- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 12, 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow’s neighbors are outraged after a glitzy fundraiser for President Obama  shut down their Los Angeles neighborhood and left many of them out on the streets until late Thursday night.

Mandeville Canyon residents took to the Nextdoor website, a private social network for area residents, to vent their frustrations after many were stranded on the streets or prevented from leaving their homes until at least 9 p.m., The New York Times reported.

Bret Lewis said the neighborhood didn’t need people like Ms. Paltrow “who pay no heed to the concerns of their neighbors.”

“She belongs in the movie theaters, and President Obama can entertain in the Staples Center,” The Times quoted him as saying.

Mr. Lewis said his family and many other displaced residents ended up hunkering down in a restaurant.

“My 13-year-old daughter broke into tears, was unable to do her homework,” he said, according to The Times. “We finally got home at 9 and my daughter was up late studying, ultimately ill-prepared for her exams.”

Ms. Paltrow hosted the fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, with tickets costing $1,000 each and dinner at $15,000 a head. Mr. Obama spent about two-and-a-half hours inside the home mingling with guests, as angry residents congregated outside.

“I have a crying child on a soccer field!” one woman yelled, The Times reported.

In another post on Nextdoor, Kim Peterson said residents were misled about the impact the president’s visit would have on them.

“The biggest problem yesterday is we did not know the Canyon would be totally closed down,” The Times quoted her as saying. “[W]e could have all planned accordingly.”

Mr. Lewis said it was “more than poor planning, it’s an abuse of power and, most importantly, unneighborly.”

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