Daily Post Voter Guide

It’s election time. In the Mid-Peninsula, several races are taking place this November. Here’s a rundown.


Sheriff — Kevin Jensen vs. Bob Jonsen
In the sheriff’s race, unions back Jensen while elected officials are in Jonsen’s corner
Candidate profile: Retired sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Jensen ready to reform sheriff’s office
Candidate profile: Palo Alto Chief Jonsen promises to hold deputies accountable
Longtime Sheriff Laurie Smith to retire at end of term
Post Opinion: Kevin Jensen should be Santa Clara County’s next sheriff
Jury convicts former sheriff Laurie Smith on all counts in corruption case

Santa Clara County Valley Water District, a.k.a., Valley Water
Report criticizes behavior of Water Board’s Gary Kremen but says there was no sexual harassment
Allegations fly in fiery debate for seat on Valley Water board
Money flows in water race
Kremen steps down as Valley Water chair while investigation into semi-nude photos begins
Valley Water’s term-limit extension measure called deceptive

Palo Alto City Council
Pick three
Candidate profile: Alex Comsa
Candidate profile: Lisa Forssell
Candidate profile: Brian Hamachek
Candidate profile: Julie Lythcott-Haims
Candidate profile: Ed Lauing
Candidate profile: Doria Summa
Candidate profile: Vicki Veenker
Council race getting expensive – Top candidate raises $69,561
Opinion: Lythcott-Haims shouldn’t be elected to council
Opinion: The Daily Post recommends Lauing, Summa and Veenker for council
Who is supporting whom in city council race
Mayor Burt withdraws his endorsement of candidate

Palo Alto Measure L
Measure L will decide the use of profits from city’s natural gas utility

Palo Alto Measure K
Palo Alto’s business tax is just the beginning, city manager says
Council puts smaller business tax on ballot after business groups agree not to campaign against it
Snubbed councilwoman votes against business tax; support dropping
City negotiating tax with businesses

Palo Alto School Board
Pick two
Candidate profile: Ingrid Campos
Candidate profile: Nicole Chiu-Wang
Candidate profile: Shounak Dharap
Candidate profile: Shana Segal
Opinion: The Daily Post recommends Segal and Dharap for school board
Candidates denounce school board hopeful’s LGBTQ remarks

Los Altos City Council
Two incumbents and one challenger vie for three seats on the Los Altos City Council

Mountain View Los Altos High School District
Six vie for seats on high school district board

Menlo Park City Council, District 4
The other two district seats up for grabs this year are uncontested.
Natural gas, Measure V divide Nash and Ohtaki in Menlo Park’s only contested council race

Measure V, zoning in single-family neighborhoods
New law allows Ravenswood district to build housing on old Flood School site
Under pressure, Menlo Park City School Board flip-flops and declines to take a stand against Measure V
If Measure V passes, proponents won’t pay legal city’s fees if suits are filed
Menlo Park City School Board to vote on whether to oppose Measure V
Measure V opponents report 330K
Donors who oppose Measure V — they include Sobrato, Grove
Donors who support Measure V — money is from just one part of town
If Measure V passes, the city would get stuck paying legal fees to defend it in court
Measure V may delay remodeling of fire station
Fire chief won’t take sides on Measure V
Ravenswood School Board votes to oppose Measure V — ballot measure called ‘disgraceful’
Council hears from both sides in the Measure V controversy
Guest Opinion: Measure V will protect neighborhoods
Guest opinion: Measure V returns power to the residents
City attorney says closed meeting on Measure V was legal
Council snubs Measure V leader
Candidates for fire board outline their goals

East Palo Alto City Council
Pick two
Four candidates seek two seats on the embattled EPA San board

Ravenswood City School Board
Slate of three candidates running for school board

Atherton Town Council
Four vie for three seats on town council

Ravenswood schools
Slate of three candidates running for Ravenswood City School Board

San Carlos School Board
All five seats on San Carlos school board are up for grabs — here’s who is running

San Carlos City Council
Two City Council incumbents face three challengers in San Carlos

Redwood City Council
A look at how Redwood City candidates will tackle issues such as homelessness and housing

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
District 3
Candidate profile: Ray Mueller says he’s ready to go from City Council to county Supervisor
Candidate profile: Parmer-Lohan focuses on climate change, preventing wildfires
Fundraising in Supervisor race is neck-and-neck
Post opinion: Mueller best choice for county supervisor

Belmont voters to decide on hotel tax rate
Belmont residents to vote for mayor for the first time
Mates leads in fundraising in Belmont mayor’s race

Sequoia Union, Belmont-Redwood Shores schools
Opinion: No on Measures S and W
Voters in two districts will vote on bond measures
A look at the four candidates hoping to replace incumbents on the Belmont-Redwood Shores School Board
Recent M-A graduate among the candidates for Sequoia Union High School District board

Sequoia Healthcare District
Two races for seats on the Sequoia Healthcare District board

State ballot propositions
Seven questions ranging from abortion to gambling will be on the ballot

Local ballot measures
Voters in most cities will be asked to raise taxes.


  1. I was against Measure V in Menlo Park until I learned that the neighbors offered the RCSD to build a very dense 60 units but reserve them all for teachers and faculty. The RCSD rejected that becaue they wanted 90 units and a mix of market rate units because the affordable rents they promised teachers didin’t generate enough revenue. I think 60 brand new units reserved for teachers is pretty darn PRO TEACHER! This isn’t about teachers for the RCSD it’s about good old fashioned greed. No wonder the major backers are developers!

