Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today pledged to crack down on trouble-making fans at Dodger Stadium, with Beck threatening to arrest or throw aggressive fans out of the ballpark, according to L.A. Now. Dodger owner Frank McCourt, whose team’s season opener was marred by the beating of a Giants fan in the stadium parking lot, vowed “to provide a safe, family friendly, fan friendly environment at Dodger stadium. I promise you that.”
But there were no specific promises made today to the residents of Echo Park and Solano Canyon about dealing with rowdy fans outside the stadium gates. Earlier this week, L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez wrote about the noise, public drinking and rowdy behavior endured by the stadium’s neighbors. Last week, in a story in The Eastsider, residents complained about the city’s failure to address long-standing problems blamed on baseball fans. Police have said they will raise their presence around the stadium but have not offered details. Monica Valencia, a spokeswoman for Councilman Ed Reyes, said:
Chief Beck was vague on specifics. He did address a short-term plan that involves higher visibility and more uniformed officers in and around the stadium. He assured Councilmember Reyes of being assertive with disruptive fans. The Councilmember continues to work directly with the Dodgers, LAPD and Bratton on these security issues.