(BusinessWeeek) Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) (A), said municipal bankruptcies are set to rise as there's less stigma attached after three California cities opted to seek protection just weeks apart.
The City Council of San Bernardino, California, a community of about 210,000 east of Los Angeles, decided July 10 to seek court protection from its creditors. The move came just weeks after Stockton, a community of 292,000 east of San Francisco, became the biggest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy. Mammoth Lakes, California, also sought the shelter this month.
"The stigma has probably been reduced when you get very sizeable cities like Stockton or San Bernardino to do it," Buffett, 81, said in an interview today on "In the Loop with Betty Liu" on Bloomberg Television. "The very fact they do it makes it more likely."
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