Eighty-seven percent of Menlo Park's voters picked a candidate other than the country's president-elect, Donald Trump.
Across the city's 25 precincts, 82.3 percent of voters supported Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, 3.4 percent voted for Gary Johnson, 1.3 percent voted for Jill Stein and 0.1 percent voted for Gloria Estela La Riva. Donald Trump received 12.8 percent of Menlo Park's votes.
"The people spoke," said Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline. "There are obviously a lot of people in the country that were overlooked or under-heard. Every pollster, every political expert that I heard completely missed that level of angst that was out there."
"Let's be honest. We live in a bubble," he said. "That doesn't make you immune to the realities of the rest of the country. ... I think we should all acknowledge there's a tone deafness that happens when you're inside a bubble."
The election, he said, also revealed that the economic growth spurred by Silicon Valley tech companies and investment, while good for this region, "wasn't performing for a large majority of people in the middle of the country."
Semyon, a Menlo Park resident who asked that only his first name be used, supported Donald Trump with his vote and, according to opensecrets.org, gave campaign contributions totaling $36. He was born in the former Soviet Union and has lived in several countries, and now works in high tech. He told the Almanac he voted for President-elect Trump because of his stances toward national security, law and order, and deregulation. Some of Mr. Trump's comments he does not support, he said. "Based on history, (he) is a businesman who knows how to run things. ... That's how I base my decision."
Kathleen Daly, owner of Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park, hosted an election night watch party at the cafe for friends. She and her daughter, Zoe, had been supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and had expected her to win, with champagne ready. Instead, attendees at the party watched in utter disbelief. Some left crying, she said, among them several young families who are not originally from the U.S.
"This isn't the America that we know," she said.
For Zoe, age 22, this was the first time she'd voted in the presidential elections.
"I felt confident in my decision, well-informed and educated and proud." she said. "Knowing what is in our future for anyone who is a minority..." she trailed off. "I think about who we have to stay and fight for now."