The City Clerk serves as the Clerk of the City Council and maintains a record of all Council proceedings; maintains the official City records and archives; administers all City elections; provides fiscal, administrative and personnel services to the Council and Mayor, and provides staff assistance to Council Committees. This office promotes and facilitates programs in support of the Mayor and City Council’s economic development initiatives. To that end and by mandate, the City Clerk administers the City of Los Angeles’ Business Improvement Districts program. The City Clerk also provides records retention management services for all City departments, and administers and manages the City's Archives. All claims filed against the City must be received and recorded by the City Clerk.