The City of Los Angeles and The Los Angeles City Historical Society introduce:
“The Los Angeles City Officials, 1850 to the Present Historical Database”
A Los Angeles City history project was initiated by the Works Project Administration in the 1930’s during the Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It sought to identify and record the terms of office of individuals who, over the years, served in the government of the City of Los Angeles. It includes all elected officials and all appointed commissioners who served on the various municipal boards.
This historical study of 1850-1965, was originally published in four volumes by the City of Los Angeles. In 2007, The Los Angeles City Historical Society applied for a grant to the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation to complete the project to the present date, ad infinitum. At that time it was decided to convert the already published information to a computer based program, thus completing the focus of the project to the present time.
The purpose of this database program is to introduce and make available on the World Wide Web to people displaying an index of “Movers and Shakers” of Los Angeles City government. This City evolved from a one-horse town into the second largest city in the United States. The evolution and growth of this megalopolis progressed, good and bad, because of these individuals, who left their imprint on the sands of time.
Only individual names, dates and offices held election by election are found on this database. The names found are a polyglot composite of English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Jewish, Turkish and Armenian.
A User Guide, tutorial, will be found on the database. For further information about Los Angeles City government history see the References link also on the database.
This database program is not a narrative history. It is a compilation of individuals, both men and women, who held certain offices at certain time periods in Los Angeles City government from 1850 through to the present time, ad infinitum.