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 »

FOGG Alert – March 6, 2016

March 5th, 2016

Simon Snellgrove Calls It QUITS On 8 Washington!!!

FOGG has really terrific news to share with you.

San Francisco Waterfront Partners – Simon Snellgrove – have given up.

Mr. Snellgrove’s attorney has sent a letter to the SF Port, stating that their Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) has now terminated.

This means that Mr. Snellgrove’s nearly 10 year effort to build the high rise luxury condominium project known as 8 Washington Street on The Bay Club – The Gateway site and Seawall Lot 351 has ended.

You can read the letter at the Notice of Termination Page link on this website. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter – February 26, 2016

February 26th, 2016

Kids Camps Scholarships – 2nd Update

Registration for this summer’s Kids Camps at the Bay Club – The Gateway is now underway.

This means that the FOGG Scholarship Summer Kids Camps program for low income kids has also started.

Thanks to the generosity of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, Boston Properties, and the Bay Club management, we already can provide 60 scholarships.

FOGG has expanded its outreach to a number of additional youth centers which has the boys and girls, ages 5 to 12, from low income neighborhoods who hope to attend. There is already a great deal of interest by the parents and their children.

We hope to increase the number of scholarships available beyond what has already been achieved. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter – January 30, 2016

January 30th, 2016

Summer Kids Camps Scholarships – 2016

A Happy New Year to you all!

FOGG is pleased that we are off to a good start in funding our 2016 Scholarship Program for the upcoming Summer Kids Camps.

With the $15,000 grant from the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, the $5,000 grant from Boston Properties, (the Embarcadero Center), and matched by the Bay Club, we can be assured of at least a minimum of 50 kids from low income areas will be attending this one of a kind summer recreational camp.

This is only the beginning. It is now up to you, our supporters, who have in the past been most generous in making tax deductible donations to the FOGG Scholarship program to once again participate to the best of your ability. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter-November 23, 2015

November 22nd, 2015

Lots to Be Thankful for…

FOGG sends its annual Thanksgiving best wishes to you and your family.

Another year, 13 to be exact, that FOGG has been doing this. And it was a good one for all of us who believe in preserving our community’s outdoor recreational center; Bay Club – The Gateway, and keeping our waterfront open space.

FOGG is thankful for the fine efforts of the legal team; Susan Brandt-Hawley, Louise Renne, and our attorney, Sue Hestor. We won in the courtroom, and in public opinion.

We are thankful for our FOGG volunteers and their efforts in supporting us. Without all of you who have given your time to our cause, our open recreational space would have been demolished and turned into luxury condominiums in 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – October 21, 2015

October 21st, 2015

State Lands Commission Throws in Towel!!

We have more good news for you concerning FOGG’s efforts to preserve our neighborhood open recreational center.

The State Lands Commission met in San Diego last Friday, October 16, 2015 to discuss the appeal they lost in the 1st District Court of Appeal on September 17, 2015.

The deputy attorney general handling the case advised attorney Susan Brandt -Hawley that SLC (led by Chairman Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom), decided NOT to seek review by the California Supreme Court. Read the rest of this entry »