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Mayor Garcetti drops a slow jam about the 101 closure, everyone swoons

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Erin Kuschner

There is nothing less sexy than a freeway closure in this town, but somehow, some way, Mayor Eric Garcetti managed to end our week with a seductive tune about shutting down the 101 to rebuild the Sixth Street Bridge. With help from Roosevelt's High School Jazz Band, he dropped a video about the closure, which starts tonight at 10pm and will reopen on Sunday around 2pm. The freeway between the 10 near Union Station and the 5 interchange south of Downtown will be affected.

Not since President Obama slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon have we been so enamored with a government official. He managed to make "Metro is there for you all day and all night" sound like a Marvin Gaye lyric, before reassuring us that the 101 will be back in operation before the Super Bowl kickoff on Sunday. 

There are some cringeworthy moments: "Stay safe out there, cats—and by that I mean Los Angeles," is a line your weird uncle might utter before playfully punching your arm and winking, and we're not really sure how the 101 taking a break "for R&R and R&B" really makes sense. But he was cool, calm, collected and a total silver fox, so we'll forgive his dad jokes this one time. 

Shout-out to the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and its sultry female vocalist, who's "Coming to you soooooon" at the end gave us goosebumps. 


The 101 will close for 40 hours this weekend, so we're getting ready to take it slow. We teamed up with our friends at Roosevelt High School to drop a slow jam and get the word out.

Posted by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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