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Insanely Wealthy Town of Atherton Is Now Billing Homeowners for Obama's April Visit
SF Weekly ^ | Thu., Jun. 6 2013 | Erin Sherbert

Posted on 06/06/2013 8:25:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Back in April, we notified the public that the insanely rich town of Atherton was attempting to bill President Obama for his visit to the small Peninsula town, where the median home price is $4,010,200.

Presumably, the White House told Atherton where they could shove their bill, because now the town is reportedly hitting up the two homeowners who hosted the President's April fundraiser that cost the town some $8,000 in security and cleanup. The city is going as far as threatening to slap a lien on the two properties unless the owners pay up.

"If the town incurs a cost that rightly should belong to somebody else, we're going to pursue that," Atherton Town Manager George Rodericks told KPIX 5.

On April 4, President Obama attended a morning brunch hosted by Liz Simons and Mark Heising, then a luncheon at the home of Marcia and John Goldman. Those stops were to benefit the Democratic National Committee -- and that they did. The fundraisers raked in more than $3 million for Democrats.

The town, which is home to Google guru Erick Schmidt, was pissy over the amount of cash spent to accommodate the event and was ballsy enough to send invoices to the White House, the Democratic National Committee, the Secret Service and both homeowners.

So far, the town has not received a cent, according to CBS.

"If we were to hold, say, a wedding here, and have to close off streets, we would expect the people that were hosting the wedding to pay it and I think the taxpayers would also ask for that," Councilman Bill Widmer lamented to the press.

If the homeowners don't reimburse the town the $8K, then Atherton city leaders could (and probably would) process a lien against their property and collect the cash via property tax, Rodericks, said.

Rodericks noted that Atherton is not Obama's personal ATM.

No, that'd be San Francisco, where police racked up more than $60,000 in overtime in April for the president's visit. Oakland reportedly ended up with a $300,000 bill last year when Obama made his one-time stop to the O-Town.

Meanwhile, the city of Palo Alto, which is also insanely wealthy, is awaiting Obama's presence today for private fundraiser, but says it has no plans to hit up the White House for reimbursement.

For what it's worth, Atherton's Mayor Elizabeth Lewis is a registered Republican.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: govtabuse; obama

1 posted on 06/06/2013 8:25:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: martin_fierro

Is Atherton insanely wealthy? I didn’t think of it that way.


2 posted on 06/06/2013 8:26:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The homeowners gotta pay the freight - its only right ...


3 posted on 06/06/2013 8:27:10 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: nickcarraway

good


4 posted on 06/06/2013 8:29:08 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Mr. K

Please explain to me why you think that’s good. I must be missing something here.....


5 posted on 06/06/2013 8:34:56 PM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: nickcarraway

Atherton is one of the wealthiest towns in America....
as for it being “insanely wealthy” .. well, O keeps going there because some Atherton residents keep shoving zillions of dineros in political contributions at him...

if that ain’t insane, what is?


6 posted on 06/06/2013 8:35:42 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds good to me. The first I read it I thought they were trying to bill the whole town. But the second time thru it was only the two home owners that were visited by the president.


7 posted on 06/06/2013 8:36:05 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (A bad hair day is not a mental issue, or is it?)
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To: nickcarraway

um.. easy solution.. don’t spend any local money to accommodate a presidential visit.

Let the Secret Service do it’s job.


8 posted on 06/06/2013 8:40:46 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: nickcarraway

For what it’s worth, if I insisted on some vast police deployment, I’d be getting a bill from my city for it. Should the White House be billed? What, that makes as much sense as randomly walking up to someone in the town and making them pay. The White House is funded by the American people, though taxes.

The rightful party to pony up the funds are the hosts of the event, just as any host would be expected to pony up the funds for any other type of event that requires police presence.

Why haven’t the home owners already paid off this bill? Do they think that the rest of the citizens of the town should pay it?

Oh, for Pete’s sake, what am I thinking? They’re liberals, of course they think that everyone else should pay for their party. It’s how the entire Democrat party operates - throw lavish gatherings, and expect everyone else to pick up the bill. After all, they DID bring the Dear Leader to the town...


