The city of Los Angeles always seems to find creative ways to tax that ass, from $234 moving violations to broken-meter parking tickets.
An area state Assemblyman, Mike Gatto, is working to block the city from issuing the latter. Previous state legislation outlawed broken-meter tickets, but it allo ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times may have glowingly endorsed California State Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield for the southwestern San Fernando Valley's L.A. City Council District 3 race -- he's one of those politicians looking for greener pastures and to turn L.A. into "Sacramento South" -- but he's picked up at ... More >>
In the wake of Simone Wilson's excellent LA Weekly coverage of the city's hit-and-run crisis, including the revelation that nearly half of all vehicle collisions in town involve people who flee the scene, an L.A.-based state lawmaker wants to do something about it.
State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, who ... More >>
In some ways Los Angeles is becoming New York in the 1970s, a city of crumbling streets with a bully of a City Hall that could care less about constituents or justice.
Pot holes crack your wheels and eat your tires, traffic cops are quick to give fund-raising tickets, and parking citations are just ... More >>
By Hillel Aron
See also: Mike Gatto's Blogger Problem
Update: Assemblyman Mike Gatto has taken a comfortable lead. As of 12:30 AM, with 22.6% of precincts reporting, he leads his opponent Greg Krikorian by about 20 points.
Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto, representing the 43rd Assembly Distric ... More >>
Imagine a world where people could sell food prepared in their own kitchens. Sounds like a pre-Industrial Revolution bake sale, but it could very well be the near future. That is, if the Cottage Food Bill passes. The California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616), which is currently in Congress, would make ... More >>
Assemblyman Mike Gatto is preparing to introduce legislation in response to the alleged "pay-to-play" scandal at the L.A. County Assessor's Office.The bill focuses on tax agents, who are hired by property owners to push for lower appraisals. As the L.A. Weekly has reported, tax agents commonly contr ... More >>
A hipster's dream ride, realized by the California State Legislature!
Assemblyman Mike Gatto -- who appropriately represents L.A., car capital of California -- has proposed a rather petty bill to revive those fugly classic old license plates from the '50s, '60s and '70s.
"Car enthusiasts" could ch ... More >>
California drivers should be able to store proof of insurance and vehicle registration on their smartphones, says Mike Gatto, a state assemblyman for Los Angeles, in his proposed Assembly Bill 1708.
Which really makes us think: How does this not exist already?
Gatto feels the same way. "It only m ... More >>
Gov. Jerry Brown over the weekend said enough with the touchy-feely-we're-liberal-but-we're-still-going-to-tell-you-what-to-do b.s. that seems to permeate some of California's lefty cities.
More specifically, he said
Mean and green? Magnum P.I.Sorry Ed Begley Jr. and Al Gore (also junior). You're going be bummed when we pass your girly man Priuses in our 15-miles-per-gallon sports car, all the while smug knowing that we're green too. (We're going to design a piss-on-Priuses bumper sticker just to rub it i ... More >>
Assembly Felipe Fuentes: is he selling California laws?We've already reported that Los Angeles' State Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes is "The Worst Legislator in California," putting his name on laws that are actually ghostwritten by corporations, unions -- and anyone else Fuentes thinks he can sq ... More >>
In a startling upset, Gerrymandering Congressman Howard Berman wins again*OK, so we fibbed in the headline. The final results aren't in. But -- thanks to sleazy incumbent fixing of elections in California by the Berman brothers -- the new crop of California Senators, Assemblymen and Congressm ... More >>
Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-GlendaleMike Gatto is so new to the Legislature he still has that new-Assemblyman smell. He's still getting used to being trashed on the Internet, as we can tell from the cease and desist letter his attorneys sent the Mayor Sam blog this week.The offending blog posts wer ... More >>