Vice President Joe Biden began a two-day visit to Los Angeles Monday by attending fundraisers for Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Biden arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Las Vegas, where he began a six-city, four-state, four-day Western trip with a roundtable discussion at a Mexican restaurant on raising the minimum wage.

Biden’s first stop in the Southland was the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills for the fundraiser for the Braley campaign.

Biden then headed to the Brentwood home of Jim Gianopulos, the chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment at 20th Century Fox, for a $2,500 per person fundraiser billed by organizers as the “When Women Succeed America Succeeds Cocktail Reception.”

The event benefiting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House, also included a performance by Carole King.

According to an invitation posted on the website PoliticalPartyTime.org, other hosts of the event included DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, former Warner Bros. Entertainment Chairman Barry Meyer, film producer Peter Chernin, philanthropist Hope Warschaw and director/producer James L. Brooks.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, was also expected to attend.

Biden is scheduled to join Mayor Eric Garcetti at a roundtable discussion on the minimum wage Tuesday at the L.A. Baking Company.

Biden will then conclude his visit with a noon fundraiser at downtown’s City Club of Los Angeles for Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state, and congressional candidate Amanda Renteria, who is challenging Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford.

Biden’s next stop on his West Coast swing will be at Cal State Bakersfield, where he will speak at a rally for Padilla and Renteria.

Biden’s visit to Los Angeles began three days before President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in the city, attending a fundraiser at the home of actress and longtime supporter Gwyneth Paltrow.

City News Service

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