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Trump’s L.A. Visit Means Road Closures and Traffic Delays

March 13, 2018 by Juliet Bennett Rylah
Traffic in L.A. on the 101

Typical day-time traffic on the 101 moving through DTLA. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

President Donald Trump hasn’t been to California since 2016. However, he’s scheduled to arrive this morning, starting in San Diego and ending, presumably, in downtown Los Angeles.

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In the days of Obamajam, federal officials would typically send out a list of street closures to local law enforcement, letting us know which streets to avoid and when. That’s not the case with the first L.A. visit under this administration.

“We’re waiting and wondering why it hasn’t come through,” LAPD Officer Luis Garcia told the L.A. Times yesterday. “We usually have it by now. We wish it was already at our office so we could send it out.”

So, here’s what we do know:

Trump is due to land at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego County at 11:30 a.m., according to City News Service. From there, he’ll head to Otay Mesa where he can peruse a series of border wall prototypes. He’ll be landing in LAX at 3:30 p.m., and mostly traveling via helicopter while he’s here. He’ll be leaving the Santa Monica landing zone at 3:55 p.m. to attend a private fundraiser somewhere in Beverly Hills or Bel Air. It’s not clear where exactly that fundraiser is, but we do know that tickets to attend started at $35,000.

That event ends around 8 p.m. and Trump will then head to his overnight accommodations. Speculation says he’s staying at the Intercontinental Downtown Los Angeles Hotel, located within the Wilshire Grand Center. Tenants recently received an email indicating a “VIP/high security” visitor would be staying at the hotel tonight, and that this mysterious individual’s presence would call for heightened security. Street closures are planned for a two-block radius around the building, according to Variety. The increased vigilance begins today at noon and ends tomorrow at the same time. Trump is scheduled to be in the Midwest tomorrow morning.

In addition to whatever traffic issues Trump’s visit may cause, there is also a protest organized by Union del Barrio titled Trump Not Welcome in L.A. planned for today at 5 p.m. at Beverly Gardens Park in Beverly Hills. A similar protest also occurred this morning in San Diego.

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