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SACRAMENTO – The University of California system is overcrowded, with slots increasingly scarce for California’s growing population. California industries, from animation to aviation to app-design, are finding it increasingly difficult to find the specialized graduates they need. To solve these two problems, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has introduced AB 1483, legislation that will start the process for a new, public University of California campus. It will provide the much-needed extra capacity to meet demand, and promote the so-called STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). It can be thought of as a public version of Caltech.
Gatto’s legislation would start the process with the required study on the feasibility and potential locations for the campus. But it also appropriates $50 million for land acquisition and initial building costs for the future “UC-Tech” campus, once the UC Regents have determined the ideal location. This new campus would provide an elite technical education comparable to Caltech. However, with Caltech’s base tuition at $43,000 a year compared to the $13,000 base tuition for in-state students at UC, this elite public education would save California students at least $120,000 during the course of a four-year degree.
The California Assembly’s newly created Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee will hold its historic first hearing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. To engage the public, the committee’s Chairman, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) is inviting Californians from across the state to watch the live webcast of the hearing on calchannel.com and submit their questions to the committee, live, via a reddit “Ask Me Anything” or AMA event. Californians will be able to submit a question online and other reddit users will have the ability to vote questions up or down in the priority queue. Chairman Gatto will then ask the committee members to respond via the webcast.
SACRAMENTO – The first hearing for the newly created Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee hasn’t happened yet and already Committee Chairman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) is making history with the committee. Earlier today, Gatto announced that the Committee's first hearing would be streamed live on the popular web forum Reddit with participants from around the state being invited to “ask the committee members anything.”
“This committee belongs to the people of California,” said Gatto. “Privacy issues, especially in the internet and technology era, are among the most important policy issues facing the public. People crave privacy, and we must protect Californians while maintaining the creative environment that gives them innovative consumer products and services every day. The public will have the first shot at telling members of our committee what’s important to them.”
(Sacramento) - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) is fighting for hit-and-run victims in California. Assemblyman Gatto has reintroduced legislation to establish the “Yellow Alert” system, a tool which would empower the public to help solve hit-and-run crimes and help law enforcement agencies apprehend more hit-and-run drivers. Assembly Bill 8 would allow law-enforcement agencies to access the state’s system of changeable message signs and broadcast information about vehicles suspected in hit-and-run incidents. KPCC Radio’s AirTalk with Larry Mantel program featured an interview with Assemblyman Gatto to discuss the legislation. Hear the entire interview here: (16:13)
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) doubled down on his efforts to address California’s hit-and-run epidemic last December by reintroducing legislation to establish the “Yellow Alert” system. The alert system would empower the public to help solve more hit-and-run crimes and help law enforcement agencies apprehend more hit-and-run drivers.The widely praised legislation, AB 8, was reintroduced in December after similar legislation by Gatto was vetoed last year by Governor Brown despite bipartisan support from across the state. The Assemblyman appeared live on NPR’s AirTalk on February 9, discussing his proposal with callers and experts, who agreed it can make a real difference. Now, two local councilmembers have moved forward with plans to establish a similar system in Los Angeles while Gatto continues the fight in Sacramento.
“I’m happy that colleagues in Los Angeles have decided to follow my lead on this important issue,” said Gatto. “Hit-and-run victims and their families deserve to know that cowards who drive recklessly and purposefully avoid responsibility, will be caught, and will no longer be allowed to drive the streets.”
Los Angeles is launching a hit-and-run alert system that will publish information on social media about cars and drivers linked to fatal and other severe hit-and-runs.
City Hall officials announced the move Tuesday.
The city of L.A. sees about 20,000 hit-and-run collisions a year. The majority result only in property damage. But in 2014, 27 people died in hit-and-run crashes in Los Angeles, and 144 others were severely injured, the city said.
Can't we just call them the diamond lanes, as Southern Californians did when sections of our freeways were first reserved for carpoolers back in the 1970s?
No one, after all, calls them what Caltrans does: HOV lanes, for high-occupancy vehicles, which is a bureaucratic mouthful.
Call them what we will, it's fair to say motorists in these parts have a love-hate relationship with them. It can be undeniably sweet, those rare times you as a driver realize that you've got a passenger or two along for the ride, and that the diamond lane is racing like the wind whereas all the rest are clogged in nasty gridlock. Floor it! Let those poor low-occupancy vehicle commuters sit and stew.
(Sacramento) – In Southern California it happens on a regular basis. A late-night accident or mysterious slowing clogs most freeway lanes, while the carpool lane sits empty. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) is looking to ease that problem with Assembly Bill 210. AB 210 will create a pilot program to permit single-occupancy vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (also known as carpool lanes) on State Highway Route 210 and State Highway Route 134 during non-peak hours. Unlike Northern California, where HOV lane restrictions are in place only during peak commute hours, HOV lanes in Southern California, including those on the 134 and 210 freeways, are restricted on a 24-hour basis. CBS2 News reporter Laurie Perez interviewed Assembyman Gatto about AB 210. Watch her story in this Assembly Assets video.
Sacramento, CA – It's happened to anyone who lives in Southern California. A late-night accident or mysterious slowing clogs the rightmost freeway lanes, while the carpool lane sits empty. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 210 today, a measure that will create a pilot program of sorts to ease such traffic congestion by permitting single-occupancy vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (also known as carpool lanes) on State Highway Route 210 and State Highway Route 134 during non-peak hours.
A CalTrans report published in 2012 indicated that Southern California’s HOV lanes are not being utilized to capacity during non-peak hours, leaving single-passenger vehicles idling in slow-going or stand-still lanes. Unlike Northern California, where HOV lane restrictions are in place only during peak commute hours, HOV lanes in Southern California, including those on the 134 and 210 Freeways, are restricted on a 24-hour basis.
Privacy advocates are calling for more safeguards related to a state collection of DNA samples from 16 million Californians in a nondescript government warehouse in the Bay Area.
The biobank holds blood taken with the prick of a heel from almost every baby born in California for the last three decades. It is used to screen for 80 health disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia.