President Obama to visit La Jolla for fundraiser

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- President Barack Obama will bring his re-election effort to Southern California today, hoping to tap into some deep pockets to pad his campaign war chest.

The president, who was in Seattle Sunday, is scheduled to arrive at MCAS Miramar aboard Air Force One at 1:40 p.m. and head to a private fundraising event at the La Jolla home of Mason and Elizabeth Phelps.

Sunday, "No Parking" signs lined each side of La Jolla Rancho Road Sunday in preparation for the president's big arrival around .

"The people who are going to see him will be paying those high dollars to go in and meet him," said Francine Busby of the San Diego County Democratic Party.

Busby said Monday's gathering in La Jolla calls for a $5,000-per-person donation for general admission, with all the proceeds going toward the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Dr. David Katz is one of the 160 supporters expected to attend the event .

"I think it's really fascinating, interesting and exciting," said Katz.

After the La Jolla fundraiser, Obama will return to the Marine air base and fly to Los Angeles. Supporters who have paid $250 or much more for a photo opportunity with the president will hear Obama at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. His fundraising swing will then move to the Fig & Olive restaurant on trendy Melrose Place. Tickets for the dinner cost $17,900 per person, or $35,800 per couple, with proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund.

Obama is scheduled to spend Monday night in Los Angeles and leave LAX for Denver at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Obama was last in the Southern California in April, when he took part in three fundraisers during a roughly 18 1/2-hour visit benefiting his re- election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In his previous campaign, he came to San Diego for a fundraiser at the Birch Aquarium in February 2007, spoke at the California Democratic Convention in April 2007 and to the National Council of La Raza annual conference in July 2008.