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Los Angeles City Council

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Type  Unicameral
Seats  15
Los Angeles City Council
President  Herb Wesson Since January 1, 2012
President pro tempore  Mitchell Englander Since July 2, 2013
Assistant President pro tempore  Nury Martinez Since July 1, 2015
Political groups  Nonpartisan 13 Democrats, one Republican, one vacant

The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles.


The council is composed of fifteen members elected from single-member districts for four-year terms. The president of the council and the president pro tempore are chosen by the council at the first regular meeting of the term (after June 30 in odd-numbered years until 2017 and the second Monday of December in even-numbered years beginning in 2020). An assistant president pro tempore is appointed by the President. As of 2014, council members receive an annual salary of $178,789 per year, which is the highest city council salary in the nation.

Regular council meetings are held in the City Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 am except on holidays or if decided by special resolution.

A current annual (July to June) schedule of all Council meetings, broken down by committee, is available as a .pdf download from the Office of the City Clerk.

Current members


  • President of the Council: Herb Wesson
  • President Pro Tempore: Mitchell Englander
  • Assistant President Pro Tempore: Nury Martinez
  • 1850–89 (Common Council)

    Los Angeles was governed by a seven-member Common Council under general state law from 1850 to 1889, when a city charter was put into effect.

    1889–1909 (nine wards)

    Under the first charter of the city, granted by the Legislature in 1889, the city was divided into nine wards, with a councilman elected from each one by plurality vote. The first election under that system was held on February 21, 1889, and the last on December 4, 1906.

    Two-year terms for the City Council began and ended in December, except for the first term, which started in February 1889 and ended in December 1890. The term of office was lengthened to three years effective with the municipal election of December 4, 1906, which was the last year this ward system was in use.

    1909–25 (at large)

    Between 1909 and 1925, the council was composed of nine members elected at large in a first-past-the-post voting system. Council membership in those years was as follows:


    City population in 1910: 319,200

    Election: December 7, 1909 / Term: December 10, 1909, to December 13, 1911


    Election: December 5, 1911 / Term: December 13, 1911, to July 1, 1913


    Election: June 3, 1913 / Term: July 1913 to July 1915


    Election: June 1, 1915 / Term: July 1915 to July 1917


    Election: June 5, 1917 / Term: July 1917 to July 1919


    City population in 1920: 576,700

    Election: June 3, 1919 / Term: July 7, 1919, to July 5, 1921


    Election: June 7, 1921 / Term: July 1921 to July 1923


    Election: June 5, 1923 / Term: July 1923 to July 1925

    1925 and after (fifteen districts)

    Regular terms begin on July 1 of odd-numbered years until 2017 and on the second Monday in December of even-numbered years starting with 2020.


    Los Angeles City Council Wikipedia