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.

On Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5:00pm, the Northeast Waterfront Advisory Group will meet on a number of issues concerning our neighborhood, including Teatro ZinZanni, SWL322-1, and a presentation of the Waterfront Land Use Plan.  NEWAG meets at Pier 1, Bayside 1 Conference Room.

The Agenda is at this link:  Northeast Waterfront Advisory Group Agenda

FOGG urges everyone who can attend these important meetings please make every effort to do so.

The 8 Washington site (Seawall Lot 351) is covered by the Waterfront Land Use Plan. We are still awaiting Simon Snellgrove (Pacific Waterfront Partners) to come back with an amended 8 Washington project, after his defeat by San Francisco voters in the November 2013 election.

Listen and participate in the dialog at these meetings that could affect our neighborhood, our outdoor recreational center (Bay Club at the Gateway), and the connection from Washington Street to Chinatown, its seniors and families.

The Asian Neighborhood Design group with the support of FOGG, provided an excellent Community Vision for San Francisco’s Northeast Waterfront. This Vision should once again be put before the SF Port and Planning Commissions as a basis for a broad discussion in the upcoming proposed revised Waterfront Land Use Plan.

The Vision is at the Asian Neighborhood Design Community Vision link on this website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

Most important to FOGG is our supporters. Thanks to all of you who donated your money to provide scholarships for the kids from low income housing projects.

FOGG looks forward to another BANNER 2015 Kids Camps Scholarship Program and many years to come with the great support you have shown.

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.

Of particular interest is to watch their response as to why they filed their lawsuit led by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, against Proposition B – the waterfront heights limit initiative. The SLC wants to strike down Proposition B that San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed in the June 2014 election, giving them the right to vote on any increase in height limits along our waterfront.

You will also see and hear Proposition B supporters testify opposing the SLC’s lawsuit, and letting Lt. Governor Newsom know the supporters of Proposition B will continue to carry on the fight against him.

FOGG and its NO WALL partners are pleased to provide you with this update.

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.

There is lots of good information to keep you up to date on the SLC lawsuit to overturn Proposition B, the waterfront height limits initiative. The SLC is suing the city of San Francisco to overturn Proposition B, overwhelming approved by San Francisco voters in the June 2014 election.

FOGG wishes to thank all the FOGG members who attended the Ferry Building rally held just before the SLC meeting. The rally was well attended and sent a strong message about our willingness to carry the fight wherever we have to go.

Our FOGG friends and supporters have been continually at the forefront of our 11 year effort to preserve our community’s outdoor recreational center.  Lots of you have worked on a volunteer basis with other community groups in trying to preserve our waterfront for all the people of San Francisco, and its many visitors.

The battle with the SLC is another chapter in the fight.

FOGG sincerely thanks you for your untiring support.

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.

We urge as many FOGG supporters as possible to attend the Press Conference.

The SLC will be meeting at 1 pm in the Ferry Building, second floor Conference Room. Public comment will be allowed. Our supporters are welcomed to attend this meeting and offer testimony.

The Agenda can be read at this link:  Agenda

New campaign finance reports have revealed that Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has received over $50,000 in campaign contributions for his statewide campaigns from real estate industry opponents of the Proposition B waterfront height limits measure and from Simon Snellgrove’s development team, who are quietly still trying to sneak through the 8 Washington Street waterfront luxury condo development San Francisco voters overwhelming rejected last year.

Speaking of large bucks trying to kill the public’s wishes on the Waterfront, the SF Chronicle recently reported that Simon Snellgrove (Pacific Waterfront Partners), the 8 Washington developer, gave a $35,000 charitable contribution to sit down and have dinner with Mayor Ed Lee. We wonder how much of a tip was left.

Need we remind everyone that it was this Mayor and Mr. Newsom who made TV ads in last November’s election in support of Mr. Snellgrove’s 8 Washington project.  Quid Pro Quo?

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.

The first involves a mistake in the City height limit maps for the three blocks adjacent to the 8 Washington site that makes up the Golden Gateway Commons.  During the 8 Washington approval process the SF Planning Department staff erroneously listed the height limit of these three blocks at 275 feet, using those heights to justify the 8 Washington project at 136 feet.  In fact, the actual height limit for those blocks set by the City when the Golden Gateway Commons was originally approved by the SF Planning Department and the Redevelopment Agency was 84 feet.

The second issue involves old, recently unearthed Planning documents indicating that part of the larger Golden Gateway complex that would have accommodated the 8 Washington project contained a 1977 Plan Unit Development (PUD) that the SF Planning staff missed this time around.  The 1977 PUD covered the 3 lots designated as “recreational” now occupied by the community’s outdoor recreational center – The Bay Club at the Gateway.  It required development and maintenance of the Golden Gateway swimming pools and tennis courts in lieu of otherwise required rear yards.  That requirement, that these blocks be used solely for recreational purposes has been in place the past 40 years.

Both of these items must be addressed by the SF Planning Department and Board of Supervisors, along with what actions might be needed to be taken to correct these mistakes and prevent similar mistakes from occurring on this and other sites in the future.

