By Susan DeMaggio
From Local ReportsPresident Barack Obama is due to visit La Jolla on Thursday, May 8 for a lunch-time fundraiser at the home of longtime Democratic supporter and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs. Residents can expect street closures in the area as the Secret Service motorcade brings the president to town and then whisks him away.
San Diego Secret Service Agent Greg Meyer told the
Lightthe “No Parking” zones for the president’s visit to La Jolla are already posted. The streets affected (which he declined to reveal for security reasons) will be closed by San Diego police 10 minutes prior to the motorcade’s arrival and departure. “We don’t close the streets all afternoon, just briefly as we move through the area,” Meyer said.
The president is in California today, for his 17th visit to Los Angeles. After arriving at LAX, the president is expected to attend a fundraiser in Bel Air. He will then head to the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th anniversary event at the Century Plaza Hotel, according to CBS reports.
On Thursday morning, he is scheduled to attend a roundtable discussion at the Beverly Hilton before heading to La Jolla.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., are also listed as attending the event at Jacobs’ home.
The invitation said supporters registering as co-chairs pay $32,400 per couple (or $10,000 per person) as a host. Couples who pay the higher amount will attend a VIP reception and have lunch and a photo with the president. The $10,000 level gets the donor a photo and lunch.
No word yet on whether Obama will have any public events during his visit.
Outside the fundraiser, an environmental group is scheduled to rally in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. San Diego 350 contends the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas for refining, will increase greenhouse gas emissions and worsen the impacts of climate change.
Obama has delayed a decision on whether to approve the project for months.
The president’s West Coast swing will continue Thursday evening in San Jose.