Insanely Wealthy Bay Area Town Sends Obama the Bill for His Visit
The really, really, really rich town of Atherton has the audacity to tap the White House for money the president cost the town during his recent visit to the Bay Area last month.
Sanfranman59/Wikimedia A very modest house in Atherton
CBS News enlightened us all with the story about how Atherton, home of Google guru Erick Schmidt, and where the median home price is $4,010,200, amassed some major security costs that they don't want to pay for.
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, according to CBS.
All of that cost Atherton $8,000, mostly from security costs -- and town leaders want Obama to pick up that tab. They plan to send invoices to both the White House and Secret Service soon. But while Atherton laments its money woes, San Francisco racked up $62,000 in overtime costs to accommodate Obama's April visit. Officer Albie Esparza says San Francisco doesn't intend on billing the White House for that visit, even though we could really use the money.
"We don't do that," Esparza told us. "In the past, many years ago, we attempted to. We didn't get refunded."
In any event, this is what they call rich people problems.
Also, here's Atherton's town budget, because now you're probably wondering: