As the Constitution requires, the U.S. has to conduct a census every ten years. Well, it’s that time again, and by now, most Angelenos have gotten their forms. But have they filled them out? The reapportioning of congressional districts and more than $400 billion in federal funds are at stake – which is why Mayor Villaraigosa has launched the Make Sure LA Counts campaign. The Census is not without controversy though. Even the short form asks personal, and potentially confusing, questions about race and ethnicity. How is this data used? And why is this information important?
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Stephen Buckner, Spokesperson, US Census Bureau, out of Washington DC