Los Angeles City Council

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Los Angeles City Council
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Nury Martinez
since January 5, 2020
President pro tempore
Joe Buscaino
since January 5, 2020
Assistant President
pro tempore
David Ryu
since January 14, 2020
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Political groups
Nonpartisan (de jure)

Majority (14)

Minority (1)

Single-member districts
Last election
March 7, 2017
Meeting place
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Los Angeles City Hall
1 John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3224
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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. [1] 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 2015, council members receive an annual salary of $184,610 per year, which is among the highest city council salary in the nation. [2]

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. [3]

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

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Current Council Districts (does not reflect current members)


DistrictNameParty (officially nonpartisan)
1 Gil Cedillo Democratic
2 Paul Krekorian Democratic
3 Bob Blumenfield Democratic
4 David Ryu Democratic
5 Paul Koretz Democratic
6 Nury Martinez Democratic
7 Monica Rodriguez Democratic
8 Marqueece Harris-Dawson Democratic
9 Curren Price Democratic
10 Herb Wesson Democratic
11 Mike Bonin Democratic
12 John Lee Independent
13 Mitch O'Farrell Democratic
14 José Huizar Democratic
15 Joe Buscaino Democratic

Past councils

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

  • Josiah J. Andrews
  • Martin F. Betkouski
  • Miles S. Gregory
  • Robert Martin Lusk, president from 3/22/1910
  • Thomas L. O'Brien
  • Richmond Plant (resigned 2/13/1910)
    • George Hadley Stewart (special election 6/30/1910)
  • William Johnson Washburn
  • George Williams
  • John Downey Works, president (resigned 3/22/1910)
    • Frederick J. Whiffen (special election 6/30/1910)


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

  • George Williams, president
  • Josiah J. Andrews
  • Martin F. Betkouski
  • Frederick C. Langdon
  • Robert Martin Lusk (died 2/21/1913)
    • Wesley J. Bryant (appointed 3/11/1913)
  • Charles McKenzie
  • Haines W. Reed
  • John Topham
  • Frederick J. Whiffen


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

  • Frederick J. Whiffen, president
  • Martin F. Betkouski
  • Wesley J. Bryant
  • James Simpson Conwell
  • Frederick C. Langdon
  • Charles McKenzie (died 3/30/1914)
    • William A. Roberts (appointed 4/4/1914)
  • Haines W. Reed (resigned 2/6/1914)
    • George Williams (appointed 2/6/1914)
  • John William Snowden
  • Frederick C. Wheeler


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


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

  • Frank Lincoln Cleaveland
  • Othello Parker Conaway
  • Albert B. Conrad
  • James Simpson Conwell, president (died 12/15/1917)
    • Frank Harwood True (appointed 1/3/1918)
  • Ralph Luther Criswell
  • Bert L. Farmer, president from 1/3/1918
  • Walter Mallard
  • Neal P. Olson
  • John Benjamin Reeves


City population in 1920: 576,700

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

  • Othello Parker Conaway
  • Ralph Luther Criswell
  • Bert L. Farmer
  • Alexander Patterson Fleming (died 12/15/1920)
    • Edward J. Delorey
  • Frederick C. Langdon
  • Walter Mallard
  • Winfred J. Sanborn
  • Frederick C. Wheeler
  • Boyle Workman, president


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


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

  • Robert M. Allen
  • Edwin Baker
  • Ralph Luther Criswell
  • Miles S. Gregory
  • Walter Mallard
  • William C. Mushet
  • Winfred J. Sanborn
  • Frederick C. Wheeler
  • Boyle Workman, president

