The first-ever Latina to serve in the position, Blanca Pacheco is the Mayor of the City of Downey, the largest city in California’s 64th State Assembly District. She was first elected to the Downey City Council in 2016 and became Mayor in 2020.
As a local elected leader, Blanca has also been active in the California League of Cities in order to help advance the interests of the people she represents. In this capacity, she previously served as President of the League of California Cities Los Angeles Division, and was the first elected official from Downey to serve in this position. Blanca is a former Chair of the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Policy Committee and also serves on the League of California Cities’ State Board as an at-large director.
On the City Council and as Mayor, Blanca Pacheco has always put people and local neighborhoods first. That’s why amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, she spearheaded a moratorium on rent for both commercial as well as residential tenants to help working people stay in their homes and to assist local small businesses, preventing countless stores from closing. Right now Blanca is working with Los Angeles County to open up three additional COVID testing locations in the City of Downey to make testing more accessible for people throughout the city.
A strong advocate for modernizing the city’s infrastructure, Blanca, with the support of her Council colleagues, helped invest in a myriad of projects to improve the city, modernizing every Downey City Fire Department facility and city park, as well as upgrading local roads across Downey with street repaving and upgrades. She’s also worked to invest in programs to fight climate change and protect clean air, installing solar panels at six civic buildings, as well as electric vehicle charging stations, all to minimize the city’s carbon footprint. Blanca, in conjunction with the city, additionally teamed up with Tree People, to plant hundreds of new trees throughout Downey to expand clean air in the city.
As part of her efforts to empower women, Blanca was instrumental in bringing Girls on Fire to Downey. The first-of-its-kind program in the region, the effort is singularly focused on empowerment for young middle school and high school women, emphasizing self-defense, social media etiquette, healthy relationships, and introducing the youth to females who are role models in different fields, from healthcare to public safety and law. Blanca is also a member - Gangs Out Of Downey (GOOD) - an organization dedicated to keeping kids off the streets and out of gangs in the city.
If you don’t find Mayor Blanca Pacheco at City Hall or in the community talking with neighbors or helping those in need at local events, you will likely find her in a yoga studio, at a cross-fit training gym or even walking her dog Mr. Belvedere.