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Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama will be in town this afternoon. And while the man has a plan to move people (not just cars), his visit does come with traffic impacts, however minor:

At approximately 2:00 pm the Los Angeles Department at 2:00 of Transportation (LADOT) will begin posting traffic officers at the intersections around the Music Center. They will then close one lane of north bound Hope Street from First Street to Temple Street. The LADOT will also post “no parking from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm” signs along Grand Avenue. LADOT is not planning to close any streets for this event at this time. However, the onsite traffic engineer may make the determination to close a street if necessary. [LA County e-mail via LAO]

Obama's visit is to ask Hollywood's most celestial bigwigs to open up its pocket books for his campaign. Expected names include actors Samuel L. Jackson, Seal, Heidi Klum, Sidney Poitier, Will.i.am, Cedric the Entertainer, Dennis Quaid and Kal Penn. Entertainment business people include Ari Emanuel, Ron Meyer, Bryan Lourd, Mike and Irena Medavoy, Jim Wiatt and Sherry Lansing. "Costs for the event are $2,300 per person to appear at the reception and $28,500 per couple at a dinner," reports the Daily News' political blog.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met with Obama behind closed doors over the weekend in Miami to talk about his role in the campaign. No word yet on how that played out.

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