LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Traffic is expected to be tight on the Westside for the next couple of days as President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in town for separate fundraising events.
Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday afternoon aboard Air Force One for a visit that will last less than 24 hours but will include two Democratic National Committee fundraisers.
The President’s schedule appeared to be on track after making a statement from the White House earlier this morning on the deadly shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., that left 9 people dead.
Speaking in Washington, D.C., before his departure, Obama said he knew several members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, including the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in Wednesday night’s shooting.
“Any death of this sort is a tragedy,” Obama said. “Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy. There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace, in a place of worship.”
Upon his arrival in the Southland, Obama will first head to the the Pacific Palisades home of television producer Chuck Lorre for a $16,700-per-person event benefiting the DNC’s 2016 White House Victory Fund, according to reports.
From there, Obama will then head to the Beverly Hills home of filmmaker Tyler Perry for a second fundraiser.
Tickets for that event were priced from $2,500 up to $33,400, a price tag which includes admission to a reception where Obama will speak, followed by a dinner and a photo with the president, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.
On Friday, comic Marc Maron will interview Obama in the garage of his Highland Park home for his podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.”
Coincidentally, Clinton, who is thought by many to be the front-runner in the race to succeed Obama, will also be in the Southland for a fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.
Tickets for that event were priced from from $1,000 to $2,700, the maximum individual contribution for a candidate seeking his or her party’s presidential nomination.
The former First Lady and U.S. Senator will also conduct three fundraisers Friday on the Westside, including a luncheon at the Beverly Hills home of Westfield Corp. co-CEO Peter Lowy and his wife Janine at 12:30 p.m.; a 5 p.m. event at the home of HBO
executive Michael Lombardo and husband Sonny Ward; and a 7 p.m. event at the home of actor Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer.