Governor weighs Gatto's bill giving protections for California sports fans

Gov. Jerry Brown is weighing a proposal to better protect sports fans from violence at California's professional football stadiums, hockey arenas and baseball parks.

In the wake of violent incidents across the state, including the 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium, the Legislature this week sent Brown a bill that would require major-league sports venues to clearly post phone numbers that fans can call or text to quickly summon stadium security for help.

In addition to the Stow beating, which left him seriously injured, the measure was drafted by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) in reaction to incidents last year at a San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders game in which two people were shot in the parking lot and a fan was beaten unconscious in a stadium bathroom.

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-- Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

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