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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, Marianna Gatto, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell -- The "Joseph Anthony Gatto Memorial Square" sign unveiled today at West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake June 19, 2015

Joseph Gatto honored, murder still unsolved

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... Read More →

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Chris Rizzotti wins major endorsement in Burbank City Council race

Realtor and Burbank Planning Board Vice-Chair, Chris Rizzotti, has picked up a major endorsement in the Burbank City Council race from local Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles). The nomination period for that 2015 race doesn’t open until next month, but Rizzotti has been running hard since announcing his candidacy back in March. He was the first candidate to officially toss his hat in the ring for two seats on the city council. Journalist, Will Rogers, and Burbank Police Commissioner, Elise Stearns-Niesen, have come... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Production shoot at Tony's Bella Vista on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank March 6, 2014

Governor Brown signs historic film tax credit bill

A lot cheering going on in the state’s entertainment industry today, after Governor Brown signed into law that landmark tax film credit bill. The governor signed Assembly Bill 1839, yesterday in Hollywood surrounded by legislative representatives and dozens of film and television workers, according to a posting on the official website.  The bill will  expand California’s existing $100 million tax credit to $330 million annually. . The Southland entertainment industry has lobbied hard for the measure seeing it as a way to keep jobs in... Read More →

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D) 43rd District

Bill to protect victims of college violence clears state Assembly

A  state bill, which would force colleges to report certain violent crimes to local authorities, cleared an important hurdle today. The California Assembly passed AB 1433 by an overwhelming vote of 74-0. The legislation, authored by local Assemblyman Mike Gatto, would require colleges  to report attacks like sexual assaults, particularly rape, and hate crimes to police, unless the victim asked that it not be reported to authorities.  Recently several California colleges, among them USC and Occidental College, have come under scrutiny for their handling of these type of... Read More →

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A $50,000 reward announced in search for killer of Joseph Gatto

Los Angeles Police detectives today announced the offer of a $50,000 reward in the unsolved murder of Joseph Gatto, the father of state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D) 43rd District. Assemblyman Gatto joined police and some local leaders in making the announcement. The body of the elder Gatto was discovered in his Silver Lake home on November 13, 2013. Gatto reportedly died from a “single gunshot wound.” Investigators determined the victim’s death occurred “… approximately 24 hours before he was discovered by family members.” The reward is being offered for information... Read More →

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Funeral services today for the murdered father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto

A huge turnout in the Los Feliz area today for the funeral of Joseph Gatto, the father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto. More than a thousand mourners attended services at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 2060 North Vermont Avenue, according to KNX 1070 Newsradio. Joining the family, relatives, and friends, members of the State Assembly as well as local politicians and dignitaries. Joseph Gatto, a well-liked retired teacher and artist, was found shot to death in his Silver Lake home on November 13. A team... Read More →

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Photo:AMurray/Bagcy--  Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Tuskegee Airman (retired) Lt. Colonel Robert J. Friend Veterans Day Burbank November 11, 2013

Photo Flashback: Honoring a veteran on Veterans Day

A Veterans Day ceremony was held at the McCambridge Park War Memorial at the corner of Amherst Drive and San Fernando Road in Burbank on November 11, 2013. Tuskegee Airman (retired) Lt. Colonel Robert “Bob”  J. Friend, 93, was the guest speaker. Among the acknowledgments, Friend received a certificate of recognition from the California Assembly. Friend was one of the first African-American pilots to serve in the U.S. military.  He trained at Tuskegee, Alabama. He was assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group and was stationed in Europe during World War... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Assemblyman Mike Gatto's Office : Mike Gatto and father, Joseph, at his first term swearing in ceremony June 10, 2010

Funeral services set for the father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Preparation are underway for the funeral of Joseph Gatto, the father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto. The assemblyman’s office announced the services will be this coming Monday, November 25, 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church ,2060 North Vermont Avenue, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. A private reception and graveside burial will follow the funeral mass, according to a news release. Meanwhile, LAPD detectives continue the investigation into the shooting the death of the family patriarch. The 78-year-old retired art and design teacher was discovered slumped... Read More →

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D) 43rd District

Tragedy in Silver Lake: Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s father gunned down

A tragedy in Silver Lake is resonating through Burbank, the Southland, and all the way to Sacramento. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s father was found shot to death in his Silver Lake home last night. Today, a team of Los Angeles Police detectives, headed by the robbery-homicide division, reportedly searching the scene and the neighborhood surrounding 78-year-old Joseph Gatto’s home for clues, according to the L.A. Times website. Early media reports say Gatto’s sister, Marianna Gatto, became concerned after her father did not show up for their traditional Wednesday night... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Flowers and a USA flag on a gravesite of a veteran at Grand View in Glendale on Memorial Day May 30, 2011

City Buzz: Mike Gatto’s pension bill, funds for needy kids to go to camp fall short, and Grand View opens after restoration

Local Assemblyman Mike Gatto  (D-Los Angeles) is very busy these days championing various legislation up in Sacramento.  Yesterday, the California State Assembly passed AB 1369, authored by Gatto. This measure, reportedly passed by a 62-0 vote, would stop criminals from using illegal tax deductions. Recently, Gatto authored ACA 11 which would raise the threshold for amending the state constitution. And he co-authored ACA 6, which would require any ballot initiative that proposes a new program explain how the program is going to be paid for. Then on June first, the... Read More →

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Photo: website -- California Governor Schwarzenegger holds news conference to discuss the passing of the budget in Sacramento 10/08/10

News, Politics & Issues

Governor signs new budget with deep cuts for the needy Finally, following weeks no months of haggling, the state has a new budget. My relief  over the passage of the budget is tempered by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last minute act of cruelty and elitism. After a hard fought compromise in the legislature, the governor used his line veto to slash more than $960 million from the budget before signing it yesterday. All of the governor’s cuts were directed at social programs including aid to families moving off of welfare and mental health services for children with... Read More →

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