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Monday, June 20, 2005

Pacheco Ahead in Early Polling

An e-mail received last evening boasts:
Pacheco Holds Large Lead Across the Board in Race to Fill Villaraigosa'’s Council Vacancy

Los Angeles, CA: A poll conducted June 14 to 16 revealed that former Councilman Nick Pacheco holds a commanding lead in the race to fill the soon to be vacant 14th Council District seat because of Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa assuming the duties of Mayor on July 1.
Pacheco'’s base of support appeared on every question (Name Identification, Favorable-Unfavorable and Strict "Head-to-Head"), and held firm in every part of the district and among all ethnic groups.

Matt Szabo and Downtown Central City East Blogger beat us to the punch this time. (I'm not quite sure why they are up until 2:00 in the morning, but that is another post) With Parker out on vacation, we'll have to see if his minion of followers stick up for his boy Huizy, but it looks good early on for Pacheco! Here's the full text of the release below:

Councilman Nick Pacheco for City Council
4414 York Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90041

19 June 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Robert Urteaga
323.243.8387

Pacheco Holds Large Lead – Across the Board – in Race to Fill Villaraigosa's Council Vacancy

Los Angeles, CA: A poll conducted June 14 to 16 revealed that former Councilman Nick Pacheco holds a commanding lead in the race to fill the soon to be vacant 14th Council District seat because of Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa assuming the duties of Mayor on July 1.

Pacheco's base of support appeared on every question (Name Identification, Favorable-Unfavorable and Strict "“Head-to-Head"), and held firm in every part of the district and among all ethnic groups. "Naturally, I am very pleased with the results of this survey,"” Pacheco said Sunday. "“I am honored by the fact that the voters of the 14th Council District want me back as their Councilman."” Predictably, the poll showed Pacheco enjoys much higher name recognition than any other declared candidate -- 76% of district residents are familiar with him. No other candidate, including elected officials, had name recognition percentages above 35%.

Sixty percent (60%) of the district has a favorable impression of Councilman Pacheco, while a low 16% hold an unfavorable view. This 3.8 to 1 ratio surpasses the typical elected favorable-to-unfavorable ratio of 2 to 1. "“As a resident of the 14th Council District, I knew the survey would have these results,"” said Campaign Manager Robert Urteaga. "These results show Nick'’s strong reputation in the District of being an effective and honorable public servant, but they also tell me that his opponents have little chance of catching up without a dirty campaign against Nick. We'’re prepared to handle those attacks."

Even more importantly, the poll showed;– without any "“push"– that if the election were held today, Pacheco would win the primary by a large margin. On this question, Pacheco scored 45% of the vote, compared to just 14% for LAUSD School Board President Jose Huizar, and 3% for El Sereno Neighborhood Council President Alvin Parra. With just 35% of the likely electorate undecided, this means Pacheco’s opponents would have to convince almost every undecided voter to vote for them just to be competitive.

On a question factoring in education, which will likely be a key issue of the campaign, Pacheco outdistanced his nearest competitor by a margin of 54% to 19%. With 23% undecided and a margin of error of 5.7% -- again, the poll figures indicate the race would not even be close. The poll was conducted in both Spanish and English by Grove Insight, a Portland based, highly-respected, independent polling firm that has done work for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Grove Insight worked with Burbank-based Political Data, Inc. to select 300 of the most likely municipal voters. Last Friday, the City Council selected November 8 for the primary election.

Pacheco, 41, a former Deputy District Attorney, Charter Reform Commissioner and City Councilman, lives in Eagle Rock with his wife Marisela and his stepdaughter.
# # #



54 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just what we've been hearing all along. Alhtough Pacheco wasn't practicing law, he was keeping in touch with his base. Every graffiti strewn, dirty alley in Boyle Heights is another 300 - 400 votes for Pacheco, people remember how clean Boyle Heights was just two years ago. And every LAUSD fiasco is another 2,000 - 3,000 votes for Pacheco in Eagle Rock. With these numbers for Pacheco, watch Huizar get squeezed to step aside for Durazo - poor Alvin, coming in at just 3%, I guess ass kissing doesn't really pay out - DOH!

June 20, 2005 7:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Of course Pacheco starts with a lead. He has had two competitive races in this district and served as Councilman for 4 years. And Huizar is virtually unknown. The question is, will Pacheco be able to mount a substantial enough campaign to hold off an extremely well-funded assault by Huizar? Don't bet on it.

