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Archived News Release from 2010

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San Mateo County Families Invited to Census Kick-Off Event in Redwood City: “California Be Counted Day”

Redwood City, CA - March 11, 2010 – People throughout the nation are receiving their 2010 Census forms this month, and to help encourage San Mateo County residents to “Get Out the Count,” a special, fun event is scheduled for Saturday, March 20th from 11 am to 1 pm. It’s “California Be Counted Day” and everyone is invited to Redwood City’s Downtown Courthouse Square to kick off the 2010 Census count in San Mateo County.

This lunchtime event features music and dancing performances, fun activities for kids, a display of the winning posters in the County’s Census poster contest, and Census information and bilingual help tables. Also, lots of giveaways for everyone who signs the Pledge Wall, promising to fill out their 2010 Census form. With just 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes only about 10 minutes to complete, so there’s no reason not to fill it out – it’s in mailboxes this month.

This event to mark the decennial census is sponsored by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, the San Mateo County Complete Count Committee, and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is a community building activity not to be missed – it only happens once every 10 years! The entire County community is invited to join in and have a great time at this kick-off of the 2010 Census. Confirmed performers include: girls hip hop group/break dancers “Somewhere 2 Turn;” Mexican folkloric dancers “Mexico Vivo;” hip hop dancers “FloGig,” acting and singing by “Método de Actuación y Auto-Conocimiento (MAAC), and others to be announced.

  • Saturday, March 20th, 2010
    11 am – 1 pm
    Courthouse Square, Downtown Redwood City

Census information is extremely important in determining how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are spent on things like schools, roads, hospitals, job training centers, emergency services, public works projects, and other vital community services. In fact, it’s reported that the State of California lost about $1.5 billion in federal funding since the last Census, due to under-counting.

So the community needs to Get Out the Count in order to be sure that California, and San Mateo County, are accurately represented. The Census information is also used by businesses when they decide where to locate new stores, manufacturing facilities, and other business operations, and it helps apportion congressional seats in our state.

The Daily Boost, right on Courthouse Square, will be offering special Census event discount coupons for their drinks. There are many wonderful restaurants right around Courthouse Square where families can enjoy a great lunch during the event. Also at Courthouse Square is the San Mateo County History Museum, in the old County Courthouse with its beautiful stained glass dome and elegant rotunda. It’s a great place to experience the rich history of San Mateo County – and 2010 marks the Museum’s 100th birthday.

More information on San Mateo County’s efforts to ensure a successful 2010 Census is available at

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Malcolm Smith, City of Redwood City

Margot Grant, San Mateo County


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