The City of Hawaiian Gardens is a General Law City (not a Charter city) and governs itself as a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Council is elected by the constituents. The City Council appoints the City Manager. The City Council establishes policies and the City Manager, assisted by the Department Heads implements said policies to provide quality service to the public and the community. The City Councilmembers must be Hawaiian Gardens residents and registered voters. City elections are considered non-partisan.
The City Council consist of five (5) members who are elected at-large to a four (4) year term of office. Elections are held in November of odd-numbered years and either two (2) or three (3) members are elected.
Every November the legislative body re-organizes and selects a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem from among themselves to serve for approximately one (1) year. The Mayor serves as the presiding officer of the legislative body and conducts all its meetings. In the absence of the Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem becomes the presiding officer.
Per the City’s Municipal Code the City Council receives a monthly stipend and may receive health, vision, dental and retirement benefits. The Mayor receives an additional $150 per month. Pursuant to City Council resolution, the entire City Council also receives additional reimbursements for car allowance, travel expenses and phone allowances.
The City Council meets on a regular basis every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the City of Hawaiian Gardens City Council Chambers. A meeting of the City Council cannot be held without a quorum, which consist of three (3) or more members.
City Council Chambers are located at:
City of Hawaiian Gardens City Hall
21815 Pioneer Blvd.
Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716
Phone: (562) 420-2641
The Agenda is required by State law and governed specifically by the Ralph M. Brown Act. The Agenda provides a list of items and topics to be discussed, considered and acted upon by the legislative body. The agenda and staff reports are available at City Hall during regular business hours.
The minutes are the formal record of the actions taken by the legislative body. After a meeting is conducted, minutes are prepared and presented to the legislative body for final approval and adoption. The approved minutes are maintained by the City Clerk’s Office and made official City records. The minutes are located in the agenda packets.