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News - March 12, 2010

Economy creates wealth of qualified census takers

Countdown is ticking to 'Census Day' April 1

by Chris Kenrick

The U.S. Census-taker who knocks on the door this spring just might have an M.B.A., or even a Ph.D.

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Posted by Evan
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

For the best Census coverage, check out the blog I've started with some other locals:

Web Link

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Posted by Barb Dawson
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:09 am

A fourth generation Palo Altan, I have lived at the southwestern corner of old Palo Alto for the past 20 years. I did not make that discovery, however, until I became a PANDA. I have been a substitute teacher for the P.A. Unified School District for 10 years and have walked my precinct for several elections.

I found it strange that several addresses shown on my canvasing list did not exist but never knew what to do about it. Further, I never felt like I was turning the information over to someone who who was making proper changes. Then there was the question of how many other curious addresses existed in other precincts. ...could be huge.

I work mainly at Gunn, Jordan, and Fair Meadow, but
come April there will be a reduced need for substitute teachers. I am hoping I can be of some help with the Census. :^ )

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Posted by Sethro
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

"census jobs, which are on-again-off-again depending on tasks at hand."

In other words, these people are desperate for employment. If everyone refrains from mailing in the forms, they will hire more people to go door to door.

Support job creation (even temp jobs). Join me and DON'T mail in your form! Make them come to you.

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Posted by no Census beyond "how many citizens in your house?"
a resident of Meadow Park
on Mar 13, 2010 at 5:21 am

The funny part is..wait till the temp govt census taker jobs are laid off..and see the real unemployment numbers go up yet again. The feds are hiring 700,000 to a Million folks to pry far beyond the Constitutional power of invading your privacy...and for what purpose?

Govt jobs are growing in pay scale and sheer numbers for the time being, while private sector jobs continue to shrink.

Census taker jobs are not "job creation", they are govt jobs. And most of them are meant to take something from this case your privacy.

When will we run out of "private sector", ie other peoples', money? When will we stop paying people to destroy our privacy and our rights?

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