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City Announces its Commitment to a ‘Complete Count’ for Census 2020 with ‘Be Counted West Hollywood’

Post Date:April 17, 2019 5:00 PM

Census 2020The City of West Hollywood, at its regular City Council meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019, launched its year-long countdown to Census 2020, which will take place on April 1, 2020.

The City’s efforts, “Be Counted West Hollywood,” will help to mobilize community members to take part in the upcoming census and will educate local residents and stakeholders about the importance of participating in the census and returning the questionnaire. The United States Constitution mandates that a complete national population count be conducted every 10 years.

“The census provides critical information,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “A complete count will help to ensure that West Hollywood receives a fair share of federal funding and investments and, on a state level, the count will determine California’s apportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s so important that people in our community take part and be counted.”

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) in California has estimated that during the 1990 Census, California’s population was undercounted by 2.7 percent; this undercount likely resulted in California receiving at least $2 billion less in federal funds. There are, however, other impacts beyond reduced financial resources: according to the LAO, the 1990 Census undercount was severe enough that the State of California was shortchanged one Congressional seat. Census staff has projected, based on data from the 2010 Census and from regular surveys, that certain West Hollywood census tracts may have a moderately low response rate. As a community of just 1.9 square miles, the City of West Hollywood will work diligently to achieve a complete census count in Census 2020.

With the formation of a Complete Count Committee (CCC), the City of West Hollywood will work to increase responsiveness in the 2020 Census utilizing local knowledge, influence, and resources to promote the census through locally based, targeted outreach efforts. The City of West Hollywood is in the process of assembling its CCC with stakeholders from different community groups, including City residents, members of the Chamber of Commerce, nonprofit organizations serving West Hollywood residents, members of the City’s advisory boards and commissions, and more.

The City of West Hollywood has consistently supported legislation that requires the Census Bureau to count every person living in the United States, independent of their immigration or citizenship status and the City has strongly advocated for the importance of including questions about sexual orientation in order to help identify LGBTQ people and families and safeguard their rights and responsibilities.

The City of West Hollywood’s Community and Legislative Affairs Division is currently developing an ambassador program for the City’s Census 2020 initiative. With this, community members will be able to take part and gain insight about questions that the Census will be asking citizens, the importance of participating in the Census, and the impact of the Census count on the allocation of federal resources and the apportionment of Congressional districts and seats in Congress. For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/census2020.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Census 2020 efforts, please contact Hernan Molina, the City of West Hollywood’s Governmental Affairs Liaison, at (323) 848-6364 of hmolina@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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