Mike Gatto forces blogger to remove p...

Mike Gatto forces blogger to remove postings

There are 90 comments on the LA Daily News story from Oct 28, 2010, titled Mike Gatto forces blogger to remove postings. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

In an unusually sharp response by a public official to scathing Internet postings, Assemblyman Mike Gatto this week forced a political blogger to remove reports that the San Fernando Valley-area Democrat claimed were defamatory.

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fred

United States

#1 Oct 28, 2010
He looks so creepy in this picture. Not voting for him due to not letting bloggers have freedom of speech. That's not a true democrat.
Shane

Encino, CA

#2 Oct 28, 2010
Good for you! Michael Higby has been posting libel and defamation for years. His blog is just trash. A lot of the anonymous posts are Higby himself. He thinks he can post total lies about people. I wish you would have sued him instead. People need to know that Higby is a liar. He thinks he's safe from lawsuits by clicking the anonymous button, but he's not.
eddieVroom

De Pere, WI

#3 Oct 28, 2010
Well, he's probably just increased that blog's readership a thousandfold...
Mr Flashlight

Sherman Oaks, CA

#4 Oct 28, 2010
Mr. Pussycat (Gato):
Before we sling the bow of truth in Burbank, look who you followed, a person who is also a member of the bar, Paul Krekorian, who claims the state, county city have no jurisdiction to deal with Habitual Truancies. Thus, Sir please go read the California Department of Education Bulletin issued in 1998 that you were elected to have jurisdiction. If I am wrong have your attorney call me.
For example, are you aware of the article in the LA Times, the other LA paper, yesterday “3 youths held in school bus crash that killed 1, injured 21” states that the “bus was returning 46 students from East Los Angeles Skills Center, where they attend classes because of overcrowding”, and today followed-up with in the LA Times article “ Buses lack safety belts” it is said that the California Highway Patrol is investigating whether the 17 year-old driver of the BMW and his two passengers, 17 and 14, were under the influence”[ Thus will the LA Times investigate if these three were Habitual Truants?].
As a public service to the community, I ask you to share with the elected and their staff, what empirical evidence might theLA Times have to connect the need to attend classes in East LA with overcrowding when LAUSD has built more classrooms and they have currently 29% of the enrolled, as reported was the case in the year ended June 30, 2010, dubbed Habitual Truants, not in school as is required by the law on the books?
With Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) having last year more than 189,000 students (29% of those enrolled) listed as Habitual Truants, not in school at least three times in excess of thirty-one minutes, each time, then how many of them might now be in the Probation Department system, in Jail and or Dead because there is no sharing of information with the City and or County of LA with the schools when a student is not in school as an early warning system?
Thus if LAUSD were to share the lack of their students attending school, as is the law, for those students between the age of six and seventeen, as do the schools, for example, within the Cities within San Bernardino County with their City and County offices on a need to know basis, could LAUSD reduce their truancy rates by 60% within the County of LA as did San Bernardino County?
Why not begin to use the capable computer data sharing program at LAUSD at no added costs only savings to 1) track students not in school and share the data with the Cities within the County and the appropriate County offices on a need to know basis and 2) make the City and County employees now have a tracking system and even be tracked as to their respective case loads? This process is dubbed accountability and is lacking in LA – get the picture?
Thus I ask you if re-elected to ask colleagues, our elected and their staff, why they claim they have no jurisdiction to reduce truancies over LAUSD and or ask Gloria Allred if she wishes to have another TV opportunity (remember the maid story) as this now perceived contributory alleged crime committed by our elected and their staff, due to their failure to begin a “data match” in LA to reduce habitual truancies.
Yours truly,
Thomas D. Carter, CPA – AKA Mr. Flashlight shining his light on the truth
donnmon

North Hollywood, CA

#5 Oct 28, 2010
Good for Gotto! These lying scumbag morons with a blog or a website that hide their scandalous libel and defamation personal attacks under the guise of "free speech" should all be sued. You never see any real issues discussed on these sites.
HOMERUN

United States

#6 Oct 28, 2010
Oh thats good...the guy is in public service
and no no wants the publicity...
oh that's good...good move...
lets talk about someone else...this dude
is done...
NEXT .
Moe

United States

#7 Oct 28, 2010
My gosh that man is extremely unattractive. You can't trust a man that looks like a coyote.
Moe

