Event Organizers Plan Around President Obama's San Jose Visit

People planning on heading to downtown San Jose on Thursday should prepare for road closures

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    President Barack Obama is visiting San Jose Thursday for an overnight fundraising visit. Jean Elle reports. (Published Tuesday, June 4, 2013)

    President Barack Obama is coming to San Jose Thursday for an overnight fundraising visit.

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    The quick trip is throwing a wrench in events that have been planned for months.

    No parking signs are already in place around downtown and road closures are expected.

    At Bernal Intermediate School the principal is spreading the word about the visit because she has 400 eighth graders and their families heading downtown Thursday for a graduation ceremony.

    Jeanette Crawford-McCuller says, "I just heard (the) president would be in the vicinity and we would have to do some rearranging."

    Crawford-McCuller is urging families to take light rail to the ceremony and allow extra time getting in and out of the area.

    Advice parent Juan Reyes plans to follow.

    "Just imagine all the people going down there," Reyes said. "400 kids, plus parents, plus people who want to see the President. It's gonna be crazy."

    Getting to the Tech Museum's First Thursday Night event or its movie theater may also be tricky.

    Downtown restaurant owner Tayyab Alim expects to see a drop in business due to the tight security and parking restrictions. But he says, "It's only once a year. No problem."

    IF YOU'RE INTERESTED: President Obama will be in the South Bay for two fundraising events on Thursday evening. On Friday morning at 8:50 a.m., the president will make a statement on the Affordable Care Act from the Fairmont Hotel before leaving for Los Angeles.