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Assemblyman, Forty-Third District
Chair, Appropriations Committee
Recent News in the 43rd District
Most people know little about parking meters except that they always run fast.
But those meters have figured in a political dispute this year pitting motorists against the cities, the cities against the state and the drivers against just about everybody. Gov. Brown, meanwhile, has weighed in on the side of the drivers.
Mike Gatto's AJR 12 Contains Cutting-Edge Proposal to Protect American Jobs and Industries, Stop Outsourcing
Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, the California Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) that directs the federal government to use its constitutional treaty powers to require trading partners to gradually raise their minimum wages, raising the standards of living in those countries, and making U.S. workers and exports more competitive.
Artificially depressed global wages, like Indonesia’s minimum wage of 46 cents an hour, make it nearly impossible for higher-paying nations to compete. These practices are increasingly viewed as a form of unfair trade, much like the currency manipulation that Mitt Romney so famously decried during his 2012 presidential campaign.
A few weeks ago we shared that there is an effort to take California license plates back to a more simpler, classic time by way reproducing plates from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The effort is very small and would bring a very design friendly plate to California cars, allowing your car to make a statement without you actually having to do all that much at the DMV. It only makes sense that such a “cool” little effort was started by an LA person. Who is responsible for it? Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a native Angeleno who represents the 43rd District, an area that covers Silver Lake, Glendale, Atwater Village, Burbank, Los Feliz, and more.
There are few urban spaces more fun to visit than a dog park, even if you don’t have a dog.
Dog parks are also essential for the cooped-up city dog without his or her own private field to romp through. And they’re usually a safe alternative to walking the dog. But, as with all publicly run spaces, there is the question of the municipality’s liability. And those kinds of concerns were stopping small and medium-size cities from opening dog parks.
SACRAMENTO.- California tiene una nueva ley que impide a las ciudades cobrar multas a los automovilistas que se estacionen en lugares con parquímetros rotos.
Al inicio de esta semana, el gobernador Jerry Brown hizo ley la medida AB61 del asambleísta demócrata de Los Ángeles, Mike Gato, la cual entrará en vigor el 1 de enero de 2014.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to help local governments create dog parks was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. The idea for the bill came from Glendale City Councilmember Laura Friedman, who told Gatto that liability concerns were preventing small- and medium-sized cities from siting dog parks.
“When Glendale was considering opening a dog park, one of the biggest concerns was protecting the City from liability,” said Friedman. “I approached Assemblyman Gatto and am glad to see real action to address this problem for Glendale and other cities.”
Creates uniform statewide policy, binding on all cities
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to prohibit local governments from fleecing motorists who park at broken parking meters was signed by Governor Brown today. Gatto introduced the bill in January 2013 due to outrage, both popular and personal, at cities who were changing their parking laws to make them unfair to motorists. The measure will ensure cities such as Los Angeles fix their broken meters in a responsive and timely manner by prohibiting them from ticketing cars parked at such meters.
In response to Assemblyman Gatto’s legislation, the Los Angeles City Council rushed to temporarily repeal their ordinance that allows for ticketing at broken meters, but voted to preserve their ability to reinstate the unfair policy after a six-month trial. AB 61 would eliminate this authority and allow motorists to park in spaces controlled by a broken meter for the maximum time allowed by the meter.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) saw two of his bills – one allowing drivers to park at broken meters, and another making it easier for cities to build dog parks - signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.
AB 265, which was based on an idea from Glendale City Councilmember Laura Friedman, reduces the liability cities bear when building dog parks.
Friedman said that by protecting municipalities from litigants, the bill makes it easier for more dog parks to be built.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto announced that he had secured $5,000 in funding for the purchase of iPad minis and eBooks to update the library collection and technology of Thomas Starr King Middle School in Los Angeles. At the Assemblyman's request, and after a review of Thomas Starr King’s qualifications, the Barona Band of Mission Indians awarded the middle school a “Barona Education Grant.” Assemblyman Gatto’s nomination focused on Thomas Starr King’s commitment to academic excellence and need for access to updated technology.
This is the third major grant that Gatto has secured for a Los Angeles-area school, including funding for a community garden for the students of College View Elementary School, from Western Growers Association and a new computer lab for Columbus Elementary School from the GTECH After-School Advantage program. "I have always considered philanthropy a duty of those who are able," said Gatto. "I thank the Barona Band of Mission Indians for stepping in to supply these children with the tools for learning in the 21st Century."
Burbank, CA – Dozens of local residents clambered into the virtual auditorium created by Assemblyman Gatto on July 10 to ask the Assemblyman questions about the community, legislation, and even a few on his personal interests and perspectives. The event, billed as a "No-Traffic Town-Hall Chat," was the first online event of its kind for Assemblyman Gatto, and inspired participation from constituents throughout the district. Gatto answered twenty-seven questions from about fifty people in one hour, or about one question every two minutes.
“I believe in being as accessible as possible,” said Gatto. “The Internet allows modern town-hall meetings to be available to everyone, including those who have work or childcare obligations that make it difficult to attend a traditional town hall. Holding an online town hall allows people to interact from the comfort and convenience of their home.”
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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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