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Some angered by traffic from Obama's visit, but other commuters say the drive was easier than usual

April 21, 2011 |  8:22 pm

Traffic in some parts of West Los Angeles slowed to a crawl Thursday afternoon and evening as President Obama arrived at LAX, then made his way to the Beverly Hilton Hotel and on to Culver City on a fund-raising swing through the county.

At the latter stop, a few hundred people protested outside Sony Studios regarding immigration rights, the economy and other issues. The protest broke up after the motorcade passed, the Associated Press reported.

Various people complained about the traffic via Twitter, but others said it wasn’t too bad.

Jillian Hunter, of Venice, tweeted that it took her only 45 minutes to get from Beverly Hills to her Venice home. Some reported that traffic was light on the westbound 10 Freeway and almost nonexistent on the  405 Freeway, north of the 10.

Others however, had different experiences.  “Thank you Pres #Obama for letting me sit in traffic in #LA today for over 2 hours -- what were the #CO2 emissions for thousands of idling cars?” @richardcostigan wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, areas of gridlocked traffic were reported. Numerous exits on the 405 Freeway were closed as the president’s motorcade made its way along surface streets. Olympic Boulevard remained open, but there were reports of bumper-to-bumper conditions with motorists honking, yelling through windows and violating traffic rules in an effort to get around the mess.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz


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Photo: Varohi Chahin, center, was among demonstrators Thursday outside an event attended by President Obama in Culver City. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times