Rafael Gutierrez and his friends spared no expense for this year's Dodgers opening day.
They wanted to have a blast at Elysian Park before the game — hiring a party bus to chauffeur them down from Oxnard, a brass band and a taco guy.
But like many fans Monday, Gutierrez was surprised to find dozens of LAPD officers fanned across Stadium Way, prohibiting people from parking or stopping their cars to unload. On several surrounding streets, a two-hour parking limit made game-day festivities next to impossible.
The crackdown was part of a city-led effort to control the unruly tailgating that's long affected the area around Dodger Stadium.
Security has been a...