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President Obama's star-studded fundraisers bring traffic woes

Presidential visit Sunday could cause traffic delays

President Obama has two fundraisers planned Sunday featuring Hollywood and Washington  heavyweights such as George Clooney, Bill Clinton, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and Katy Perry.

But officials warn the events in downtown L.A. will cause traffic delays.

The president is expected to arrive Sunday to attend several functions, Los Angeles police said in a statement. Details were not available, but police said his motorcade would move through the Westside on Sunday afternoon, with temporary street closures.

In late afternoon, the motorcade will travel to downtown Los Angeles for more events, with potential brief closures along the 10 Freeway and streets around L.A. Live and Nokia Theatre, police said.

Early Monday there could be more street closures in the Beverly Hills and Westside areas as the president departs Southern California. The following streets may be affected:

Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Pico Boulevard between Overland Avenue and Beverly Drive; Avenue of the Stars between Olympic and Sunset boulevards; and Sunset between Beverly Glen and Doheny Drive.

Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.: Sunset Boulevard between Beverly Glen and Doheny Drive; North Whittier Drive between Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards.

Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.: Avenue of the Stars between Wilshire and Pico boulevards; Motor Avenue between Pico and the 10 Freeway; streets around L.A. Live and Nokia Theatre.

Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.: Motor Avenue between National and Pico boulevards; Avenue of the Stars between Pico and Santa Monica boulevards.

Monday 7 to 9 a.m.: Avenue of the Stars between Santa Monica and Pico boulevards.

According to Politics Now, both events at L.A. Live with be star-studded:

First, a “30 Days to Victory” concert, Earth Wind & Fire, Wonder, Perry and Hudson. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Democratic convention keynoter Julian Castro and Clooney will deliver remarks before Obama. Six-thousand tickets were sold for the event at the Nokia Theatre, beginning at $250 each, although a limited number of $44 tickets were also sold.

A fundraising dinner later at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck features 150 guests at a cost of $25,000 per person, with the money going to Obama’s reelection fund, the Democratic National Committee and other affiliated accounts. But Obama begins his evening at an exclusive reception with former President Clinton at a private home in Century City. The campaign characterized it as a thank-you event with longtime supporters.


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Photo: President Obama during a trip to the Westside last year. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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