A few details on President Obama’s visit to L.A. on Thursday — it could impact traffic and bus routes

President Obama on a visit to Los Angeles in 2009. Photo by Burns, via Flickr creative commons.

Looking ahead to Thursday afternoon’s commute: President Obama will be flying into Los Angeles for a campaign fundraiser tomorrow evening at George Clooney’s home in the Studio City part of the San Fernando Valley.

As per usual with presidential visits, there could be bus detours depending on the President’s route, which is not disclosed ahead of time for security reasons. The best way to receive service alerts is check the metro.net homepage, subscribe to Metro’s service alert Twitter feed, sign up for service alerts via text message or receive alerts via the new Go Metro app on your smartphone (via Apple store for iPhones or Google Play store for Android phones).

Here’s what we do know from a note to constituents by Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian, who represents the Studio City area:

Dear Neighbor, As you’ve likely heard by now, President Barack Obama is passing through the Valley tomorrow evening for a fundraiser in the hills of Studio City. As with any visit from the President, the area will be impacted by road closures and tight security, especially for those who live in the vicinity of Fryman Canyon.

That said, the Department of Transportation and the LAPD are working hard to minimize traffic impacts in the area.

For security reasons, the White House does not disclose exact details about the President’s route, but here’s what we do know: The President will be landing at LAX around 6 p.m. and will be transported, via helicopter and motorcade, to George Clooney’s home, where the fundraiser will be held.

We do not expect that Ventura or Laurel Canyon boulevards, north of Ventura Boulevard, will be closed to traffic. However, there may be limited delays due to neighborhood street closures in the hills and emergency vehicles in the immediate vicinity.

For those driving on Laurel Canyon Boulevard and connecting streets north of Ventura Boulevard, please expect delays and/or road closures from about 5 to 8 p.m. If you live south of Ventura in Studio City, the LAPD has advised us that local access to the area will be virtually sealed off from about 8 to 10 p.m., meaning all local residents will need to show a current photo ID for home access

Police have advised residents in and near Fryman Canyon to stay home or make other arrangements during this time. Everyone else is advised to avoid the area as much as possible.

The President will leave Los Angeles the next morning, after staying the night in Beverly Hills. The police department has assured us that traffic impacts in the Valley will be minimal on Friday.

2 replies

  1. Literally the ONE time in memory that I need to go to Studio City, and Obama would be in town, wouldn’t he? Again. Does he really need to press the flesh at these events, snarling up LA’s already horrendous traffic for miles? If Clooney and his buddies like Obama so much, why don’t they just send him the money and be done with it *grumble grumble*

  2. LOL, no mention of impacts on Beverly Hills, Century City, Rauncho Park, or West VA.