The results of the Nov. 6 election in San Mateo County are now official. The county Elections Office announced the certified final results on Thursday, Dec. 6. And given the preliminary counts that have trickled in since election night, there were no surprises except perhaps for the approval of the countywide sales tax Measure W.
With 290,056 voters casting ballots out of the 399,591 registered voters in the county, the turnout was 73 percent, according to published results. It was the highest election turnout for the county since 1982, election officials said in a press release.
Menlo Park City Council
In the race for three seats on the Menlo Park City Council, the winners are Cecilia T. Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash.
Taylor won the District 1 seat with 1,175 votes (77.46 percent). George Yang received 233 votes (15.36 percent) and Mike Dunn received 109 votes (7.19 percent).
In District 2, Combs received 1,873 votes (62.29 percent) and incumbent Kirsten Keith received 1,134 votes (37.71 percent).
Nash won the seat representing District 4 with 1,765 votes (55.21 percent). Incumbent Peter Ohtaki received 958 votes (29.97 percent) and Ronald W. Shepherd received 474 votes (14.83 percent).
Woodside Town Council, District 7
Ned Fluet will serve the two years remaining in the four-year term for the District 7 seat on the Woodside Town Council.
Fluet received 1,459 votes (57.15 percent) and Frank Rosenblum received 1,094 votes (42.85 percent).
Menlo Park Fire Protection District
In the race for three seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, the winners are Robert Jones, Jim McLaughlin and Chuck Bernstein.
Jones received 18,267 votes (34.28 percent), McLaughlin received 13,756 votes (25.81 percent) and Bernstein received 13,393 votes (25.13 percent). Sean Ballard received 7,872 votes (14.77 percent).
The fire district provides first-responder services for Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto and nearby unincorporated communities.
Voters in the Portola Valley School District approved Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to fund repairs, renovations and new construction at the two schools in the district.
Measure Z received 2,578 "yes" votes (62.39 percent) and 1,554 "no" votes (37.61 percent). The measure needed a 55 percent majority to pass.
Voters approved Measure W, a half-cent countywide sales tax to pay for transportation projects in the county, with slightly more votes than the two-thirds majority the measure needed to pass.
Measure W received 180,969 "yes" votes (66.87 percent) and 89,643 "no" votes (33.13 percent).
Sequoia Healthcare District
Gerald Shefren won the race to represent Zone E, which includes Portola Valley, Woodside, Ladera and Los Trancos Woods.
Shefren received 13,179 votes (75.53 percent) and Harland Harrison received 4,270 votes (24.47 percent).
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Ward 5
Karen Holman won a seat on the governing board for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to represent Ward 5, which includes Menlo Park.
Holman won with 6,888 votes (68.87 percent) versus 3,113 votes (31.13 percent) for Greg Scharff.