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Stockton Makes Forbes' Miserable List Again

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This is Forbes’ third annual ranking of trouble spots around the country. Kurt Badenhausen with Forbes says they look at everything from the jobless rate to commute times.

“Stockton has been on the list all three years. Foreclosures are among the highest in the country. 2010 unemployment is supposed to average 18.5% in Stockton. So that area is dealing with a lot of problems.”

“We kind of feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of cities – we can’t get no respect.”

Kathy Miller is Stockton’s Vice-Mayor. She says the ranking is not helpful.

“It’s demoralizing to the people who live here especially in this economy. I think it’s unfair. We’ve got a vibrant port. We have a downtown waterfront. We have a lot of really unique qualities here in Stockton.”

Miller says the city recently expanded its port to attract new economic growth. And she says they’ve also seen a drop in Stockton’s crime rate in the past few months.

Two other Northern California cities made the dubious Forbes list – Modesto at number 11 and Sacramento at number 17. Cleveland takes the top spot.
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