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Some Southland Cities May Challenge U.S. Census Figures

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some Southern California cities may challenge U.S. Census figures that indicate they had little growth or shrank over the past decade.

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido tells the Los Angeles Times that his city plans to file a protest with the Census Bureau in June after figures showed a four percent decline in population.

Pulido says the city’s growing and he believes that many immigrant residents refused to be counted, some of them for fear of deportation.

Long Beach and San Jose also are considering challenges.

Long Beach, the state’s seventh-largest city, gained only about 700 residents and San Jose’s population fell short of an expected 1million.

San Jose Deputy City Manager Deanna Santana says grants and other funds based on population could be at stake.

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