But maybe that’s because Angelenos remembered another traffic snafu last year, when the President of the United States came to town for fund-raising events. Without much fanfare, the roadways were shut down on the west side of Los Angeles and people were literally stuck for HOURS on the road in total gridlock. Drivers were mad and they had good reason to be.
But that leads me to today. Once again, at five o’clock in the evening – RUSH HOUR – the president is coming to town for fund-raising purposes. And for some reason it has been decided to close down the streets in L.A… again. In fact, some of the streets were closed ten hours prior to the president’s arrival.
At least one school is letting students out at noon so parents can come get their children. Some businesses aren’t even opening for business. Many employees I’ve seen interviewed are going home early or not even going to work at all.
And here’s what I don’t understand. I’ve lived and worked in Los Angeles all my life. I don’t EVER remember this much disruption when other presidents would visit our fair city. Why is that? What’s changed? And why must these events be planned for workdays during rush hour? Why not coordinate the fund-raising events for the weekend when workday traffic isn’t a factor?
Now, it’s entirely possible the president WILL take a helicopter to his various venues and the street closures are options so anyone who may want to harm the president isn’t sure what mode of transportation he’ll be taking. I get that, but then why close off the streets so early?
Either way…the president may be collecting funds for his campaign, but he may be burning his bridges (pun intended) with the voters – and drivers – of Los Angeles.
Until next time,