For Immediate Release:
Monday, June 26, 2000
Programs and Local Commitment Increases Census Participation
Los Angeles Leaders Tell Census Monitoring Board
The members of the bipartisan U.S. Census Monitoring Board today heard local
officials and community leaders detail their efforts to ensure greater census
participation among the large and diverse population of the Los Angeles area.
Their comments came during a public hearing held by the Board to gather information
on innovative programs and activities that improved the local census count.
from the Los Angeles hearing will be used in a future report to Congress by
the Board, which was established by Congress in 1997 to monitor the preparation
and implementation of the 2000 decennial census. The Board is comprised of
eight members- four appointed by Congress and four by the President. The hearing
was held at the Town & Garden Hall on the campus of the University of Southern
California. It featured presentations by a variety of officials representing
local governments and community- based organization involved in Census 2000
activities in the Los Angeles area.
Angeles provides an excellent example of local officials and community leaders
working together to meet the challenges of counting a large and diverse population,"
said J. Kenneth Blackwell, Co-Chair for the Congressional Members of the Board.
"The innovative programs and activities you implemented can serve as a model
for other communities throughout the country for the next census."
hearings affirm the importance of community partnerships to a successful census
effort," said Gilbert F. Casellas, Co-Chair for the Presidential members of
the Board. "Both the state of California and the local communities in Los
Angeles made firm commitments to a successful census, and their efforts appear
to have paid off."
the work of the numerous community-based organizations, educators, social
service providers and others who helped Los Angeles achieve one of the best
census results in the country," said California Lieutenant Governor Cruz M.
Bustamante, a Presidential Member of the Board.
making presentations at Monday's hearings included: the Honorable James Hahn,
Los Angeles City Attorney; John Reeder, Regional Director, Los Angeles Region,
Bureau of the Census; Jan Perry, Executive Director of the Los Angeles 2000
Outreach Project, which co-hosted the Board meeting; Lari Sheehan, Chairperson,
County of Los Angeles Complete Count Committee; John Mack, President, Los
Angeles Urban League; Noelle Minto, Office of the Honorable Gloria Molina,
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
presenters included: Antonia Hernandez, President and General Counsel, Mexican
American Legal Defense and Education Fund; John Humphrey, Census 2000 Coordinator,
City of Long Beach; Natalie Profant Komuro, Planning Manager, Los Angeles
County Homeless Services Authority; Jessica Heinz, Office of the Los Angeles
City Attorney; and Bonnie Tang, Staff Attorney and Project Director, Asian
Pacific American Legal Center.
Contact: John Chambers
202-256-1608 or Mario Lopez 301-526-9579