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.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1925 Charles Randall Robert M. Allan Isaac F. Hughes Boyle Workman Robert Stewart Sparks Edward E. Moore Ralph Luther Criswell Frank L. Shaw Winfred J. Sanborn Charles Downs/Otto J. Zahn Peirson M. Hall A. J. Barnes Joseph Fitzpatrick/Carl Jacobson Isaac Colton Ash Charles J. Colden
1926 Otto J. Zahn Carl Jacobson
1927 Arthur Alber Ernest L. Webster William M. Hughes Virgil A. Martin Lester R. Rice-Wray Howard W. Davis E. Snapper Ingram Douglas Eads Foster William George Bonelli
1928 James G. McAllister Evan Lewis
1929 Thomas F. Cooke Robert L. Burns J. C. Barthel Thomas W. Williams Charles A. Holland A. E. Henning
1931 James M. Hyde James S. McKnight Roy Donley George W. C. Baker Clarence E. Coe Thomas Francis Ford Edward L. Thrasher
1933 Jim Wilson Stephen W. Cunningham Byron B. Brainard Earl C. Gay Charles Winchester Breedlove James T. Carroll/John Baumgartner Darwin William Tate Franklin P. Buyer
1934 Robert S. MacAlister John Baumgartner
1935 Will H. Kindig Parley Parker Christensen G. Vernon Bennett
1937 Howard W. Davis Howard E. Dorsey
Winfred J. Sanborn
1939 Norris J. Nelson Arthur E. Briggs Carl C. Rasmussen Parley Parker Christensen Harold Harby Roy Hampton Wilder W. Hartley
1941 Delamere Francis McCloskey J. Win Austin Ira J. McDonald Charles A. Allen
1942 Dave Stannard
1943 Lloyd G. Davies Harold Harby Ned R. Healy John C. Holland George H. Moore
1945 Leland S. Warburton Harold A. Henry George P. Cronk L. E. Timberlake Ed. J. Davenport Meade McClanahan
1946 John R. Roden
1947 Don A. Allen Kenneth Hahn Ernest E. Debs
1949 Edward R. Roybal
1951 Earle D. Baker Charles Navarro John S. Gibson, Jr.
1953 Everett G. Burkhalter Robert M. Wilkinson Rosalind Wiener Wyman Gordon Hahn Harriett Davenport
1955 Ransom M. Callicott
1957 Patrick D. McGee James C. Corman Karl L. Rundberg
1959 C. Lemoine Blanchard James Harvey Brown
1961 Thomas D. Shepard Ernani Bernardi Joe E. Hollingsworth
1962 John P. Cassidy
1963 Louis R. Nowell James B. Potter, Jr. Billy G. Mills Gilbert W. Lindsay Thomas Bradley
1965 Edmund D. Edelman Marvin Braude Paul H. Lamport
1966 John Ferraro
1967 Robert M. Wilkinson Arthur K. Snyder
1969 Don Lorenzen Pat Russell Robert Stevenson
1971 Joel Wachs
1973 David S. Cunningham, Jr.
1974 Robert C. Farrell
1975 Zev Yaroslavsky Peggy Stevenson
1977 Bob Ronka Joy Picus
1979 Hal Bernson
1981 Howard Finn Joan Milke Flores
1985 Michael Woo Richard Alatorre
1987 Gloria Molina Ruth Galanter Nate Holden
1992 Mike Hernandez Mark Ridley-Thomas Rita Walters
1993 Laura Chick
1994 Richard Alarcón Jackie Goldberg Rudy Svorinich
1995 Michael Feuer
1997 Cindy Miscikowski
1999 Alex Padilla Nick Pacheco
2001 Ed Reyes Dennis Zine Tom LaBonge Jack Weiss Jan Perry Eric Garcetti Janice Hahn
2002 Wendy Greuel
2003 Tony Cardenas Bernard Parks Martin Ludlow Greig Smith Antonio Villaraigosa
2005 Herb Wesson Bill Rosendahl José Huizar
2007 Richard Alarcón
2009 Paul Koretz
2010 Paul Krekorian
2011 Mitchell Englander
2012 Joe Buscaino
2013 Gil Cedillo Bob Blumenfield Nury Martinez Felipe Fuentes Curren Price Mike Bonin Mitch O'Farrell
2015 David Ryu Marqueece Harris-Dawson
Monica Rodriguez
Greig Smith
John Lee
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

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