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.

WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REACH 100 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THESE BOYS AND GIRLS, AGES 5-12 WITH YOUR HELP!!!

Now would be a great time to make your tax deductible scholarship donation, so we can plan ahead with the various organizations to prepare with The Bay Club -The Gateway, for the number of kids who will be enrolled.

FOGG also received a list of additional youth organizations who could participate from 6th District Supervisor, Jane Kim, for which we thank her. This allows for a greater reservoir of deserving kids.

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 Scholarship from FOGG, the Bay Club adds another one.

We are well on the way for a very successful Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program, and with your donation it will top them all in this 6th year of effort.

FOGG looks forward to your positive support.

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.

The Bay Club management has been with us all the way again this year, and their support is deeply appreciated.

FOGG now has additional support for which we are sincerely thankful. The following will explain what we mean.

…“I am pleased to confirm that the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee will provide a grant donation of $15,000 to the Summer Kids Camp program that FOGG organizes at the Gateway Bay Club. The camp program’s goal of helping low income kids through a sports camp over the summer period aligns perfectly with the 50 Fund’s goals of supporting underserved youth throughout the Bay Area and helping to close the opportunity gap that exists in our region. We are very happy to support your summer camps program with this donation from our 50 fund.”…

Signed:

Keith Paul

CEO & President

San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

And, our longtime supporters and friends at the Embarcadero Center added an additional $5,000 to the Kids Camps Scholarship program. Their yearly donation is most appreciated.

With this kind of generous support for our efforts we look forward to a successful and fun 2016 at the Bay Club – The Gateway.

FOGG congratulates Aaron Peskin on his November 3, 2015 election victory for the District Three Supervisor seat. Aaron has been a longtime supporter of FOGG, and we look forward to working with him on issues of concern to our neighborhood.

FOGG wishes all the best to Julie Christensen, the Mayor’s appointed District Three Supervisor, who lost the election to Aaron. FOGG hopes she will continue with her many community interests.

There is still more to do in preserving our community’s open recreational space. Let us all remain vigilant and positive in the months to come.

Have a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving!

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.

Great job Susan!!

As you may recall from our FOGG Alert of September 21, 2015, the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld the judgement of the SF Superior Court that SLC cannot overturn the voters of San Francisco and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and to set aside “its unlawful approval of the transfer of public-trust property known as Seawall Lot 351 to the Port of San Francisco.”

Our ‘Defend Our Waterfront’ allies together with FOGG wins another one thanks to Susan, and preserves our outdoor recreational center (Bay Club – The Gateway).

Once again FOGG calls upon the SF Port to redirect their efforts together with the many community organizations in developing SWL 351 that will open itself to public activities.

We offer the Asian Neighborhood Design (AND) Vision Plan as a positive alternative to the proposed, now deceased, high rise luxury condominiums for the very few.

There couldn’t be a more opportune time for all parties to meet and move forward.

FOGG appreciates the SF Port’s new Waterfront Vision Workshop initiative. Our supporters are actively participating. We will keep you updated on the progress.

Let’s get moving!

FOGG Alert – October 8, 2015

October 8th, 2015

Waterfront Vision Workshop – October 19 – Please Attend!!!

FOGG wants to advise you of the SF Port’s ‘1st Waterfront Vision Workshop’ scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

The Workshop will be held at the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal – Pier 27, on the Embarcadero.

The Port’s Notice can be read at this link: Waterfront Vision Workshop

Here is your opportunity to present your interests and concerns on the future development of the waterfront, including Seawall Lot 351 and the adjacent open space. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – September 21, 2015

September 20th, 2015

Great News – Another Legal Win in the Courts!!

The 1st District of Court of Appeal has upheld the judgement of the San Francisco Superior Court that the State Lands Commission cannot overturn the voters of San Francisco and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and “to set aside its unlawful approval of the transfer of public-trust property known as Seawall Lot 351 to the Port of San Francisco.”

The transfer would have facilitated the luxury condominium project at 8 Washington Street.

You may read the entire press release by clicking on Defend Our Waterfront Press Release on this website. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – September 4, 2015

September 4th, 2015

 End of Summer – Update – Kids Camp And More!!

FOGG extends our best wishes to all of our friends and supporters.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Holiday!

Summer is coming to a close and this is the last week of the Summer Kids Camps Program. This 5th year of FOGG’s Scholarship Program was our most successful. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – June 28, 2015

June 27th, 2015

Waterfront Land Use Plan Review – GET INVOLVED!!!

FOGG urges our supporters to read the attached reminder that the SF Port is preparing to review the Waterfront Land Use Plan, beginning this fall.

The notice of how the SF Port proposes to proceed can be read by clicking on this link.

SF Port Notice Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – June 24, 2015

June 24th, 2015

Superior Court Ruling Appeal – Must Read!!!     

Please read this article written by Geri Koeppel in ‘Hoodline’ about the court ruling appeal on the 8 Washington Street high-rise luxury condominium proposed project, and more!

Hoodline Article Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – June 5, 2015

June 4th, 2015

SF Waterfront Planning Group – Your Input Needed Now!!!

Here is your opportunity to speak out on preserving our outdoor recreational center (Bay Club at The Gateway), help save our San Francisco waterfront open space, and provide positive input on the upcoming SF Port’s Waterfront Planning review.

The notice of how the SF Port proposes to proceed can be reviewed by clicking on this link.

SF Port Notice Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter – June 1, 2015

May 31st, 2015

Kids Camps Scholarships – 4th Update

Please read and enjoy the article written by Geri Koeppel in ‘Hoodline’ covering the upcoming Kids Camps.

Hoodline Article

Geri, FOGG thanks you for writing this fine piece on the Kids Camps Scholarship Program at the Bay Club at The Gateway, and what it means to many kids from low income housing areas to participate. Read the rest of this entry »