The late father of state Assemblyman, Mike Gatto, received a special honor today. A large street sign designating the t-intersection of West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake as “Joseph Anthony Gatto Memorial Square” was unveiled this morning at around 8 a.m. Assemblyman Gatto missed the unveiling ceremony reportedly due to a canceled flight and the important budget vote in Sacramento today.
Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge hosted the event in his district, right next to Ivanhoe Elementary School, where he says “hundreds of kids walk along the sidewalk” and will see the new Gatto sign. LaBonge praised Joseph Gatto as a “great father, great artist,” and exceptional teacher who drove through the neighborhood streets for more than 40 years. LaBonge called Gatto’s murder 19 months ago, a “terrible crime.”
Daughter Marianna Gatto says her father, “… would be tickled pink by this honor.” Also, she asked for the public’s help in finding the murderer. The 78 year-old Gatto was discovered slumped over his desk in his home near the Silver Lake Reservoir on November 12, 2013. He had been shot to death. A $50,000 reward is being offered in hopes of solving the case.
Anyone with information about the murder is asked to contact LAPD Robbery Homicide Detectives Barry Telis or Chris Gable at (213) 486-5910. If you want to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Also, there is a person of interest investigators would like to speak with as well. Details on that here.