Obama Fundraising Tour Causes Havoc in L.A. with Major Street Closures
The Los Angeles Police Department has put out a strong warning for residents that there will be severe traffic congestion in several Los Angeles neighborhoods as a result of a two-day fundraising jaunt by President Obama.
The LAPD warning includes street closures and detours on Wednesday in the Hancock Park area from 2-8pm. Additionally, on Thursday in the West Los Angeles area, police are issuing alerts for residents to avoid the areas around Beverly Hills, Downtown, and Brentwood from 4 AM-5 PM, reported Deadline Hollywood.
It’s déjà vu all over again, as President Obama is arriving in Los Angeles on Wednesday as part of a three-city fundraising swing that will culminate with a fundraising dinner hosted by Scandal and Gray’s Anatomy producer Shonda Rhimes. Along with Scandal’s star Kerry Washington, the elite guests will pay thousands of dollars to listen to the President’s inspirational words and his summation of how America has been fundamentally transformed for the better since his coming to office in 2009.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the Hancock Park event scheduled for Wednesday evening will entertain about 450 people donating between $1,000 and $32,400. On Thursday, Obama will join a roundtable discussion attended by 25 supporters donating up to $32,400, according to an anonymous DNC official.
The Los Angeles portion of the trip, which included fundraising events in Seattle and San Francisco, is being met with dread by local residents because of the traffic nightmares that erupt during the president’s frequent visits-- which generally seem to coincide with rush hour. The fundraising invitations appeared to apologize for the disruptions, claiming this will be his last trip for the remainder of 2014.
On top of that, Republicans are criticizing the President for once again spending his time attending fundraisers while the world is in crisis. “With all that’s happening in our country and around the world -- wildfires, droughts, and international crises, I think everyone can agree the last thing the president should be doing is fundraising,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski argued in a statement on Tuesday.