The Summit of the Americas is in Los Angeles next week. How will this affect us?
Heads of state from across the continent will be in Los Angeles today through Friday for the Summit of the Americas. It is the ninth meeting of its kind and the first time it has been held in the United States since the inaugural summit in Miami in 1994.
The summit will bring together leaders at the LA Convention Center, although some key country leaders such as the Mexican President may not attend. They will address the region’s most pressing issues, including immigration and human rights, the economy, democracy and climate change.
It will also cause local traffic headaches and public transit issues, especially on Wednesday when President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive in Los Angeles. Road closures are expected throughout the week, and Angelenos are encouraged to avoid downtown.
Part of the reason the summit is being held here is that more Angelenos than anywhere else in the United States have roots in Latin America. The State Department says the Latino community here represents more than 140 countries.
This means the summit has direct implications for many. Latin American organizations and their allies are planning protests to make their voices heard on issues such as immigration policy, government corruption and human rights. Some of them plan to gather during the week, with a major demonstration planned for Thursday in Pershing Square. Other demonstrations across the city are also in preparation.
A coalition of local activists will protest by organizing their own summit, dubbed the People’s Summit. For three days starting June 8, they will host panels, speakers, and art and music events on topics ranging from democracy and human rights to feminist futurism and climate justice.
City officials recommend avoiding areas between the 10 and 101 freeways and west of the 110 all the way to the summit. Expect disruptions to motorcade routes as world leaders arrive in the city. You can get updates by following Caltrans on Twitter @CaltransDist7 and @CaltransHQ.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation says there will be no canceled routes during summit week, but some stops may be temporarily closed. 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. You can follow updates via LADOT’s Rider Alerts page at ladottransit.com/whatsnew and Twitter at @ladotofficial and @ladottransit.
The same goes for buses and trains in the Los Angeles Metro. Follow their service updates on Twitter @metrolaalerts.
Here are more details on where to avoid driving downtown next week:
- On Thursday, June 9, one southbound traffic lane will be dedicated to emergency vehicles from noon to 10 p.m. on the Pacific Coast Highway from Coastline Drive to the Santa Monica Tunnel.
- Connecting Ramps from Highway 10 East and West to Highway 110 North
- The 110 freeway north exits to downtown LA, including the Pico Boulevard, 9th Street, 6th Street, 4th Street, and 3rd Street exits
- The 110 Freeway south exits for 6th Street and Wilshire Boulevard
- Figueroa Street, north and south 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
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