• Read more about the protests near President Donald Trump's Bay Area fundraiser luncheon here.
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 Palo Alto foothills, at the Portola Valley border.
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.
The Federal Aviation Administration ordered restrictions on activities in the local airspace from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. because of the president's presence. Activities, include banner towing and balloon operations, are prohibited within 32 nautical miles of the FAA's Woodside aviation-navigation beacon, according to the FAA.
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, the 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.
Rick Radin writes for The Almanac, the sister publication of PaloAltoOnline.com.