President Obama is coming into LAX for his latest fundraising visit to Los Angeles a little before today's afternoon rush hour — that's the good news. The LAPD, however, is advising of possible road closures and delays over a wider than usual range of the local geography. That's because Obama's first fundraiser this afternoon, at the home of TV producer Chuck Lorre, is in Pacific Palisades. Then the president and his entourage head to Beverly Hills for a funder at the home of Tyler Perry. Obama apparently camps out for the night at the Beverly Hilton, based on the announced closures, then on Friday morning he's scheduled to pop over to Highland Park to record Marc Maron's podcast in the garage at Maron's home. There are also street closures in Pasadena.
Use of helicopters could reduce the Obamajam potential, and not all announced street closures always occur in these things, but officials are advising of a lot of potential blockages. By the way, Steven Herbert of City News Service reports this is is Obama's 22nd visit to Los Angeles or Orange counties, and his 19th in which fundraising for Democratic candidates or himself was a involved. Citing a book by Brendan J. Doherty, "The Rise of the President's Permanent Campaign," Herbert says Bill Clinton conducted 42 fundraisers in the region in his first seven years in office, George W. Bush nine and Ronald Reagan eight.
The traffic guidance for Thursday near LAX, on the Westside and in Beverly Hills:
- Sepulveda Boulevard between Lincoln Boulevard and Century Boulevard - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pico Boulevard and 23rd Street - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Barrington Avenue and Palms Boulevard - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Centinela Avenue and Bundy Avenue - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Bundy Avenue and Interstate 10 Freeway - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- 405 Freeway and Sunset Boulevard - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Evans Road and Monorca Drive - 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Napoli Drive and Sunset Boulevard - 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunset Boulevard and 405 Freeway - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Mulholland Drive and Coldwater Canyon - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Coldwater Canyon and Beverly Drive - 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Beverly Drive and Sunset Boulevard - 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard - 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m .
- Merv Griffin Way closed from 2 p.m. Thursday to noon on Friday.
And for Friday in Beverly Hills, the Westside, Highland Park and Pasadena:
- Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park East - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Century Park East and Pico Boulevard - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Pico Boulevard and Overland Avenue - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Overland Avenue and National Boulevard - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- National Boulevard and Interstate 10 Freeway - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Interstate 405 Freeway and Centinela Avenue - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Arroyo Boulevard and Mountain Street - 8 a.m.to noon.
- Mountain Street and the 210 Freeway - 8 a.m. to noon.
- 134 Freeway and Colorado Boulevard - 8 to noon.
- Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street - 8 to noon.
- York Boulevard and North Avenue 51 - 9 a.m. to noon.
- Yosemite Drive and North Avenue 56 - 9 a.m. to noon.
- Seco Street between West Drive and Lincoln Avenue - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Rosemount Ave between Prospect Terrace and North Arroyo Boulevard - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- West Drive between Linda Vista Avenue and Salvia Canyon Road - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Rosemount Avenue between North Arroyo Boulevard and Seco Street - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hillary Clinton is in Orange County for fundraisers today, then moves up to Los Angeles tomorrow for several events. Those don't have the traffic impact of a presidential motorcade.