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Los Angeles CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 4

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Ralph Pacheco

Governing Board Member, Whittier Union High School District
57,256 votes (16.23%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: Keeping our streets and community's safe is my top priority.
  • Ensuring the effective delivery of county services and holding county government accountable and responsible.
  • Economic development and job creation, that begins with a modern and efficient transportation system.



Profession:Pastor & Non-profit CEO
Co-Founfer/Pastor, First Christian Church International (FCCI Ministries) (2002–current)
Co-Founder/CEO/Non-Profit,, Leadership Capacity (LC) Foundation (2008–current)
Governing Board Member,, Whittier Union High School District — Elected position (1991–current)
Chairman,, Los Angeles County Law Enforcement Task Force (District# 1 & 4) — Appointed position (2006–current)
Governing Board Member, Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program (ROP) — Appointed position (1997–2004)
Governing Board Member,, Rio Hondo Community College District — Elected position (1987–1991)
Chairman, City Commissioner, City of Norwalk — Appointed position (1982–1988)


Vision International University Doctorate in Divinity (D.D.), Biblical Studies;Theology (1997)
Charles E. Fuller Institute & Seminary Graduate Studies; , Evangelism & Church Growth (1991)

Community Activities

Co-Founder/Vice President, Whittier Area Evangelical Ministerial Alliance (WAEMA) (1997–current)
Co-Founder/President, , Whittier County Community Coordinating Council (1987–2015)
Chairman, Project Area Committee for Redevelopment., City of Norwalk (1987–1989)
Chairman, Citizens Resource Advisory Committee, Cerritos Community College District (1981–1987)
Chairman, Community Advisory Council (Special Education), Norwalk-La Mirada USD / ABC USD (1981–1983)


Community Builder:  

  • Working with County Supervisors ensuring the efficient and Effective delivery of County Services.  
  • School & College Board Member who has worked to provide families with an avenue to success.
  • Pastor, Building Up Families; fulfilling their "God-Given Potential"

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO and California Counts, a public media collaboration (5)

Homelessness is a major concern in Los Angeles County.  What role can and should the County government play in resolving homelessness? In your answer please specifically address how the county should pay for homeless services.
Answer from Ralph Pacheco:

I support the implementation of the 47-point plan passed by the Homelessness Task Force appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.  The $1 billion price tag on that plan would be paid for by implementation of a 1/4-cent sales tax. The tax would sunset when the $1 billion has been collected by the County.

Many in Los Angeles County cannot afford to rent or buy their own home. How do you propose to make it easier to afford housing?
Answer from Ralph Pacheco:

We must streamline the process. Right now it is a long, cumbersome ordeal filled with red tape. It takes as long as three years to qualify. We need to eliminate the red tape and be more flexible when it comes to eligibility. 


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a raise of the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 for unincorporated areas in the county. Some business owners say the hike in wages will eliminate jobs. What solutions do you propose to encourage job growth in the county?
Answer from Ralph Pacheco:

By retraining our workforce for the 21st century. We can undo the damage that has been done with many good paying jobs going overseas. We have to recapture those jobs and keep them here. One way to do that is through ROP training programs, something Ive done through Tri-Ciites ROP, and through the implementation of Union Apprenticeship programs offered through Rio Hondo College. 

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in Los Angeles County. What new strategies should the Board of Supervisors implement to ensure that Los Angeles is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Ralph Pacheco:

We need to step up efforts with the WRD reclamation process. Evaluate the cost estimates of sea water desalination. We have to think creatively when protecting the environment. Clean drinking water for our residents should be our first priority.  

What steps, beyond a citizens' commission, should Supervisors take in preventing abuses within the Los Angeles Sheriff's department?
Answer from Ralph Pacheco:

Support the County Sheriff Jim McDonnell in doing his job of cleaning up corruption within the department. What the people of Los Angeles County need is an oversight commission that sticks by its guns. We have to empower the commisison to do their job and increase its authority. Certainly they need subpeona power. Right now the commission doesn't have teeth. It needs teeth. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Visionary Leader:

"God raises up his leaders." Good people of L.A. County look at my record helping thousands of fellow residents ... Please vote for me to continue the work I started 34 years ago. We can make L.A. County a  "Beacon of Light" for America.

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