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Question of the Day: How to Prevent Rowdy Crowds?

Weigh in with your thoughts on this question.

The holiday weekend brought at least a few incidents with rowdy or violent crowds on the beach and surrounding streets in Long Beach, both last Friday and Memorial Day.

Answer this question in the comments: Can the city and police prevent these rowdy crowds and violent incidents? Why or why not?

Eddie May 31, 2011 at 01:36 PM
It's not illegal to be rowdy. But when rowdy turns to breaking laws, the laws must be enforced. Attention has to be given to minor "quality of life" violations. When those laws are enforced, hooligans are less likely to escalate their offensives to more serious crime. Typical first-hot-day-of-the-season issues that have plagued beach towns since the 1930's.
LBLover May 31, 2011 at 01:43 PM
I would go with tickets and fines!! The city needs to beef up police on the beaches where these large crowds tend to go
Citzen//Taxpayer May 31, 2011 at 02:37 PM
If someone is rowdy, aggressive and annoying other beach-goes kick them off the beach and walk them to the bus/train station. Period end of sentence. didn't anyone's parents do their job?
The Truth May 31, 2011 at 03:07 PM
After they have been walked them to the train/bus, how will they get back to their cars?
rich May 31, 2011 at 04:28 PM
these crowds are not just at the beach and the parts of town where they are need better enforcement of codes and ordinances, the need to support the bar friendly attitude over our quality of life has to cease, and the burden of enforcement by the city's inactions (or actions) has fallen on the police and in that we need a greater presence and better communicetion with the bars as to the enforcements required. The crowds are not beneficial to the City or the residents and the problems they bring need attention. It is time for someone upstairs to have compassion for our rights and look at the needs and wants of the City and strive to make it the most wonderful place on earth
IRISH 4 May 31, 2011 at 08:59 PM
There has to be a plan worked out ..That is how most communties handle it . unfortunately it happens and it can happen any time so you have to prepare for it the same as a flood ,hurricane . It is one of the most wonderful place on this earth to me ,my family and my friends thats why we love living here ..Nothing is perfect and our problems an be worked out Places ravaged by tornadoes and hurricanes and wild fires and war do not see a solutions for them any time in the near future .
Bob May 31, 2011 at 09:02 PM
yes i believe that we can control this behavior that we had seen this weekend. 1. keep ticket booths open until 8PM. most incidents on the beach happen when people don't have to pay to get on the beach. 2. increase the fee up to 20.00 per person for out of town visitors. 3. have police on the boardwalk near conflict prone areas.(Monroe-National Blvd.) 4. have a zero tolerance policy like in our schools. if someone is part of an altercation they are both escorted off the beach and if needed detained. 5. place a few cameras w/ dvr's on the light poles between Monroe and National and let it be viewed by the LBPD. 6. do not allow parking on the super block or foundation block after the ticket booths close.
IRISH 4 May 31, 2011 at 09:14 PM
That is a plan and it seems like a very good one .. You have to start somewher.
Brian McNamara June 01, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Bob that sounds like a good plan!
Tom June 01, 2011 at 06:12 PM
It sounds like a fair plan, hopefully the city council and manager have read it, if not maybe the should receive a copy. The increased fees would offset additional man hours. I imagine all could be implemented rather quickly with a special vote.
Citzen//Taxpayer June 01, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Do you really care? The premise would be to remove the offending person.
Baghdad Bob June 01, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Sounds like a plan. I would remove number 5- I'm not a big fan of Big Brother. I don't need police cameras watching me pick my nose.
Richard Boodman June 01, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Bob for City Manager!

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