The Board is divided into 9 members of the board which is elected by Single-member districts which can serve the length of four years. The Whole board is controlled by the Council President which is currently P.C. Wu.
In 2011-12-16, during the Boyd Forum, Council President Sam Hall ordered the police to remove from the podium Father Nathan Monk, a citizen addressing the city council, in the middle of his allotted speaking time. The order was given by Sam Hall in retaliation to Father Monk questioning the council's attacks on free speech and the right to redress the government without the fear of being arrested.