 municipal bankruptcies in the coming year.

    Closing some fire stations and cutbacks in the police department are being considered as officials in Vallejo continue to struggle with a mounting deficit.

    With the city already operating under bankruptcy protection, the City Council will consider Tuesday night cutting salaries and services by 20 percent.

    City staff has recommended the council eliminate 30 sworn police positions from a force of 115 and shutting down two fire stations.

    The recommendations come with Vallejo officials facing an unexpected $12 million deficit for the year.

    Last year as Vallejo's budget gap widened, the city closed two other fire stations and cut funding to senior centers, museums, the public swimming pool, libraries and public works.