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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

President Obama to Arrive in S.F. Today, Traffic Will Suck

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 6:58 AM

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San Francisco loves President Obama, but hates traffic. Be prepared to welcome both this afternoon.

The president is reportedly scheduled to land in San Francisco later today for a two-day fund-raising trip to help rake in cash for his party's mid-term congressional elections.

First stop: Pacific Heights, home of Tom Steyer -- the billionaire who bankrolled Proposition 39 last year -- who will host a cocktail reception at their home. Tickets will cost you about two months rent.

After imbibing cocktails, the president will make his way to dinner just a few blocks away at the home of billionaire Ann and Gordon Getty. Tickets for that meal are worth a year's salary, if you are a reporter.

While they're inside eating, drinking, and being merry, the rest of us will be stuck in traffic in SOMA, according to San Francisco police. So get your "congestion mix" ready for the car ride.

And Muni won't be any better:


Also, there will be a lot of chaos throughout Pacific Heights, where protesters are planning to stage a rally at 5:45 p.m. The demonstrators will be out there, urging the president to reject the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which they say will accelerate climate change.

After a good night sleep in San Francisco, Obama will head down to Atherton for more food and money. Liz Simons and Medley Partners managing director Mark Heising will host a $32,400 per-person brunch, all of which will go toward the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

After brunch, rich people usually eat lunch, so the president will drive over to the Atherton home of former insurance mogul and Levi-Strauss heir John Goldman and his wife Marcia. There, you can shell out $5,000 for access to a photo reception or $7,500 will get you lunch and photo reception tickets for two. A $20,000 advertisement will buy you access to a special co-sponsor reception.

If you common people are feeling left out, head down to Marin this weekend and hike Mt. Tam, where you'll find views worth much more than $30,000.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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