McGoldrick vows continued effort
for Saturday auto ban in Golden Gate Park
Prefers not going to the ballot
By Aldrich M. Tan
and Pat Murphy
May 16, 2006
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick yesterday offered to work with Mayor
Newsom in crafting new legislation to ban Saturday automobile
use in portions of Golden Gate Park.
Following Newsom's veto of similar McGoldrick legislation Monday,
the Richmond District supervisor said the issue should not go
to the ballot for voter consideration.
"We should not go back to the ballot box," McGoldrick
told the Sentinel.
"The parties need to talk with one another. I'd rather not
go to the ballot. It'll be very ugly if it goes to the ballot.
"All you would do is confuse people. You're stuck with something
because you can't foresee anything. The purpose of having to go
through the legislative body is to make sure that you get it right
before it even becomes law.
"But if it goes to the ballot, then we're going to have
to spend millions of dollars to correct any of the problems and
it if the situations change."
McGoldrick made the comments following Newsom's veto
message which asked for collaboration on the measure.
"I am willing to introduce a new piece of legislation,"
"It is my hope to work with the mayor to introduce something
about Saturday access to parts of Golden Gate Park.
"I am willing to consider whatever the people of San Francisco
wish me to, even something the proponents and the opponents put
together," he added.
McGoldrick spoke with the mayor following the veto, he said.
"I went to the mayor at 1:00 p.m. I told him that I understood
that he was ceding to certain pressures in the office but he should
be looking forward to a continuing and vigorous debate on this
"I think political fear tipped the scales in the mayor's
decision. I think he is politically measuring which part he is
alienating and which part he still has in his corner and I think
the decision is primarily political.
"I think some folks panicked and felt that there would be
negative impacts. I think the mayor should use his powers to help
bring people to the table. I certainly look forward at going this
"The book is not yet closed.
"Let's find a legislative solution to work together with
the mayor," McGoldrick concluded.