Over the course of the week, some Echo Park residents may have received a notice/letter from a group calling themselves the “Concerned Citizens of Echo Park”. The letter, dated March 12, 2014, begins with “Echo Park Residents: Dodgers are re-opening Scott Avenue gate this season” and announces the LA Dodgers’ decision to re-open the Scott Avenue gates for incoming traffic on game days.
The letter, whose language is nearly the same as its petition on change.org, states, “With a mere few weeks notice, the Dodgers announced that they will be re-opening the Scott Ave Gate for the first time in nearly two decades. The gate will be used for ingress and egress during ALL 81 HOME GAMES. The onslaught of traffic that goes along with thousands of cars redirected onto our local roads promises to wreak havoc on our residential community for nearly a quarter of the calendar year.”
The petition states that:
- It is already difficult to deal with traffic during the Dodger season
- The season brings traffic, trash, harassment, and illicit activities to the neighborhood
- Illicit activities include condoms, alcohol bottles, physical exposure, urination, and more
- Further infiltration into the neighborhood worsens the situation and its dangers, especially given nearby schools Logan and Gabriella Elementary
- The Dodgers’ stadium parking rates have increased, thus further causing parking problems in Echo Park
Ultimately, the petition asks Mayor Garcetti, Councilman O’Farrell, and Councilman Gil Cedillo to “please help protect the residential community from becoming a Dodgers parking lot by creating a street blockade on Scott Ave near Elysian Park to prevent fans from accessing local roads and wreaking havoc on our beloved community.”
As of March 16, 2014, 241 signatures have been collected out of a desired amount of 300.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell took to Facebook for a quick response to the petition and situation:
As a response to Councilman Mitch’s statement, the group states that he has no plan for how the trial period may work, or what may happen during the course of the season with regards to Scott Ave’s opening.
The petition urges concerned Echo Park residents to contact the mayor, the councilmen, and important figures within the Dodger organization as quickly as possible about their opinions, given that the season starts in a few weeks.
The LA Dodger season includes 81 home games.
Out of the signatures that have been collected, over 70 residents have left comments on the petition’s home page.