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Obama arrives at Westside restaurant as streets remain closed

September 26, 2011 |  8:06 pm

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President Obama arrived at a posh Westside restaurant Monday evening for the second stop in a fundraising visit that has snarled area roads and shut down businesses.

Obama's motorcade arrived at the Fig & Olive restaurant on Melrose Place near North La Cienega Boulevard after a fundraiser at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, law enforcement authorities said.

Earlier, Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport in time for the evening rush hour, causing longer-than-normal commutes for area drivers.

Law enforcement officials have said a "hard closure" of streets will remain in effect on San Vicente Boulevard, which will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue until noon Tuesday.

Other streets will be closed depending on the route used by Obama. These include: Sunset Boulevard from Doheny Drive to Sweetzer Avenue; Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny to La Cienega Boulevard; and La Cienega from Sunset to Rosewood Avenue.

Motorists hoping for shortcuts will be disappointed. Shutdowns will be in effect on Olive Drive from Sunset to Santa Monica Boulevard, on Holloway Drive from Sunset to La Cienega, on Fountain Avenue from La Cienega to Sweetzer Avenue, and on De Longpre Avenue from Fountain Avenue to Flores Street.


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