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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Calls For Constitutional Convention to Overturn Citizens United
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Calls For Constitutional Convention to Overturn Citizens United
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Mike Gatto sworn in as newest CA Assembly Member
Mike Gatto sworn in as newest CA Assembly Member
::2010/06/24::
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Mike Gatto visits Glendale College
Mike Gatto visits Glendale College
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Mike Gatto - Fast Cars & Razorblades [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Mike Gatto - Fast Cars & Razorblades [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
::2013/04/23::
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Assemblymember Mike Gatto Endorses Eric Garcetti for Mayor
Assemblymember Mike Gatto Endorses Eric Garcetti for Mayor
::2013/04/22::
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Mike Gatto Panders to Armenians, Incites Anger
Mike Gatto Panders to Armenians, Incites Anger
::2012/07/12::
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Helps Constituent Cut Through Red Tape
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Helps Constituent Cut Through Red Tape
::2012/04/20::
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto
Assemblyman Mike Gatto's "Break a Rib Comment".
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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)
::2011/08/27::
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Documentary - Mike Gatto
Documentary - Mike Gatto
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05 Mike Gatto
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Mike Gatto protects Union Slush Funds
Mike Gatto protects Union Slush Funds
::2012/06/21::
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TGM Feat Mike Gatto - Get By - OFFICIAL VIDEO
TGM Feat Mike Gatto - Get By - OFFICIAL VIDEO
::2011/04/12::
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Newcastle College - Sesh 1 presents Mike Gatto - A Guilty Kind of Pleasure
Newcastle College - Sesh 1 presents Mike Gatto - A Guilty Kind of Pleasure
::2012/07/07::
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Mike Gatto Forces Circumcision On Children Of California: AB768 Hearing (2 of 2)
Mike Gatto Forces Circumcision On Children Of California: AB768 Hearing (2 of 2)
::2011/08/27::
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Mike Gatto Band - I Saw Stars (LIVE)
Mike Gatto Band - I Saw Stars (LIVE)
::2012/07/09::
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Fights to Overturn Citizens United
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Fights to Overturn Citizens United
::2013/04/17::
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Video: Gatto Speaks on the Importance of Community Gardens
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Video: Gatto Speaks on the Importance of Community Gardens
::2011/06/16::
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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
::2013/06/10::
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Mike Gatto, California State Assembly Member
Mike Gatto, California State Assembly Member
::2011/04/20::
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Mr Big support Mike Gatto Band - Castle Scenes Live Acoustic Duo
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::2011/09/14::
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Mike Gatto Protects Small Businesses From Meritless Lawsuits
Mike Gatto Protects Small Businesses From Meritless Lawsuits
::2013/07/10::
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Ladies and Gentelmen - Mike Gatto
Ladies and Gentelmen - Mike Gatto
::2010/09/21::
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Mike Gatto Sworn in as District 43 Assemblymember - State Assembly Video
Mike Gatto Sworn in as District 43 Assemblymember - State Assembly Video
::2010/06/10::
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Kathay Feng, Ca. Rep. Mike Gatto, and Ca. Sen. Ted Liew 28th Amendment Roadshow #GetMoneyOut
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Mike Gatto - The Phone Box
Mike Gatto - The Phone Box
::2012/02/09::
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CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto Addresses The 99Rise Occupiers
CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto Addresses The 99Rise Occupiers
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Seeks to Protect California
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Seeks to Protect California 's Constitution
::2013/06/04::
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Mike Gatto Says Enterprise Zone Need Reforming
Mike Gatto Says Enterprise Zone Need Reforming
::2013/07/15::
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Mr.Big O2 Academy, Mike Gatto Backstage Newcastle Part 1
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::2011/09/14::
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto
Assemblyman Mike Gatto's Father Shot, Killed
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Mr Big O2 Academy, Mike Gatto Backstage Newcastle Part 2
Mr Big O2 Academy, Mike Gatto Backstage Newcastle Part 2
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youve got a Friend in me- Randy Newman (Mike Gatto Cover)
youve got a Friend in me- Randy Newman (Mike Gatto Cover)
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Pro Tools Drums - Mike Gatto The Phone Box
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Speaks Out For Campaign Finance Reform
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Speaks Out For Campaign Finance Reform
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Mike Gatto on What We Should Expect of Our Legislators
Mike Gatto on What We Should Expect of Our Legislators
::2010/04/29::
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Mike Gatto - Too Old To Club - album sampler
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Fights to Overturn Citizens United
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Praises Los Angeles Stadium/Convention Center Legislation
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Video: Fighting to Protect Children from Toxic BPA Chemical in Baby Products
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Mike Gatto Speaks on Bill to Protect Tribal Sacred Sites
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Mike Gatto - Glance Beyond The Borderline - Live Acoustic
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Meet Mike Gatto
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Video Clip: Why Mike Gatto is Running
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Mike Gatto Fights to Protect Innocent Cities from Compensation Abuses - Assembly Video
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Assemblyman Mike Gatto Video:  Funding Auto Theft Task Force Units video
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Mike Gatto - Get Out Of My Head (Live, Newcastle)
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Mike Gatto
CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 43rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 10, 2010
Preceded by Paul Krekorian
Personal details
Born (1974-10-19) October 19, 1974 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Danielle Gatto
Residence Silver Lake, California
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)[1] is an American politician. In June 2010, after a series of three elections in eight weeks, the voters of California's 43rd State Assembly district elected him to the California State Assembly.

