• Bureau Takes Aggressive Effort to Count the SGV


    by Winston Chua

    PASADENA – The U.S. Census Bureau opened its newest locationMonday, in Pasadena just south of the 210 freeway on Altadena Drive. Around 70people, including media and city leaders attended the celebration.

    San Marino Mayor Eugene Sun, San Marino Councilman RichardSun, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogard and San Gabriel Mayor Juli Costanzo were onhand to spur an attentive crowd to action. Before the elected officials spoke,the Scouts of Troop 352 and Pack 352 led the flag salute and the John Muir HighSchool JROTC Color Guard introduced the meeting. Among other openingperformances, members from the First Nations Native Christian Fellowship playedmusic.

    “The 2010 Census will be the vehicle through which theirresponses turn into the foundation of our democracy,” said Jamey Christy,Census regional director. “Their voice in government, their access to billionsof dollars worth of decisions.”

    The 2010 Census will be held April 1, but there’s nothingfoolish about the purpose of the count, which is held just once every 10 years.Roughly $400 billion makes their way through the nation, and what the SanGabriel Valley receives from the amount is based largely on the census. The numberof people per household is now tallied at 2.3. If that number does not reach2.7, Census Bureau officials said that the State will lose a seat in the House.California currently has 53 representatives. Census data is used to determinehow money is allocated for emergencies and school funding, for example.

    The Bureau began its National Launch of the Paid Advertisingcampaign in Washington, DD. Three days later ads ran for the Golden GlobeAwards. On March 15, questionnaires are mailed. On May 1, there will be afollow up to track down those who have yet to respond.

    Despite tough economic times, the Bureau is offering toprovide up to 1,500 jobs, determined by how many people in the SGV mail backtheir forms, to help make this decade’s count as accurate as possible. The jobspay between $15 to $17 per hour. Online practices exams are available on theCensus website, an potential employees can take the exam as many times as theywish.

    Also at the grand opening event, Joy of Kung Fu provided theChinese martial arts entertainment that included a two-sword display and adance with fans. Michael Arceneaux of John Muir High School sang the NationalAnthem and Reverend Apache and the Gabrieleno Tongva introduced the invocation.

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    3. Webelow– Daniel beltran,9,

    4. Ezra(in yellow chief) Lima, 8 (cub scout)

    5. Tinyone in orange that Alessandro Obregon, 6

    6. Assistantscout master Brandy Cantos with scouts since 1987.

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    7 can be cub scout

    9-10 webelow – plaid.

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