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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 next 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."

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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6 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!


6 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:

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4 people like this
Posted by sharpie up a cooling trend, please
a resident of Encinal School
23 hours ago

> the crying baby blimp will be ready

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


12 people like this
Posted by orange
a resident of Atherton: other
22 hours ago

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


3 people like this
Posted by G
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
19 hours ago

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!


3 people like this
Posted by @G
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
17 hours ago

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


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Posted by oops
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
17 hours ago

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.


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Posted by Details please
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
17 hours ago

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
13 hours ago

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.


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