Public Officials
L.A. officials could gain time in office if election dates change

A proposal to boost voter turnout in Los Angeles by holding city elections at the same time as state and national contests could deliver a special benefit to elected city officials: 18 extra months in office. For months, civic leaders have pushed for city decision-makers to move their elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered ones. If the date of municipal elections is changed — possibly in 2020 or 2022 — Mayor Eric Garcetti and 24 other elected officials could receive a one-time opportunity to stretch a normal four-year term in office to five-and-a-half years. City elections are now held in March of odd-numbered years, with runoff contests held in May and terms...