Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Small businesses bend Assemblyman Gatto's ear on industry challenges

Highlights from Daniel Siegal's coverage for the Glendale News-Press, of the first meeting of my newly created small-business advisory council:

...Speaking at Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Silver Lake) first Small Business Advisory Commission meeting at Woodbury University on Saturday, Mark Dornfeld, owner of Custom Film Effects in Burbank, said the situation was becoming untenable for the countless independent businesses in the industry as tax breaks and cash incentives draw production out of state...

...Gatto told the business owners that the primary purpose of the advisory commission meeting was to assist him in developing legislation based on the actual needs of constituents in time for introduction to the Assembly by the Feb. 22 deadline.

“Most bills these days are being conceived by and championed by special interests,” he said...

...Also discussed was Proposition 65, which requires businesses that serve alcohol to display cautionary signage. A provision in the law allows the public to sue businesses for up to $2,500 for each day the signage isn’t properly displayed.

Business owners complained that the law is easily abused by some people who file claims with the sole purpose of extracting settlements....

...On a separate track, Gatto said he hopes to pursue initiative reform while also seeking a way to prevent unscrupulous profiteering...


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You can read this entire article and more at the Glendale News-Press HERE

Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly.  He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and portions of the Hollywood Hills and East Hollywood.  

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