Stockton and Vallejo California, two middling cities already famous for their respective municipal bankruptcy via mismanagement and out-of-control public pension costs, have predictably reached the pinnacle of failure yet again. And we didn’t have to wait long to see it happen. As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s Deja vu all over again!”
The Business Recorder posted today that Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its rating on $359 million of Contra Costa County, California 2001 and 2003 pension obligation bonds to A1 from Aa3, noting concerns about the county’s inability to raise taxes for debt service.
County Treasurer Bill Pollacek has endorsed Russell Watts to replace him when he retires later this year.