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News - May 25, 2012

Around Town

DISSED BY THE PREZ? ... President Barack Obama was expected to attend a $35,800-a-head re-election fundraiser in Palo Alto Thursday, but in the end, he was a no-show. Actually, the whole event was a no-show, since his campaign moved the event to San Jose's Fairmont hotel. Originally, Obama was to hold a roundtable discussion with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community at Palo Alto's Garden Court Hotel. Palo Alto was to be the last of Obama's three fundraising events in the Bay Area. He arrived in the Bay Area Wednesday evening on a re-election tour, with events in Atherton and Redwood City. Palo Alto police Sgt. Brian Philip said Wednesday morning that the department received no explanation for the change of location, just a notice from Obama's security group. Campaign officials said the event was moved to San Jose for "logistical purposes," according to the Mercury News. But fans of Palo Alto shouldn't feel dissed. Unlike San Jose, which reportedly hasn't received a visit from the president since his re-election, Obama has favored Palo Alto, stopping by in 2010 for a Facebook Live appearance at the social-media giant's then-headquarters on California Avenue. On Wednesday, Obama attended a fundraising dinner at the Atherton home of philanthropists Lisa and Doug Goldman. He then attended a large rally at Redwood City's Fox Theatre.

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