When Mayor Libby Schaaf delivered her most recent State of the City address, she moved the event from Oakland’s City Hall to a location rife with symbolism, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California.
It was a way of sending a message, about openness and inclusion, that was characteristic of a mayor known more for the quiet details of policy planning than the clenched-fist politics of this urban liberal hotbed.
What followed a few weeks later, tipping off the community to an impending federal immigration raid, was an even more emphatic statement.
President Trump’s busy day trekking around Southern California concluded late Tuesday, but the traffic nightmare is not over for Angelenos.
Trump’s motorcade is expected to leave the Intercontinental Hotel at the Grand Wilshire Center in downtown Los Angeles at 8:30 a.m. and head to Dodger Stadium. From there, he’ll take a helicopter to L.A. International Airport. He will leave from LAX to head for an event in Missouri. And this all will be happening during prime commute time.
A few hundred protesters assembled outside the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel on Tuesday night as they awaited the expected arrival of President Trump, who attended a fundraiser in Beverly Park earlier in the evening.
Chants of “Not my president, not my system” echoed down the block as curious bystanders stood nearby.
The lobby of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel sits on the 70th floor of the Wilshire Grand building. Its floor-to-ceiling windows provide a clear view all the way to the ocean, and by 6:30 p.m. it was really starting to fill up with guests.
Earlier in the day, it felt as if the 73-story hotel was in the middle of a cloud. As the sun broke through, Paul Saxton moved closer to the window to get a good shot of the angelic sunset and the Hollywood sign.
“When I saw this view, I was like, oh, my God!” said Saxton, a retired New Yorker who used to work near Trump Tower. He said he was in town with his wife, who is managing a conference taking place in the hotel.
Police are shutting down Mulholland in anticipation of the presidential motorcade moving. These officers are from San Pedro, including one who is practically my neighbor in Long Beach. pic.twitter.com/ynfXgGRabD
President Trump has left the Beverly Park mansion of Shari and Edward Glazer after spending several hours talking to Republican donors.
The Glazer residence — a brick home painted tan with a slate-colored roof — sits at the end of a cul-de-sac. Beverly Park is a gated community east of the Beverly Glen neighborhood. Current and former residents include media magnates Sumner Redstone and Haim Saban and celebrities Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone, Gene Simmons and Rod Stewart. The community is part of Los Angeles but carries Beverly Hills’ 90210 ZIP Code.
Donors who paid a minimum of $35,000 and up to $250,000 per ticket arrived at a staging area down the hill from the house in the early evening. They were brought up to the fundraiser in golf carts, passing a row of magnolia trees along the way. Edward Glazer is co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For the hundreds gathered in Beverly Hills on Tuesday afternoon, the demonstration against President Trump resembled a festival more than a protest. Street vendors sold hot dogs, a live band played music and a stage was set up for speakers.
The event at Beverly Gardens Park brought a wide array of activists, including LGBTQ and immigrant right groups. Some protesters took advantage of the mud-covered areas in the park that formed after the rain to write “Dump Trump” on the ground.
Tourists on a red double-decker bus snarled in traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard snapped photos of protesters as music blared in the background.