Hailing as a general law city, Palmdale is overseen by the council-manager form of government. The community’s progressive City Council is comprised of a mayor and four council members. While the mayor is elected to serve a two-year term, the council members are elected to staggered four-year terms. The city council meets every first and third Wednesday of the month (with the exception of the months of November and December when the city council meets only the first Wednesday of the month) at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. The 1,700-square foot facility seats 125 and is supplied with the latest in camera equipment in order to record live meeting footage coverage on both Channel 27 and the City’s Web site. Though the meetings are available live through these outlets, the general public is welcome and encouraged to take part in each meeting in the City Council Chamber.
Deemed to be one of the safest cities in Los Angeles County, the City of Palmdale’s Public Safety and Community Relations Department provides a host of public safety programs designed to create a safe environment for area residents and businesses. Partners Against Crime, Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch and additional crime prevention programs all facilitate the highest level of safety in Palmdale.
Law enforcement in the city and the Antelope Valley is afforded through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which opened a $23.9 million, 47,000-square-foot station in Palmdale in July of 2006 to better serve area citizens. In addition, fire protection is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. While three stations are currently established in Palmdale, two new fire stations have broken ground – Fire Station #93 will be situated at 55th Street East and Avenue R, while Fire Station #136 will be located at Bolz Ranch Road and Town Center Drive. The new stations will be opened for use in July of 2008.