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Trump won't be coming to Atherton after all, police chief says

Politico reported that president would visit town for fundraiser in mid-September

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.

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21 people like this
Posted by Rumor
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 13, 2019 at 7:13 pm

Since he’s not going to Atherton, I’m 90% sure it will be PV or Woodside based on what I’ve heard. Can’t wait!


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Posted by Sharpie
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 14, 2019 at 12:06 am

He better hope his security is top notch!


20 people like this
Posted by MP_Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 14, 2019 at 8:11 am

That's OK. Wherever he shows up, the crying baby blimp will be ready. Donate on Facebook here:

Web Link


12 people like this
Posted by sharpie up a cooling trend, please
a resident of Encinal School
on Sep 14, 2019 at 9:16 am

> the crying baby blimp will be ready

Oh, that was a blimp? I'm surprised - the likeness is spot on.


22 people like this
Posted by orange
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 14, 2019 at 10:30 am

Is he afraid all the LED light bulbs in California will turn him even more orange?


10 people like this
Posted by G
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Sep 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm

Marine One flew over my house in Portola Valley on Friday, so it’s definitely nearby. Press should check with the town of PV. He’s going to have to land somewhere!


11 people like this
Posted by @G
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Sep 14, 2019 at 3:08 pm

I saw it too! From bottom of Los Trancos rd near the vineyard. Was wondering why the heli was flying so low (seemed to be scouting the area) but now totally makes sense. Very exciting


2 people like this
Posted by oops
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm

G
"he's going to have to land somewhere"
Not necessarily.. They could just shove him out the door when they're over the venue.


2 people like this
Posted by Details please
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 14, 2019 at 3:59 pm

I have contacted the secret service to try to gain information on how PV traffic will be affected. Need to know as I have to be at Stanford by 1 on Tuesday. Will post back here if I get a reply


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 14, 2019 at 7:27 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

"I have contacted the secret service to try to gain information on how PV traffic will be affected. Need to know as I have to be at Stanford by 1 on Tuesday. Will post back here if I get a reply"

Don't hold your breath. There's such a thing as OPSEC.


2 people like this
Posted by Mayhem
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 15, 2019 at 9:28 am

If trump is in fact coming here to PV I’m concerned about potential protesters. I doubt the sheriffs will have adequate resources to deal with them. And we all know how people drive in PV, if the protesters are not careful they could be hit by speeding cars. I worry that people from out of town will not be respectful of residents and our daily lives just trying to get through a normal Tuesday with minimal delays (As if the presidents visit wasn’t enough already)


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Posted by sharpie up a cooling trend, please
a resident of Encinal School
on Sep 15, 2019 at 9:50 am

> I worry that people from out of town will not be respectful
> And we all know how people drive in PV, if the protesters are not careful they could be hit by speeding cars.

What's disrespectful? Something as American as peaceful protest, or speeding ("yes, I do own the whole damn road!") PV drivers?

Maybe the scofflaw PV drivers should respect THE LAW.

Respect America! Respect the law!


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Posted by Mayhem
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 15, 2019 at 10:28 am

Sharpie, I am simply expressing a valid safety concern. Plus, it’s a huge inconvenience to residents just trying to go about our daily lives (On Tuesday I happen to have a lunch meeting in Palo Alto). I ask that anyone who must express their voice do it in a manner that takes into account the people who will be affected, and maybe do so at a place that is better suited for it (Moffet field comes to mind).


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Posted by sharpie up a cooling trend, please
a resident of Encinal School
on Sep 15, 2019 at 11:04 am

So no concerns about speeding PV drivers anymore? Sorry, I'm a law and order guy. You either expressed concern about safety, or obliquely threatened American protesters by suggesting someone pull a James Fields with a speeding car.

> And we all know how people drive in PV, if the protesters are not careful they could be hit by speeding cars.

I suggest you plan ahead and spend the night in PA, or talk to your neighbors about hosting an event that possibly inconveniences you.

AND STOP SPEEDING. Or stop making not-very-subtle threats. Or both.


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Posted by Mayhem
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 15, 2019 at 11:53 am

Sharpie if you drive in PV you’ll know how fast cars go. On average 10-15mph faster than posted speed limits. And it’s not just a small group it’s probably over half of cars on the road. But clearly you don’t live here or visit very often


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Posted by Welcome Trump and Protesters
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 16, 2019 at 9:18 am

To the members of our greater community - please ignore the threats, falsehoods and disruptive ramblings of the above poster:

- "it’s probably over half of cars on the road"
- "it’s a huge inconvenience"
- "we all know how people drive in PV, if the protesters are not careful they could be hit by speeding cars"

It's not inconvenient. We all know multiple ways in and out of town (even the ones that avoid the ALPR's, which are often non-functioning anyway.)

We are a welcoming community that appreciates diversity of opinion. We support the United States Constitutions and the Freedom of Speech.


14 people like this
Posted by Identity Politics "I'm a ..."
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 16, 2019 at 10:36 am

Wasted typing. Trump aint coming, he said so. He wouldn't lie would he? LOL!


