Ma, Daly challenge McGoldrick for chair of San
Francisco Transportation Authority
By Pat Murphy and Luke
Copyright fogcityjournal.com 2006
January 26, 2006, 4:30 p.m.
Supervisors Fiona Ma and Chris Daly will challenge colleague
Jake McGoldrick for chair of the San Francisco Transportation
Authority (TA), the Sentinel learned today.
Both Ma and Daly have a history of political opposition to McGoldrick.
Last year Daly resigned one committee membership rather than
continue to serve with McGoldrick as a committee colleague, after
Daly failed to have McGoldrick removed. And the two have been
at odds over land use proposals.
Ma endorsed McGoldrick's major opponent in McGoldrick's last
re-election victory, and McGoldrick has endorsed Janet Reilly
in the California 13th Assembly District race. Ma is a candidate
in the 13th Assembly campaign.
McGoldrick said he is proud of his record.
"I've done a very fair and equitable job in transportation
issues," McGoldrick told the Sentinel. "Everyone has
a right to run."
McGoldrick, Ma, and Daly are the only TA commissioners seeking
election as commission chair.
In a letter dated January 25, 2006, Daly asked Ma for her support
in securing Daly's election as chair of the TA. The TA meets Tuesday
at 11:00 a.m., in City Hall Board Chambers. All eleven supervisors
serve as TA commissioners.
Just as quickly, Ma sent a letter also dated January 25, 2006,
to colleagues asking that Ma be elected as TA chair.
Text of both letters follow:
From the Office of Supervisor Chris Daly
January 25, 2006
Dear Commissioner Ma:
I am writing to ask for your support in electing me as Chair
of the Transportation Authority. As you know, I previously served
as Chair of the TA in 2002 when we approved the Proposition K
Expenditure Plan. The district I represent is disproportionately
impacted by transportation-related decisions and my constituents
care deeply about public transit, congestion management, and pedestrian
The coming year presents us with very important opportunities
to improve transportation for the people of San Francisco, as
well as the thousands of commuters and visitors who come to our
city. I hope that my work to promote public transit and higher
environmental standards, improve the livability of our streets
and sidewalks, and balance development, housing, and transportation
needs, speak to my commitment and qualification for this important
In the last 5 years, my office has been at the center of a myriad
of transportation-related issues. We have worked with stakeholders
and DPT to increase bike lanes throughout the city. We have worked
with TA staff to balance the needs of Tenderloin and Richmond
residents in developing the Geary BRT. I have worked with BART
to ensure the imminent completion of the 16th and Mission Bart
Plaza retrofit. And I was also the principal sponsor of Prop I,
the clean muni bus measure passed by the voters in March, 2004.
My district is also home to the Transportation Authority's hallmark
project, the Transbay Transportation Center at First and Mission
street, the most significant regional initiative undertaken since
1964 when BART construction first began. The new terminal will
be designated to accommodate 300,000 passengers daily, 2,400 housing
units and 1.2 million square feet of new office and retail space.
This terminal promises to eliminate an estimated 20,000 car trips
daily into the downtown area, and reduce travel time from San
Jose to San Francisco from 90 minutes to 50 minutes. As a Director
serving on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board, I have worked
to bring forward this project with significant community benefits,
which include 35% of the housing units for low-income residents
and provisions to create new jobs.
Transbay will be funded through a combination of sources, including
the TA's Proposition K. Design, engineering, and impact studies
are currently underway, and construction is expected to start
in 2007. The extent of the success of this historical project
will hinge on the work and leadership of the TA. I hope that you
will give me an opportunity to serve as Chair of the TA to help
shepherd this and other important transportation-related undertakings.
I trust that I have proven my dedication and eminent qualification
to serve in this regard.
From the Office of Supervisor Fiona Ma
January 25, 2006
I write to ask your consideration of my candidacy to help lead
the Transportation Authority. I served as Chair of the Finance
Committee from 2003, when we went to voters with Prop K to renew
the half-cent sales tax, until May 4, 2005. Although I no longer
serve in this role, I have kept a watchful eye on the Authority's
programs and finances and have some serious concerns. I strongly
oppose the so-called "Better Neighborhoods" planning
ordinance and will not spend any taxpayer money from Proposition
K to further that idea. I also have new initiatives I'll undertake.
Delivering on the Promise of Proposition K
When we went to voters, we promised to deliver critical projects
such as the Central Subway, Transbay Terminal/Caltrain Downtown
Extension and Doyle Drive. Unfortunately, the cost and crucial
initiatives could go unfunded. I will work to deliver on the promise
of Proposition K.
Preserving the future of Geary Boulevard
Geary light rail or bus rapid transit will radically change Geary
Boulevard, and has had unintended consequences that pit Richmond
residents against Tenderloin residents. I will work to develop
a plan for Geary Boulevard that wins neighborhood support while
improving transit options.
Together with Supervisors Dufty, Alioto-Pier and Daly, I introduced
an ordinance to improve pedestrian safety. In committee, we heard
that the cost was prohibitive. I have also supported adequate
funding for paratransit, but we have yet to reach that goal. I
will work to reorder the priorities so pedestrian safety and paratransit
get sufficient funding.
Leveraging our relationships with the state
Whether it's 19th Avenue, the Bay Bridge, Octavia Boulevard, Doyle
Drive or Van Ness Avenue, the City and County of San Francisco
has to do better in our relationships with the state and especially
with Caltrans to ensure that our priorities are addressed. As
massive infrastructure bonds are debated, we must protect our
city's priorities including high-speed rail. My experience with
the state legislative process will help advance San Francisco's
I look forward to Tuesday's meeting and respectfully ask for