President Barack Obama landed at LAX shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, bringing with him traffic woes for Westsiders and other commuters traveling through Beverly Hills.
After shaking hands and signing some autographs for a crowd of bystanders, the president boarded Marine One.
Obama was headed to Holmby Hills for a fundraiser hosted by "The Bold and the Beautiful" co-creator and executive producer Bradley Bell and his wife Colleen. Will Ferrell and his wife, Viveca, are also serving as co-hosts for the $38,500-a-person event.
While an Obama visit to Los Angeles -- his ninth since taking office -- usually has fundraising implications, for most Angelenos, it means one thing: traffic.
The planned motorcade route -- which is not made public -- has a habit of shutting down streets, leading some to dub the event "Obamajam." The LAPD recommended avoiding the following areas, if possible:
- Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunset and Beverly Glen boulevards, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Thursday, the department recommended avoiding Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica boulevards, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
"I park right outside here, and getting out of the street and parking spot is just a hassle, especially down Santa Monica. It's horrible. So it takes me like forever to get home. It's exciting but also it's hectic," said Elan Torbati, a Beverly Hills resident.
By noon, temporary no parking signs were already showing up around Beverly Hills.
Total Traffic LA has posted ball-park estimate of the route.
On Thursday, the president is expected in Corona del Mar for another fundraiser.
Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported that the president was expected at LAX around 3 p.m. The correct time is 4 p.m.