For Immediate Release
September 18, 2014
Contact: Jackie Koenig (Bocanegra) – (916) 319-2039
Justin Hager (Gatto) – (415) 889-9762
Governor Signs Historic Deal for Film Tax Credit Extension
Bill by Assemblymembers Bocanegra and Gatto Extends the Program
For Five Years and Expands its Allocation to $330 Million Annually
SACRAMENTO – After months of intensive negotiations, Governor Jerry Brown joined Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) in taking bold action to protect jobs and families across the Golden State. At a ceremony this morning at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and with one swipe of his pen, the Governor signed AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014.
The legislation, first introduced by Bocanegra and Gatto in January, was co-authored by more than sixty-five other legislators, and received bipartisan support from elected officials and below-the-line workers from every region of California. It significantly expands and improves the state’s film tax incentive program to keep production jobs in California, including a five year program extension, an increase in the program’s budget allocation to $330 million annually, and the creation of a new competitive jobs rating system to determine which projects will receive the credits.
(Los Angeles) – At a press conference in front of Los Angeles City Hall, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) talked about his legislation that is aimed at catching hit and run drivers. If passed and signed into law, Assembly Bill 47 would authorize a new “Yellow Alert System” which would make use of the state’s existing changeable message signs to broadcast the description of a suspected hit and run driver and his or her vehicle, if that driver caused serious injuries or killed someone. Assemblyman Gatto was joined by Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, Eric Bruins of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and hit and run survivor, Damian Kevitt. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about AB 47.
There is a large, shadowy force behind current political debates, and it’s not Rush Limbaugh. It’s our unorthodox federal monetary policies. Not only have they upended the intuitive economic principles many Americans hold dear, but they are also increasingly driving political controversies, almost imperceptibly.
To understand modern politics, a review of contemporary economic idiosyncrasies is necessary. Economics 101 taught us that excessive money printing leads to inflation. The U.S. completely abandoned the gold standard in the 1970s, adopting fiat currency, and the Federal Reserve has printed trillions of dollars in the last decade. Conventional wisdom dictates that this will lead to significant inflation. Another traditional conception of inflation views it from a price perspective, that is, the cost of goods rising over time. When your grandparents tell you that a loaf of bread used to cost a nickel, it is inflation they blame for the price increases.
Like everything else, protecting cultural treasures requires conscious effort. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than the story of the magnificent equestrian bronze of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, carved in A.D. 175.
Now considered one of the world's irreplaceable cultural treasures, it is hard to imagine that the statue was once merely one of many. Over the years, hundreds of magnificent ancient equestrian bronzes were stolen, melted for coins or destroyed by vandals. Such neglect seems criminal with the benefit of hindsight and the knowledge of the magnitude of what was lost. Only the conscious efforts of Pope Sixtus IV and others saved the statue of Marcus Aurelius from the fate that awaited the statues of other emperors.
Last week marked the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Caesar Augustus, known to most as the first Roman emperor. During a time of financial and military upheaval, he slowly transformed the republic and its several healthy branches of government into one-man rule, with power concentrated in the executive.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the Augustan revolution is that few of his contemporaries understood or chose to notice the extent of this transformation during his lifetime. So subtle were the changes, so gradual and ostensibly precedent-based were his accretions of power, that the great historian Tacitus stated it was only when the powers passed to Augustus's successor that the fate of the republic became clear.
A bill looking at students' privacy in school with respect to their social media activity passed the state Legislature recently, and is now on the governor's desk.
AB 1442 would require that parents be notified of a district's information-collection policies, that students be given the opportunity to examine information collected about them and that any such information be destroyed within one year of a student turning 18 or leaving the district.
Several Santa Clarita Valley education officials said students' social media information is not generally tracked. However, the bill was created in response to concerns about Glendale Unified.
Two pieces of legislation that seek to reduce the number of hit-and-runs in the state are headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after passing in both the Assembly and Senate.
Both bills were introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake).
One bill, AB 47, would create a "Yellow Alert" system to help apprehend hit-and-run offenders. It would allow law enforcement agencies to use California's existing network of changeable highway message signs to notify the public of descriptions of vehicles suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run collision.
Some school districts in California are paying third-party companies to monitor and save students social media posts.
A concern is raised because many of these social media posts, including pictures, are stored long term by the third-party companies and parents are not aware.
Now a bill, AB 1442, that would put a stop to the long-term storage of the student's data has passed the legislature and is now on the governor's desk.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Advocates for street safety are celebrating as two landmark bills by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which seek to curb the epidemic of hit-and-runs in California, have passed the legislature and are headed to the Governor’s desk. AB 47, which would create a “Yellow Alert” system to help catch hit-and-run offenders, passed the Assembly today by a vote of 74-2. AB 1532, which would expand hit-and-run penalties to include automatic license suspension, passed the Assembly on August 22, 2014 by a vote of 72-2.
“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,” said Gatto. “Together, these bills will empower the public to help us catch hit-and-run drivers before they can cover up the evidence of their crimes and ensure the perpetrators of these cowardly acts think twice before leaving fellow citizens dying on the side of the road.”
Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill Addresses Growing Concerns About School Districts Using Tax Dollars to Collect and Store Student Social-Media Information
SACRAMENTO, CA – Social-media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have stoked concerns from parents about how to protect the privacy of their children, yet few parents are aware that school districts across California are using taxpayer dollars to monitor, collect, and store student social-media data and postings, potentially forever, leaving students vulnerable to security breaches.
Legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) would address this growing concern and ensure that parents are informed when their children’s social-media activities are being monitored, so that taxpayer dollars are used responsibly, and data collected by school districts cannot come back to harm students years later. Gatto’s bill, AB 1442, passed its final legislative hurdle yesterday, clearing the Assembly floor by a vote of 76-0.