    • I’d love to know who was @Menlo Voter’s source since that’s inconsistent with everything both sides have said. It’s sad to see the Measure V people, who realize they’re going to lose, making up stuff. Get out there and argue the merits of your position with real facts, not lies like this.

      • Nice try. Will Eger, RCSD chief business officer, is on the roecord over and over saying that anything less than 90 units is not financially viable as it would not generate the desired revenue for the district. Write him yourself, he will tell you. His contact info is on the RCSD website. Council members Combs and Mueller tried to broker a compromise, as did the residents of Suburban Park. Will shot them all down. Again, ask him yourself if you don’t want to go through the council meeting records. Suburban Park wanted teachers in space, it was the RCSD that said they only wanted some teachers.

        • If he’s on record, can you cite at least one document or moment on video when he says this?

          I’m waiting. I’m sure I’ll be waiting for a long time.

          Let’s be honest about this, Measure V was an attempt to keep teachers in a Latino school district from having housing in a neighborhood with single-family homes. The proponents saw it as a “plus” that killing the housing project would deprive the RCSD of funds from the rents paid for that housing. Segregation lives on, at least in Suburban Park.

          • Thois is typical of the “No” side. Throw out racist lies. If these folks want to keep latino teachers why did they propose 60 units with 30 dedicated thos those teachers? Why did they propose RCSD sell units to latino teachers instead of rent to them?

            I’m not going to comb the city council agenda minutes because you’re too lazy. Like the MAGA folks you would simply say it was somehow planted. I’m sure you’re not going to ask Mr Eger because you don’t want the truth. You’re happier in your alternative facts.

    • 90 units would allow the Ravenswood district, which has been underfunded forever, to generate more money from the rents than 60 units. That money would go into the classroom. I guess the Suburban Park residents don’t want the Ravenswood schools to improve. If the money were going to the Menlo Park City School District, they’d be singing a different tune.

  2. Measure V is going to pass and every candidate in Menlo knows it.
    It’s the most polarizing ballot measure we’ve seen in a decade, and if a candidate says they don’t have an opinionm, they haven’t been paying attention.
    Don’t vote for any candidate who sits on the fence.

  3. Now it’s a “moral disgrace.” Enough of the shaming. If you’re a homeowner in Menlo Park and you vote “NO” on Measure V, you have zero business complaining when the city council votes to screw up your neighborhood and property values. You won’t have a voice – you will have given it away.

    Or you can “trust us” as so many are saying. Sure. Go ahead, trust the council and the developers opposing your voice. See how that works out. On the plus side, maybe the council will grant you a property tax reduction after they get done making Menlo “affordable.”

  4. I bought a home in Menlo Park specifically because of the neighborhoods. I came from a more affordable city in the Bay Area, and could have purchased a home there for half the price of Menlo Park. But I was so tired of the loud weekend nights where music went on until the wee hours, and fireworks all Summer long. If you make the mistake of confronting your neighbors you and your family are going to be threatened. And I love the fact that I don’t have to budget for at least one car break-in every year. If Menlo Park becomes “affordable” I’ll be preserving my investment before it drops and moving to a quiet, family city.

  5. Pay close attention to the “NO on V” signs in your hood. When it starts looking like EPA and crime rises you’ll want to know who to thank.

    • Lol crime has risen everywhere. EPA values vulnerable residents, renters aren’t treated like third class citizens and they build affordable housing. They also are entertained by comments like yours.

      • Actually in 2021 violent crime in Menlo Park dropped, while it rose in EPA. Although it is dropping overall as the city gentrifies. Maybe someday it will be safe, if it completely turns over.

        • EPA is still a dangerous hellscape after dark! Gentrification lowers crime, that’s a fact. But if you want to improve anything, you have to go through people like Melissa, who would rather live in a trash heap.

          • It’s funny that you think you know what you’re talking about. Your racist dog whistles are quite the take, as if it was 1922. How edgy!

  6. Melissa, why would you even bring up race? I never mentioned it (or thought about it). That’s your hangup. It’d be nice if you were to drop all of your hostility and allow for improvements to take place to EPA for the sake of your neighbors and friends. But I doubt you’ll have anything constructive to say in response, just another snipe stemming from your race issue. Sad!

  7. Last chance homeowners of Menlo Park to protect your investment. The “No” side knows that only Measure V can stop their agenda to build thousands of cheaply built dense apartments. Oh, did you think this was just about the Flood School site? Just how do you think they’re going to “make Menlo Park affordable?” ALL property values have to come way down for Menlo to become affordable, by any definition. It’s simple economics. And if you and I get hurt along the way that’s just fine with them.

    • So who’s going to pass and oversee this supposed agenda of building thousands of cheaply built dense apartments in single-family neighborhoods? Not this city council – they already had their say. No single-family homes got upzoned in their 8-year plan. And I didn’t see developers pushing council to upzone or develop single-family neighborhoods either. It’s simple economics – as you said. Doesn’t pencil out.

      Measure V was designed to stop one thing: a dense, affordable educator housing development proposed for the site of a former school. Everything else is just noise. Most No on V people I know are aware of this. Also, they’d like to see that one site (which was never a single-family home) turned into affordable housing without requiring heavy-handed state intervention.

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