June 20, 2005 7:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Poll conducted by the La Collectiva.

June 20, 2005 8:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With these numbers for Pacheco, watch Parke Skelton's smear team go into overdrive. Nick, don't be a fool this time and defend yourself.

June 20, 2005 9:40 AM  

Blogger Tofu girl said:

Chief Get my 100 dollar gift certificate ready. I am confident Pacheco will pull this one out. People love him in his district. A reliable source in the 14th has said that even those that were with Antonio in 2003 are in Pacheco's corner this time around and have pledged their support. Antonio's lack of work in the 14th has made what ever work Pacheco did look even better, therefor making Pacheco even a more appealing choice. Jose is a nice guy. But the education issue is a biggy. That issue looks grim for Jose. Pacheco is older and wiser. He could defend himself against any assault Jose's campaign will bring on. Remember in 1999 Griego had all the money. Pacheco is no stranger to a shoe string budget.

June 20, 2005 9:41 AM  

Blogger Legislative Aide said:

Bad news for Huizy. 3.8 to 1 favorable to unfavorable ratio? Urteaga's got to be happy about that. I agree with the blogger that said Huizy is going to be well-funded, but it doesn't mean that money alone can count Pacheco out.

June 20, 2005 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 8:08 dumbass, it's La Colectiva, not collectiva. And La Colectiva never conducted polls, they just got the vote out. But as previously mentioned, La Colectiva doesn't exist anymore, if they did Nick's numbers would be much higher.

June 20, 2005 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Right on Tofu Girl,

and this time around Nick is a home owner. With the equity on his Eagle Rock home, it shouldn't be tough to put another $150,000 in his war chest. But I hear that Nick is doing very well raising money also. The only way Huizar will raise more money is if he can can raid his school board account. Has the ethics commission come out with a determination if this is legal or not?

June 20, 2005 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"well funded ASSAULT" ---You said it! Huizar would have to run a dirty campaign and assault Pacheco to win.

June 20, 2005 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:45 ANON states

"Of course Pacheco starts with a lead. He has had two competitive races in this district and served as Councilman for 4 years. And Huizar is virtually unknown."

Nick hasn't held office in more than two years and Huizar is the school board president! Huizar's banners with his name dwarfing the message are hanging on every school in the district. People know who Huizar is, he's the kid behind the Muruelo sale, the kid behind the drop out rates and the kid hiding from the Jefferson High riots. In short, he's the kid who hasn't been able to prove himself - Pacheco has a proven record of leadership.

June 20, 2005 9:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

blah blah blah -- this is the how many times can robert post a comment blog.

has anyone ever heard of this polling firm?

and if its so reputable why explain who their clients are, as if you are embarressed by the company you used.

word is no one wants to take on pacheco -- no reputable consultant wants to get on the bad side of villaraigosa so the pacheco cut and paste crew had to go to oregon to find a pollster willing to play in LA.

and eric acopian is soo good that he loses all his campaigns accept for those in glendale.

i don't recall pacheco being armenian.

June 20, 2005 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose who?

June 20, 2005 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:08 poster

Maybe Nick learned a thing or two from Tony the Liar, he'll be whatever you want him to be - Armenians do have a good fundraising base. But Eric isn't the only guy on Nick's team. You may not recall Nick being Armenian, but you may recall that he beat Griego and every Latino politician who endorsed Griego in '99 - what was the final tally on endorsements - Griego 50, Pacheco 3. Yet he still won with a strong grass roots effort. Does Huizar even know the meaning of the term Grass Roots? And Robert isn't posting here, he's to busy lining up Nick's community meetings.

June 20, 2005 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 7:45 a.m. -- what "district" you talking about?

Pacheco has been out of office for two years.

Huizar has been serving much of the SAME district for the PAST 4 years and just got re-elected, unopposed with 100 percent of the vote.

Jose's been running FULL PAGE ads in local papers for months (waiting for this), riding in local parades, and appearing everywhere he can short of sitting on Tony V.'s lap like a puppy, and pretending it had something to do with his unopposed race for school board.

Considering how things are going at LAuselessD, maybe it's a good thing sleazy Huizy DOES have so little name recognition!

June 20, 2005 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Every damn day in District 14, people walk up to Pacheco, publicly.... people who never voted for him before, and say "I'm sorry I supported AV for CM; I wish you had never left!"

