Law enforcement agencies continue to respond Friday morning to the California Republican Convention in Burlingame. The chief target of the protesters is Donald Trump, who is scheduled to kick off the convention today with a luncheon featuring the candidate. The convention is being held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, which is located in Burlingame. So far, Trump has been met by disruptive demonstrations since his campaigned debuted earlier this week in California. Trump is scheduled to leave California for appearances on Sunday in the critical primary state of Indiana.
The Burlington Police Department announced Thursday on its Facebook site that law enforcement personnel from throughout San Mateo County would be present. The goal, the department said, is to guarantee protesters’ right to free speech while protecting the safety of the public. Roadway and freeway conditions may change as the result of protesters’ activities. The department said it would use the county’s alert system to notify residents of traffic problems and recommended alternative routes for vehicles. Friday morning, California Highway Patrol vehicles were seen in the vicinity of the airport, presumably to assist, if needed, for traffic control.
Several prominent Republicans are scheduled to speak at the three-day convention. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a luncheon on Saturday. Gov. John Kasich is scheduled to serve as featured speaker at a banquet tonight. Cruz’s prospective running mate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, will deliver the state convention’s keynote address at a Saturday dinner banquet.
Among the sponsors of the convention is the Correctional Peace Officers Association of California, the California Association of Realtors, the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Hospital Association.