President Obama is going to be in Los Angeles for less than twenty-four hours today, but judging from last year's traffic snafu, his presence could be a big headache for commuting Angelenos.
During his visit last August, the city grew furious when security street closures related to Obama's schedule transformed relatively short commutes into "hours-long ordeals." This year, Angelenos are cringing at the thought of more potential traffic jams his motorcade could create.
- 2:45 p.m.: Obama arrives at LAX.
- 4:30 p.m.: Fundraising appearance at the Sony Studios in Culver City.
- Dinner 1: Michael Lynton is organizing a 60-seat dinner at Sony Studios. Plates are $35,800 a head.
- Dinners 2 and 3: Consultant Andy Spahn, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, tennis channel CEO Ken Soloman and Capital Group's John Emerson are chairing two dinners at Tavern in Brentwood, also at $35,800 a head.
- 8:55 a.m. (Friday): Obama leaves from LAX.
04/21/2011 10:57 PM EDT
Oh No He Did Not!
The President managed to get a few cheap shots in about our Lakers and LAX, but we'll still be posting the video here as soon as it becomes available.
04/21/2011 9:48 PM EDT
More Motorcade Footage!
From Mar Vista Patch:
04/21/2011 9:40 PM EDT
A Voice Of Reason
|@ kristyhanson : I know it sucked last time, but this idea that afternoon 'gridlock traffic' is something that only happens when Obama is here is amusing.|
04/21/2011 8:29 PM EDT
What's He Doing Here Anyway?
Contrary to most of what you read on Twitter, the President is here for reasons beyond just tying up our roadways. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on the fund raisers he will be attending:
All three DreamWorks SKG founders — Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg – will dine with President Obama at the Tavern in Brentwood, along with about 57 others who have paid $35,800 apiece, according to sources...
Sony chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and other prominent Hollywood folks will also attend a more intimate dinner for the president on the Sony lot that comes just before the dinner with the DreamWorks trio. The Lynton dinner also costs $35,800 a plate, and about 60 people are expected.
04/21/2011 8:15 PM EDT
"Nothing Like Obama's Visit Last Year"
|@ KNXDavid : Westside traffic is tough...but NOTHING like Obama's visit last year. An LAPD Commander explains why the difference @ 5:12. KNX1070|
04/21/2011 8:08 PM EDT
Via Mar Vista PatchShortly after 3 p.m. the presidential motorcade made its way down an otherwise eerily silent Santa Monica Boulevard.
04/21/2011 7:47 PM EDT
Much Ado About Nothing?
|@ LAObserved : Westwood traffic has evaporated. Lighter than most days.|
04/21/2011 7:37 PM EDT
Filling In Some Of The Blanks
From the LA Times:
Gridlock conditions were reported Thursday afternoon in West Los Angeles after President Obama arrived at LAX and then boarded a helicopter as he kicked off a fundraising sweep.
Numerous exits on the 405 Freeway were closed as the president’s motorcade made its way along surface streets. Olympic Boulevard remained open, but there were reports of bumper-to-bumper conditions on the roadway, jammed with motorists who were honking, yelling through windows and violating traffic rules in an effort to get around the mess.
According to a White House pool reporter, Obama’s helicopter landed at Barrington Recreation Center at 2:46 p.m., and he was taken by motorcade to the Beverly Hilton.
Along the route, according to the pool report, a nun in full habit stood along the curb holding a sign above her head that said "God Bless you," while a group of children jumped up and down, waving miniature American flags. A young woman held a sign that said, "I (heart) you Obama."
04/21/2011 7:33 PM EDT
An Angle I Had Not Considered
|@ chunkydelfresco : oh so I have to sit in traffic because Obama came to Cali to get his 4/20 on? -____-|
04/21/2011 7:31 PM EDT
We're Starting To Hear More Stories Like This
|@ JoanieDodds : Obama is just a few miles from where I am, and surprisingly I hit no traffic! Score!|