Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Possible Trump Jam Today

President Trump will be landing at Santa Monica Airport today and going somewhere from there. Usually, the somewhere is fundraisers in places like Beverly Hills and Bel Air - which means potential traffic disruptions around UCLA.

President Trump to Use Santa Monica Airport Tuesday: Military presence expected around SMO

By Sam Catanzaro, 9-16-19, Santa Monica Mirror

President Trump is expected to use the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) on Tuesday, September 17 and in preparation for his visit, the City of Santa Monica anticipates military helicopter activity at and around SMO on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday.

Trump is in California Tuesday for several fundraisers in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Geoff Palmer, the real estate developer and one of the president’s biggest donors, is hosting a Los Angeles fundraiser for Trump.

Very few details have been made public about Trump’s visit to California, a state where his approval rating is under 40 percent according to a poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California.

As Airport staff release additional details about potential street closures as a result of the visit this article will be updated.

Apart from possible disruptions from the presidential visit, the Regents are meeting at the UCLA Grand Hotel starting today and continuing Wednesday and Thursday. So there could be some on-campus traffic issues.

UPDATE: The Trump visit largely will be felt this evening in areas near UCLA, possibly affecting some late commutes:

7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday

The area around Bundy Drive between Airport Avenue & West Pico Boulevard
The area around Sunset Boulevard between South Sepulveda Boulevard and Bedford Drive (Beverly Hills)

8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday

The area around Sunset Boulevard between Bedford Drive and South Sepulveda Boulevard (Beverly Hills)
The area around West 9th Street between the 110  Freeway and South Flower Street
The area around South Figueroa Street between Olympic Boulevard and West Sixth Street

Beverly Hills street closures
5-9 p.m. Tuesday

Sunset Boulevard between Ladera and Beverly Drives will be intermittently closed (suggested alternative east/west routes: Santa Monica, Wilshire and Olympic boulevards
Benedict Canyon Drive between Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Drive will be intermittently closed (suggested alternate north/south route: Coldwater Canyon Drive)


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