Northern Palo Alto is flooded with "no parking" signs in preparation for tonight's scheduled fundraising visit by President Barack Obama to the Professorville home of Google executive Marissa Mayer. (View the official schedule)
The private fundraising dinner has a hefty admission price of $30,000 for up to 50 persons, according to news reports.
Mayer's home at 551 Addison Ave. is a short distance for what is considered "ground zero" of Silicon Valley: the famous garage used by HP founders William Hewlett and David Packard. More than a century earlier, in 1906-07, Lee De Forest in the same neighborhood did pioneering work on radio tubes that contributed to an earlier high-tech revolution of world-wide communications.
Her home has been heavily decorated with Halloween decorations, eschewing pre-election trappings of red-white-and-blue.
While the historic Professorville neighborhood is abuzz with talk of the visit, the biggest impact will be on parking and traffic restrictions in northern Palo Alto, where no-parking signs have been placed for blocks around -- as far south as Embarcadero Road.
Scores of police and fire officials will be on duty, and the city's new Mobile Command Center has been reserved to be used for the visit -- canceling public tours of the bus-sized command vehicle that had been scheduled for an earthquake drill commemorating the 1989 Loma Prieta quake.
Earlier today, Obama is scheduled to host a Democratic Committee reception at the Atherton home of former State Controller Steve Westly, San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross reported Wednesday.
According to an official schedule on the White House website, Obama will land at the San Francisco International Airport at 3 p.m. His visit to the Atherton meeting is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. and he is scheduled to "deliver remarks" at the Palo Alto fundraiser at 7 p.m.
The Palo Alto Police Department sent out the following alert regarding Obama's visit:
This is an informational message from the Palo Alto Police Department.
Due to a special event this evening, there will be intermittent road closures on several streets between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The major streets that will be affected are: Embarcadero Road between El Camino Real and Highway 101, as well as Middlefield Road between Oregon Expressway and University Avenue.
Traffic on adjacent residential streets will also be impacted.
Motorists can anticipate increased traffic congestion in these areas and are encouraged to take alternate routes if possible.
This concludes this message from the Palo Alto Police Department.