President to Raise Funds, Talk About Jobs Plan Monday in LA

The President will arrive Monday afternoon at LAX before heading to the House of Blues and the Fig & Olive for fundraisers

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    Westside drivers likely won't be hailing the chief, with the latest presidential visit to LA expected to trigger traffic gridlock. President Obama will be arriving in Southern California on Monday.

    President Barack Obama will raise cash and attempt to re-energize supporters when he discusses his jobs plan this week during a West Coast visit that includes fundraisers in Los Angeles.

    His three-day trip, which began Sunday, includes a stop in Los Angeles. After stops Sunday in Seattle and San Francisco, the president will travel Monday to San Diego and Los Angeles, where he plans to attend two more fundraisers.

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    The trip is expected to raise more than $4 million for his re-election campaign.

    The president is scheduled to arrive in LA at 4:40 p.m. He will attend a fundraiser at the Houe of Blues on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, then visit the Fig & Olive restaurant on Melrose Place.

    Members of the ANSWER Coalition plan to rally outside the House of Blues. They're 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.

    He will head to Denver Tuesday morning.

    Along the way, President Obama will talk about his $447 billion jobs bill. His plan combines tax cuts, unemployment benefits and public works spending.

    Republicans oppose the tax increases that would be used to pay for the plan. A vote in the Senate is expected in October.

    California's unemployment rate is at 12.1 percent, highest of any state except Nevada.
           
    Obama's job approval rating dropped to 46 percent among Californians in a Field Poll this month. Among Democrats it was 69 percent, but that was down 10 percentage points from June.

    "Californians voted for him by 24 points in 2008 and the Democrats and nonpartisans were the backbone of his support and he's losing some of that now,'' Mark DiCamillo, director of California's Field Poll, told the Associated Press. "I think there's a lot of frustration in California about Washington. They're looking for Obama to do something.''

    The visit will mark Obama's seventh trip to Southern California as president.

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