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Mike Gatto visits Glendale College
Mike Gatto visits Glendale College
Published: 2014/03/21
Channel: Glendale Community College
SB277 Unconstitutional - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (District 43)
SB277 Unconstitutional - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (District 43)
Published: 2015/06/27
Channel: Tom Bristol
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Opens Up About Father
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Opens Up About Father's Murder
Published: 2014/05/30
Channel: CBS Los Angeles
Local Edition with CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D)
Local Edition with CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D)
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: CharterLocalEdition
Mike Gatto - The Phone Box
Mike Gatto - The Phone Box
Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: Mike Gatto Music
Documentary - Mike Gatto
Documentary - Mike Gatto
Published: 2009/12/07
Channel: Mattyfresh4
The Ben Shapiro Show Ep. 247 - The Left Gets Violent at Berkeley
The Ben Shapiro Show Ep. 247 - The Left Gets Violent at Berkeley
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: The Daily Wire
Mike Gatto Discusses the Entertainment Industry
Mike Gatto Discusses the Entertainment Industry
Published: 2010/04/29
Channel: mikegatto4assembly
Mike Gatto Debates Ben Shapiro on the Daily Wire
Mike Gatto Debates Ben Shapiro on the Daily Wire
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: 43District
Mike Gatto Protects Small Businesses From Meritless Lawsuits
Mike Gatto Protects Small Businesses From Meritless Lawsuits
Published: 2013/07/10
Channel: AssemblyAssets
Mike Gatto Discusses Bipartisanship
Mike Gatto Discusses Bipartisanship
Published: 2010/04/29
Channel: mikegatto4assembly
Mike Gatto Forces Circumcision On Children Of California: AB768 Hearing (1 of 2)
Mike Gatto Forces Circumcision On Children Of California: AB768 Hearing (1 of 2)
Published: 2011/08/28
Channel: Barefoot Intactivist
Mike Gatto Discusses California
Mike Gatto Discusses California's Budget and Taxes
Published: 2010/04/29
Channel: mikegatto4assembly
Charter Local Edition with CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto (Ret.)
Charter Local Edition with CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto (Ret.)
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: CharterLocalEdition
"Mike Gatto For a Day" by Jarvis & Daulton
"Mike Gatto For a Day" by Jarvis & Daulton
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Mike Gatto Is A Sweet Dude
Charter Local Edition with CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D)
Charter Local Edition with CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D)
Published: 2016/03/15
Channel: CharterLocalEdition
Mike Gatto - Fast Cars & Razorblades [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Mike Gatto - Fast Cars & Razorblades [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Published: 2013/04/23
Channel: Mike Gatto Music
Mike Gatto Loves Kiss
Mike Gatto Loves Kiss
Published: 2009/01/26
Channel: powtypowty
TGM Feat: Mike Gatto -
TGM Feat: Mike Gatto - 'Get By'
Published: 2011/04/12
Channel: Paul Shrimpton
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Helps Constituent Cut Through Red Tape
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Helps Constituent Cut Through Red Tape
Published: 2012/04/20
Channel: AssemblyAccess
Who is Mike Gatto?
Who is Mike Gatto?
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: Caitlin Julia
Mike Gatto Discusses Campaign Finance Reform.
Mike Gatto Discusses Campaign Finance Reform.
Published: 2010/05/10
Channel: mikegatto4assembly
Mike Gatto Speaks on Bill to Protect Tribal Sacred Sites
Mike Gatto Speaks on Bill to Protect Tribal Sacred Sites
Published: 2013/07/15
Channel: AssemblyAccess
Mike Gatto Music Covers Montage 1
Mike Gatto Music Covers Montage 1
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: Mike Gatto Music
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Discusses AB 139 on Talk Radio 790 KABC
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Discusses AB 139 on Talk Radio 790 KABC
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: BaroutiLaw
Assemblymember Mike Gatto Endorses Eric Garcetti for Mayor
Assemblymember Mike Gatto Endorses Eric Garcetti for Mayor
Published: 2013/04/22
