History (and the present) tell us why Boyle-Duboc-Winkler have lost this election.
They were swept into power back in 2002, not because of the supposed "residentialist" issue, but because the city council made a huge blunder with the Santa Cruz Avenue traffic-calming fiasco. Look back at the vote count:
West Menlo was the key to their victory - the area most affected by that traffic calming project.
Fast forward to 2006 - this whole "residentialist" issue is of much less concern to average voters in the wake of the "dot-com" bust. Even Boyle-Duboc-Winkler haven't brought it up as a campaign issue.
Instead, what is their signature issue?:
Putting $17 million worth of playing fields on a landfill at the edge of town, across 101. (While a utility tax that they support is also on the ballot.)
I'm reminded of the phrase:
No matter how much lipstick you may put on a pig, it's still a pig.