The government of Los Angeles is a complex institution, with many departments operating independently of the central legislative and executive body. The fifteen-member city council and the mayor are elected to four-year terms, as are the city attorney and the controller. The county of Los Angeles is governed by a five-member board of supervisors, although many districts are separate and self-governing.
Head Official: Mayor James K. Hahn (D) (since 2001; current term expires 2005)
Total Number of City Employees: 35,895 (2002)
City Information: City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; telephone (213)485-2121