The city of Goleta is going all out to ensure that community members take part in the 2020 Census.
Earlier this week, the Goleta City Council approved a resolution in support of the census and the city’s “Make Goleta Count/Haz Que Cuente Goleta” campaign. The council also saw the city’s campaign video, which includes a cross-section of community leaders and residents encouraging participation in the count. To view the video, visit www.cityofgoleta.org or go to the city of Goleta’s YouTube page.
The city is also holding a community event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, 170 S. Kellogg Ave. The event will serve as an opportunity for the public to learn more about the census. It will feature several keynote speakers, booths with census information and an area where residents can complete the census online.
“City, County, and U.S. Census representatives will be available to answer questions about the census,” Kelly Hoover, city spokeswoman, said in a news release. “Spanish interpretation will be available. In addition to census information, there will also be lots of family fun, including a DJ, games, piñatas, raffle prizes and food for purchase including the McConnell’s Ice Cream Truck. Please don’t miss this fun and informative community event for the whole family.”
As part of the city’s outreach efforts, light post banners are up throughout the city and mailers were sent to every household earlier this week.
“The purpose for all of this outreach is to educate and rally community members to respond to the Census,” Ms. Hoover said. “The City wants to ensure a complete count so that Goleta receives proper funding for important programs and services we value and depend on.”
The census creates jobs and will assist the city for future planning, as well as help support public safety and emergency preparedness. If there is an undercount, the city may face a loss of revenue for up to 10 years. In addition, the count will help the city seek federal funding for Community Development Block grants, library funding, gas tax revenue for road repairs, special funding based on population and district election boundaries.
Invitations from the U.S. Census Bureau will include instructions on how to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone or using a paper copy. Residents are reminded to count everyone in their household, even if they are not family.
“It’s important to know that the 2020 Census is confidential and your personal information, by law, can’t be shared,” Ms. Hoover said.
To learn more, visit www.cityofgoleta.org/projects-programs/census-2020 or santabarbaracountycensus.org/.