Mayor Ed Lee to greet President Obama at San Francisco International Airport 

Mayor Ed Lee planned to welcome President Barack Obama at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday night by saying “thank you” for the federal money earmarked for The City’s Central Subway project and high-speed rail.

The president is set for a brief meeting with Bay Area business leaders in technology and innovation, according to a White House statement.

President Obama is set to leave Friday morning for Hillsboro, Ore., where he plans to visit an Intel Corp. plant, the White House said.

Lee said he will be at SFO to greet the president. He said he wants to thank Obama for adding into his proposed federal budget about $200 million of the $498 million needed to complete the Central Subway project.

Lee also had a message to jurisdictions around the country that may not be on board with spending federal dollars on high speed rail infrastructure.

It they “don’t want to use their high speed rail monies, California is very very open to receiving in those funds,” Lee said.

This will be Obama’s first trip to the Bay Area since his political fundraising visit in October.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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