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Netanyahu Visits Southland, Jams Streets

A trip to the Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance Thursday may have a similar effect.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Patch file photo.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 10:58 p.m. March 5, 2014.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to the Southland today, causing a five-mile traffic backup on the southbound Pacific Coast Highway between Malibu Canyon Road and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway because of restricted access to Carbon Canyon Road in Malibu in connection with his visit.

The congestion on Pacific Coast Highway was not scheduled to subside until about 11 p.m., according to Los Angeles police. Motorists were told to expect delays of up to 90 minutes.

Netanyahu attended the premiere of an Israel tourism film Tuesday night at Paramount Studios, then flew to Northern California, where he signed an agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown in Mountain View to develop joint projects and conduct mutually beneficial research in California and Israel.

Netanyahu will conclude his Southland visit Thursday with a speech at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance on important issues affecting Israel and world Jewry, including the Middle East peace process.

Motorists can expect delays Thursday on Santa Monica Boulevard between the San Diego (405) Freeway and Melrose Avenue between 8 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Pico Boulevard between Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills and Castello Place in Los Angeles will also have heavy traffic because of the visit to the Wiesenthal Center.

Congestion is also expected on the San Diego Freeway between Wilshire Boulevard and the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway until 12:45 p.m. as Netanyahu leaves the Southland.

--City News Service

Penny Arévalo March 06, 2014 at 12:34 PM
No, the subhead. "E"ffect is the noun. "A"ffect is the verb. I do know the difference, even if after 16-hour day, my fingers have a mind of their own. ;-)
Dee Rivellino March 07, 2014 at 10:21 AM
That outrageous incident for the Prime Minister could have never happened without APPROVAL from our Ineffective & anti resident City Council and the re markedly incompetent group called CALTRANS. Malibuites need to demand answers so it never happens again. It was such a dismissive act to residents...the message being "Who gives a damn about your being delayed " remember Peter Finch in Network screaming "I'mad as hell & I'm not going to take it any longer" That's what this entire community Must do to get some respect from these monumental egos whose not satisfied to enjoy the beauty of Malibu without destroying it's very peaceful and layback way of life. I've been in Malibu 44 years & for No one else was this EVER done .. That includes THE PRESIDENT'S OF THESE UNITED STATES...
Stuart Ebert March 07, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Wednesday's traffic nightmare on PCH was caused by a group of affected individuals who didn't care that their affectations would have significant effect on their neighbors. Hang in there Penny!
Penny Arévalo March 07, 2014 at 11:37 AM
LOL! I actually got decent sleep last night. Typos, be gone! ;-)
John jones March 08, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Sorry about the traffic jam. Go Israel and Go Netanyahu. If you want to reduce traffic, stop putting in so many lights all over the city. Let traffic flow. Take out half the lights and give back the right of way to cars over entitled cell phone texting pedestrians.

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