Long Beach’s 9th City Council district is bordered by the cities of Carson to the west, Compton to the north and Lakewood to the east, and those unique circumstances have community leaders trained on South Street as a process to redraw the city’s council districts unfolds.
A memo published by the city Tuesday gave the first glimpse of legacy data released by the United States Census Bureau earlier this month boiled down to the neighborhood level.
“Essentially what it means is that those who were left out of the Census will be robbed of their political voice,” one of the researchers said.
Census officials said the rate of growth across the country was the slowest that the bureau has recorded since the 1930s.
Over the past decade, California’s average annual population growth rate slipped to 0.06% — lower than at any time since at least 1900. The state is facing the prospect of losing a U.S. House seat for the first time in its history, while political rivals Texas and Florida add more residents and political clout.
While the allegations were made in other states, California advocacy groups that sued the Census Bureau in federal court have documented cases of census takers who say they were instructed to cut corners in order to close cases under the sped-up deadline.
The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday granted the Trump administration’s request to stop the 2020 census count from continuing for now, following months of shifting deadlines and court-ordered injunctions.
The preliminary injunction granted by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California late Thursday allows the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October.
Long Beach is averaging a 66.9% self-response rate to the 2020 U.S. Census.