My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

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Transcript of Los Angeles 2010 Census Press Conference: Indianapolis, Indiana Gets Screwed!

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Apologies for the awkward numbering system, but that’s how the transcript came in…Check out how Indianapolis is getting SCREWED by the Census Bureau (scroll down to the Q&A portion…I understand that Dr. Groves was under the weather during this press conference, but still, there were way too few questions asked and answered here!):
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5                         PRESS BRIEFING

6                          March 1, 2010 (more…)

Indiana Reporter Tries To Take On The Census Bureau

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Why won’t Census hire Indy workers?

By David Barras

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – We told you Tuesday about thousands of Census jobs available in Indianapolis. So why can’t Hoosiers who have already passed the test get a job?

Angry, frustrated and in desperate need of a job is the way Judy Rawnsley of Indianapolis described herself after passing the Census test months ago and hearing nothing since. Rawnsley told 24 Hour News 8 she took the test in November.

“About two weeks later they called me and told me that I had either scored high or had a perfect score and would I come and test for management,” she said.

Judy took the Census management test at the Indianapolis Census Office on East 30th Street.

“And I’ve heard nothing. I have made several phone calls. I just get someone who answers a phone, and I get several stories. No one knows anything,” she said.

Judy called 24-Hour News 8 after seeing the story of the Indianapolis Mayor and a 7th District Congressman begging for people to apply for Census jobs.

“If there’s 5,000 jobs, I’d think there’s one that I can handle,” she said.

After calling the head of the local Census office and hearing nothing, 24 Hour News 8 went there looking for answers.

Sue Gettz, the local Census manager told us she couldn’t talk and referred us to the Chicago Office. Then she realized the camera was rolling, and told us we couldn’t use anything we taped.

Gettz said “I came to you because you’re at the front door.”

24-Hour News 8 Anchor David Barras said “because I tried to call and you wouldn’t answer me.”

“I understand that entirely,” said Gettz.

Gettz promised to have someone from Chicago call us, but like Judy we couldn’t get any answers from the local office.

“I know other people in this same situation. That have taken that test, and no one has heard anything about their test scores or what’s happening. Nothing,” Rawnsley said.

24-Hour News 8 did get a call from the Chicago Region. A spokesman there promised someone from the public information office would call back with the information 24-Hour News 8 asked for.

No one has called back. It’s the second day we were promised a call from the Chicago Region and never got it.

Census Worker Held Up At Gunpoint

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Are 2010 Census Questionnaires now as valuable as cash? Apparently so! In all seriousness, it’s terrible that the Census Bureau’s field workers are falling victim to criminals while going about their business. Here’s the report fro WTHR in Indiana:

Indianapolis – An armed man robbed a U.S. Census Bureau employee at gunpoint in an apartment complex on the northwest side.

“The guy comes up from behind and says, ‘Give me your wallet’,” said Michael McCord.

McCord stayed calm when a gunman surprised him as he went door to door at the Woods of Eagle Creek Apartments.

“I turned around and he showed me his gun, said he was serious and he wanted my wallet. So I gave it to him,” McCord said.

As he walked from one building to the next, knocking on doors, his attacker walked up behind him. The gunman never became menacing, the 61-year-old McCord says, but he knew not to aggravate someone armed with a weapon.

“The gun implied that my life was threatened, so I assumed to just give it up rather than try to keep my 15 dollars,” McCord said.

McCord says just before the suspect took off, he stopped him and asked him not to take everything.

“As he walked away, I said, ‘Can you at least let me have my driver’s license back?’ and he handed it to me,” McCord said.

McCord usually works and walks his census routes alone, but police say there’s an advantage to having someone else with you.

“I encourage people to do it in pairs, that way you will still have two people instead of one,” said IMPD Lt. Dawn Snyder.

The robbery didn’t scare McCord from his job, in fact, he’s already back at work.

He described the suspect as a black male, about 18-20 years old, 5’6″ tall and was wearing a blue and gray baseball cap, a gray hooded sweatshirt with writing on it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.