News

Trump to lunch in the Los Trancos area near Portola Valley

Secrecy around fundraiser location has triggered plenty of speculation

With many conflicting rumors swirling in the past few days, it's been confirmed that President Donald Trump's Bay Area fundraiser luncheon today will be in the in the Los Trancos Woods area, at the Portola Valley border.

The luncheon is planned at a $97-million home of former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy, 610 Los Trancos Road. (View photos of the mansion here).

A Los Trancos Road resident has told Palo Alto Online that police activity is going on outside the 13-acre estate this morning and that luncheon guests are arriving via shuttle and being dropped off at the gated property. One Portola Valley resident reported seeing the police staging at the Little League ballpark at Alpine Road and Westridge Drive.

The president is scheduled to arrive at Moffett Field at 11:10 a.m. and meet with supporters at 12:20 p.m., according to conservativedailynews.com. He plans to leave the area at 2:10 p.m. and travel by motorcade.

Trump's visit is his first to the Bay Area since a fundraiser was held in Woodside for his 2016 election campaign at the home of private equity firm CEO Saul Fox.

Politico reported yesterday that today's luncheon would also be held there, but that information has since been removed from its website.

Politico previously reported that the luncheon could be in Atherton, but police Chief Steve McCulley confirmed Trump won't be in the town in an email to The Almanac, Palo Alto Online's sister paper.

Local Democratic activists are rallying to protest Trump's visit. Initially, Backbone Campaign scheduled a protest at San Antonio Road and Foothill Expressway in Los Altos with "Baby Trump" and "Chicken Trump" inflatable balloons. But as the luncheon location has become known, groups like the Raging Grannies have been sending last-minute updates to their supporters. Now, they plan to gather at Rossotti Field in Portola Valley, 3919 Alpine Road. The Grannies report that they will attempt to go to home of the luncheon.

Donors are paying $1,000 to $100,000 for tickets to the event. At the $100,000 level (per couple) the guests will get to attend an exclusive "roundtable" meeting with President Trump prior to the luncheon. Both the $100,000 level and $35,000 level (also per couple) come with the opportunity to take a photo with the president.

California donors have already given $6.5 million to the Trump re-election campaign from January through June this year, according to Politico.

Correction: The initial story stated that 610 Los Trancos Road is in Portola Valley. Technically, that property is under the jurisdiction of the city of Palo Alto.

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

17 people like this
Posted by Bill D Wall
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Sep 17, 2019 at 10:10 am

Welcome President Trump!


8 people like this
Posted by Trump to lunch in Portola Valley
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 17, 2019 at 10:38 am

Awesome - I hear they're bringing in fast food hamberders. So classy.

Web Link

I'm proud to be an American again.


15 people like this
Posted by Bill D Wall
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Sep 17, 2019 at 11:02 am

MPVGA!

Make Portola Valley Great Again!

Thank You President Trump!

Always Welcome in this Town!!


5 people like this
Posted by Trump to lunch in Portola Valley
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 17, 2019 at 11:40 am

Yes, he is always welcome, hamberrders and all. I forgot what percentage he got in 2016 from our great town. What was it?

More or less than the 18% (eight-embarrassing-teen) he got in all of San Mateo county?

Is Mexico delivering a check for the silly wall to him while he's here in PV?


13 people like this
Posted by Blasey Ford
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Sep 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Welcome to Portola Valley, Mr. Peace President!

By this time in the Obama presidency (two and a half years in), Mr. Obama had destabilized Libya (creating a failed state) and pulled US troops out of Iraq (allowing the rise of the murderous ISIS regime).


19 people like this
Posted by Trump to lunch in Portola Valley
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 17, 2019 at 1:02 pm

> pulled US troops out of Iraq

Per George Bush's SOFA agreement requiring it. Remember the Iraqi who threw his shoes at Bush? Yeah, that agreement.

Let's not forget it was Republicans that lied America into Iraq.


8 people like this
Posted by Welcome President Trump!
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 17, 2019 at 1:18 pm

@Trump to lunch in Portola Valley - it doesn’t matter what percent he got in this liberal dumpsterfire of a county/state in 2016, he won the presidency! And because your brain surgeon candidates keep cannibalizing your party, he’ll win again in 2020.
Thank you for keeping America great, Mr. President!


13 people like this
Posted by John Hollis
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 17, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Glad that this community which is so proud of being "inclusive" and "tolerant" is welcoming President Trump who represents a different point of view than our daily Socialist echo-chamber. Sometimes your party loses elections and moves the country in a different direction. Now if we could just get these voters to see what a mess this state has become we might be able to make some progress in CA.


17 people like this
Posted by Trump to lunch in Portola Valley
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:15 pm

> this liberal dumpsterfire
> our daily Socialist echo-chamber

Can't imagine why one would stay here when it's so awful, and be part of a very small fringe minority. Must be painful to be one of the 18-percenters.


> and moves the country in a different direction

Yes. After Trump won and the country moved back to the center in 2018 by electing a Democratic House majority, in one of the biggest spankings in years -> 40+ seats.



13 people like this
Posted by bruce morningstar
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm

I grew up in Menlo Park abd spebt time in Portola Valley until I moved in the early 1970s and supported congressman Younger and later voted for Reagan, but I cannot believe anyone with an IQ over ten would support and vote for Trump and waste their money supporting him. Must all be employed in Silicon Valley.
I do not need to return to the Peninsula or any Menlo Atherton reunions. We used to go to the old Rossatis (new Name) or the Dutch Goose. Those days are definitely older. I guess progress is moving backward.


2 people like this
Posted by ZB
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:32 pm

ZB is a registered user.

I'm glad I'm not out on my bike riding the PV Loop today


25 people like this
Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:34 pm

I saw that Ben Carson came along for the ride with 45. Maybe he can dictate where PV will build all their affordable housing.


22 people like this
Posted by Agent Orange
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Surprising levels of blind support for a corrupt dictator/wannabe in this otherwise enlightened community!


4 people like this
Posted by Driver
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Sep 17, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Thanks for closing I-280. Don't come back.


1 person likes this
Posted by Driver2
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 17, 2019 at 4:51 pm

I agree, Driver. Obama visited more than once and closed 280, Woodside Rd, Atherton Ave, etc. Stanford University was practically on lock-down when Obama came and landed his helicopter on campus. What a mess but I don’t remember anyone complaining about it.


4 people like this
Posted by Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 17, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Heard the door slam! ...

Don't return ... ever again !!!


2 people like this
Posted by Trump to lunch in Portola Valley
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 17, 2019 at 5:25 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.)


4 people like this
Posted by Melanias Handslap
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Sep 17, 2019 at 10:33 pm

He was in Palo Alto. Other side of the creek


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

Gluten-free bakery Misfits Bakehouse is reborn in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 2,708 views

What to do with all those cardboard boxes
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 2,207 views

Premarital and Couples: The "Right" Way to Eat an Artichoke
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,679 views

What did you learn last week?
By Sherry Listgarten | 6 comments | 1,075 views

Menlo Park Can Learn A Lot from Palo Alto (Part 1)
By Dana Hendrickson | 3 comments | 824 views

 

Race Results Are In

Thank you for joining us at the 35th annual Moonlight Run & Walk! All proceeds benefit the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday fund, supporting local nonprofits serving children and families.

Click for Race Results