President to Talk Jobs on West Coast Trip

The President will visit Washington and Northern California before heading to San Diego and Los Angeles

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    President Barack Obama departs Washington, D.C. at the start of his three-day West Coast visit.

    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. He will attend two fundraisers Sunday in Seattle and San Francisco before traveling Monday to San Diego and Los Angeles, where he plans to attend two more fundraisers.

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    President Obama was at the home of Microsoft exec Jon Shirley Sunday in Medina, Wash. About 65 guests paid $35,800 per couple to attend.

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

    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.