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There is some very important mail coming your way— and I don’t mean email. Everyone in the nation will be receiving a census form in his or her mailbox within the next day or so— if you haven’t already— and it is ultra important that we all properly fill out the paperwork and mail it back as soon as possible. Our cities rely on the accuracy of the census to help them qualify for federal funds. Please remind your family, friends and neighbors to complete and mail the forms as well. It literally takes less than five minutes for an average-sized household.
One big glitch in the system seems to be in the accuracy of the addresses where the forms have been sent. See the email below that I received from Jonda at Long Beach Vice Mayor Val Lerch’s office:

! it has come to our office’s attention that folks that have already received their census form have the wrong CITY on the form, the address and ZIP are correct but the city in [one] example read “Lakewood.”The below information should clear up some concerns— but in the abovecase you would simply strike out Lakewood and write in Long Beach so that all monies are distributed properly— please share this information with your friends and neighbors.

Jonda sent out the email Wednesday morning— the day after a similar announcement was given at the Signal Hill council meeting. It seems that Signal Hill folks are receiving census forms listing the residents’ addresses as being in Long Beach— although the street address and ZIP code 90755 is correct on the form. Go figure. Anyway, if your city is listed incorrectly just cross it out and write in the correct information.

Read below for more info from Jonda— ways to contact those in charge of the 2010 census. Maybe they can make some sense of the mix-ups.

The 2010 Census Toll-Free Help Lines (TQA card) are in effect to assist individuals: English 1-866-872-6868 Chinese 1-866-935-2010 Korean 1-866-955-2010 Russian 1-866-965-2010 Spanish 1-866-928-2010 Vietnamese 1-866-945-2010

You can access the TQA card and other in language materials at

Most questions on census questionnaires can be found on the 2010 website at If you do not see the answer to your question you may type it in the search box.

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