9 posted on 06/06/2013 8:41:05 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: nickcarraway

Ah...this is indeed Rich....LOL
Good


10 posted on 06/06/2013 8:42:39 PM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: kingu

The way I read it was the two home owners that hosted the fund raiser were the only ones billed.


11 posted on 06/06/2013 8:43:12 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (A bad hair day is not a mental issue, or is it?)
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To: faithhopecharity
Well, I always thought of Woodside or Los Altos Hills as wealthier than Atherton. I think Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg live there.



Of course, one of the greatest football players ever lived there. Among other football players.

12 posted on 06/06/2013 8:43:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Sheesh, you’ll find that amount in lost change hiding in the seats of any Maybach, Veyron, Lambo, Koenigsegg, Ferrari, or Aston Martin in town.


13 posted on 06/06/2013 8:47:16 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: basil

Obama and his regime should pay.


14 posted on 06/06/2013 8:47:35 PM PDT by funfan
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To: ThomasThomas
The town, which is home to Google guru Erick Schmidt, was pissy over the amount of cash spent to accommodate the event and was ballsy enough to send invoices to the White House, the Democratic National Committee, the Secret Service and both homeowners.

I was going off the above line in the story, which stated that they sent bills off to the White House, the DNC, the Secret Service and both homeowners.

Now they're talking about putting a lien against the property of the two homeowners who hosted events, as I doubt there's much White House, Secret Service or DNC property within the town's limits.

It still seems that the town has some belief that the American people should foot the bill for a private event, in two of the entities that they sent invoices off to.

15 posted on 06/06/2013 8:47:56 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: basil
"Please explain to me why you think that’s good. I must be missing something here....."

The way I read it, it was the 2 homeowners who threw the bash(s), not taxing ALL the home owners in town.

I'd say that was a real good thing!

16 posted on 06/06/2013 8:51:42 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: nickcarraway

They collect $3M for the DNC but bitch about a $6K expense for security and cleanup? I don’t know why any town, filthy rich or dirt poor, should be stuck paying for that. The hosts/beneficiaries should bear the cost. What next? Stiff the caterer?


17 posted on 06/06/2013 8:52:06 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: nickcarraway

Is the bill $8,000 in total or is it 8K per homeowner? Surely they spent more to host the parties.

Either way, 8K seems to be a very low bill. I’m surprised it’s so cheap to protect and clean up after obama.


18 posted on 06/06/2013 8:54:05 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: nickcarraway

Filthy mouth aka Erin Sherbert

19 posted on 06/06/2013 9:00:52 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: nickcarraway

And I’m betting this so-called journalist is a registered nut aka Democrat.


20 posted on 06/06/2013 9:02:39 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: nickcarraway

????And what did it cost the nation’s taxpayers to have Zer0 and the entire advance team, as well as his entourage to travel to Kalifornia so he could suck another $3mil from the libs?????


21 posted on 06/06/2013 9:03:10 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: kcvl

Do you know her?


22 posted on 06/06/2013 9:03:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

obama doesn’t clean up after himself, silly he has others for that


23 posted on 06/06/2013 9:03:42 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: basil

They had a private party that cost the city. Why shouldn’t they reimburse the city?


24 posted on 06/06/2013 9:05:26 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: nickcarraway

25 posted on 06/06/2013 9:15:17 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Lmo56

If they invited the Sh*t they should pay for the shovel.


26 posted on 06/06/2013 9:21:05 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway

Palo alto and its suburbs are a major center of considerable wealth. Atherton has lots of old money. Plus new of course. Woodside used to be largely social outcasts but theyve mostly been driven out excelt the rich ones of course. Hard to say which town is richer. But they’re all doing very well indeed thank you. You’d not turn down a free house in the city of
Palo alto or any of its little neighbor townlets. (And you don’t see Dear Leader visiting any poor inner city ghettos do ya? Nope. It’s always where the money is. Palo alto or Beverly Hills or similar wealthy enclaves in our increasingly poorer country. Sensible. If you’re after money the go where the money is. Willie Sutton comes to mind.


