Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California
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McNerney Calls Out Obama Administration for Failing to Designate Stockton as a Promise Zone

Apr 29, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. McNerney released the following statement in response to the announcement that the City of Stockton was not selected as a Promise Zone under the Administration’s Promise Zone Initiative, a program aimed at providing federal resources to help revitalize the most economically-challenged communities.

“I’m outraged and disappointed by this decision.  Once again, the Administration has ignored Stockton and the San Joaquin Valley.  The second largest city in our nation to declare bankruptcy, Stockton has suffered from disproportionately high crime, foreclosure and unemployment rates.  Although our area has made improvements, the economic needs are daunting.  That’s why it’s so baffling that the Administration would fail to designate Stockton as a Promise Zone. 

It has become clear over many years that the Administration is satisfied with ignoring this region and letting it fend for itself.  I again urge the President to visit Stockton. If he saw the poverty that exists in the city and surrounding area, he would not continue to overlook this region.

The local public and private partnerships are already in place to execute and successfully increase economic output, improve educational outcomes and lower violent crime.  Now we need the federal government to step up and do its part. Until then, the message to the people of Stockton is clear – the Administration is failing to do what it can to help our city.

I will continue to fight for Stockton to be included in the next phase of the Promise Zone Initiative and to deliver vital federal resources that will put our region on a path to a strong economic recovery.”