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Did you receive a major census survey?

Original post made by Victim, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2015

I recall weeks ago the question on this site, but don't know how to search back to find it to see comments. Subsequently, I received a 28 page "American Community Survey". The return address U.S.Census Bureau. Of course actual census is only conducted at the start of each decade. This is detailed. Questions, i.e. Ancestry, birth date, rent or value of home, number of rooms, more than one family in home, dial-up, DSL, Cable modem service, elec bill, gas bill, water bill, HO assoc dues if own, last 12 mo dividends earned, 1ast 12 mo interest earned, amount of welfare, amount of SSI, etc. etc.
I am curious how many from this famous 'Pleasanton' zip code have received this survey. Have you or any neighbor received this. There was a line, We're not picking you, we're picking your 'address'. So, in order to properly profile, there should be others in this area.

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Posted by Victim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

The timing is suspect. Just days earlier I had received my Comcast bill, which jumped from 4150. to 200, which I thought was an unreasonable hike for a single senior with basic service. I thought the city had to approve increases.
A week earlier, Sept 27, our CCTimes ran an article Internet programs lift up poor, by Hector Barreto. Comcast and Obama were together going to start a program 'ConnectHome' for Spanish speaking immigrant homes. to provide
laptops & service. Routers will be free for immigrant children (Modesto area). to help with homework, and for parents who can't find jobs without laptops.
So government and Comcast can praise each other for their wonderful work. However, they don't report who really pays. Who really picks up the tab, for product, installation, and ongoing service. Possibly my monthly bill which jumped from $150 to $200. As always (although quietly) taxpayers and Comcast ratepayers are the ones who should be praised and appropriately thanked. Wake up!. Each piece of info is quietly put out, but it always, always comes back to taxpayers and Comcast/utility bill payers who really to the 'providing'. You have to read the papers, track news and dates and
watch the sob's like hawks, as they stick it to us.

Posted by surveyed
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 5, 2015 at 11:59 am

I received the same survey and threw it away.

If I am not mistaken, all we are legally required to complete is the US Census at the beginning of each decade.

Further, all we are obligated to tell the US Govt in the Census is a simple headcount of people living in our house.

Nothing more.


Posted by Victim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

So the cycle loops back to the 'quality of life' survey for our famously beautiful zip code. All in the great redistribution so that all others can be fully equal. Except the survey does not ask how many years or decades did it take to attain this lifestyle. However, we're expected to subsidize and provide similar long-earned rewards to newbies.

Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm

According to the Census Bureau:
"Your address was selected as a part of a sample and represents thousands of other households like yours. We randomly select about 3.5 million addresses each year to participate in the survey."

"You are legally obligated to answer all the questions [on the ACS], as accurately as you can."

"The relevant laws are Title 18 U.S.C Section 3571 and Section 3559, which amends Title 13 U.S.C. Section 221."

"Response to the survey is mandatory because the American Community Survey is part of the decennial census, replacing the "long form" that previously was sent to a percentage of households once every 10 years."

Web Link

Posted by Rick
a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2015 at 5:14 am

The ACS,formulated in the late 1990s and given its final form in 2005, is an annual estimated snapshot of this country's population through various lenses (demographic, socioeconomic, etc). While the decennial census is mandated by the Constitution, it is used for realigning Congressional representation; the ACS deals down deeper, providing a wealth of data. For example, here is one of its latest products:Web Link

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