President Barack Obama arrived in Southern California Monday evening on a two-day fundraising swing that includes a stop at the home of basketball great and Dodgers co-owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson and a visit to the DreamWorks Animation facility for a speech on the economy.
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The trip is Obama's 16th to Los Angeles since he took office. He began Monday in Seattle before stopping in San Francisco for a fundraiser and speech in support of immigration overhaul, which was interrupted by an audience member who shouted, "Stop deportation. Yes we can."
The LA fundraisers Monday for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senate Campaign Committee will be at the homes of NBA Hall of Fame player Johnson and Saban Capital Group Chairman Haim Saban, according to the website politicalpartytime.org, which tracks political fundraisers across the country.
A coalition of environmental and progressive groups plan to conduct a rally and march in Beverly Hills against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement, in connection with Monday's fundraisers. Opponents of the partnership claim it will undermine state, local and federal laws, including those governing food safety, environmental protections, Internet freedom, workers rights, health care, drug prices and banking and finance regulations.
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The Obama administration says the partnership will boost economic growth by increasing American exports, support the creation and retention of American jobs and promote innovation. The partnership consists of the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Vietnam and Singapore.
On Tuesday, Obama is scheduled to conduct a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the Hancock Park home of Marta Kauffman, a co- creator of the 1994-2004 NBC comedy "Friends," politicalpartytime.org reported.
Obama is also scheduled Tuesday to speak at DreamWorks Animation, which is headed by Jeffrey Katzenberg, a longtime Obama supporter. Obama, during his most recent trip to Southern California, had a private dinner with Katzenberg in August.
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The Los Angeles Police Department issued traffic advisories for streets near LAX and roads in Glendale and on the Westside. The most significant traffic problem to occur during one of President Obama's LA visits was in August 2010 when motorists in the Hancock Park area reported waiting in traffic for hours because streets were blocked.