I am all for doing the census.. though, in previous years, I viewed it as a torturous job to go through pages and pages of questions. UGH! I spent several days answering a collection of pages, then folded the paperwork up and mailed it. YIKES!! Too Much Work!
Now that we have smartphones, computers, fast connections and smartphones, you have the ability to get your Census questions done in less than 10 minutes. Once you complete your census questions, no one will ask you if you have completed your census because the computer will have you (and your family) as complete. It’s so easy and so helpful to improve the quality of life for ALL California residents!
Ditas Katague, Director, California Complete Count is here on video to discuss the importance of filling out your census.
Disclosure: I am not on the call for this video. I was unable to participate that day due to appointments.
- Interview is courtesy: California For All – Census 2020 Campaign.
- Website for more information: californiacensus.org/
- Interview originating from Sacramento
LINKS the California Census website: https://2020census.gov/
You will find it extraordinarily easy because it’s only 9 pages long. Super clear questions for you to answer. I was shocked to see how easy it was.
ALL information you provide is confidential. No government agencies are going to come knocking on your door to clarify something or ask you to prove citizenship. You don’t have to be a US Citizen to complete a census in California. The state wants people who are not citizens to fill out the census so that they have the most accurate account of who is actually living in California.
The Importance of the Census:
Importance of the Data
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
Six separate images highlighting adult, children, shops, fire engines, and roads.
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.
The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
Importance of Representation:
The census helps distribute the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states. Small states get one seat, and larger states get more (based on population). An accurate count of the population helps your state get the right amount of seats.
About Ditas Katague, Director, California Complete Count
Ditas Katague is the Director of the California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office, the outreach and communications campaign to ensure a complete count of the hardest-to-count Californians.
–In 2019, she was recently recognized in the Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 most powerful movers and shakers in California politics. While serving under four California Governors, she has led California’s Census efforts since 2000.
–From 2012-2018, she served on the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee (NAC) on Race, Ethnicities and Other Populations, including serving as Chair from 2015-2018.
–In 2010, Katague served as the Director of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Census 2010 project.
–In 2000, as Chief Deputy Campaign Director for the Governor’s Census 2000 California Complete Count campaign, she led a groundbreaking multi-lingual, multi-media outreach effort that resulted in a mail-in return rate that outpaced the entire nation.
She is an expert in multi-ethnic outreach and civic engagement. Ditas most recently served as Chief of Staff to the California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval where she improved public participation and access to the energy and telecommunications utility rate and regulation process. Since 1998, she has served on the Sacramento Center Advisory Board for the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California. She holds an MPA from USC and a BA from UC Berkeley
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