President Barack Obama returned to Southern California Thursday afternoon, and, as usual, his visit was expected to create heavy traffic for rush-hour commuters.
Air Force One touched down at Los Angeles International Airport shortly before 3:30 p.m., as scheduled. He quickly boarded Marine One en route to Burbank.
Obama arrived in L.A. from the Bay Area, where he was slated to attend several Democratic fundraisers.
While in the Los Angeles area, Obama taped an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank.
Afterward, Obama arrived at the Hancock Park home of entertainment lawyer Aaron Rosenberg and Scorpion Executive Producer Danny Rose for a reception, concert and Democratic National Committee fundraiser, according to Los Angeles Times pool reporter Sarah Wire.
About 340 people bought tickets for the event, where singer John Legend performed, Wire reported.
Dozens of protesters awaited him outside the home, and a group of young marchers walked through the streets, carrying signs in support of immigrants’ rights.
The president’s final stop was at another home in Hancock Park belonging to Leah and Sam Fisher.
The event was as described as a “more intimate $10,000 per person discussion and dinner,” according to Wire.
Drivers can expect heavy traffic delays if traveling in the same area as the president.
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a traffic advisory telling drivers which streets to avoid during the president’s visit Thursday:
- The area around North Hollywood Way between North San Fernando Boulevard and Forest Lawn Drive from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.
- The area around North Hollywood Way between Forest Lawn Drive and North San Fernando Boulevard from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m.
- The area around Rimpau Boulevard between West Pico Boulevard and West Sixth Street from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
- The area around Wilshire Boulevard between South Hudson Avenue and South Arden Boulevard from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
- The area around West Fourth Street between South Muirfield Road and Lorraine Boulevard from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.
- The area around Crenshaw Boulevard between Wilshire Boulevard and West Adams Boulevard from 8:45 to 10:30 p.m.
- The area around Wilshire Boulevard between the 405 Freeway and Malcom Ave from
8:45 to 10:30 p.m. (Expect heavy traffic in the Westwood Village area.)
The Burbank Police Department stated there would be hard closures in both directions on Hollywood Way from San Fernando Boulevard to Olive Avenue from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m., and from 5:15 and 5:45 p.m.
There will also be a complete closure with no traffic on Olive Avenue and Barham Boulevard from Riverside Drive to Forest Lawn Drive from 2:45 to 5:45 p.m., according to the Burbank police.
Hard road closures were also planned for the following areas Thursday:
- 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank
Olive Avenue will be closed between North Pass Avenue and Hollywood Way from approximately 4 to 5:30 p.m.
- South Rossmore Avenue, Hancock Park
South Rossmore Avenue will be closed between West Third Street and Wilshire Boulevard from approximately 5 to 8 p.m.
- West 6th Street will be closed between South Muirfield Road and South Arden Boulevard from approximately 5 to 8:00 p.m.
- South Windsor Boulevard, Hancock Park
South Windsor Boulevard will be closed between West Second Street and West Fifth Street from approximately 7:30 to 10 p.m.
- West Third Street will be closed between South Plymouth Boulevard and Lorraine Boulevard from approximately 7:30 to 10 p.m.
- Hilgard Avenue
Higard Avenue will be closed between Weyburn Avenue and Le Conte Avenue from approximately 10 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Friday.
Some areas to avoid on Friday morning were also listed in the traffic advisory:
- Friday, Feb. 12
The area around Wilshire Boulevard between the Westwood Village area and the 405 Freeway from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
- The area around South Bundy Drive between Ocean Park Boulevard and the 10 Freeway from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
After spending Thursday night in Los Angeles, Obama was expected to travel shortly before 11 a.m. from LAX to Palms Springs International Airport.
He will host a summit with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Rancho Mirage on Monday and Tuesday, according to the White House.
He departs from Palm Springs on Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic delays were expected for Crenshaw Boulevard between West Adams Boulevard and Wilshire boulevard during the president’s visit on Feb. 11, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)