Census report shows declining population on L.A.’s Eastside, fueling undercount fears amid pandemic

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Mariachis cross 1st Street in Boyle Heights. In newly released U.S. census figures, the neighborhood recorded a decline in population, but downtown to the west saw a huge increase.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Mariachis cross 1st Street in Boyle Heights. In newly released U.S. census figures, the neighborhood recorded a decline in population, but downtown to the west saw a huge increase.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Over the last two years, politicians, civic leaders and community activists across Los Angeles worried that Latinos would not be properly counted as part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s once-in-a-decade population survey.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, city and county officials sent volunteers to knock on doors, staged “pop-up” sites to help people with their forms and provided goody bags to those who successfully turned in their information.

L.A.’s neighborhood numbers have finally come out, as part of the city’s process for redrawing the boundaries of its 15 City Council districts. And some at City Hall are disappointed with the results.

Highland Park, a neighborhood on the city’s northeast end, recorded a decline in population of more than 3,900 people between 2010 and 2020, according to census figures released by the city’s Redistricting Commission. The Eastside neighborhood of Boyle Heights fell by 3,300. And Cypress Park showed a decrease of about 1,250, or 13% — the largest of any L.A. neighborhood.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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