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Police discuss Concerts in the Park presence

Original post made on Jul 25, 2018

Pleasanton police have made several changes to how they manage public safety and local regulations during the popular Concerts in the Park this summer, but they deny allegations of overly aggressive behavior by officers dispersing concert-goers after a recent show, according to the police sergeant overseeing special event management for the department.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 4:19 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by Don Byrd
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm

First off,I don't attend music in Wayside park.My concern is all the attention that is being focus on making sure the park is empty at 10pm. Yes, I agree that people should not linger in park after closing time, all parks in our city are posted, closed dust to dawn. The police department needs to pay a little more attention on what is going on in & around the neighborhood park that runs between Vineyard & Kottinger , that is behind the new senior housing , Kottinger Gardens. Most of the problems is alcohol drinking ,drugs, which leads to more problems. Most times the drinking is at the two new tables , that was recently put in park (no lights) Then , when the alcohol & drugs kick in , they turn their attention to the kids play area

Posted by Know when to go home
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 26, 2018 at 12:10 am

I have lived near the park for more than 20 years and attended many concerts. I can say that in the last five years the crowds have become far noisier, drunker and inconsiderate than at any time in the past. The requirement to be gone from the park by 10 PM is not just for neighbors, it is a condition of the ABC permit that mandates absolutely no alcohol after that time. If the ABC was provided proof of even one person being in possession of alcohol in that park after 10PM they could gladly revoke the permit for everyone. Think about that. One inspector called in advance to do a check, one angry neighbor who has had enough of the late drunks and has a cell phone to take a video. If you are still in the park at 10, you are the problem. It would not likely have ever come to this if not for the large number of drunks who feel entitled to remain until well beyond the deadline. Maybe the police presence will stop that and we can get back to a more courteous evening without the heavy handed response. When I feel the need to continue my socializing I walk back to my home and do it in my own back yard.

Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:16 am

Have a “dry” concert and it will show how many people come for the music and how many just come to drink. I have not idea why people cannot have a good time without drinking.

Posted by Chris
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm

"Know when to go home" Exactly. Everything you said!!! People can't just come for a couple of hours, have a little wine (little key word here) and disperse and go home? .....Why spoil it for everyone....Because alcholism (sorry that word LOL) is rampant and folks don't know when to stop....Sadly. Pete, you are so correct! Peace!

Posted by Waaa
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 27, 2018 at 6:10 am

Boo hoo the police shined a light at you to get your attention

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