The Best of Stockton

Dallas Braden

It’s easy to take pot shots at Stockton.

But some of the people who live there are mad as hell about all the negative publicity. They’re proud of their city and they are fighting back.

Forbes magazine has continually bashed Stockton, calling it the most miserable city in America. Stockton native and retired businessman, Gregory Basso, put together a You Tube rebuttal to Forbes.

Others living in Stockton also take issue with Forbes, saying they enjoy living in Stockton and that it is a great place to live in.

Stockton has received national honors, it’s twice been named an All-America city for the work it’s done to solve its most pressing problems.   

And the city has much to be proud of.

The section of Pacific Avenue known as the miracle mile is a shopping, dining and entertainment hot spot. It recently celebrated its 90th Anniversary.

Not to mention Stockton’s Annual Asparagus Festival, it’s one of the biggest outdoor events in our area. Tens of thousands of food lovers flock to Stockton for this event.

Many in Stockton are also proud of the Haggin Museum. Its collection includes major US and European artists, as well as local history exhibits.

And of course let’s not forget the University of the Pacific which is named one of the country’s top schools by US News and World Report.

But it’s the people who make a city great, and a number of notables call Stockton their hometown including former astronaut Jose Hernandez, who’s now running for congress.  

There is also Dallas Braden, the Stagg High graduate who pitched a perfect game for the Oakland A’s. And speaking of baseball, a business publication recently named Stockton’s Banner Island Ballpark, America’s favorite new minor league field.  

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