Now Hiring Regional Technician 

Now Hiring Regional Technician 
Salary Range $47,797 to $110,224 per year

Open to residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura, or San Luis Obisbo Counties


HOW TO APPLY: To apply on-line, you must complete and apply through the USAJOBS website using the link below. To begin, click the “Apply” button and follow the prompts to either create a profile or sign-in to your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.



The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Los Angeles Regional Census Center Recruiting Team
U.S. Census Bureau Los Angeles Regional Census Center
Office 213.314.6502  Toll free:  1.855.314.6664

Now Hiring Census Field Manager – Camarillo, CA

Now Hiring Census Field Manager – Camarillo, CA

Salary Range $25.00 per hour


HOW TO APPLY: To apply on-line, you must complete and apply through the USAJOBS website using the link below. To begin, click the “Apply” button and follow the prompts to either create a profile or sign-in to your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.



The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Los Angeles Regional Census Center Recruiting Team
U.S. Census Bureau Los Angeles Regional Census Center
Office 213.314.6502  Toll free:  1.855.314.6664

Speaker stresses importance of census


Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau rolls out a survey to collect general data about residents in the country.

A local leader says that some people may not realize that if they don’t complete the survey it can mean a loss of federal funding to pay for medical, educational and housing programs, as well as some public improvements.

“It is absolutely the most pressing issue facing our community right now,” said Vanessa Bechtel, president and CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation.

“If we don’t get it right next year, it will have generational consequences that will play out until all of us are dead.”

Bechtel’s words at a Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon on July 16 underscore how critical it is that the number of residents in the county be correctly calculated in the 2020 United States census.

The census collects general data about the number of individuals who live in the United States. Everyone needs to be counted, Bechtel said, because the results determine how and where more than $675 billion in federal tax dollars is distributed and spent each year.

For each uncounted resident, the county they live in could lose up to $2,000 annually in social safety services for the next 10 years, Bechtel said.

Locally, the census determines where retail stores, schools, hospitals and new housing developments might be needed.

Job training programs, rural and industry development loans, transportation, water safety and policing could all be negatively affected by an undercount, Bechtel said.

The survey data decides how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. As of the 2010 census, Congressional districts averaged about 700,000 constituents each.

If there is a significant undercount in California, seats could be lost, Bechtel said.

According to the foundation, out of more than 3,000 counties in the nation, Ventura County is ranked 59th most at risk of a census undercount.

Risk factors include language barriers, noncitizen status and, now that the census has a digital option, areas without internet access.

Bechtel said the best way to prevent an undercount is by raising awareness and educating others.

“When you’re at the dentist, talk about the census; when you’re at school, talk about it,” she said.

Starting in March 2020, households will receive in the mail a notice to fill out the survey via internet, mail or phone. Questions in the packet will ask about age, sex, race and other information regarding household members.

By law, every household must answer the survey. Not filling it out could result in a fine, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

It’s important for people to include everyone in the family, including children, Bechtel said in a later interview with the Acorn.

She also said the census should not be politicized.

“The question as to whether someone is a citizen or not is a barrier to an accurate and complete count, and it’s helping to fuel a culture of fear, especially within our immigrant communities and our neighbors,” Bechtel said.

The goal is to get an accurate count, she said.

“There is a concentrated effort to try to politicize the census, but (every person being counted in the census) has been a constitutional right since 1790,” she said in the phone interview.

Kathi Van Etten, president and CEO of the Simi Valley Chamber, said she invited Bechtel to speak about the census because “Ventura County is so at risk of an undercount and so much depends on getting an accurate count.”

“The Chamber was a great place to have that (presentation) so we could let our businesses and community know” about the risks of an undercount, Van Etten said.

In an interview with the Acorn in 2010, Herbert Gooch, California Lutheran University political science professor, said the census is vital because it helps activate political change and mend imbalances between rich and poor communities.

“It gives a socioeconomic clue to the differences and the needs of different groups within the county, and that in turn gives us important political clues as to the future of the county,” Gooch said.

For more information about the upcoming census, visit

2020 Census Undercount Concerns Voiced at Roundtable


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra j with Santa Barbara County Assistant CEO Dennis Bozanich and Ventura County Community Foundation CEO Vanessa Bechtel talk with media after having a meeting on the 2020 Census.

This piece was originally published in the Santa Barbara Independent, and can be found here. 

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are the 58th and 59th counties most at risk of a census undercount in the nation, said president and CEO of Ventura County Community Foundation Vanessa Bechtel at a roundtable meeting with Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Becerra met with Santa Barbara and Ventura County Census committees on June 20 at the Santa Barbara Foundation to discuss initiatives underway to ensure every single person in the counties fills out a census. The Complete Count committees formed the complete count in part as a response to the citizenship question that is being proposed for the 2020 census and that the Supreme Court is slated to decide any day now.

