An overwhelming majority of Atherton voters oppose the town's polarizing plan to put a new library in Holbrook-Palmer Park, election results showed Tuesday night.
At 11 p.m., with ballots from all eight precincts counted, Measure F fell 68.9 to 31.1 percent, according to the San Mateo County Elections Office.
The city council voted this summer to put the controversial library location question on the ballot, along with two other issues: Measure M, which would allow the Menlo-Atherton Little League to make improvements to the town's baseball field at Holbrook-Palmer Park, and Measure L, which seeks an advisory opinion on whether a new Town Center should be funded primarily through private donations.
The results also showed strong support for Measure M with 75.1 percent of votes in favor and Measure L with 73.7 percent.
Measure F asked whether the town should build its new library at the site of the park's Main House. That location was approved by a split vote of the council last year, to the consternation of some residents who don't want a library to occupy the town's open space and contend it would create traffic and parking problems. The current library, which does not meet seismic-safety codes, currently sits near Atherton's Town Center.
According to the ballot text, if rejected by voters, "this measure will not prohibit construction of a new library in other locations."
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