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Trump to lunch in Palo Alto foothills

Secrecy around fundraiser location has triggered plenty of speculation

Palo Alto police officers next to a shuttle bus near 610 Los Trancos Road in Palo Alto, where President Donald Trump will attend a luncheon supporting his 2020 re-election campaign on Sept. 17. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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44 people like this
Posted by PsyGrabber
a resident of Atherton
on Sep 17, 2019 at 10:30 am

His visit will devalue the home price significantly. Sad!


84 people like this
Posted by bonnie doone
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2019 at 10:31 am

We love president Trump! MAGA


24 people like this
Posted by PV Res
a resident of Portola Valley
on Sep 17, 2019 at 10:33 am

Not a big fan of presidential visits it’s always an inconvenience. Also I suggest protesters stay out of PV and instead protest in their own towns, people here are just trying to go about the day without being further inconvenienced. Thanks


56 people like this
Posted by Martin
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 17, 2019 at 10:38 am

Nice. Welcome to the bay area!


55 people like this
Posted by Jonathan Brown
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 17, 2019 at 11:13 am

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If you're looking at this visit as Trump would, you might ask yourself how to get a commitment from Trump to help our homeless and vehicle dwelling friends move into better situations. Also a great time to hammer home the importance of hard-working immigrants to our economy. With the fantastic weather, it's a shame he likely won't get out for a hike and realize how important it is to protect our open spaces and the environment in general.


62 people like this
Posted by Take our Country Back
a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 17, 2019 at 11:43 am

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The dotard is going to cancel California's ability to set its own emission standards.

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Dump Trump 2020.


48 people like this
Posted by sueppr
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 17, 2019 at 11:58 am

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So strange - I thought he campaigned on not needing or being influenced by fundraising and donors cos he is a BILLIONAIRE....


8 people like this
Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 17, 2019 at 12:06 pm

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I thought parts of Troncos Road are in Palo Alto?

Remind me that I’ve been meaning to get up to see the new Zotts.

I’d feel better if we had a leader who ate locally fried greasy burgers rather than national chain.


54 people like this
Posted by Ostentatious Wealth, the common denominator
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 17, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Ostentatious Wealth, the common denominator is a registered user.

Sounds like Scott and #45 have a lot in common, displays of ostentatious wealth are how they roll. Honestly it is disgusting. They are doing all they can to ensure #45's re-election so that those with obscene wealth can keep as much as possible. Also getting rid of all those annoying environmental rules and consumer protection get in the way of making even more money. Meanwhile about 12 miles away people living on the streets of Mountain View in decrepit RV's.. A dystopian future awaits if #45 is given 4 more years.


76 people like this
Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm

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I think it's disgusting that protesters are allowed to be so disrespectful by flying the Baby Trump, etc. If people had done that with Obama, there would have been outrage by the very people who are protesting now. So it's no racism if the target is a white/Jewish but it's racism if the president is African-American? The President of the U.S. should be respected either way, he is our President. But some people are just classless.

The left has wasted two years not serving the public, just continuing their tantrum for losing the election. If the conservatives reacted as such, the liberals would call them poor sports.

The liberals people are actually narrow-minded and cannot understand any other opinions besides theirs. They are true hypocrites. They claim they care but I don't see them helping the homeless or their causes. They want illegal immigrants only for the votes.

I hope Trump wins re-election because he has been productive. I am pro-choice and an environmentalist but still see the good he has done for the country. It's true, we need a businessman to run the country, not an academian. We will vote with in privacy because the liberals are shushing us in public.


54 people like this
Posted by jrusoff
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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iSez, Trump deserves no respect, president or not. "Grab em by the pussy" is not something anyone should be proud of. Is Trump doing anything to prevent Russian interference in our elections? No. Is he doiing anything to prevent climate change? No. Did he do anything at all when Saudi Arabia brutally dismembered a journalist? No. Trump is universally despised by our allies. He is a disgrace, pure and simple.


14 people like this
Posted by zolicor
a resident of Atherton
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:16 pm

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@Jonathan Brown's comment: "With the fantastic weather, it's a shame he likely won't get out for a hike and realize how important it is to protect our open spaces and the environment in general."

How far from reality are you??? Can you really imagine that Trump would go on a hike ? Laughable!


25 people like this
Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:32 pm

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@jrusoff: And again, the liberals are dismissing all the Bill Clinton sex charges, rape, time spent with Epstein and only focusing on what Trump has not yet addressed. Past presidents did less good than Trump. Newsflash: Democrats are not angels despite but Democrats just sweep all their transgressions under the rug. It's a huge rug, actually a carpet, BTW. [Portion removed.]


33 people like this
Posted by KarlWolff
a resident of Portola Valley
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:39 pm

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I love it that President Trump is in the Bay Area! Liberals [portion removed] can choke on it. BTW, Trump is NOT responsible for the Peninsula's twenty year deterioration with bad public schools, congestion, gridlock, crime, homelessness, drugs and inundation of illegals. The blame lies squarely on the blue fools and charlatans in Sacramento...


30 people like this
Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:42 pm

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25 people like this
Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm

What Will They Do Next is a registered user.

@jrsoff...Did Obama do anything to prevent Russian interference in the last presidential election? No. Telling Putin to "cut it out" was really bold and brave, wasn't it? Just like when he drew the line in the sand over the Syrian debacle and did nothing about it. Obama blamed a video for the attack on Benghazi. We know how true that was, right? Obama was the laughing stock of our allies. He was seen as weak and feckless. The U.S.leads the world in efforts on climate change.Trump wants the rest of the world to do more and foot some of the cost.Trump is respected by our allies and much of Europe is starting to think about taking care of their own people and countries first, following his lead.


18 people like this
Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:47 pm

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@ mauricio...The "con" man who won two elections, was termed out in 2016.


12 people like this
Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm

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26 people like this
Posted by calif01
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:54 pm

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SO irresponsible to post the home address of this event. If anyone has an issue with safety this site will surely be questioned. Have never seen this level of disregard for safety and privacy on any article. ever-


3 people like this
Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 17, 2019 at 4:43 pm

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I hope he borrows a page from the old Steve Martin routine and they all march over to Alpine Beer Garden and order 100 hamburgers to go.

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It's totally do-able: one point three miles, 28 min on foot. Man, they should have hired me as their pr guy!


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