Dodgers lacking full-time security chief since December; how should Bratton fix problems?
The Los Angeles Dodgers opened their season without a full-time security chief for the first time since 2005 –- and the position has been left vacant for four months.
Times staff writer Bill Shaikin reported that the Dodgers do plan to fill the job after dismissing Ray Maytorena, a former Secret Service agent, last December. Maytorena was one of at least 22 front-office employees to leave the organization over the last two off-seasons. His duties were consolidated under Francine Hughes, vice president of stadium operations. Hughes previously worked 15 years in commercial real estate.
Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said Shahram Ariane, Maytorena's predecessor, had been hired back on an interim basis to run security.
Ariane said Wednesday that he is "consulting" for the Dodgers and has done so "for the past couple of weeks." However, he remains in his full-time job as director of campus safety at the Claremont Colleges. He said his work for the Dodgers would be short-term.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers announced that they have hired former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton to develop a "security blueprint" for Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. The Dodgers retained Bratton amid pressure from civic leaders to upgrade ballpark security because of a parking lot attack last week that left a San Francisco Giants fan critically injured.
What do you think of security at Dodger Stadium? What should Bratton do to fix problems? And do you agree that security and safety are problems? Tell us below.
Photo: Dodgers fan Eric Amend holds a sign expressing his thoughts during a prayer vigil for Bryan Stow outside the USC Medical Center on Wednesday. Stow, a father of two, was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodgers Stadium following the season opener against the Giants. Credit: Mariah Tauger/ Los Angeles Times