The Elections Department has notified proponents of move to recall Sup. Jake McGoldrick that their effort has failed. The campaign -- sparked by business interests who oppose the Geary bus rapid transit proposal and McGoldrick's sponsorship of Healthy Saturdays -- turned in 3,844 signatures on Sept. 14, according to Elections officials. But a random sampling of those signatures found that at least 500 weren't valid signatures from voters in the district, leaving them short of the 3,573 they needed to qualify for the February ballot. Proponents were informed in a letter that went out yesterday.
McGoldrick had been preparing to fight to finish his term, which ends next year, assuming that the campaign would meet the low threshold of 10 percent of those in the district who voted in the last election. But now, that election won't happen and the mayor won't get to appoint a replacement if McGoldrick lost.