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Menlo Park's Measure V trailing, with no-votes far ahead in election results

Yes and No on Measure V signs in Menlo Park in September 2022. Photos by Andrea Gemmet.

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.

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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.

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Menlo Park's Measure V trailing, with no-votes far ahead in election results

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Uploaded: Tue, Nov 8, 2022, 8:57 pm
Updated: Tue, Nov 8, 2022, 11:11 pm

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.

Comments

Matt
Registered user
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 10, 2022 at 10:48 am
Matt, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
Registered user
on Nov 10, 2022 at 10:48 am

This result demonstrates how unwelcome Measure V is to our community.

V supporters: Your anti-democratic ideas have wasted our community's time and money.

Menlo voters thankfully saw right through this flimsy proposal.

Kudos to the City Council for staying above the fray.


Peter Carpenter
Registered user
Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Nov 13, 2022 at 7:46 am
Peter Carpenter, Menlo Park: Park Forest
Registered user
on Nov 13, 2022 at 7:46 am

"Peter Carpenter
Registered user
Menlo Park: Park Forest
on May 31, 2022 at 9:02 pm
It is an embarrassment to live in a community where some people even propose such a dog whistle measure.

The good news is that if it reaches the voters it will be soundly defeated."

And it was defeated by a 60 to 40 margin.

And we wasted over $500,000 on campaign and election costs.

And less than 40% of Menlo Park's registered voters even bothered to vote on Measure V

And only 15% of the registered voters voted for Measure V.


Menlo Voter.
Registered user
Menlo Park: other
on Nov 13, 2022 at 8:25 am
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Nov 13, 2022 at 8:25 am

40% is high for MP voters voting on a local issue. I attribute that to it being on the ballot of an important mid-term election. Otherwise, it would have likely been the more usual 20% or less.


new guy
Registered user
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 13, 2022 at 9:50 am
new guy, Menlo Park: Downtown
Registered user
on Nov 13, 2022 at 9:50 am

Always nice to being on the winning side, right? Now what do those that spent $400,000+ on NO want in return? (you do know developers expect return on investment, right?)


PH
Registered user
Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 13, 2022 at 11:42 am
PH, Woodside: Emerald Hills
Registered user
on Nov 13, 2022 at 11:42 am

I have old timey records showing 70% turnout during the 1998 Gubernatorial election with local votes cast at about 50%. Presidential election turnouts were even higher.

Today's turnout seems very low. Probably because Democrats firmly control all State and Federal seats and two of three local district elections are non-competitive.


kbehroozi
Registered user
Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Nov 13, 2022 at 12:47 pm
kbehroozi, Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
Registered user
on Nov 13, 2022 at 12:47 pm

The county is estimating that there are 110,000 ballots yet to count, which would put countywide turnout at a more respectable 60%. When we were canvassing last weekend a lot of people hadn't yet filled out their ballots but were intending to do so. I'm guessing the Menlo Park turnout will be over 50% when all votes are finally counted, in line with the last midterm election (albeit perhaps lower because then district elections were a novel thing and all three races were competitive).


PH
Registered user
Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 13, 2022 at 4:39 pm
PH, Woodside: Emerald Hills
Registered user
on Nov 13, 2022 at 4:39 pm

60% is much better. So the reported turnout is simply computed from the reported count and will grow as more ballots are counted.

The local counts are disappointing. In three races fewer than three thousand total votes may be cast. During at-large times, in Gubernatorial elections, each candidate could get mid 5000's. Usually 4000 and above.

Basically, local voters only participate in local council elections once every four years, and cast one, (count it), one ballot. Whereas before they could cast five ballots every four years on a bi-annual basis. It's an imperfect metric but participation has been reduced to 1/5 of what it was.

I get the need for fair representation, and it comes at a huge cost in participation.

I've got it! More initiatives! Just thinking out loud.


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