United States

#8 Oct 28, 2010
fred wrote:
He looks so creepy in this picture. Not voting for him due to not letting bloggers have freedom of speech. That's not a true democrat.
You saw that too? He looks like a coyote or the devil himself. I don't even know who he is but I just don't like his crooked smile and shifty eyes. yikes!
u crazy

Beverly Hills, CA

#9 Oct 28, 2010
Mr Flashlight wrote:
Mr. Pussycat (Gato):
Before we sling the bow of truth in Burbank, look who you followed, a person who is also a member of the bar, Paul Krekorian, who claims the state, county city have no jurisdiction to deal with Habitual Truancies. Thus, Sir please go read the California Department of Education Bulletin issued in 1998 that you were elected to have jurisdiction. If I am wrong have your attorney call me.
For example, are you aware of the article in the LA Times, the other LA paper, yesterday “3 youths held in school bus crash that killed 1, injured 21” states that the “bus was returning 46 students from East Los Angeles Skills Center, where they attend classes because of overcrowding”, and today followed-up with in the LA Times article “ Buses lack safety belts” it is said that the California Highway Patrol is investigating whether the 17 year-old driver of the BMW and his two passengers, 17 and 14, were under the influence”[ Thus will the LA Times investigate if these three were Habitual Truants?].
As a public service to the community, I ask you to share with the elected and their staff, what empirical evidence might theLA Times have to connect the need to attend classes in East LA with overcrowding when LAUSD has built more classrooms and they have currently 29% of the enrolled, as reported was the case in the year ended June 30, 2010, dubbed Habitual Truants, not in school as is required by the law on the books?
With Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) having last year more than 189,000 students (29% of those enrolled) listed as Habitual Truants, not in school at least three times in excess of thirty-one minutes, each time, then how many of them might now be in the Probation Department system, in Jail and or Dead because there is no sharing of information with the City and or County of LA with the schools when a student is not in school as an early warning system?
Thus if LAUSD were to share the lack of their students attending school, as is the law, for those students between the age of six and seventeen, as do the schools, for example, within the Cities within San Bernardino County with their City and County offices on a need to know basis, could LAUSD reduce their truancy rates by 60% within the County of LA as did San Bernardino County?
Why not begin to use the capable computer data sharing program at LAUSD at no added costs only savings to 1) track students not in school and share the data with the Cities within the County and the appropriate County offices on a need to know basis and 2) make the City and County employees now have a tracking system and even be tracked as to their respective case loads? This process is dubbed accountability and is lacking in LA – get the picture?
Thus I ask you if re-elected to ask colleagues, our elected and their staff, why they claim they have no jurisdiction to reduce truancies over LAUSD and or ask Gloria Allred if she wishes to have another TV opportunity (remember the maid story) as this now perceived contributory alleged crime committed by our elected and their staff, due to their failure to begin a “data match” in LA to reduce habitual truancies.
Yours truly,
Thomas D. Carter, CPA – AKA Mr. Flashlight shining his light on the truth
What does this have to due with the current subject in this story??
Your way off base
Good for Gatto

Honolulu, HI

#10 Oct 28, 2010
It's about time someone drew a line between freedom of speech and abuse of that freedom.

I hardly believe our Founding Fathers considered the internet when drafting such declarations. When lies and fabrications of truths make their way to Google search pages (as bloggers notoriously strive to do), it's tough to remove them. Consider that there are young teens who have killed themselves over such banal attacks and maybe folks will stop inciting such freedoms as a means to ruin lives. There's a reason they're called cyberbullies.

Mr. Gatto, I hope that you can strengthen the existing laws on electronic stalking and harassment to include such viciousness. It doesn't take a direct threat to one's life to kill.
LOL

Cambridge, MA

#11 Oct 28, 2010
Creepy doesn't begin to describe that picture looks like he should be hanging out in a airport mens room
Fair Deal

Riverside, CA

#12 Oct 28, 2010
Mike Gatto, being that thin-skinned person, does not fit to expose himself in this field called "dirty political arena".
At the beginning, I thought he was one promising young politician to whom I am inclined to
vote for, but upon having come across with his seemingly repressive attitude, going to the
extent of threatening others who happened to dislike his person or oppose his liine of thinking,
I immediately begun to realize he does not deserve to be elected to any public office or be
entrusted with power and authority affecting the general public.
The time is ripe to get rid of him from the offfice he temporarily holds. Thru the voting booth, let
us get rid of him comes November 2nd. Let us join hands and defeat the man!!
Jennifer

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Oct 28, 2010
When you look up Mike Gatto in the State Bar of California member's records, while his address is shown at his local Legislative Office, his email is listed at the LA branch of the huge Chicago law firm Mayer Brown.

