Mayor Villaraigosa urges LA residents to fill out Census on last day

U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves (L) holds an operational press briefing about the 2010 Census at the National Press Club June 2, 2010 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves (L) holds an operational press briefing about the 2010 Census at the National Press Club June 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Today is the last day to be counted in the 2010 Census, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged all Angelenos to sign up before time runs out.

He said it was critical to have an accurate accounting of the city's population so that Angelenos can get their fair share from the federal government.

"In the last census, 76,8000 Angelenos went uncounted. That meant the loss of $206 million in federal dollars for Los Angeles,'' Villaraigosa said. "In our dire economic climate, we simply cannot afford to leave that money on the table.''

The census determines the amount of federal funding that is directed to local governments, and the number of representatives that each state sends to Washington.

Villaraigosa urged Angelenos to spread the word about the census to everyone they know.

"Tell them calling in is safe, confidential, and easy,'' Villaraigosa said. "Tell them that the 10 minutes it takes to be counted will make a real difference in the future of our city.''

People who need to a census form may get it by calling the U.S. Census Bureau at (866) 872-6868. Lines are open until 9 tonight. The forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian.

In the last census, conducted in 2000, the 76,800 Angelenos who were not counted included mostly young children in low-income households, minorities, recent immigrants, illegal immigrants and the homeless.

KPCC wire services contributed to this report.

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