Dependent on the Supreme Court’s decision is a question asking whether the individuals in a household are citizens may be added to the 2020 census. The possibility has local and state officials fearful that undocumented community members or mixed-status families may avoid filling it out, leading to an undercount.

In Santa Barbara, approximately 15 percent of the population is undocumented, one of the highest percentages statewide. If this population is not counted, Santa Barbara would lose out on roughly $126 million a year in funding, every year for the next 10 years. About 21,000 other individuals, roughly 5 percent of the county’s population, are deemed “hard to count” for other reasons, including being a racial or ethnic minority, homeless, a college student, elderly, or a young child. This 5 percent counts for $43 million in funding each year until the next census.

During the roundtable, local officials talked about initiatives already underway and brainstormed ideas to get everyone counted. Cochair of the Santa Barbara Committee and Santa Barbara Foundation Grant Writing Director Pedro Paz talked about expanding the number of trusted partners working with the counties to get community members to fill out the census. Gabino Aguirre with Ventura County Counts suggested flooding the media with “know your rights” messages and countering negative messages that may dissuade community members from filling it out.

There are concerns from undocumented folks that answering the citizenship question on the census could later be used to deport them. California State University Channel Islands Professor Chris Williamson, who teaches a demography course with a focus on the 2020 census, clarified that even if folks decide to skip the citizenship question on the census, they will still be counted. He also said it’s not likely that census workers will go knocking on doors of folks who do not answer that question. “They’re more concerned with nonresponse addresses,” he said. Becerra emphasized that it is against the law for the federal government to use census information against an individual or to share the information with other federal agencies.

The census count determines everything from local funding of law enforcement and social services to the number of state representatives in Congress. An undercount puts both of those in jeopardy and will have generational consequences, said Bechtel. To aid in the efforts for a complete county, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties received $500,000 and $700,000, respectively, from the state, and there’s a possibility of additional funds, said Dennis Bozanich, cochair of the Santa Barbara Complete Count Committee and Deputy CEO for the County of Santa Barbara.

With only one chance to get it right, the state is committed to supporting local communities and partnering with them to get the message out, said Becerra. “We’re paying taxes but won’t get back our tax dollars if everyone’s not counted,” he added. “We are going to continue to do everything we believe is necessary to make sure we protect our people and our state and to get back our tax dollars.”

Census outreach organizers fear missing
people and dollars in Ventura County

This article was originally published on VC Star and can be found here. 

Organizers are trying to raise more than $1 million and mount a major campaign to reach Ventura County residents likely to be missed in next year’s federal census.

“It is going to take all hands on deck,” said Mike Pettit, an assistant county executive officer who is working on the effort.

The county ranks among the top 2 percent of a little over 3,000 counties in the nation most at risk for being undercounted, according to a state study. That’s not only because of income, educational and geographic barriers, but also because many people lack internet access for the survey that is being conducted largely online, organizers said.

Each uncounted person represents an estimated loss of $2,000 annually for 10 years, said Vanessa Bechtel, CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation. If more than 100,000 people are missed, that represents a loss of billions of dollars for health care, social services, law enforcement, business loans, water systems, transportation and other services, she said.

Statewide, the census count also dictates how many seats California gets in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bechtel and Pettit said strong efforts are underway to get a complete count.

City and county governments, nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations are being asked for funding to supplement state grants that local officials say will only partially cover the cost of the outreach campaign. Scores of organizations have joined a committee that is trying to turn out a complete count, Bechtel said.

“We have a huge complete count committee with over 100 participants from government, business, nonprofits and libraries,” Bechtel said.

Early this month, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors decided to support the outreach effort, allowing the county to receive $288,754 in state funding. Ventura and other participating counties must prepare plans showing how they will conduct the outreach effort, complete written reports and collaborate with state officials.

Pettit plans to return to the board with a budget proposal for county funding of the endeavor in March. The census date is a little more than a year away on April 1, 2020.

Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett has called the state funding “woefully inadequate” for the task ahead. The amounts the county and cities will be contributing is not yet known.

Areas with a high likelihood of being undercounted include south and central Oxnard, a large area northeast of Ventura along Highway 33, Santa Paula, Fillmore, CSU Channel Islands and Newbury Park.

The high-risk areas are characterized by factors that have been linked with low counts in past censuses, according to state data. Included are neighborhoods with crowded, rented and multi-unit housing, numerous families with children under age 5 and homes with low levels of education and relatively high use of public assistance.

Residents of certain neighborhoods in Oxnard and Santa Paula lack the computer technology that will allow them to respond to the census online, Bechtel said. The figure reaches 40 percent in some neighborhoods in Oxnard, she said.

Still unknown is whether the census will include a question asking respondents if they are citizens of the United States, which critics fear would depress participation by immigrant communities. The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether the Trump administration may add the question.

Volunteers interested in working on the complete count effort may email Bechtel at