UPDATE: 8 AM TUESDAY: Jimmy Kimmel observed VPOTUS Joe Biden’s Los Angeles traffic-snarling visit by sending his JKL interview team out to ask citizens who is this guy:
UPDATE: 4:35 PM MONDAY – All clear, for now, on the Joe Biden Motorcade Mess in West L.A. The vice president’s motorcade just pulled off the 405 onto Santa Monica Boulevard outside Deadline’s HQ in Westwood and headed to the fundraiser where he’ll be making an appearance.
Traffic is actually fairly light right now – nothing like fear of a 405 lockdown to get the non-serious drivers to telecommute. But the traffic warnings along Santa Monica Boulevard and Interstate 405 remain in place through 6 PM, so use some discretion in where you’re driving, and when.
ORIGINAL STORY – You’ve got just a couple of hours to get wherever it is you need to go in West Los Angeles today before Blame Biden Day kicks into high gear. VPOTUS is attending fundraisers in town this afternoon and evening for Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley and for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Los Angeles Police Department warns Angelinos they can expect life to be a perfect hell if they venture this afternoon to:
– The area around the 405 Freeway and Santa Monica Boulevard from 3-6 PM
– The area around Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard from 3-8 PM
That’s because the Braley campaign fundraiser is being held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel at 5:15 PM.
After paralyzing traffic there, Joe Biden heads to the Westside home of Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos. While commuters mutter strange Westside expletives in their leased modes of transportation — particularly those stuck at …
– The area around Sunset Boulevard between Barrington Avenue and Mandeville Canyon from 5-9 PM
… Biden will be entertained by hosts DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, former Warner Bros. Entertainment Chairman Barry Meyer, film producer Peter Chernin, philanthropist Hope Warschaw, director-producer James L. Brooks and a performance by Carole King. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, also is expected to attend the benefit for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. That clambake’s set to start at 7:30 PM.
But our Biden nightmare won’t end there. Tomorrow, the Biden Motorcade Menace travels to a roundtable discussion with Mayor Eric Garcetti about the minimum wage. This temporarily will freeze minimum-wagers trying to get to work in:
– The area around Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard from 8-10 AM
– The area around North Broadway between 19th Avenue and Daly Street from 8:30 AM-1 PM
– The area around Spring Street between 18th Avenue and Arcadia Street from 11 AM-2 PM
– The area around Cesar Chavez and Grand Avenue from 11 AM-2 PM
– The area around Grand Avenue between Cesar Chavez and Olympic Boulevard from 11 AM-2 PM
After that, Biden will move on to Bakersfield to spread sweetness and light for more Democratic candidates, giving the City of Angels a moment to recoup before President Obama descends upon it later this weekto attend a fundraiser at Gwyneth Paltrow’s digs.
LAPD said today it has provided the traffic-snarling times and locations with the approval of the U.S Secret Service — so you know it’s OK.