UPDATE, 3:36 PM: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will be facing off tonight in another Democratic debate but L.A. drivers are about to hit the traffic wall we call Obamageddon. Yes, Air Force One has just landed at LAX and President Barack Obama is on his way to a taping of Ellen DeGeneres’ show over in Burbank in the next hour. Look up, you might see Marine One flying over the city.
All of which means there will likely be some dancing between an already farewell touring Obama and the daytime talker host. It also means LAPD have locked down the streets as big swaths of the city are being subject to road closures and delays. There’ll be even more of that around Hancock Park and Beverly Hills tonight. (See the full list of road closures for today and tomorrow below)
POTUS is skipping watching his potential successors’ face-off for two big-ticket fundraisers tonight in the tony neighborhood. With tickets up to $33,400 a pop, Obama’s out in L.A. for the 21st time since taking office to hover up more Hollywood cash for the Democrats – AKA, talk is cheap Bernie and Hillary, elections are expensive. The President jets out of town on Friday morning around 10:45 AM.
PREVIOUS, FEB. 10 PM: President Barack Obama is back in L.A. tomorrow to grab some Hollywood cash and to play onscreen softball with Ellen DeGeneres. And for the 19 hours that POTUS is in town, you know what that means, Angelenos – the road closures and traffic delays of Obamagaddon all over the City of Angels are back too.
The President arrives at LAX around 3:25 PM tomorrow afternoon as part of a multi-day trip to California. He’ll head east to Palm Springs on Friday for a meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders next week. His first LA stop is at 4:25 PM over on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank to tape a sit-down with DeGeneres that will run on her syndicated show on February 12. In the past, POTUS has used Marine One to get that far across town from the airport, and it looks like he might do so tomorrow, but the Secret Service and the LAPD never give out the precise details of his travel for obvious security reasons.
We do know that there will be some snarls later in the evening Thursday around Hancock Park as two separate fundraisers are scheduled there. With tickets ranging from $1,000 for the cheap seats and $33,400 for co-hosts the first 6:55 PM event is a reception at the home of Scorpion EP Danny Rose and husband/entertainment lawyer Aaron Rosenberg. John Legend will be performing at the event. After that HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo and partner Sonny Ward are co-hosting a more intimate and pricey dinner and discussion with the President at the Hancock Park home of Leah and Sam Fisher at 8 PM. The Fishers and Lisa and Ken Soloman, the Tennis Channel CEO, are also co-hosts at the $10,000 to $33,400 a ticket gathering.
Tomorrow’s visit is Obama’s 21st time coming to the Hollywood ATM since taking office in 2009.
The President is staying over night before jetting off southward Friday morning. If tradition is any indication, Obama will likely getting together off book with a local pal or two afterwards at his westside hotel – like he did on a L.A. visit last June with Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg.
Here are the road closures from the LAPD for the President’s visit:
Thursday, February 11
The area around N. Hollywood Way between N. San Fernando Boulevard & Forest Lawn Drive from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
The area around N. Hollywood Way between Forest Lawn Drive & N. San Fernando Boulevard from 4:45-6:15 p.m.
The area around Rimpau Boulevard between W. Pico Boulevard & W. 6th Street from 5:30-7 p.m.
The area around Wilshire Boulevard between S. Hudson Avenue & S. Arden Boulevard from 5:30-7 p.m.
The area around W. 4th Street between S. Muirfield Road & Lorraine Boulevard from 7:15-8:45 p.m.
The area around Crenshaw Boulevard between Wilshire Boulevard & West Adams Boulevard from 8:45-10:30 p.m.
The area around Wilshire Boulevard between the 405 Freeway & Malcom Avenue from 8:45-10:30 p.m. (Expect heavy traffic in the Westwood Village area – see road closures)
Friday, February 12
The area around Wilshire Boulevard between the Westwood Village area and the 405 Freeway from 9:30-11 a.m.
The area around S. Bundy Drive between Ocean Park Boulevard & the 10 Freeway from 9:30-11 a.m.
CLOSURES / RESTRICTIONS (no bus routes impacted by the hard closures)
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 2:30-4 p.m. on February 11 and 9-10:30 a.m. on February 12.
Los Angeles High School
School will close at 3:00p.m. South Rimpau Boulevard will be closed between Edgewood Place and West Olympic Boulevard from approximately 3-4 p.m. on February 11.
4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA
Olive Avenue will be closed between North Pass Avenue and Hollywood Way from approximately 4-5:30 p.m. on February 11.
South Rossmore Ave., Hancock Park, CA
South Rossmore Avenue will be closed between West 3rd Street and Wilshire Boulevard from approximately 5-8 p.m. on February 11.
West 6th Street will be closed between South Muirfield Road and South Arden Boulevard from approximately 5-8 p.m. on February 11.
South Windsor Blvd., Hancock Park, CA
South Windsor Boulevard will be closed between West 2nd Street and West 5th Street from approximately 7:30-10 p.m. on February 11
West 3rd Street will be closed between South Plymouth Boulevard and Lorraine Boulevard from approximately 7:30-10 p.m. on February 11.
Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles
Higard Avenue will be closed between Weyburn Avenue and Le Conte Avenue from approximately 10 p.m., February 11 through 10 a.m., February 12.