UPDATED: Obama Descends on LA, Drivers Brace For Traffic Jams
President Obama has touched down in LAX, and we know from experience that presidential visits can cause unprecedented clusterfucks on local streets.
Total Traffic LA reports that Obama is traveling by helicopter from LAX to Culver City, where he'll hold a fundraiser at Sony Pictures at 5:30 p.m. He will then eat at Tavern in Brentwood. On their Facebook page, Total Traffic LA commenters have begun to report closures, including Santa Monica Blvd from the 405 to Wilshire, and San Vicente east of Barrington.
Temporary street closures began earlier this afternoon in Culver City, and apparently security is tight around the Beverly Hilton Hotel, a good indication that Obama may be staying there.
The route that the President is traveling has been kept quiet leading up to today. In a statement released by the LAPD last night, they gave this helpful and comforting update:
The unified agencies involved in the planning are keenly aware of the public’s concern over traffic congestion during previous visits by the President. Every effort is being made to minimize the impact to the residential communities and businesses affected by the President’s visit.
We'll keep updating as we hear more about closures...in the meantime, good luck out there.
Update: We originally reported that Obama would be dining at Tavern at 8:00 p.m. We've updated the post to reflect the fact that It's unclear what time he will eat there.
Update: HuffPo has a roundup of Obama-traffic-related tweets.
Update: "Brentwood" has been trending on Twitter for over an hour. Follow traffic news using tags #LATraffic and #obamatraffic. Tweeps report that Westwood traffic is clearing up, the area around Santa Monica and Wilshire is a cluster, and parts of Motor Ave are closed.