Michelle Obama coming to Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – First lady Michelle Obama will begin a two-day swing
through Los Angeles today, attending a Democratic National Committee
fundraiser ahead of speeches planned at a pair of events tomorrow.
The first lady is expected to attend a roundtable discussion at the home
of Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, and his partner,
architect Sonny Ward.
Guests will pay $5,000 to take part in the discussion, according to The
Hollywood Reporter.
On Wednesday, Obama will deliver keynote speeches at a pair of events.
She is first expected to speak at a Unite for Veterans event at the
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Century City. The event is aimed at
discussing ways of providing opportunities for veterans to find employment and
housing. Mayor Eric Garcetti is also expected to speak at the event, along with
Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County
Federation of Labor; Elise Buik, president/CEO of United Way of Greater Los
Angeles; USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett; and business leaders and elected
officials.
Buik, whose organization is hosting the Unite for Veterans summit, along
with USC and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, said there are about
4,600 homeless veterans in Los Angeles County.
Homeless vets also are getting younger, and vets seem to be “falling
into homelessness much more quickly than we’ve had with past returning vets
from other wars,” possibly because of the “post-recession environment” to
which they are returning, Buik said.
Buik said the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is expected to
announce an apprenticeship program for veterans at the event.
“We find these summits really galvanizing in getting people to
understand the issues and the opportunities,” she said. “What’s encouraging
to me is that these numbers are very doable. I think if we come together and
learn about this, and commit ourselves to tackling this, we can get it done.”
Obama is also scheduled to speak at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner
Education Award Luncheon. The award honors educators who “find innovative ways
to engage students by integrating music in their classrooms and curricula.”
This year’s honoree is Sunshine Cavalluzzi, a teacher at El Dorado High
School in Placentia. She is being recognized for what the museum called her
“innovative economics lesson plans.” Six-time Grammy nominee Janelle Monae
will also be honored for her “continued commitment to Grammy Museum
educational programming.”
“Just like this year’s honorees, first lady

Michelle Obama Photo by Gary McCarthy

Michelle Obama
Photo by Gary McCarthy

knows
firsthand the power that music has to transform the lives of young people,”
Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli said. “Having produced seven
educational programs at the White House with Mrs. Obama over the last four
years, we are deeply honored to host her as the keynote speaker for our
inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon.”
President Barack Obama is scheduled to return to Los Angeles next week
for a pair of fundraisers. He is scheduled to attend an event at the home of
“Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, with actress Kerry Washington co-hosting, on
July 23. Tickets will range from $1,000 to $32,400.
The next day, the president is expected to attend a roundtable
discussion with about 30 people at the home of Michael Rapino, CEO of Live
Nation, with tickets costing $32,400 each.

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