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File #: 2020-698    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/30/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/6/2020 Final action:
Title: CENSUS 2020 UPDATE (CITY COUNCIL)
Report to Mayor and City Council
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
Discussion


SUBJECT:
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CENSUS 2020 UPDATE (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 Census 2020 and on September 15, 2020 approved an additional $20,000 for a total of $60,000 towards the Census outreach efforts. The City Council requested that staff provide an update at this City Council meeting on our efforts to increase Carson's Census Count and our expenditures.
The closing date for the Census was recently moved by the federal government from October 31 to September 30, 2020. A Federal Judge ruled last week that the head count of every U.S. resident continue through the end of October. Shortly after the Secretary of Commerce said the 2020 Census will now end on October 5, 2020.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 73.2% of Carson residents have self-reported as of the date of this staff report.


II. RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation

DISCUSS and PROVIDE direction regarding the Census Count 2020.


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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 October 5, 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, ...

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