Hang around with him sometime, you'll hear this 5 times an hour.

June 20, 2005 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick will win by a small margin. Jose is a good guy but just can't deliver.

Is it me or has anyone else noticed that Jose is always tired and not engaged?

June 20, 2005 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone want to bet on who MEAV endorses?

The nice thing about CD 14 is that no one really cares, but if Antonio puts his shoulder to it, Pacheco is in trouble.

The Blogging Team may just have to walk precincts in this one.

June 20, 2005 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV has endorsed Jose, it's just a matter of time before this information is released publicly.

June 20, 2005 11:00 AM  

Blogger Tofu girl said:

Look you naysayer meat eaters. AV will endorse Jose. Who cares this race is NOT about Antonio. AV could endorse whichever canidate, that does not make that canidate Antonio. Jose is no Antonio. Again I fully expect Jose to out raise Pacheco and run a dirty campaign to try to win.It will be a NO GO for Jose. Pacheco will pervail and have the smarts to withstand a dirty well funded campaign. By the away I hear Pacheco's fund raising has been going well. According to my reliable sources HE WILL NOT NEED TO MORGAGE HIS HOME NOR DID HE EVER ENTERTAIN THAT THOUGHT! I hear his money calls have been going even better this morning.

June 20, 2005 11:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

hey soybean,

I agree the villaraigosa name means nothing in the eastside.

but i suppose when montanez used av all over her mail and won means the villaraigosa name means nothing. or how about the time when greuel put out an attack mailer on cardenas reminding folks he helped stop antonio in 2001 -- many folks credit that piece of mail with getting greuel elected.

i suppose the fact that every single candidate in 2002 antonio endorsed won, means nothing whatsoever.

with antonio now being a national figure and mayor of LA -- i think soybean is correct -- why should anyone worry about what antonio does.

have fun nick -- have fun.

June 20, 2005 11:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick has a very big issue on his side and that is EXPERIENCE. Yes, posters are right that many many people who voted for AV in 2003 are now admitting it was a mistake. It made them realize how good Nick really was and how much he did for the district. During the 2 yrs Antonio was campaigning for Mayor a lot of people in CD14 will tell you they were all calling Nick to help with issues. Nick was accessible even though he wasn't elected. WHy? Because he cared about the community. He had good field staffers that had good follow through.

Jose on the other hand is showing the district that he can't keep his promises. He knew he was going to run for CD14 and yet ran unopposed for prez again. Now he has to resign with too many problems left unfinished.

June 20, 2005 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alvin has no chance in this race, it has been proven over and over. Stop borrowing from your alcoholic relatives and paranoid mother. Huizar is in a mess with LAUSD, anyone sane would not vote for this man. Pacheco will win.

June 20, 2005 12:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Tofu Girl,

Nick may not need to mortgage his home, but it's always nice to know that he can. If anything, this though alone would spur him to make that one extra fundraising call.

Regarding Tony "putting his shoulder into it." He put his shoulder into Griego's campaign, and this was at the height of his Speakership, Enron fundraising days - and that didn't help.

It's all about who can deliver. Huizar can't and Tony didn't deliver on CD14, just take a look at the district and compare it to two years ago. But Tony is a likable guy, so he got a free pass. Huizar is nice, good looking and smart - but he doesn't have Tony's charisma. And his only track record is LAUSD. Not even Parke Skelton can pull a rabbit out of this hat.

June 20, 2005 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:43

You must be a moron! Huizar ran unopposed, yes he did and why? Who wants a friggin job that represents the failure of our society---LAUSD crap. Bring in the Vouchers and get rid of the failing system of LAUSD that has proven to be a failure for over 20+ years. Do not bankrupt your kids, get them out of LAUSD and look for private schools that have programs. Get them out of LAUSD, every child is just $$$ for LAUSD and our tax dollars are not spent wisely. Waste of money!

June 20, 2005 12:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke Skelton, stop picking your nose, it is annoying.

June 20, 2005 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I voted for Antonio in 2001. I voted for him in 2003. I voted for him in 2005. I will vote for Pacheco this time around. Looking back Pacheco did a good job. I like Antonio, but he was too busy from 2003 to 2005 to really do alot of work in the 14th. He's much bigger then a council seat. Pacheco seems to really enjoy his pot holes so what the hey let's give him another chance. As for Jose I say NO WAY WITH JOSE!!!!

