For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, June 27, 2000
Programs and Local Commitment Increases Census Participation
San Diego 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 in the San Diego region.
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 San Diego 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.
was held at the offices of the San Diego Association of Governments. It featured
presentations by a variety of officials representing local governments and
community-based organizations involved in Census 2000 activities in the San
Diego 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 implemented here 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 San
Diego made firm commitments to a successful census, and their efforts appear
to have paid off."
making presentations at Tuesday's hearings included: the Honorable Pam Slater,
San Diego County Board of Supervisors; the Honorable Art Madrid, Chairman,
San Diego Association of Governments and Mayor, City of La Mesa; Joey Perry,
City of San Diego; and Karen Lamphere, Senior Planner and Census Coordinator,
San Diego Association of Governments.
presenters included: Augie Bareno, Coordinator, California Chicano Federation
QAC Project; Jeri Gulbransen, Pubic Information Officer, City of Chula Vista;
Tania Farley, Union of Pan-Asian Communities; Peter Martinez, Detective, Gang
Suppression Unit, Imperial Beach Sheriff's Station; Grover Diemert, Executive
Director, Bayside Settlement House; and William Rowel, Coordinator, California
Black Health Network Census 2000 Project.
Contact: John Chambers
202-256-1608 or Mario Lopez 301-526-9579