BidenJam To Hit LA As POTUS In Town For Summit, KImmel & Fundraiser – News Brig

The President of Mexico may have dropped out of the Summit of the Americas in LA this week, but the hosting President of the United States is coming to town for a flurry of fêtings.

A big ticket fundraiser, a late-night TV sit-down in Hollywood, and some geopolitical arm twisting are all on Joe Biden’s itinerary one Air Force One lands at LAX on June 8 at around 1:30 PM PT. In POTUS’ first truly full-on visit to the City of Angels since taking office, and with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in the area too, that means a familiar pre-pandemic steely security net is coming down on LA and road closures galore.

Or, put it this way: avoid downtown LA for the rest of the week, LAX today, Wednesday, Friday and when the President leaves on Sunday morning at around 10 AM PT. With a dance card that also includes an in-studio Jimmy Kimmel appearance by Hollywood fave Biden and a deep pocket $35,000 sponsor ticket fundraiser for the DNC’s Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund at Haim and Cheryl Saban’s pad, you might want to stay out of Hollywood and Beverly Hills on June 8 and June 10.

We’ll update with more information when it is available from the LAPD and the Secret Service, plus whatever specifics emerge for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! sit-down and the Saban shindig. In the meantime, here is the wide ranging guidance sent out by the Mayor’s office:

Traffic will likely be impacted in the Downtown LA area and around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from 10 pm Monday, June 6 through noon Saturday, June 11. The following are operational impacts expected during the Summit.

Airport:
Passengers traveling to or from Los Angeles International Airport should expect rolling traffic impacts. Departing passengers are encouraged to allow additional time to reach the airport, particularly on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Roads:
In order to avoid traffic congestion and delays in Downtown Los Angeles during the Summit of the Americas, the areas between the 10 and 101 freeways, and west of the 110 should be avoided whenever possible.

Separately, on Thursday, June 9, on Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) — from Coastline Drive to the Santa Monica tunnel (McClure Tunnel) — one southbound traffic lane will be dedicated to emergency vehicles from noon to 10 pm.

From 10 pm on Monday, June 6 through noon on Saturday, June 11, commuters should avoid the following access points to Downtown:

Connector ramps from the east and westbound 10 Freeway to the 110 Freeway North

The 110 Freeway northbound exits into Downtown LA, to include Pico Boulevard, 9th Street, 6th Street, 4th Street, and 3rd Street

The 110 Freeway southbound exits for 6th Street and Wilshire Boulevard

Figueroa Street, north and southbound traffic, between Washington Boulevard and 3rd Street

Pico Boulevard, east and westbound traffic, between Union Avenue and Grand Avenue

7th Street, east and westbound traffic, between Bixel Street and Flower Street

Wilshire Boulevard, east and westbound traffic, between Bixel Street and Flower Street

There are several other roads in Downtown Los Angeles that will be intermittently closed to traffic due to the Summit.

To access the Downtown area, motorists should use the following freeway exits:

Traveling westbound on the 10 Freeway, exit 16A Santa Fe, 15B Alameda Street, 15A Central Ave, 14B San Pedro Street, 14A Convention Center.

Traveling eastbound on the 10 Freeway, exit Convention Center/Grand Avenue/Olive Street, 14A Maple Avenue, 14B San Pedro Street, 15A Central Avenue, 15B Alameda Street, 16A Santa Fe Avenue.

Traveling Northbound on the 110 Freeway, exit 20B 37th Street and Exposition Boulevard, 20C Adams Boulevard, or transition onto either the 10 or 101 Freeways east or westbound.

Businesses within these designated streets will remain open and foot traffic, private bicycles, etc. will be permitted as well.

Caltrans District 7, which oversees Los Angeles freeways, expects lane and ramp closures in the downtown area, especially those leading to and away from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Transit:
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation anticipates no suspended or canceled routes during the Summit week. However, detours are likely for DASH routes A, B, E, and F as well as Commuter Express lines 409, 419, 422, 423, 431, 437, 438, 439, 448, 534, and the Union Station/Bunker Hill shuttle and some stops will be temporarily closed. More specifics will be available throughout the summit.

Though Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador is staying home along with Bolivia’s Luis Arce, because the leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela weren’t invited to the USA-host regional summit, the multi-national conference kicks off today in DTLA. Taking point for the administration’s Central America migration policy, or lack there of, Vice President Kamala Harris will be participating in the Summit too. The Veep and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff have been at their home in West LA all weekend already. The former California Senator and Attorney General has an event at DTLA’s Sheraton Grand Hotel this afternoon and is expected to have center stage and side meetings with some arriving dignitaries over the next few days

However, side stepping getting caught in the leg hold trap of a very close LA mayoral primary race between Rep. Karen Bass (CA-D) and billionaire Grove developer Rick Caruso, Biden won’t actually show up in LA until June 8. A political foster parent to scandal hobbled outgoing LA Mayor and stymied Ambassador to India nominee Eric Garcetti, Biden was said to have had Bass high up on his list of potential VPs back in 2020.

Outside of the of local politics in America’s second largest city, the First Lady will arrive a day earlier than POTUS to deliver the keynote address for the Los Angeles City College 2022 Commencement Ceremony on June 7. The visit by the Bidens could prove a bit of a family affair too. Fox News piñata and First Son Hunter Biden lives out in Malibu and will undoubtedly be spending some time with his parents while they are in the neighborhood.

BTW – if you are wondering where “BidenJam” came from, News Brig coined the term back in Barack Obama’s second term for when extensive road closure would go into effect when then Veep Biden would come to LA for fundraisers, award shows and official business. The traffic snarling Los Angeles visits by the much visiting 44th POTUS were referred to as “Obamageddon.” The White House was not pleased with either designation, we are told.