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Biden in Long Beach tonight: expect road closures and delays

President Biden is expected to arrive in Long Beach on Monday night to campaign for Gov. Gavin Newsom ahead of this week’s recall election. City officials are advising residents to prepare for road closures and delays from 9 a.m. Monday to 12 p.m. Tuesday.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Biden is expected to arrive at Long Beach Airport on Monday evening and will participate in a campaign rally at Long Beach City College at 7 p.m.
  • The city did not list specific road closures, but advised visitors to use 3rd or 7th Street to access downtown, officials said. Workers are encouraged to telecommute if possible.
  • Buildings and parking lots on the north side of Long Beach City College’s liberal arts campus will close at noon Monday, the college said. Faculty Avenue will also close at that time, with additional street closures in and around campus possible.

Mayor Robert Garcia said on Twitter that he was looking forward to welcome the President and Governor to Long Beach, and informed residents that federal and local authorities are working to maintain the audience and speaker safe during the visit.

“We’re going to do everything we can to beat that recall over the next few days – and we’re creating a national roadmap for Democrats to win in 2022,” Garcia said last week.

Biden’s visit is part of a tri-state trip that also includes a stop in Sacramento, where he will assess the damage caused by the wildfires, but officials said the campaign for Newsom was the main reason for the trip. He is expected to leave Long Beach on Tuesday morning.

Election day is Tuesday.