Los Angeles County has 88 municipalities within its boundaries, each governed by a city council and, in some, a mayor with executive powers (a "strong mayor"). Most of these city councils appoint a professional city manager to serve as the city's chief executive and supervise day-to-day municipal operations. Voters in 23 cities directly elect their mayor (in Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Carson, Compton, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, La Verne, Lancaster, Lawndale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monrovia, Palmdale, Pasadena, Pomona, Redondo Beach, San Dimas, South El Monte and Torrance). Mayors of all other cities are actually city council members who, on an annual or otherwise periodic basis, rotate the role of mayor and vice mayor (or Mayor Pro Tempore) between themselves. The powers of these rotational mayors are typically limited to chairing council meetings, signing official documents, and performing ceremonial functions. Executive management of the city is left to city managers.
Most city councils in Los Angeles County seat five council members, with the exception of the cities of Los Angeles (15 members), Long Beach (9 members), Pasadena (7 members), Pomona (6 members), Santa Monica (7 members), Torrance (6 members), Compton (4 members), and Inglewood (4 members). Most city councils also represent their city's constituents at-large, although some councils divide their seats among designated districts (Alhambra, Bradbury, Compton, Downey, Inglewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Pomona, and Redondo Beach). Voters in each of these districts respectively select their specific representative to sit on the city council.
Almost all city governments in Los Angeles County also seat a City Clerk and City Treasurer, elected by each city's voters at-large. Voters in the largest of the county's municipalities, the City of Los Angeles, also elect a City Attorney and City Controller.
The roster of the 458-plus city council members and mayors in Los Angeles County is constantly changing, making it a challenge for the Almanac to try to maintain a current countywide list. For current elected officials for each of county's cities, we refer you to each city's website for current information. You can find links to city websites in each of our city pages listed below.