Outside of the Los Angeles area, not much will be reported by print/TV media about huge traffic jams clogging freeways and city streets for going-home drivers this evening in the City of the Angels, predicts Grumpy Editor.
Street closures and traffic backups will be triggered by the arrival of President Barack Obama and his entourage on their way to another Los Angeles fundraiser, this time at actor George Clooney’s home.
Drivers, already facing daily traffic jams, will be grumbling even more as the president and company make their way from Los Angeles International Airport by freeways and surface streets to Clooney’s property in the Studio City section of the San Fernando Valley.
That’s about a 20-mile route.
Motorists in part of the Studio City area can expect delays or closures from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Residents near the fundraiser site will be required to show photo identification for home access, said a city councilman representing the district.
Prior presidential visits to Los Angeles were not as extensive. Most involved taking a helicopter from the parked Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport to the Veterans Administration property on the city’s west side, then a short motorcade to a fundraising destination.
Obama’s many visits to Los Angeles have resulted in a new word bouncing around the city: Obamajams.
After affected motorists settle down after a night’s rest, they will get smacked again tomorrow morning.
That’s when the president is scheduled to depart from an overnight stay in Beverly Hills, again causing street closures and traffic delays, this time along the way to the airport during the A.M. rush to work.