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Friday, June 24, 2011

Gatto: "I'm Sorry."

The Mike Gatto "Where's my effin movie check" meme concludes as Friday comes to an end with a heartfelt "I'm sorry," for his petulant comments about Controller John Chiang's historic and heroic stance on the state budget, which meant Mike would not get his allowance.

With that, we dedicate a song in honor of the young Assemblyman.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

“This is about the principle of an executive branch official appointing himself to withhold the pay of the Legislature until they do something he wants.”

That's not a very sincere apology. And it isn't what the executive branch official wants, it's what the public voted for! You can tell Trujillo had a part in writing this half hearted mea culpa.

With all the staff he has and all the professionals at his disposal, how can a statement written "out of frustration" get to the media?

Apology or not, this will dog him for the rest of his career.

June 24, 2011 5:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wonder if Gatto is allowing Trujillo to use email?

June 24, 2011 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The veracity of this posting needs further verification -- it was posted on Ron Kaye’s site last October. If anything, it appears that Gatto was into "consulting" services contracts awarded by other pols and he’s not someone who’s sacrificed himself at the altar of public service.

By Anonymous on October 29, 2010 8:36 PM
I think this is germaine to the topic.

CONTACT: James Fisfis, jfisfis@chariotresearch.com

Documents released by the City of Los Angeles raise questions about a Los Angeles personal services contract awarded in 2002 by Councilman Nick Pacheco to Mike Gatto, a California Assemblyman now running for re-election as a taxpayer watchdog cracking down on abuses in municipal government.

According to the documents [ORIGINALS IN APPENDIX: EXHIBITS 1 & 2]:

 On September 19, 2002, Los Angeles City Councilman Nick Pacheco awarded Mike Gatto a six month, $15,000, labor-intensive “personal services contract.” During this time, FEC records show that Gatto was still serving as a campaign staffer in the thick of Brad Sherman’s re-election campaign – a position he began in April of that year.

 On October 9, 2002 - just 19 days later - Mike Gatto submitted an invoice claiming he had performed 227 hours of work under the contract at a rate of $65 per hour. The invoice amount: $14,755.00. [SEE EXHIBIT 1]

“These documents would raise questions in the minds of reasonable people as to whether Mike Gatto ever performed the work required under the contract.

227 hours is a lot of work to do in 19 days, especially while you are simultaneously immersed in a Congressional re-election campaign.

These are only questions, and no allegations of wrongdoing are being made. We believe that Mike Gatto should have an opportunity to set the record straight.” –

James Fisfis, President, Chariot LLC.

More questions arise from the documents released by the City of Los Angeles regarding Mike Gatto’s personal services contract.

 According to the contract language [SEE EXHIBIT 2], the in-depth analysis of constituent services required under the contract was to be performed by Gatto from September 15, 2002 through March 15, 2003. The contract required the submission of “monthly reports” by Gatto, and detailed “monthly invoices” pursuant to a work schedule. Yet, according to records released by the City Controller, Gatto submitted his $14,775.50 invoice on October 9, 2002 – not even one month into the contract.

 According to Los Angeles city records, Gatto’s personal services contract with Nick Pacheco was first presented to the Los Angeles City council on September 27, 2002 – eight days after it had already been signed.

 According to Los Angeles city records, Gatto’s personal services contract with Nick Pacheco was not approved until October 2, 2002, almost two weeks after it had been signed and just seven days before Gatto invoiced the city for nearly the full contract.

 According to FEC records, during the contract period September 15-November 15, 2002, Mike Gatto was a full-time campaign staffer. According to Congressional data, during the contract period after November 15, 2002 through March 15, 2002, Mike Gatto working full-time for the Congressional office of Brad Sherman.

NOTE: Chariot LLC frequently releases reports raising questions as to officeholder and candidate actions. This research was not paid for by any candidate, committee, or party entity.

June 24, 2011 5:31 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Trujillo states through Street Hassle that he is not associated with Gatto.

End that rumor.

June 24, 2011 5:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It could very well be that Gatto is so self-absorbed that in his pathetic mind he is a modern day “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” character. When he took umbrage at John Chiang’s action, he came across as a narcissistic a-hole, totally devoid of self-awareness and introspection. He seems to be clueless that to a significant segment of the public he personifies someone who is feeding at the public trough.

June 24, 2011 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great song.

June 24, 2011 7:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Haha. Look at Scott acting like he has ethics.

June 24, 2011 7:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He is sorry my ass, that is no apology. Gatto is just trying to cover his ass.

June 24, 2011 7:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Very well said. "totally devoid of self-awareness and introspection" - sounds like all the qualifications you need to be a Parke Skelton stooge.

June 24, 2011 7:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

John Chiang for President.

June 24, 2011 7:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hate to admit, and it is too late because John and Ken won't blast the apology with the same magnitude of their slamming of him, but Mike Gatto did indeed make the right move in issuing an apology. And the apology he issued was a good one. Again, not that it's gonna reverse a fraction of the damage, but as a political observer it's noteworthy. But I still think Gatto is a pussy and have heard stories about him from high school pals that back up the belief.

June 24, 2011 11:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not only is Gatto a pussy, but it seems as if he's hired only pussies on his staff. That press release made him out to be the money grubbing little prick that he is - and then that sweetheart deal with Pacheco is out there. What exactly do he do to earn that $15,000. I'm guessing he was whining and crying so much that Pacheco just gave it to him to shut him up.

What is it with all these little - short in stature - politicians that just drive the public crazy. Villar, Cardenas, Gatto, it's a regular napoleonic complex convention. Is the public really that stupid?

June 25, 2011 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gatto is a douch bag.

June 25, 2011 9:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't buy it. Gatto needs to come out in public and apologize and not sit behind some press release writer and further I suspect the only reason for the apology is because he knows his statements and his attitude have really turned people off. Voting for him was a mistake but voting against him next time around is a mandate now.

June 25, 2011 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reall Mike ? Guess we know how you think and vote, it's all about yourself.

June 25, 2011 11:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How do you guys know Mailander is telling the truth about Trujillo?

June 25, 2011 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Gatto run that 818 blog. They sure do censure anything against him, which is to say they sure do censure the truth.

June 26, 2011 11:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's another blog in town that deletes comments ALL THE TIME but is currently complaining about a website deleting comments.

That blog routinely gets it's stories wrong, too.

June 27, 2011 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Does Gatto or his henchmen run that blog too?

June 27, 2011 1:17 PM  

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