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LAPD Names Streets to Avoid During Obama Visit

The Secret Service says which intersections to avoid as President Obama travels through the Century City-Westwood-Beverly Hills area Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Update [1:35 p.m.]: The Los Angeles Police Department is advising drivers to stay away from the following areas Wednesday evening and Thursday morning while President Obama travels through the Westwood-Beverly Hills area.

Wednesday evening:

  • The area around the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars from 4-6 p.m.
  • The area around the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 4-6 p.m.
  • The area around Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Glen Boulevard from 6-8:30 p.m.
  • The area around the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica from 6-8:30 p.m.

Thursday morning:

  • The area around the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
  • The area around the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Sean Murphy with NBC Los Angeles reports that Obama's helicopter may land in Cheviot Hills instead of the Veterans Administration campus.

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President Barack Obama will visit the Westwood-Beverly Hills area Wednesday afternoon for a fundraising event, likely bringing traffic with him to adjacent Westside neighborhoods.

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Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who chairs the Transportation Committee, said Obama's travel to an evening fundraiser is likely to cause some delays along the major east-west routes of Santa Monica, Wilshire and Sunset boulevards.

But he said that the delays will not be terrible.

The president will land at LAX around 3 p.m. and will be flown by helicopter to the Veterans Administration Hospital near UCLA. Around 5 p.m., his motorcade will pass through Westwood, likely on Sunset or Wilshire boulevards, to Holmby Hills for a fundraising event at the home of soap opera star Bradley Bell, reports TotalTrafficLA.com.

Road closures have not been announced yet, but traffic is expected to be a little lighter than usual compared with the president's previous visits, according to TotalTrafficLA.com. Police may be picking up barricades as soon as the motorcade passes, alleviating street congestion.

The Foo Fighters are scheduled to perform at Bell's home and to attend the reception with the president. Tickets for the concert cost $1,500. Tickets to the dinner with the president cost $35,800.

The president will stay overnight at the , arriving around 8-9 p.m.

Thursday morning rush hour traffic could also be more severe than usual as Obama leaves his hotel for a 7 a.m. breakfast fundraiser at the Corona del Mar home of Jeff and Nancy Stack, according to Bruce Gillman of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

Secret Service Special Agent Joseph Beaty said traffic delays "are not something we ignore... We want to be as least intrusive as we have to be."

Rosendahl said he conferred with White House staff, the Secret Service and Los Angeles police officials about Obama's visit and was assured the security will use so-called "soft closures," shutting down and re-opening streets as Obama's motorcade comes and goes, rather than extended closures of several possible routes to his destination.

"It will be a very, very un-impactful, quick trip," Rosendahl said.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

Ali February 19, 2012 at 04:01 AM
That may be true, but that was within their OWN country. They did not invade another country to do that to another country's citizens, which is what Wendy suggests we do.
Chloe Ross February 19, 2012 at 04:27 AM
@Ali - you are quite correct on that. And a good point.
MarkD February 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Wendy once again shows her utter ignorance. The #1 country importing oil to the U.S. currently? It's Canada! So tell me about all those Canadian terrorists, Wendy! Do you EVER actually educate yourself about ANYTHING before you mouth off with some BS?
Alex Daniels February 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Yeah so? What's your point? Saudi Arabia is second, Oman is 15th....To think that oil revenue has nothing to do with the financing terror is utterly stupid.....
Jim Patch May 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Just what are those corporate tax loopholes? They're part of financing the government's boondoggles that Obama keeps pushing. GE made $14 Billion but paid no corporate tax.. why? Because GE agreed to buy 50,000 Chevy Volts, which the government insisted GM make but that nobody would buy. Why do the oil companies have loopholes? Once again, they get the tax breaks for investing in alternative energy resources, none of which are economically feasible, so they put their money into these useless energy sources that nobody wants to further the President's ill conceived policies.

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