McNerney: Heloooo, Google!

Stockton Congressman Jerry McNerney has written Google a letter:

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Stockton, which is located in my congressional district, and to tell you about the tremendous resources our region has to offer. 

“First as you have already discovered is the Port of Stockton, an ocean-accessible hub for commerce and commercial activity that employs 4,500 hardworking people, and handles more than $1 billion in cargo going to and from 55 nations. Our busy port has plenty of space for expansion, a management structure that understands business needs, a ready and capable workforce, and easy access to rail, highway and air transportation to send goods all over the country.

“Stockton is also experiencing a tremendous revival of its surface transportation infrastructure, including improvements to both of California’s major North-South highway corridors: Interstate 5 and State Route 99. We also have a public transportation network that includes the ACE train from Stockton to San Jose, plus a fleet of new hybrid busses crisscrossing the city.

“Our schools are preparing the innovators and tech-smart employees of the future. The White House even recognized the STEM Academy of Stockton’s Edison High School during this year’s State of the Union address. And we have two institutions of higher education, University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College, which produce well-trained and eager graduates.

“Our best asset remains our people. Stockton has its own identity and a strong sense of civic pride and community spirit. Your arrival here has energized our town, and we hope your stay here is successful. I enjoyed my recent visit to your campus in Mountain View and appreciated the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to the Central Valley. I look forward to continuing to work with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.”

Best regards,

Rep. Jerry McNerney
Member of Congress

Kudos to McNerney. It’s interesting to see how our city can be pitched to a potential employer. The port, the transportation network, the ACE train, hybrid buses (a nice touch), and then, “Our schools are preparing the innovators and tech-smart employees of the future.”

Which is true, as far as the new STEM Academy at Edison High goes. 

And then, “Stockton has its own identity and a strong sense of civic pride and community spirit.” True again. 

Unfortunately, it is also true that in addition to citizens with a strong sense of civic pride and community spirit the city numbers a horde of carping curmudgeons devoid of all enthusiasm, interest, or optimism. Former City Manger Bob Deis once commented on this sourpuss streak in the civic culture. Deis said he could back a truck with a billion dollars in it up to City Hall, and people would still find fault. McNerney’s letter makes it clear how such Stocktonians undermine those who would promote the city.

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