By Mike Kinney
The mayors of Richmond and San Pablo joined a Census Caravan that rolled through hard-to-count areas of their cities on Saturday.
The caravan, which began at San Pablo City Hall, featured a number of city vehicles and a fire truck and made its way through San Pablo Old Town, Richmond’s Iron Triangle, North Richmond and Southside.
Darlene Rios Drapkin, a partnership specialist with the Census, decorated her mountain bike with signage promoting awareness about the importance that all residents complete the US Census forms online or by mail so that both cities can receive population-based federal funding.
Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, San Pablo Vice Mayor Elizabeth Pabon-Alvarado and Richmond High School Principal Jose de Leon also joined the effort to promote the importance that every community resident is counted.
“The US Census is important to both of our communities because of the federal dollars it will help generate,” Mayor Arturo Cruz said. “Today’s Caravan will help get that message out to our communities.”
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