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Obama returns to L.A.; traffic gridlock expected this evening

 

President Obama will arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon for three fundraising events -- and officials are warning of traffic problems.

"For now, the best advice is to prepare for possible street closures and extra traffic in portions of the Westside," a statement from Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz said. "It might be a good idea to leave earlier than usual."

Although details of the president's route have not been released for security reasons, officials said he was 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.

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.

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-- Kate Mather

 
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