The former District 1 Supervisor Jake McGoldrick turned out during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting – even on his wife’s birthday – to oppose AT & T’s plan to install 726 four foot boxes around San Francisco.
“It is very important that you see a beautiful city such as San Francisco not get to be a cluttered city such as, unfortunately, many of the boulevards of Paris have become, to the detriment of that wonderful city,” McGoldrick said. “Let’s keep our city a beautiful place.”
McGoldrick, who was termed out of office about two and a half years ago, said the installation of the boxes should undergo an environmental review, saying the “cumulative” impact would be significant enough to warrant that kind of a study under state law. Such a review would be a major setback to AT & T’s plan.
“There are certain interests that certainly did not want you to have to go to the dictionary and look up the meaning of the word ‘cumulative,’” McGoldrick said, referring to his own experiences in dealing with similar debates when in office. The English professor called on the supervisors to rise above the “very strong lobbying effort, political pressure that can be put on you.”
And he concluded his remarks with a message to his wife: “I’m coming home for the cake.”