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March could screw up downtown traffic Thursday afternoon

January 28, 2009 |  5:06 pm


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