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Monday, September 22, 2014

Dodgers prepare for reopening of Scott Avenue entrance this week

Dodger Stadium entrances

Dodgers say the reopening of the Scott Gate will help relieve pressure on other ballpark entrances. The map above shows the percentage of auto traffic that had flowed through each gate in 2013. Source: L.A. Dodgers

ECHO PARK — Residents living near Dodgers Stadium are supposed to receive placards and “neighborhood protection information” beginning today that will allow them to drive beyond police check points and barricades that will be set up on game days, according to Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.

O’Farrell, during a heated community meeting last week with the Dodgers, asked team representatives to postpone the reopening of the stadium’s Scott Avenue entrance until the placards had been created and distributed, allowing residents to get around a police checkpoint planned for game days at Scott and Echo Park avenues. The Dodgers apparently kept the Scott Gate closed during the Freeway Series games but it looks like it will now be open for this week’s season opener on April 4.

Many Echo Park residents fear that the reopening of the Scott Gate during the entire season will only worsen traffic congestion and problems in the primarily residential area west of the stadium. Dodger management, which has kept the gate shut for nearly 20 years with the exception of high-attendance games, said it needs to open the entrance to handle what is expected to be record-high attendance this year to help relieve traffic back ups at the ballpark’s other entrances. The plan is to direct traffic headed for Stadium Way Gate A (formerly called the Sunset Gate) to the Scott Avenue entrance.

In addition to the police check point and placards for residents, the Dodgers’ “Neighborhood Protection Plan” includes the installation of temporary barricades at several intersections near the stadium and changeable message signs.  Residents who do not receive a placard should contact Oscar Delgado with the Dodgers at 323-224-1443 or oscard@ladodgers.com, according to Council District 13.

 

Placards will be issued to residents living on the above streets.

33 comments

  1. It’s better than bad news. How does one receive a placard?

  2. Mitch O’Farrell posted this on his blog (http://www.cd13.com/dodger_baseball_and_echo_park_traffic):

    :”There are many issues that still need to be resolved, including permit parking for local residents, Changeable Message Boards (CMB’s), street closure management, and clearly defined routes. My office is working closely with DOT to develop a Permit Parking District to relieve residential streets affected by the seasonal influx of Dodger traffic.

    Until those issues are completely resolved, it would be irresponsible and premature to open the gate. Traffic mitigation needs to be firmly in place, and safety concerns need to be fully addressed, before the Dodgers should even consider opening the Scott Avenue Gate. ”

    Has any of this been done yet? What are the egress plans for after games?

    Dodgers, I suggest you don’t shove this down the throats of local residents unless you want a hot mess on your hands and very unhappy and strained community relations.

    • The new Dodgers owners can and should be allowed to do whatever they think is best on their PRIVATE property to improve one hell of an expensive investment. And for anyone crying about Dodger stadium traffic, I’m pretty sure you knew you were buying a home right next to Dodger stadium when you bought your home, right? It’s kind of like buying a house right next to the freeway, and then complaining about the freeway.

      • Constantine Singer

        Ed,
        I’ve lived with the Dodgers as a neighbor for over fifteen years. For the first ten, the Dodgers were great neighbors and we purchased our house, in part, because we could walk to games.

        I don’t know if you’ve ever had a neighborly relationship turn sour when a house was sold, but that’s what’s happened here. When we moved here, the gate was closed at all times, traffic control was fantastic, and there was an extensive LAPD presence on neighborhood streets pre, during, and post games.

        That is no longer the case and I reserve the right to expect that a situation which has deteriorated markedly should be remedied — the fact that the Dodger’s owners have paid an exorbitant price for their investment should not mean that I, who have extended myself similarly in comparison to my means, should suffer.

      • Not correct at all. We bought our house in the fall and had no idea that there would be problems going into and out of Dodger stadium, as we are not baseball fans.
        We bought on a quiet residential street north of Sunset, west of the Stdium.
        There was no disclosure by the sellers or brokers, about this issue, for the property.
        This is a huge surprise & aggravation for us.
        We paid way over asking price, thinking we were in a quiet residential neighborhood.

  3. Echo Park resident

    How are residential placards being distributed? It is only for a select number of resident (ie: Those who live East of Echo Park Ave?) or will they be given to all residents who use Scott to drive to their homes?

    I do not see this being an effective solution if only homes East of Echo Park Ave. are given protection. What’s to stop someone from turning onto Scott off Glendale and parking in front of my home near Logan Elementary and walking to the Dodgers games?

    • If you don’t receive a placard and want/need one, contact Oscar Delgado at The Dodgers: (323)224-1443

      However, if there are no LADOT officers assigned to your area, the placards will essentially be useless. You can double check with Oscar on whether or not LADOT will be stationed near your street, and if not – make sure to tell him and your city councilmember that you require an LADOT presence.

      • His voice mailbox is full. Is there another way to get through to Oscar to receive one of these placards?

        • Echo Park resident

          He hasn’t responded to my email, either.

          • Try emailing Renata Simril (renatas@ladodgers.com) and CCing Oscar, along with Adam Bass (adam.bass@lacity.org – CD13 ofc). Also, be sure they know that your calls and emails haven’t been returned.

