FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2005-25
Friday, June 3, 2005
Internet: http://www.dir.ca.gov

CONTACT:
Dean Fryer
Renée Bacchini
415-703-5050


Cal/OSHA Appeals Board fully staffed with appointment of new public member

San Francisco - The Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) acting director John Rea has announced that Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed Robert Pacheco, 70, of Walnut, to DIR's Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board in the public member seat. Mr. Pacheco has lived his life devoted to public service. Among his works he served as city council member and planning commissioner for the City of Walnut and held a position with the League of California Cities. Pacheco is the founder of the Gabriel Foundation, an organization providing assistance to needy, abused, physically and mentally challenged children and adults; the Walnut Valley Unified School District Educational Foundation, providing educational grants to students and adults; and the Walnut Humanitarian and Medical Mission helping disadvantaged individuals in the US and Mexico. As a republican assembly member, 1998-2004, he served as co-chair on the Special Committee on Assembly Legislative Ethics, in addition to vice-chair of the judiciary, health and higher education committees.

Pacheco is currently a senior partner with the Law Offices of Pacheco & Pacheco where he has practiced for 30 years on a variety of issues from criminal defense to product liability. He has served as Judge Pro-tem presiding in the California Superior and Municipal Courts and has extensive civil trial experience. Additionally he is owner and chief financial officer for Western Hardware Company, a manufacturing and import business with sales in excess of $1 million annually that distributes truck, trailer and industrial hardware.

"Pacheco's lifetime of leadership in public service and his success in decades of writing laws and advising how to comply with them, together with his dedication to full time performance of his duties, make him a qualified appointee and the board is looking forward to his service," said Rea. He added, "Pacheco's appointment fully staffs the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board which will enable it to better address the current backlog of cases and more efficiently handle future appeals."

Pacheco, a California resident since 1952, received his B.S. from California State University, Los Angeles and his J.D. from Western State University. He lives in the City of Walnut with his wife of 21 years, they have five children. Pacheco will be performing his board duties from West Covina and Sacramento Cal/OSHA Appeals Board offices. Compensation for this position is $99,693.

The Cal/OSHA Appeals Board is a three-member quasi-judicial body appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The board handles appeals from private and public sector employers regarding citations issued by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health for alleged violations of workplace safety and health laws and regulations.

For more information on the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board and the Department of Industrial Relations, visit our Web site at www.dir.ca.gov.

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