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'Starmageddon': Traffic light near George Clooney's Obama event

Ellen Sturtz of Get Equal
Traffic was a no-show at "Starmageddon" on Thursday evening ahead of President Obama's fundraiser in Studio City at the estate of actor George Clooney.

Predicted traffic tie-ups had not materialized as of the evening commute, and traffic on busy Laurel Canyon Boulevard was lighter than normal.

At the corner of Fryman Road and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, where the presidential motorcade is expected to pass, an assortment of activist held signs. Among them was Dan Fatou of Get Equal, a group lobbying for better rights for gay and lesbians. 

"We thank him for his support of equal rights in marriage," Fatou said,  "but we need him to do more." 

Jon Epstein and his friend, Daniel Fradin, both 15, pedaled their bikes up Fryman Canyon toward Clooney's residence. Fradin's family lives nearby, and the two planned to make signs welcoming the president. 

Fradin said he is upset by Republicans putting barriers in the way of Obama fully reviving the economy. "This is a country about compromise," he said. "And the Republicans are doing everything to stand in his way. That's not right."


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-- Catherine Saillant in Studio City

Photo: Ellen Sturtz of Get Equal holds a sign near George Clooney's house. Credit: Catherine Saillant

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