There is no new news on the murder of Joseph Gatto. Nearly four months after California State Assemblymember’s Mike Gatto’s father was slain while in his Silver Lake home, authorities are still searching for the elder Gatto’s killer even after a $50,000 reward was offered last January for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
The LAPD continues to ask those with any information to call (213) 486-5910 or the LAPD’s crime hotline, 24 hours a day, (877) 527-3247.
I realize I write a good deal about youth baseball fields at Crystal Springs in Griffith Park. That’s for three reasons: I care about children; as a former long-time youth baseball coach and commissioner, I know, first-hand, the benefits children receive from youth sports and coaching; and finally, the issue is deeply personal as I have been attacked both personally and professionally by some locals for my advocacy of the fields.
I hope this may be the last time I have to write about “The Battle Over the Ballfields,”—that was a Ledger front page headline in Dec. 2005—as the city’s Recreation and Parks five-panel Board of Commissioners will decide on the issue March 5th. The board may approve or deny the project; ask for revisions to the city’s report on the project or pass on making a decision altogether and kick the issue directly to the Los Angeles City Council for a vote.
It’s my belief that if the Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners votes “thumbs down” Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge will use a bylaw in the City Charter to override the commission’s authority and have the Los Angeles City Council have final say. If the City Council approves the project, I believe a lawsuit from those opposed will be filed against the city shortly thereafter.
So, in this month’s edition, I have shared my personal history about the “Battle” over the Ballfields. Spoiler Alert: it’s truly not about picnic tables or trees. It’s about an ugly struggle for power in Los Feliz that has been ongoing for years. Please see more inside on pages 18 and 19.
Additionally, I’ve created an 8-minute video on the issue which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA5tIdK9mT4.
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