The 2020 Census is just around the corner, and Los Angeles County is working hard to ensure all residents are counted and represented. As a result, today the Board of Supervisors approved a motion, authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, to proclaim June 23, 2018 as Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Day and encourage County employees to participate in the activities planned for the day.
“The County has a tremendous responsibility to serve all of its residents to the best of our abilities,” said Supervisor Solis. “LA County has been identified as the hardest-to-count county in the nation. Therefore, it is up to us to collect an accurate address list of all conventional and unconventional housing that may be missing from the Census Bureau’s master list. With billions of federal dollars at stake, we cannot afford a miscount.”
In preparation of the County’s Census LUCA Day, the Board of Supervisors has asked each County Department to work with the Office of Immigrant Affairs to promote employee participation in the LUCA canvassing effort, distribute relevant materials related to LUCA and the 2020 Census, and coordinate the canvassing activities on June 23, 2018. It is imperative that the County provide the Bureau an updated list of addresses as June 2018 is the last full month the County has to review, add, and correct addresses. The accuracy of this list is important to the distribution of federal funds to LA County. Each missing address from the list can cost the County approximately $60,000 in lost federal funding over a ten-year period.
In January 2018, after a motion by Supervisor Solis, the Board of Supervisors wrote to the U.S. Commerce Secretary and Congress opposing the Administration’s proposal to add a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, and voted to enhance the County’s education and outreach strategy to help assure hard-to-count populations that participation in the Census count will not affect their immigration status. After another action by Supervisor Solis in May 2018, the Board of Supervisors joined the State of California’s lawsuit opposing the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. To view a complete list of Supervisor Solis’ actions to defend, protect, and fight for immigrants since November 2016, please click here.
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