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Netanyahu's Visit to L.A. Could Clog Streets

Motorists are being told to avoid these streets in Patch towns on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to Los Angeles Tuesday. Patch file photo.
Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to Los Angeles Tuesday. Patch file photo.

One day after a summit with President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Los Angeles tomorrow to meet with business leaders and attend the premiere of an Israel tourism film.

Netanyahu is featured in the film "Israel: The Royal Tour," which is hosted by CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg. The movie premiere will be held at Paramount Studios, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

Netanyahu will attend the premiere and speak at a VIP reception. Others expected to attend include Netanyahu's wife, Sara; David Siegel, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles; Greenberg; Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles President Jay Sanderson; and Mel Rogers, president and CEO of PBS Southern California.

Netanyahu is expected to remain in Los Angeles Tuesday night, then head to Northern California Wednesday to meet with the heads of technology companies including Apple, LinkedIn and Ebay. He is also expected to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown, and the pair will sign an agreement to promote economic ties between California and Israel.

He is expected to return to Los Angeles Wednesday night and attend a gala reception, possibly in the Santa Monica/Malibu area.

Los Angeles police warned motorists to anticipate some traffic congestion due to the visit.

On Tuesday, motorists were advised to avoid the following areas:

  • Santa Monica Boulevard between the San Diego (405) Freeway and Melrose Avenue, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • The 405 Freeway between Wilshire Boulevard and the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Melrose Avenue between La Cienega Boulevard and Van Ness from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, motorists should avoid:

  • Santa Monica Boulevard between the 405 Freeway and Melrose from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4 to 11 p.m.
  • The 405 Freeway from Wilshire to the 105 Freeway, also from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4 to 11 p.m.
  • The Santa Monica (10) Freeway between the 405 and Pacific Coast Highway from 6:30 to 10:45 p.m.
  • PCH between the 10 Freeway and Malibu Canyon Road from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

On Thursday, motorists were advised to avoid:

  • Santa Monica Boulevard between the 405 Freeway and Melrose from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Pico Boulevard between Roxbury and Castello from 8:45 to 10 a.m.
  • The 405 Freeway between Wilshire and the 105 Freeway from 12:15 and 12:45 p.m.

--City News Service

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