The City Council is the governing body of Los Angeles -- except as otherwise provided in the City Charter -- and enacts ordinances subject to the approval or veto of the Mayor. It orders elections, levies taxes, authorizes public improvements, approves contracts, and adopts traffic regulations. The Council adopts or modifies the budget proposed by the Mayor and provides the necessary funds, equipment, and supplies for the budgetary departments. The Council confirms or rejects appointments proposed by the Mayor and prescribes the duties of boards and officers that are not defined by Charter. The City Council ratifies and terminates declarations of local emergency made by the Mayor.
All City employees are considered Disaster Service Workers, and may be expected to work during emergencies and disasters. In order to ensure continuity of operations during emergencies and disasters, City employees, departments, and offices are expected to maintain and update an emergency plan. Additional information about emergency plans, as well as plan templates, are available at these links: