Many cities in the Imperial Valley are going through the process or have gone through the process of selecting new mayors and seating new council members.
Being mayor in most Imperial Valley cities is in many ways a ceremonial position, in that the mayor has no more authority than any other council member. The mayor's vote carries the same weight as the rest of the council members.
That is not to say the mayor's position does not have importance. The mayor sets the tone for the council and in many ways is the voice of the council for the public during the year he or she heads the council. That in itself is a form of power and mayors have to use that authority properly. One way to do that is to make sure the public has a voice, particularly during meetings. The more a council can make sure the people it serves are involved in the city processes, the better leadership that council will show.