Channel: GarcettiForMayor2013
Video Clip: Why Mike Gatto is Running
Video Clip: Why Mike Gatto is Running
Published: 2010/04/29
Channel: mikegatto4assembly
Mike Gatto Speaks at City of Glendale
Mike Gatto Speaks at City of Glendale's Armenian Genocide Memorial
Published: 2013/06/10
Channel: AssemblyAssets
Pro Tools Drums - Mike Gatto The Phone Box
Pro Tools Drums - Mike Gatto The Phone Box
Published: 2011/07/19
Channel: Mike Gatto Music
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Video: Preventing Pension Abuse video
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Video: Preventing Pension Abuse video
Published: 2011/05/04
Channel: AssemblyAccess
You Got It - Roy Orbison Acoustic Cover by Mike Gatto
You Got It - Roy Orbison Acoustic Cover by Mike Gatto
Published: 2016/10/20
Channel: Mike Gatto Music
Ladies and Gentelmen - Mike Gatto
Ladies and Gentelmen - Mike Gatto
Published: 2010/09/21
Channel: cinephotorooms
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Video: Key Water Conservation Measure Passes the Assembly Unanimously
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Video: Key Water Conservation Measure Passes the Assembly Unanimously
Published: 2011/06/02
Channel: AssemblyAccess
Africa - Toto (Mike Gatto Live Acoustic Cover)
Africa - Toto (Mike Gatto Live Acoustic Cover)
Published: 2016/02/15
Channel: Mike Gatto Music
Mike Gatto, California State Assembly Member
Mike Gatto, California State Assembly Member
Published: 2011/04/21
Channel: TWCLocalEditionWest
Mike Gatto Music Covers Montage 2
Mike Gatto Music Covers Montage 2
Published: 2016/02/05
Channel: Mike Gatto Music
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Calls For Constitutional Convention to Overturn Citizens United
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Calls For Constitutional Convention to Overturn Citizens United
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: AssemblyAccess
Don
Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House (Acoustic cover by Mike Gatto)
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: Mike Gatto Music
Mike Gatto Discusses Term Limits
Mike Gatto Discusses Term Limits
Published: 2010/05/10
Channel: mikegatto4assembly
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Seeks to Protect California
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Seeks to Protect California 's Constitution
Published: 2013/06/04
Channel: AssemblyAccess
Lee Paul and Mike Gatto - What Hurts the Most (Live cover - Rascal Flatts)
Lee Paul and Mike Gatto - What Hurts the Most (Live cover - Rascal Flatts)
Published: 2016/02/22
Channel: Lee Paul
Mike Gatto Live
Mike Gatto Live
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: Amv Live Music
Mike Gatto
Mike Gatto's First Round Questions
Published: 2010/03/23
Channel: BurbankDems
Mike Gatto Discusses Bipartisanship and Common Decency
Mike Gatto Discusses Bipartisanship and Common Decency
Published: 2010/05/10
Channel: mikegatto4assembly
Mike Gatto Leads Fight To Protect Children, Calls For Audit Of Counties
Mike Gatto Leads Fight To Protect Children, Calls For Audit Of Counties' Child Protective Services
Published: 2013/06/10
Channel: AssemblyAccess
Mike Gatto residence
Mike Gatto residence
Published: 2010/11/21
Channel: bkpvkcrew
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Fights to Overturn Citizens United
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Fights to Overturn Citizens United
Published: 2013/04/17
Channel: AssemblyAccess
Mike Gatto Says Enterprise Zone Need Reforming
Mike Gatto Says Enterprise Zone Need Reforming
Published: 2013/07/15
Channel: AssemblyAccess
Happy Together - The Turtles (Mike Gatto Live Acoustic Cover)
Happy Together - The Turtles (Mike Gatto Live Acoustic Cover)
Published: 2016/02/15
Channel: Mike Gatto Music
Assemblyman Mike Gatto
Assemblyman Mike Gatto's "Break a Rib Comment".
Published: 2014/08/11
Channel: redspotincd14
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Mike Gatto
CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 43rd district
In office
June 10, 2010 – November 30, 2016
Preceded by Paul Krekorian
Succeeded by Laura Friedman
Personal details
Born (1974-10-19) October 19, 1974 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Danielle Gatto
Residence Glendale, California[1]
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.)
Loyola Law School (J.D.)
Website mikegatto.com

Michael Anthony "Mike" Gatto (born October 19, 1974)[2] is an American public official. After being elected to the California State Assembly, he served as Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the Consumer Protection & Privacy Committee, and Chairman of the Utilities & Commerce Committee, and was the author of several pieces of notable legislation.

Data analyses of the voting records conducted by the Sacramento Bee newspaper concluded that Gatto was among the most independent Assemblymembers.[3][4]

Gatto currently serves on the state of California's Delta Stewardship Council, an entity tasked with supplying the state with water and meeting the state's environmental goals.[5]

Early Life, Education, and Previous Career[edit]

Gatto grew up in the Franklin Hills and Silver Lake neighborhoods of Los Angeles.[citation needed] His grandfather was an immigrant coal miner.[citation needed]

Gatto earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996[2][6] and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2004.[2][6]

He worked as an aide to Congressman Brad Sherman[2][6] for five years,[7] during and after law school. As an attorney, he worked first at O'Melveny & Myers and later at Mayer Brown; his practice focused on representing small- and medium-sized businesses to resolve issues with the government.[citation needed] Gatto also served in the administrations of three different mayors of Los Angeles as President of the El Pueblo (Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority) Commission.[8]

Elections to the Assembly[edit]

Gatto won three elections in seven weeks in 2010, and was sworn into the Assembly in mid-June.[7] During the election, Gatto secured the endorsement of the Los Angeles Daily News, which wrote that Gatto was "fiscally minded and intelligent... the kind of legislator California needs."[9]

Gatto's 43rd Assembly District includes Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, and the Los Angeles communities of Atwater Village, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, the Hollywood Hills, and half of Hollywood.

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 43rd State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Gatto (incumbent) 28,354 67.0
Republican Todd Royal 13,985 33.0
Total votes 42,339 100.0
General election
Democratic Mike Gatto (incumbent) 51,971 66.5
Republican Todd Royal 26,192 33.5
Total votes 78,163 100.0
Democratic hold

Legislative career[edit]

In 2010, Gatto introduced legislation to reduce municipal pension costs. His bill sought to cap the exposure of well-managed cities when less frugal (or corrupt) municipalities offered top officials large salaries.[10]

In October 2010, Gatto authored ACA 4, an enhanced version of a Rainy Day Fund (or "savings account") for the State of California. The constitutional amendment mandated that the legislature, during years of strong revenues, follow a strict program limiting expenditures. First, the state would have to fulfill all obligations to education, then deposit up to 10% of general fund revenues into a savings account, to be used during years of weak revenue. After that, the state would be mandated to pay down bond debt. Gatto's Rainy Day Fund legislation passed both houses of the legislature and was approved by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.[11]

In the 2011-2012 session, Gatto served as Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California Assembly.[12][13]

One of Gatto's bills in 2011 would have required the state to study embedding piezoelectric sensors in state highways, which produce electrical energy by the vibrations vehicles make as they traverse the pavement.[14]

Gatto authored the California Homemade Food Act to allow small startup businesses to produce certain food products without the regulations for large commercial operators applying to them.[15] The Act was noted by KCRA as being beneficial to small businesspeople in the food-production sector.[16]Forbes Magazine stated the measure "created over a thousand local businesses."[17]

In August 2012, Gatto was appointed chair of the assembly's Appropriations Committee.[13]

