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Assemblyman, Forty-Third District
Chair, Appropriations Committee
Recent News in the 43rd District
BURBANK (CBSLA.com) — Commuters who have long suffered from carpool lane envy could soon find some relief if one San Fernando Valley lawmaker has his way.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) has introduced Assembly Bill 405, a measure that will create a pilot program of sorts to ease such traffic congestion by permitting single-occupancy vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes – also known as carpool lanes – on the 134 Freeway during non-peak hours.
"I’ve gotten many tickets just cause I have missed the meter by a minute or so," she told KCRA 3 on Wednesday.
Shankle said she knows she is out of time, and has paid the price -- but she thinks it's unfair for a city to ticket drivers who park at meters that are broken.
Sacramento, CA – It's happened to anyone who lives in Southern California. A late-night accident or mysterious slowing clogs the rightmost freeway lanes, while the carpool lane sits empty. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Bill 405, a measure that will create a pilot program of sorts to ease such traffic congestion by permitting single-occupancy vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (also known as carpool lanes) on State Highway Route 134, during non-peak hours.
A recent CalTrans report indicated that Southern California’s HOV lanes are not being utilized to capacity during non-peak hours, leaving single-passenger vehicles idling in slow-going or stand-still lanes. Unlike Northern California, where HOV lane restrictions are in place only during peak commute hours, HOV lanes in Southern California, including those on the 134 Freeway, are restricted on a 24-hour basis.
Did you ever open a cookie stand hoping to rake in enough cash from sales to sympathetic neighbors to purchase the latest toy? If you answered yes, up until last year, you were breaking the law (!).
That's right, selling homemade food made in unlicensed commercial kitchens was prohibited, unless for charity, by statutes and local ordinances, many of which had been unchanged since the 1920s. Two San Francisco children even had their brownie stand shut down for lacking the appropriate permits.
Legislators meet with the Consul General of the Republic of Armenia
(From left to right) Asm. Adrin Nazarian, Asm. Katcho Achadjian, Deputy Consul General Artak Galstyan, Consul General Grigor Hovhannissian, Asm. Mike Gatto, Asm. Scott Wilk, Asm. Richard Bloom
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Mike Gatto and other legislators met with Grigor Hovhannissian, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia this afternoon at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The meeting provided a rare opportunity for Assemblymembers with significant Armenian constituencies to gather together and discuss the unique concerns of Armenians in communities across California.
Throughout the meeting, Consul General Grigor Hovhannissian emphasized the close ties between Armenia and California, both in terms of population and industry. Assemblyman Gatto reiterated the unique relationship and expressed his desire to work more closely with the Consul General and other Armenian officials.
"Armenian-American people are part of the backbone of some of California's most important industries," said Gatto. "From technology, to entertainment, to agriculture, people of Armenian decent have worked hard to help make California's economy, cultural diversity, and intellectual capacity thrive. By working together and building new partnerships, we can strengthen the relationship between these two great states and ensure a more prosperous and secure future for everyone."
Others in attendance at the meeting included Deputy Consul General Artak Galstyan, Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo).
For quite some time I have written about a small group of trial lawyers who have made it their practice to file shakedown lawsuits against businesses under the guise of Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
Prop 65 encourages “citizen enforcement,” i.e., lawsuits, against businesses and landlords who fail to adequately warn consumers if products or business areas will lead to exposure to certain chemicals at levels above specified thresholds. Presently, the state maintains a list of more than 800 chemicals, and damages for failing to properly notify the public can lead to lawsuits seeking damages of up to $2,500 per day.
Shakedown lawsuits have been a problem for business owners for years. States, including California, have passed laws to help protect the business owner from these lawsuits while continuing to support and protect the rights of the public. But the lawsuits have continued despite the efforts of legislators.
In response to a discussion with his Small Business Advisory Commission, Assemblymember Mike Gatto has taken action to help prevent these types of frivolous lawsuits.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has been appointed to the California Film Commission (CFC). The Film Commission enhances California's status as the leader in motion picture, television and commercial production by keeping film industry jobs and projects in the state. A one-stop office for filmmakers, the Commission supports productions of all sizes and budgets. Services include tax credits for in-state production, an extensive digital-location library, free-online permitting, low-cost use of state properties as shooting locations, and production assistance.
Assemblyman Gatto, who represents the 43rd Assembly District, has a particularly strong interest in the film and television industry. His district, which includes the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and a large portion of Hollywood, is home to numerous film and television studios and post-production facilities. The district is also home to thousands of people who rely on the health of the entertainment industry for their livelihoods.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced a bill today to help local governments create dog parks for their residents. Under current law, cities often hesitate to open dog parks because dog parks can subject cities to massive liability from litigants who claim, for example, that they were unaware of the potential dangers (i.e., dog bites) that can occur at such parks. Gatto’s AB 265 limits liability for cities and counties that operate dog parks. Cities must post signs to warn users that they enter a dog park at their own risk, and, because most cities do not patrol dog parks, that the city is not responsible for injuries suffered by park goers or their pets.
The idea for the bill came from a local city councilmember, who expressed to Gatto that cities would open more dog parks, but for the liability concerns. “Apparently, large cities and counties can ‘self-insure’ and absorb any potential liability,” said Gatto, “but for smaller and mid-size cities, the liability concerns are a major barrier to improving the lives of dog lovers.”
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced a bill today to help local governments createdog parks for their residents. Under current law, cities often hesitate to open dog parks because dog parks can subject cities to massive liability from litigants who claim, for example, that they were unaware of the potential dangers (i.e., dog bites) that can occur at such parks. Gatto’s AB 265 limits liability for cities and counties that operate dog parks. Cities must post signs to warn users that they enter a dog park at their own risk, and, because most cities do not patrol dog parks, that the city is not responsible for injuries suffered by park goers or their pets.
The idea for the bill came from a local city councilmember, who expressed to Gatto that cities would open more dog parks, but for the liability concerns.“Apparently, large cities and counties can ‘self-insure’ and absorb any potential liability,” said Gatto, “but for smaller and mid-size cities, the liability concerns are a major barrier to improving the lives of dog lovers.”
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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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