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LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Los Angeles County, one of California’s original 27 counties, was established Feb. 18, 1850. It is one of the nation’s largest counties with 4,084 square miles, and has the largest population of any county in the nation with approximately 27 percent of California’s residents. Los Angeles County is diverse. It has mountains, deserts, beaches and islands. It is urban and suburban. One city has 4 million people, another 95. Residents are very rich and very poor. They come from throughout the world and speak more than 100 – some say more than 200 – languages. The Board of Supervisors is the governing body. The 88 cities also have their own city councils. If it were a nation, the County would have the 19th largest economy in the world. CLICK HERE to view the Los Angeles County organizational chart.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES
The City of Los Angeles was incorporated on April 4, 1850. At that time, it had a population of 1,610 (U.S. Census) and an area of 28 square miles. Today, Los Angeles has a population of nearing four million people, an area of 465 square miles, 7,366 miles of streets, water and power brought from mountains hundreds of miles away, and thousands of publicly-owned structures of various types. The City of Los Angeles is a Mayor-Council-Commission form of government, as originally adopted by voters of the City of Los Angeles, effective July 1, 1925 and reaffirmed by a new Charter effective July 1, 2000. A Mayor, City Controller, and City Attorney are elected by City residents every four years. Fifteen City Council members representing fifteen districts are elected by the people for four-year terms, for a maximum of two terms. Members of Commissions are generally appointed by the Mayor, subject to the approval of the City Council. General Managers of the various City departments are also appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. Most employees of the City are subject to the civil service provisions of the City Charter. The new City Charter, effective July 2000, provided for the creation of a Citywide System of Neighborhood Councils. The goal of the Neighborhoods Councils is to promote public participation in City governance and decision-making process to create a government more responsive to local needs. CLICK HERE to view the City of Los Angeles organizational chart.
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