President Obama Returns to L.A. Thursday for More Fundraising

Barack Obama LA Visit Traffic
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You know the drill: President Obama’s plane lands Thursday afternoon at LAX and that means it’s time to cut out early and avoid the traffic jam.

Once again, Obama is coming to Los Angeles for fundraising and other events. This time the trip will highlighted by a Thursday evening event at the Brentwood-area home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, which will no doubt create commuting problems (nicknamed Obamajams) for those on the west side of the city. Tickets to the event start at $1,000-per-person to attend a reception and run up to $32,400 for the reception, plus dinner and greeting and photo with the president. The money is going to the Democratic National Committee, which also held a contest to win a trip to L.A. to attend and meet the president.

Almost as predictable as worries about Obamajams are protests surrounding the commander-in-chief. Mysterious “Obama Drone” posters have popped up in Paltrow’s neighborhood, featuring the actress wearing an Obama campaign button and Photoshopped in front of an unmanned aircraft. The website Curbed LA credited the work to rightwing street artist Sabo.

On Thursday, before the Paltrow reception, Obama is scheduled to visit Cross Campus, a Santa Monica workspace for startup tech companies. The president will tour the facility and then hold a townhall with those who work there.

Also on the president’s schedule is a $15,000-per person “roundtable” discussion fundraiser for the DNC on Friday morning at the home of restaurateur Michael Chow and his wife Eva, a fashion designer. It will be followed by a trek to San Dimas, where he will announce the designation of about half of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument.

It was a bit of a surprise that Obama scheduled yet another visit to Los Angeles this year — he visited in July to raise money at the homes of Shonda Rhimes and LiveNation’s Michael Rapin — but Democrats are in a tough race to retain control of the Senate.

Earlier this week, Vice President Joseph Biden was in Los Angeles for a fundraiser for Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who is seeking a Senate seat in that state, and another event at the home of Fox’s Jim Gianopulos. The Gianopulos event raised money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and also featured House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Biden also appeared with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti at an event about raising the minimum wage.

Update: The LAPD has issued a traffic advisory ahead of President Obama’s visit, noting which areas of the city should be avoided to prevent travel delays.

Thursday October 9, 2014
The area around Centinela Ave between Ocean Park Bl & Olympic Bl from 1:30pm – 3:30p.m.
The area around Lincoln Boulevard between Pico Bl & Wilshire Bl from 1:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.
The area around Santa Monica Bl between btwn 26th St. & Ocean Ave from 3:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.
The area around Ocean Avenue between Pico Bl & San Vicente Bl from 3:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.
The area around San Vicente Bl between Ocean Ave & Bundy Dr. 5:00p.m. – 7:30p.m
The area around Sunset Bl between Allenford Ave & Barrington Ave from 5:00p.m. – 7:30p.m.
The area around Sunset Boulevard between Allenford Ave & Roxbury Dr. 5:00p.m- 7:30p.m.
The area around Beverly Glen Bl between Sunset Bl & Santa Monica Bl from 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m.
The area around Wilshire Bl between Sawtelle Bl & Santa Monica Bl 7:30p.m- 9:00p.m.

Friday October 10, 2014
The area around Wilshire Bl between Veteran Ave & Comstock Ave from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.
The area around Beverly Glen Bl between Ashton Ave & Bellagio Rd. from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.
The area around Sunset Bl between Hilgard Ave & Carolwood Dr. from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
The area around Beverly Glen Bl between Bellagio Rd. & Pico Bl. from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
The area around Pico Bl between Prosser Ave & Century Park East from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

A Hard Closure will occur along Hilgard Ave between Le Conte Ave & Weyburn Ave from Thursday October 9th, 8:00a.m. thru Friday October 10th, 6:00p.m.

Metro Bus Orange Line route 302/2 on Hilgard Ave between Le Conte Ave & Weyburn Ave will be cancelled from 11:00a.m. on October 9th through 4:00p.m. on October 10th.

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  1. Let me see if I have this right.

    Californians voted in the 2012 election to “temporarily” raise the state sales and income taxes to the highest rates in the nation in order to rescue our poor-performing schools.

    California Democrats vote to give Hollywood donors and cronies $330 MILLION per year in corporate welfare.

    Weeks later, Joe Biden and Barack Obama fly into town to collect the campaign checks.

    So THAT’s how the system works.

  2. Annie Oakley says:

    I feel really disappointed by Obama. For the first african american president he was fairly lackluster.

  3. Grant says:

    Yet another visit to collect money from Hollywood liberal one-percenters who benefit from “income inequality”. Glad to see Sabo has struck again.

  4. Julienne says:

    Wonderful…MORE TRAFFIC. Our economy’s already in the toilet, stay in Washington.

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