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SMC Captain Ray Bottenfield, Santa Monica Police Department Officer Robert Sparks, SMPD Officer Jason Salas

Obama, President

Police Department received the National Medal of Valor from President Barack Obama for their courageous actions on June 7, 2013.

Posted May. 16, 2016, 1:03 pm

Officers, Jason Salas and Robert Sparks of the Santa Monica Police Department along with Captain Ray Bottenfield of the Santa Monica College.placed themselves in mortal danger to save the lives of students and the community following a violent shooting rampage in Santa Monica.

Obama Motorcade on Ocean Park.

News, Traffic, Obama

Traffic Advisory: President Obama to Land in Santa Monica Today

Posted Apr. 7, 2016, 10:27 am

President Barack Obama's approximately 17-hour visit to Los Angeles beginning today to raise money for Democratic House and Senate campaigns will prompt street closures, particularly in West Los Angeles and Westwood.

President Obama's motorcade will shut down major streets across Los Angeles.

News, Santa Monica, Traffic, Obama

President Obama to Land in Santa Monica Tomorrow

Posted Apr. 6, 2016, 11:34 am

President Barack Obama will travel to Los Angeles tomorrow for a roughly 17-hour visit highlighted by a pair of big-dollar fundraisers, with many streets in Santa Monica preparing for his arrival.

Obama Motorcade on Ocean Park.

News, Smo, Obama, President

Obama Motorcade Motorcycle Officer Crash

Posted Feb. 12, 2016, 11:17 am

Local traffic ground to a halt this morning as President Obama made his way to Santa Monica Airport. A motorcycle officer crashed.

President Obama's motorcade will shut down major streets across Los Angeles.

News, Traffic, Obama

Traffic: President Obama is Arriving - Road Closures

Posted Feb. 11, 2016, 9:26 am

With President Barack Obama set to visit the Southland today, motorists in select parts of town should anticipate traffic delays to accommodate the presidential motorcade.

President Barack Obama.

News, Obama, San Bernardino

San Bernardino Shooting: Obama Spends Three Hours With Relatives Of Victims Killed

Posted Dec. 19, 2015, 11:34 am

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met for nearly three hours Friday night with relatives of victims killed in the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

President Obama's motorcade will shut down major streets across Los Angeles.

Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Traffic, Obama

Watch Out: Here's Obama's Traffic Schedule For Today

Posted Oct. 10, 2015, 9:33 am

With President Barack Obama scheduled to visit the Los Angeles area for about 6 1/2 hours today, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a list of areas motorists should try to avoid to prevent being stuck in presidential motorcade traffic.

President Barack Obama.

News, Los Angeles, Obama

President Obama To Depart L.A. Today After Podcast Interview

Posted Jun. 19, 2015, 9:19 am

President Barack Obama will conclude a planned 21 1/2-hour visit to Los Angeles today by being interviewed by comedian Marc Maron in the garage of his Highland Park home for his podcast "WTF with Marc Maron."

President Barack Obama.

News, Los Angeles, Celebrity, Obama

President Obama To Fundraise Today At Homes Of Chuck Lorre, Tyler Perry

Posted Jun. 18, 2015, 9:07 am

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon aboard Air Force One, then headline two Democratic National Committee fundraisers.

President Obama's motorcade will shut down major streets across Los Angeles.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

Areas To Avoid For President Obama's Motorcade Today, Friday

Posted Jun. 18, 2015, 8:08 am

As is typical with visits by the nation's chief executive, traffic turned into a nightmare today in West Los Angeles as President Barack Obama was driven through town en route to the first of two Democratic National Committee fundraisers.

Temporary Tow Away signs have been posted near Santa Monica Airport along Centinela between Ocean Park and Pico in advance of President Obama's two-day Los Angeles visit.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

Tow Away Zones Pop Up In Santa Monica In Advance Of Obama's Arrival Thursday

Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 11:49 am

Motorists should begin preparing for some late-week traffic headaches, with President Barack Obama scheduled to visit L.A. for a pair of Thursday fundraisers.

President Barack Obama.

