Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D- Silver Lake) set up a table Saturday at the Burbank Farmers Market, meeting constituents and fielding questions on topics ranging from his mother to Medicare.
Gatto hosted a Government Fair at the market behind Burbank City Hall, joined by representatives from agencies including the state Department of Consumer Affairs and the California Highway Patrol.
"Usually, when someone has an issue with the government — and people have a lot of issues with the government these days — they have to go to the government," Gatto said. "They are surprised the government is coming to them."
Gatto aides caught shoppers as they walked past and routed them toward the freshman assemblyman, who shook hands and handed out business cards and brochures.
One man asked when the state might pass a budget. Another told the assemblyman that he is not excited about either candidate for governor, Democratic Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown or Republican and former eBay executive Meg Whitman.