Obama arrival likely to affect La Jolla traffic

City News Service

UPDATE: President Obama has arrived in the Mount Soledad area, where streets are blocked and traffic is tied up as of about 2:15 p.m.

Students outside All Hallows were waving flags outside the school on Nautilus Street while protestors flanked the other side of the street.

When President Obama makes his way from MCAS Miramar this afternoon to the La Jolla home where he will attend a private fundraiser, traffic could well be affected.

The President who was in Seattle Sunday, is scheduled to arrive at MCAS Miramar aboard Air Force One at 1:40 p.m. and head to a private fundraising event at the home of Mason and Elizabeth Phelps. He will then return to the Marine air base and fly to Los Angeles.

Assuming he is traveling by motorcade, the route from Miramar to the home on La Jolla Rancho Road will be tightly secured as the vehicles make their way to and from the base.

His visit comes on the heels of La Jolla fundraisers for GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney — who has a home here — and Rick Perry.

Tonight Obama will be at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, moving later to the Fig & Olive restaurant on trendy Melrose Place.

Obama is scheduled to spend Monday night in Los Angeles and leave LAX for Denver at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Obama was last in the Southern California in April, when he took part in three fundraisers during a roughly 18 1/2-hour visit benefiting his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In his previous campaign, he came to San Diego for a fundraiser at the Birch Aquarium in February 2007, spoke at the California Democratic Convention in April 2007 and to the National Council of La Raza annual conference in July 2008.