      • Oldtimeresident

        Actually some of the residents were living there before the stadium was built… If I have to deal with traffic, tailgating , and fans taking up my parking so shld Scott ave residents…

  4. Placard & 2 free tix hand-delivered to Sargent Place this morning.

  5. Traffic is already congested for games….I’ve been snared in many a snags coming home or leaving my house.

    Its already bad.

    How can opening another gate do anything other than relieve the situation?

  6. 2 free tix aren’t going to placate me. I hope the Dodgers start to give a crap about the neighborhood and safety.

    • Agreed. And they only went door to door after residents demanded it (they initially wanted residents to pick up placards at the stadium and had no method of contacting the whole neighborhood)

  7. Well they haven’t gone door to door in years, and today I got what I had demanded: a letter explaining what’s about to happen, and 2 parking placards.

    We live next door to a MLB baseball team. Maybe if we keep communicating we can make something new here, in terms of neighborhood safety.

    I see regular people doing totally non-safe things every day (dogs off leash, completely illegal, impatient driving maneuvers, running stop signs, etc.) in Echo Park. @ EP_Dad: I sometimes wonder if my own residential neighbors give a crap about safety. What do you do every day to make sure your neighbors are safe?

    • Buster Keaton, months ago I sent Dist 1 and 13 a PDF of neighborhood traffic safety concerns as well as input on what can be done to improve safety and access in Elysian Park. I’ve also contacted about off-leash dogs, What are you doing?? Interesting that you feel the need to take that tone with a fellow resident and only assume the worst. Poor reflection on you.

  8. Dodgers/Angels Stabbing

    This is why tens of thousands of fans routed down local roads with one bike cop in all of Echo Park isn’t going to cut it. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-three-marines-stabbed-dodger-angel-fans-20140331,0,6917785.story

  9. @Dodgers/Angels Stabbing

    thanks for fanning the internet flames completely irresponsibly.

    the incident you link to happened in Huntington Beach and has nothing to do with this Echo Park neighborhood discussion.

  10. What a joke , I have called left a message & e-mail still no response , . I wish Jackie G was still our Council person !

  11. address on driver’s license should suffice for those who are
    residents.

    • If anyone has moved and hasn’t renewed their license yet they will not have their new address. My address is still my parent’s address — haven’t lived there in 8+ years, but my license hasn’t expired yet. No need to change.

  12. Good morning,

    Tomorrow morning, as part of a larger opening day operation, I have responsibility for the area outside of the stadium west of Stadium Way. This includes palm tree row, Scott Avenue, and the area around Barlow Hospital and the fire training center. Designated Team Blue, I’ll have about 25 officers with me, and we start at 4:00 am. Opening day activity is our sole responsibility.

    Traffic flow will be an obvious concern, as will people partying in the park, which will have its own deployment. Please let me know what residential areas have been badly afflicted on past opening days, and we’ll patrol them (I’ll be out there in a black and white, not in a command post). Give me intersections or hundred blocks of streets, and I’ll address it. The goal of Operations-Central Bureau, who is running the detail, is to first ensure the safety of residents and visitors, then prevent crime and quality of life issues in residential areas, and maintaining traffic management.

    Enjoy your day, ladies and gentlemen, and we’ll see how tomorrow goes!

    Wes
    25214@lapd.lacity.org
    (213) 484-3670

  13. Constantine Singer

    McDuff Street has received no passes. Oscar’s voicemail is full. The game is tomorrow and I am concerned.

    • The sky is NOT falling. You WILL live to tell about it. (You have a drivers license, right? Problem solved. Next!)

      • Meanwhile, on Scott...

        Friend hit by car while LADOT fails to regulate traffic and waves all fans through for access to local roads. So you’ll live to tell about it as long as you don’t get hit by a car, etc.

      • Constantine Singer

        No, the sky is not falling. I feel better for the reminder. Last year on opening day when they didn’t hand out permits or enforce the local access rules a drunken Dodgers fan threatened to shoot my neighbor and burn down my house because they couldn’t get their truck past the cars of other Dodger’s fans who had parked illegally on our street.

        McDuff Street is a small, narrow, street between Sunset and Scott and between Echo Park Avenue and Elysian Park — we are one of the four streets most impacted by this decisions (others being Sargent, Fairbanks, Scott and Portia) because it means that for the duration of Dodger’s traffic, we now have no ingress or egress that is not clogged and it also means that, like last year’s exiting traffic during high impact games, fans use our street to try and game traffic.

        Just because something isn’t a problem for you doesn’t mean somebody else is being histrionic.

    • Yeah, no passes for me on McDuff either. No, the sky is not falling, but the street is already full of Dodgers fans parking and the game is still 3 hours away. We were promised local access enforcement.

  14. We live on Lake Shore. No one this far West have received placard, but Lake Shore is on that list.

  15. @lake shore, if it’s any consolation, you’re not missing out on placards, since they’re not being enforced. LADOT has been waving fans through local roads since early this morning, and just openly stated to my neighbor, who asked if they’re checking placards “nope, too much traffic. everyone’s coming through.”

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