Desperate Hot Springs – Another California city teeters on the edge of bankruptcy

By Steven Greenhut
In what may be the most embarrassing California-related headline to appear in a while, Reuters announced last month: Tony resort city mulls bankruptcy, blaming wages, pensions. That supposedly “tony” city is Desert Hot Springs, on the northern edge of the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs. Though it’s certainly true that Palm Springs and many of its...

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Desert Hot Springs, California, Fights Bankruptcy – Average City Employee Makes $144,329 Per Year

By Edward Ring
While today’s municipal bankruptcy news focuses on Detroit, where a judge has just ruled the city can proceed with its bankruptcy filing, tonight a small California city holds a council meeting to try to avoid the same fate. Desert Hot Springs isn’t on the national radar, but its situation is hardly unique. With only 27,000...

TAGS: Desert Hot Springs, unionized government