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County supervisor wants to scrap alcohol promotion at Dodgers games

Bryan Stow, center

L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich on Tuesday called on the Dodgers to cancel a planned half-off special on alcohol at midweek games in the aftermath of the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow.

Antonovich, who was among the first to question Dodgers security in the wake of Stow’s beating by two unidentified assailants, again challenged the team to take action and end the alcohol promotion.

“They don't need to be offering alcoholic beverages at half price when they can't handle the crowd at full price,” Antonovich said.

The half-off deal was planned for six games in April, May, June and August.

The beating in the stadium parking lot left Stow, the father of two, in a medically induced coma.

Dodgers officials said they are reexamining the alcohol sales as part of a wider review of security and other measures at the stadium.

Antonovich said Tuesday that the plans to beef up security were “a day late and a dollar short.”

Stow, 42, was wearing Giants attire when he was attacked after the opening day game.

Sixteen LAPD officers and detectives are working to identify and arrest the assailants, and a $150,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.

In the wake of growing bad publicity, the Dodgers hired former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton and his security firm, Kroll Associates, to produce a plan to prevent violence in and around the stadium.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has vowed to have many more officers present at games this week, with a zero-tolerance approach to misbehavior.

Bratton, in an interview with The Times, said a wide range of issues, including lighting in the parking lots, staffing levels of security personnel and the organization's policy on alcohol sales, would be scrutinized.

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-- Richard Winton

Photo: An image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Bryan Stow, center, is shown on the scoreboard before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco on April 8. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters

 
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If Los Angeles county really wanted to get serious about violence, they would take a hint from local smoking bans and prohibit consumption of alcohol in public places as well. All the research shows that alcohol is to blame for the majority of vehicular homicides, domestic abuse cases, and violent attacks at public events like the one in this story. Ban the booze and lives will be saved. If you want to drink, drink at home. I shouldn't have to fear for the lives of my children constantly because people with very bad judgment like to go out drinking and then hop behind the wheel for a cruise to the next place on the bar crawl.

@ Chattie . I have to agree folks in los angels cant seem to handle there booze responsibly they shouldn't be allowed to drink in public at all and really limit the places that can vend drinks.

Only one problem with Chattie's assessment. Dodger Stadium is NOT a public place. It's private property.

Chattie, stop being so reactionary. Not everyone who has a beer at the game gets violent.

As a matter of fact, let's take a closer look at this specific case:

Let's estimate the attendance of the Dodgers' home opener was 50,000 people.

We know that there were two men who assaulted Bryan Stow (may he recover fully).

Out of the 50,000 people in attendance, let's assume 10,000 people purchased beers. It's likely a lot higher, but let's settle on it for the sake of keeping it simple.

So out of 10,000 people having beers, two of them did what criminals do, drunk or not, and that's commit a crime.

Let's not punish the tens of thousands of people who have fun at the game and abide by the laws of the land. Peaceful, productive people of society.

Let's focus on tighter security, which is a no-brainer, along with more awareness.

If anything should come from this tragic situation, it's how beautifully all baseball fans have come together to condemn the actions of these two criminals.

Those two criminals were violent already. Drubnk or not, they'd have been aggressive towards a rival anyway. A person has it in them already to be violent or not.

So again, let's not be reactionary.

Cool heads will prevail.


I can't help you with your worries about your kids' safety, though you seem to think only alcohol causes deaths.

2 people out of 50,000 acted like complete idiots. That's just how life works.


Beer wasn't to blame. These grown men were. These men weren't even caught, so how do we even know they were drinking?

Here's one that would be much more effective: Don't let in any person who has fulfills two or more of the following:

A. Neck tattoo
B. Tattoos on the back or top of his head
B. Clean shaven head
C. Baggy pants
D. Smells of alcohol when entering the stadium
E. Wearing a Dodger jersey bearing the number 18

The most dangerous fan at Dodger Stadium is Frank McCourt. Until he is held accountable...all of the King's horses...and all of the King's men...and all of the LAPD's officers...will never be able to put Dodger Stadium back together again.

I always get a little nervous around anyone who can't stop consuming alcohol for 1 or 2 or 3 hours. They get real agitated if you even just suggest it.

I'm not the type of person who's normally for banning things, but I think Chattie has a really good point.

The baseball stadium is one of the few places left in the world where you should be able to take your kids and family and spend a relatively safe and fun afternoon. Violence like this shouldn't happen in a place like that. Being drunk doesn't make that okay.

If you want to drink and watch the game, go to the neighborhood sports bar. It's not fair to put me in a situation where me or my kids could end up being threatened because you misjudged your limits and couldn't control yourself. The stadium itself ought to be dry.

I dont know how people can be so rude and ignorant. why is it that there are so many people out there that thrive on hurting another human being? i dont understand it! i wish the best of luck finding the ones who did that to brian. my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family!

Bottom line most folks in los angeles dont know how to behave!
So we have to treat them all like little kids no drinking in any sports areas!

Move the Dodgers, then you will have a safe arena. I hate LA.

If they stop serving beer at games, people who care about baseball will still come. It's just that the morons looking to get drunk and start trouble that will stay home. Sounds like a fair trade to me.

The Rose Bowl and Coliseum are dry, too. It has only resulted in more drunks at the games. People get extra liquored up and hope the buzz lasts the entire game.

Only a moron would advocate this as a solution for what two idiots did. Don't punish 99% of your attendees for what 2 braindead fools did.

I agree Chattie, They need to ban all alcohol at public events, as it's not fair to those who want to enjoy a game, esp. with their children, to have some idiots, loudmouths sitting nearby! They have another 165 hours in their week to drink & act stupid.

And it says a lot about anyone that can't enjoy a game without drinking.

Alcohol kills & causes so many medical issues, but due to the big money, the powers that be look the other way.

Wanna drink & be stupid ? Fine, do it at your home, by your friends & neighbors, & annoy them, as we don't want to spend our hard earned money to have knuckleheads drinking near us!

sorry tommy. in the 15 or so years since they banned alchohol sales at the rose bowl, i've seen maybe 2 fights. before that they were a weekly occurance.

on that note, why all of a sudden should alcohol be banned from dodger stadium? it's been sold there since day one and fights / mischief are exceedingly rare. it really isn't too hard to cut off the drunk who is in line to buy more.

What happened recently at Chavez Ravine, was to a more severe degree, but if anyone thinks incidents, fights & loudmouths are rare, have not seen the truth down there, as they are far more commonplace that most think.

Oh too familiar...

Make the ticket holders pay more to make up for the troubles that are caused by the freeloading drunkers that hang out in the parking lot.

Increase the taxes on the payers more to justify the crimes that are committed by those who are illegal here in the first place.

Good job LA! Way to sweep the problems under the rug.

Homeless man murdered in Downtown LA, stabbed to death by two men. Found laying there dead 2 hours later. And no donation fund, this guy is set for life... while murder victims get nothing. Mr. Stow is beyond lucky to be alive, and have the overwhelming support from the community. How many mother of murder victims get that? Lets get real. I say look for the two guys, who already have been seen by nearly every fan.. and move on to other real domestic cases. This has turned to a media show that strays very far from concrete reality.

Great point, Montana. The high profile incidents do indeed make the headlines, create donation drives, etc. while john doe is just that, another john doe.

And I don't mean to sound harsh, but Mr. Stow still may end up a murder victim, God forbid. He himself may be better off in Heaven, than to live the rest of his life with what most likely may be severe brain damage, tho' for his family, I pray he does survive with as little damage as possible.

Again Montana, a well made point.....


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