March 6th, 2014
Summer Kids Camps 2014 – Scholarship Program – Please Donate
FOGG is pleased to announce we are ready to move ahead for the 4th year in providing scholarships for kids to attend the Bay Club at the Gateway Summer Kids Camps Program.
Last summer your generous tax deductible donations to the Scholarship Program, with the cooperation of Club management, provided financial support for 24 youngsters from low income housing areas to attend the Summer Kids Camps Program.
FOGG is optimistic that in 2014 we can DOUBLE that number, and strive for at least 50 scholarships!!
It will take your continued generous support of the Scholarship Program.
We are sure you will help meet our goal by making your tax deductible donation by check to PDF/FOGG. On the memo line write “Scholarship.” Please mail your donation to Friends of Golden Gateway, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.
You may also donate on line at the Donations to FOGG link on this website.
The camps feature one of the highest counselor-to-camper ratios to better guide the kids and supervise all activities.
There are lots of activities in the Kids Camp Program. These include swim and tennis lessons, arts and crafts, a variety of games, rest time and lunch. All of this is in a warm, safe, family friendly environment.
FOGG looks forward to your support, as we move forward to another successful year.
February 19th, 2014
CalSTRS Blew $44 Million on 8 Washington Project – Must Read Article!!
Joe Eskenazi, staff writer and columnist for the SF Weekly News, has written a devastating article on how the California State Teacher’s Retirement System (CalSTRS) blew $44 million on Simon Snellgrove’s ill-fated 8 Washington Street high-rise luxury condominium project.
Joe’s right on article can be read at this link. SF Weekly Article
If it weren’t so sad one can see the humor in Joe’s article. This waste of pension fund money on the 8 Washington project will likely keep going.
To our FOGG teacher supporters, and whoever wishes to, please express your thoughts on why CalSTRS continues to spend retirement funds on this development so opposed by the SF neighborhoods.
Please write to Mr. Harry M. Keiley, Chair, Teacher’s Retirement Board Investment Committee, California State Teacher’s Retirement System (CalSTRS), 100 Waterfront Place, West Sacramento, CA 95605.
Here is the link to Mr. Keiley from the CalSTRS website. Keiley Profile
And a big thanks to Joe for his fine and incisive writing.
February 2nd, 2014
NEWAG MEETING – FEBRUARY 5 – PLEASE ATTEND!!
FOGG wants to advise you of a very important meeting that we urge you to attend. Read the rest of this entry »
January 22nd, 2014
JUDGE RULES IN OUR FAVOR!!!
FOGG has some really good news for you!
On January 17, 2014, San Francisco Superior Court Judge A. James Robinson II issued a ruling that the California State Lands Commission violated state environmental law when it approved removal of public trust restrictions from Seawall Lot 351.
As you may recall, SWL 351 was an important part of the proposed 8 Washington Street high rise luxury condominium project that was overwhelming rejected by San Francisco voters on the November 5, 2013 ballot.
This is a great Court ruling and we are pleased that environmental laws are being enforced on this important public trust property.
FOGG applauds the outstanding work of attorney Susan Brandt-Hawley who led the legal battle through many long difficult months, and came out with a real victory!!
THANK YOU SUSAN!!
You may read the press release and Court ruling at the January 17, 2014 Court Ruling & Press Release Page link on this website.
This legal action is another major step in the right direction to preserve our community’s outdoor recreational center – the Bay Club at the Gateway.
As always, FOGG will keep you updated with more breaking news.
December 21st, 2013
Happy Holidays & a Healthy New Year!
It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: Yesterday is History…Tomorrow’s a Mystery…Today is a Gift.
In this season of giving FOGG has received many gifts of support from you our volunteers and donors that we so very much appreciate.
2013 was exciting and at times very difficult. But in the end we prevailed because our cause and mission to preserve the one of a kind outdoor community recreational center (Bay Club at the Gateway) that is still in total operation and will be for some time to come.
2014 will have its bumps and diversions, but with your continued support and participation it will be a good year.
FOGG also wishes to thank the dedicated, hardworking staff and management of the Gateway Club. They were under lots of pressure and uncertainty this past year. We appreciate and respect their staying the course.
Have a great Holiday Season!
December 18th, 2013
CalSTRS Looking For a Handout!!
CalSTRS, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which has spent millions on Simon Snellgrove’s 8 Washington Street high rise luxury condominium project, is now looking to have our taxpayers help fund the upcoming shortage in its unfunded liability.
