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Assemblyman, Forty-Third District
Chair, Appropriations Committee
Recent News in the 43rd District
Gatto's Bill to Ease Traffic on Los Angeles Freeways and Alleviate Driver Frustration Goes to Governor Brown
Legislation would create a pilot program to open carpool lanes during off-peak hours.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Gatto's (D-Los Angeles) bill to ease traffic congestion on the Los Angeles freeway system passed the Assembly today by a vote of 69-1. The bill, AB 405, addresses the infuriating midday and late-night traffic jams characteristic of the Los Angeles-area by permitting single-occupancy vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes during non-peak hours. The Senate approved the bill earlier this week with an unanimous 38-0 vote.
Mike Gatto's Hit-and-Run Legislation goes to Governor Brown in the Wake of Recent Tragedies
Bill by Los Angeles Assemblyman would extend the statute of limitations for hit-and-run offenders, bringing time, and hope, to injured victims.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto's (D-Los Angeles) bill to address the epidemic of hit-and-run offenses in California cleared its final legislative hurdle today, passing the Assembly by a 68-0 vote. The Senate passed the same legislation yesterday by a vote of 37-0. The legislation, AB 184, provides an additional tool to law-enforcement officers investigating hit-and-run offenses by extending the current three-year statute of limitations for such offenses to six years from the date of the offense.
Following a spate of fatal hit-and-run crashes in the Southland, state lawmakers today approved a bill extending the statute of limitations for such crimes from three years to six years.
In the last month, more than a dozen people were killed in hit-and-run collisions in Los Angeles and Orange counties, including seven victims in the city of Los Angeles, according to Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, who sponsored the legislation. Many others, including a three-year-old boy, were seriously injured by motorists who drove off after crashing into victims.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to help save California’s citrus industry from devastation passed the Senate today with a 38-0 vote. AB 571 would dedicate much-needed resources to stop the spread of Huanglongbing (HLB), a disease that destroys citrus trees and has no known cure.
HLB was spotted in Southern California last year but has not yet crossed into the Central Valley, where California’s citrus industry produces 82% of the nation’s fresh fruit and directly employs more than 14,000 people. If it does, growers are worried that our state’s citrus industry will be destroyed, taking thousands of jobs and more than $500 million dollars in tax revenue with it. Other jurisdictions have faced similar devastation – Florida, for example, lost 8,200 jobs and $4.5 billion in lost crops over the last five years. It has also hurt severely the citrus industry in Asia, Africa, Brazil, and Central America.
Elected officials and business and community leaders travel to the Capitol to discuss economic partnership, cultural exchange, and “mutual prosperity.”
Sacramento, CA - Assemblyman Mike Gatto met with Member Chul Rae Roh (노철래 대한민국 국회) of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and California Commissioner Hong Beom Rhee (이홍범 박사) yesterday afternoon at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The meeting provided a rare opportunity for Assemblyman Gatto, who has a significant Korean constituency, to discuss the unique concerns of Koreans in communities across California.
On February 17, Damian Kevitt was struck by a mini-van in Griffith Park while riding his bicycle. Kevitt was caught on the hood until the driver took off towards an I-5 ramp. Kevitt was sucked under the car and dragged for over 600 feet. His life was spared, in part because an alert driver used his car as a shield to block other traffic from running over his broken body on the Interstate.
His right leg was amputated. Bones throughout his body were shattered. As the search went on for his attacker, Assemblyman Mike Gatto dedicated legislation to Kevitt that would extend the statute of limitations for drivers who commit hit and runs to make it just a little easier to get malicious drivers off the road.
As a rule, The Soulvine tends to look askance at politicians I don’t know (and give the evil eye to many I do know), but I am not acquainted with nor have I ever met Mike Gatto, the assemblyman for the 43rd District, but I absolutely adore him! Gatto is taking action on issues that directly effect me — and you — everyday; and just I love it. It’s like he’s telepathic and has been reading my mind. For example, the Los Angeles City Council, and other local governments as well, passed ordinances allowing their cops and meter maids to ticket drivers who park at broken parking meters. Gatto wrote a bill, AB 61, which prohibits cities from fleecing motorists who park at broken meters. There was a California law against this from 1935 to 2012 — until greedy city councils like ours voted to change it.
Gatto is right. The meters belong to the city and it is the city’s responsibility to make sure they are working. If not, then tough; it’s the city’s problem, not mine! We taxpayers are already paying for street maintenance (which the city doesn’t do), meter acquisition and installation and meter upkeep, and yet they make us pay again if they don’t keep up the meters. Our City Council is crazy. Gatto’s AB 61 was approved by the Legislature by a vote of 36-1 on July 3 and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.
Bill by Mike Gatto would extend the statute of limitations for hit-and-run offenders, bringing time, and hope, to injured victims.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to address the epidemic of hit-and-run offenses in California cleared a key legislative hurdle today, passing the Senate Appropriations Committee by a 7-0 vote. The legislation, AB 184, provides an additional tool to law-enforcement officers investigating hit-and-run offenses by extending the current three-year statute of limitations for such offenses to six years from the date of the offense.
“AB 184 will allow victims of hit-and-runs and law enforcement to obtain justice from cowards who do everything possible to avoid responsibility for their actions,” said Gatto. “Thousands of hit-and-run victims suffer life-threatening injuries annually. Allowing the perpetrators to avoid prosecution just adds insult to these injuries.”
On Aug. 18, Assemblymember Mike Gatto spoke to the Cañada-Crescenta Democratic Club at a meeting hosted by Anthony and Ellen Portantino at their home.
At the meeting, Gatto answered questions from the audience on a variety of issues and spoke about what was happening in the state assembly.
Can you imagine being faced with the prospect of having to pay thousands of dollars to put up a $20 sign?
As crazy as it sounds, that’s exactly what happened to a coffee-shop owner from our area when he was threatened with a several hundred-thousand dollar lawsuit for allegedly failing to post a warning sign that beer can cause cancer. In 2012 and 2013, more than three dozen small businesses in Southern California (including several restaurants and cafés in Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles) were threatened with similar lawsuits—with some paying thousands of dollars in settlements and attorneys’ fees to avoid spending precious time and money defending themselves in court.
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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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