FOGG Alert – September 16, 2016

September 16th, 2016

Simon Snellgrove Sells The Piers Development on SF Waterfront

FOGG wants to update you on Simon Snellgrove and his Pacific Water Partners development on the San Francisco waterfront.

Snellgrove has sold the office and retail development at historic Piers 1 ½, 3 and 5.  You can read the story at this link.  SF Business Times Article

As our supporters are long aware, FOGG has been battling Snellgrove for over 10 years as he attempted to build high-rise luxury condominiums – the 8 Washington Street project – that would have demolished our community’s open recreational center – The Bay Club – The Gateway.  The 8 Washington proposed development is just across the Embarcadero from The Piers.

Our District Three Supervisor, Aaron Peskin, sent the Interim SF Port Director, Elaine Forbes, a public request for further information on this sale.  Elaine’s prompt response can be read at the Forbes Email of September 12 2016 Page on this website.

While we say goodbye to Mr. Snellgrove, there are others still hoping to build high-rise buildings on the Club site.  We must continue our vigilance and stay alert to what the future may offer in the way of unneeded development on our community’s open recreational center.

Let us end on a positive note:  Mr. Snellgrove’s restaurants at Piers 1 ½, 3 and 5 are first class, and we thank him for the needed improvements on the waterside of the Embarcadero.  Where he went wrong was trying to cross the street to our neighborhood’s site.

FOGG Open Letter-September 10, 2016

September 9th, 2016

Summer Kids Camps Scholarships – 2016 Summary

The Summer Kids Camps Scholarships Program was a great success thanks to all of you who donated.  Your generosity allowed over 70 boys and girls from low income areas to attend this wonderful summer program at the Bay Club –The Gateway.

Thank you for your support, and thanks to Bay Club management for their 100% support by providing one dollar for every one that FOGG raised.  It is a great partnership.

FOGG must also recognize the leadership of Lela Woltjer, the Summer Kids Camps Director.  Her well trained staff, and the many volunteers who worked long hours assured that the kids had a great and happy experience in a safe, family friendly environment.

We are already thinking about the 2017 Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program.  Should you wish to provide a donation at this time it would be greatly appreciated, as all donations are tax deductible.

Please send your summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2017 Scholarship Fund.”

Should you prefer to donate online, you can do so at this  FOGG website.

Click on the ‘Donate to 2017 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

One more time – THANKS SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

FOGG Open Letter – August 9, 2016

August 8th, 2016

June Osterberg – A True Friend

Most FOGG supporters would not know June Osterberg, but in her own special way she was a strong supporter of FOGG, and our efforts in maintaining the open recreational space we know as Bay Club – The Gateway.

June passed away on August 1, 2016.

As a reporter and friend June always made sure to include FOGG and its mission in many of her writings.

You may read of her fascinating life in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Obituary at this link.  June Osterberg Legacy

FOGG will miss June’s wonderful take on life.

 

FOGG Alert – July 13, 2016

July 13th, 2016

State Lands Commission Suit goes to Court February 6, 2017

The San Francisco Examiner reports in the Monday, July 11, 2016 edition that the State Lands Commissions lawsuit against the City of San Francisco challenging the voter’s right to set height limits – Proposition B – on the City’s waterfront goes to trial on February 6, 2017.

The story can be read at this link:  Examiner Article

For our supporters who are not San Francisco voters, Proposition B will let voters decide whether to allow any development on SF Port property to exceed the existing height limits.

The San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition B in the June 3, 2014 election (58% plus).

The SLC, is headed by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who also strongly supported the 8 Washington Street 136 foot high rise luxury condominium development that would have demolished Bay Club-The Gateway, our neighborhood outdoor recreational center.

The SF Examiner, in the print edition, stated that “Before the trial begins, a case management conference is scheduled for September 21, 2016.”

FOGG will advise you of further updates.

FOGG Open Letter – May 29, 2016

May 28th, 2016

Kids Camps Scholarships – 5th Update

June 6th and the opening of this Summers Kids Camps at Bay Club The Gateway is just around the corner.

FOGG supporters, with their donations and the cooperation of the Bay Club have been able to provide young girls and boys an opportunity to participate in this program at the Gateway Club.

This is the best year for Scholarship donations since FOGG started the Scholarship Program. Thank You!

There are still a number of youngsters from low income housing neighborhoods who would like to join in this one of a kind summer experience.

These kids have an opportunity to participate through this Scholarship Program in a summer of fun and social activities in a safe, family friendly environment.

Attending the Summer Kids Camp Program can be a life changer!

Several of the Kids Camps counselors who are helping here, have had the opportunity to attend through the Scholarship Program.

They want to give something back, just like we ask you to do.

FOGG makes it easy for those who still wish to provide a tax deductible donation to the Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program.

Please send your summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2016 Scholarship Fund.”

Should you prefer to donate online, you can do so at this website.

Click on the ‘Donate to 2016 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

Remember, for every tax deductible donation you make, the Bay Club donates an equal dollar. You can’t beat that.

Thanks to all our supporters who have already made a donation. Let’s see many more join with us in this community outreach program.

