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New LA 2024 Video Series to Show Off Lesser-Known Los Angeles

"What's Not in the Bid Book" takes a look at the Los Angeles the rest of the world might not know

The world knows about the Hollywood sign, LA's beaches and the movie stars who call Los Angeles home.

But a new video series from LA 2024 sets out to show the rest of the world a Los Angeles it might not have seen. The organization behind LA's push for the 2024 Olympics released a video preview Friday of its latest series -- "What's Not in the Bid Book."

The series will highlight LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman providing "a view of LA through the eyes of a lifelong Angeleno, telling the story of why L.A. is uniquely positioned to connect the Games with a new generation of Olympic and Paralympic enthusiasts," according to LA 2024.

"Now that we have submitted our bid book, we wanted to show the world 'What's not in the bid book' -- a fun and surprising side to LA," Wasserman said. "When people think about LA, they think right away about our weather, about Hollywood, and the beach, but LA is so much more than that."

The series is meant to offer an "intimate picture" of Los Angeles with subjects like where to buy rare sneakers, hiking trails and some of the companies based in LA.

The committee's bid was submitted to the IOC in time for Friday's final deadline. Los Angeles is competing with Paris and Budapest, Hungary for the Games, and the host city will be chosen in September.

LA 2024 has proposed a privately financed, balanced budget of $5.3 billion for the Games, although Los Angeles must cover any budget shortfalls. A core part of the balanced budget plan is to only use existing venues like the Coliseum and Staples Center and not build any new permanent buildings just for the Games, and to capitalize on the billions of transportation improvements the city already has planned.

The Coliseum was the host of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 1932 and 1984 Games, and will again share the duty with the new NFL stadium under construction in Inglewood should the city play host again.

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