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Is Trump coming to Atherton?

Politico says presidential fundraising event may take place in town, though officials can't confirm

Atherton may be the destination of President Donald Trump's Bay Area political fundraising visit on Sept. 17, Politico reported on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The Almanac contacted town officials on Friday, Aug. 30, to see if any special events permit had been taken out for a presidential visit after Trump posted on his website that he would be in the Bay Area for a fundraiser in September. (The town revised its special events permit process in 2015 so that hosts are billed by the town for the costs of special services that police or other town departments provide.) City Manager George Rodericks responded that no permits for a fundraiser have been taken out, but said a permit for such an event is sometimes taken out only days before.

"We heard the same 'rumor' – we are attempting to confirm with the Secret Service. But, as you know, the PD (police department) cannot release addresses advised to them by the Secret Service," Rodericks said in a Sept. 3 email. "However, all property owners hosting large events are required to obtain a special event permit. This would be no different. Those permits are public record. They do not have to advise who they are hosting."

The permit application stipulates that permit applications, which come with a $75 fee and ask for details, such as if the event hosts will need traffic control help, street barricades or other town services, should be taken out 60 days before an event.

Rodericks said there are no penalties for turning in a permit fewer than 60 days in advance, and it's rare that the town receives notice that far ahead of time. The notice is largely treated as advisory, as the permit may trigger special conditions (fire and building inspections for tents, neighborhood noticing, etc.) that cannot be met within the time frame, he said.

"Repercussions for not taking out a permit are only incurred if the Police have to respond to an event that did not take out a permit and should have," he said. "They could be held liable for the cost of response."

A 2016 visit by Hillary Clinton for a campaign fundraiser attended by about 400 people did not require any more than the usual police services from the Atherton Police Department during the hour-and-a-half-long visit because the Secret Service and California Highway Patrol were on hand, Rodericks said in 2016.

Two other high-profile events in Atherton in 2016 did result in bills to the hosts, Rodericks said. A Super Bowl charity fundraiser at the home of Jillian Manus resulted in a bill of $3,720.25, he said. A fundraising visit by President Barack Obama included $4,563 in police services and about $1,500 in public works services.

Last week, Trump announced that he would host a fundraiser in the Bay Area for his 2020 reelection bid, but didn't provide a specific location for the event.

Tickets cost from $1,000 to $100,000 for a couple to dine with Trump, according to a "save the date" invitation obtained by Politico.

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17 people like this
Posted by voter
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 3, 2019 at 8:57 pm

This is a great opportunity for the President to meet with regular American voters. Does he care about regular Americans or only the billionaires who think they can buy influence?


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Posted by Insider
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

Someone told me he is also stopping in PV? Would be nice to have a heads up so we can plan for road closures, etc.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 3, 2019 at 11:19 pm

voter
"This is a great opportunity for the President to meet with regular American voters"
Right, Atherton is full of regular Americans - in what alternative dimension?


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 4, 2019 at 9:17 am

I think voter was being sarcastic ...

In any case, plenty of regular folk across the freeway, in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto. I'm sure he'd get plenty of informative feedback if he came here, and let a representative group of people speak their mind.


Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows

on Sep 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?


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Posted by IOKIYAR
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 4, 2019 at 10:17 am

Absolutely, he will hold a rally and speak to the common man. Not like the President is a coastal elite or something. He knows how important California is to the nation, and his political party.

Let's look at comments about his previous visit:

"You are NOT wanted here. what a waste of time, ENERGY, money, global warming effects--trooping your jet, entourage, luggage, security, huge cars (gas guzzlers), long delays--cars idling while waiting in traffic for your parade on nonsense. Do us all a favor--just send your money--YOU ARE NOT WANTED!!"

Oh, wait, that was for the brown guy. IOKIYAR, I guess. Shall we look at the quotes about that President's occasional round of golf? We had lots of time this weekend while the current occupant sent Pence off to Poland and played multiple rounds while the South-East prepared for a Cat 5.


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Posted by Clunge
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 4, 2019 at 10:57 am

regardless of politics, this is The President of the United States. Children should be allowed to see the motorcade in awe, and just enjoy being an American for a day.

