Long Beach, California

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Long Beach, California
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General information
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Mayor:Robert Garcia
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:June 3, 2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:June 3, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:10
2014 FY Budget:$3.1 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:469,428
Gender:51.0% Female
Race:Hispanic or Latino 40.8%
White 29.4%
African American 13.5%
Asian 12.9%
Two or More Races 5.3%
Unemployment:9.6%
Median household income:$52,900
High school graduation rate:79.0%
College graduation rate:28.6%
Related Long Beach offices
California Congressional Delegation
California State Legislature
California state executive offices
Long Beach is a city in Los Angeles County, California. As of 2013, its population was 469,428.[1]

City government

The city of Long Beach utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[2]

Mayor

The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Robert Garcia is the current Mayor of Long Beach.[3]

City council

The Long Beach City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[2]

Membership

The Long Beach City Council is made up of ten members. Nine members are elected by the city's nine districts, while the mayor is elected at-large.[2][4]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Long Beach City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[5]

For a full list of Long Beach city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2014

See also Long Beach, California municipal elections, 2014

The city of Long Beach, California held elections for mayor and city council on June 3, 2014, with a primary on April 8, 2014.[6] If a candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary election, he or she was declared the outright winner of the election.[7] Five of the nine city council districts were up for election.

Councilman Robert Garcia won election as mayor. Lena Gonzalez, Susan Price, Stacy Mungo, Roberto Uranga and Rex Richardson won election to the council. No incumbents ran in any of the races.

Budget

Long Beach's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $3.1 billion.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
333 West Ocean Blvd, 14th Floor
Long Beach, California 90802
Phone: (562) 570-6801
Email: Mayor@longbeach.gov

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Los Angeles County, California ballot measures

The city of Long Beach is in Los Angeles County. A list of ballot measures in Los Angeles County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in California

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 465,576.[1] Long Beach is a charter city.

Long Beach is a charter city; as such, it is subject to a state law requiring charter cities to allow citizen-initiated charter amendments. As a charter city, Long Beach is allowed to delineate its own process for citizen-initiated ordinances, but instead it defers to state laws (see above for details) for its initiative process.

The Long Beach City Charter

Lobbying

In 2013, Long Beach's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $190,000.[9] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[10][11] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Long Beach filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
8 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Clean Air & Water
4 Taxes
1 Defense

See also

External links

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