President Barack Obama is coming to town for a fundraiser

The fundraiser will take place tomorrow tonight at George Clooney’s  house. 
Total Traffic reports that Gorgeous George’s house is “at the end of Iredell Lane, near west of Laurel Canyon and north of Mulholland/Coldwater Canyon in the Studio City area”.

Expect closures and traffic jams on the canyon roads between Hollywood and the Valley. See map below.

It is also floating around that the President might take a helicopter from LAX into the San Fernando Valley, not using any streets on the west side. Now THAT would be fabulous…one can only hope.
President Obama will leave on Friday morning for Reno Nevada. Typically street closures are between 7:30am and 9am – rumor has it he will depart around 10am on Friday morning.

Update 7:13pm

Our friend Steve Gregory from KFI reports Obama has arrived at Clooney’s.  He supposed to be there until about 10pm, at which time he will head to Beverly Hills.

  • Laurel Canyon will remain open during the function
  • Residential streets will be sealed except for residents with ID
  • Rolling closures will resume as he heads to Beverly Hills

Update 7:05pm

Obama spotted coming up over the hill on Laurel Cyn… almost to Clooney’s…

Update 7:00pm

Huge thanks to everyone at Total Traffic!

Sounds like Obama might be coming from Burbank Airport.
We’re hearing of closures along Laurel Canyon at several locations, including Magnolia and Laurel Cyn and Sherman Way and Laurel Canyon.

Update 6:37pm

Reports came in of Marine 1 over Westwood and then just reported over the 101 freeway.

Update 6:29pm

Obama landed at LAX and is getting on Marine 1 to head off to the Valley, according to CBSLA.  There will be rolling closures on Laurel Canyon while the president is in transit.  They are TOWING cars off Laurel Canyon so don’t PARK THERE to see the president.

Laurel Canyon WILL BE OPEN during the event, just the smaller residential streets and hiking trails will be closed.
thanx to the great people at total traffic!

UPDATE 6:21pm

Though all the action is supposed to be in Studio City and the canyons roads, the west side has not caught much of a break. Every freeway is a mess…or most are. ;-(

The President landing any minute, and total traffic is reporting that

  • Coldwater Canyon traffic northbound is now heavy from Sunset to Ventura.
  • Ventura Blvd is heavy between Coldwater and Colfax.

UPDATE 5:52pm

Closures in Studio City & Laurel Canyon starting in 6P hour.

UPDATE 5:00pm

total traffic is reporting…

“The latest rumor we hear is that Obama may be helicoptered to Universal and then driven to Fryman Canyon per @ohilary.  NOT CONFIRMED.

However reader Dan said motorcycle cops were staging in CVS parking lot at Laurel and Ventura. Media vans are along Laruel from Fryman to Ventura.  Protesters are out in Willacre Park near Laurel and Fryman.

Traffic on Laurel Canyon and Coldwater Canyon is actually moving well right now.” (At 5:00pm)

 UPDATE 3:45pm

Alternates: Southbound alternates include Coldwater Canyon Avenue or Cahuenga to Highland. Ventura Boulevard alternates include Moorpark and Riverside. Keep in mind the motorcade’s route has not been released.

UPDATE 1:15pm

Uh oh! A protest is scheduled. Adding to the Obamajam a press conference and rally as close to Clooney’s house as possible – the 3200 block of Iredell Street – off of Laurel Canyon Boulevard & Fryman is planned for 6:00pm.

The message from Bank of Accountability  and  the  Campaign for a Fair Settlement’s message to Mr. Obama …

“Keep Americans in Our Houses, We’ll Keep You in Yours”

The protest is being put together by housing and bank accountability activists, including one of the major coalitions that supported the foreclosure fraud settlement and the announcement of a task force to investigate Wall Street banks.

Council member Paul Krekorian has released information regarding the street closures.

  •  5pm: Street closures begin. Those driving on Laurel Cyn Blvd and connecting streets north of Ventura Blvd should expect delays and road closures between 5pm-8pm.
  • Around 6pm: President Obama will arrive at LAX. He will then be transported via motorcade and helicopter to George Clooney’s house.
  • 8pm-10pm: Local access south of Ventura Blvd will be sealed off.  Residents with a local ID will be allowed through.
  • The President will spend the night in Beverly Hills (most likely the Beverly Hilton).


Map from Google by way of Total Traffic