@voter - has any President cared about the common man vs his billionaire friends and influencers? And, since this is most likely a campaign fund stop, then, absolutely they only care about the rich guys.

anyway, hope it doesnt impact traffic too much.

((oh, or is he building a new Trump Tower? Seems like something the MP City Council would be behind ))


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Posted by Jane Gill
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 4, 2019 at 12:32 pm

I think this is very exciting! I plan to stand on the corner of Atherton and Austin Avenues with my neighbor, Anna Eshoo, and wave to the Presidential motorcade as it zips down the street!


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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 4, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Make Atherton Great Again (and leave the rest of us out of it)


18 people like this
Posted by Jeff Simpson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm

Obviously Trump is seeing an attitude change in CA. or he wouldn’t waste his time coming. CA is rapidly becoming a high disaster but those living in this Bay Area bubble don’t seem to see what’s going on. It was not Billionaires who elected trump and the ranks of the ‘deplorables’ is growing rapidly, just not obvious to the elites.


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Posted by He's visiting the elites
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 12:55 pm

"just not obvious to the elites."
Oh to be sure, the republicans in Atherton are part of the "elites"

He's coming here to get money from the elites.
Also, his approval rating is at an all time low with rank and file non-elitist Republicans.
The farmers have lost hope after he turned them into socialist takers.
So sad.


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Posted by IOKIYAR
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 4, 2019 at 12:56 pm

> Obviously Trump is seeing an attitude change in CA. or he wouldn’t waste his time coming

whaaaa?!? Trump LOST the most traditionally republican part of our state last year - Orange County, the bedrock of CA republicans. Dems SWEPT the GOP out of Orange County. Dems swept the floor with republicans all over the state last year. "An attitude change"? Maybe in your flavor of koolaid.

...

> has any President cared about the common man vs his billionaire friends and influencers?

Of course there have. Just not a republican.

How quickly we forget about FDR and the New Deal, pulling America out of the First Republican Great Depression. What about Johnson's Great Society: Medicare (denounced by Reagan as socialism Web Link ) and Civil Rights.

Republicans just run up the deficit with corporate welfare and giveaways to billionaires (Trump's trillion dollar deficits and giveaways to corporations, himself, and billionaires, for example.)


24 people like this
Posted by MAGA
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 4, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Can't wait. Hopefully he will continue to do it during his second term. The Obama's came to the money well often. We had to deal with Obama and Clinton roaming around town begging for money; we are use to it. We will survive; it will be fine. From some of the posts its sounds like there are a lot of people that want to see him and show support.


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Posted by Margaret
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2019 at 1:50 pm

I love how "Atherton," the most expensive zip-code in the US, is some proxy for "regular American voters." Seriously out of touch. I often walk from MP to RWC and really like the hostilepitality the town shows with its lack of street lights and sidewalks that most Americans take for granted. DT should feel right at home vacuuming the money out that place.


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Posted by PV Neighbor
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Editor: please include when he will visit Portola valley also? I am hosting a dinner party and need to instruct guests regarding traffic.


17 people like this
Posted by Jeff Simpson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:33 pm

What’s wrong with taking money from Billionaires? Don’t all politicians do just that ? Hillary came, Obama came, why not Trump? Actually in the last Election he spent a lot of his own money and will again, being POToUS is actually costing him money, not that anyone in this bubble will believe that even though it’s true.
Just like in the last Elections everyone was shocked when he WON, they will be more shocked when he wins again, by an even larger vote. Who will we blame the next time since blaming Russia didn’t go anywhere. Just face it he is the first President in a long time to actually TRY to keep some promises, even in the face of severe opposition. He is definitely a man of the people.


42 people like this
Posted by Yuck
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm

Stay away. Not wanted here. Do not disrupt our already busy lives.


20 people like this
Posted by Remeber, wash your hands after he leaves
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:50 pm

...even if he hasn't touched anything.
He'll be gone soon enough.