June 20, 2005 2:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose you should be ashamed of yourself, just look at the mess in your own back yard. Maybe when you grow up you could play with the big dogs. Right now you're still messing in your own play pen.

June 20, 2005 2:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know about the NEXT proposed LAUSD School Bond?

June 20, 2005 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Prev. Anon,

Is the next bond your inquiring about going to fix our failing schools in LAUSD?

Is it going to achieve more (legitimate) graduates from 12th grade?

Will the City Colleges have to pick up the slack for all of the incompetence LAUSD farms out as students?

Bond??????

Get back to reality!

June 20, 2005 3:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Alvin Parra comes across as a ok person, but not councilman material. He would be best as an educator or farmer, but not a politician. Too fake... In the know had mentioned he and Molina are under investigation since the whistleblower that ratted them out a month ago. Can anyone elaborate on this?

June 20, 2005 3:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 3:24

It is obvious that you are completely out of the loop. LAUSD IS planning on floating a new bond this fall!

I didn't say it was going to fix LAUSD I was only inferring that they are going to reach for more our public fund$!

Hang on to your wallets folks!

Geez you moron!

June 20, 2005 3:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pacheco listed his accomplishments so Jose should send Mayor Sam a list of his so people can compare.

The LAUSD A-G program is going to fail. Its going to stress students out and put more pressure they don't need to take these classes to go to college.

How many years has Jose been prez? Why all of a sudden is he going around to community meetings saying what he'll do if elected councilman? I want to hear what you've done in the years you've been President of LAUSD. That will show what type of leader you are or are not!

June 20, 2005 4:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Prev. Anon

I second that!

June 20, 2005 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:08 You are right! The A-G program will not work, the students need to be prepared prior to High School. The first day of school be it PK/K have to start with the college mentality. By the time they reach high school you have already lost a large percentage due to drop outs. The remaining students might not be literate, or capable of dealing with the A-G courses.

If the A-G courses get implemented, you will see many other SPECIAL PROGRAMS turn up using our tax dollars for remedial courses to make these students up to par with the rest. This means more money. Tell me, what will happen to the other students that do not meet the A-G criteria, are they going to be pressured to drop out?

Drop out rate will be worse...better just plan on forcing kids to use uniforms, this can change the mentality in any school and focus on books instead of the latest fashion and comparisons.

June 20, 2005 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose is pathetic!

June 20, 2005 4:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anonymous 4:38 your not helping your own cause.

Remedial tutoring to tutor students to get into the a-g courses or keep up would be awesome.

June 21, 2005 12:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The previous anon hit it right on topic. We need A-G, this would enable students to strive to their fullest potential, possibly some did not even know they had. Therefore, it would increase high school graduates and at the same time increase college entry level students eliminating remedial courses and allowing for those funds to go elsewhere for other courses needed to transfer and/or graduate. A-G program will push the student to to their best. Pressure is not always nice, but it is reality. Do not underestimate some students, have faith in them.

Maura.

June 21, 2005 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that thenonURL=

June 21, 2005 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that thently recogonizing English Grammar terms such as Adjective, Adverb, Pronoun etc. I can categorize these by example, but not instantly by name. An uncanny similarity in terms of my inability to instantly understand things is in the world of Movie technical terms.

Yeah, I read that Ravi Verman did the Cinematography for Anniyan and Shankar did the screenplay. But what exactly each of these responsibilities constitute, I am not sure of.itute, I am not sure of.

June 21, 2005 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that the

June 21, 2005 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that the

June 21, 2005 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that the

June 21, 2005 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that the

June 21, 2005 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that thete, la Federazione di Bergamo del Movimento Sociale - Fiamma Tricolore, informa che in data sabato 18 c.m. ha organizzato un banchetto in centro città (zona Porta Nuova) per promuovere e rilanciare il ns. Movimento sul territorio e denunciare con forza l'iniziativa intrapresa dall'Associazione Musulmani d'Italia e dal suo leader Adel Smith che hanno citato, c/o il ns. tribunale, la nota giornalista Oriana Fallaci per il reato di vilipendio all'Islam a seguito della pubblicazione dei suoi ultimi libri sul terrorismo internazionale di matrice islamica.
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June 21, 2005 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that the

June 21, 2005 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 21, 2005 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that the

June 21, 2005 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Maura:

You are so mistaken. These kids won't have a chance IF, and I underscore IF, they make it into a 4 year college or university.

