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Obama arrives in L.A.; traffic problems coming to parts of Westside

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President Obama arrived at LAX Thursday afternoon for a fund-raising sweep that is expected to cause traffic problems across the Westside.

Parts of Brentwood are expected to be particularly hard hit, with parking restrictions and some closures of major streets expected. A large police presence was already building in Brentwood Village, where some streets are already closed.

Air Force One landed about 2:30 p.m. Obama will spend some time at a fund-raiser at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. He is scheduled to dine at Tavern restaurant in Brentwood. It's unclear where he will spend the night, but the president is scheduled to depart from LAX about 9 a.m. Friday, at the heart of the morning commute.

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl urged Westside residents to plan activities at home during the time the president will be moving around or face “putting yourself into potential gridlock.”

Obama's visit to L.A. last summer closed numerous streets from downtown L.A. through the Westside, turning 45-minute commutes into three-hour ordeals. In his next visit in the fall, he used a helicopter for some stops, and the traffic situation improved.

Obama will use a helicopter for a portion of this visit.

Rosendahl said that after the traffic nightmare last summer, he talked to White House officials and urged them to use a helicopter, which they ultimately did. He said the president’s advance team gave “encouraging signs that they appreciated that situation on the Westside.”

While there will be some hard closures and parking bans on designated streets, efforts would be made to quickly reopen them after the president’s motorcade passes by, he said.

“The president's security will be directly related to the president’s movements and his security needs and will not be arbitrarily based. There will be flexibility,” Rosendahl said. “Frankly there wasn’t in that visit to Hancock Park. I'm hoping [this time] there will be a balance between the president’s security needs and the Westside constituents’ sensibility toward gridlock.”

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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, flies over the Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nev., en route to Los Angeles International Airport. Credit: Scott Sady / Associated Press

 
Comments () | Archives (10)

Of course the propriety of spending the taxpayers' money to raise cash for the democratic party during this time of economic hardship is brushed aside. Don't worry about the small business owners who are essentially out of business today. They probably vote republican anyway.

urging residents to plan indoor activities?? So does that give me an excuse to miss work? Thanks Obama!! I'll give my boss your number <3

Won't SOMEONE start a class action suit on these trips? My wife had to cancel a day's work. It is a de facto donation without choosing to do so voluntarily.

That's right, Los Angeles...stay home, so people can pay $38,500 per plate to dine with me.

I'd come visit my constituents in South Central or Inglewood, but those places are icky! I'm scared!

hey obama! WHO IS PAYING FOR YOUR GAS? taxpayers? why don't you do something about the HIGH prices?

Sony is between work and home. I guess I'm stuck at work till the Prez moves on?

Traffic in LA? Is this really news?

What happens with a presidents campaign funds if he looses? Does he get to spend it any way he wants? Obama is nearing being the richest person on earth.
Can I start campaigning and raising my retirement funds?

Is he using Air Force to travel to his fund raiser? If so will he be putting the funds toward our nation debt?

This guy is wasting gasoline by jetting around just to thump his chest and smile and say I hate all of you, but I sure am great. Vote for me - we sure did a great job on hope and change! Glad you like your time off you unemployed; glad you like the price of gasoline all you Los Angeles commuters.

By the way - get off the road. I am here and I cannot live with common citizens driving cars! Shame on all of you! Only I - your leader - should be allowed to waste massive amount of gas so that people can pay $35,000 a plate for dinner.

If these people ate chicken for dinner, and donated the $34,999 to the homeless and children, we would see change. No Obama wants it all to himself - he wants to jet around, fool around, and act like....


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