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BidenJam Comes To Los Angeles As POTUS In Town For Summit, Kimmel And Fundraising – Deadline

UPDATE, 2 p.m.: Air Force One just landed at LAX, meaning BidenJam is in effect in the City of Angels.

As he got off the plane, the president was greeted on the tarmac by Governor Gavin Newsom and outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday before hopping on Marine One for the trip into town.

The blocks go up on Hollywood Blvd around Highland and Le Brea as President Biden goes straight over the El Capitan for a shot of Jimmy Kimmel Live! POTUS’ first live and in-studio late night performance since taking office will begin filming around 2:40 PM PT. After that, Biden will head downtown to LA Live and the Microsoft Theater to meet his fellow heads of state and other delegates for the Summit of the Americas.

View the extensive road closures and other safety measures below. The president’s visit to Kimmel will air tonight.

Unsurprisingly, for obvious reasons, the Secret Service is holding back precise details of the Biden’s move. it’s a fair bet to say that if you absolutely don’t have to go to Hollywood or DTLA today, you don’t have to.

PREVIOUS, JUNE 6 pm: The president of Mexico may have stopped attending the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles this week, but the host president of the United States is coming to town for a flurry of celebrations.

A big fundraiser, a late-night TV sit-down in Hollywood, and some geopolitical arm moves are all on Joe Biden’s schedule once Air Force One lands at LAX around 1:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday. In POTUS’s first truly full-scale visit to the City of Angels since taking office, and with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden also in the area, means a trusted pre-pandemic steel safety net is coming to LA with road closures galore.

Or, to put it this way: avoid downtown LA for the rest of the week; and LAX today, Wednesday, Friday, and when Biden departs around 10 a.m. PT on Saturday. Featuring a dance ticket that also includes an in-studio Jimmy Kimmel performance by Hollywood fave Biden on June 8, and a major fundraiser of $35,000 sponsor tickets for the DNC’s Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund in the path of Haim and Cheryl Saban on June 10. , you may want to stay completely out of Hollywood and Beverly Hills for the latter part of the week.

We will update with more information as it becomes available from the LAPD and Secret Service, plus any details that emerge for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! sit-down and the Saban shindig. In the meantime, here’s the comprehensive guidance sent by the mayor’s office:

Traffic is likely to be impacted in the Downtown LA area and around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from 10 p.m. Monday, June 6 through 12 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Below are operational effects expected during the summit.

Airport:
Passengers traveling to or from Los Angeles International Airport should be aware of rolling traffic. Departing passengers are encouraged to allow extra time to reach the airport, especially on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Weigh:
To avoid traffic congestion and delays in downtown Los Angeles during the Summit of the Americas, areas between highways 10 and 101 and west of 110 should be avoided as much as possible.

Separately, on Thursday, June 9, Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) — from Coastline Drive to the Santa Monica Tunnel (McClure Tunnel) — will have a southbound lane reserved for emergency services from noon to 10 p.m.

From 10:00 PM Monday, June 6 to 12:00 PM Saturday, June 11, commuters should avoid the following access points to Downtown:

Linking ramps from the eastbound and westbound 10 Freeway to the 110 Freeway North

The 110 Freeway northbound exits downtown LA, serving Pico Boulevard, 9th Street, 6th Street, 4th Street, and 3rd Street

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

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

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

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

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

There are several other roads in downtown Los Angeles that are occasionally closed to traffic because of the summit.

To access the downtown area, motorists should use the following highway exits:

Head west on 10 Freeway, Exit 16A Santa Fe, 15B Alameda Street, 15A Central Ave, 14B San Pedro Street, 14A Convention Center.

Head east on 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.

Head north on 110 Freeway, exit at 20B 37th Street and Exposition Boulevard, 20C Adams Boulevard, or change to 10 or 101 Freeways east or west.

Businesses within these designated streets will remain open and pedestrian traffic, private bicycles, etc. will also be allowed.

Caltrans District 7, which oversees Los Angeles highways, expects downtown lane and driveway closures, especially those to and away from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Transit:
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation does not expect any suspended or canceled routes during Summit week. However, diversions 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 are temporarily closed. More details will be available during the summit.

In addition to the potential traffic congestion, the Summit and the security surrounding it will put a production dent across the entire Hollywood home this week, according to the licensing agency.

“City officials have informed FilmLA that the size of the Summit event, in terms of the number of locations used and the level of security required, makes it almost certain that movie requests to Downtown will not be approved during the process,” said FilmLA. “Posted parking lots, lane closures, and full street closures for filming are specifically not allowed.”

“Numerous lanes and full street closures for the summit are being coordinated and city personnel, including LAPD, will be deeply involved in managing traffic flow and ensuring public safety,” the nonprofit added. “Permitted and prohibited protest activities are also possible in the Civic Center and around Summit locations,” FilmLA continued. “Requests for permits to film elsewhere in the city – due to the high demand for resources for LAPD and other departments – may also be processed more slowly during the summit. Filmmakers are encouraged to apply to FilmLA early, with more funding where possible. than the usual three to five business days of lead time.”

Although Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico and Luis Arce of Bolivia are staying at home because the leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela were not invited to the US-organized regional summit, the multinational conference starts today in the center. Vice President Kamala Harris joins the summit and spearheads the government’s Central American migration policy, or lack thereof; Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff have been at their home in West LA all weekend. The former California senator and attorney general has an event this afternoon at DTLA’s Sheraton Grand Hotel and is expected to meet centrally and sideways with upcoming dignitaries in the coming days.

To avoid falling into the trap of a very close LA mayoral primary race between Rep. Karen Bass (CA-D) and billionaire The Grove developer Rick Caruso, Biden won’t appear in Los Angeles until Wednesday. † Biden, a political foster parent to the scandalous outgoing LA mayor and the stunted candidate for India’s ambassador to India Eric Garcetti, is said to have had Bass high on his list of potential vice presidents in 2020.

Beyond the turmoil of local politics in America’s second-largest city, First Lady Jill Biden will arrive a day ahead of POTUS to deliver the keynote address at the Los Angeles City College opening ceremony. The Bidens’ visit could also be a family affair: Fox News piñata and first son Hunter Biden live in Malibu and will no doubt spend time with his parents when they’re in the area.

By the way — if you’re wondering where the term “BidenJam” comes from, Deadline coined it back during Barack Obama’s second term for when extensive road closures would go into effect when then-Vice President Biden came to LA for fundraisers, awards ceremonies, and official business. The busy visits to Los Angeles by the much-visited 44th POTUS were dubbed “Obamageddon”.

The White House was not happy with either designation, we are told.

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