Mayor urges continued talks on Golden Gate Park Saturday park
By Pat Murphy
July 18, 2006
Mayor Newsom yesterday urged continued dialogue with proponents
for closing sections of John F. Kennedy Drive in San Francisco's
Golden Gate Park to vehicle traffic on Saturdays.
Proponents met Sunday to consider their next course of action
following mayoral veto of Kennedy Drive closure legislation passed
by the Board of Supervisors.
Consideration included an altered plan keeping car access open
to the Conservatory of Flowers which Newsom prefers, and possibility
of a ballot measure.
"We're hoping to avoid putting it on the ballot," Newsom
told the Sentinel.
"I think it would be a big mistake to put it on the ballot.
I think it would be premature.
"I think for the Park advocates if they put it on and it
doesn't succeed it pushes their agenda back substantially.
"I just think everybody of good will should come together
patiently to try to forge some consensus. Look at some alternative
closures. Look at the study we're currently conducting."