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Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. I represent Atwater Village, Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Montrose, and Silver Lake in the state legislature. Restoring California's greatness is my mission. I always value hearing your thoughts, and I do my best to respond via e-mail.

Mike Gatto
Assemblyman, Forty-Third District
Chair, Appropriations Committee

Recent News in the 43rd District

To not nix pix, California must use tax trix

Eight of the nine nominees for this year's best picture Oscar were filmed outside California. Nearly all of the live-action movies nominated in other Academy Awards categories were filmed in other states or countries as well. In the last two years, California — host of the Oscars, headquarters of the major studios and home of Hollywood itself — has barely appeared in a big-screen blockbuster.

This exodus of major film production is more than a blow to the state's ego; it's a big hit to its economy. As more states and foreign countries offer tax breaks and other financial incentives to lure films and television programs, California — and particularly Los Angeles — has hosted fewer of the high-value productions that provide local revenue and middle-class employment.

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Assemblyman Gatto Talks Campus Safety and Film/TV Jobs on KFI Radio

(Los Angeles) - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) was a guest recently on KFI Radio with host Lisa Ann Walter to talk about two bills he has authored. Gatto’s Assembly Bill 1433 would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated. It would require colleges to immediately report certain crimes occurring on or near campus to local law enforcement, provided the victim does not request anonymity. Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, would expand and improve the State’s current program to keep production jobs in California. You can hear the entire interview here: (15:58)

 

Remembering the Victims of the Armenian Genocide

(Sacramento) - During the annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide on the Assembly Floor, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) delivered a speech about the those tragic events and shared the stories of two Genocide survivors. Assemblyman Gatto was a proud co-author of Assembly Joint Resolution 35, designating the week of April 20 to 26, 2014, as “California Week of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.” The measure also urges the Congress and the President of the United States to observe the California Week of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

 

Push For Change After Skateboarder Paralyzed in Hit-And-Run

After a slew of tragic hit-and-run collisions this year, including one involving a popular skateboarder left paralyzed in Santa Monica, a recent bill has garnered recognition for its stringent cause to hunt down and hold fugitive drivers accountable.

The legislation in question, Assembly Bill 1532, seeks to add a driver’s license suspension to those convicted of hit and runs, including incidents in which injuries are deemed “minor.” Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) is the bill’s lead author and main sponsor.

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Animal Protection Bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto Would Increase Funding for Shelters, Save Lives

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) introduced new legislation today to provide funds to local animal agencies that comply with the “Hayden Law,” and to fund a new $10 million program to help prevent needless killing of dogs and cats in California shelters.

“The state can do a better job supporting our local network of shelters,” said Assemblyman Gatto, who is a member of the California Animal Protection Caucus.  “Too many animals die every year in animal shelters.  And our funding of the shelters often leads to paradoxical policies that end up rewarding euthanasia.”

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California film tax credit bill OKd by Assembly panel

SACRAMENTO — Proposed legislation aimed at providing more tax credits to attract so-called runaway movie and television productions back to the industry's birthplace in California won initial approval from a legislative committee Tuesday.

The proposal would renew and increase a state tax credit — amounting to as much as $400 million a year — to better compete with generous tax subsidies available in more than 40 states, including New York, Louisiana, New York and Michigan, as well as studios in Canada and Britain.

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California Legacy number plates

The California DMV has an awesome program which will enable you to order reproduction 1950 (yellow and black), 1960 (black and yellow) and 1970's ( blue and yellow) style number plates for your car or bike registered in California. This was created as California Vehicle Code Section 5004.3 and was added by Assembly Bill 1658 (Gatto), enacted in the 2012 Legislative session.

For the program to be implemented and for the plates to be made, at least 7500 of the style of plates need to be ordered and paid for. The plates can be put on any vehicle and is not part of the YOM program, which is for 1972 and older vehicles only. Currently the most popular is the black and yellow plate which has 5383 orders.

