Madrid Has 57 Councilmembers. Seoul Has 110. Why Does L.A. Have 15?

More Mayoral Authority Won't Empower California Cities; Electing More of Your Neighbors to Local Posts Will

If you want to make your California city government stronger, don’t make your mayor more powerful. Instead, make your city council bigger.

This summer, two of our state’s most thoughtful mayors, Sam Liccardo of San Jose and Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, have been seeking to make themselves “strong mayors.” The term refers to a system where mayors have executive authority, and can hire and fire department heads, sign budgets, or even veto council legislation.

“Strong mayors” are rare in California; only five of our 482 incorporated cities have them. More …

When Did Eric Garcetti Turn Jewish?

L.A.’s New Mayor Never Hid His Identity. But For Some Reason His Religious Faith Has Caught People By Surprise.

On May 22, 2013, the day after Los Angeles voters elected Eric Garcetti mayor of Los Angeles, something astonishing happened: He became Jewish.

No, he didn’t suddenly convert. Garcetti never hid …

L.A.’s 2013 Mayoral Candidates

Zócalo Gets Personal With Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel

Either city councilman Eric Garcetti and city controller Wendy Greuel will be L.A.’s next mayor. We heard everything they had to say on education and economy at our live debate …