We mentioned earlier that Assemblyman Mike Gatto was having an outstanding first session in Sacramento. And now that outstanding first session has been rewarded: Gatto has been named Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly.
That's the Rookie of the Year slot in the Assembly. Obliged to remain on deck for the Speaker, the office will throw Gatto into the heart of all Assembly issues, from wine to offshore drilling, while engaging in less cat-herding than the Speaker's office itself demands. It's a good slot for a first year Assemblyman. Things are on track for the people of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Burbank, and Atwater.