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Landmark Recycled-Water Bill Clears First Legislative Hurdle

Legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto Would Create New Sources of Clean Water

Sacramento, CA – Most homeowners want cheaper water bills.  If provided the infrastructure, they'd gladly use recycled water to wash cars and irrigate lawns.  Many cities have vast reservoirs of recycled water.  If provided a market, they'd gladly allow the water to be used for more than just landscaping medians.  Drought-scorched California moved one step closer to a sensible marriage of these interests, as the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee passed AB 2282 by a vote of 7-0.  The ground-breaking legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), would require the state to adopt building standards for recycled water in newly constructed commercial and residential buildings, helping California integrate recycled water, and 21st-century technology, into its water-supply portfolio for the future.

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Assemblyman Gatto Wants to Take Hit and Run Drivers Off the Roads

(Los Angeles) – California has been suffering from a hit-and-run epidemic, most notably in Los Angeles where there are nearly 20,000 such incidents reported annually.  If a guilty driver is caught, many times the punishment is merely a slap on the wrist—even if the driver strikes a person, but doesn’t cause serious, permanent injuries.  California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) wants to change that gap in the law with Assembly Bill 1532.  If passed, AB 1532 would require a six month suspension of the driver’s license of a convicted hit-and-run driver if they strike a person, even though they don’t cause serious injury or death.   KTTV Fox 11 News covered the story.  Watch it in this Assembly Assets Video.

 

A Call to Action: L.A. Community Comes Together to Tackle Climate Change

It's easy to get caught up in your "average" Saturday morning in Los Angeles' Griffith Park neighborhood: a warm, spring sunshine, joggers and walkers lining its paths, families setting up the BBQ and piñatas for afternoon birthday gatherings, and residents practicing Qigong under its trees.

For those of us who grew up here, this is quintessential L.A., a visual display of diversity, well-being and community that many of us cherish – and would like to preserve for future generations.

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  • Thursday, August 16 2012
    Car Nostalgia Gets A Boost

    After a summer of strife in Sacramento over missing park funds, competing tax proposals, and bickering over pensions, lawmakers actually did something nice Thursday. They sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that, in a nod to nostalgia, allows the state to revive and re-issue license plates seen on California cars…

  • Wednesday, August 15 2012
    Gov. Jerry Brown weighs protections for California sports fans

    Gov. Jerry Brown is weighing a proposal to better protect sports fans from violence at California's professional football stadiums, hockey arenas and baseball parks. In the wake of violent incidents across the state, including the 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium, the Legislature this…

  • Monday, August 13 2012
    Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Protect Senior Citizens Heads to Governor for Signature

    Sacramento, CA – AB 1624, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D–Los Angeles), an important measure to protect senior citizens and others from having their bank accounts drained, cleared its final legislative hurdle today, passing the State Assembly on concurrence by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 78-0. The bill now heads…

  • Monday, August 13 2012
    Mike Gatto's Stadium Violence Prevention Bill Heads to the Governor

    Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 2464, the Improving Personal Safety at Stadiums Act, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), passed the Senate today by a 36-0 vote.  The Act would require major-league sports stadiums in California to clearly post the numbers fans can use to call or text-message stadium…

  • Monday, August 13 2012
    Assemblyman Mike Gatto Bill to Allow Motorists to Show Proof of Auto Insurance on Their Smartphones Heads to Governor

    Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Assembly Bill 1708, a measure which would give California drivers the option to present their proof of auto insurance in electronic form, such as on a smartphone or other personal electronic device, was passed by the Assembly on a vote of 78-1…

  • Saturday, August 11 2012
    Gatto appointed to Appropriations Committee

    Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) was appointed this week as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, where he will have significant sway over funding decisions, including those that could benefit the 43rd district. House Speaker John Perez made the appointment because Gatto is a "talented legislator" who can gather support…

  • Thursday, August 02 2012
    Recycled Water for Carwashes is Common Sense

    Carwashes are among the biggest retail users of water. And unlike restaurants or schools or homes, the water used in carwashes is meant to get dirty. So does it make sense to wash a dirt-encrusted Jeep with drinking water? That's the premise behind my Assembly Bill 2230. It would require…

  • Friday, July 27 2012
    Veterans Closer to Completing Two Strike War Memorial Wall

    Assemblyman Mike Gatto presented a $5,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation to restoring the Two Strike Park veteran war memorial wall. The call to action started in 2006, when Army Spc. Nicholas Steinbacher was killed in Iraq. After Steinbacher's death, Veterans of Foreign War Post 1614 and American Legion…

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