The permit application says the event will last only two and a half hours. The website Politico, citing a copy of the invitation to the event, says tickets for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser range from $10,000 to $237,300. Politico says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Anna Eshoo will also attend.
A 2013 visit by Obama to the Simons-Heising home and another Atherton location led to modifications in Atherton's requirement for special event permits. During that visit, President Obama arrived in a helicopter that landed at the Circus Club.
After the 2013 visit the town sent a bill for $7,600 to the White House, the Secret Service, the Democratic National Committee, Simons and Heising and two other residents who also hosted an event for Obama that same day, Marcia and John Goldman. The billing was for services supplied during the visit, the town said.
No one paid the bill, and the town dropped the matter because it did not have a law on the books specifically requiring the reimbursement.
In 2015, the City Council approved changes in the special event ordinance to require those sponsoring special events to pay for any police, public works or other needed services, as well as the costs for issuing the permit.
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