The City Council consists of five members, elected from the City at-large, who serve four-year staggered terms. Elections are held on the first Tuesday of November of even-numbered years. The next municipal election for consideration of two council seats will be in November 2018.
Annually, the City Council appoints a Mayor and a Mayor Pro Tem from its own membership to serve a one-year term. The Mayor is responsible for presiding over City Council meetings, representing the City Council at various business and ceremonial events, and executing all City ordinances, resolutions and contracts. The Mayor Pro Tem performs these duties in the absence of the Mayor.
As a legislative body, the City Council is responsible for the enactment of local laws (ordinances), the adoption of the annual City Budget and Capital Improvement Plan, and the review and adoption of proposed policies, agreements, contracts and other City business items.
The City Council also sits as the governing board of the La Palma Planning Commission and the Successor Agency to the La Palma Community Development Commission.
Meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, and the Successor Agency to the Community Development Commission are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at City Hall, located at 7822 Walker Street. Meetings start at 7:00 pm and are open to the public. Agendas are available by calling the City Clerk's office at (714) 690-3334, or on the City’s website under Agendas and Minutes.
Any person wishing to address the City Council on any matter, whether or not it appears on the agenda, may do so under the Public Communications portion of the agenda. Each individual is asked to complete a Request to Speak form and is allowed five minutes to address the Council. No action will be taken on any items not on the agenda.