Atherton Little League Ball Field at Holbrook-Palmer Park, Measure M (November 2012)
The Menlo-Atherton Little League organization wants to improve the existing ball field at Holbrook-Palmer Park by adding bleacher seating for 200 people, an electronic scoreboard and restrooms. They also want to overhaul the ball field's existing turf. The cost of the project is about $500,000, and the Little League would pay for that.
The "Yes on Measure M—Rebuild the Ballpark" organization supports Measure M. Through the end of October, the group had raised $7,219, all from Robert B. Hellman, Jr. He is a member of the board of the Menlo-Atherton Little League and a former coach.
Mike Gardner, who is the president of the Menlo-Atherton Little League, said, "We're very confident it's going to pass, common sense will prevail. The town is being offered a half-million-dollar gift".
Ballot arguments against Measure M were signed by Frank Merrill (Park and Recreation Commissioner) and Rachel Croft, of the city's tree committee. They believe the size of the project may present future problems.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure M: "Should the Town permit the Menlo-Atherton Little League to improve the baseball field and surrounding areas at Holbrook-Palmer Park, including covered seating for spectators, an improved playing area for children, and new restrooms for all park users, using private funds only?"|
Path to the ballot
The measure was referred to the ballot on August 7, 2012 by a 3-2 vote of the Atherton Town Council.
Bill Widmer, Jim Dobbie and Kathy McKeithen were the three town council members who voted in favor of placing the measure on the ballot.
- Mercury News, "Split Atherton council OKs two November measures asking for voter input on projects", August 7, 2012
- Mercury News, "Atherton ballot measure campaigns draw thousands of dollars", November 2, 2012
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