It’s been a long night 12:40am update …..

President Obama and his motorcade pulled into the Beverly Hilton around 10:30pm. He is scheduled to be leaving around 8:00am

Should make for a fun morning commute.

It Takes A Village!

Thanks again to CHP, LAPD, Metro, Total Traffic LA, Sigalert, Tweeters, Phone callers and Facebook-heads…

Huffpo did a such a funny thing about all of this.

They invited tweeters to express their frustration with tweets, and Huffpo shared them on their blog. Some of them are really funny!

RT @GoddessTomiko: If u live in LA, do NOT drive anywhere now. Obama’s visit had made traffic STUPID!#CityWideTrafficJam#IWannaGoHome

LAist also covered Obamajam and can not be left out…

President Obama has touched down in LAX, and we know from experience that presidential visits can cause unprecedented clusterfucks on local streets.

Update 10:00pm

Motorcade just passed Santa Monica and Sepulveda.

Update 9:48pm

Traffic is shut down on Santa Monica through West LA, Century City and Bevelry Hills as the president returns to the Beverly Hilton.  Should be short lived

Update 7:38pm

STREET ALERT11-20 m delay(WEST LOS ANGELES) SANTA MONICA BLVD IN BOTH DIRECTIONS BEFORE SEPULVEDA BLVD CLOSED . also San Vicente and WILSHIRE at federal… WB WILSHIRE at barrington detour..for the President…should open after he gets to westwood. CHPWilshire is now closed at Sepulveda.

Santa Monica closure begins at Barrington on the west end.

Update 7:19pm

President Obama is still at Sony speaking.. looks like they’re getting ready setting up closures – which is why San Vicente and Santa Monica are closing.

Update 7:15pm San Vicente at Federal is blocked off.  @angiecrouch reports hundreds are lined up to greet President Obama.

Update 7:14pm It’s starting again!  Santa Monica reported to be blocked off at Sepulveda!

Thank you Total Traffic

Photo from the caucus.blogs.nytimes.com

OBAMAJAM CRAZY STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN AS HE LEAVES CULVER CITY AFTER 7:00PM

Obama will wrap up shortly at Sony and then head to Tavern in Brentwood.  He is scheduled to give  7:55pm address…

31-45 m delay(BEVERLY HILLS / CULVER CITY) WILSHIRE BLVD AND SANTA MONICA BLVD AT THE BEVERLY HILTON IN BEVERLY HILLS EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC . …DUE TO THE POTUS IN TOWN. EXPECT CLOSURES & SLOW TRAFFIC IN CULVER CITY UNTIL APPROX 7:30 OR 8 & THEN MORE RELATED CLOSURES & DELAYS IN BRENTWOOD BETWN 8 & 9:30 THIS EVENING. *IN ADDITION TO SURFACE STREETS, EXPECT THE 10 & 405 TO ALSO BE IMPACTED. .

Update  5:44pm

President Obama is in Culver City. Tape down on all street closures. He’ll be there for awhile so for now no new closures.

Update 5:20pm

Reports of Obama being helicoptered in to Culver City. Pedestrians aren’t allowed to cross streets now either.

Update 5:12pm

Pico Closed Beverly Green and Beverly Glen

Motor and Venice are closed

Thank you Total Traffic!

Update 5:05pm

I just received a tweet from :

alexdecordoba Alex de Cordoba

@KajonKCRW Motor closed for “45 min to 1 hour” according to LAPD moto cop. In worst #Traffic 4 #Obama. #noescape

Update 4:48pm

Facebooker Just Ducky reports she just got an email from office management that quotes unofficial LAPD sources as saying that Century Park East south of Santa Monica will see Presidential traffic over the next hour.

She also says that all the driveways that lead on to Century Park East have tape across the driveways and most have a police officer standing by.  Olympic heading east from Century City is at a standstill.

Update 4:32pm

Reports are that Big Blue Bus Route 5 is one of the few not affected.  Along with the fact Metro buses are running down Olympic as well, it indicates that Olympic will most likely remain open all afternoon.

Thank you Total Traffic LA

Update 4:00pm

STREET ALERT31-45 m delay(CULVER CITY) OVERLAND AVE IN BOTH DIRECTIONS BETWEEN CULVER BLVD AND WASHINGTON BLVD HEAVY TRAFFIC …DUE TO PRES. OBAMA’S VISIT TO SONY STUDIOS BETWEEN 4:30 & 6:30 P.M. OTHER ROADS AFFECTED OR CLOSED INCLUDE MADISON ST., DUQUESNE AVE., MOTOR AVE., JEFFERSON BLVD. EXPECT DELAYS THROUGHOUT THE AREA UNTIL APPROX 7 THIS EVENING. .

