I responded that at the outset of the campaign there wasn't enough support for M and that it would fail. I added that in the past few weeks, though, since the disclosure of the $200,000 backing from Greenheart to defeat M, that M was definitely gaining traction. It also started with seeing the spawning more Yes on M 'Lawn Signs' at least in the neighborhoods bordering El Camino and the traffic paths to 101.
Instead of the arcane zoning issues and consequences, I offered that that one donation provided an alternative, easier framework for understanding the Specific Plan and Measure M. I also noted that the tenor of the arguments against M one reads online - strident and lacking empathy that there could be other opinions- was ironically winning converts to Yes on M.
This discussion went on for a while, and we were in agreement on the above dynamics.
I then turned the table and asked this council member, "Well, what do you think?"
Councilmember's immediate response was a diplomatic, "I think I'm going to lose one of my colleagues."
We'll see in a few hours. It's been a weird election cycle.