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SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) goal of providing Californians with the tools they need to conserve water was partly realized today, after four years of legislative efforts. As part of the legislature’s emergency drought measure (AB 92) the state has earmarked $10 million to fund the CalConserve program, established by Gatto’s AB 2636, which went into effect earlier this year. The nuts-and-bolts program allows homeowners and businesses to finance water-efficiency upgrades through a state-administered revolving-loan program.
Full implementation of the program has been a goal of Assemblyman Gatto since 2011 when he first introduced legislation to create the program, even before California faced its current water crisis. In Gatto’s testimony for the bill as far back as 2011, he warned his colleagues about the need for water-conservation infrastructure, even citing the prospect of future droughts. After three attempts, the Legislature finally enacted Gatto’s CalConserve legislation in 2014, but did so without a funding source. Today’s vote by the Legislature will finally create real incentives for homeowners and businesses to upgrade their infrastructure to save water.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to help increase the efficiency of Los Angeles County’s freeway system, one of the nation’s most notoriously congested systems, passed its first legislative hurdle today, the Assembly Transportation Committee by a vote of 13-0. The bill, AB 210, will create a pilot project to help ease traffic congestion during non-traditional commutes, by permitting single-occupancy vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (also known as carpool lanes), during non-peak hours.
“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,” said Gatto. “AB 210 is a cost-effective way to expand capacity on the state’s highway system and ensure that non-peak hour travelers can travel to and from home and work and deliver goods and services efficiently.”
Thousands of applicants with high school grade-point averages above 4.0 are rejected from UC Berkeley and UCLA each year through no fault of their own. It's a hard thing for parents to explain to their kids, who did everything they were supposed to do and yet were turned away thanks to the lack of space in California's top public universities. Many students end up paying more to attend comparably ranked private or out-of-state schools. This exodus of motivated, intelligent students -- many of whom settle out of state -- isn't good for California in the long run.
Schools like UCLA provide an elite education, but students there encounter a system at maximum capacity. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Westwood is just shy of $2,500 a month. Many classes are held in vast lecture halls with little interaction with the professor. Even a top-notch university like UCLA can't bring upward of 43,000 humans through its doors without certain systemic challenges.
SACRAMENTO – A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) that would strengthen the notice requirements of stored blood samples passed the Assembly’s newly created Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee by a vote of 9 to 2. The legislation, AB 170, would require the California Department of Public Health to inform parents about the state’s DNA storage. More importantly the bill would further permit children to request the destruction of their blood samples upon reaching adulthood.
Each year, thousands of newborns are screened by the state for genetic and metabolic disorders. But what happens next is alarming. California is just one of four states where newborn blood samples become the property of the state—thus creating a de facto, government-owned-and-operated DNA repository. Furthermore, the California Department of Public Health loans these samples to researchers, for a fee. These retention and loan practices have raised concerns that personal medical information contained in a blood sample could become public.
SACRAMENTO, CA – To pass the contents of just about any asset—a bank account, a multi-million-dollar stock account, a car of any value—upon death, all an individual needs to do is fill out a simple “Payable On Death” form. These streamlined transfers help families avoid the ridiculously high fees and time-consuming bureaucracy of probate. Even though family members can easily deed a house to a loved one while alive, California provides no easy way to do so upon death.
Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to create a “Revocable Transfer on Death (TOD) Deed” in California, allowing a homeowner to specify who their house should be deeded to upon passing, cleared a major hurdle today and passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote of 9-0. Assembly Bill 139 will not only remove a layer of stress for grieving families, but it will also relieve California’s already overburdened court system by ensuring that real property does not enter the bureaucratic probate process.
(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), chair of the newly created Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, is developing legislation to make sure smart televisions don’t intrude on our privacy. Some of these new types of televisions are now being sold in California with the capability of recording people’s conversations in their homes and transmitting them to a third-party. Assemblyman Gatto’s AB 1116 would prohibit the sale in California of televisions that record conversations when voice recognition features are not in use. “At some point you have to say enough is enough,” Assemblyman Gatto said. “We’re not trying to hurt any technology, we’re not trying to make anybody’s profit margins go away,” he added, “but I do think television will survive without knowing what I said to my wife as I watched a Tide commercial.” Fresno’s KSEE TV 24 spoke with Assemblyman Gatto about the smart television legislation. Watch their report in this Assembly Assets video.
Legislation was inspired by Kerri Kasem, daughter of radio personality Casey Kasem, who was denied visitation rights to her now deceased father.
SACRAMENTO, CA - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced new legislation that would provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want to visit their parents, and provide children the right to know when an ailing parent’s health becomes worse or if the parent dies. The proposed legislation, AB 1085, will provide legal recourse when children from previous marriages are being denied access to a parent by their parent’s current spouse or by another family member.
With divorce and remarriage common, there is a possibility of conflict between a subsequent spouse and a child from an ailing parent’s previous marriage. Current law provides no mechanism for children or relatives to petition a court for visitation when they are denied access to the elder in question by a current spouse. Nor is there an obligation for such caretakers to inform family members when an elder dies or enters acute-medical care.
The University of California and Gov. Jerry Brown are currently embroiled in a heated showdown over the system's finances and admissions policy. Assemblyman Mike Gatto's novel solution: open a new tech-focused campus.
The Los Angeles Democrat announced a bill Monday that would set aside $50 million for a feasibility study, land acquisition and initial building costs for a "UC-Tech" campus centered on science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, as well as the arts.
First-of-its-kind university would blend science and technology with creative arts to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.
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.
At a time when the University of California faces much uncertainty about how to finance its current 10 campuses, a state assemblyman is proposing that the UC establish an 11th campus -- with a special focus on science and technology.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has introduced a bill that would start the process of planning and building a new UC school that he described as "a public version of Caltech." The bill, AB 1483, would push UC to study the feasibility and potential locations and would provide $50 million for land acquisition and initial buiding costs, according to Gatto.