LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles motorists should prepare for possible delays and closures amid Vice President Kamala Harris’s three-day visit to Los Angeles. Harris is staying at her home in Brentwood, one day after speaking for 19 minutes at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Brentwood a co-host said raised $1 million.
Harris and her husband will be staying in Brentwood until Thursday, when she will fly to San Francisco. Motorists are advised to avoid the surrounding area if possible, since the Vice Presidential motorcade has the potential to severely disrupt traffic. See sigalert.com for up-to-the-minute traffic updates.
Filmmakers JJ Abrams and Reggie Hudlin and television producer Ryan Murphy were among about 30 people who attended the fundraiser Monday night at the Brentwood home of Dana Walden, the chairman of entertainment for Walt Disney Television, and her husband Matt, who said $1 million was raised.
Harris said the Waldens "introduced on a blind date Chrisette Hudlin and Reggie Hudlin, who then introduced on a blind date me and Doug," referring to her husband, Doug Emhoff.
Harris began her speech by discussing the Biden administration's focus on pay equity, highlighting the specific needs of women in the workforce over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, attempts to reduce the cost of child care and support for abortion rights.
Harris acknowledged the economic hardships Americans are dealing with.
"Yeah it costs more money at the pump, and we need to deal with that," Harris said. "We need to acknowledge but we also need to keep with our program around making it easier to get by day-to-day which means again, going back to the child care, which means bringing down the cost of living, which means looking at what we can do and should do in terms of an investment in affordable housing, what we should do in terms of bringing down the cost of prescription drugs."
Hallie Balch, the Republican National Committee's California director of communications, told City News Service: "Even Kamala Harris knows that Californians are being crushed by soaring prices, but instead of working toward a solution for bringing down the cost of the most expensive gasoline in the nation, she's at a swanky fundraiser for Democrats. Harris should try fighting for Californians for once instead of wining and dining with some of the state's wealthiest residents."
Harris arrived at Los Angeles International Airport aboard Air Force 2 at 6:32 p.m. Monday, deplaned with her husband at 6:42 p.m. and left by motorcade at 6:45 p.m.
Harris and her husband will stay at their Brentwood home Tuesday and Wednesday. They have no additional public events in the Los Angeles area planned before she flies to San Francisco for a Black maternal health event Thursday.
Harris toured the operations center at Vandenberg Space Force Base on California's Central Coast earlier Monday, announcing that the United States commits not to conduct destructive, direct-ascent anti-satellite missile testing, and seeks to establish this as a new international norm for responsible behavior in space.
She also called on other nations to make similar commitments and to work together in establishing this as a norm, making the case that such efforts benefit all nations.
— Michael Wittner and City News Service contributed to this report.