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    Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:11:09

    LAPD Appeals to Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher Regarding 405 Closings - Officials hope their Twitter influence will alert motorists to this traffic nightmare

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    The LA Times reports that the LAPD is appealing to Lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher to use their Twitter influence to alert motorists to the traffic nightmare that is expected when the 405 Freeway closes next month. While city officials have resorted to press conferences, advertising, email blasts and warning messages in order to inform locals about the impending doom, they are not above recruiting celebs to get the message across.

    The LAPD has requested that celebrities with large Twitter followings –- including actors, musicians and professional athletes -– send out messages helping authorities get the word out. Officials want the celebrities not just to urge their followers about avoiding the 10-mile stretch of the roadway that will be closed on the weekend of July 15th but to encourage them to stay close to home. Wow, they think celebs wield that much influence over the common folk?

    Two of the celebs they reached out to are Lady Gaga, who has over 11 million Twitter followers, as well as Ashton Kutcher, who has over 7 million followers.

    This question is for Los Angeles dwellers: Would you pay attention to a Tweet by Lady Gaga about the traffic status of the venerable 405?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    06.30.11




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