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 16, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

I'd say he's coming. FAA just issued a TFR:

TFR OVER PALO ALTO, CA ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

NOTAM FDC 9/9702
A NOTAM has been published that will affect flight in the area during President Trump's planned visit.


32 NM RADIUS TFR
Location
On the WOODSIDE VOR/DME (OSI) 081 degree radial at 8.1 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.

Times:
10:15 AM PDT until 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday, September 17, 2019


12 NM RADIUS NO-FLY ZONE
Location
On the WOODSIDE VOR/DME (OSI) 081 degree radial at 8.1 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.

Times:
10:15 AM PDT until 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Affected Public Use Airports
KPAO Palo Alto Airport
KSJC Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport
KSQL San Carlos Airport
KRHV Reid-Hillview of Santa Clara County Airport
KHWD Hayward Executive Airport
KSFO San Francisco International Airport

KHAF Half Moon Bay Airport
KOAK Metropolitan Oakland International Airport
KLVK Livermore Municipal Airport
E16 San Martin Airport
KWVI Watsonville Municipal Airport


Additional Notes:

No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM (except as described).

Except as specified below and/or unless authorized by ATC in consultation with the air traffic security coordinator via the domestic events network (DEN):

A. All aircraft operations within the 12 NMR area(s) listed above, known as the inner core(s), are prohibited except for: Approved law enforcement, military aircraft directly supporting the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the office of the President of the United States, approved air ambulance flights, and regularly scheduled commercial passenger and all-cargo carriers operating under one of the following TSA-Approved standard security programs/procedures: aircraft operator standard security program (AOSSP), full all-cargo aircraft operator standard security program (FACAOSSP), model security program (MSP), twelve five standard security program (TFSSP) all cargo, or all-cargo international security procedure (ACISP) and are arriving into and/or departing from 14 cfr part 139 airports. All emergency/life saving flight (medical/law enforcement/firefighting) operations must coordinate with ATC prior to their departure at 916-366-4080 to avoid potential delays.

B. For operations within the airspace between the 12 nmr and 32 nmr area(s) listed above, known as the outer ring(s): All aircraft operating within the outer ring(s) listed above are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields, and workload permitting, ATC may authorize transit operations. Aircraft may not loiter. All aircraft must be on an active IFR or filed VFR flight plan with a discrete code assigned by an Air Traffic Control (ATC) facility. Aircraft must be squawking the discrete code prior to departure and at all times while in the TFR and must remain in two-way radio communications with ATC.

C. The following operations are not authorized within this TFR: flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, sightseeing operations, maintenance test flights, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and utility and pipeline survey operations.

D. UAS operators who do not comply with applicable airspace restrictions are warned that pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 3056A, 10 U.S.C. Section 130I, and 6 U.S.C. Section 121 (as amended), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Secret Service (USSS), and the Department of Defense (DOD) may take security action that results in the interference, disruption, seizure, damaging, or destruction of unmanned aircraft deemed to pose a credible safety or security threat to protected personnel, facilities, or assets.

E. FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes to this TFR prior to operations within this region.


22 people like this
Posted by Welcome Trump and Protesters
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 16, 2019 at 3:59 pm

Menlo Voter - thanks. Just a quick question on that TFR: any apparent sharpie markings?


6 people like this
Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

" Just a quick question on that TFR: any apparent sharpie markings?"

None that I noticed. Lol.


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Posted by Flying into Moffett?
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 17, 2019 at 9:45 am

Don't they usually fly into Moffett then caravan up for these money grabs, er, I mean presidential visits?


4 people like this
Posted by isaidso
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 17, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Making America Great in the Bay Area!

Trump's lack of decorum? Who cares. Winning


4 people like this
Posted by Welcome Trump and Protesters
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 17, 2019 at 3:26 pm

"Winning"

Since he won - nothing but losses. All the special elections in 2017/18 - lost a senate seat in red Alabama and half a dozen house seats. Nov 2018 lost the house majority.

Didn't pass any laws when he had the house and senate, except tax cuts for billionaires and corporations.

Winning.


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Posted by Driver2
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 17, 2019 at 4:55 pm

I agree, Driver. Obama visited more than once and closed 280, Woodside Road, Atherton Ave., etc. Stanford University was practically on lockdown when Obama visited and landed his helicopter on campus. What a mess, but I don't remember anyone complaining about it then.


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Posted by Welcome Trump and Protesters
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 17, 2019 at 5:28 pm



> What a mess but I don’t remember anyone complaining about it.

Sorry about your memory issues. A quick search will show how wrong that claim is...

Here's a couple that came up immediately, and a picked a couple milder ones (again, sorry about that memory thing ya got going on...)

>Kazoo on Jan 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm
OY! We're tapped! Enough of using your office to raise money at the expense of low and middle income taxpayers.

> Posted by Joe on Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 pm
Gotta stop by the Atherton ATM; don't forget Hillary's coming soon. Better save some for her.

Took 20 seconds to find a couple for you (it's a slow database, after all.)



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