Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday the 13th Special Report: Has Sierra Madre Become An Object Of Unwanted Attention From Mike Gatto?

Gonzo.
You may or may not be aware, but Sierra Madre has a very interesting PUSD Board of Education election coming up. Hardly anybody votes in these elections, which is not a happy thought because a lot of kids around here are really dependent upon those schools for their one good shot at making something of their lives. They are deserving of your attention, so please, get with the program. This is supposed to be a community, and that means taking care of our most vulnerable members. Including children. Remember, a lot of the tax money they'll be paying some day will go to supporting you. We all really do have a stake in seeing that they get good jobs.

Oh, and as a word of warning, portions of what follows contains some lurid language. Please keep it in the context I intended. This story can not really be adequately told otherwise. Turn back now if that sort of thing bothers you.

There are two candidates from Sierra Madre who are running for our so-called "subdistrict" seat on the PUSD Board of Education. They are Sandra Siraganian and Larry Torres. I happen to know  Sandi and I think she is a pretty good egg. She is more conservative than I even pretend to be, which is OK. When you look at everything from a local political perspective, the 24/7 TV cable news methods for defining candidates are irrelevant. Those who persist in doing so are a waste of time in my opinion.

For me it is more about who you hang out with.

The other Sierra Madre candidate, Larry Torres, is somehow related to and supported by Tonja Torres. Tonja being one of the dumb bunny City Councilmembers who voted to destroy One Carter back in 2005, and then lost her Council seat because of it. Larry is also supported by Peter Dreier, a one time flapping jaw for the now defunct Democratic Socialist Party of America. Peter now spends a lot of his time working hard to ruin the Pasadena Unified School District from his tenured ivory tower faculty seat at a Highway Harvard called Occidental College (link). On the political spectrum Peter is somewhere between Robert Mugabe and Kim Jong Un.

The purpose of this post today is to discuss the strange political pedigree of another Larry Torres doorknob hanger, and that would be District 43 State Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Even though he represents places like Burbank and Glendale, Mike has taken a keen interest in Sierra Madre's Board of Ed race, and has shown his passion in some very strange ways.

Mike is a funny guy. As in both "har har" and weird funny.

To introduce Tattler readers to the Assemblyman, I have pulled together a small compendium of Gonzo Gatto news items. The first one comes from the Glendale News-Press, and was penned by the legendary L.A. news journalist Ron Kaye. You can link to his entire article by clicking here.

Ron Kaye: Mike Gatto and the condom measure Mike Gatto is a clever fellow. But like a lot of smart guys, he's sometimes too clever for his own good.

A case in point came a week ago when the AIDS Healthcare Foundation denounced the assemblyman as "a pornographer's best friend" for blocking consideration of a bill that would require the use of condoms in all adult film production in California, a requirement approved by Los Angeles County voters last year.

The group's president, Michael Weinstein, accused Gatto during a teleconference of "single-handedly" putting the measure on hold and refusing to let it come to a vote even when his stated concerns about its constitutionality were answered by a federal court judge in late August.

"He is serving the interests of the pornographers," Weinstein said in announcing that 1,000 protest letters were being sent and a robo-call campaign to 100,000 of his constituents was under way.

There are a number of other articles you can find on Google regarding Gatto's rubbers resentment. This one comes from The Daily Bulletin (link).

Condoms-in-porn bill stalls in Sacramento, bill on use in prisons moving forward A bill requiring the use of condoms on adult film production sets across California has stalled in the state Assembly, while separate legislation to expand the distribution of condoms in prisons is moving forward to a floor vote on Wednesday.

AB 332, authored by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, seeks to build upon the Los Angeles County measure passed by voters last year that requires porn actors to use condoms while filming within the county, a law that has stalled production here and has film companies scouting locations elsewhere in California.

The Assembly bill cleared the Labor Committee in April, but the Appropriations Committee unanimously voted to shelve the legislation on Friday, with its chairman citing constitutional concerns and the cost of fighting expected legal challenges.

Hall, however, vowed to keep pushing the issue, saying he is trying to protect the health of actors in the porn industry.

He blasted the chairman of the committee, Assemblyman Mike Gatto - a Democrat who represents part of the San Fernando Valley, the home of the porn industry.

"Assemblymember Mike Gatto has put porn profits above the need to protect workers in California," Hall said. "He gives a whole new meaning to the term 'money shot.' "

Anybody feeling queasy yet? Would you take advice on a Board of Education race from a guy in denial about AIDS and pornography production?

