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Substantial traffic delays expected with Obama visit

Parking restrictions, street closures of up to 30 minutes will affect residents and businesses on Wednesday

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.

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Apr 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Great, how much is this trip going to cost the taxpayers. He should stop campaigning and start doing his job. This speech could have easily been done from the oval office. My daughter is stuck on Foothill expressway and has now missed her son's doctor's appointment.


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Posted by al norte sm
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Please see the previous threads with posts about whiners complaining about a visit from the President of the United States.

Nancy: To your points:

Costs? Probably similar to other visits by other presidents. What's the problem with the President coming out and talking about budgets or technology? It's called a bully pulpit, popularized by Teddy Roosevelt.

Late? Bummer. Perhaps your daughter will learn that traffic jams happen randomly in the Bay Area. Yes, even when the President visits. Time to plan ahead and leave a few minutes early! Perhaps you can help her with that skill.

Glad we could help!


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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Nancy,

The Community Organizer in Chief is in deep trouble. With his ratings precipitously plummeting he needs to get all the money he can and at $35,800 a pop you can have a chance with visit with the man who is giving Jimmy Carter a real run for being the worst president in U.S. history. Who knows? Obama might beat Carter out.

But have you noticed how liberals don't care one whit about the common folk. They are so wrapped around their leftist ideology and are convinced that they are right, since they only associate with fellow travelers, that they are rendered incapable of having sound reasoning. Their attitude is "Let them eat cake!"


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Posted by al norte sm
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

""Let them eat cake!""

Hank? The GOP/Ryan plan is going to dismantle Medicare, and give new massive tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.

Here's a tip. With the GOP doing this, try not and use the cake analogy.

It comes off pretty foolish.

Really foolish. Marie-Antoinette learned the hard way.


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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Have you ever noticed then when liberals are losing an argument they try to change the subject.

Siberia del Norte: the subject was Obama's caused traffic congestion so he can obtain contributions for his dismal re-election campaign.


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Posted by al norte sm
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Hank:

You didn't mention traffic in your first post bashing our President.

Where is the traffic comment in the following swill of yours?
"But have you noticed how liberals don't care one whit about the common folk. They are so wrapped around their leftist ideology and are convinced that they are right, since they only associate with fellow travelers, that they are rendered incapable of having sound reasoning. Their attitude is "Let them eat cake!""

Traffic?

You refuse to comment on Medicare and the Ryan plan. Doing so would just highlight how much you are out of the mainstream.

"dismal re-election" Name your candidate, Hank. My guy beats your guy. As much as he frustrates me, he's going to beat your guy.

You've posted in several threads since your bravado in that thread.

Pony up.


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