FOGG Alert – October 11, 2014

October 10th, 2014

Government Audit and Oversight Committee Report – October 9, 2014

FOGG wishes to thank those who took the time from their busy schedules to attend the Thursday, October 9, 2014 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee meeting.

A special thanks to our supporters who testified on our behalf.

FOGG also thanks Our District 3 Supervisor and Board President David Chiu for setting up this meeting.

The meeting’s purpose was to review the zoning history of the 8 Washington Street proposed development, the Gateway Commons and our outdoor recreational facility, The Bay Club at the Gateway.

It was a good meeting for us.

Our attorney Sue Hestor, made a strong case to readdress the Planned Unit Development (PUD) approvals that were originally accepted by the City. She presented her statements clearly, even with the limited time allowed to speak.

 Good job Sue!

Supervisor Chiu first called on both the SF Port and Planning Departments to explain the present status of these areas, and their knowledge of former agreements that includes the area as a PUD first approved in the 1970’s.

You can read more on the FOGG Alerts of July 12, 2014 and October 5, 2014 on this website.

FOGG found their responses were mostly evasive and without much substance.

For example, the SF Port had at NEWAG meetings stated that the 8 Washington Street developer (Simon Snellgrove) has a revised plan that will be presented by this year’s end. That has been said since July. At the government Audit and Oversight Committee meeting, the SF Port representative said there is no plan they have seen!

Also, the SF Port claims they have no knowledge of any negotiations between the Gateway management and Snellgrove. That’s hard to believe since Snellgrove needs both SWL351 and the former 8 Washington site to succeed in any future plans.

It’s enough to say that the SF Planning Director’s responses were given to protect the competency of the Planning Department, but did not answer why the Planning Department ignored the original PUD until Sue Hestor uncovered the former documents.

One final note, a CalSTRS (California State Teacher’s Retirement System) representative was asked to attend to respond to questions concerning their $42 million investment of teacher’s retirement funds in Snellgrove’s proposed 8 Washington project. A CalSTRS representative did not attend.  No statement was submitted.

The Government Audit and Oversight Committee agreed to keep the zoning history issue open for future discussion and action.

In summary, this was another good day in FOGG’s 11 year effort to save our community’s outdoor recreational center.

 

FOGG Alert – October 5, 2014

October 5th, 2014

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9th – THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!

FOGG is advising you of a very important meeting on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at City Hall in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee will be meeting at 11:00am, in City Hall Committee Room 263.

We ask that our friends and supporters make every effort to attend.

The Committee will be hearing testimony by FOGG’s attorney, Sue Hestor, covering the Planned Unit Development (PUD) issue that covers the development of the Gateway Commons and our outdoor recreational center – The Bay Club at The Gateway.

The Agenda can be read at this link. Agenda

We are first on the AgendaHearing on the status of the 8 Washington site including but not limited to questions about location’s zoning history.”

Our District 3 Supervisor and Board President David Chiu is the sponsor of this Agenda Item.

The members of the Government Audit and Oversight Committee are London Breed (Chair), Katy Tang, and David Chiu.

FOGG first reported on this important issue in our July 12, 2014 FOGG Alert.

The Alert can be read on this website.

This Alert explains in detail why FOGG is seeking action by the SF Supervisors and Planning Department to redress the serious errors that have been made by ignoring the original PUD and its approval by City Agencies.

While the PUD does not directly affect the SF Port’s Seawall Lot 351, and their planned development of this lot, the impact of maintaining the rightfully and original PUD ruling will (and should) have an important impact on the future development of SWL351.

FOGG and its many community supporters, as we have stated before, ask that the SF Port will endorse the Asian Neighborhood Design’s (AND) Community Vision for San Francisco’s Northeast Waterfront.

The AND Vision can be read at the Page link on this website.

Please see for yourself how developing SWL351 as a major bicycle/sports center (including a corner café), similar to Chicago’s successful Millennium Parks Bicycle Center will better serve our community. The SF Port should be working with us on making this something we can all support.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 9th at City Hall.

