Mayor Gavin Newsom will not have to attend every meeting on the $4 billion Transbay Terminal rebuild after, since voters Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated Proposition C.
Prop. C would have altered the makeup of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority board — the agency in charge of rebuilding the worn out Transbay Terminal at Mission and First streets — by forcing Newsom himself to attend the meetings instead of an appointed representative. It also would have removed the San Francisco Municipal Railway's seat on the Transbay board and added another city supervisor.
Supervisor Chris Daly, who represents the district where the terminal is located, said he put Prop. C on the ballot because he said Newsom's direct involvement in the project would have brought the needed focus to push the redevelopment project through. Opponents criticized the measure, calling it both a political ploy and bad civic-policy. Daly and Newsom have gone head-to-head on a number of issues in the past regarding downtown and South of Market area redevelopment. Newsom had spoken against the measure, saying that his office is already represented on the board and that it wouldn't make sense to replace the top-ranking San Francisco Municipal Railway official with another politician.
Daly has long been an advocate of the terminal rebuild. The project will create a transportation hub for regional buses, Muni, BART, Caltrain, and, eventually, high-speed rail.
Daly wasn't necessarily disappointed by the vote result, saying he received the victory he was looking for last week when the Transbay board voted unanimously to move forward with the project despite a nearly $2 billion shortfall.