Coastside needs a complete count for the census


Posted by on Mon, April 12, 2010

I noticed that I had not received my census form.  If you have a P.O. box it was supposed to have been left on your doorstep Figuring that other residents had been missed as well I contacted the census office to alert them to the fact that some folks here had been missed.  There are only 5 days left to get your census form sent back in. 

The following note, from Margot Grant, lists the places you can pick a form up.

Hi Kathryn,
It was great speaking with you earlier today.
Our Local Census Office will be delivering replacement Census Questionnaires to the post offices in: El Granada, Montara, and Moss Beach.
Folks can pick up Census Questionnaires during hours of operation at the following locations:
Montara Post Office
Seventh and Main Street
El Granada Post Office
20 Avenue Portola
Moss Beach Post Office
2315 Carlos Street
The attached Poster will be place in each Post Office.
In addition, there are also Questionnaires Assistance Centers (QACs) at the following locations until Monday, April 19th:
Pillar Ridge Community Center
164 Cuebra Lane
M-Th 3:30 - 6 pm
Coastside Hope
99 Alhambra Avenue
M/Th 9am - 12 pm
T/W/F 2 pm - 5 pm

I also plan to attend Wednesday’s MCC meeting to make an announcement, and will look into advertising with MC TV.
Please feel free to suggest other outlets and ideas on how to spread the word and ensure that everyone receives a 2010 Census Questionnaire.
Thank you for your help!

Margot Grant
Census Coordinator,
County of San Mateo
(650) 363-1947

We didn’t receive ours either, but I noticed them at the library, so I filled it out and sent it in.

Is Margot (or anyone) interested in tracking who didn’t receive one? We do have a PO box, but I remember that a while back a census worker came by to verify our address (and I told them we have a PO box), so I was surprised we still didn’t get one.

Those of us with PO Boxes didn’t receive one because they were addressed to “Resident” at our street address and since we do not receive street delivery, the Post Office sent them back.  The waste in printing, shipping and returning is a shame.  Couldn’t they have been retained at the Post Office for us to pick up?  I would have volunteered to organize it if I had known the issue.  It’s too bad.

Thanks for your commments & feedback, Jennifer & Celeste.  Unfortunately, the error in the addresses was not discovered until after the offical 2010 Census Questionnaires had been returned to sender. I wish we had caught it sooner, as well, but we are doing what we can to ensure folks still get counted in 2010.

Because the Census is an event that only takes place every 10 years, the entire operations and parternship outreaach must begin from square one. I will do my best to take notes for the next Census in 2020 to ensure all residents along the coast and throughout the county receive their forms and are counted. 

We are hosting a Countywide meeting on May 6th where we will be discussing feedback from 2010 and suggestions for 2020.  All are welcome to attend or e-mail suggestions (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for discuss at the meeting: 

May Complete Count Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 6th
12 pm - 1:30 pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
1300 South El Camino Real, Suite 100
San Mateo, CA

Thanks you for your particpation in the Census, and please do not hesitate to contact with further suggestions.