News, Beverly Hills, Obama

President Obama To Speak At Democratic Fundraiser In Beverly Hills On June 18

Posted Jun. 2, 2015, 9:13 am

President Barack Obama will speak at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of filmmaker Tyler Perry June 18.

President Barack Obama.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

Obama Condemns Shooting Of Officers On "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Posted Mar. 13, 2015, 8:41 am

President Barack Obama is scheduled to leave Los Angeles this morning, bound for Phoenix, following an 18-hour visit consisting of an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

President Barack Obama.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic, Obama

Obama Traffic Congestion Spots To Avoid This Morning

Posted Mar. 13, 2015, 8:29 am

Because of President Barack Obama's Los Angeles visit, the LAPD is advising motorists to avoid the following areas until 10 a.m. because traffic congestion is expected:

President Barack Obama.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

Obama To Appear On Jimmy Kimmel, Conduct Fundraiser In Latest L.A. Visit

Posted Mar. 12, 2015, 8:33 am

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in the Southland this afternoon for a planned 18-hour visit that will include the taping of an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Santa Monica.

President Barack Obama will attend events during his Los Angeles visit that starts today.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

Obama To Visit Santa Monica Thursday: Authorities Release Road Closure Details

Posted Mar. 11, 2015, 7:50 pm

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International just in time for today's afternoon rush hour, meaning motorists in selected areas should be prepared for detours or delays.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Obama

Santa Monica College To Help Spearhead Obama's TechHire Initiative in Los Angeles

Posted Mar. 11, 2015, 1:59 pm

Los Angeles is one of 21 communities that has signed on to President Barack Obama's newly announced TechHire Initiative aimed at quickly training people for jobs in the technology industry and connecting them with employers.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Technology, Government, Obama

Doubling H1-B Visas Via An End Run

Posted Feb. 8, 2015, 8:22 am

Green cards for spouses – that’s the latest quiet Obama Administration move to please and appease the high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere who constantly clamor for more H1-B visas to bring in cheap, skilled foreign labor.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

News, California, Government, Obama

Democratic Lawmakers React To President Obama's State Of The Union

Posted Jan. 21, 2015, 9:08 am

Democratic lawmakers representing California praised what President Obama said about the economy in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, though some disagree with a variety of foreign policy issues.

President Barack Obama.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Obama

Four Southland Residents To Join First Lady for State Of The Union

Posted Jan. 20, 2015, 9:43 am

A teacher, a construction worker, a police captain and the creator of a prison education program -- all from the Los Angeles area -- are among 22 guests who will have close-up views of President Barack Obama when he delivers his State of the Union address today.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

Obama To Conclude 24-Hour Visit To Los Angeles Today

Posted Oct. 10, 2014, 9:02 am

President Barack Obama is scheduled to conclude an approximately 24-hour visit to Los Angeles today by conducting a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and announcing an executive order declaring 346,000 acres of land in the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

Obama To Cause Traffic Jams In Westwood, Bel-Air Today

Posted Oct. 10, 2014, 9:00 am

Police are advising the public to avoid portions of Westwood and Bel-Air today because of President Barack Obama's visit.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

Cessna Told To Return To Bakersfield After Flying Into Obama's Restricted Air Space

Posted Oct. 10, 2014, 8:53 am

A small plane out of Bakersfield flew into restricted airspace over the Los Angeles area during President Barack Obama's visit to the city today and an F-15 fighter jet was sent to investigate, but there was no indication the breach was intentional, authorities said.

President Barack Obama spoke at Cross Campus in Santa Monica for over an hour on Thursday afternoon.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

President Obama Tours Cross Campus, Hails "Millennial Generation"

Posted Oct. 9, 2014, 5:08 pm

President Barack Obama toured Cross Campus, a shared workspace campus in Santa Monica, on Thursday afternoon shortly after 2:45 pm and hailed the so-called "millennial'' generation as a driving force in rebuilding the nation's economy, and one that will change the face of the business world.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Obama

Areas To Avoid Today For President Obama's Santa Monica, Westside Visit

Posted Oct. 9, 2014, 8:36 am

Police are advising the public to avoid portions of Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood and Beverly Hills today because of President Barack Obama's visit.

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