Filling Out Census: Two Minutes. Reading Newsom Statement on Why You Should: Longer.
|Another thing Gavin Newsom wants you to do: Fill out your census form.|
Mayor Gavin Newsom wants you to fill out that form, and yesterday issued what the Examiner referred to as "a long-winded statement" which was "essentially begging" you and I to not take advantage of the city's excellent recycling services by tossing the census into it.
We couldn't find this "long-winded statement" on the mayor's Web page -- though we did find it reprinted here. But it's nowhere near as long-winded as this three-page executive directive extolling any and all who read its prose to get thee to a census form.
So, we decided to see how much longer it took to read Newsom's executive directive regarding city efforts to urge citizens to fill out the census form than actually filling out the census form. Naturally, it wasn't even close.
I am not of Hispanic origin -- denying us the opportunity to check "Mexican Am. Chicano," "Puerto Rican," "Cuban," or fill in whatever else I am. I am not an "American Indian or Alaska Native," so I don't have to spend time filling in my "enrolled or principal tribe." I don't need to fill in my "other Asian" race ("Hmong, Laotian, Thai ... and so on") or "Other Pacific Islander (Fijian, Tongan, and so on"). And I don't "stay somewhere else." So, really, this is a very easy form to fill out. Largely, it's name, birthday, and check every race I'm not.
Reading Newsom's missive -- not as easy. Hey, as Newsom likes to say, I get it -- it's understandable why he broke the benefits of getting an accurate count of San Francisco (so long as it's high) down into its most minute details. But absorbing transitional statements such as "According to a 2007 Social Compact Economic Drilldown Study..." takes a lot longer than deciding if you're Hmong or not.
We'll spare you further Newsom exhortations regarding the estimated 845,559 San Franciscans he hopes a "complete and accurate" census count will reveal and instead simply urge you, too, fill out the forms.
Because, yes, you could do so in less time than it takes to read this article, too.