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President Obama to be Hosted at West Hollywood Fundraisers

President's visit will prompt major traffic delays.


Businesses and locals are being warned as roads will close and cars will be stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic all because President Barack Obama will be in Southern California on Monday for multiple 2012 campaign fundraisers.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department has encouraged residents to "plan ahead" and take alternate routes to avoid traffic jams. Places such as City Hall, Plummer Park, West Hollywood Park and the Farmers Market will close.

The following streets will be affected:


  • Sunset Boulevard (from Doheny Drive to Sweetzer Avenue);
  • Santa Monica Boulevard (from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard);
  • Olive Drive (from Sunset Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard);
  • Holloway Drive (front Sunset Boulevard to La Cienega Boulevard);
  • La Cienega Boulevard (from Sunset Boulevard to Rosewood Avenue);
  • Fountain Avenue (from La Cienega Boulevard to Sweetzer Avenue);
  • Delongpre Avenue (from Fountain Avenue to Flores Street).


San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard to Melrose Avenue will also be closed 6 a.m. Monday to noon on Tuesday.

Obama's itinerary begins with a special lunch with donors in San Diego. Luncheon guests have either donated $5,000 or have raised at least $25,000.

Gay Americans, who are still reveling the victory with the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, may warmly embrace Obama's arrival today.

The president will arrive at LAX at 4:30 p.m. and head to the House of Blues in West Hollyood for the Obama Victory Fund 2012 Concert, hosted by "Modern Family" actor Jesse Taylor Ferguson. The concert begins at 4:30 p.m. and groups such as B.oB., Adam 12 and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will perform. About 1,200-1,500 people are expected to attend the event at $250 to $10,000 a head.

The night will end with the Obama Victory Fund 2012 Dinner & Discussion at Fig & Olive Melrose Place at 6 p.m. A dinner ticket costs $17,900 per person.

The ANSWER coalition will protest outside the House of Blues, calling for an end to wars and occupations and to stop budget cuts. Later, the Southern California Immigration Coalition will protest outside Fig & Olive, demanding a discontinuation of the Secure Communities program.

The president will conclude his West Coast fundraisers in Denver on Tuesday, making a speech to promote his American Jobs Act proposal.

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