They are asking for a HALF BILLION DOLLARS!!!
Where is Santa Claus when you need him?
Here is the script received from KQED’s Guy Marzorati that Joshua Johnson, their morning newscaster read about CalSTRS solvency on Monday, December 16, 2013:
“Meanwhile, California’s treasurer is warning that CalSTRS is quickly running out of money to pay teachers’ pensions.
Bill Lockyer says the fund has about another 30 years to live if nothing is done.
Lockyer says a budget expert recommends a half billion taxpayer dollars to cover its unfunded liability.
It’s unclear whether any lawmakers are considering such a payout.”
Maybe Mr. Snellgrove could return CalSTRS 8 Washington investment to make a small down payment on what could be the end of teachers’ retirement funding.
Happy Holidays to all our friends and supporters.
November 23rd, 2013
A Very Happy Thanksgiving & Hanukkah!!
We have much to be thankful for this Holiday Season. The voters of San Francisco overwhelmingly rejected the 8 Washington high rise luxury condominium project proposed by Simon Snellgrove and his political supporters.
Their project would have been the first step in building a wall of high rise condominiums along the Embarcadero. Other proposals will be coming elsewhere along the Embarcadero, and we hope the voters value our open waterfront rather than allowing it to become like Miami Beach.
We now have some time to prepare ourselves for whatever the Mr. Snellgrove next presents. FOGG is taking the initiative. The Asian Neighborhood Design Community Vision developed with the assistance of FOGG and a number of community organizations is still very much alive, and should be front and center with both the SF Port and Planning Commissions.
You can view the AND Vision at this link. Community Vision
We have been running a marathon for over 10 years. Our NO WALL Coalition partners did the sprint, and the voters of San Francisco carried us across the finish line. Who would have thought that so many years of effort would be decided on just one day – November 5, 2013!!
There are so many of you who helped us – hundreds and hundreds of you who gave your time and money. We know you will be there again when called upon.
PLEASE ACCEPT OUR SINCEREST THANKS FOR ALL YOUR VOLUNTEER EFFORTS!
Lastly, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day this year. This will not happen again until 2070. We would be thankful if Mr. Snellgrove will adhere to the same schedule.
November 7th, 2013
YOU DID IT – PROPOSITIONS B & C DEFEATED SOUNDLY!!!
Simon Snellgrove and his 8 Washington Street high rise luxury condominium project has been overwhelming rejected in the November 5, 2013 election.
Over 60% of the San Francisco voters said a resounding NO on Propositions B and C.
The voters strongly stated that our waterfront belongs to everyone, not to just a handful of millionaires, greedy developers and the politicians who back them.
Congratulations to each of you who spent so many volunteer hours and made donations to make this victory possible.
A very special thank you to our NO WALL ON THE WATERFRONT COMMITTEE Coalition partner for their skill and hard work in bringing so many community groups together for a successful campaign.
It was a grassroots victory!!
Now we must move ahead in making sure our victory is not a short lived one. We must provide a positive and convincing long range plan for the northeast waterfront that benefits the neighborhood…the City…and the visitors who love the openness of our waterfront.
Stay tuned for what is the continuing saga of saving the San Francisco waterfront for everyone.
And once again, our sincerest thanks to all the FOGG volunteers who gave more than 100% for the cause.
November 1st, 2013
THIS IS IT!! – FIVE DAYS TO GO – Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The San Francisco election is upon us.
FOGG doesn’t have a crystal ball to tell how the San Francisco November 5th election will go. The voters will decide the future of the San Francisco waterfront.
A waterfront for all of us or high rise luxury condominiums.
We do know that our dedicated volunteers have done a fantastic job in getting the word out to vote NO on Proposition B and NO on Proposition C.
The opposition has the bucks and an abundance of false, misleading advertising.
We had the energy and dedication to oppose the increase in height limits and building a WALL of gated, exclusive condominiums on the waterfront.
IS THIS YOUR VISION OF SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS? Read the rest of this entry »
October 29th, 2013
SEVEN MORE DAYS – THE ELECTION – NEED YOUR HELP!!
Yes, only seven more days until the November 5, 2013 election.
We need you, if you are a San Francisco voter to vote NO on Proposition B and NO on Proposition C.
Please read our NO WALL Coalition Partner’s Notice from today. Read the rest of this entry »