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Dodgers hire developer Steve Soboroff as vice chairman

April 19, 2011 | 12:45 pm

The Dodgers have hired former Playa Vista developer Steve Soboroff as their vice chairman.

A former senior advisor to former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, Soboroff will coordinate the implementation of security measures recommended by former Los Angeles Police Chief William F. Bratton.

In a news release Tuesday, the Dodgers said Soboroff would be entrusted with “leading the efforts to improve the fan experience at the stadium, strengthening ties to the region’s community and philanthropic organizations, and expanding conservation and sustainability programs at Dodger Stadium.”

“The fan experience starts with a safe, comfortable, family environment, and extends from there,” Soboroff said in the release. “That’s the recipe for success in the city’s parks, at Playa Vista and in every neighborhood throughout Los Angeles. It is about having the right plan, and putting that plan into action. People throughout the city and country can expect their phone to ring from me, so be prepared to talk about innovative partnerships that help kids, advance sustainability, improve transportation to and from the ballpark, and create a second-to-none fan experience.”

In September, Soboroff submitted an op-ed letter to The Times in support of Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. The letter was submitted a week after former owner Peter O’Malley said McCourt should sell the team.

“Steve understands this city as few others do, and his contributions have made Los Angeles a better place,” McCourt said in the release. “Not only will he infuse great ideas and energy to the Dodger organization, but he will use his trademark ‘get-it-done’ approach to extend the Dodgers’ positive impact on Los Angeles. It starts with a quality fan experience in the stadium, and extends throughout the Southern California community.”

 -- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Steve Soboroff in 2010. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times