Tuesday, August 17, 2010

L.A. fuming over Obama traffic, demands investigation

Los Angeles Times Mobile News
The massive traffic jam that resulted from President Obama's motorcade and speech Monday night in Hancock Park is prompting calls for an investigation from some residents, who say they were caught in traffic for hours.
Obama was only in L.A. for a few hours, but his presence caused numerous streets to be blocked off.
Residents reported that commutes and errands that typically took minutes turned into hours-long ordeals. One particular complaint was that streets remained blocked for hours -- even when Obama was inside TV producer John Wells' Hancock Park home at a fund-raiser.
"What has occurred is way beyond reasonable and can only be described as negligent," L.A. resident Kevin McCarthy said in an e-mail to The Times. "If it isn't my story, currently evolving, of beginning my 1 mile journey home at 5pm and at 7:50pm now being 3 miles from home with no viable idea of how to get closer, it should be about the two sirens-wailing ambulances I have witnessed stuck in this unnecessary gridlock."
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported no delays for emergency vehicles. But the LAPD heard an earful from angry motorists.
One man, who did not want to give his name, said it had taken his wife four hours to drive home from Brentwood. Another man trying to walk west on 6th Street to his office shouted at the officers blocking his way and told them he wished he had voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Obama's opponent in the 2008 presidential race.
Carlos Garcia, a 25-year-old waiter from Miracle Mile, had the misfortune of setting out on a run about the time the area went on lock-down. He had planned on a four-mile run, but it turned into 5.5 miles as he tried unsuccessfully to get back home, ultimately waiting 25 minutes at a yellow-police-tape barrier.
"They waved me through, but then they stopped me coming back," he said. "I can't believe they did it during rush hour on a Monday."
-- Maeve Reston, Robert J. Lopez and Shelby Grad


Anonymous said...

I too am SHOCKED at the arrogance of Obama's visit. He ground Los Angeles to a stand-still so he could give a quick speech for campaign contributions. I wonder how much economic damage and cost his visit burdened LA and its residents as compared to the money he raised for himself & his cronies? Selfishness and stupidity at its worst. One suggestion - take a helicopter next time so you don't have to close off Wilshire Blvd. for HOURS. The cost would be a FRACTION of what you imposed on us Angelenos. Or perhaps have a meeting closer to the airport. Just do SOMETHING smart for once in your increasingly miserable presidency.

Anonymous said...

One helicopter?? There were six+ marine helicopters that flew him from LAX to "a field" in Brentwood. From there , he went via motorcade. He raised a million bucks apparently but I wonder how much this little field trip cost. This morning, I think most of us heard a large Marine circling over head before he took of back to LAX. The amount of security any American President these days need to travel is insane.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your Articles from the Bel-Air Association Blog. I share them with about 1,000 other people on my e-maill lists.

But this specific blog really dissappointed me and several others that I showed it to before deciding to dessiminate this to the masses!.

It is such a disgrace for an Angeleno like myself to read that Residents in Bel-Aire, Bel-Aire Estares, and Brentwood had to wait a few hours from going on with their daily lives due to traffic congestion to the point that they wished the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES had not visited in their community!

I am disgusted that not one comment on the blog reported how pleased other Residents were to learn that the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES came to their Community (although for a fundraiser) over all of the places he could be in the entire World! I have an Aunt and Uncle who have lived in the area for over 55 years and they noticed the traffic jam and delays but didn't give it another thought knowing that these types of congested circumstances occur on a regular basis. As my Aunt Trudie tells me, "There is only one thing that I regret since living in the better part of Brentwood, is the traffic!"

How selfish and pompous Residents must be to feel "inconvenienced" that the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, Secret Service, and the federally required motor-cade were "negligent' to halt traffic in their community! Sad to think that someone would change their mind to vote for someone else because they didn't appreciate the momentary disruption caused by this special event, that I have urged many of my Angeleno Friends to write letters to the White House asking the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD to come to their community, and to promise the White House" that we would not only welcome and appreciate their presence, but that we are honored that he and his "entourage" took the time to visit our area.

Isn't it interesting how those that are fortunate enough to have a large glass of water in a desert continue to complain that they don't have two. . . .whereas those of us that only have tea spoons, can't even get a drip! How silly is Man to complain about the most mundane things when War, Strife, Terror, and Mahem around the world make this a paradise on Earth. Sad but true!! President Obama, please feel free to visit us at any time (we know you will get this=). Sorry Aunt Trudie but I had to comment!

East LA/Northeast LA

Anonymous said...

As to the 3rd Comment -- I respect the office of the President greatly, but THIS president has lost my respect. And he has done so primary by showing US so little respect.

Boil it down to the facts: The President "visited" (some might say "milked") Los Angeles NOT on a mission advancing the causes of our great country -- but instead to grace PRIVATE audiences with his presence in exchange for HUGE CAMPAIGN DONATIONS!

Do the math. Air Force One to Los Angeles. Blackhawk helicopters to Brentwood. Insane Motorcade to Hancock Park halting traffic for hours both before and after he is even on the road -- absolutely grinding the city and its people to a halt for two days. Keeping families apart, local businesses from getting customers and emergency vehicles from reaching their destinations.

I suspect he COST TAXPAYERS AND OUR CITY OVER $10,000,000 for this visit so he could line his (and his political allies) pockets with (I guess) about $1,000,000.

I find this to be imprudent, arrogant, selfish and disgusting.

I wish someone in office with backbone would DEMAND an accounting of what he cost Los Angeles and Federal taxpayers for the visit -- and then make his office disclose the amount of money he raised for his various friends and campaigns.

Perhaps then one could speak intelligently if we should be honored by his visit.

P.S. Although I am not a fan of George W. Bush politically -- when he visited Los Angeles about 3 years ago I got caught on Sunset Blvd. right before his motorcade passed. Total time delay -- 15 minutes!! Why was I trapped on Wilshire for 3 HOURS when BHO was not even on the road yet! It is the disrespect to our people shown the other day which makes me so furious -- as well as the clear disregard for OUR TIME AND TAXPAYER MONEY that he threw away in exchange for a fraction of that amount in campaign contributions.

Anonymous said...

#3. I had a patient miss surgery because she was stuck for FOUR HOURS. The entire west side was shut down. It was not a traffic jam, it was GRIDLOCK. There was a severe lack of planning and no need to shut down every major east/west artery. This isn't a Democrat vs Republican argument. If Bush did the same thing would your feel the same way? Something tells me that your wouldn't.

Anonymous said...

"I am disgusted that not one comment on the blog reported how pleased other Residents were to learn that the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES came to their Community"