Atherton New Library in Holbrook-Palmer Park, Measure F (November 2012)

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An Atherton New Library in Holbrook-Palmer Park, Measure F ballot question was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in the Town of Atherton in San Mateo County, where it was defeated.[1]

The Town of Atherton plans to build a new library. The question to be decided by this ballot measure was whether that new library should be built in Holbrook-Palmer Park. The text of the ballot question noted that if the new library is built in Holbrook-Palmer Park, this will involve "replacing the main house and some surrounding patios and walkways."[1]

Election results

Measure F
Defeatedd No2,65168.68%
Yes 1,209 31.32%
Final official results from the San Mateo County elections office.


"Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park Supporting Measure F" was the official campaign committee supporting Measure F.[2]

The arguments in favor of Measure F in the official voter guide were signed by:

  • William R (Bill) Widmer, the mayor of Atherton
  • Kathy McKeithen, member of the Atherton City Council
  • Howard (Sandy) Crittenden, Member, Atherton Library Building Steering Committee
  • John Lillie
  • Daryl Lillie


Some residents would prefer that the new library be built on the same location as the town's existing library. Objections have also been expressed that building the library in the park would reduce park space and cause parking and traffic problems.[3]

The arguments opposing Measure F in the official voter guide were signed by:

  • Paul Tonelli, Former Commissioner, Atherton Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Alain Enthoven, member, Atherton Finance Committee
  • Herman Christensen, Jr., chairman, Atherton Planning Commission
  • Jim Massey, member, Atherton Finance Committee
  • Rose Hau, former Atherton Planning Commissioner

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure F: "Should the Town of Atherton construct a new library in Holbrook-Palmer Park using funds dedicated for library purposes only, by replacing the Main House and some surrounding patios and walkways?"[4]

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