FOGG Alert – May 4, 2016

May 4th, 2016

CalSTRS Blows $49.6 Million on 8 Washington!!!

Yes, you read it right.

The California State Teacher’s Retirement System (CalSTRS) spent $49.6 million of teacher’s retirement funds on the 8 Washington Street project.

This is revealed in a CalSTRS April 18, 2016 letter responding to California 17th District Assemblyman David Chiu’s March 24, 2016 letter to Harry M. Keiley, Board Chair of CalSTRS.

You can read the CalSTRS letter at the Page named CalSTRS David Chiu Letter 4-18-2016. on this web site.

You can read the Assemblyman’s letter at the page named David CalSTRS Letter 3-24-2016 on this web site.

As you are aware, the 8 Washington Street project would have demolished the Bay Club – The Gateway site, and built high-rise luxury condominiums.

Where did the hard earned teachers dollars go?

Is it in the pockets of attorneys, architects, consultants, politicians, and public relations people?

You may recall the TV and radio advertisements and mailings in favor of 8 Washington featuring our mayor Ed Lee, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom in the fall of 2013.

The voters of San Francisco soundly defeated the 8 Washington project in the November 5, 2013 election.  Over 60% of the voters said a resounding NO.

Need we say more?

 Now CalSTRS is considering another proposal to build a hotel on the Club site.

You can read about this in our April 2, 2016 FOGG Alert on this web site.

If you think FOGG’s mission to preserve our community’s open recreation space never seems to end, you are correct.

The State Lands Commission, headed by the same Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, still has their lawsuit pending against the City of San Francisco concerning Proposition B – the ‘Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act’.

As FOGG advised you previously, the San Francisco voters on June 3, 2014 approved Proposition B by 59% limiting height limits along the waterfront unless approved by the voters themselves.

According to our District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, the lawsuit should be in court sometime in October.  We feel, as does our City Attorney, the suit will fail as the San Francisco voters have spoken about who should have the final say on height limits.

As we said, it never ends.

FOGG Open Letter – April 29, 2016

April 28th, 2016

Kids Camps Scholarships – 4th Update

In a little more than one month the 2016 Summer Kids Camps at The Bay Club – The Gateway will begin.  FOGG’s Kids Camps Scholarship Program has done well so far with donations from many of you.

WE CAN DO BETTER!!

We know there are a number of  5 to 12 years old boys and girls from low income neighborhoods who are patiently waiting for FOGG’S OK so that they can sign up for Kids Camps.

That depends on more of you helping.

FOGG appreciates the number of donors who have committed to the Scholarship Program.  We now urge that more of you make your tax deductible donation to enable these kids to participate in this Summer’s Camps at The Bay Club – The Gateway.

Remember for every $600 donation FOGG receives, the Bay Club donates one more Scholarship space.

Please send your summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2016 Scholarship Fund.”

Should you prefer to donate online, you can do so at this website.  Click on the ‘Donate to 2016 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

FOGG is sure you will do the right thing and support our efforts in providing the kids a summer of fun and social activities in a safe, family friendly environment.

FOGG Alert April 23, 2016

April 22nd, 2016

Community Forum Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 11:30am

FOGG wants to advise you of a Community Forum in San Francisco that you would want to attend.

California District 17 Assemblyman David Chiu, and San Francisco District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin are holding a Community Forum on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

The Community Forum starts at 11:30 am at the CCSF Chinatown/North Beach Center, 808 Kearny Street (at Washington Street), Room 402.

David and Aaron represent the part of San Francisco where our community open recreational space is, The Bay Club – The Gateway.

Both of them have been strong supporters in our mission to preserve our community open recreational space for the last 13 years.

This is your opportunity to hear what is going on both in Sacramento and at City Hall, meet other concerned citizens, ask questions and discuss neighborhood issues.

You can read the Community Forum invitation at the Page Link on this website.

FOGG is pleased to be co-hosting this event, and we look forward to seeing you there.

FOGG Alert – April 2, 2016

April 1st, 2016

8 Washington Update – CalSTRS Still In?

FOGG told you in our March 6, 2016 Alert that developer Simon Snellgrove has quit.  He has terminated his Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with the SF Port for Seawall Lot 351.

As you are aware, he wanted to combine SWL351 with The Bay Club – The Gateway site, demolish the Club and build high-rise luxury condominiums.

His partner in this development known as 8 Washington Street, was the California State Teachers’ Retirement System – CalSTRS.

CalSTRS has not yet quit. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter – March 30, 2016

March 29th, 2016

Kids Camps Scholarships – 3rd Update

Sarah Lynn Clark, mother of four who lives in the Outer Sunset.

…..People have an idea that there aren’t kids in San Francisco, and it’s just wrong.”

City Insider – SF Chronicle, March 27, 2016.

“OVERWHELMING NEED FOR YOUTH RECREATION”

FOGG wants all of our Friends and Supporters to know how important the Kids Camp and our Scholarship Program is to the families in San Francisco.  These recent quotes tell the story.

This is FOGG’s 6th year in offering this wonderful opportunity for a summer of fun for many boys and girls from low income neighborhoods. Read the rest of this entry »