Silver Lake intersection might be named in honor of slain arts teacher Joseph Gatto


SILVER LAKE — Councilman Tom LaBonge has proposed designating the intersection of West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue in honor of Joseph Gatto,  an arts teacher and father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto,  who was shot in his Silver Lake home during a November 2013 murder that remains unsolved.

Gatto’s home on Bright Lane is only a few blocks south of the intersection that would be named in his honor. The body of 78-year-old Gatto was found slumped over a desk with a gunshot wound in his abdomen. Police launched a search for suspects who had been seen in the area before the murder and also for jewelry that Gatto made.  The city issued a $50,000 reward in the case but no arrests have been made.

Under a motion introduced by LaBonge, signs reading “Joseph Anthony Gatto Memorial Square” would be installed at the intersection in honor of Gatto, who had lived in Silver Lake since 1978.  “Mr. Gatto will be remembered nationwide as an artist, writer, teacher, lecturer, influential member of his community and loving father and grandfather,” said the motion.

The motion must be approved by the  City Council approval.


  1. I think we can all agree that it was pretty sad that Mr. Gatto was murdered, but would this even be considered if his son wasn’t a LA politician? Let’s focus on the potholes and graffiti Mr. Gatto, not self serving using tax payer money.

  2. If I remember correctly, the pink building in the photo – across from Ivanhoe School – was also the site of a murder a few years ago. I think the storeowner was shot to death.

  3. I think it is a fine way to remember a man who gave countless years of his life working in public schools. Whether his son is a politician or not is irrelevant to me because Mr. Gatto was a beloved, local, well respected teacher. Any time a teacher is recognized, remembered, honored is more than ok in my book.

    • You are absolutely correct! Let’s recognize all teachers who dedicate their life to public education! NOT JUST THE TEACHERS WHOSE SONS ARE POLITICIANS!!!

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