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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

County supervisor plays hardball on Dodger security

Photo by Scott Fajack

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:

Councilman Eric Garcetti:

We have made it clear to the Dodgers, both through public statements and directly to them, that we expect their security to improve, and that alcohol is a clearly a key factor. Our focus has been on public safety concerns in the parts of our district surrounding the stadium, particularly when it comes public drinking on game days and the litter, aggressive behavior and other problems that go along with it.

Councilman Ed Reyes:

Councilmember Reyes’ style has always favored the immediate, direct and private approach to problem solving. Since the tragic incident, the Councilmember has met with Mr. McCourt, the Dodger brass and LAPD to address an array of issues including security, alcohol sales and other neighborhood concerns. Publicly, he has secured and announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the attackers. The response has been positive.

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.”



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6 comments

  1. as an avid drinker/partier/fun-time-haver and dodger fan, I’m sad that alcohol consumption for peaceful fans is being vilified and that this makes it harder for fun loving drunks to enjoy libations before/during/after the game…

    but I’d hate more to see something like this happen to another fan, of any other team or any other sport…

    go blue.

  2. Cracking down on alcohol sales? What’s there to crack down on, when a beer costs something like $8 and they stop selling em in the 7th inning? And furthermore, how do they know alcohol played a role in the attack when they can’t even find the perps? Sheesh.

  3. It wasn’t alcohol that beat that fellow. It was the antisocial element in our midst. We must put our hope in the state to provide our security. Go blue (LAPD)!

  4. Not to mention the fact that most of the troublemakers are already blasted when they arrive at the game.

  5. Antonovich is a hack and tries to get his name out any way he can. Alcohol sales at the game isnt the problem, its the cholos getting hammered before the game thats the problem. how dumb are these politicians?

  6. Perhaps LAPD should watch as the fans walk up the hill into Dodger Stadium.
    Put one foot in front of the other, touch your nose, follow the pencil, l sort of funny that a lot of the walkers are already unable to accomplish these tasks.

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