Obama fundraising visit expected to snarl Westside traffic
City officials are warning Westside drivers to prepare for traffic of presidential proportions Wednesday as Barack Obama comes to Beverly Hills for three fundraising events.
Although details of the president's route have not been released for security reasons, officials said he is expected to land at Los Angeles International Airport at 4:20 p.m. and from there travel to the LGBT Leadership Council's 2012 gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
After the gala, Obama and about 70 others are to make their way to the home of "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and his fiance, David Miller.
Obama is expected to end the trip with a 300-person fundraising breakfast Thursday at the home of developer Charles Quarles and his wife JoAnn in View Park.
Obama is scheduled to depart LAX later that morning.
Beverly Hills police advised drivers to "expect traffic delays with intermittent street closures" in Century City and Beverly Hills on Wednesday and Thursday.
A statement from Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz said his office would release more information about planned street closures as it becomes available.
"For now, the best advice is to prepare for possible street closures and extra traffic in portions of the Westside," the statement read. "It might be a good idea to leave earlier than usual."
The president was last in Los Angeles less than a month ago, when he attended a star-studded dinner at actor George Clooney's Studio City home. The May 10 event earned the Obama campaign $15 million, its largest single-event total so far.
-- Kate Mather