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Friday, October 10, 2014

Obama Lands in San Francisco Today, Expect Traffic Headaches

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

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After a brief flight from Los Angeles, President Barack Obama will land in San Francisco later today, prompting unknown (and annoying) street closures throughout downtown San Francisco this evening as he travels to the W Hotel at Third and Howard streets for a fundraiser.

Detailed information on the president’s route is not available for security reasons, but Officer Albie Esparza said not to expect to get anywhere quickly if you're driving tonight.

“Expect delays,” Esparza said. “Take public transportation or bicycle or walk.”
The Democratic National Convention fundraiser, where Obama and other members of the elite will be entertained by the recording artist Maxwell, requires party contributions from $500 to attend to $32,400 to act as co-chair of the event.

Adding to the traffic mess, anti-war protesters from groups Codepink and World Can’t Wait plan to flood the street outside the W Hotel from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. later today to demonstrate against the use of drones and wars in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and the Middle East.

So avoid the South of Market Area near Third Street if you want to dodge angry protesters and street closures.

On Saturday morning, Obama will attend yet another DNC fundraiser, this time while seated at a roundtable at an unreleased San Francisco location.

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