REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – President Barack Obama will be returning to the Bay Area this week to raise more money for his re-election campaign with three events on the Peninsula.

Obama will first attend a fundraising dinner at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Atherton home of philanthropists Lisa and Doug Goldman. Tickets for the event cost $35,800 per person.

The president will then attend a large rally at Redwood City’s Fox Theatre at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Premium seating for the event starts at $1,000 per person.

Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre said the president’s visit has generated much enthusiasm in her city. “We’re really excited that he’s coming,” Aguirre said. “It really elevates Redwood City and puts it on the map.”

Aguirre said she has been contacted by people from various communities within the city who are interested in attending the event. “No matter what side you’re on in your beliefs and politics, it’s always a special treat to have the president visit your city,” she said.

The rally was expected to attract protesters from Occupy Redwood City, who plan to assemble outside the theater to protest what they say are civil liberties abuses abroad and collusion with corporate interests at home.

The last of Obama’s three fundraising events in the Bay Area is a campaign roundtable with the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto. Tickets for that event also cost $35,800 per person.

Obama last visited the Bay Area in February, when he attended a small fundraising dinner and a larger rally, both in San Francisco.

Ted Kwong,  Republican National Committee Regional  Press Secretary, issued a statement Monday afternoon responding to word of the President’s visit. “President Obama can’t seem to decide whether he wants to attack free enterprise or ask it for money to fund his campaign. Since his liberal borrow and spend economic policies haven’t lived up to his promises from 2008, his campaign must resort to pouring money into desperate attack ads that even his own Democrat allies call ‘nauseating.’”

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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