Obama Heads To Crissy Field To Take Helicopter To Peninsula

10 AM: President Barack Obama has left the San Francisco hotel where he spent the night and is headed to two fundraisers in Atherton.

Authorities this morning blocked off an area around San Francisco’s Crissy Field, where the president is leaving by helicopter for the Peninsula.

The president arrived in the Bay Area on Wednesday evening for a short fundraising trip that included two events in San Francisco that night.

He stayed overnight at the InterContinental San Francisco hotel at Fifth and Howard streets, and early this morning police began shutting down streets in the South of Market neighborhood to allow his motorcade to pass through.

An employee at the Beach Hut Cafe, located at 1199 East Beach at the eastern edge of Crissy Field, said around 9 a.m. that city and U.S. Park Police had blocked off streets there in anticipation of the president’s arrival.

From the city, Obama will head to a morning brunch hosted by Liz Simons and Mark Heising, followed by a 10:30 a.m. luncheon at the home of Marcia and John Goldman. Those stops will benefit the Democratic National Committee.

Obama attended two events on Wednesday to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, including a dinner at the home of Ann and Gordon Getty.

Obama will depart from San Francisco International Airport this afternoon.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

8 AM: Street closures are in effect in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood this morning as President Barack Obama prepares to leave his hotel and head down the Peninsula to two Atherton fundraisers.

The president spent the night at the InterContinental San Francisco hotel at Fifth and Howard streets after attending two fundraisers in the city on Wednesday, including at the Pacific Heights home of Ann and Gordon Getty.

This morning, he will head to a 9 a.m. brunch hosted by Liz Simons and Mark Heising, followed by a 10:30 a.m. luncheon at the home of Marcia and John Goldman.

Obama will depart from San Francisco International Airport this afternoon.

At each fundraising stop, he has been met by a variety of protesters, including a large contingent who oppose construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas.

A group opposing the pipeline will be in Atherton this morning for an 8:15 a.m. rally near Valparaiso Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas. Protesters will include the local activist group Raging Grannies.

Wednesday’s fundraisers were for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and this morning’s events will benefit the Democratic National Committee.

The president’s last visit to the Bay Area was in October.