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June 13, 2003 | Jessica Garrison and Matea Gold, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles City Councilman Nick Pacheco could have served out his last months in office quietly keeping up appearances after losing his seat in the March election. Instead, he dusted himself off and led the council's budget committee and then the entire 15-member council into a contentious debate with Mayor James K. Hahn. Ultimately, the council rejected Hahn's budget plan, fraying long-term political alliances while raising its own profile.
May 20, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The campaign to replace Antonio Villaraigosa on the Los Angeles City Council kicked off Thursday when Nick Pacheco announced his candidacy for the seat he lost two years ago to the mayor-elect. The race should be a heated one. Jose Huizar, president of the Los Angeles Unified School District board, is expected to enter the race next week, and state Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) is pondering a run, among other names being mentioned.
February 21, 2003 | Patrick McGreevy and Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writers
Less than two weeks before the election, the fund-raising race has tightened in two key Los Angeles City Council contests, according to disclosure statements filed with the city Thursday. In northeast Los Angeles' 14th District, former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa raised $241,800 during January and February for his bid to unseat Councilman Nick Pacheco. Pacheco raised far less during the reporting period but maintains an overall edge.
January 14, 2003 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
Facing a tough reelection battle in March, Los Angeles City Councilman Nick Pacheco sparred with his challengers, former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa and one-time Olympic boxing champion Paul Gonzalez, during a debate in Highland Park on Monday evening. It marked the first time that Villaraigosa and Pacheco have met publicly since one of Pacheco's associates mailed two disparaging fliers about Villaraigosa's character in November.
November 13, 2002 | Tina Daunt and Matea Gold, Times Staff Writers
Politically powerful Latinos and other elected officials heightened pressure Tuesday on an Alhambra attorney to stop his attack campaign against Los Angeles City Council candidate Antonio Villaraigosa, as evidence surfaced of the attorney's professional troubles. According to the California Bar Journal, Ricardo A. Torres II, a personal injury lawyer, was suspended in January for 30 days for allegedly committing "acts of moral turpitude."
October 29, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Council candidate Nick Pacheco on Friday called on main rival Jose Huizar to order a supporter to stop handing out copies of old and unflattering newspaper articles about him. In a news release, the former city councilman, who is running for the 14th District seat, alleged that a Huizar backer, Alvin Parra, was using his home as a base to send volunteers into neighborhoods with copies of four Los Angeles Times articles.
Hoping to end a long-running battle over a landmark Boyle Heights market-cum-swap meet, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved the first step in a compromise plan for El Mercado. The plan is a test of the political skills of Councilman Nick Pacheco, who inherited the solution-defying El Mercado issue when he succeeded retiring Councilman Richard Alatorre last spring. The initial step is a zoning change that the council approved Friday, and which clears the way for a legal parking area.
October 30, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Former City Councilman Nick Pacheco has adopted a simple strategy for winning back his old job: He's acting as if he never left. Pacheco recently showed off a flier. It's nothing fancy, just a letter to new homeowners in the 14th District that lists important city phone numbers. Pacheco thinks it will get posted on refrigerators, the kind of practical information he believes will convince voters that he's the guy who can fix their problems.
February 22, 2003 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
An Eastside nonprofit organization and a political committee supporting the reelection of City Councilman Nick Pacheco denied allegations Friday that they funneled public money into a campaign supporting the councilman's reelection.
November 16, 2002
After the ugly campaign that just finished, it's hard to believe that the nastiness has already started for the 2003 City Council race ("Candidate Complains of Attacks in Mailers," Nov. 12). As a resident of Eagle Rock, I voted for Nick Pacheco in the last election. However, I am deeply disturbed by the offensive mailers that were sent out against Antonio Villaraigosa. Pacheco's claim that he had nothing to do with the mailers just doesn't seem to ring true. The offensive fliers were sent out by Pacheco's law school buddy and supporter Ricardo Torres.
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