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Obamajam, Again? The President Is in L.A. Tomorrow

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From a 2009 Obama visit to L.A. (Photo by Julie Wolfson/LAist)
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President Barack Obama is returning to Los Angeles Wednesday for another campaign fundraising visit, and he'll follow that up with a trip to Orange County for more of the same. So, naturally, Angelenos are already bracing for a potential Obamajam, aka major traffic snafus courtesy the Commander in Chief's motorcade.

This trip finds Obama arriving just ahead of rush hour (thanks, man!) and heading to to a soiree at a private residence. He's expected to stay the night at the Beverly Hilton--a site no stranger to media presence in the past few days thanks to the death of singer Whitney Houston; fortunately the Beverly Hills PD have finished their investigation at the famous hotel. But it's an early morning for Obama, since he's due down in Corona del Mar for a 7 a.m. breakfast.

The site Total Traffic LA has a rough sketch of Obama's comings and goings, and what traffic is projected to be affected; because of security risks, the actual route is not published in advance. Here's what they've got so far:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
* Sometime after 3pm: President arrives at LAX
* Sometime between 3:45 and 4:15pm: President will be helicoptered from LAX to the VA
* Sometime between 4:15pm and 5pm: President will be driven across the westside to the fundraiser at the home of soap opera mogul Bradley Bell in the Holmby Hills / Beverly Hills area. Will Ferrell will host. Major east-west streets most likely to be affected are Sunset and Wilshire.
* Sometime between 8pm and 9pm: President will likely return to Beverly Hilton hotel to spend the night. This may occur even earlier as the President is attending a breakfast fundraiser in Corona del Mar at 7am.

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So how is the Prez going to get to CDM? No one is quite sure right now; Obama could travel by helicopter, for example to John Wayne Airport, but he could also go by motorcade the entire way. Newport Beach Police have said they were working with the Secret Service, but route details have not been publicized. Total Traffic LA has a list of roads that could be affected in the very early morning hours should Obama travel by car to the private OC home where the breakfast is being held:

* 405 between West LA and Costa Mesa/Irvine
* 73 between 405 and Newport Coast Dr
* Newport Coast Dr
* Jamboree Road
* Macarthur Blvd
* San Joaquin Hills Rd
* Pacific Coast Highway (1)

Obama's fundraising visits to Los Angeles are easily equated with his desire to fuel his campaign with some Hollywood bucks. "With the presidential election nine months away, the president has been heavily courting Hollywood -- and its money," notes The Wrap. Indeed, Wednesday night's shindig is a pricey ($35,800 a ticket, says KCET) affair where Obama and guests will be treated to appearances by Will Ferrel and the Foo Fighters and rub elbows with their fellow 1%-er liberals.

But Obama isn't alone in courting the cash of wealthy Californians: GOP presidential campaign hopeful Newt Gingrich veered from his primary vote-getting path yesterday to head to L.A. to get some bucks in his coffers.

Of course, a Gingrich candidate visit didn't do a number on our traffic and raise the ire of Angelenos the way Obama's is likely to.