The Economist, one of the world’s most prestigious journals of opinion, has a piece on the San Joaquin Valley in its current issue. The piece omits Stockton entirely.
That is a strange choice, as the piece is about the Valley’s lagging economy. Stockton, being bankrupt, if not Exhibit A, surely merits a mention.
But Stockton is even omitted from the Valley map.
I assume this is for the usual reason: Stockton is over 5,000 miles away from London and is part of a regional lacuna the world has difficulty seeing properly. But that makes the world’s opinions about this region rather shaky. Like The Economist’s assertion that it is intra-Valley sniping that holds us back, and not the low-wage agrarian economy, a federal government that flies over us and a state government that prefers making regional withdrawals of resources to deposits of state support.
Anyway, the piece is not entirely off the mark. Read it here.