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December 29, 2009 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Before comedian Peter the Persian took the stage and joked about his immigrant father's mispronunciation of English obscenities, Nadia Babayi stepped to the front of the room and struck a more serious tone. She told the group, gathered at the Brick Building in Culver City for a cancer fundraiser, that about 300,000 Iranians were counted in the last U.S. census. She said the numbers were grossly underreported. "All of us know we are more than that. We are in the millions," Babayi said.
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January 5, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe
The U.S. Census Bureau launched a national road tour Monday to drum up participation in the decennial population count, bringing Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other 21st century technology to the centuries-old exercise. The road tour, billed as the largest civic outreach campaign in the bureau's history, features 13 vans that will bring census information and interactive displays across 150,000 miles for 1,547 days with 800 publicity stops at parades, festivals and major sporting events such as the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four basketball tournament.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
The nation's census chief said Tuesday that the housing crisis, the economic recession and waves of new immigrants could make an accurate 2010 count more difficult and expensive than a decade ago. Robert Groves, U.S. Census Bureau director, said widespread housing foreclosures have displaced many people, making them harder and more expensive to count. Increased immigration has heightened the challenge of reaching people in their own languages and assuring them of the census' importance and privacy safeguards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2009 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Before comedian Peter the Persian took the stage and joked about his immigrant father's mispronunciation of English obscenities, Nadia Babayi stepped to the front of the room and struck a more serious tone. She told the group, gathered at the Brick Building in Culver City for a cancer fundraiser, that about 300,000 Iranians were counted in the last U.S. census. She said the numbers were grossly underreported. "All of us know we are more than that. We are in the millions," Babayi said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2008 | Doug Smith, Smith is a Times staff writer.
About this time every decade, the U.S. begins to hanker for the next great national self-portrait. That old still life that told us who we were -- magnificent as it once was in scope and detail -- has grown dusty and is ready for the closet. It's the time when the Census Bureau begins mustering the army of enumerators and tabulators who will reach across the country to tally us up in all our dynamism and diversity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2009 | Richard Simon
Here's yet another result of the bad economy: California's congressional delegation is unlikely to grow and could even lose a seat after next year's census for the first time since stagecoach days. If the state loses a seat, it could weaken California's clout in Washington and reduce the amount of federal money flowing to the state. It could also set off a game of political musical chairs, forcing two incumbents to run against each other.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe and Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writers
U.S. officials kicked off plans Wednesday for a test run of the 2010 census in this San Joaquin Valley city, one of two places in the nation selected because its diverse immigrants, migrant laborers and suburban commuters reflect many of the challenges that make California notoriously difficult to count. "They're a microcosm of the country," U.S. Commerce Undersecretary Cynthia A. Glassman said as she toured the area.
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January 5, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe
The U.S. Census Bureau launched a national road tour Monday to drum up participation in the decennial population count, bringing Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other 21st century technology to the centuries-old exercise. The road tour, billed as the largest civic outreach campaign in the bureau's history, features 13 vans that will bring census information and interactive displays across 150,000 miles for 1,547 days with 800 publicity stops at parades, festivals and major sporting events such as the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four basketball tournament.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
Southern California pastors representing 1,200 Latino Protestant congregations unveiled plans Monday to marshal their collective forces to urge full participation in the 2010 census and reject calls to boycott the decennial count. The pastors, who represent evangelical, Pentecostal and mainline Protestant churches, said they were worried that widespread media coverage of the boycott call might inhibit participation in the census, particularly by undocumented immigrants. The boycott call was launched earlier this year by a national Latino evangelical clergy group to protest the lack of progress on immigration reform.
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September 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The 2008 Republican platform says the makeup of Congress should be determined by counting only legal residents in the next census, not illegal immigrants. "The integrity of the 2010 census, proportioning congressional representation among the states, must be preserved," says the platform language. "The census," it says, "should count every person legally abiding in the United States in an actual enumeration." "Our mandate is to count all residents regardless of legal status," said Mark Tolbert of the Census Bureau.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
Southern California pastors representing 1,200 Latino Protestant congregations unveiled plans Monday to marshal their collective forces to urge full participation in the 2010 census and reject calls to boycott the decennial count. The pastors, who represent evangelical, Pentecostal and mainline Protestant churches, said they were worried that widespread media coverage of the boycott call might inhibit participation in the census, particularly by undocumented immigrants. The boycott call was launched earlier this year by a national Latino evangelical clergy group to protest the lack of progress on immigration reform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
The nation's census chief said Tuesday that the housing crisis, the economic recession and waves of new immigrants could make an accurate 2010 count more difficult and expensive than a decade ago. Robert Groves, U.S. Census Bureau director, said widespread housing foreclosures have displaced many people, making them harder and more expensive to count. Increased immigration has heightened the challenge of reaching people in their own languages and assuring them of the census' importance and privacy safeguards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2009 | Richard Simon
Here's yet another result of the bad economy: California's congressional delegation is unlikely to grow and could even lose a seat after next year's census for the first time since stagecoach days. If the state loses a seat, it could weaken California's clout in Washington and reduce the amount of federal money flowing to the state. It could also set off a game of political musical chairs, forcing two incumbents to run against each other.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2008 | Doug Smith, Smith is a Times staff writer.
About this time every decade, the U.S. begins to hanker for the next great national self-portrait. That old still life that told us who we were -- magnificent as it once was in scope and detail -- has grown dusty and is ready for the closet. It's the time when the Census Bureau begins mustering the army of enumerators and tabulators who will reach across the country to tally us up in all our dynamism and diversity.
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September 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The 2008 Republican platform says the makeup of Congress should be determined by counting only legal residents in the next census, not illegal immigrants. "The integrity of the 2010 census, proportioning congressional representation among the states, must be preserved," says the platform language. "The census," it says, "should count every person legally abiding in the United States in an actual enumeration." "Our mandate is to count all residents regardless of legal status," said Mark Tolbert of the Census Bureau.
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April 4, 2008 | Ben DuBose, Times Staff Writer
Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and Census Bureau Director Steve H. Murdock told a House appropriations subcommittee Thursday that the government would not be able to use specially designed hand-held computers to collect information for the 2010 census from the millions of people who don't return census forms. The two officials cited poor communication with Florida-based Harris Corp.
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April 4, 2008 | Ben DuBose, Times Staff Writer
Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and Census Bureau Director Steve H. Murdock told a House appropriations subcommittee Thursday that the government would not be able to use specially designed hand-held computers to collect information for the 2010 census from the millions of people who don't return census forms. The two officials cited poor communication with Florida-based Harris Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2000
Re "It's the Law: Count on It," editorial, April 5: The Times accuses Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of failing to obey the Constitution regarding the census and the objection some people have to answering a lengthy census questionnaire. The census is solely a head count of people in the U.S. for apportioning representatives to the House of Representatives. It is not a head count to dole out money to people. There is no constitutional authority for forcible wealth transfer programs such as Social Security, Medicaid, farm payments, NEA, the departments of Commerce and Education, HUD, various grants and other forms of welfare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe and Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writers
U.S. officials kicked off plans Wednesday for a test run of the 2010 census in this San Joaquin Valley city, one of two places in the nation selected because its diverse immigrants, migrant laborers and suburban commuters reflect many of the challenges that make California notoriously difficult to count. "They're a microcosm of the country," U.S. Commerce Undersecretary Cynthia A. Glassman said as she toured the area.
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