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March could screw up downtown traffic Thursday afternoon


Consider yourself warned: There will be several street closures during the Thursday afternoon rush hour in downtown Los Angeles to accommodate a march by United Teachers Los Angeles. The teachers union is protesting state budget cuts and possible layoffs in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The closures begin at 3 p.m., when teachers will march from Beaudry and 4th to Pershing Square via 4th Street, Flower, 5th and Olive. They'll rally from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and then march on Hill, 4th and Spring to the Ronald Reagan State Building.

Who issues these permits that allow rush-hour traffic shutdowns? It's the Los Angeles Police Department, citing the 1st Amendment right of groups to peaceably assemble.

Officials advise motorists that traffic conditions can be monitored on the city's website. My advice: Either leave downtown early, work late, eat downtown, go to the Kings game or call in sick. Bon appetit, everyone!

Photo: Vehicle traffic comes to a standstill. Credit: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

-- Steve Hymon

Comments () | Archives (2)

thanks for the non-existent analysis...this is simply bad writing and terrible journalism... I really wish blog posts could be used not just to announce events such as this, but as a means of leading readers to more insightful knowledge.

Wow Steve... I'm surprised you didn't mention that we have a subway, three light rail lines, and Metrolink which would all be unaffected by the street closures.

There were street closures all over DC for the inauguration... and was it a disaster? No, because over 1.5 million passengers took Metro that day.


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