27 people like this
Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 4, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Grab them by the Portola Valley


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Posted by IOKIYAR
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 4, 2019 at 3:39 pm

> Just face it he is the first President in a long time to actually TRY to keep some promises

He passed one law - a tax cut for himself, billionaires and corporations, which is putting the deficit back over a trillion.

What promises kept? Mexico paid for a wall?

Jobs? his monthly job growth is just a continuation of The Obama Recovery from the Busg Great Recession Web Link

All the best people? Look how many guilty pleas and indictments. Terrible.

He can't negotiate his way out of a paper bag - that's why his lawyers always kept him away until the deal was done (see the books.) Look at what his stupid tariffs are costing American working families and farmers.

The Korean dictator makes him pay for meetings and laughs about his short fingers.

But he "tries".



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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm

I’ll sign off after this comment entry. Nov.3, 2020 what will you all say when he wins, BIG. Believe the polls all you want, they were wrong last time and they will be wrong again. As to Iokiyar comment about China, why did former Presidents let that trade deal get so bad ?? I’m willing to suffer some now, if necessary, to get it fixed as are most of my friends in Iowa, my home State , although I’ve been in Menlo Park nearly 50 years now. What hurts me is when my ‘smart’ neighbors keep voting for more taxes to cure transportation and education ills when the money raised only goes to pay pensions for over paid government employees. I’ll take Trump any day. Yes the deficit is going up, I hope in the second term he can regain control of Congress and fix that but it’s not like it didn’t go up a trillion a year under Obama who like the rest said nice things, did nothing.


25 people like this
Posted by IOKIYAR
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 4, 2019 at 5:38 pm

> the deficit is going up, I hope in the second term he can regain control of Congress and fix that

It went up when the GOP had control of both houses. Hope and pray all you want, but only a Democrat will get in down under a trillion, and by repealing the corporate tax cuts.

> but it’s not like it didn’t go up a trillion a year under Obama

It didn't. Bush took Clinton's surplus, and ran our first trillion dollar deficit. Obama inherited bush's trillion dollar deficit and cut it by 2/3rds over 8 years.

Look at any chart.

Republicans destroy deficits and even admit it. Dick Cheney: "Reagan taught us deficits don't matter"

Yes, you are one of the MP 13% that voted for Trump. Enjoy.


18 people like this
Posted by Sharpies 'r Us
a resident of Woodside High School
on Sep 4, 2019 at 8:31 pm

"Hillary came, Obama came, why not Trump?"

And all the criticisms by fringe posters about Obama thus apply to the short fingered weather map defacer, amiright?

It's a felony to tamper with weather service data.......


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Posted by Memories
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Sep 4, 2019 at 10:05 pm

I still remember when Obama visited 6 or so years ago. Politics aside any time a president comes to town it’s always a fun spectacle! Hoping to see the motorcade if in fact it does make a stop in PV. Almanac: can you confirm the route so we can plan to watch?


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Posted by PV Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 6, 2019 at 8:33 pm

I agree with Jeff’s post. And when I vote for trump it will be a vote against government as usual. Enough of this dem vs rep nonsense, this is about fixing a government that is so inefficient and ineffective. Time to get to work and fix things rather than complain, tax & throw more $ into the beast.


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Posted by Update
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Sep 6, 2019 at 8:43 pm

Exciting trump is coming to PV!! Editor can you post the routes and update article indicating he’s making a stop here??? Many questions but no concrete answers


2 people like this
Posted by Repentant
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 7, 2019 at 6:27 am

He's coming to give back the rainbow flags. He's a uniter.


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Posted by IOKIYAR
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 9, 2019 at 12:08 pm

A week before 9/11, he invites the Taliban to Camp David. A few days after, he's on the road begging for money.

Is he bringing Taliban with him to Atherton? I'm pretty close, I'd like to prepare.


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Posted by David
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 9, 2019 at 6:24 pm

Thank you IOKIYAR for your posts. I think we deserve a heads up on the Taliban; or, God forbid, Donald and Eric. I’m planning to express my First Amendment rights when President Asshat comes to visit. Hope it’s a beautiful California day for the worst U.S. president of my life.


