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County, MALDEF to Join in Bid for New Census Data

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to join a former adversary in a court battle to force the U.S. Commerce Department to release adjusted census data that would raise the level of federal aid available to California cities and counties.

The county will join the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in the suit. MALDEF won a voting rights lawsuit last year that led to redrawing of supervisorial district boundaries and the election of Gloria Molina as the first Latino supervisor this century.

Supervisors voted to chip in $100,000 toward the estimated $1-million cost to prepare for the November trial in New York and to assign a county attorney to work full time on the case. Other plaintiffs are the city of Los Angeles, California and the city and state of New York.


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