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March 8th, 2010
Villalpando added to census staff

030310censusLeft to right, Daniel Guerrero, Margie Villalpando, and San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz open the outreach office at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos,  formerly Bonham Elementary School, at 211 Lee Street. Photo by Don Anders.


The City of San Marcos has hired Margie Villalpando as Census Outreach Coordinator to further the outreach efforts for the 2010 Census. Villapando is also a member of the San Marcos CISD’s Board of Trustees and is well known in the community.

Villalpando is a bilingual graduate of Texas State. The outreach is part of a city initiative to obtain the highest census count possible. The city counts its own population at 51,222 residents and needs a Census count of 50,000 to ensure various federal funding opportunities, including money for a transportation system. San Marcos officials were stunned when the 2000 Census measured the city population at only 34,733.

“I am honored with this appointment and the responsibility of this position,” said Villalpando. “I hope to make a positive impact on the traditionally undercounted population and areas of concern identified by the City of San Marcos and the Census Complete Count Committee.”

Villalpabdo hopes to make connections with a variety of under-counted populations, including minorities, college students, elderly shut-ins, low-income residents and those who speak little or no English.

Villalpando anticipates that she will be out of the office much of the time, due to her field work efforts. Callers are asked to leave messages, which she assures will be answered promptly.

Villalpando’s part-time position will be officed at 211 Lee Street at the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, formerly Bonham Elementary School. Her office hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. The phone number is (512) 618-0413.

The efforts to get a compete count for the 2010 Census include a 17-member Complete Count Committee appointed by the city council in July.  Chaired by former Councilmember Daniel Guerrero, the committee hopes to educate residents about the importance of the Census to the San Marcos community with outreach activities. Assisting the process is a group of community partners.

Since the first census, conducted in 1790, information has been gathered from U.S. residents that helps determine representation, appropriations, health care, education and many other items, as well as the concerns of local civic and social service organizations.

The Census Bureau’s count is used to distribute more than $400 billion dollars to state, local and tribal governments. New roads, hospitals, mass transit and other vital services are determined by the census.

The census, which will be mailed out this month, is one of the shortest census questionnaires ever, with only 10 questions.

Personal information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau cannot be shared with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement agencies. The law prohibits the release of any specific information for 72 years.

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0 thoughts on “Villalpando added to census staff

  1. Margie should reming her census workers that it’s illegal to politic while working. I have seen at least one worker driving around in a pickup truck with what I suppose are magnetic 20110 Census signs on each door and political bumper stickers on the rear. A clear no-no.

  2. If the census worker is using their own vehicle (and placing the sticker preceded hiring on for census) – and not actually talking about politics – is it politicking on work hours- or just expressing their Constitutional right to free speech? Just asking. Haven’t even made up my own mind yet.

  3. “Article I, section 2 of the Constitution calls for an enumeration of citizens every ten years, for the purpose of apportioning congressional seats among the various states. In other words, the census should be nothing more than a headcount. It was never intended to serve as a vehicle for gathering personal information on citizens.”

    Ron Paul

    The Census is too much Big Brother and not enough common sense.
    BTW Margie there are 3 people at my place don’t waste the stamp.

  4. Funny, I didn’t see Congressman Paul’s otrage when the Tx GOP gerrymandered, oops, redistricted w/o benifit of a census.

  5. So I guess the nine plus times the all-white Democratic Party gerrymandered Texas from 1870-1960 don’t count? Don’t get me wrong, the Tom Delay redistricting was wrong, but it’s not the first time a political party has gerrymandered Texas for political gain.

    Interestingly, the politically-progressive Swing State Project (which I can’t link to) found that a fairer redistricting with the expected gain of 4 seats in the Census would severely hurt Democrats by making more of their seats competitive. 23 Safe Republican seats, 8 Safe Democratic seats, and 5 “Swing” seats. Considering the current makeup of our House Delegation is 20R 12D, Democrats might want to hold on to the “gerrymandered” Tom Delay plan…

    For the record, that plan would force Ron Paul and Pete Olson into a primary fight, and put Hays County in Lamar Smith’s district.

  6. Missed the point Mr. Spell. Gerrymandering is bad, cuts both ways, but it’s only authorized after a census. Which the GOP ignored, and Congressman Pauo was silent on. Making him just as much a hypocrite as every other politician, if not more so, given his purported high moral ground on the meaning of the Constitution.

    And he didn’t return any of my emails, which other Congressmen and Senators did, even if they were form letters. So he is impolite as well.

  7. Winchester,

    Seems like a seven year old fight, but if memory serves, the mid-decade redistricting was held up as constitutional in LULAC v. Perry. It may have been wrong by breaking from tradition, but it was not unconstitutional according to the 7 who rule on those sorts of things. Further, I do not see what is has to do with citizens uneasiness about the 2010 census and the intrusion of the federal government.

  8. It has to do with Congressman Paul, whom I did not interject into the conversation. As for it being upheld, yep it was. But as Constitutioan scholar and professor of Constitutional law at the University of Texas has taught, just because the Supremes ruled it doesn’t alway make it Constitutional.If you wish to remember at one point in time black people were not citizens, nor were women allowed to vote. I would add that under Congressman Pauls “strict interpretation” of theConstitution it would not pass muster, and again, he was curiously silent on the issue.

  9. If think the recent redistricting sucks. But for redistricting Ron Paul would still represent Hays County.
    I’m glad to see that UT has “Constitutioan” scholars.

  10. Winchester,

    Please find me direct, sourced quotes from all Democrats who held office in the US or State House of Representatives at the time. I am willing to bet you will find at least one more “curiously silent” public official.

    P.S. You don’t actually have to find sourced quotes. I was just making a point. Can we get to a more productive topic; I feel like we’re splitting hairs and/or spitting into the ocean.

  11. The 15th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution covered the right to vote by African Americans and women, respectively. It did not arise out of a Supreme Court decision (it sounds like you are saying that, but I can’t really tell from your post). The rulings of the Supreme Court may not be construed as changes to the Constitution, but the Constitution does give them the power to rule on issues arising out of the Constitution (article 3, section 2).

    With respect to the census (article 1, section 2), it states that “the actual enumeration shall be made within 3 years after the first Meeting of Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of 10 years, IN SUCH MANNER AS THEY SHALL BY LAW DIRECT. Therefore, Congress has the power under the Constitution to determine exactly how the Census will be carried out. C. Young left out the words that I have capitalized.

    So, if you are a strict Constitutionalist, you should be okay with how Congress is doing the Census.

  12. Nope, just pointing out that it changes, either by amendment, or interpretation. True strict constructioinist can argue that Marbury v Madison is not a proper interpretation.

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