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Biden stops by Mountain View before heading to Santa Cruz County to survey storm damage

Newsom, Eshoo greet president at Moffett Field

President Joe Biden exits Air Force One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View on Jan. 19, 2023. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

President Joe Biden touched down aboard Air Force One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View just before noon on Thursday, Jan. 19. It was the president's first stop on a packed schedule of visiting Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties to survey storm-damaged areas.

Air Force One landed around 11:41 a.m. on Thursday, and Biden emerged about 10 minutes later, wearing his signature black aviator sunglasses. Once on the ground, he was joined by Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto.

Biden and Newsom spoke as the president walked toward a hover of helicopters. Biden boarded a green U.S. Marine Corps chopper just after noon, and took off at 12:08 p.m.

Biden's next stop was the Watsonville Municipal Airport, where he was expected to land around 12:50 p.m. At 1:50 p.m., the president was slated to arrive at the Capitola Pier to meet with business owners and local residents impacted by the devastation from recent storms, according to a schedule released by the White House.

The president will then make his way to Seacliff State Park in Aptos at 2:35 p.m. to meet with first responders, as well as state and local officials, to survey recovery efforts underway after the storms.

Air Force One lands the runway at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View on Jan. 19, 2023. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

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At 4 p.m., Biden will depart from the Watsonville Airport and head back to Moffett Airfield. He's slated to leave Mountain View at 4:35 p.m.

In a statement, Eshoo said she asked the president to add Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to his national disaster declaration "so that people can receive the assistance they so desperately need to restore and repair their homes and businesses."

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa said in a statement about Biden's visit that storm recovery in the Bay Area will require a "massive federal response."

"These storms have wreaked havoc on the entire Bay Area including the massive sink hole we have here in San Mateo County on Highway 92 and the massive boulder that dropped on the Tom Lantos Tunnels at Devil's Slide," Canepa said. "We need Congress to start prioritizing protecting us because we are an economic engine for the entire nation and even the world."

Marine One, Marine Two and three Ospreys take off from Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View on Jan. 19, 2023. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

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Biden stops by Mountain View before heading to Santa Cruz County to survey storm damage

Newsom, Eshoo greet president at Moffett Field

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, Jan 19, 2023, 2:30 pm
Updated: Thu, Jan 19, 2023, 5:50 pm

President Joe Biden touched down aboard Air Force One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View just before noon on Thursday, Jan. 19. It was the president's first stop on a packed schedule of visiting Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties to survey storm-damaged areas.

Air Force One landed around 11:41 a.m. on Thursday, and Biden emerged about 10 minutes later, wearing his signature black aviator sunglasses. Once on the ground, he was joined by Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto.

Biden and Newsom spoke as the president walked toward a hover of helicopters. Biden boarded a green U.S. Marine Corps chopper just after noon, and took off at 12:08 p.m.

Biden's next stop was the Watsonville Municipal Airport, where he was expected to land around 12:50 p.m. At 1:50 p.m., the president was slated to arrive at the Capitola Pier to meet with business owners and local residents impacted by the devastation from recent storms, according to a schedule released by the White House.

The president will then make his way to Seacliff State Park in Aptos at 2:35 p.m. to meet with first responders, as well as state and local officials, to survey recovery efforts underway after the storms.

At 4 p.m., Biden will depart from the Watsonville Airport and head back to Moffett Airfield. He's slated to leave Mountain View at 4:35 p.m.

In a statement, Eshoo said she asked the president to add Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to his national disaster declaration "so that people can receive the assistance they so desperately need to restore and repair their homes and businesses."

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa said in a statement about Biden's visit that storm recovery in the Bay Area will require a "massive federal response."

"These storms have wreaked havoc on the entire Bay Area including the massive sink hole we have here in San Mateo County on Highway 92 and the massive boulder that dropped on the Tom Lantos Tunnels at Devil's Slide," Canepa said. "We need Congress to start prioritizing protecting us because we are an economic engine for the entire nation and even the world."

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MyFeelz
Registered user
another community
on Jan 19, 2023 at 3:51 pm
MyFeelz, another community
Registered user
on Jan 19, 2023 at 3:51 pm

Capitola is another hoity-toity community comprised of many super-rich people who have no idea how to cope with a calamity, such as their piers washing away in these storms. It's a place that doesn't really suffer from overtourism because there is very little public parking. And what little parking does exist, costs a fortune to pay the fees. The people who live nearest the beach have in the past, enjoyed all of the benefits of having the ocean right outside their front door. I have some friends who spent millions buying one of them. Just buying it, doesn't make it last. There are constant repairs and weatherization needed to keep it from disintegrating. They deferred their maintenance. Now they're paying the price, with mud and sand infiltrating from these latest storms. They're trying to sell it. "AS IS". And taking a huge hit on their investment. Any repairs they pay for will be above any profit they willl make by selling it. I am guessing the mold hasn't set in yet, and the realtors better sell it quick before it does.

Why didn't Biden come to Palo Alto? Aren't we special enough? Or is it that the worst hit areas are the homeless areas and East Palo Alto? There was a mudslide on 280. We at least deserved to have Biden take a selfie next to it.


revdreileen
Registered user
East Palo Alto
on Jan 19, 2023 at 5:28 pm
revdreileen, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on Jan 19, 2023 at 5:28 pm

My Feelz, as a former 15 year resident of Santa Cruz County -- I raised my son there and he matriculated through Santa Cruz City Schools -- I can tell you that many Santa Cruz County residents are working class and low income, including many of the folks living in Capitola. While some wealthy residents of Silicon Valley have second beach homes there, the vast majority live there year-round, many just getting by. The devastating damage from the storms is affecting people of all income levels and the community very much appreciates the support of the American taxpayers and the compassion of their Valley neighbors as they recover.