FOGG Alert – September 28, 2014

September 28th, 2014

IMPORTANT NEWAG MEETING OCTOBER 1st – PLEASE ATTEND!!

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:00pm, the Northeast Waterfront Advisory Group (NEWAG) will meet at Pier 1, Bayside 1 Conference Room. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – September 8, 2014

September 7th, 2014

 

IMPORTANT SF PORT & NEWAG MEETINGS – PLEASE ATTEND!!!

The SF PORT and NORTHEAST WATERFRONT ADVISORY GROUP (NEWAG) are holding public meetings that cover the “planning process” of the waterfront.

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 4:00pm, the Director of the SF Planning Department (John Rahaim) will give an informational presentation regarding working with the SF Port for waterfront planning and urban design. This meeting will be held at the Ferry Building, 2nd level, Conference Room. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter – August 30, 2014

August 30th, 2014

BANNER YEAR for SUMMER KIDS CAMPS!!

The 18th year of the Bay Club at the Gateway Summer Kids Camps program was a real success!!

OVER 650 KIDS ATTENDED KIDS CAMP BEGINNING IN JUNE!! OVER 1,000 DIFFERENT SESSIONS!!

MORE THAN 300 SCHOOLS FROM THE BAY AREA WERE REPRESENTED!!

FOGG, TOGETHER WITH THE SUPPORT OF CLUB MANAGEMENT PROVIDED 30 KIDS WITH SCHOLARSHIPS!!

FOGG wishes to deeply thank the Bay Club’s Lela Woltjer, Youth Program Director SF Region, her staff, counselors, and life guards, for the dedication and hard work in making the 2014 summer program such a success.

We want to let you know that the Bay Club at the Gateway also has an After Schools Program for kids.  This program offers swim lessons, a tennis clinic, and yes, even skate board lessons, among other activities.  You may obtain more information by contacting Lela at lela.woltjer@bayclubs.com. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – August 27, 2014

August 26th, 2014

STATE LANDS COMMISSION MEETING – WATCH THE VIDEO!!!

Here is your opportunity to watch the California State Lands Commission (SLC) in action. This is the video from the August 15, 2014 meeting at the Ferry Building.

We previously told you about this meeting in our August 20, 2014 Alert. Now, you can watch how they conduct business.

The video is available at the State Lands Commission Meeting Video link on this website. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – August 20, 2014

August 20th, 2014

UPDATE ON STATE LANDS COMMISSION MEETING – MUST READ!!

The Press Release from our NO WALL partners on the Friday, August 15, 2014 State Lands Commission meeting can be read at the NO WALL Press Release Page on this website. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – August 14, 2014

August 14th, 2014

PRESS CONFERENCE AT FERRY BUILDING – PLEASE ATTEND!!!

Our NO WALL partners are holding a PRESS CONFERENCE this Friday, August 15, 2014 in front of the Ferry building. The Press Conference begins at 12:30 pm.

Our NO WALL partners want to urge Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Lands Commission (SLC) to stop suing to silence San Francisco’s voice on the waterfront. The SLC is suing to overturn Proposition B, the waterfront height limits initiative, approved by San Francisco voters in the June 2014 election. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – July 12, 2014

July 11th, 2014

MORE PROBLEMS FOR CONTROVERSIAL 8 WASHINGTON LUXURY CONDO PROJECT

We want to update you on some recent findings about the 8 Washington Street high rise luxury condominium project which in some form, is still in the planning and development process.

Thanks to FOGG’s attorney Sue Hestor, who has spent many grueling hours researching past documents covering the progression of the 8 Washington project.

Sue has uncovered serious mistakes that need to be addressed by the SF Planning Department and Board of Supervisors. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter – July 5, 2014

July 5th, 2014

BAY CLUB STATES ITS POSITION 

In the past few weeks there has been a good deal of speculation and rumor concerning the Bay Club’s change in ownership structure.

Bay Club President & CEO, Matthew Stevens has provided FOGG with the following statement to help clarify where the Bay Club is headed. Read the rest of this entry »