Published Wednesday, February 1, 2006, in the San Francisco Chronicle
McGoldrick elected transport chief again
By Charlie Goodyear
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick was re-elected chairman of the San
Francisco County Transportation Authority Tuesday, after beating back
a challenge by Supervisor Chris Daly.
The two politicians have been feuding over McGoldrick's [BATN: for
which read: "power-mad SFCTA staffer Jose-Luis Moscovich's" ]criticism
and scrutiny of the Transbay Terminal project, a proposed $4 billion
regional transit hub with uncertain funding.
The transportation authority is composed of San Francisco's 11
supervisors. The agency oversees city sales tax funds dedicated to
transportation projects such as the Municipal Railway's Central Subway
project and the Transbay Terminal. The authority is expected to
control more than $2 billion in sales tax funds over the next 30 years
in addition to state and federal transportation grants.
Daly, whose district includes the Transbay project, said Tuesday that
he believes McGoldrick is trying to kill the proposal. McGoldrick has
argued that he is simply trying to determine the project's finances.
McGoldrick was re-elected chairman by an 8-3 vote, with Supervisors
Fiona Ma and Ross Mirkarimi joining Daly in voting no. Ma was
unanimously elected vice-chairwoman.