Nation: Counting Californians

Not so fast there, Sacramento. Last December, California announced its population had reached 20 million. Now it seems that some of those births were premature. Preliminary counts for the 1970 census put the figure as of April 1 at only 19,750,000. Many Californians, fed up with the problems of mushrooming growth, are far from unhappy. When Los Angeles Times Columnist Art Seidenbaum called for a "Lesser Los Angeles," with limits on the city's growth, he won an overwhelmingly favorable reception. One correspondent wrote him: "Let's hope your idea isn't ten years too late."

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