Biden Time: Vice President to Tie Up Westside Traffic

Biden Time: Vice President to Tie Up Westside Traffic
Vice President Joe Biden, left, via David Lienemann for the White House

You might be thinking by now that the Obama administration is working on new methods of coercive intelligence gathering, given its objections to waterboarding.

Perhaps burying you in Westside congestion on an 85-degree day will get you divulge your deepest secrets. Be prepared to find out, because Vice President Joe Biden is in town for two days, and he'll be testing your fortitude with traffic torture.

At least the Los Angeles Police Department has, mercifully, provided us with a general idea of what streets to avoid this afternoon:

-For 3 p.m. the area to avoid includes the environs around Santa Monica Boulevard and the 405 freeway.

-From 3 to 8 p.m. the V.P. zone includes Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards in Beverly Hills, the department says. Biden will be at a fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

-From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. you'll want to avoid Sunset Boulevard between Barrington Avenue and Mandeville Canyon Road in Brentwood. Looks like the veep will be raising cash at the home of Jim Gianopulos, the CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

For Tuesday, there's more:

Biden Time: Vice President to Tie Up Westside Traffic
David Lienemann for the White House

-From 8 to 10 a.m. you'll want to avoid that Santa Monica-Wilshire crossing in Beverly Hills.

-From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. avoid North Broadway between Avenue 19 and Daly Street in Lincoln Heights.

-From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. avoid Spring Street between Avenue 18 and Arcadia Street.

-From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also avoid Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues in Chinatown.

-From 11 a.m. to 2 p.. you'll want to avoid Grand Avenue from Chinatown to Olympic Boulevard while you're at it.

All that is according to the LAPD.

See also: Here's What Happens When President Obama Comes to L.A.

Biden is here to raise money for Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

He'll also be participating in a roundtable tomorrow with Mayor Eric Garcetti and business leaders to discuss "the importance of raising the minimum wage," according to the mayor's office.

That 10:15 a.m. event is at L.A. Baking Company, 2108 N. Broadway, which should explain some of the tie-ups, above.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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