Vallejo, which declared bankruptcy in May 2008 and has cut more than a third of its police force since 2005, is struggling with a violent crime wave as it considers cutting its police force further to balance a budget that is still in deficit.

The San Francisco Bay Area city of 117,000 has suffered two murders, the beating of a city worker by a mob of teens, and the shooting of an ice cream truck driver in the past week.

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