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President Obama to arrive in L.A. for rush-hour traffic

October 24, 2011 |  7:28 am

President Obama to visit Los Angeles

President Obama will return to Southern California on Monday evening, and the rolling street closures will be coming back with him -- just in time for the evening commute.

Obama will touch down at Los Angeles International Airport shortly before 5 p.m. for an overnight visit for fundraising events on Monday night and an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," which will be taped early Tuesday, before he leaves for Washington.

On Monday, the president will make his way to Hancock Park, where he will attend two fundraisers at the homes of entertainment luminaries, including actor Antonio Banderas and his wife, actress Melanie Griffith.

Los Angeles police did not disclose traffic plans, but said there could be congestion and street closures in the area surrounding the president's planned stops late Monday.

The president will come to the Southland after spending much of the day in Las Vegas.

This marks Obama's second visit to Southern California in less than a month. He came in late September, visiting San Diego and West Hollywood. He's made a number of other visits to the region -- where the president has a sizable donor base, as his campaign reboots for his 2012 reelection bid -- and traffic jams, particularly during rush hour, have surrounded him each time.

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-- Rick Rojas

Photo: President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Monday. He is shown here at LAX during a visit to Los Angeles last year.  Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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