LOS ANGELES (CNS) – President Barack Obama will bring his re-election
effort to the Southland today, hoping to tap into some deep Hollywood pockets
to pad his campaign war chest.

The president is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International
Airport at 4:40 p.m. and head to the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West
Hollywood, where he will speak to supporters who will have paid $250 for
tickets — or much more to have a photo taken with Obama.

His fundraising effort will then move to the Fig & Olive restaurant on
trendy Melrose Place. Tickets for the dinner cost $17,900 per person, or
$35,800 per couple, with proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund.

Obama, who raised funds in Seattle Sunday, is scheduled to spend Monday
night in Los Angeles, leaving LAX for Denver at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The FAA is closing the airspace to most aircraft within a 30-mile
radius of Santa Monica from 9:45 a.m. today until 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to
a notice to pilots posted this weekend.

As is typical with presidential visits, Obama will be met by some
protesters.

Outside the House of Blues, members of the ANSWER Coalition plan to
stage a rally, calling for an end to U.S. military action in Afghanistan and
Iraq, protection of Social Security and Medicare funds, and an end to the
deportation of illegal immigrants.

At the Fig & Olive, the Southern California Immigration Coalition will
lead a rally calling for an overhaul of the federal immigration system and
protection of immigrants.

Los Angeles city councilman Bill Rosendahl has warned Angelenos,
especially Westsiders, to beware of traffic snarls today and Tuesday. Streets
likely to be affected include Sunset Boulevard from Barrington Avenue across
Brentwood, Westwood and Beverly Hills to La Cienega Boulevard.

The Sheriff’s Department, which patrols West Hollywood, warned of
traffic closures Monday afternoon on the Sunset Strip from the Beverly Hills
line east to Sweetzer Avenue; Santa Monica Boulevard from the Beverly Hills
line east to La Cienega Boulevard; and Holloway Drive, and Fountain Avenue and
Olive Drive near La Cienega.

San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
will be closed from 6 a.m. today until noon Tuesday.

Rosendahl said the Secret Service makes the final call about street
closures and the president’s motorcade route. “It is my hope they have learned
from previous visits and understand that Angelenos already face gridlock on a
daily basis and will not tolerate lengthy delays due to the President’s
visit,” he said.

Obama was last in Southern California in April, when he took part in
three fundraisers during a roughly 18 1/2-hour visit benefiting his re-election
campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Today’s visit is Obama’s seventh to the Los Angeles area since being
elected president. Of his first six visits, four were exclusively for political
fundraising and a fifth was to campaign on behalf of Democratic candidates.