Mike Gatto is also apparently an anonymous force behind a couple of blogs. The first one is called The Burbank Blog. Here Gatto likes to colorfully insult his political opponents from what he assumes is the safety of complete anonymity. News to Mikey No Rubbers, you've been outed.

As you probably know, both Mikey No Rubbers and Anthony Portantino will be facing off for Carol "Lookie" Liu's State Senate seat when she officially moves over to being a full-time Sacramento lobbyist next year. That campaign is off to quite a remarkable start.

Now we made some fun of Anthony Portantino for a truly stupid campaign website a couple of weeks back. Which is our job. Pols generally annoy us, and we do what we need to do to ease our pain. But maybe the following from Mikey No Rubbers on his Burbank Blog goes a little too far?


Say what you will about Anthony Portantino, but a gay basher? Come on, the guy is just about as politically correct as any one person could ever possibly be. He'd sooner walk in front of a Metro bus than be heard saying things such as that.

There is another idiosyncratic website that apparently has the Mikey No Rubbers touch. We use the word "apparently" because we don't have a carved in stone fix on this one just yet. But the title of this blog is "Mike Gatto Is A Sweet Dude" (link), and who else on this planet would ever call their site by that name other than the gonzo Assemblyman No Rubbers himself? So it either comes from MNR himself, or two remarkably demented individuals.

This screenshot comes from a blog I admire called Mayor Sam's Sister City (link). The following was posted there early last August.


So you know, and for whatever reason, the "Mike Gatto Is A Sweet Dude" blog also went after the Sierra Madre Tattler a while ago. I believe I called MNR lazy in an article I wrote about Kim Kardashian running for Mayor of Glendale.

You can link up to our golden Gatto moment by clicking here. Apparently if you ever say anything bad about Mikey No Rubbers you end up on the MGIASD site, and not in the most complimentary of ways. I guess it is supposed to be intimidating. Or something.

I guess I'll be there again shortly. Me and Ron Kaye. Pretty good company if you think about it.

So there you go. Larry Torres has himself a big name political supporter. You can only imagine how immensely proud he must be of his favorite Sweet Assemblyman right about now.

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44 comments:

  1. How come dirt candidates are always linked with sleazy stuff?

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    1. Follow the money. It's always about the $$$.

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    2. Do you think it is possible that porno money has been donated here?

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    3. Sure. And we want porno money involved with PUSD, don't we?

      Fifty Shades of Gatto.

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    4. "Elect Gatto - He supports the porn industry". Kinda catchy.

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    5. Maybe Petey Dreier can get some funding from Washington to invest in high school film departments.

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    6. Because they are sleazy!

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  2. With the quality of elected officials California has in Sacramento, it is no wonder this state is in the process of achieving a complete economic and moral collapse.

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    1. Explains why a lot of folks have left already.

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    2. Really. What a mess.

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  3. Do you have to use the ethnic slur in your photo caption?

    C'mon Crawford.

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    1. You nevet watched Jersey Shore? Guido is a word used with pride on that show.

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    2. Invoking political correctness to defend this dirtbag is a bit of a stretch, 8:13.

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    3. Well, Gatto's definitely not my paisan.

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  4. Excerpted from the Urban Dictionary:

    Guido

    A sad pathetic excuse for a male; not necessarily of Italian descent, but most likely; usually native to the New York/New Jersey Tri-State area.

    WARDROBE: tight zipper shirts, tracksuits, designer jeans, fuzzy kangol hats, tiny hoop earrings, fake gold chains, and related Euro-trash garb and tacky cheese-wear.

    PASSTIMES/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Guidos enjoy beating up a non-white or homosexual while assisted by a group of 5-10 guido friends backing them up; engaging in date rape; and displaying their lack of rhythm by dancing poorly in the middle of a club's dance floor while non-guidos look on in disbelief.

    If you know a Mike, Joe, Rob or Tony, he's probably a guido.

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    1. Also from Urban Dictionary:
      paisan

      It's a word that's used with Italians or Italian Americans when informally, but friendly, adressing one another. It means "brother" or "fellow countryman". Shortened from paisano, and is sometimes spelled paesan.

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    2. Urban Dictionary: Guido
      A sad pathetic excuse for a male; not necessarily of Italian descent, but most likely; usually native to the New York/New Jersey Tri-State area.

      WARDROBE: tight zipper shirts, tracksuits, designer jeans, fuzzy kangol hats, tiny hoop earrings, fake gold chains, and related Euro-trash garb and tacky cheese-wear.

