When the doors were closed and the sun began to go down, the iPhones came out to play.
A group of Dave Pine supporters gathered at the tables inside Cafe Zoe on Monday night after closing time to have a phone banking session in Menlo Park.
“At the end of the campaign, you always want to be able to say that you did everything you could, no matter whether you win or lose,” said Peter Allen, a volunteer phone banker who drove into town from San Jose.
All the supporters used their own cell phones to call people who have registered to vote. Four-out-of-five cell phones used that night were iPhones.
The goals for the night were to call people to remind them to vote and to quantify how many people support Dave Pine, a candidate for the District 1 spot on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Rose Jacobs Gibson is the representative for Menlo Park, which falls within District 4.
“What’s great about being on the Board of Supervisors is that you just need to get two other people together and you can get things done,” Pine said, as we stood on the sidewalk in the front of Café Zoe. He had just finished calling through a list of people on his own cell phone.
While on the campaign trail, Pine knocked on doors and asked people for their support face to face. He said many of his supporters in Menlo Park are concerned with which is currently operated by San Mateo County Department of Parks.
“It’s the kind of thing that shouldn’t be on the chopping block,” Pine said. "Dozens of people are willing to get together and come up with some creative solutions that could keep the park running.”
And while about 50,000 of the 342,323 people registered to vote in San Mateo County have already cast their ballot, the rest still have some time to exercise their right to vote by mail .
The San Mateo County Elections Office at 40 Tower Road will be accepting dropped off vote-by-mail ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 25- 29. The Assessor-Clerk-Recorder’s Office at 555 County Center will also be accepting them on the first floor from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Elections Office must receive a voter’s ballot by 8 p.m. on May 3.
To see who was in Zoe Café that night, and what type of phone they own, peruse the photos attached to this article.