There are many misperceptions and rumors that surround the census causing many Angelenos to be wary of completing it. Constitutional decrees aside, the bottom line is an undercount equals lost revenues to our state and city. Because of the 2000 undercount, Los Angeles lost over 200 million dollars during the last decade. Given our current financial crises, we certainly can't afford another undercount. In this week's TOWN HALL Journal, listen in when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, California Community Foundation President, Antonia Hernandez, and local Census leaders cite the benefits of an accurate count. City National Bank's Sr. Vice President of Community Reinvestment, Sal Mendoza, illustrates the point well by noting if California receives $1 back from the federal government for each $1 we give, that means an increase of $1 billion to the state each year. Panelists also remind us that Los Angeles has one of the largest homeless populations including the newly homeless - families who recently lost their homes. The panel notes that the Census isn't just for poor people. It takes into account the needs of all Americans and determines funding for infrastructure, education and emergency and disaster preparedness. The Vault Segment this week features Antonia Hernandez when she was the President of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF). Hernandez discusses the rising power of the Latino vote and the detrimental effects to the Latino population because of the 1990 Census undercount of 1 million in California. Finally, the Street Segment takes listeners to Skid Row and the efforts being made there to accurately count its population. Your needs matter, so tune-in and send-in your Census!