Santa Ana, Calif., was able to ratify agreements with its police and service employee unions this week, halving its projected $30 million budget deficit for next year and quelling talk of a potential bankruptcy, according to published reports.

The deal is a mix of temporary and permanent givebacks that only buys the City Council an additional 18 months to find longer-term solutions, Councilman Sal Tinajero told the Voice of Orange County.

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