President Obama's visit to Palo Alto on Wednesday (April 20) is expected to cause traffic delays and limit access to homes and businesses, Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns said Tuesday afternoon.
Obama is scheduled to arrive in San Francisco via Air Force One at 1 p.m., according to information released by the White House. Obama is then scheduled to take part in a "town hall" meeting entitled "Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity" from Facebook headquarters, 1050 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. The meeting will be streamed live on Facebook.
Burns said the police department will send an alert about the traffic conditions through AlertSCC on Tuesday afternoon or evening.
Neighborhood businesses and residential areas will be impacted by the motorcade from about noon to 4 p.m., he said.
The area extends from Sand Hill Road to the north and Interstate 280 to the west, south to Page Mill Road and El Camino Real to the east. Road closures could be up to 30 minutes.
Residents and employees might have limited entry and egress to the areas for a short period of time, he said.
Motorists "can expect substantial delays and are encouraged to avoid the area," he said.
Palo Alto police expect to beef up staffing for the visit, Burns said. The department will be working with the California Highway Patrol, Secret Service, the Santa Clara County Sheriff and Menlo Park Police Department.
Officer Kenneth Dueker, Palo Alto's coordinator of Homeland Security and Public Outreach, said the city's new Mobile Emergency Operations Center will be used to coordinate efforts and help monitor security.
Burns recently spent a week in Washington, D.C., at a dignitary-protection seminar given by the Secret Service, which ensures the safety of the president, he said.
Although the seminar was not specifically for Obama's visit, Burns said it provided information about safety for all dignitaries and the workings of the service, he said.
People can watch the meeting with Obama on the White House Facebook page at 1:45 p.m., according to the White House. Obama will appear with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.