Fans lining up to hear Hillary Clinton in Westminster; road closures set up

Dozens of supporters are waiting outside a conference center in Westminster, waiting to see Hillary Clinton.

As of 10:30 a.m. more than 70 people were in line and security guards were roaming the area outside the Westminster Rose Center, where Clinton is slated to speak at 1:45 p.m.

The banquet hall has set up 200 chairs and a made space to fit an additional 300 people for standing room only.

The hastily scheduled event comes with polls showing the Democratic side of the California presidential primary virtually tied — even as the national math shows Clinton to be a lock for the nomination. After she speaks at the Rose Center (1410 All American Way, Westminster), she’ll speak at a private get-together at Crave restaurant in Santa Ana and separate stops in Culver City and San Bernardino.

Westminster police have called in additional officers to support Secret Service security efforts during the Rose Center event, Westminster Police spokesman Sgt. Eddie Esqueda said.

There will be road closures around the event beginning at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Esqueda said.

All American Way will be closed to vehicle traffic between Westminster Boulevard and 13th Street.

15th Street will also be closed at All American Way, Esqueda said.

In Santa Ana, 4th Street will be closed between Ross Street and Birch Street from noon to 5 p.m., Santa Ana Police spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Santa Ana police will also be making additional officers available to support Secret Service security efforts and traffic enforcement.

The appearances announced late Thursday night come as Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders are neck and neck, each with about 43 percent of registered voters in recent polls.

But the appearances in California aren’t totally about numbers or even the primary itself. National media attention in California is becoming a key factor in the national race. On Thursday, Clinton used a foreign policy speech in San Diego to specifically target GOP front runner Donald Trump, saying his contradictory and changing foreign policy positions are reasons why he should not be making decisions in the Oval Office.

It’s unclear what topics Clinton will cover in Orange County today.

Contact the writer: 714-796-7802 or jsudock@ocregister.com

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