President Obama exits Air Force One on a trip to California. Photo by Chris Stone
President Obama exits Air Force One on a trip to California. Photo by Chris Stone

Democrat or Republican, you’re going to hate having President Obama in town for the next couple days as Southland roadways will be jammed for security shutdowns and delays.

The president will take in $100,000 a person at a star-studded fundraiser on behalf of Hillary Clinton and he’ll make another TV appearance to play a late-night talk show for laughs.

But he’s got to be driven around Southern California as he makes his rounds, so there will be a host of temporary street closures and restrictions as well as heavy traffic congestion on several freeways and multiple surface streets in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills areas Monday and Tuesday.

Police suggest drivers avoid the following areas during these time periods because of expected heavy traffic congestion:

– The area around Sherman Way between Clybourn Avenue & Coldwater Canyon Avenue from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

– The Hollywood (170) and Hollywood (101) freeways from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

– The area around Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Sunset Boulevard from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday

– The 101 and San Diego (405) freeways from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

– The area around Sunset Boulevard between Woodburn and North Palm drives from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

– The area around Sunset Boulevard between Woodburn and Palm drives from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday

The 405 and Santa Monica (10) freeways from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m on Tuesday.

– The area around South Centinela Avenue between Ocean Park and West Pico boulevards between noon and 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police report the following closures and traffic restrictions will impact the following locations:

– In Hollywood, the east and westbound lanes of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and North Orange Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday.

– In Hollywood, the east and westbound lanes of Hawthorne Avenue between Highland Avenue and N. Orange Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday.

– In Beverly Hills, the north and southbound lanes of North Loma Vista Drive between Wallace Ridge and Dabney Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday.

– In Beverly Hills, the east and westbound lanes of Sunset Boulevard between North Whittier and North Bedford drives will be closed to vehicular traffic between 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Obama will fly to Los Angeles Monday for a 23-hour visit that will include appearances at a pair of fundraisers, an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Obama is scheduled to speak at a $100,000-per-person evening fundraiser in Beverly Hills on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, at the home of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

He is scheduled to attend a fundraising roundtable discussion Tuesday on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee before flying back to Washington, D.C., according to the White House.

The visit will be Obama’s 26th to Los Angeles and Orange counties as president and the fundraisers will be his 42nd and 43rd in the region. He conducted fundraisers during 22 of his past visits.

The visit will be Obama’s first since April 8 when he spoke at two fundraisers during a roughly 17-hour visit.

The Katzenberg event will be the fourth Clinton campaign fundraiser in the Los Angeles area in seven weeks with a $100,000 price tag.

While he’s in town, Obama will also be a guest on the late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Obama appeared on the show on March 12, 2015, when he faced light- hearted questioning on subjects such as visitors from space and whether he goes to the White House kitchen in the middle of the night in his underwear.

Obama also used the appearance to condemn the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and denounce “folks who disregard and disrespect the other side, people who resort to violence.”

In a standard bit on the show, Obama also read mean tweets about himself.

—City News Service

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