Free Tickets to President's Upcoming Speech

Free tickets to President Barack Obama’s planned speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College this week will be distributed at the school’s campus this morning.

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    Free tickets to President Barack Obama’s planned speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College this week will be distributed at the school’s campus this morning.

    An unknown number of tickets to the "standing-only" will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the community college’s Aspen Hall, according to the school.

    Tickets are available to the general public, according to school spokesman David Ysais. The White House has declined to say how many tickets will be given away.

    Obama will speak at the college around 1:15 p.m. Thursday, focusing on the “importance of job-driven skills training, particularly for fast-growing sectors such as health care,” according to a White House statement.

    The president will be visiting Los Angeles to conclude a three-day West Coast fundraising tours that begins today in Seattle, where he will speak at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

    Obama is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles Wednesday and attend a DNC fundraising reception and dinner at the Hancock Park home of television producer Shonda Rhimes.

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

    The price is $10,000 to attend the reception and for the opportunity to have a photo taken with Obama. The cost is $32,400 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.

    On Thursday, in addition to his speech at Trade-Technical College, Obama is scheduled to attend a roundtable discussion with about 30 people at the Los Angeles home of Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, with tickets costing $32,400 each, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    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.

    City News Service contributed to this report.

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