Stockton at a glance:
--POPULATION: 290,000, 13th-largest city in California.
--LOCATION: About 80 miles east of San Francisco. Surrounded by farmland and home to a deep-water port on the San Joaquin River. Major industries include agriculture and shipping. A large youth prison also provides hundreds of jobs.
--CLAIM TO FAME: Annual Stockton Asparagus Festival in April attracts 100,000 people and features delicacies such as deep-fried asparagus spears and asparagus ice cream.
--TRIVIA: Once known as "Mudville," locals have long believed their city was the inspiration for "Casey at the Bat," the famous poem in which Casey strikes out and breaks the hearts of Mudville Nine fans.
--NOTABLE STOCKTONIANS: Musican/actor Chris Isaak; mixed martial arts fighter Nick Diaz; Maxine Hong Kingston, author of "The Woman Warrior."
--TITLES: The National Civic League awarded Stockton "All-America City" status in 1999 and 2004. Forbes named Stockton "most miserable city" in 2009 and 2011, and "miserable city" runner-up in 2008.