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LAPD Maps Out Places For Motorists To Avoid During President Obama Visit

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Police Department — in concert with the Secret Service — has released a list of places for drivers to avoid Friday in anticipation of a trip to the Southland by President Barack Obama.

The LAPD said the following areas should be avoided “when possible” to prevent traffic nightmares:

• The area around Centinela Avenue and West Olympic Boulevard from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

• The area around West Olympic Boulevard and Cloverfield Boulevard from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

• The area around 26th Street and San Vicente from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

President Obama is scheduled to spend a total of about 3 1/2 hours in the Los Angeles area Friday. He’s speaking at a luncheon fundraiser in Santa Monica for the Democratic National Committee.

Obama is scheduled to arrive aboard Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport late Friday morning and depart in the afternoon for Rancho Mirage.

In Rancho Mirage he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two world leaders will be discussing a variety of serious topics including North Korea’s nuclear program and Chinese cyberattacks on U.S. corporate and national security targets.

Tickets for the event at the Santa Monica home of mega producer Peter Chernin begin at $10,000, according to an invitation posted on the website PoliticalPartyTime.org, which tracks political fundraisers.

The price is $16,200 for the luncheon and the opportunity to have a photo taken with Obama and $32,400 — the maximum allowable contribution to a national party committee in a calendar year — to be a luncheon co-chair, which also allows the donor to attend what is described as a “special discussion.”

This is Obama’s 14th visit to the Los Angeles area since taking office and first in his second term.

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