McGoldrick retains Transportation Authority chairmanship
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick
By Pat Murphy and Luke
January 31, 2006, 9:00 p.m.
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick was re-elected chair of the San Francisco
Transportation Authority today by an 8-3 vote.
Supervisor Fiona Ma was elected vice-chair, having withdrawn
her candidacy for chair when the 11:00 a.m. meeting began.
Supervisor Fiona Ma
McGoldrick beat back a heated effort by Daly for chairmanship.
In addition to his own vote, Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Ma
voted for Daly.
Daly cast McGoldrick as harmful to transbay transit development,
citing alleged confrontational meetings between McGoldrick and
the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) officials.
Supervisor Chris Daly
For his part, McGoldrick responded he meant to speak the truth
in review of TJPA planning.
McGoldrick extended an offer, while looking at Daly, to bury
the hatchet for the betterment of commission business and transit
In return, Daly noted he stood not in conciliation but in opposition
to unamed financial backers of McGoldrick's transit.
Daly also raised the suspicion of supervisors discussing the
election in violation of the Brown Act. He did not say which supervisors
exceeding a quorum of the committee may have broken the statute
by speaking privately.
"I'm disappointed for the Transbay project. I never thought
I had the votes because there may have been ad seriatim meetings,"
Daly told the Sentinel.