Residents say no to McGoldrick recall
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick has been the subject of a special interest
which has failed to produce the the number of required signatures
from residents of District 1 to effect a recall.
By Tamara Barak
June 26, 2007
A spokesman for the group working to oust San Francisco Supervisor
Jake McGoldrick said he still hopes to gather enough signatures
to put the recall on the November ballot, but concedes that the
matter will more likely wait until February.
"The recall is definitely on. It's unknown whether it's
going to be on the Nov. 6 ballot or the Feb. 5 ballot," said
Paul Kozakiewicz, a spokesman for Richmond Deserves Better.
The group failed to collect the roughly 3,700 valid signatures
it needed to meet the San Francisco Department of Elections' June
22 deadline that would allow enough time for McGoldrick's attorneys
or supporters to file a challenge.
However, the recall could still appear on the November ballot
if organizers submit their signatures by July 9 and McGoldrick's
backers decide not to challenge the authenticity of the signatures
or the validity of the reasons for the recall.
Kozakiewicz, who publishes The Richmond Review, acknowledged
that McGoldrick's attorney would likely file a challenge and the
recall would be automatically pushed to the February ballot.
"He's in office until January, 2009, so we're fine with
that. We want to give the people a vote," Kozakiewicz said.
Kozakiewicz said his group has gathered between 2,000 and 2,500
signatures so far.
"Nothing has failed, nothing is done," he said.
Richmond Deserves Better claims McGoldrick, who has represented
the Richmond District since 2000, is quick to increase taxes,
refuses to meet with his constituents, and doesn't care about
the concerns of small business owners.
Recall supporters also say McGoldrick's legislation for Saturday
road closures in Golden Gate Park went against the will of voters
in the Richmond District. They also accuse the supervisor of forcing
a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan onto the neighborhood without consulting
Geary Street merchants who would be affected by the construction.
San Francisco Firefighters, the San Francisco Democratic Central
Committee and State Sen. Leland Yee have all spoken out against
the recall as unfounded and wasteful.
A separate group working to recall Supervisor Aaron Peskin had
their bid to oust the board president rejected by the Department
of Elections on June 11.
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