In September 2012, Gatto introduced a bill requiring the California DMV to establish the California Legacy License Plate Program, bringing back exact replicas of black license plates issued in California in the 1960s.[18][19]

Gatto's 2013 legislation included a bill to forbid cities from writing tickets to motorists who park at broken parking meters that a city has failed to repair.[20] He also authored legislation which would give small businesses a safe harbor for correcting deficiencies in Proposition 65 warnings without being subject to financial penalties and lawsuits, the first substantive Prop. 65 reform ever.[21] Gatto also authored legislation to make better use of carpool lanes during off-peak hours.[22]

In mid-2013, Gatto pushed for an audit of the Child Protective Services departments in the state of California, based on the concern that they were not spotting child abuse fast enough.[23]

In 2014, Gatto introduced legislation to force Congress to address campaign-finance reform.[24] He introduced a number of measures to address hit-and-run crashes.[25] Gatto also introduced measures to curb child abuse at elementary schools,[26] and to address the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses.[27]

In 2014, Gatto also authored and got signed into law significant legislation to keep film and television production jobs in California.[28]

Two measures of Gatto's in 2014 were novel for government. One was a "Wiki-bill", using a Wikipedia-like platform to allow the public to draft legislation in the open.[29] The other was a "Government X-Prize, whereby members of the public could win awards for providing the government with intellectual property (patents or plans) to make government processes more efficient.[30]

Gatto was the lead Los Angeles negotiator for the California Water Bond of 2014, securing just under a billion dollars for the Los Angeles region to clean up polluted groundwater reservoirs, which were still full despite the California drought, so that the region did not need to import so much water from elsewhere.[31]

In 2015, Gatto introduced legislation to restrict the ability of government to store indefinitely the blood and DNA of newborn children and to crack down on government selling the blood to for-profit researchers for experimentation without the knowledge of parents.[32] He teamed up with Kerri Kasem, daughter of Casey Kasem, to author a bill allowing adult children of seniors to obtain visitation rights for their loved ones.[33]

Also in 2015, Gatto authored a major probate reform bill that allows homeowners to pass their property to loved ones without hiring a lawyer, paying to create a trust, or facing the cost and bureaucracy of probate. Of this bill, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association said, "Other than Proposition 13, there is no greater bill that we support for this year." [34]

In December 2015, Gatto was named Chairman of the Utilities and Commerce Committee, and immediately announced an investigation into the Aliso Canyon gas leak.[35] After a number of scandals rocked the California Public Utilities Commission, Gatto introduced a constitutional amendment to break up the agency. [36][37]

Analyses and awards[edit]

Gatto has one of the best attendance records in legislature, and one of the longest streaks of not missing a vote for any legislator nationwide.[4][38] For example, in the 2013-2014 session, Gatto had the only perfect attendance record in the California legislature, not missing one of the Assembly's 5,897 votes.[39]

In 2013, Mike Gatto earned the Robert F. Kennedy Leadership Award from the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats.[40]

In 2012, a data analysis conducted by the Sacramento Bee newspaper on voting records concluded that Mike Gatto was the second-most independent democratic legislator in the California State Assembly.[3] Subsequent analyses by the same newspaper have confirmed the same.[4]

Gatto has been published in several publications on the topic of monetary and fiscal policy, and their effect on income inequality and wealth disparity.[41][42][43]

Personal life[edit]

Gatto is married to Danielle Gatto.[2][6] They have two young daughters and a son.[44][45] He is a cousin to astronaut Mario Runco Jr.[46]

