Barcelona's Mayor Jordi Hereu has openly stated that Barcelona needs more police, fearing that repeated negative images from the previous summers have done significant damage to the international prestige of the city and the collective morality of its neighbours (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). In a demanding letter addressed to the Catalan Minister of the Interior, Joan Suara, Hereu stated that "Barcelona now has unavoidable challenges in security that I believe requires extra effort by all governments. The city needs an increasing number of Catalan police to cover the growing needs generated by its public activity and population density." In the letter, Hereu went on to point out that despite the commitment by the Department of the Interior to maintain the body's specialised units of Guardia Urbana in the Rambla, he claimed that there had been a detected decrease of these units, recently made public by a number of media outlets.
Gràcia councilman Guillem Espriu, has proposed to map out the noisiest parts of Gràcia during the busy summer season (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Having acquired two mobile sound level meters which will be installed in the Plaza de la Vila and Plaza del Sol. In addition to this the council will require that all concerts organised in the district will have to install sound limiters so that they don't exceed certain noise levels. Also from the end of May, every Friday and Saturday night, 13 promoters of citizenship will be put in place to explain things like talking whilst leaving the cinema into the typical narrow streets of the area in Gràcia is a lot more annoying that it would be in the wider areas of the Eixample. The civil servants will be present until the end of November. Espriu is also to launch special projects in local schools to participate in a development of a game that will help the campaign against the noise of the summer of 2011.
Also in the news: More than 600 human bones have been found in and around the banks of the River Ebro by residents (read article in full, in Castilian here, El Pais) FC Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has asked the players to lift their spirits in order to win the league, where they need to win four matches (read article in full here, in Castilian, El Mundo).