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Census 2020 Coming, and Everyone Needs to be Counted!




The Census determines funding allocations across government

As the 2020 Decennial Census approaches, it’s never been more important that all of us in Contra Costa County work to ensure that we are all counted.

U.S. Census Bureau information is used to determine the number of Congress members each state will have and how $675 billion dollars of federal funds flow to tribal, state and local governments. In addition, these counts are crucial to decisions at state and local government levels that affect our communities, e.g. siting of schools, hospitals, libraries, and other public services.

An undercount could divert millions of dollars in federal funds annually away from Contra Costa County.   

There are two key changes to the Census in 2020, both of which could make a big difference for our County:

1. Census reporting will be available online for the first time. This technology reduces resource expenditure on door-to-door canvassing, but inequitable access to the web remains a challenge across West County.

2. The addition of the citizenship status question, which could reduce participation among our immigrant communities.

If these additions cause Census undercounts, we could face a number of negative consequences, including impacts on Congressional seats for California and federal funding in states and communities with a large number of immigrants. The citizenship question is currently being challenged in court by the California attorney general, but we must prepare for the worst.

During a recent report to our Board of Supervisors, we learned that each person who remains uncounted will cost the county an estimated $2,000 annually in federal funding. Therefore, if the final tally is off by just 5 percent, the county could lose $1.1 billion over 10 years.

For more information, please visit our web page or contact County Planner Kristine Solseng at


East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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