Most of the mayor's appointments and proposals are subject to approval by the Los Angeles City Council, but the mayor has the power of veto or approval of City Council legislation.
The organization of the mayor's office changes with administration, but is almost always governed by a chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, director of communications, and several deputy mayors. The first round of the election is called the primary election.
In the case of an office vacancy, the City Council has a choice to appoint a new mayor or to hold a special election.
The replacement, if appointed, will serve until the next regularly scheduled primary for a city general election.
On March 3, 2015, voters passed a charter amendment to extend the term of the mayor elected in 2017 to five-and-a-half years.