January 14, 2000

President Clinton Appoints California Lt. Gov. Cruz M. Bustamante to Serve on U.S. Census Monitoring Board

Sacramento — President Clinton today appointed Lt. Governor Cruz M. Bustamante to serve on the eight-member U.S. Census Monitoring Board.

The bipartisan board is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the Census Bureau's preparations for the 2000 decennial census, as well as its implementation. Bustamante's appointment was made to fill a vacancy created when former California Congressman Tony Coelho left to lead Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign.

"I am honored that President Clinton has seen fit to place his trust in me to ensure that the nation has the most accurate and complete census count in 2000," Bustamante said.

"An undercount in the last census cost California more than $2 billion in federal funds in the 1990s," Bustamante added. "Our states, our cities, and our families —most importantly, our children—expect and should have the most accurate count we can achieve."

Gilbert F. Casellas, presidential co-chair of the board, praised Bustamante's appointment as an "excellent" choice, adding, "He represents the largest state with perhaps the most diverse population in the country, and he has been very active on census issues."

Last year, Bustamante proposed the creation of a California Complete County Committee to ensure that the Golden State does not suffer an undercount as it did in the last census.

His working group developed a funding proposal of $24.7 million in state funds for census outreach activities in California. Bustamante worked with California legislative leadership to finalize his proposal and place it in the fiscal year 1999-2000 state budget, an allocation signed into law by Governor Gray Davis.

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