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Number crunched

first_imgThis number-crunching may be boring, but it’s important. And public-policy needs – not how many hits data pages generate on the Census Bureau’s Web site – should dictate how those data are collected. IN a world where they have to compete with Paris Hilton and “The Sopranos,” data as wonky and dry as census statistics aren’t going to garner much attention. And that’s a shame for the San Fernando Valley. Because, citing a lack of interest, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to stop breaking down data by Census County Divisions, or CCDs – the regional grouping under which Valley-specific data are collected. Why should anyone care? Well, because until last year, the Valley was never treated as its own region, but was dumped in with the rest of L.A. So when the feds dished out money, the Valley’s take would be based on L.A.’s needs, not its own. But after five years of local lobbying, the feds gave the Valley its own CCD. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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