President Barack Obama is back in town tomorrow for some pre-Halloween Hollywood trick-or-treats courtesy of J.J. Abrams and the Tinseltown ATM. In a whirlwind 6 1/2-hour visit to Los Angeles on Saturday, the fundraiser-in-chief will hit a trio of deep-pocket events — which means, of course, there will be traffic snarls and road closures all over the city’s Westside (see the full list of closures from LAPD below).
After landing at LAX around 1 PM, Obama heads over to the home of the Star Wars director and wife Katie McGrath for a $33,400-per-person intimate roundtable event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Saturday’s fundraiser is yet another sign of how strong the Force is with the President — hosts Abrams and McGrath have been supporters and contributors to Obama and the Democrats. The filmmaker is not the only well-heeled and veteran contributor of Obama’s who will be welcoming the President into his home tomorrow. Michael S. Smith, who helped the Obamas redecorate the White House when they moved there in 2009, also will be feting the President with a $10,000-per-ticket event for the Democratic Hope Fund and the DNC at 5:40 PM. Obama appointed Smith’s husband, former HBO executive James Costos, to be the U.S. ambassador to Spain in 2013. Both events are sold out, sources tell me.
Between the Abrams and Smith tomorrow afternoon, the President will be seeking more Hollywood cash at a $1,000-per-person private concert to be held at a private home in Pacific Palisades at 3:45 PM. The money from that event, which I also hear is sold out, will be going to Obama for America and the DNC.The LAPD never gives the full road closures for presidential or vice presidential visits, the list below indicates that LA folks had better stay off the streets tomorrow afternoon — especially on the Westside. The President also could visit Will Rogers State Park, so Marine One might chopper him around for part of his visit. Obama splits for San Diego out of LAX at 7:30 PM for what sounds like some r&r before heading back to DC on Monday.
Here are the street closures for Saturday:
The area around Sunset Blvd between Rivas Canyon Rd & Monaco Dr from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The area around Capri Dr between Corsica Dr & Casale Rd from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The area around Casale Rd between Capri Dr & San Remo Dr from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The area around Amalfi Dr between San Remo Dr & Capri Dr from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The area around Capri Dr between Amalfi Dr & Sunset Blvd from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The area around Pavia Pl between Sunset Blvd & Amalfi Dr from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The area around Sunset Blvd between Westcove Dr & Minorca Dr from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The area around Allenford Ave/26th Street btw Sunset Blvd & San Vicente Blvd from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The area around San Vicente Blvd between 25th Str & Wilshire Blvd from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The area around Wilshire Blvd between Barry Ave & Devon Ave from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The area around Beverly Glen Ave btw Ashton Ave & Charing Cross Rd from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The area around Mapleton Dr between Club View Dr & Wynton Dr from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The area around Beverly Glen Dr between Wynton Dr & Pico Blvd from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The area around Pico Blvd between Patricia Ave & Avenue of the Stars from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The area around Motor Ave between Pico Blvd & Monte Mar Dr from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
NB and SB lanes of Sepulveda Blvd between Lincoln Blvd and Century Blvd will be closed to vehicular traffic for an eight minute period between the approximate hours of 12:45-1:15 p.m.
Will Rogers State Park
Park closed from approximately 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
San Remo Drive, Pacific Palisades
San Remo will be closed between Casale Rd and Amalfi Dr from approximately 1:30-3 p.m.
Amalfi Drive, Pacific Palisades
Amalfi Dr will be closed between Napoli Dr and Minorca Dr from approximately 3-5 p.m..
South Mapleton Drive, Los Angeles
South Mapleton Dr will be closed between Wyton Dr and Club View Dr from approximately 5-7 p.m.
Club View Dr will be closed between S Beverly Glen Blvd and Comstock Ave from approximately 5-7 p.m.
Cheviot Hills Park
Cheviot Hills Recreation Center and Park will be closed from approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday October 9 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday October 10. Motor Avenue will be closed in between Pico Boulevard and Monte Mar Drive from approximately 6:30-7:30 p.m. on October 10