Election results are showing that Measure V, Menlo Park’s single-family zoning ballot initiative, is failing by a decisive margin.
As of 4 p.m. on Nov. 10, No on V is leading with 4,120 votes, or 59.75% to Yes on V's 2,775, or 40.25%.
Measure V is a citizen-sponsored initiative on the November ballot that aims to restrict the Menlo Park City Council's ability to rezone single-family lots to higher density.
If it passes, the city will have to put any rezoning of lots zoned "R1" to a citywide vote in a regularly scheduled election. Proponents of the ballot measure say that this will give residents a voice in what happens to their neighborhoods, as opposed to letting the City Council make decisions. Opponents warn it will block future development, particularly of low-income housing.
The election over Measure V has been contentious, and No on V is one of the area’s highest-funded campaigns, raking in over $400,000.
The No on V side is excited about the count thus far, and members said they are eagerly anticipating further results.
"We’re pleased and we hope that it holds," campaign volunteer Karen Grove said. "And we’re pleased to be together and celebrating each other as well."
Nicole Chessari, co-founder of Measure V, said she is also eager to see further votes.
"I think it’s still early and I don’t know what the results will show so we are still anxious to see how it shows up," Chessari said.
This story will be updated as vote counting continues.