President Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden along the Colonnade. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden along the Colonnade. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama is scheduled Thursday to participate a town hall meeting in Santa Monica on the economy and conduct a fundraiser at the home of Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Obama is scheduled to arrive aboard Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport from Joint Base Andrews Thursday afternoon.

The first stop during his 20th trip to Los Angeles or Orange counties since taking office in 2009 will be Cross Campus, described by the White House as a collaborative space in Santa Monica that brings together freelancers, creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalist-funded startup teams.

Obama will tour the co-working space at Cross Campus and interact with founders of several start-ups working there.

Obama will also participate in a town hall meeting on the economy at Cross Campus, with a particular focus on Millennials, according to the White House.

Obama will then speak and answer questions at a reception and dinner benefiting the Democratic National Committee at Paltrow’s home.

Tickets are priced from $1,000 to $32,400, the maximum allowable contribution to a national party committee in a calendar year, according to the website, PoliticalPartyTime.org, which tracks political fundraisers.

Obama has conducted fundraisers during 17 of his 20 trips to Los Angeles or Orange counties since taking office in 2009.

Obama will conduct another Democratic National Committee fundraiser Friday and go to Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas to announce an executive order declaring 346,000 acres of land in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles as a national monument.

Police today advised the public to avoid portions of Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood and Beverly Hills Thursday in connection with Obama’s visit.

The following areas should be avoided from 1:30-3:30 p.m.:

— The area around Centinela Avenue between Ocean Park Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard; and

— The area around Lincoln Boulevard between Pico Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard.

The following areas should be avoided from 3:30-5 p.m.:

— The area around Santa Monica Boulevard between 26th Street & Ocean Avenue; and

— The area around Ocean Avenue between Pico Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard.

The following areas should be avoided from 5-7:30 p.m.

— The area around San Vicente Boulevard between Ocean Avenue and Bundy Drive;

— The area around Sunset Boulevard between Allenford Avenue and Barrington Avenue; and

— The area around Sunset Boulevard between Allenford Avenue and Roxbury Drive.

The following areas should be avoided from 7:30-9 p.m.:

— The area around Beverly Glen Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard; and

— The area around Wilshire Boulevard between Sawtelle Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard.

Hilgard Avenue in Westwood will be closed between Le Conte Avenue and Weyburn Avenue from 8 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday. Service on Metro Bus Lines 2 and 302 on Hilgard Ave between Le Conte Avenue and Weyburn Avenue will be canceled from 11 a.m. Thursday through 4 p.m. Friday.

City News Service

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