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Schedule For Obama's Third Los Angeles Trip In Three Months

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:31 am

Staff Report

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive aboard Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon for a planned 24 1/2-hour visit to conduct two political fundraisers and speak at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

Streets To Avoid During Obama's Los Angeles Visit Today, Thursday

Los Angeles is the final stop on Obama's three-day, three-city West Coast fundraising trip, which began Tuesday in Seattle, where he spoke at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

Obama will begin his day in San Francisco, where he is to attend a morning fundraiser benefiting the House Majority Political Action Committee. He is set to speak and answer questions at an early afternoon Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in Los Altos Hills.

Obama's first stop of his visit to Los Angeles will be at the Hancock Park home of television producer Shonda Rhimes for a late-afternoon DNC fundraising reception and dinner.

Tickets for the event begin at $1,000, according to an invitation posted on the website,, which tracks political fundraisers.

The price is $10,000 to attend the reception and for the opportunity to have a photo taken with Obama, and $32,400 -- the maximum allowable contribution to a national party committee in a calendar year -- to be a co-host of the event, which also allows the donor to attend a dinner with Obama in addition to the reception and the photo opportunity.

The event's co-chairs include Kerry Washington, the star of the Rhimes-produced ABC drama Scandal. Rhimes is also a producer of two other ABC dramas, the long-running Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, which is set to premiere Sept. 25.

"The overwhelming majority" of tickets for the fundraiser were priced at $1,000 "because most of the people I know cannot afford'' a $32,400 ticket, Rhimes said.

On Thursday, Obama is scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion with about 30 people at the Los Angeles home of Michael Rapino, CEO of the concert promotion firm Live Nation, with tickets costing $32,400 each, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Proceeds benefit the Democratic National Committee.

The lone planned non-fundraising event of Obama's visit to California will be Thursday at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, where he is expected to speak on the "importance of job-driven skills training, particularly for fast-growing sectors such as health care," according to the White House.

Various groups describing themselves as pro-immigration and pro-Palestinian plan to protest outside Trade-Technical College, calling for ending deportations of immigrants in the country without legal permission, for the U.S. to demand Israel end its attacks on Palestinians and for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, who will become House majority leader on Aug. 1, criticized Obama on Tuesday for not addressing California's drought during his visit to the state, calling him "clueless to the fact that Californians care more for solving our problems than they care for high-dollar presidential fundraisers."

Obama spoke about the drought at a farm in Los Banos in the San Joaquin Valley in February.

The Obama administration has provided assistance to the state's farmers and ranchers in a variety of programs, sought to increase coordination and flexibility in water allocations; and improve drought monitoring, research and tools.

The Los Angeles Police Department advised drivers to avoid an area near Los Angeles' border with Beverly Hills and portions of Hancock Park today and northern parts of Brentwood and an area south of downtown Los Angeles Thursday because of Obama's visit.

The trip will be Obama's 19th to Los Angeles or Orange counties since taking office in 2009 and the third in three months. All but three of his trips have included political fundraisers.

Obama is scheduled to depart from LAX at about 3:10 p.m. Thursday to return to Washington.

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Jul. 23, 2014, 10:22:57 am

xboomer said...

Obama, Part time President and Full Time Fund Raiser.

Jul. 23, 2014, 10:39:49 am

Reagan said...

xboomer meaning either you're old, crusty and set in your ways or you're from Oklahoma which says everything. Your party has done far worse.

Jul. 23, 2014, 11:56:45 am

Trish said...

He's baaaaack , but don't critique him. ... his defenders are passionate with excuses, name calling, and blame for those from the past or those who dare to disagree. That Palm Springs home for Mr. "Equal the Playing Field" unless you enrich yourself via taxpayer money is pretty.. Don't get on your high horse O defenders, the carpetbaggers are all over govt.

Jul. 23, 2014, 1:11:59 pm

Trisha said...

Like the Koch brothers and other billionaire righties aren't raising millions too. Money raising is what American politicians do. In fact it's all they do and wealthy people like Trish like it that way. Suck it right wingers.

Jul. 23, 2014, 2:18:13 pm

wolflen said...

give a talk at a trade school eh...learn a trade and wait in line for jobs that illegal aliens -protected class-will take from you-and you will be called a racist if you think its unfair.. deport them you say...sorry they are allowed to break laws, steal, cheat and its fact its encouraged by the highest offices in government.(all parties!!)..and they don't break laws, steal and they...

Jul. 23, 2014, 4:12:46 pm

Trish said...

Good post people are waking up to the ruse daily, though the mindless true believers and "useful idiots" will never get it.

Jul. 23, 2014, 7:34:19 pm

No more D's or R's said...

Obama is a turd. Destroying the Constitution and continuing all of Bush's policies including coveting up for Bush and making sure that no banker goes to jail or even faces charges for destroying the economy and defrauding millions out of millions of people's retirement accounts. And now he seems hellbent on starting a war with Russia, lying through his teeth about that plant that was shot down most likely by the war criminal Nazis now running the Ukraine that he now fully supports. And don't even get me started in Gaza. Obama is a domestic enemy of the constitution and the people of this country.

Jul. 23, 2014, 9:00:29 pm

Out foxed said...

Faux news pays all these right wing trolls handsomely to blather out their talking points.

Jul. 28, 2014, 11:31:50 pm

Trudy said...

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