Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich does not attend a lot of Dodger games and the stadium is located outside his district. But the conservative Republican emerged as one of the earliest and most prominent local leaders to call upon the Dodgers to beef up security and eliminate half-price alcohol promotions following the brutal beating of a Giants fan after the Dodger season opener. Antonovich offered a reward ahead of the Los Angeles City Council and publicly took the team to task for not recognizing they had a security problem: “Denying that lack of security played a role in this attack is simply sticking their head in the sand,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
In contrast, the public comments of councilmen Eric Garcetti and Ed Reyes, who represent the Angeleno Heights, Echo Park and Solano Canyon neighborhoods surrounding the stadium, have been considerably more muted. On Thursday, as the Dodgers prepared for the first home game since the March 31 beating, The Eastsider asked whether Garcetti or Reyes had raised the same issues and made the same demands – in public or private – before Antonovich. Here, are excerpts of their replies:
Tony Bell, a spokesman for Antonovich, said the supervisor spoke out early in the face of a “failed public safety program” that threatened fans. He pointed out that many Dodger fans live in outside the city limits and across Los Angeles County. “Everybody should be able to … root for their team in a safe and peaceful environment without being threatened, accosted or worse.”