Vice President Joe Biden will be in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills on Sunday to attend a fundraiser for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s reelection campaign. His trip is expected to cause major traffic delays.
Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) lists several routs to avoid during the afternoon due to heavy traffic conditions:
- The area around Pershing Drive between Westchester Parkway and Imperial Highway from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- The area around Imperial Highway between Vista Del Mar & North Sepulveda Boulevard from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- The area around Wilshire Boulevard between South Sepulveda Boulevard and Malcolm Avenue from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- The area around Lindbrook Drive / Hilgard Avenue between Westwood Boulevard and Le Conte Ave. from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- The area around Hilgard Ave. between Weyburn Avenue and Sunset Boulevard (Westwood Village) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- The area around Sunset Boulevard between Hilgard Avenue and Alta Drive (City of Beverly Hills) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- The area around Sunset Boulevard between Alta Drive (City of Beverly Hills) and Hilgard Avenue from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- The area around Hilgard Avenue / Malcolm Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Lindbrook Drive from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Biden’s departure will also cause traffic and delays. As such, SCPR recommends avoiding the following areas on Monday morning:
- The area around Hilgard Avenue / Lindbrook Avenue between Le Conte Avenue and Westwood Boulevard from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- The area around Wilshire Boulevard between Malcolm Ave. and South Sepulveda Boulevard from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- The area around Imperial Highway between North Sepulveda Boulevard and Vista Del Mar from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- The area around Pershing Drive between Imperial Highway and Westchester Parkway from 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
According to the Daily Bulletin, tickets for the Beverly Hills fundraiser are $250 and $1,400, the maximum individual donation allowed. Individuals who raise $10,000 or more (i.e. including the contributions of others) for Garcetti’s primary campaign will reportedly be designated as co-hosts and will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Biden, who leaves office on January 20.
Garcetti is facing 10 challengers for the March 7 primary. However, he is the most well-known of them all and it is likely he will win reelection.
He is also among several names who are considering running for governor of California in 2018. If he throws his hat into the race, he would be joining Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, state Treasurer John Chiang, former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin and two lesser-known names, Akinyemi Agbede and David Asem.
Biden recently caused a stir in Congress when, after certifying the results of the 2016 presidential election, he muttered: “God Save the Queen.”
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