Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Thursday before attending two fundraisers for his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Biden will “lay out his vision for America and listen to voters’ concerns and ideas around restoring the soul of the nation, rebuilding the middle class and unifying the country,” according to the campaign.
Admission to what is billed as a community event at the college south of downtown Los Angeles is free. Tickets are available at www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/152742/ . Doors open at 2 p.m., with the event beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Biden will attend a 5 p.m. reception at The Riveter event space in West Los Angeles, with tickets priced at $100, $250, $500 and $1,000, and a later reception at the Pacific Palisades home of Rick Lynch, the owner of the entertainment marketing firm BLT Communications, and music video producer Lanette Phillips. Tickets for the second reception are priced at $500 and $2,800, the maximum individual contribution during the primary campaign.
Biden was last in the Southland in mid-October, when he attended a trio of fundraisers and spoke at a “Power of Our Pride” forum focusing on issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities.
Biden will not be among the eight participants in a candidate forum Saturday at the California Democratic Party Convention in Long Beach.
The Biden campaign on Thursday released what it dubbed a plan “to invest in middle class competitiveness.”
The 10-year, $1.3 billion plan would:
— repair highways, roads and bridges;
— speed the transition to electric vehicles;
— increase funding for high-speed rail, including for the California High Speed Rail project;
— double funding for airports through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program;
— invest in freight infrastructure, including inland waterways, freight corridors, freight rail, transfer facilities, and ports;
— invest in energy infrastructure for a 100% clean energy economy;
— double federal spending in clean drinking water and water infrastructure, and focus new funding on low-income rural suburban, and urban areas that are struggling to replace pipes and treatment facilities;
— spend $20 billion in rural broadband infrastructure and triple funding to expand broadband access in rural areas;
— spend $100 billion in improving public school buildings;
— expand the New Markets Tax Credit, make the program permanent and double Community Development Financial Institutions funding;
— double funding for the Economic Development Administration to help underserved communities tap existing federal resources;
— create a new $10 billion Cities Revitalization Fund focused on creative revitalization projects in distressed cities like redeveloping post-industrial waterfronts, energizing main street business districts and building new green public spaces;
— create a new fund to support the establishment and revitalization of “anchor institutions” — including hospitals, colleges and universities, and government administrative offices — in distressed areas;
— quadruple funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which provides small manufacturers with the technical expertise needed to compete in a global economy;
— enact a national strategy to develop a low-carbon manufacturing sector in every state;
— establish a Manufacturing Communities Tax Credit to aid communities that experienced mass layoffs or the closure of a major government institution;
— double federal funding to $3 billion for the State Small Business Credit Initiative to bolster private sector investments to small businesses, especially those owned by women and people of color; and
— establish a competitive grant program for new business startups outside of the nation’s biggest cities.
The plan will be financed by revenue by repealing the Trump administration’s tax cuts for corporations and “ensuring corporations pay their fair share”; reducing incentives for tax havens, evasion and outsourcing; closing “other loopholes in our tax code that reward wealth, not work”; and ending subsidies for fossil fuels, according to the campaign.