On November 12, 2013, Gatto's father, Joseph Gatto was murdered in a home-invasion robbery at his home in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 78.[47][48] The crime is unsolved.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Assemblyman Gatto, About". 17 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e California State University-Fullerton Government Relations Department web page Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b "See most, least independent state legislators". 
  4. ^ a b c http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article36644625.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ {{cite web|url=http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/docs/delta-stewardship-council-february-23-24-2017-meeting-cover-memo
  6. ^ a b c d "Assembly Member Mike Gatto Biography - Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Kevin Modesti (14 April 2010). "Attorney Mike Gatto wins Democratic bid for vacant Assembly seat". Los Angeles Daily News. 
  8. ^ "About Mike". 
  9. ^ Kevin Modesti (21 May 2010). "Vote for Gatto: Fiscally minded and intelligent, he's the kind of legislator California needs". Los Angeles Daily News. 
  10. ^ Bill Kisliuk (19 August 2010). "Gatto introduces bill to ease pension burden following Bell scandal". Glendale News-Press. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Political Landscape: Gatto's measure would help Rainy Day Fund". 
  12. ^ "Political Landscape: Gatto garners post and speaker positions". Glendale News-Press. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Mark Kellam (11 August 2012). "Gatto to Chair Appropriations Committee". Glendale News-Press. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Ovidiu Sandru (11 February 2011). "New Bill Could Allow California to Harness Power Otherwise Lost as Cars Travel Over Pavement". The Green Optimistic. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Short, April M. (3 April 2012). "Homemade in California". Santa Cruz Good Times. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Cottage Law: Helps California Entrepreneurs". KCRA. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "California Legalized Certain Food Production Enterprises, Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses". 
  18. ^ http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120AB1658.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/legacyplates/index.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Not So Eager Meters". 
  21. ^ "Editorial in Favor of Mike Gatto's AB 227". 
  22. ^ http://mikegatto.com/issues/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Sammy Nikolayev CPS case triggers statewide audit". 
  24. ^ "Can California ignite a prairie fire?". 
  25. ^ "Gatto Legislation Would Create Alert System For Hit-and-Run Crashes". 
  26. ^ "New law will finally require training teachers to report child abuse". 
  27. ^ "New California Bill Would Change Rules for Reporting Rapes on College Campuses". 
  28. ^ "To not nix pix, California must use tax trix". 
  29. ^ "State Assemblyman Mike Gatto Uses Wiki to Draft Laws". 
  30. ^ "California Government X-Prizes". 
  31. ^ "Update on the Water Bond". 
  32. ^ "Protect DNA Privacy". 
  33. ^ http://mynewsla.com/government/2015/07/14/casey-kasems-ordeal-inspires-law-to-curb-elder-abuse/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  34. ^ "Die In California, Save $10,000". 
  35. ^ http://www.kabc.com/2015/12/30/assemblyman-mike-gatto-makes-porter-ranch-gas-leak-a-priority/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  36. ^ Cite error: The named reference San_Diego_Union_Tribune was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  37. ^ {{cite web|url= http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sdut-cpuc-reform-assembly-2016jun03-story.html
  38. ^ Phillip Reese (26 April 2011). "During last session, legislators missed 48,600 votes". The Sacramento Bee "The Public Eye" blog. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  39. ^ "Sacramento Update". 
  40. ^ "10th Annual RFK Awards".  San Fernando Valley Young Democrats web page. Retrieved 19 June 2013
  41. ^ "Fed Monetary Police Feeds Political Controversies, by Mike Gatto". 
  42. ^ "The Hill: Electing The Next President Is Electing The Head of The Federal Reserve, by Mike Gatto". 
  43. ^ "Feds Monetary Policies Stoke Income Inequality, by Mike Gatto". 
  44. ^ "CV Weekly: New Daughter for Mike Gatto". Crescent Valley Weekly. 8 October 2012. 
  45. ^ "Young Families Join Legislators at Swearing In Day at the Capitol". Sacramento Bee. 3 December 2012. 
  46. ^ "Illustrious Laghitans from Around the World". Laghitani nel Mondo. 
  47. ^ Bloomekatz, Ari. "Assemblyman Mike Gatto's father shot and killed in Silver Lake home". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  48. ^ "Assemblyman Mike Gatto's Father Found Shot". 

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