I should be able to get a first hand report on how the crowd control works tomorrow for Donald Trumps lunchtime speech at the Hyatt. I know a couple people who were quick on the button and managed to get tickets. Here is the Daily Journal's piece on the event
And though thousands have expressed interest on social media to rally against Trump during his noon address Friday, April 29, McDougald said he is certain law enforcement is up for the task of maintaining order.
“Crowd control is what it boils down to,” he said. “I have the highest confidence in the police and sheriff and the people that will be handling that.”
Burlingame Mayor Ann Keighran said her paramount concern was for the safety of all those who attended the event. “All I want is for this to be a safe environment for everyone and that everything goes smoothly,” she said.
Burlingame police Lt. Jay Kiely said local law enforcement agencies are coordinating efforts to allow protesters to exercise their freedom of speech, without breaking any laws. “Given the great cooperation law enforcement has on the Peninsula, it helps us ensure that the protests go off peaceably, and the convention is able to operate unencumbered,” he said.
Members of the Burlingame Police Department as well as other neighboring cities, county Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Services, California Highway Patrol and the Central County Fire Department are expected to be present at the event, said Kiely, but he is uncertain how many law enforcement officials will be needed.
Should be a great day to have lunch on the Avenue and avoid the Bayfront all together!
Update: 8pm the day of the speech. As promised, here is a photo from inside the police line by a correspondent who attended. The structure on the left looks to be the parking garage, so I wonder how so many people got onto the pedestrian walkways to the hotel with this sort of line in place?