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President Obama Heads to LA for 2-Day Trip

President Obama Heads to LA for 2-Day Trip

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The Los Angeles Police Department added that Metro bus lines 4, 16, 316 and 704 would also be affected by the closures. 

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive today  for a two-day visit to Los Angeles for two political fundraisers and a speech  at a gala for an organization founded by Steven Spielberg to keep alive  memories of the Holocaust and other genocides.

The trip will be Obama's 17th to the Los Angeles area since taking  office in 2009. All but three of his trips have included political fundraisers.  He has made 10 trips to the area solely for fundraising.

``Since the Clinton presidency, Los Angeles has become the principal  donor base for the Democratic Party,'' Raphael J. Sonenshein, the executive  director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles  told City News Service.

``Thirty, 40 years ago, that would have been inconceivable because so  much of the Democratic Party fundraising was on the East Coast.''

Clinton ``turned California into his second political home and that has  pretty much continued,'' Sonenshein said.

``Even Republican candidates raise a considerable amount of money in  Southern California, but relatively speaking, any Democratic president in a  election year is going to spend a lot of time raising money'' in California, he  said.

The trip's first fundraiser will be tonight at the Bel Air mansion of  Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and his wife, Cindy, benefiting the  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senate Campaign  Committee, according to the entertainment trade newspaper The Hollywood  Reporter.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and House Minority Leader  Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, are also scheduled to attend the fundraiser, The  Hollywood Reporter reported.

On Thursday, Obama will conduct what The Hollywood Reported described as  an intimate ``round table'' discussion at The Beverly Hilton, benefiting the  Democratic National Committee.

The top ticket price for both political fundraisers are $32,400,  according to The Hollywood Reporter. The figure is the maximum amount that can  be given to a party committee in a calendar year under federal law.

``President Obama is once again treating California as his personal  piggy bank as he tries to stave off the worst midterm environment for the  Democrats in 20 years,'' Republican National Committee Regional Press Secretary  Michael Short told City News Service.

There was no reply to an email sent to the Democratic National Committee  seeking a response.

Obama tonight will receive the highest honor from the USC Shoah  Foundation -- The Institute for Visual History and Education, during its 20th  anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity Gala at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Spielberg will present the Ambassador for Humanity Award to Obama for  his global efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and  expanding educational technology, and his work advancing opportunities for all  people, according to the gala's organizers.

``As a constitutional scholar and as president, his interest in  expanding justice and opportunity for all is remarkably evident,'' Spielberg  has said of the president. ``The president's recent appointment of the first  special envoy for Holocaust Survivor Services in United States history  demonstrates his staunch commitment to honoring the past while building a  better future.''

Spielberg established the foundation after completing the 1993 best- picture Oscar-winning film ``Schindler's List'' to collect and preserve the  video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. The  foundation is part of the University of Southern California's Dana and David  Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Working within the university and with partners around the world, the  institute advances scholarship and research, provides resources and online  tools for educators, and disseminates the testimonies for educational purposes.

The institute is seeking to expand the Visual History Archive with  accounts of survivors and witnesses of other genocides.

In 2013 it added an initial collection of 65 testimonies of survivors  and rescuers from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide and in February an initial  collection of 12 testimonies of survivors from the 1937 Nanjing Massacre were  added.

The institute is also working to add collections from the Armenian and  Cambodian genocides, as well as a collection of Testimonies from North Africa  and the Middle East.

This is Obama's first trip to the Los Angeles area since November when  he spoke at the DreamWorks Animation facility in Glendale, praising the  entertainment industry as an economic ``bright spot'' that reflects positive  American values across the globe, and conducted three political fundraisers.

``This year Democrats are feeling the donor block in the Democratic  Party has been hanging back, while on the Republican side, the Koch brothers  are spending tens of millions of dollars throughout the country ...,''  Sonenshein said. ``There's a big concern that's been growing in the Democratic  Party that the president and the other leadership needs to shake the trees and  get people to donate.''

 

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