There are two hotels in downtown Los Angeles, that have been arranged for the conference participants. Participants MUST reserve in advance to use the special rates provided. For more information, please visit the following links.
Radisson Hotel Midtown Los Angeles
Vagabond Inn Los Angeles
Restaurant Guide near USC
1. Liberty Grill
American, near Staple Center
A Historic Mix of American Cuisine
1037 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
2. J Restaurant & Lounge
California and Mediteranian, relatively new, good bar and wine selection. Easy parking, near Staple Center.
1119 S Olive St (Cross Street: 11th Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90015 View Map
3. Park’s BBQ
Korean, in Korean Town
This is a great Korean place near USC. You won’t be disappointed. Valet parking.
955 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
4. Sushi Gen
Japanese in Little Tokyo
You won’t go wrong with their standard dinner choices. They are moderately priced. If you want expensive and good sashimi, they have it too. Easy parking.
422 E Second St (Cross Street: Central Avenue)
Los Angeles, CA 90012-4209View Map
5. Empress Pavillion
Chinese in China Town
Standard bearer in the downtwon area for Cantonese and Szechuan food, easy parking.
988 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-1749
1 213 617 9898
6. Café Pinot
Californian and French, on the expensive side
700 W. Fifth St.
Los Angeles, CA
7. California Pizza Kitchen
Italian? Californian? Dependable fare
Wells Fargo Ctr.
330 S. Hope St.
(bet. 3rd & 4th Sts.)
Los Angeles, CA 90071
8. Engine Co. No. 28
American, a well-known establishment in the area
644 S. Figueroa St.
(bet. 7th St. & Wilshire Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90017
The LA Marathon event takes place early morning on Sunday March 4th. Concurrently, there are also 5K run/walk, bike tours, hand crank wheelchair events. Fortunately, the events are designed to minimize traffic impact around USC. The boundary streets of USC do not have closures. Therefore you should not have serious problems getting in and out. However there will be some impact on traffic near USC, and you should pay attention to the following tips in planning your activities:
1. There will be off-ramp closures at Martin Luther King Blvd, and Adams Blvd exits from 101, and Normandy exit from 10. There will be no on-ramp closures. You should exit at Exposition from 101 and Vermont or Hoover from 10. These are the normal exit points of USC anyway. These should also be your entry points to 101 and 10.
2. The runners will reach USC around 10 t0 11 am. The Bike tour starts at the Coliseum at 6 am. I think there may be some traffic when you arrive around 8 am or 9 am. To be safe and on time, it is a good idea that you plan to arrive at 8 am rather than 9 am so that you have some cushion in case of traffic delay.
3. Do not go north into the down town area for lunch on Sunday after the conference ends. There will be some closures on Saturday as well. All activities, lunch, and dinner are on USC campus, and will not be affected. If you plan other side trips, check the following LADOT web site for road closures, congestion conditions, detours, reopen times, and various route maps, and decide for yourself whether it is worth it. The web site is: http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/. For more general information, go to the LA marathon web site: http://www.lamarathon.com/, where you can find telephone numbers to call for information if you need it.
4. I don’t know what traffic conditions will be when the conference ends around Sunday noon. It is wise to prepare for some (probably not much) delay in getting out. There is a good Sizzler restaurant across Figueroa for lunch.
5. Avoid driving north of Adams on Figueroa. Normandie will be closed from traffic. Gate 3 on Figueroa and gate 5 at Jefferson and McClintock will be open. Do not park on streets around USC. Park at Gate 3 on Figuroa street. Gate 2 on Exposition Blvd will be closed on the weekends.