McGoldrick requests Golden Gate Park Saturday auto
ban veto override vote
From the office of Jake McGoldrick
May 15, 2006
San Francisco- Mayor Newsom vetoed the Healthy Saturdays legislation
that would have increased green openspace, recreational activities,
disabled access, and safe areas for families and children to play
in Golden Gate Park. Supervisor McGoldrick, the sponsor of this
legislation, has requested that a veto override vote be taken
at the next full Board of Supervisors Meeting
"I feel that this legislation is extremely important for
the people and families who live in San Francisco, a city that
must offer more safe and free recreational opportunities to be
more a livable city," said Supervisor Jake McGoldrick.
Healthy Saturdays intended to close JFK Drive for a 1.5 mile
stretch of road for vehicles, from Transverse Drive to Crossover
Drive on Saturdays on a trial basis this summer to mimic the extremely
popular care free space that has been enjoyed by many for the
last 39 years. "I am surprised that our 'green' Mayor who
signed the San Francisco Urban Environmental Accords during World
Environment Day, has decided to recall his priorities of making
this City a greener cleaner place, and listen to anecdotal information
from neighborhood groups and small business owners, whose concerns
would have been considered and studied as a result of my legislation,"
said Supervisor Jake McGoldrick.
The purpose of a six-month trial closure was to monitor the impacts
to the neighborhoods and business in the surrounding area on Saturdays
and Sundays. This would entail studying park usage, impacts on
neighborhoods and local businesses, and environmental and safety
impacts. City Departments were required to report back to the
Board of Supervisors during the trial and immediately mitigate
any potential problems.
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The claims that Mayor Newsom states for vetoing this legislation
have already been addressed in the legislation that the Board
of Supervisors supported with a 7-4 vote. "It is unfortunate
that our Mayor does not understand the intent of this legislation,"
said Supervisor Jake McGoldrick. Access to the cultural institutions
have been addressed, especially with the trailing legislation
introduced by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick which would have opened
up Arguello to Conservatory Drive West for drop off and parking
for the Conservatory of Flowers. Also, not only does this legislation
address disabled access for Saturdays, but it also provides for
access on Sundays that has not been in place for the past 39 years.
The mayor gave one additional reason for his decision to veto
Healthy Saturdays, which was that it went against the will of
the voters. This argument is false, considering the voters have
never considered a six-month trial program, car access to the
Conservatory of Flowers, completion of the Concourse Garage, and