For Immediate Release:
January 4, 2000
CLINTON NAMES CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR BUSTAMANTE TO SERVE ON CENSUS MONITORING
- Cruz M. Bustamante, California's Lieutenant Governor and the nation's highest
ranking elected official of Hispanic origin, has been designated by President
Clinton to serve on the eight-member U.S. Census Monitoring Board.
Board is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the Census Bureau's preparations
for the 2000 decennial census, as well as its implementation. The Board consists
of four members designated by the President and four by the Republican leadership
in Congress. It issues reports every six months on its findings and recommendations.
am honored that President Clinton has seen fit to place his trust in me to
help ensure that the nation has the most accurate and complete census count
in 2000," said Bustamante.
Bustamante is an excellent choice to join the Monitoring Board," said
Presidential Co-Chair Gilbert F. Casellas. "He represents the largest
state with perhaps the most diverse population in the country, and he has
been very active on census issues." Casellas said he and fellow Presidential
Board Members Everett M. Ehrlich and Lorraine A. Green would soon travel to
Los Angeles to join Bustamante in reviewing the status of the Census Bureau's
preparations in California.
has been Lieutenant Governor since 1998. He was the first Latino Speaker of
the Assembly and the first Latino elected to statewide office in California
in more than 120 years.
appointment recognizes the leadership role he has played in California on
census issues. For example, last year, he proposed the creation of a California
Complete Count Committee to help prevent a repeat of the 1990 census undercount.
His working group developed a funding proposal of $24.7 million in state funds
for census outreach activities. Bustamante worked with California legislative
leaders to enact the proposal, which was signed into law by Governor Gray
Davis as part of the 1999-2000 state budget.
8, 1999, Governor Davis appointed Bustamante and several other California
leaders to serve on the newly created California Complete Count Committee.
appointment to the Monitoring Board is effective immediately and extends through
the remainder of the Board's existence, September 30, 2001. He fills the Presidential
slot left vacant when former Presidential Member Tony Coelho stepped down