SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The city of San Bernardino, Calif. has delayed a decision to declare a fiscal emergency to avoid mediation and head straight to federal bankruptcy.

The City Council voted Monday to delay the vote until Wednesday. Members expressed a desire for more time to look over financial information and talk to constituents.

The emergency declaration would let the city of 210,000 people avoid a neutral evaluation otherwise required under California law before filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

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