27 posted on 06/06/2013 9:25:34 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: EDINVA

“What next? Stiff the caterer?”

That’s an old story. The Messiah wants to be original, donchaknow. Stiffing the caterer is a Klintonian specialty.


28 posted on 06/06/2013 9:27:04 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Rembrandt

I think he’d stiff whatever was around.....


29 posted on 06/06/2013 9:48:41 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: ThomasThomas

Exactly. This is just another hit piece. Obama is not a king, let him pay for his extravagances, not the homeowners in the towns he visits.


30 posted on 06/06/2013 9:49:49 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: nickcarraway

Personally, no...


31 posted on 06/06/2013 9:51:42 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: nickcarraway

average used house prices....april 2013

PALO ALTO (the main town in the center of the rest of those listed below).... $1,800,000 you get 3 bedroom post-WW2 army returnee tract house of about 1500 sq feet on a 60x100 ft lot, plus or minus.
SUBURBS or neighboring smaller towns:
Atherton (the original wealth center, now has new money too)... $2,154,000 (but it was $4.250,000 last year and prices haven’t gone down in that time, so the difference is just random draw which places were on the market is all ...)
Portola Valley (presumably this data includes Woodside based on Ws not being separately reported and this figure seems on the high side for PV by itself)...$3.930,000 (same comment in reverse from Atherton comment above, since previous year’s random draw gave a figure of just $1.960,000 — must have been a veritable shack, eh?)
Los Altos... $2.069.000. Menlo Park... $1.365,000.
Average figures. Some higher, some lower (but not by a lot).

A number of places reach $10,000,000 or higher.
One I know of went for $150,000,000 but that was exceptional.

Conclusion: much of the world’s wealth has been buying into this little area, indeed 75% of resales are reported by the leading broker to be to immigrants mostly from Communist China, many for all-cash. This bids up prices a lot.

Which town has the greatest wealth is hard to say, however. If you have a few million dineros in spare change to buy a used shack, you can pretty much take your pick and you’ll be happily enscounced amidst great plenty no matter which you select.

Except that Dear Leader keeps coming for fund-raisers and ties up all the traffic for ya, of course....

Enjoy!


32 posted on 06/06/2013 10:09:36 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: nickcarraway

Insanely wealthy = anyone with private sector money who votes Democrat


33 posted on 06/06/2013 11:09:38 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: nickcarraway

GREAT MAYOR!!! She’s watching for TAXPAYERS MONEY!!


34 posted on 06/07/2013 3:55:48 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: nickcarraway

bttt


35 posted on 06/07/2013 4:54:24 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: basil

good that the rich libtards are going to be forced to pay for their love of Obama


36 posted on 06/07/2013 6:16:03 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll NEVER have to worry about that peckerwood coming to my neighborhood, so it’s all good. On the other hand, these liberal elitist idiots (76- 80% more than likely) voted for the King...let them deal with His Majesty.


37 posted on 06/07/2013 6:25:56 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
um.. easy solution.. don’t spend any local money to accommodate a presidential visit. Let the Secret Service do it’s job.

That would be a good way to do it. Assess the expected cost in advance, and if the bill is not paid in advance (and the check cleared), then the visit gets no assistance from the town. No street closings, no cops, nothing.

Of course, a Dem administration would have a thousand direct and indirect ways to retaliate against the town and its politicians.

38 posted on 06/07/2013 6:32:52 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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39 posted on 06/07/2013 9:03:38 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Tomorrow’s report.

Black man exited suburban in Atherton residential area in custory of secret service.


40 posted on 06/07/2013 9:06:39 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: nickcarraway

The residents should sue Khosla.

It was his party and he is responsible for all costs associated.


41 posted on 06/07/2013 9:27:22 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Maybach. What an absolutely Fugly car.

Awesome inside though.

Practically lulls you to sleep with it’s comfort and amenities.


42 posted on 06/07/2013 9:35:23 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

He can afford to pay.


43 posted on 06/07/2013 11:06:43 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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