LOS ANGELES (CNS) - With President Barack Obama making his 16th trip to Los Angeles next week, City Councilman Paul Koretz said he was confident Angelenos will be spared the traffic nightmare that marred some of the president's earlier visits, when roads became snarled to make way for the commander in chief.
Local authorities and city officials -- mostly from the Westside, where the president does much of his fundraising -- have ``come up with a better plan for dealing with'' Obama's visits, mostly by streamlining the process and communicating more, he said.
Koretz noted that while one of Obama's earlier trips left some motorists trapped in immovable traffic and prompted some to abandon their cars, recent trips have gone more smoothly, Koretz said.
He said he is ``cautiously optimistic that this will continue and there won't be a giant traffic tie-up this time either.''
The biggest change in protocol has been information getting more uniformly shared among affected agencies and cities and with the public, according to Koretz spokesman Paul Neuman.
Obama is expected to touch down at LAX Monday afternoon and will do some fundraising at the homes of basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin ``Magic'' Johnson and Haim Saban, chairman of Saban Capital Group.
On Tuesday, he will deliver a speech in Glendale at DreamWorks Animation, followed by more fundraising at the Hancock Park home of ``Friends'' sitcom co-creator Marta Kauffman.
-Posted by KFI News Anchor Terry Anzur