Bill Text: CA ACR173 | 2013-2014 | Regular Session | Chaptered

Bill Title: Joe Gatto Memorial Highway.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 27-6)

Status: (Passed) 2014-09-11 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 184, Statutes of 2014. [ACR173 Detail]

Download: California-2013-ACR173-Chaptered.html


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Gomez and Ian Calderon
   (Principal coauthor: Senator De León)
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Bigelow, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Campos,
Chau, Conway, Cooley, Dickinson, Fong, Beth Gaines, Garcia, Gonzalez,
Hagman, Holden, Levine, Maienschein, Medina, Mullin, Olsen, Pan,
Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Rodriguez, Ting, and Williams)
   (Coauthors: Senators Correa, Hernandez, Lieu, and Liu)

                        AUGUST 11, 2014

   Relative to the Joe Gatto Memorial Highway.


   ACR 173, Gomez. Joe Gatto Memorial Highway.
   This measure would designate a specified portion of Interstate 10
between Interstate 710 and Interstate 5 in the County of Los Angeles
as the Joe Gatto Memorial Highway. The measure also would request the
Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate
signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations
from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.

   WHEREAS, Joseph "Joe" Gatto was born December 22, 1934, in Pueblo,
Colorado, served in the United States Army, and became the first in
his family to attend college, graduating with a bachelor's degree
from California State University, Los Angeles; a master's in
education from Pepperdine University; and a master's in design from
California State University, Los Angeles; and
   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto began traveling the world in the 1960s,
visiting western Europe, Russia, Egypt, and Japan. He married in 1968
and subsequently chose to return to California, the place of his
education, with his wife and three children; and
   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto settled his family in the Silver Lake
neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1978; and
   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto exhibited an extraordinary commitment to hard
work and a dedication to his family by working three jobs at times,
teaching on Saturdays, and working night shifts at Dodger Stadium;
   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto, a beloved teacher full of life and with so
much talent to share, retired after over 47 years in the classroom as
an art and design teacher at the primary, secondary, and
postsecondary levels. He helped found the Los Angeles County High
School for the Arts, where he served as Dean of the Visual Arts
Department. He also taught at other educational institutions,
including Granada Hills High School; Pierce College; California State
University, Northridge; California State University, Los Angeles;
the Otis Art Institute; and the Art Center in Pasadena; and
   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto's work ethic and commitment to his pupils and
students were represented by his 100 percent attendance record at
school and work since he was in the fourth grade; and
   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto inspired thousands of pupils and students with
a unique philosophy on teaching. He was awarded the Bravo Award as
the California Arts Teacher of the Year in 1986; was a recipient of
the National Distinguished Teacher Award; was honored at the White
House in 1988, 1989, and 1998; received the California and Pacific
Region Art Educator of the Year award in 1990; and received a
distinguished teacher award from the City of Los Angeles in 2003; and

   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto exhibited his love for the earth and passion
for art through his hand-crafted jewelry line, Wear Art Now. He
traveled to exhibit Wear Art Now at shows and in museums, including
the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the
Museum of Science and Industry; and
   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto pursued many passions, including cooking dinner
for his family; restoring antique furniture; photography and
painting; speaking the Italian language; making his own preserves,
sausages, and liqueurs; reading; listening to classical bluegrass
music; debating politics; writing; growing his own fruits and
vegetables; and participating in his Catholic parish, Our Mother of
Good Counsel; and
   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto will be remembered nationwide as an artist,
writer, teacher, lecturer, influential member of his community, and
loving father and grandfather; and
   WHEREAS, Mr. Gatto is survived by his son Mike and Mike's wife
Danielle; his daughter Nicole and her husband Mark; his daughter
Mariann and her husband Eric; his grandchildren Damian, Elliana,
Evangelina; his former wife Isolde; his brothers Don and Frank; and
his countless cousins, admiring pupils and students, and loving
friends; and
   WHEREAS, It is appropriate to honor Mr. Gatto by designating a
portion of Interstate 10 is his memory; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates the
portion of Interstate 10 between Interstate 710 and Interstate 5 in
the County of Los Angeles as the Joe Gatto Memorial Highway; and be
it further
   Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested to
determine the cost of appropriate signs consistent with the signing
requirements for the state highway system showing this special
designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources
sufficient to cover the cost, to erect those signs; and be it further

   Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of
this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author
for appropriate distribution.