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File #: 19-1269    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 12/30/2019 Departments: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 5
On agenda: 1/14/2020 Final action: 1/14/2020
Title: Adopt a resolution recognizing the importance of the 2020 Census and encouraging residents of the County of San Mateo to promote and complete the census to ensure a fair, accurate and complete count.
Sponsors: David J. Canepa, Don Horsley
Attachments: 1. 20200114_r_Census 2020.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors

From: Supervisor David J. Canepa, District 5
Supervisor Don Horsley, District 3

Subject: Census 2020

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt a resolution recognizing the importance of the 2020 Census and encouraging residents of the County of San Mateo to promote and complete the census to ensure a fair, accurate and complete count.

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BACKGROUND:
San Mateo County Manager's Office of Community Affairs is leading the County's Census 2020 efforts by developing and implementing proactive outreach strategies and messaging guidance. Working closely with both the United States (US) Census Bureau, the California Complete Count Census 2020 Office, as well as other stakeholders, San Mateo County is committed to ensuring a complete count of all San Mateo County residents, citizens and non-citizens alike. This work is especially important as the 2020 Census will be moving to an online format and many segments of the community have discomfort about participation in the census in the wake of the federal government's unsuccessful attempt to include a citizenship question on the Census 2020 questionnaire.

The San Mateo County census team has convened a County Steering Committee made up of department heads, representatives of elected officials, as well as managers of the cities considered hardest to count in the county. Additionally, a Census Complete County Committee was convened, which includes participants from community and faith-based organizations, core service agencies, and the business community. The County Census team has also developed an online outreach toolkit which has resources to help everyone prepare, plan, implement, and track census outreach.

DISCUSSION:
The US Constitution requires the federal government to count the total number of people in the United States every ten years. The US Census Bureau, a division of the US Department of Commerce, w...

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