Photo: "Hydraulics" by Cindy Bennett, May 20, 2007.
Sunday afternoon a car club gathered on Stadium Way beneath the Canary Island palms, a traditional spot for fancy auto display. (A couple more photos on next "page," after "continue.")
As part of the McCourt Dodgers' commitment to Echo Park relations, VP Howard Sunkin and Noel Pallais took time this morning to grab a quick cup of coffee and talk about Chicken Corner and...the Dodgers. Went to the Rodeo Grill on Sunset after finding the pair looking a bit restless outside of Masa, our original meet, which was closed.
Howard said the organization is committed to "three equally guiding principles": playing baseball, offering an exceptional fan experience AND neighbor-relations. And I had thought they wanted to pave Elysian Park and turn it into a parking lot! Not so. Much of what Howard and Noel said sounded good (of course), and Chicken Corner ate some of it up: with the neighborhood council, the Dodgers have formed a task force to figure out ways to improve transportation to and from the stadium; there are 16 cops assigned to Scott Ave. on nights when the gate is open -- a good number. A genuine commitment to providing shuttles certainly would be a wholesome guiding principle. Here's to hoping it gets better all the time.
As for fire: Howard said that on the advice of the fire department, the fireworks were modified -- the "fallout" (I guess that's the display part) made narrower -- at the Dodgers' most recent pyrotechnics show.