Long Beach, California
|Long Beach, California|
|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|
|Population in 2013:||469,428|
|Race:||Hispanic or Latino 40.8%|
African American 13.5%
Two or More Races 5.3%
|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
- See also: Council-manager 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a full list of Long Beach city boards and commissions, see here.
The city of Long Beach, California will hold a special election for city council in 2015. No dates for the election have been announced. The District 4 seat of Patrick O'Donnell will be up for election after O'Donnell won election to the California State Assembly in 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. 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. Five of the nine city council districts were up for election.
Long Beach's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $3.1 billion.
Office of the Mayor
333 West Ocean Blvd, 14th Floor
Long Beach, California 90802
Phone: (562) 570-6801
To contact individual council members, see here.
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.
In 2013, Long Beach's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $190,000. 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. 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|
|8||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|4||Clean Air & Water|
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Long Beach, "City Officials," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Long Beach, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Long Beach, "City Council," accessed on October 21, 2014
- City of Long Beach, "Commissions and Boards," accessed on October 21, 2014
- presstelegram.com, "Patrick O’Donnell victory in Assembly race leads to special election for Long Beach City Council," November 5, 2014
- County of Los Angeles, "2014 Scheduled Elections," Updated February 20, 2014
- City of Long Beach, "General Questions About Long Beach City Elections," accessed February 26, 2014
- City of Long Beach, "Department of Financial Management," accessed on October 21, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Long Beach, CA," accessed on November 11, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014