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California innovation contest offering $25,000 awards
Got an idea that would make California's freeways better? Perhaps you're an app developer who has thought about a tool to help government operate in a more environmentally-sustainable way. Or maybe you have an inspiration that would discourage teen drinking.
If so, the state wants to hear from you – and maybe even hand you a check.
The heads of Caltrans and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control this week announced two contests offering $25,000 each for the top innovative ideas that improve state transportation or combat underage drinking. The deadline for submissions to both departments is Oct. 13 at 5 p.m.
Op Image: Here are ways to fix a broken Legislature
When the new Legislature took office last December, I was sworn in as the "dean" of the Assembly, a silly title that just reflects that I now have the most seniority in the lower house.
While I always enjoy a chuckle at the notion of being the most experienced Assembly member, I would be remiss not to pass along whatever knowledge I've gained. In certain ways, I am a bridge between two eras – the only current Assembly member to have served under a Republican governor and before super-majority budget rules.
(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) authored Assembly Bill 2138 to bring innovation and efficiency to state government. AB 2138 offers up to a $25,000 prize for Californians who provide intellectual property that solves a specific problem, innovates a process, or otherwise streamlines a system within a government agency. Three state agencies - the Department of General Services, CalTrans and the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control - have begun contests to determine the first three recipients of the Gatto Innovation Awards. Contest details can be found here: http://www.dot.ca.gov/InnovAward/. At a news conference to announce the contests, Assemblyman Gatto said, “In California, we have a lot of entrepenureal spirits and a lot of people who are very well versed in technology. We envision people offering their intellectual property to these agencies in exchange for a modest prize and, of course, renown.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Pressure Sparks Change in the Way State Agency Handles Sensitive Data
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and the members of his Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection marked a success today after the California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced it will now redact Social Security numbers on letters mailed to Californians receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Last year, EDD mailed letters containing full Social Security numbers to 2.9 million Californians, increasing the risk that millions might become victims of identity theft. This year, CBS San Francisco’s Julie Watt reported about the issue after receiving complaints from Californians about this potential security risk.
“I was dismayed when the problem was uncovered in July, but I am pleased that EDD has acted after we expressed that dismay,” Gatto said.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) bill to establish a “Yellow Alert” system, allowing law-enforcement officials to engage drivers in identifying and apprehending hit-and-run drivers, was signed in to law. AB 8 will utilize the state’s existing network of freeway signs to broadcast information about vehicles suspected in hit-and-run incidents, giving police an additional resource to make an arrest in their investigation.
“Yellow Alerts” will only be issued by local law-enforcement when there is a sufficient description of the offending vehicle or the identity of the suspect is known. The “Yellow Alert” system will also be limited to the geographic area where the hit-and-run crime occurred and will only be implemented when the hit-and-run results in death or serious bodily injury.
SACRAMENTO, CA – In California, to pass the contents almost 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. However, for most middle-class Californians, there is no easy way to transfer the title for a house. Homeowners currently face two costly options: hire an attorney to draft a trust (which typically costs homeowners between $2,000 and $6,000) or force surviving loved ones to weather the probate process (with an average cost of $26,000).
Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to create a “Revocable Transfer on Death Deed,” to save millions of households from probate and attorney’s fees, received the Governor’s signature. AB 139 simplifies the way Californians transfer real-property assets upon death through use of a simple form. The legislation will be the most affordable alternative available to hiring an estate-planning attorney or facing the daunting and bureaucratic probate process.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), joined by members of his committee on Consumer Protection and Privacy, authored AB 1116, a bill to protect Californians from television voice-recognition features that could surreptitiously record private conversations in the home. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed the measure which also prevents private conversations from being used or sold for advertising purposes.
The bill will require manufacturers to ensure that users of internet-connected televisions are prominently informed that their voices may be recorded and transmitted back to the manufacturers or third-party providers. AB 1116 also prohibits manufacturers from using or selling for advertising purposes, any voice recordings collected for the purposes of refining the voice recognition feature of a television. As such, it preserves the ability to control a television with voice commands, or to do a Google search using a television, but prohibits manufacturers from using recorded speech to generate targeted advertisements.
Will Ensure That DNA Collection of Felons Can Continue
Despite Court Overturning Key California Law
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Brown signed AB 1492, legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), which revamps and improves California’s DNA-testing laws. Without this new law, thousands of rapists and murderers, arrested for lesser crimes, could slip through law enforcement’s hands.
The need for AB 1492 arose in December 2014, when a Court of Appeal in People v Buza, dealt a blow to law enforcement and the use of DNA in criminal investigations when it struck down most of Proposition 69, California's landmark DNA crime-solving law.The court found several aspects of the initiative unconstitutional, and this ruling effectively halted DNA collection from arrestees in California, likely leaving thousands of serious crimes unsolved.
SACRAMENTO – In some California cities, including the city of Glendale, residents are prohibited from installing drought-tolerant landscaping synthetic grass to reduce water consumption. When Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), the principal co-author of last year’s California Water Bond and numerous other water-efficiency bills, heard from constituents that cities in his district were fining residents for replacing water-intensive lawns with realistic looking synthetic grass, he amended AB 1164 to provide relief to residents. Today the Assembly approved the bill by a 69-1 vote, sending it to the Governor for his signature.
AB 1164 would prohibit local governments from banning water-conscious landscaping at private residences while allowing cities and counties to set aesthetic and environmental standards. As California enters its fourth consecutive drought year, Assemblyman Gatto wants to protect homeowners who install water-efficient landscaping, and encourage others looking reduce urban water use to do the same.
Need for Legislation Underscored Several Times in Recent Years, Most Recently by FBI Raid in Palm Springs
SACRAMENTO - A key reform by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) to increase financial-disclosure requirements and modernize the forms used by government officials to report their interests was approved by the Assembly on a vote of 72-00. The bill will now head to the Governor for his signature.
“Increased transparency is essential to protecting public resources, preventing corruption, and restoring public trust,” said Gatto. “This legislation will modernize disclosure forms to reveal the business dealings of political insiders and give Californians greater access to information about their representatives.”
SACRAMENTO, CA - Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), joined
by members of his committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, authored AB 1116, a bill to protect
Californians from television voice-recognition features that surreptitiously record private
conversations in the home. The measure to keep television manufacturers and third-party providers
from your living-room now awaits the Governor's signature after receiving final approval from the
State Assembly on a XX-XX vote.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to help reduce traffic and increase the efficiency of Los Angeles County’s freeway system was sent to the Governor’s desk after receiving final approval from the State Senate on a 34-0 vote. 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. Passage in the Senate was managed by Senator Carol Liu (La Cañada Flintridge), whose district is also affected by the bill.
“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, or work and deliver goods and services efficiently.”