LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Former Vice President Joe Biden brought his fledgling presidential campaign to the Southland Wednesday.

The Democratic presidential hopeful was in town for a pair of fundraisers, but not before he had tacos in the Pico-Union area with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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Biden also attended a midday fundraising event at the Hancock Park home of UCLA School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Cynthia Telles and her husband, media executive Joe Waz.

“Four years of this president will be an aberration in a moment in history,” he said. “Eight years will fundamentally change who we are,
beginning particularly in foreign policy.”

Biden was greeted outside the event by a group of protesters with the National Union of Healthcare Workers rallied in an effort to gain
the former vice president’s backing in a continuing labor dispute with Kaiser Permanente.

Telles sits on the board of directors of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.

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Former US Vice President and front-running Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden talks to reporters with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (R) during a campaign stop at a King Taco shop in Los Angeles, California on May 8, 2019. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

On Wednesday evening, Biden will attend a fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of James Costos, the U.S. ambassador to Spain during President Barack Obama’s administration, and his husband, designer Michael Smith.

Film mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg is among those listed as a co-host of the event, along with director Rob Reiner.

Tickets to the Wednesday evening fundraiser cost $2,800, which includes a photo reception with Biden. Becoming a co-host of the event costs $10,000, according to an invitation obtained by The Washington Post.

Biden will spend Wednesday night in L.A.

On Thursday, fellow Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg will come to L.A. to hold a rally in support of a proposed parcel tax on the June 4 ballot to raise funds for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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