Obama Arrives on Westside

The president is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Beverly Hills before making his way downtown to the Nokia Theatre.

President Barack Obama arrived in the Southland Sunday to participate in three events in the Los Angeles area, where he will be joined by former President Bill Clinton and actor George Clooney.

Air Force One landed at 1:10 p.m. from Washington, and Obama quickly transferred to Marine One, the presidential helicopter. It landed at 1:35 p.m. at Rancho Park, and then a presidential motorcade headed to a no-media-allowed event home in the hills above Sunset Boulevard.

That event, at the Beverly Hills home of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, was described by campaign press secretary Jennifer Psaki as "a thank you event for a small group of donors" who had either previously donated the maximum amount to Obama's re-election effort "or contributed a high amount."

About a dozen people were expected to hear from Obama and Clinton at the event, Psaki said.

After a brief period in Beverly Hills, Obama and Clooney will motorcade across L.A. to a "30 Days to Victory" concert at the Nokia Theatre at the L.A. Live entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles. Jon Bon Jovi, Earth, Wind and Fire, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder are scheduled to perform.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention, also are scheduled to speak to about 6,000 people. Tickets ranged from $44 to $2,500.

Following the concert, Obama will speak to about 150 guests at a $25,000 per person fundraising dinner at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, an eatery on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles at L.A. Live.

Proceeds from the fundraisers will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.

The trip is Obama's 12th to the Los Angeles area since taking office, the ninth solely for political fundraising. He has spoken at political fundraisers during all but his first visit to the region as president.

Obama is scheduled to leave Los Angeles Monday morning, bound for the small town of Keene in Kern County, where he will announce the establishment of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.

venice beach rider October 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
If supelveda pass project cost 1 billion to add a new lane does this mean road.construction is now too expensive and we will no longer see anymore new freeways ever built? I mean if it cpst a billion to add a new lane for a few miles how much would constructing a new freeway cost? Will we ever see large construction again or.will this country be like mexico where not much infrastructure becauae frankly they cant afford it. Question is can we afford america anymore or is our money just worthless now?
venice beach rider October 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Is sepulveda pass project just one big back end deal like the iraq war or can we really no longer do construction anymore with prices being what they are? Eventually if obama keeps.spending.and printing money wont gas price goto 10$ a gallon?
Always Right October 08, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Amen to that!!
Westside Hi IQ October 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Venice beach rider, Your comments clearly show you are not another follower who shipishly watches all the wrong doings, wastes, frauds and corruption and just accepts it without a fight or even questioning those that are behind it. Yes my friend, sadly you are correct that due to corruption, red tape and over-regulation we have priced ourselves out of building and improving the roads and cities... this Sepulveda project that has taken few years, many lives (due to heart attacks, accidents, stress.....) would take China 3 months max to complete with much less cost and better results! trust me, I travel overseas a lot and it saddens me to watch so much development everywhere and we are stuck here with crappy politicians and laws because of mainly voters priorities!
Marti Laney October 08, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Hey VBR, I guess you are confusing blaming, name calling and "truth telling" with productive disagreement. As I wrote in my earlier comment, my point is that we need more meaningful opinions and useful comments. Constructive disagreements can produce solutions to complex problems. Drawing simplistic conclusions like blaming all our problems on one person, several people or "government" is very easy. But it impacts nothing. Its bottom of the brain primitive functioning, made for simplistic life on the Savanna, thousands of years ago. The US has complex problems as a result of numerous influences over many decades. They won't improve until Americans stop idealizing aggression and expecting simple solutions for complex problems. Only the most evolved layer of the brain can create sophisticated and civilized responses to today's complex problems. We can be part of the solution......


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