Atherton will not be the destination of President Donald Trump as he makes his political fundraising visit to the Bay Area this week, Atherton Police Chief Steve McCulley said in a Sept. 13 email.
This follows a report from Politco on Sept. 3 that Atherton may be the location of a fundraising luncheon for Trump on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Town officials told The Almanac on Sept. 3 that they had heard the same "rumor" and were attempting to confirm the visit with the Secret Service.
"We have been advised he is not coming to Atherton," McCulley said. "I have no other information on his plans to visit the area."
McCulley told The Almanac that the town was informed of the no-show by the Secret Service.
The Almanac contacted town officials on Aug. 30 to ascertain whether 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 had been taken out, but said a permit for such an event is sometimes applied for only days before.
The permit application stipulates that 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.