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LA commuters brace for Obama's visit Monday

September 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport for two Southland fundraisers Monday.

After arriving about 4:40 p.m., Obama will attend a fundraiser at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, followed by a private dinner that begins at about 6 p.m. at the Fig & Olive in Los Angeles.

The "No Parking" signs are already going up.

"We started seeing the signs along the way," said Paul Sanchez, who's in town from Orlando, Fla. "As we were walking up here we thought it was a parade or something."

It's no parade, but a presidential visit during Monday rush hour traffic will likely turn out to be a nightmare for commuters.

Last summer's visit to Los Angeles cost the White House some serious PR points as drivers were stuck in hours-long gridlock. But the last time Obama came to town he relied on helicopters more than motorcades to try to cut down on the congestion.

Many officials are speculating that will be the case once again. However, his visit for the fundraisers will still require time on the ground.

There will be closures on the Sunset Strip, Santa Monica Boulevard, Holloway Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. San Vicente Boulevard will be shut down between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from Monday morning until noon Tuesday.

While the street closures will have a big impact, not everyone thinks it's a problem.

"It's not a big deal," said Culver City resident Terry Smith. "It's not like he's coming every day. And he's the president, so it's OK."

The president is scheduled to leave Tuesday morning.


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