Mondoman
Registered user
Green Acres
on Jan 19, 2023 at 11:19 pm
Mondoman, Green Acres
Registered user
on Jan 19, 2023 at 11:19 pm

Kudos to Magali Gauthier for the excellent photos!


Hal
Registered user
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 20, 2023 at 7:07 am
Hal, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
Registered user
on Jan 20, 2023 at 7:07 am

The cost to tax payers to "see" the damage would have easily covered the repair costs of a sink hole on 92 and a huge bolder on a road. The news media already has presented the damage so why spend our money to view something you could view from one of several private rooms in D.C. ?


Petra Karenter
Registered user
Professorville
on Jan 20, 2023 at 10:53 am
Petra Karenter, Professorville
Registered user
on Jan 20, 2023 at 10:53 am


Let’s Go Brandon!


TorreyaMan
Registered user
Palo Verde
on Jan 20, 2023 at 11:26 am
TorreyaMan, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Jan 20, 2023 at 11:26 am

A "hover" of helicopters? We know what "hover" means, but should it be applied to a group of helicopters sitting on the ground? Maybe they are hovering, even on the ground?


vmshadle
Registered user
Meadow Park
on Jan 20, 2023 at 11:39 am
vmshadle, Meadow Park
Registered user
on Jan 20, 2023 at 11:39 am

Thanks, Petra Karenter, for that vulgar and childish comment in the face of a natural disaster.


Petra Karenter
Registered user
Professorville
on Jan 20, 2023 at 6:40 pm
Petra Karenter, Professorville
Registered user
on Jan 20, 2023 at 6:40 pm

<<Thanks, Petra Karenter>>

You’re welcome, vmshadle! We will recover from our flooding, slides, and power outages soon enough.

But our amazing president Biden has given us a legacy that will take a long time to recover from:
A) the debacle in Afghanistan leaving $86B in military resources behind
B) the erasure of our southern modern with 3 million people flooding in (so far)
C) the Mexican cartels running the southern border and bringing in vast quantities of fentanyl
D) high inflation caused by a reckless and fiscally irresponsible Congress
E) nationwide distrust of government agencies (FBI, DHS, CDC, CIA) because of their role in attempting to subdue alternative points of view around Covid and vaccines
F) feckless cabinet leaders inability to deal with supply chain issues leading to many shortages most notably and persistently baby formul
G) High energy prices
H) Attempting to forgive nearly $1 trillion in student loans (adding more & to the federal debt)


Neil
Registered user
Greenmeadow
on Jan 20, 2023 at 7:55 pm
Neil, Greenmeadow
Registered user
on Jan 20, 2023 at 7:55 pm

@Petra Nah, Biden is crushing it as President.

I have always found it adorable though that the right wing seems to think "Let's Go Brandon" is the crowning achievement of wit.

Let's see if he tries to use his supporters to attack the Capitol to subvert democracy. Or maybe he'll botch a pandemic response that will kill 1.5m+ Americans... anyone's guess!


vmshadle
Registered user
Meadow Park
on Jan 21, 2023 at 10:15 am
vmshadle, Meadow Park
Registered user
on Jan 21, 2023 at 10:15 am

Petra Karenter, you missed my point entirely. Taking juvenile potshots at the President who, unlike his disgraceful predecessor, is doing his job properly by flying out to assess damage and speak to victims, is disrespectful to all who are still suffering.

Unless you believe that lobbing paper towel rolls at hurricane survivors is good public policy, I suggest you take your diatribes to a more appropriate setting.

While you are at it, please check the logic of your arguments. For example, how is President Biden responsible for "D) high inflation caused by a reckless and fiscally irresponsible Congress?"

Did he elect the entire Congress, or did we? (Never mind that inflation has fallen significantly in recent months, in part owing to the diligence of his administration. But perhaps you and I differ in our belief in facts, vs. "alternative facts.")


MyFeelz
Registered user
another community
on Jan 22, 2023 at 7:01 pm
MyFeelz, another community
Registered user
on Jan 22, 2023 at 7:01 pm

I didn't notice when our President was appointed to carry out a "Crisis Tour" every time a disaster happens. It's very expensive and takes him away from his duties as Commander in Chief at the White House. Is the Presidency just becoming a token figure who appears after a storm?

@revdreileen, since you have spent considerable time in both Santa Cruz and Capitola, you must be keenly aware of the differences. It's like the difference between Palo Alto (Stanford Land) and East Palo Alto. I didn't intend to offend. The low income population always needs to exist somewhere nearby, to provide service to the tourist industry and those who live there who enjoy (and can afford) being catered to. There seems to be no shortage of people who would like to live a pampered lifestyle. I think all the luster has worn off of the service industry. If it ever existed.

Did I just read a complaint about the border?

People are not streaming over the border to get jobs at HP, or Google, or AT&T. And they are not here to "get on welfare". That myth needs to be blown to bits. They are coming here to earn a living, doing all of the jobs that many white Americans quit during the "Great Resignation". Which is a farce. People didn't quit working to join the poverty party. I know of at least 2 people who are still living large thanks to PPP loans that were forgiven, under a program that has NO oversight. Take THAT, student loan forgiveness bemoaners.

Income inequality has become a huge national problem in the US. And abroad. The fact that our President chose to visit people who are better off than the ECR dwellers or the many streets in Santa Clara County lined with RV's who are still dripping wet is some kind of testament. But maybe that's because he wasn't visiting Santa Clara County. He only used the airport in Mountain View. Then he proceeded to jump into a whirlybird headed straight for Santa Cruz County.


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