President to Leave LA Tuesday Morning

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    President Obama attends two fundraisers in LA, one at the House of Blues and another dinner event at Fig and Olive restaurant. NBC4's Conan Nolan reports. (Published Monday, Sep 26, 2011)

    "Road Closed" signs started coming down late Monday night, as President Obama called it a night after a day of California fundraising.

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    The president is scheduled to leave LAX Tuesday morning, a day after  Air Force One touched down at Los Angeles International Airport at about 4:40 p.m. for the President's three-day West Coast fundraising trip. His first stop was the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. His second engagement was a high priced dinner at Fig & Olive restaurant on Melrose Place.

    Protesters and supporters alike greeted the President outside of the House of Blues earlier this evening.

    "I personally am very, almost hurt, by the bombings in Libya and in my opinion, that's all Obama," said protester Danielle Norwood. "That's not a Bush war."

    "Barack Obama hasn't done enough to get us out of Afghanistan," said fundraiser attendee Sam Ernst. "He hasn't done enough to get us out of Iraq. He hasn't done a bunch of things. But he has done more in three years, than George Bush did in eight."

    By late Monday night, the only significant street closures still in effect were along San Vicente Boulevard and the immediate area near the hotel where President Obama apparently spent the night.

    The president was scheduled to leave LAX for Denver at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Secret Service makes the final call regarding street closures and the motorcade route, according to city officials.

    "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,'' said Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

    At least one West Hollywood business opted to avoid the possible traffic congestion by staying closed. The Center for Early Education, in the 500 block of North Alfred Street, was closed Monday because of the visit, according to its website.

    Monday's visit marks President Obama's seventh to LA. In April, he participated in three fundraisers in about 18 hours.

    The city of Los Angeles does not incur additional costs during presidential visits, said a city spokesman. Overtime at the cost of taxpayers is not an issue, according to the city, because traffic control and security are staffed with LAPD and transportation personnel already on the clock.

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