February 28, 1990 |
Less than a month before the start of the 1990 Census, Mitch Snyder, perhaps the nation's best-known advocate for the homeless, is urging homeless people to boycott the census, arguing that the counting process will vastly understate the number of people without homes and play into the hands of politicians seeking to minimize the problem.
April 12, 1990 |
The Census Bureau is now uncertain whether 70% of Americans will return their census forms as it had hoped, a spokesman said. "Fifty-five percent is today's figure (for forms returned), and we're still hoping people will get them in," said the spokesman. On April 26, the bureau will send enumerators to interview members of households from which forms have not been received. In some cases, the enumerators will find that homes have been torn down or are temporarily vacant.
April 12, 1990 |
A 2-year-long legal battle over how best to count minorities, immigrants and poor people in the 1990 census appears headed back to court as a group of cities and states, including Los Angeles and California, have accused the Bush Administration of sabotaging a court-sanctioned agreement aimed at achieving a complete count. Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn, along with Atty. Gen. John K.
April 14, 1990 |
The Census Bureau said Friday that the nation's lethargic rate of census returns jumped by 2 percentage points in 24 hours to 59%, with Wisconsin, Iowa and other Midwestern states leading the country. "Stand up and be counted now!" Census Bureau Director Barbara Bryant said. "Fill out and return your 1990 census forms this weekend."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1990
Here are some common questions about the 1990 U.S. Census, and some answers: Q. How long will it take to fill one out? A. The questionnaire comes in two forms. One of every six U.S. households receives a copy of the "long form," which takes about 43 minutes to complete. But the rest are getting the "short form," which takes an average of 14 minutes to fill out. Q. What if I don't get a form in the mail or lose it? A. Just call one of the bureau's local district offices and ask for a replacement.
April 26, 1990 |
If you're between 26 and 44, you're a baby boomer--like it or not. And if you don't fit the "thirtysomething" stereotype, never mind. That's only because most people who are out to entertain you, sell you something, or simply catch your eye haven't the faintest clue as to who you really are. Thia Golson is out to set things right.
April 5, 1990 |
Confronted with a rising chorus of complaints about flaws in the 1990 census, officials of the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that about 1.9 million American households may not have received census forms. In a meeting with Rep. Tom Sawyer (D-Ohio), chairman of a House subcommittee on the census, bureau officials said that many forms were addressed to the homes of people who actually receive their mail at post office boxes.
April 25, 1990 |
Earlier this week at a luncheon in Los Angeles, the publisher of the Knoxville Journal in Tennessee asked a waitress, a Latina, whether she read a newspaper. The woman had come to the United States for the economic opportunity 12 years ago, Knoxville publisher Gerald Garcia recounted, and during the playing of the national anthem that had just completed, she had been the first one among those near his table to put her hand over her heart. No, she answered him.
December 13, 1990 |
Representatives of a coalition of the nation's mayors--including New York City's David N. Dinkins--met for the first time Wednesday with Commerce Secretary Robert A. Mosbacher to complain of a nationwide population undercount and urge that the figures be revised as quickly as possible. The meeting was an effort on the part of about 20 cities to pressure federal census officials to adjust population figures before states and cities reapportion political districts starting next year.
March 21, 1990 |
U.S. census workers searched for the homeless in Los Angeles' ritziest neighborhoods and in its most dreadful flophouses Tuesday night, and they found the homeless to be a skeptical, elusive and not always willing bunch. On Skid Row, poverty-stricken families were bedding down for the night and huge lines of the disowned and dysfunctional sat on sidewalks as $7-an-hour census workers hit the streets.