      NATURAL HABITAT: Known to frequent Tri-State area malls looking for club gear to waste their week's pay on (most likely spotted shopping at "Bang Bang" in Staten Island). During the day when not at their food delivery, telemarketting, or construction job, can be located at their local gym tanning or lifting weights. Can be found nightly at mainstream danceclubs they read about online (SF, Webster Hall, Etc.). Most notable for cruising the Jersey shore in an old car (Honda, Mustang, etc.) which has been tinted, painted and sports $1,000-$3,000 rims in a feeble attempt to look like new. Guido cars usually have a boomin' system through which cheesy music like freestyle, commercial club/trance and hip-hop (anything KTU plays) is loudly blasted.

      GENETIC LINKS: Directly related to modern day urban-guidos, A.K.A. "wiggers," A.K.A. "wegros;" urban-guidos are white males who once exhibited the traits referenced above, but have now instead opted to keep it unreal, with wardrobes consisting of clothes from labels like FUBU and Rocawear which they bought on sale at Macy's. These individuals still listen to the same music and drive the same type of car as their predecessor; it is usually just their choice of attire and use of slang and poor speech skills that differentiate them from the classic guido. Most guidos are distrusting of non-whites despite the fact some of their attire and music can be traced to non-white origins.

      PASSTIMES/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Guidos enjoy beating up a non-white or homosexual while assisted by a group of 5-10 guido friends backing them up; engaging in date rape; and displaying their lack of rhythm by dancing poorly in the middle of a club's dance floor while non-guidos look on in disbelief.

      If the cap fits ...

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    3. Before Jersey Shore: Great Moments In Guido History
      http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2009/12/before-jersey-shore-great-moments-in-guido-history

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    4. Urban Dictionary
      Noun. Slang word used to refer to those of European ancestry. The word is thought to have either derived from the sound of a whip being cracked by slave owners, or because crackers are generally white in color.

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  5. Can anyone photoshop that picture of Gatto with a condom on his head?

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  6. California has always been know as the golden state. There's gold in them their hills boy, lets head west and pan some. Our state bears the distinction of people from all walks of the globe going to California to make their mark and gain riches, unfortunately, the California Tax Payer bears the brunt of these gold diggers. It would sure be nice to be proud of the candidates we can vote for and know they really are thinking of the people and not their special interests.

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    1. The Gold is in the Platinum Pensions and Cadillac Health Plans the public employees retire on at age 50 while you're still busting your ass to pay taxes. Yee-haw!!

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  7. I would hope that Larry Torres would denounce this individual and refuse any further help from him. That would be the big thing for Larry to do.

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    1. Think Larry will turn down all that union money? Hardy-har-har.

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    2. A Board of Education candidate should be above taking dirty money.

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  8. OMG, politicking is so dirty. I am not surprised, makes me remember days of the passed long nose liar writer.

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  9. I can't see Portantino losing to this guy. What a trainwreck.

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    1. Gatto has over $1 million bucks in his coffers. He'll beat Portantino in a walk, baby.

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    2. He can buy everyone in the 25th District a porno video.

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    3. Yes. But no condoms. Those you'll have to pay for yourself.

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  10. Here's even better news for all Californians. with the Motor Voter law now in effect that allows someone to register to vote and vote immediately, all the "undocumented" citizens in California who now hold driver's licenses will be able to walk into a poll, register to vote, and vote. good luck California. You are going to get what you wanted. total anarchy. and you can thank folks like Peter Dreier for that, and Mike Gatto and Anthony Portantino too.

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  11. The Mike Gatto Sweer Dude site has a "Mike Gatto Enemies List." He lists Ken & John as his enemies. Good for them!!

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    1. If This Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be RightFebruary 13, 2015 at 1:16 PM

      On the "Mike Gatto Enemies List" he should add:
      1. All the voters who think accepting porno money is wrong.

      2. All the voters who think having a $ 1,000,000 campaign slush fund 2 years ahead of the election (he had that much as of 2014) is wrong.

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    2. If you check his campaign contributor list a lot of it is union money. You can only imagine the kind of favors he did to get that million together. I will never vote for this guy.

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  12. Crawford, how come you're not on Gatto's enemies list?

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    1. He will be after today!

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    2. Richard Nixon's was longer.

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    3. Not as long as Barack Obama's.

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  13. Termed out assemblymen are quite a problem in this area.

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    1. Wow. Carpetbagger Joe has found new victims.

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  15. Sandi is dangerous, her political ideology is so far right she gives Rush Limbaugh trepidation. Torres seems to be her left wing carbon copy. When will the middle majority stand up and serve the public, rather than just those with extremist ideologies? Wish Crawford was running, could use more pragmatists like him in political office.

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