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File #: 2020-631    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/2/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/15/2020 Final action:
Title: CENSUS 2020 UPDATE - CARSON COUNTS (CITY COUNCIL)
Attachments: 1. Donuts and Ice Cream Drive Thru Census Count-01, 2. Census Count Caravan-01
Report to Mayor and City Council
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Discussion


SUBJECT:
Title
CENSUS 2020 UPDATE - CARSON COUNTS (CITY COUNCIL)

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I. SUMMARY

At its September 1, 2020 City Council Meeting, the City Council allocated up to $40,000 to be used in the Carson Counts Campaign and directed staff to provide an update at this City Council meeting on efforts to increase Carson's Census Count. The closing date for the Census was recently moved by the federal government from October 31 to September 30, 2020. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 72.1% of Carson residents have self-reported as of the date of this staff report.


II. RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation

DISCUSS and PROVIDE direction from the City Council regarding the Census Count 2020 - Carson Counts Campaign.


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III. ALTERNATIVES

TAKE another action that Council deems appropriate.


IV. BACKGROUND

The goal of the 2020 Census is to have a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond by the end of September 2020 to a short questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for the community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
On September 1, 2020, the City Council allocated up to $40,000 toward this effort and asked staff to return to the next City Council meeting with an update on the status of the Census and the progress leading up to the closing date of Septemb...

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