TRAFFIC INFO: President Obama in LA for Democratic fundraisers

- President Barack Obama is set to conclude an approximately 17-hour visit to Los Angeles today by raising funds for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Obama is scheduled to leave Friday around midday.

Although the president's exact travel plans are never released, the Los Angeles Police Department provided a list of areas motorists may want to avoid during Obama's visit.

Police recommended that motorists avoid the following areas Friday:

  • The area around Hilgard Avenue between Weyburn and Sunset, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.;
  • Sunset between Loring Avenue west to Burlingame Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.;
  • Bristol Avenue between Sunset and Westboro Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.;
  • North Cliffwood Avenue between Westboro and Highwood streets, from 10:30 a.m. to noon;
  • Sunset Boulevard between Bristol Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
  • Centinela Avenue between Ocean Park and Pico boulevards, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   
  • Hilgard Avenue will be closed from 4 p.m. Thursday until 1 p.m. Friday.
  • Malcolm Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday until 1 p.m. Friday.
  • Cliffwood Avenue will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday.

The breakfast roundtable fundraiser will be held at the Brentwood home of actor Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer, the entertainment trade newspaper Variety reported. Tickets are $33,400 per couple, according to Variety.

The price is based on the $33,400 maximum amount an individual can contribute to a national party committee in a year.

Obama delivered an approximately 15-minute speech Thursday night at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Bel Air home of Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and his wife Cindy.

Obama criticized Senate Republicans for their refusal to hold hearings on his appointment of appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. "Our democracy only works if there is a respect  and appreciation of
the process of self-governance,'' Obama said.

Obama also told the approximately 90 people at the fundraiser "not to be complacent'' about the general election. "We can not be cynical because the stakes are too high,'' Obama said.

Robert A. Iger, the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Co.; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco; the Oscar-winning actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the Emmy-winning star of the HBO political comedy "Veep,'' were among those attending the fundraiser.

Tickets started at $15,000 per couple that included a photo opportunity and dinner. A $66,800 ticket provided a couple dinner, admission to a VIP reception and photo opportunity.

The visit is Obama's 25th to Los Angeles and Orange counties as president. He conducted fundraisers during 22 of his visits. Thursday's fundraiser was Obama's 40th in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Obama is set to leave Los Angeles shortly after noon, bound for San Francisco where he will participate in fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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