Today President Obama lands in California for a couple of fundraisers up here in SF, and he's currently attending a ceremony in Keene, California at the onetime home of labor and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. The President will be helping to dedicate Chavez's home a National Monument and the 398th park in the National Park Service system.
It's also the first time since the 1700s that a National Park has been named in honor of a Latino.
Chavez lived on the land, known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, from the 1970s to the early 90s. The park encompasses some 120 acres in the Tehachapi Mountains, and it includes a visitor's center, the United Farm Workers' legal aid offices, Chavez's home with his wife, Helen, a memorial garden with his grave, and other buildings.
The ceremony, from a cynical standpoint, is of course going to help Obama in winning over Latino voters.
Tonight, the motorcade will be coming to downtown S.F., where a big concert and fundraiser is happening at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. (We recommend avoiding the area if you don't have one of the $20,000 seats at the gathering.) Chefs Tyler Florence and Alice Waters will be catering the event, and John Legend and Michael Franti will be performing for the assembled Democrats.