In his first visit to Los Angeles since declaring he would not run for President in 2016, Vice President Joe Biden today returns to the home of the Democrats’ favorite ATM for more Hollywood cash. And that means, like his last trip in September, a slew of road closures and potential traffic snarls will hit the city from late this morning when the Veep arrives until early Tuesday when he splits town.
With an event in the Arts District in the afternoon and a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser in the evening, non-candidate Biden will be very busy while in the City of Angels. We have a fairly comprehensive list from the LAPD of the affected areas both on the Westside and downtown where he is scheduled to be (see below). However, in the interests of security, that list is never fully revealed and sources tell me that as a result of Friday’s attacks in Paris, the protective shield around Biden will be even more intense and tight than usual.
Flying in from D.C. on what is a three-state fundraising tour, Biden is expected to land at LAX around noon today. If past visits and LAPD info are any indication, you should probably stay off the 405 around that time. The Veep is set to speak downtown from 3-4PM at the L.A. Cleantech Incubator. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who many thought would be a backer of a Biden 2016 bid, will be in attendance.
Then, in the heart of rush hour, Biden heads to his deep-pocket lawyer-centric party fundraiser. Like his previous trips to town, there are also some off-book sitdowns scheduled with influential donors. as well as those trying to bring the Olympics to L.A. in 2024, I hear.
The VP is staying overnight in Beverly Hills before whipping to LAX on Tuesday morning – again right in the middle of rush hour. And again, if past visits are an indication, avoid the 405 among other areas. Biden then heads off to Oklahoma and then Texas on Wednesday before returning to D.C.
Here are the current road closures the LAPD announced this morning:
Monday, November 16, 2015
The area around S. Alameda Street between E. 4th Street and E. 6th Street from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
The area around S. Figueroa Street between W. Olympic Bl and Wilshire Bl from 3:00 p.m-7:00 p.m.
The area around W. Pico Blvd between Overland Ave and Century Park East from 6:00p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The area around Avenue of the Stars between W. Pico Bl and W. Olympic Bl from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The area around Santa Monica Bl between Beverly Dr and S. Beverly Glen Bl from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The area around Santa Monica Blvd between Wilshire Blvd and Sawtelle Blvd from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
CLOSURES / RESTRICTIONS (no bus routes impacted by the hard closures)
NB and SB lanes of Sepulveda Blvd between Lincoln Blvd and Century Blvd will be closed to vehicular traffic for an eight minute period between the approximate hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on
November 16, 2015.
Palmetto Street, Los Angeles, CA
Medium to large size trucks will be restricted on Palmetto Street between S. Alameda Street and Mateo Street from approximately 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2015.
Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA
Hewitt Street will be closed between Palmetto Street and E. 5th Street from approximately 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2015.
Colyton Street, Los Angeles, CA
Colyton Street will be closed between Palmetto Street and E. 5th Street from approximately 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 16th, 2015.
Merv Griffin Way, Beverly Hills, CA
Merv Griffin Way between Wilshire Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd will be closed to southbound traffic from 10:00 a.m. on November 16, 2015 to 9:00 a.m. on November 17, 2015.
S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA
Medium to large size trucks and parking on S. Figueroa Street between 7th Street and 8th Street will be restricted from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on November 16, 2015.
Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Medium to large size trucks will be restricted on Santa Monica Blvd between Avenue of the Stars and Wilshire Blvd from 7:00 p.m. on November 16, 2015 to 8:00 a.m. on November 17, 2015.
This information has been provided to the public with the approval of the United States Secret Service (USSS). Any additional questions related to the visit of the Vice President will be referred to the USSS