Street Closures, Traffic Delays Expected Ahead Of Obama Return To SoCal

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — President Barack Obama is headed back to Southern California — and so is his street-closing, traffic-delaying presidential motorcade.

Obama will be in town Wednesday and Thursday on a fundraising trip through Beverly Hills and Orange County.

While details are still not finalized and remain highly subject to change, the closures will be over a smaller stretch of the Southland and are not expected to be as disruptive as during previous visits.

The president’s itinerary for Wednesday, Feb. 15, includes:

  • After 3:00 p.m.: Arrival at LAX
  • Between 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.: Helicopter from LAX to VA Hospital in West L.A.
  • Between 4:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.: Motorcade through the Westside to Beverly Hills fundraiser (Sunset & Wilshire likely affected)
  • Between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.: Motorcade back to Beverly Hilton

Although Obama’s only scheduled event on Thursday, Feb. 16, is a breakfast at the home of Jeff and Nancy Stack in Corona del Mar at 7:00 a.m., it remains unclear whether the president will travel by motorcade or helicopter to Newport Beach.

Some of the roadways likely to experience at least some early-morning disruption on Thursday  include:

  • 405 Freeway between West L.A. and Costa Mesa
  • 73 Freeway between the 405 and Newport Coast Drive
  • Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu down to Dana Point
  • Newport Coast Drive
  • Jamboree Road
  • Macarthur Blvd.San Joaquin Hills Road

In October, Obama attended a pair of fundraisers in the Hancock Park area. The first was held at the home of movie producer James Lassiter and his wife, Mia, with actor Will Smith and former Laker Magic Johnson among those in the crowd.

The second was at the nearby home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith — an event organized by the Futuro Fund, a group of Latino Obama supporters from across the nation. “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria co-hosted the event.

The president appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” during the roughly 20-hour Southland visit.

Commuters in the affected areas are urged to make alternate travel plans for any crosstown travel plans on Wednesday and Thursday.

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  • Taxpayer

    Hope he is paying for his own gas.

    • FidelityBraveryIntegrity

      LMFAO….Good luck on that

  • Everyday Guy

    California and the big eared freak share the same political agenda. No wonder California and America are in a mess.

    • FidelityBraveryIntegrity

      You are hurting!

  • wobbles

    Nevermind how it affects the life of all us little people in the middle class. King Obama must get his money.

  • Average Gal

    The President is staying at the same hotel where Whitney Houston just died days ago. The Beverly Hilton hotel. I bet he is going to pay his respects to her family, and Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina.

    Love you President Obama and the First Family…RIP Whitney…gone too soon.

  • Vibrani Nora Amrani

    Great – another traffic mess day thanks to Obama. Why doesn’t he go somewhere else, for a change?

  • watchitgo

    Wish he would stay in DC and save the taxpayers a bundle of money! And we KNOW that the taxpayers are shelling out the money for him to come and disrupt traffic for those of us who have WORK for a living. Between him and his campaiign trips and Michelle Obama’s TV appearances it is out of control.

  • Hardmoney

    Put in Whitneys room, then fill the tub up for him.

  • Jane

    My favorite AM radio DJ freak out during one of these visits, because he was late to work — “If he’s so important, KEEP HIM AT HOME in the White House” and let him raise money there, or bring people to him for tours of HIS city. (second half paraphrased.) Ha Ha, I laughed so hard that I missed the rest.

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