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[Updated] Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Motorcade to Cause Rolling PCH Closures

Netanyahu is rumored to be attending a gala in the Malibu or Santa Monica area on Wednesday evening.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:28 am | Updated: 6:05 pm, Wed Mar 5, 2014.

[Update, 5:40 p.m.] Drivers on the eastbound side of Pacific Coast Highway have been experiencing massive delays since earlier this afternoon and backups will likely continue until 10 p.m., according to officials.

Cars are reportedly backed up as far as Kanan Dume Road. Two eastbound lanes are closed just before Carbon Canyon Road and eastbound cars are being diverted to the median lane. Leland Tang, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol, could not confirm whether the closure was related to Netanyahu's visit, but Secret Service agents were at the scene and large event tents were set up outside of a Carbon Beach home where the lane closure was in effect.

"All I can confirm is that there’s an event going on...For security reasons I can’t tell you who," Tang said. He added that the lane closures were ordered by the Secret Service.

Traffic signs saying "Truck Inspection Ahead" were seen near the Malibu Pier but there were no truck inspections observed taking place. 

As part of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Southern California this week, his motorcade is expected to cause rolling closures along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Wednesday evening. Netanyahu is rumored to be attending some type of gala in the Malibu or Santa Monica area, according to multiple reports.

The city manager's office confirmed that PCH traffic would be affected between 6:30 and 11 p.m. on Wednesday, but said the city is not involved with Netanyahu's motorcade or activities. Brief rolling closures are expected between the 10 freeway and Malibu Canyon Road, according to City News Service.

Netanyahu met with President Obama in Washington, D.C., on Monday. On Tuesday, Netanyahu attended a gala at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Wednesday morning and midday he was scheduled to travel to Silicon Valley and sign a pro-business pact with Gov. Jerry Brown. He'll then fly back to Los Angeles and wrap up his visit Wednesday evening and Thursday.

Check back as more information on this event becomes available.

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  • hanslaetz posted at 8:18 am on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    hanslaetz Posts: 407

    Who approved this? It is possible that the city of Malibu was not even consulted, or was powerless to veto or modify the plan. Our city council must find out why this party occurred. Did the host have a CUP? He is required to have a CUP for a large party, no matter who was the guest. There is no VIP exemption.

    This was a disaster. The City has a terrible track record on violations like this. The city council needs to explain exactly what proactive steps it is taking with the Secret Service, CHP and sheriffs department to ensure this fiasco is not repeated.

    Most importantly, the city must demand an explanation from the State Department. They are in charge of diplomatic logistics. Some idiot in Washington approved this. We need to make damn sure that this does not happen again.

  • jadair18 posted at 3:51 am on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    jadair18 Posts: 26

    What happened to helicopters landing at Pepperdine , it's amazing how much power that man has and how he can delay everyone's life for a dinner , did he save America from some ww3 or what . Did I miss something ? Does this prime minister have Americas best interests or do any politicians in America have interest in fixing issues or creating more issues in this great land .. Who knows = [wink]

  • tellem posted at 6:35 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    tellem Posts: 54

    This is inexcusable to now close both eastbound lanes - our only way in and out in an emergency for the Prime Minister to eat at Nobu, He should have gone somewhere else in Los Angeles. This town is not big enough for him and us.

  • gneckermann posted at 2:50 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    gneckermann Posts: 3

    Choke point at 22500 block of PCH. Heavy police/security/CalDot/services presence... Eastbound traffic is pretty backed up already, westbound free flowing.

  • surferpl posted at 12:58 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    surferpl Posts: 7

    "Wednesday morning and midday he 'was scheduled'." Look, everyone knows a Web site is not a legitimate journalistic source but if you *are* going to act like one at least have some basic skills. Correct your syntax and find out who IS going to be responsible for the road closures.