As someone who works in college admissions [private], getting them in is the easy part. The true challenge is assuring that theary. Mom called for the boys and while his brother ran towards her, Noah came over to me, gave me a hug and was on his way. After spending the last three years with the terrors known as the children of New York City, this heart warming hug through me off. Later in the afternoon, I was sharing my story with the secretary who then shared his story with me.

Noah and Peyton are invetro twin boys. They were both born prematurely and weighed a mere three and one half pounds at birth. Peyton was healthy at birth, but Noah was born with the Beckworth-Weideman Syndrome. The syndrome is complex, but basically means that he has a failing digestive system and an enlarged tongue. Noah was in and out of Children's Hospitals and appeared to be getting better, until his digestive system finally gave way shortly after his third birthday. When it seemed like there was no hope, one doctor completed a miracle operat

June 21, 2005 11:09 AM  

Anonymous MEAV said:

Weezie will win. With my support, and with big labor's backing (thanks in part to my little brother running the shop), he'll waltz right into the 4th floor.

June 21, 2005 7:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shut up Ace, get over it...Your con artist politician won, now go have a drink at the nearest cafe and choke.

June 21, 2005 11:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke's Weezie little Wiener is a loser.

Losers who fail the kids are the worst kind.

Losers who are lawyers and hid behind city positions to land deals and corrupt business men.

June 21, 2005 11:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles Times, Sunday
February 23, 2003

EDITORIAL
Perfectly Forgetful Pacheco

Los Angeles City Councilman Nick Pacheco has skirted the bounds of propriety before, but this time he's outdone himself. He gave tens of thousands of public dollars to a nonprofit group with the same address as a political committee that reported spending an equivalent amount to campaign for his reelection. Instead of thoroughly explaining this doesn't-pass-the-smell-test coincidence, he and his supporters are on the attack against challenger Antonio Villaraigosa, whose campaign first unearthed the questionable funding reported in Friday's Times.

While the county district attorney's office launches yet another investigation into the councilman's campaign practices, Pacheco claims he did not even know of the connection between the nonprofit group and the campaign committee. Let's review the connections and decide whether Pacheco's claim makes sense. You may need a white board to keep track:

Between Dec. 30 and Jan. 21, Pacheco gave $36,500 -- on top of $30,000 in recent years -- to Madres del Este de Los Angeles-Santa Isabel, an Eastside nonprofit organization headed by Juana Gutierrez. Mothers for Nick, the political committee that shares Gutierrez's Boyle Heights address, reported to the City Ethics Commission in late January that it was spending $36,085 to campaign independently for Pacheco. According to the California secretary of state's Web site, Mothers for Nick took over the name La Colectiva, a now-disbanded group that was run by Gutierrez's son, Martin GutieRuiz, a college friend of Pacheco's. La Colectiva's claim to shame was its role in the 2001 mayoral race, in which Pacheco backed James K. Hahn over Villaraigosa. A woman impersonating county Supervisor Gloria Molina placed recorded phone calls to voters slamming Villaraigosa. The district attorney's office investigated and found that La Colectiva used a phone bank owned by CAL Inc., a nonprofit group formed by Pacheco -- who said he knew nothing about the calls.

In November, when Villaraigosa announced that he would run against Pacheco, district voters received particularly nasty mailers attacking him. La Colectiva's former attorney, Ricardo Torres, another college pal of Pacheco's, claimed responsibility. Pacheco -- you guessed it -- said he knew nothing about the mailers. These tactics are one reason The Times endorsed Villaraigosa over Pacheco in the City Council race.

Taxpayers deserve better than these insults to their common sense. They also deserve an explanation of the $250,000 "discretionary" account that Pacheco tapped for the Madres -- in $5,000 dribs and drabs so as not to have to follow city contracting guidelines.

City Controller Laura Chick, who adamantly denies Pacheco's contention that she authorized his expenditures, needs to audit how the city clerk oversees these slush funds. The City Council, in turn, has Pacheco to thank for this suspicion-fueled attention.

If you want other stories on this topic, search the Archives at latimes.com/archives.

July 03, 2005 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick,
Conduct another "real" poll.
We know you'll be dishonest anyway...

July 05, 2005 11:26 AM  

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