- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama will visit Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation’s economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument

The president is scheduled to arrive around 2 p.m. Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport.

The White House says Obama will discuss the progress of the economy at an event in Santa Monica.

He will also attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and remain overnight.

The president is also planning to name 346,000 acres within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles as a national monument.

A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of Friday’s announcement, says Obama’s order will ensure the land is permanently protected.

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