|Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 14th district|
|Preceded by||Richard Alatorre|
|Succeeded by||Antonio Villaraigosa|
|Member of the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission|
|Mayor||Richard J. Riordan|
Lauro Pacheco Jr.
February 9, 1964
Los Angeles, California
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Education||University of California, Berkeley (BA)|
Loyola Marymount University (JD)
Lauro "Nick" Pacheco Jr. (born February 9, 1964) is an American disbarred lawyer, politician, and a member of the Democratic Party. Pacheco served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council (1999–2003). Prior to serving on the Los Angeles City Council, Pacheco served as an Elected Charter Reform Commissioner (1997–1999) for the same district he served as Councilman. He also worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office as a Deputy District Attorney (1995–1999).
Pacheco received a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and Chicano studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1994. Prior to attending the University of California, Berkeley, he attended Loyola High School, graduating in 1982.
Pacheco was in private practice before he served as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney under District Attorney Gil Garcetti from 1995 to 1999. He later served on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission from 1997 to 1999.
Pacheco served on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 14th District from 1999 to 2003.
While on the council, he established a jogging path around a cemetery (Evergreen Cemetery Jogging Path) that included the use of recycled tires as part of the sidewalk. He also created the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in the City of Los Angeles as chair of the council's Housing and Community Redevelopment Committee.
As Chair of the council's Budget Committee he established the Neighborhood Prosecutor program that focuses on quality-of-life crimes in each neighborhood. Under this program each police division in the City has a specific Deputy City Attorney assigned to identify and prosecute quality-of-life crimes (graffiti, prostitution, drag-racing, etc.) that harm each neighborhood.
In 2015, his law firm in Mission Hills was sued by two former employees, Carlos and Rico Lira, who alleged that he failed to pay all of their wages, unlawfully pressured them to make campaign contributions (which later became the subject of an investigation by the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission), made racially charged statements to them, and engaged in questionable legal practices in servicing the firm's clients. They were fired after they complained about this conduct, and he later defamed them to their prospective employer.
Pacheco filed special motions to strike a majority of their claims under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16,1 contending that the statements to their prospective employer were made in anticipation of litigation, and that the remainder of the claims arose from his protected activity in representing his clients, and in connection with the Ethics Commission investigation. He also produced evidence that they were terminated because they falsified Rocio's employment verification forms, and therefore the termination resulted from Pacheco's effort to comply with federal immigration law.
Since 2018, Pacheco he has been disbarred from practicing law in California.
|Non-partisan||Denise B. Moehlman||91,667||9.09|
|Non-partisan||Anthony G. Patchett||28,921||2.87|
Evergreen Jogging path, Dedicated to Lloyd Monserratt: Nick Pacheco, Dedicated June 26, 2003; José Huizar, Councilmember 14th District, Rededicated January 12, 2008; Thanks to Public Works, Bureau of Street Services
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