Media Advisory: Kern and Inyo Prepare for 2020 Census Efforts

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: press@census.ca.gov 916-214-9266 (cell) 

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Kern and Inyo Prepare for 2020 Census Efforts
Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Attend Census Workshop in Bakersfield

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, August 7, the California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office will meet with local partners in Bakersfield to coordinate the State’s 2020 Census strategy. This event is one in a series of regional Census Convenings and Implementation Plan Workshops (IPW) statewide. Secretary of State Alex Padilla will attend and underscore the importance of a complete count in 2020.

The morning session of the 2020 Census Convening is open to the public and will bring together community leaders, advocates, and regional partners striving toward a complete count in California.

WHO:

  • Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State
  • Jesus Martinez, California Complete Count Committee member and chair of the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative
  • Emilio Vaca, California Complete Count – Census 2020 Deputy Director of Outreach
  • Local representatives from Inyo and Kern counties
  • Statewide Community-Based Organization and Regional Administrative Community-Based representatives

WHEN: Wednesday, August 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Media should arrive by 10 a.m. for interviews); all media should RSVP at press@census.ca.gov

WHERE: Beale Memorial Library
701 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

DATA: To see data on the hard-to-count populations in cities, Congressional, and Legislative districts in Kern and Inyo, please visit: https://census.ca.gov/htcfactsheets/

Leading characteristics in Inyo County’s hard-to-count census tracts:

  • Non-family households
  • Households without broadband subscription
  • Renter-occupied units

Leading characteristics in Kern County’s hard-to-count census tracts:

  • Below 150 percent of poverty level
  • Non-high school graduates
  • Households without broadband subscription

Following the public convening, contracted partners and community leaders will meet together and collaborate to ensure the area’s hard–to–count populations are reached and informed about the importance of the 2020 Census, and know how to participate.

Statewide regional convenings will be conducted through September of 2019 to activate outreach efforts for the 2020 Census. A list of convening/IPW locations is available on the Census Office website at census.ca.gov/events.

About California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office

Once each decade, the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every person in the United States. The next enumeration will be April 1, 2020 and will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. California leaders have invested $187.2 million toward a statewide outreach and communication campaign. For more information, please go to census.ca.gov.

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