Thank you Sigalert

Update 3:20pm

At this point, Pico and Olympic are the best east/west streets.  Major delays on Santa Monica and Wilshire.

Update 3:17pm

Ave of the Stars and Santa Monica reopen according to Facebooker Peter Fennema

Update 3:11pm

Reports of Obama motorcade turning in to Beverly Hilton – could be a decoy but maybe he’s headed there first.  No wonder why Santa Monica was shut down the entire streetch.  Olympic bad also.

Update 3:11pm

Reports of Obama motorcade turning in to Beverly Hilton – could be a decoy but maybe he’s headed there first.  No wonder why Santa Monica was shut down the entire streetch.  Olympic bad also.

BTW Our server is getting overloaded but we continue to pump out updates at @totaltrafficla on Twitter and Facebook “Total Traffic Los Angeles”

Update 3:06pm

Traffic reported at a standstill on Wilshire and Westwood. We’ve been getting a lot of reports of Westwood being blocked off as far south as Pico.. might be the route…

Update 2:59 (4/21/11)

Looks like Marine 1 is just arriving at the VA.

We’ve also got San Vicente shut down east of Barrington, Barrington is closed north of San Vicente.

Also we’re getting reports of Santa Monica being closed between the 405and Wilshire  – which would jive with the info about it being closed in Century City.

If Obama is going to VA, then it does appear he will be driving to Century City.

Update 2:35pm (4-21-2011)

President Obama is in the Marine 1 Helicopter and in the air.

  • Santa Monica is closed “all the way to Beverly Glen” and beyond –
  • Barricades are being setup on Olympic and Westwood –
  • Rachel M. Wilson says streets in Century City are being closed. –

Thank you Total Traffic!

Update 7:12pm

Metro encourages passengers to use its Nextrip program online at  www.metro.net/nextrip for real- time bus schedule information.

A Culver City school official said no change in school hours are planned because of Obama’s visit. School will be getting out between 2:30- 3:05pm as usual.

Update 6:11pm

Some details about Obama’s schedule are out.

  • 2:45pm Land at LAX
  • 2:45pm-4:30pm Travel from LAX to Sony Pictures
  • 4:30pm Sony Pictures Fundraiser in Culver City

After that he’s going to Tavern in Brentwood, but that time is unclear yet.

When the leader of  the free world comes to town, well…. precautions must be taken, and with that comes road closures.

First off, why is he coming:

When news broke earlier this week that President Barack Obama would be coming to Culver City on April 21 for a re-election fundraiser at Sony Pictures Studio, city officials were delighted.

“I’m very excited,” said Mayor Christopher Armenta. “Anything that puts Culver City on the map, such as the president’s visit, is something that I look forward to.”…via Culver City Patch

Secondly, what does this have to do with me:

ROAD CLOSURES that’s what!

We don’t get a lot of specifics for the obvious security reasons. That being said, there are a few sources I check to find out the skinny. Total Traffic La is also keeping tabs on the situation and they are one of my favorite sources for traffic info. Here’s a clip and a link of what they’ve got….

“The Culver City Police Department would like to advise the motoring public that on Thursday, April 21, 2011, there will be a special event occurring at Sony Picture Studios.  The streets in the immediate vicinity around the studio lot will be impacted by traffic delays and some street closures during the afternoon and evening hours.  Drivers should, if at all possible, avoid utilizing the streets in this area and take an alternate route.”

No duh.

Those “streets in the immediate vicinity” include Jefferson, Culver and Overland.

Also Culver City Bus Lines 1, 3, and 5 pass through the “vicinity,” and are likely to be delayed and or detoured.

See below for the possible swath of street closures in the rest of the westside.

We also got a tip from reader “Don” about FAA airspace:

According to public FAA records, the airspace around LAX is scheduled to be closed from 2:15 to 3:15 Thursday afternoon, and again from 8:30 to 9:30 Friday morning for VIP movement. It therefore seems safe to infer “where the president will land”.

So not only do we now know where he most likely be coming – he’s also going to be spending the night.  Last time he stayed overnight was at the Beverly Hilton – right there on Santa Monica and Wilshire….via Total Traffic

This is an Update from 3:52pm (4-20-2011).  Check back, I will update…as I find out more, I will post it.

Thank you Total Traffic!


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