Municipal Traumas

Bankrupt San Bernardino Hires Twice-Bankrupt City Manager

"The bankrupt city of San Bernardino has hired a new city manager who, according to court filings, has twice declared personal bankruptcy and was recently ousted from the board of a small community's water company after being sued by shareholders." —The comically corrupt inland cities of Southern California continue to provide inspiration for new generations of aspirational local crooks.


Philadelphia Rocked By Possible Loss Of Snack Cakes

There is shock and horror in the city of Philadelphia about the news that local snack producer Tasty Baking Co.—maker of gut-expanding delights such as Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets and Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes—might be forced to sell itself off amid financial turmoil. One local columnist conveys the sense of fear and disgust now prevalent in the City of Brotherly Love.