LAPD will be out in force during May Day protests
Cmdr. Andy Smith said hundreds of officers have been deployed to maintain the peace during the marches, which will jam traffic in downtown for much of the day.
He said he didn't expect problems and described the police presence as heavy but comparable with some previous events.
The main May Day march will move along Broadway, but many other streets will be affected, officials said.
According to the LAPD, the following streets in downtown Los Angeles will be affected, beginning as early as 6:30 a.m. and continuing until 7:30 p.m:
Broadway between 11th and Temple streets
Olympic Boulevard between Hill and Main streets
9th between Hill and Broadway
8th between Spring Street and Broadway
7th between Hill and Spring
6th between Hill and Broadway
5th between Spring and Broadway
4th between Hill (Olive Street, if necessary) and Broadway
3rd between Spring and Broadway
2nd between Hill and Broadway
1st between Hill (Grand Avenue, if necessary) and Spring
Other marches are planned across the region. There will be a march Tuesday morning from Saticoy Street and Van Nuys Boulevard to the Valley Civic Center, beginning at 8 a.m. Protesters will then take mass transit to join downtown L.A. protesters.
Protesters will march and drive through East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, also meeting other protesters downtown. A similar arrangement is planned through South Los Angeles. Another protest is scheduled from Santa Monica through Westwood, Beverly Hills and into downtown L.A. It was unclear how much any of these demonstrations will affect traffic.
According to L.A. officials, more marches are scheduled by unions, one along Wilshire in the afternoon from Westwood Boulevard to La Brea Avenue, the other moving north from the Crenshaw area to Wilshire and La Brea.
In addition, Los Angeles International Airport warned that traffic in and out of the main terminal could be slowed by a planned protest just outside LAX.
-- Andrew Blankstein