While Mayer Brown's website no longer lists Michael Gatto as on of its lawyer employees, Mr. Gatto's political godfather, Robert M. Hertzberg (former Assembly Speaker and perennial Mayoral candidate,) is still a partner in Mayer Brown.

As a result, it might have been wise for blogger Michael Higby to remove any offensive language about Assemblyman Gatto. At the very least, Speaker Hertzberg probably could have obtained an "employee discount" if Mayer Brown represented Assemblyman Gatto in a defamation lawsuit.

Gatto's seemingly thuggish tactics against Higby illustrate one of the profound problems with California's anti-SLAPP and free speech laws. Despite the good efforts of Peter Scheer, Executive Director of the San Rafael-based First Amendment Coalition, there are nowhere near enough pro bono (do it for free) lawyers to defend the free speech rights of writers, bloggers and ordinary citizens.

The bad guys know that fact, and as a consequence threaten and even sometimes file litigation they know they will never win.

Welcome to the real world Californians. There is no right of free speech. Them with the gold rule.
no gatto

Burbank, CA

#14 Oct 28, 2010
In the election a few months ago to complete the term of Paul Krekorian, Gatto sent out postcards to those with Hispanic last names. While the postcards did NOT say vote for me, they did say if you vote and bring the post card along with your voting stub to Krispy Creme donuts, you can get a dozen free ones. I will not vote for him because of that.
Jennifer

Las Vegas, NV

#15 Oct 28, 2010
P.S. Sorry to talk over your head Good for Gatto.

In the United States, to prevail in a defamation lawsuit, an elected official has to bear the burden of proving "actual malice" by the party who posted the defamatory statement.

For you non-lawyers, actual malice could be proven, for example, by finding a note written by the defendant saying "I hate that guy because he got me fired."

Even if actual malice is proven, under California law, basically the only way to defame a male politician is to falsely accuse him of having committed a crime, or to falsely accuse him of having a loathsome disease.

Good for Gallo, everything you suggest in your post, for legislative action by Assemblyman Gallo, is absolutely beyond the pale, in terms of what the California Legislature and Governor have the power to enact, in terms of laws. Even though there are few lawyers to defend individual SLAPP suit defendants there is an army of people in Sacramento who can and do defend free speech in California against laws proposed by legal illiterates.
Jennifer

Las Vegas, NV

#16 Oct 28, 2010
Hey, "No Gatto". Did you know that the doughnuts for votes scheme you refer to is illegal, according to prominent Republican election lawyers from Washington?

Of course, most Secretaries of State who run elections, and Fair Political Practices Commission types disagree with the Republicans.

However, if Assemblyman Gallo has been whining about being defamed, maybe he should cool it with the doughnut scheme. He just might get some high paid, hot shot Republican lawyer riled up. Those lawyers do not have to worry about some schlepp client paying them, given "corporate personhood".
Peter

United States

#17 Oct 28, 2010
"Johnson said he understands the need for fact-checking after studying journalism in community college"??????????

If this dolt Johnson had such a deep understanding of "fact-checking", then why are his facts all wrong?

Could it be that he is a hired hatchet-man?

The fact is that Johnson is a bought and paid for shill for the Republicans.
Dear MrFlashlight

Ventura, CA

#18 Oct 28, 2010
I'm sure your post was witty and full of your opinion ... I for one didn't read it ...
Bill

United States

#19 Oct 28, 2010
My word, I'm impressed with the level of conversation here. Gotto looks funny to you people? You should get a look at Higby.

But never mind that sand lot nonsense. Gatto was clearly being slandered by this blog. Why else would Higby have taken down the posts?

Gatto bought the names of some web sites, including one that could be used by a pharmacy, and this clod Johnson spins that into accusations of drug crimes?

Wow. Obviously Gatto owes it to everyone to sit still for that sort of slander.

Riiiiiight.
Todays Pundit

United States

#20 Oct 28, 2010
no gatto wrote:
In the election a few months ago to complete the term of Paul Krekorian, Gatto sent out postcards to those with Hispanic last names. While the postcards did NOT say vote for me, they did say if you vote and bring the post card along with your voting stub to Krispy Creme donuts, you can get a dozen free ones. I will not vote for him because of that.
Let me get this straight. Gatto promised donuts to people IF they voted?
Well, clearly that is terrible. Or not!(Snicker)

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