SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- I was traveling from Orange County to Stockton recently when I spotted a giant billboard in Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport.
It appeared to be touting sports scores, perhaps Little League or girls’ soccer.
“Stockton 73. Irvine 88,” read the billboard’s big orange letters.
The smaller print explained it. Life expectancy is 73 years in Stockton zip code 95202, compared to 88 years in the Irvine area zip code 92606 in Orange County. The rate statewide is 80.1.
A boy’s face dominated the billboard. His left brow, next to the Stockton statistics, was furrowed. The right side of his face, the Irvine side, was calm.