While these new problems further cloud the City’s approvals for luxury condos at the ill-conceived 8 Washington site they should be viewed in the larger context of overwhelming voter rejection of the 8 Washington project in November, 2013 (by a 2 to1 margin), and the recent court decision throwing out an earlier State Lands Commission approval of a public trust land swap necessary for the 8 Washington project to proceed.

Several other lawsuits challenging the original approvals of the 8 Washington project are still in litigation.

These findings require FOGG to ask some pertinent questions…

Would the 8 Supervisors who voted for Mr. Snellgrove’s 8 Washington project have a change of heart if they had the facts as stated in our ALERT?

Would the Mayor & Lt. Governor (former Mayor) have been seen on TV and in print with their misstatements and falsehoods if they had known the facts?

Would the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) have thrown away (invested) millions of teacher’s retirement dollars to support the 8 Washington project?

Would the SF Port have entered into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with Mr. Snellgrove if they had the facts at hand?

Does the SF Planning Department staff have the skill that is needed to keep their records up to date and provide honest and correct information on planning matters?

FOGG only asks that our elected officials and their appointees adhere to the rules and facts. We ask that they listen to those they represent – not just those with money and political connections – and engage in honest dialog about this 8 Washington project. We’ve seen enough PAY for PLAY.

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.

Since opening Bay Club San Francisco in 1977, The Bay Club Company has been committed to providing its members the best in active lifestyle amenities and experiences throughout the Bay Area and beyond.  In June 2014, Bay Club announced a new ownership structure including York Capital, the management team (120 employees), and JMA Ventures (minority investor).  With this ownership restructuring, members will see a marked increase in Bay Club’s commitment to recreation amenities.  Specifically, Bay Club has an immediate focus on expanding the tennis, swimming, and squash inventory in the marketplace (including SF proper), while continuing to be a recreation leader in northern California.  As new opportunities are finalized, members of Bay Club will be among the first notified of the New! benefits, services, and/or amenities available (based on varying membership structures).  For those who wish to speak with someone at Bay Club with comments, questions, or concerns – please feel free to contact their President & CEO, Matthew Stevens, at matthew.stevens@bayclubs.com.

FOGG appreciates the cooperation of Matthew Stevens in providing this information on the restructure of the Bay Club, and has kindly provided his email address if you have further questions. FOGG asks that you include us on your response to Matthew at coaches@fogg.us when writing him, so we can be kept up to date with your concerns.

There is still a great deal that needs to be done in preserving our outdoor recreational center, the Bay Club at the Gateway. We have much more work to do and look forward to your positive participation, as we begin the 11th year of FOGG’s efforts.

FOGG Alert – June 4, 2014

June 4th, 2014

PROPOSITION B is a Winner!!

FOGG congratulates the NO WALL team on another NO WALL on the WATERFRONT victory with the success of PROPOSITION B.

San Francisco voters approved Proposition B in the Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Primary Election.

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

Many FOGG supporters as individuals worked as volunteers, and should be commended for the time and effort they put in to making a success of the Proposition B campaign.

While the voters have spoken on the present waterfront height limits, FOGG must continue its battle to preserve our outdoor recreational center (Bay Club the Gateway). Mr. Snellgrove is no doubt planning a new project that can fit under the present 84 feet height limit that exists on our recreational center; his so-called 8 Washington site.

FOGG is researching its options with the able assistance of our attorney, and volunteer workers. FOGG is also sure we will have the continued leadership of David Chiu, our District 3 Supervisor, and support of Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos. We look forward to finally putting to rest any proposed development that would destroy our community’s recreational center.

It must be remembered that when the Gateway (formerly The Golden Gateway) was first developed, it was done so with the support of Federal HUD dollars. It was stated that the land where the present recreational center is located in a series of resolutions was:

a) MAPPED on the Redevelopment Plan as recreational use, and

b) The site was transferred at no cost to the original developer, the Perini Corporation, because the land had no dollar value. This was also at the time when the balance of the area (GG Commons) was SOLD to Perini. So, inability to develop the present recreational site WAS and STILL IS an issue.

As always we look forward to having your continued support as we push ahead to preserve our open recreational space.

FOGG Open Letter – May 30, 2014

May 29th, 2014

Summer Kids Camps 2014 – Update #4 – Camps Begin on Monday, June 2nd

FOGG wants to update you with our progress on the Scholarship Program for this summer.

Our Scholarship program is now into its 4th successful year.

Thanks to the donations from many of our supporters and the cooperation of Bay Club management, FOGG is proud to announce that we will be supporting more than 30 kids for this summer’s Kids Camps at Bay Club at The Gateway.  The Camps run all summer through Labor Day.

We want to add still more kids to this Program.

FOGG again wishes to thank those who have donated to help those youngsters who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a fun summer under the supervision of dedicated and professional Bay Club staff. 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.

For those who have thought of making a contribution to this program but have not yet done so, please offer your support for this wonderful summer event. Help the youngsters who will benefit. Let them know that we care for them!

Donations may be made online at this website.  Please can click on the ‘Donate to 2014 Kids Summer Camp’ yellow button on the right side of the website.

You may also mail your donations to Friends of Golden Gateway, P. O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA, 94126. Please make checks payable to PDF/FOGG and write “Scholarship Fund” on the memo line.

FOGG thanks you all again for your continuing support.

FOGG Open Letter – May 2, 2014

May 2nd, 2014

 

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