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President Obama to Visit Piedmont July 23

Tickets for the fundraising dinner at a private home are $35,800 per person.

President Barack Obama will attend a fundraising dinner at the Piedmont home of M. Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan on July 23, according to KCBS political reporter Doug Sovern.

The dinner will follow a larger fundraising reception at the Fox Theater in Oakland, which is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. the same day.

Tickets for the Piedmont dinner are $35,800 per person. That includes admission to the Fox Theater reception as well.

Sovern tweeted information about the dinner and its hosts Monday evening.

Piedmont City Administrator Geoffrey Grote and Acting Police Chief Scott Wyatt said Tuesday that they have not been notified of the Presidential visit.

This will be President Obama's second visit to Piedmont. In June 2007, while still a senator, he attended a $2,300-a-plate fundraising luncheon at the Delaney/Jordan home; others in attendance included Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong.

Both Delaney, an attorney and the president and founder of Oakland's Akonadi Foundation, and her husband Jordan, a real estate investor, are regular and generous donors to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates.

In 2007, each gave $50,000 to the Vote Hope 527 group supporting Obama's candidacy, according to this San Francisco Chronicle article. They have also contributed steadily to the Democratic National Committee and a variety of Congressional candidates, in California and elsewhere.

During the past year they contributed $250,000 to Emily's List, a nonprofit group supporting women in politics, and each donated $500 or more to Piedmont Vice Mayor Margaret Fujioka's reelection campaign.

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Grateful Dad July 13, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Got tickets to the Fox Theater event and am greatly looking forward to seeing the president in Oakland. Does anyone remember the last time a current US president visited the Oakland? I know President Taft did in 1911!
Tim Rood July 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I guess I should grateful for the opportunity to see and hear the president at the Fox for "only" $1000. Enjoy the event, Grateful Dad.
Dixie Jordan (Editor) July 14, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Random presidential visits to Oakland trivia: Richard Nixon sometime in the early 1970s, made an appearance at a BART station. Teddy Roosevelt very briefly in May 1903, en route from SF to train to Yosemite (he took the ferryboat Piedmont from SF). President Harrison in 1891, plans included a possible "drive along the Piedmont hills."
Diane prioleau July 17, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Piedmont has become the latest Obama ATM. Too bad that that money won't stay in California where it is needed
Betsy Wagener July 17, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Good, Diane. Betsy
David Cohen July 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Complain complain. On the contrary, it's a very good use of California money.
Dixie Jordan (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
The Piedmont dinner isn't sold out yet, tickets still available ...
Summer Hemphill July 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
If he isn't coming to Oakland to announce major federal marijuana reforms,he needn't come at all ! As a lifelong Democrat who's voted for every Democrat since McGovern ran in 1972 I won't be voting for President Obama again ! He's continued to lie & mislead the public about the unconscionable federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries which are in compliance with state law. It takes a lot of unmitigated gall to come to Oakland to raise campaign money around the corner from the now closed Oaksterdam University ! Obama placated the gay & Hispanic minorities while ignoring those who support medical marijuana who outnumber these two groups combined. 46% of California voters favored legalization in 2010 & if just 20% of them refuse to vote for Obama in November he can't win re-election. Unless Obama takes immediate action to rectify this situation I'm voting for Libertarian candidate & former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson who favors legalization. On the ballot in all fifty states Johnson could very well do to Obama what Ralph Nader did to Al Gore & cost him enough votes to lose a close election ! Obama can't win without our support & he needs to do something now to show he deserves it ! His visit will be on TV nationwide so lets show up en masse to protest his support for the federal governments "untenable" position on medical marijuana & continued attack on voter approved medical marijuana programs ! Mr. President I hate Mitt Romney,but I cannot vote for you again !!!
Grateful Dad July 21, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Was there ever another visit by a sitting president to Piedmont?

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