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Posted by Sanchez
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 11, 2019 at 7:25 pm

What airport is he landing at?


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Posted by IOKIYAR
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 12, 2019 at 8:42 am

Usually Moffett. With the construction and delays already at SFO this month, I can't imagine they would land there.


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Posted by peninsula resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2019 at 2:08 pm

"being POToUS is actually costing him money"

Oh gawd, just stop.

Do you have even a shread of proof beyond Trump's non-credible words on the matter?


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Posted by peninsula resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2019 at 2:21 pm

"Yes the deficit is going up, I hope in the second term he can regain control of Congress and fix that but it’s not like it didn’t go up a trillion a year under Obama"

You are egregiously misinformed.

Republican Reagan: budget deficit went UP.
Republican Bush: budget deficit went UP.
Democrat Clinton: budget deficit went DOWN.
Republican Bush: budget deficit went UP.
Democrat Obama: budget deficit went DOWN.
Republican Trump: budget deficit went UP.

"Republicans are more fiscally responsible" is one of the bigger lies foised on the American public.

"Deficits don't matter" has been repeatedly stated by REPUBLICANS.

"All this talk about concern for the deficit and the budget has been bogus for as long as it's been around." was said by RUSH LIMBAUGH just a couple months ago.

Try educating yourself sometime. You'll be better for it.


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Posted by I.J.
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Sep 12, 2019 at 8:32 pm

FYI, an inside source told me he may be skipping atherton altogether and stopping in just woodside or PV so those of you complaining can zip it


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 13, 2019 at 12:48 am

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Who gives an RA? Rich person coming to see other rich people to get money so a rich person can continue to screw the rest of us "little people". The more things change the more they remain the same. Nothing new here.


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Posted by peninsula resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Jeff Simpson, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:33 pm, wrote: "being POToUS is actually costing him money"

I replied: "Do you have even a shread of proof beyond Trump's non-credible words on the matter?"

Jeff Simpson's reply: (crickets)

That's what I thought. You're completely devoid of any objectivity or critical thinking, and merely take Trump at his word. This issue would be answerable if Trump had kept his promise to make his taxes public, but of course he lied about that too.

Dear Mr. Simpson: since you're unwilling to back up your statement with objective evidence, I suggest you spend less of your time defending Trump and instead go to downtown Menlo Park, looking for people wearing tan suits for you to get outraged about.


3 people like this
Posted by Al
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 16, 2019 at 10:19 pm

So happy Trump is visiting Atherton! MAGA!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by peninsula resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2019 at 10:40 pm

Al, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton, wrote: "So happy Trump is visiting Atherton!"

Uh, numerous articles have stated his is *not* visiting Atherton.

A Trump supporter not acquainted with reality. Why am I not shocked :)


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Posted by I'm just here for the Baby Trump Balloon
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 17, 2019 at 5:47 am

I love that thing! WHAAA! LOL.
Hilarious! Where can we get a good view of that?


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Posted by Stay out of PV
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

So these protesters want to fly it here in PV. Um no thanks, stay out of our town. Not a big fan of presidential visits either, and protesters will just add to the disruption. No thanks


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Posted by PV Taxpayer
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 17, 2019 at 9:50 am

As a resident of PV I am VERY excited about having the President here -- just like I was for Obama and Clinton. I think it is great that we have residents that are involved with this country from both sides of the aisle. I celebrate the fact that we have a participatory democracy -- where all voices are entitled to be heard, with respect, not just those catering to whatever the popular local opinion is at the time. God bless America.


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Posted by IOKIYAR
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 17, 2019 at 10:41 am

> I celebrate the fact that we have a participatory democracy -- where all voices are entitled to be heard

Particularly Saudi Arabia's and Putin's voices - after all, they participated/paid bigly for their representation!


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Posted by Michael
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 17, 2019 at 12:43 pm

All aboard the trump train! See you all at the poles #MAGA #Trump2020 #poorlibs


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Posted by IOKIYAR
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

> See you all at the poles

Poles? There's a line here about the fantasy of Santa Claus, the North Pole and maga... or she meant perhaps eastern europeans and lost her apostrophe?


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