A data analysis of the voting records of California legislators conducted by the Sacramento Bee newspaper in 2012 concluded that Mike Gatto was the second-most independent Democratic Assembly member, voting against his party on just under 10% of contested votes.[2]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Gatto grew up in the Franklin Hills and Silver Lake neighborhoods of Los Angeles.[citation needed] His father was a public-school teacher, his grandfather a steelworker.[citation needed]

Gatto earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996[1][3] and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2004.[1][3]

He worked as an aide to Congressman Brad Sherman[4] for five years,[5] during and after law school.[citation needed] Once licensed to practice law, 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 and as President of the El Pueblo (Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority) Commission.[citation needed]

Elections to the Assembly[edit]

The pre-2012 43rd Assembly District included sections of Burbank, Glendale (including part of Montrose), La Crescenta, the Los Angeles communities of Atwater Village, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake and the San Fernando Valley communities of North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen and Van Nuys.[citation needed]

In January 2010, after Assemblyman Paul Krekorian resigned his position to take a seat on the Los Angeles City Council, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger scheduled a special election for April 13, 2010.[5] Gatto defeated two Democrats in the open primary with 32.3% of the vote and advanced to a June runoff election to determine who would fill out the remainder of Krekorian's term.[5] 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."[6]

On June 8, 2010, Gatto won both the runoff against Republican Sunder Ramani for Krekorian's unexpired term and a primary to run for a full term on the November 2010 ballot.[4] In November 2010, Gatto won election to that full term, with 65.9% of the vote.[7]

In November 2012, Gatto won reelection by a margin of 60.2% to 39.8%.[8]

Legislative career[edit]

In 2010, Gatto introduced legislation to reduce municipal pension costs. His bill sought to cap the exposure of conservatively managed cities when less frugal (or corrupt) municipalities offered top officials large salaries. Gatto was moved to introduce this legislation by the 2010 City of Bell salary controversy, where cities like Glendale had to underwrite approximately $411,000 in annual pension costs for Bell's former police chief.[9]

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

In the 2011-2012 session, Gatto served as Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California Assembly.[11][12] In 2011, Gatto expressed concern about California Proposition 25's effect on legislators' pay. He said the bill would create a financial hardship for his family.[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 businesses to produce certain food products without falling afoul of county regulations meant for commercial restaurants and bakeries.[15] The Act was noted by KCRA as being beneficial to small businesspeople in the food-production sector.[16]

In August 2012, Gatto was appointed chair of the assembly's Appropriations Committee.[12]

Gatto's 2013 legislation has included a bill to forbid cities from writing tickets to motorists who park at malfunctioning parking meters that the city has failed to repair.[17] He also authored legislation which would give businesses an opportunity to correct deficiencies in Proposition 65 warnings for common substances before being subject to financial penalties and lawsuits.[18] Gatto also authored legislation to help catch and punish hit-and-run drivers, and to make better use of carpool lanes during off-peak hours.[19]

In mid-2013, Gatto teamed up with controversial Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly to push for an audit of the Child Protective Services departments in the state of California.[20]

Analyses and awards[edit]

Gatto had one of the best attendance records in the legislature in 2011; he was one of three legislators who missed fewer than 1% of votes in the 2009-2010 session, for which he served a partial term.[21]

In 2013, Mike Gatto earned the Robert F. Kennedy Leadership Award from the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats.[22]

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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gatto is married to Danielle Gatto.[1][3] They have two young daughters.[23][24]

On November 14, 2013, Gatto's father, Joseph Gatto died of a gunshot wound at his home in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 78.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d California State University-Fullerton Government Relations Department web page Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "See most, least independent state legislators". 
  3. ^ a b c "Assembly Member Mike Gatto Biography - Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Kevin Modesti (18 October 2010). "Mike Gatto, Sunder Ramani compete for seat for a third time". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Kevin Modesti (14 April 2010). "Attorney Mike Gatto wins Democratic bid for vacant Assembly seat". Los Angeles Daily News. 
  6. ^ Kevin Modesti (21 May 2010). "Vote for Gatto: Fiscally minded and intelligent, he's the kind of legislator California needs". Los Angeles Daily News. 
  7. ^ "Election Results, Nov. 2, 2010, 43rd AD". 
  8. ^ "2012 Election Results, 43rd AD". 
  9. ^ Bill Kisliuk (19 August 2010). "Gatto introduces bill to ease pension burden following Bell scandal". Glendale News-Press. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Political Landscape: Gatto's measure would help Rainy Day Fund". 
  11. ^ "Political Landscape: Gatto garners post and speaker positions". Glendale News-Press. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Mark Kellam (11 August 2012). "Gatto to Chair Appropriations Committee". Glendale News-Press. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "89.3 KPCC radio interview with Patt Morrison". KPCC. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 3 July 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. ^ "Not So Eager Meters". 
  18. ^ "Editorial in Favor of Mike Gatto's AB 227". 
  19. ^ "2013 Legislation from Mike Gatto". 
  20. ^ "Sammy Nikolayev CPS case triggers statewide audit". 
  21. ^ Phillip Reese (26 April 2011). "During last session, legislators missed 48,600 votes". The Sacramento Bee "The Public Eye" blog. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "10th Annual RFK Awards".  San Fernando Valley Young Democrats web page. Retrieved 19 June 2013
  23. ^ "CV Weekly: New Daughter for Mike Gatto". Crescent Valley Weekly. 8 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "Young Families Join Legislators at Swearing In Day at the Capitol". Sacramento Bee. 3 December 2012. 
  25. ^ Bloomekatz, Ari. "Assemblyman Mike Gatto's father shot and killed in Silver Lake home". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

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