Several downtown Los Angeles streets this morning have been closed to parking and may be shut entirely as Sen. Barack Obama
(D-Ill.) speaks at a campaign fundraiser at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in his first visit to Southern California since being assured of the Democratic presidential nomination.
The event began at 11 a.m. with a $28,500-per-person "VIP dinner" benefiting the Democratic National Committee, followed by a $2,300-per-person general reception.
Traffic near downtown is expected to worsen later in the day as the Dodgers host the Chicago White Sox
at Chavez Ravine at 7:10 p.m. and "A Chorus Line"
plays at the Ahmanson Theatre at 8 p.m.
Grand Avenue is closed to parking between 1st and Temple streets until 11 p.m., said Bruce Gillman, a spokesman for the city's Department of Transportation.
Hope Street is closed to parking for all but television trucks between 1st and Temple streets until midnight, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Ruby Malachi. She said the northbound lanes could also be closed to through traffic if congestion worsens this afternoon.
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