Dodgers hire Bratton as security consultant *

bratton-cropped.jpgIt's hard to know whether ex-LAPD chief William Bratton and Kroll, where he is chairman, will be actual security advisers or they are there as Frank McCourt's latest in a series of image consultants. (I'll presume Bratton's team will do more than channel good vibes, like the Dodgers' most touchy-feely adviser.) It's a response, obviously, to the PR hit the Dodgers are taking over the most recent serious assault at Dodger Stadium. The release says that Bratton will "assess policies and procedures related to security and fan services at Dodger Stadium, and to work with the Dodger organization to develop a best practices security blueprint that extends to both the stadium and the parking lots."

Meanwhile: Bryan Stow, the paramedic and Giants fan who was attacked on opening day, had texted from inside the stadium that he felt scared for his safety. After he left to look for a taxi, he was beaten. Doctors at County-USC say he suffered a severely fractured skull and damage to the frontal lobe of his brain. He faces a long recovery process at best, they said.

Add Kroll: New employee Tina Daunt, the former LAT columnist, blogged this week about discovering the macarons at Bottega Louie in Downtown. Hint for her and others: Show up at the bakery around closing time and they sometimes give away a goodie bag.

* Can't anyone here play this game?: The Dodgers could not confirm to T.J. Simers they are paying any of Stow's medical expenses. I guess that advice from Bratton, who showed when he was here that he knew PR strategy as well as policing, hasn't kicked in yet.

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