The city of Los Angeles will hold its general election on Tuesday, with two City Council seats, two school board seats and one city ballot measure on the line.
To help you get ready, we are back with the Human Voter Guide, our question-and-answer feature about California elections.
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Here's what's on the ballot
The choices on your ballot will depend on where you live in the city of L.A.
All registered voters in the city can vote on a ballot proposal, Measure C, that would change the way police misconduct issues are decided. The two City Council and two school board seats go before voters who live within the seats' district boundaries.
Here's an overview, with links to resources, that can help you decide how to vote:
• City Council District 1: Candidates in the running are incumbent Gil Cedillo and challenger Joe Bray-Ali. The district seat covers communities that include MacArthur Park, Koreatown, Mt. Washington and Cypress Park. You can learn more about the candidates in KPCC's candidate survey. You can also read KPCC's recent coverage of the contentious race here, here, here and here.
• City Council District 7: Monica Rodriguez and Karo Torossian are the candidates in this race. The district covers portions of northern Los Angeles, including Sunland, Lake View Terrace, Pacoima and Shadow Hills. You can learn more about the candidates in KPCC's candidate survey. You can also check out KPCC's recent coverage of the race here and here, including where they diverge in their views.
• Los Angeles Unified School Board District 4: Candidates are incumbent Steve Zimmer and challenger Nick Melvoin. The district includes Venice, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Hollywood, portions of Encino, Tarzana and other neighborhoods in the southwest San Fernando Valley. You can learn more about the candidates in KPCC's candidate survey.
• Los Angeles Unified School Board District 6: Candidates are Imelda Padilla and Kelly Gonez. The seat covers East San Fernando Valley neighborhoods east of the 405 Freeway, including Sunland-Tujunga and Lakeview Terrace; and some areas west of the 405, such as Lake Balboa. You can learn more about the candidates in KPCC's candidate survey.
• City Charter Amendment C (Measure C): This is a proposed change to the City Charter that would allow the City Council to give a police officer the option to select an all-civilian board to hear his or her disciplinary case. KPCC's previous coverage of this issue can be found here and here. You can also read about opposition to the measure here.
City runs this election, not the county
Since city officials are running the balloting, a few things differ from the last few elections — including the primary that Los Angeles voters participated in earlier this year.
• If you're voting by mail, you don't need to use a stamp on your envelope. Unlike the county, the city prepays the postage on your vote by mail ballot. The deadlines remain the same. Your vote by mail ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday to count.
• Many of the same polling locations will be used, but those can always change. Check your sample ballot for your polling location or do so online.
• If you have questions or run into problems, contact the Los Angeles City Clerk's office, not the L.A. County Registrar's office. The phone number for the L.A. City Clerk's office is 888-873-1000.
For more voting tips and answers to election questions, check out our recent Human Voter Guide segments. You can also use our voter guide, Voter's Edge. Put in your zip code and see what will be on your ballot and information on the candidates and ballot measure.
Series: Human Voter Guide
Municipal elections will be held through 2017. To help you navigate the way, we revive KPCC's Human Voter Guide, a series of questions-and-answers about California elections.