FOGG Open Letter – April 10, 2018

April 10th, 2018

District 3 Supervisor Support for Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program

FOGG wishes to thank our District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, for including the Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program in his Spring Newsletter.  We hope that our 8th year of assisting youngsters from low income housing to attend the Bay Club – The Gateway Summer Kids Camps is as successful as the previous seven.

The Newsletter can be read at this link.  Supervisor Peskin’s Newsletter

The Club’s instructors are well trained in the activity programs that they provide the youngsters, with the assistance of a number of volunteers, many who were Kids Camps participants.

Thanks to the tax deductible donations provided by many of our friends and supporters the Bay Club and FOGG are able to provide a full summer of learning and fun.

Supervisor Peskin noted that donations can be made online at this website.  Click on the ‘Donate to 2018 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

You can also make a donation by writing a check to PDF/FOGG, and mailing it to Friends of Golden Gateway, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2018 Scholarship Fund.”

Your tax deductible donations will certainly make a bunch of kids much happier, and it is a win-win for everyone.

FOGG Open Letter – March 10, 2018

March 9th, 2018

Summer Kids Camps Scholarships – 8th Year

The Summer Kids Camps Program begins on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Bay Club – The Gateway.  The Camps run through the last week of August.

This is the 8th year FOGG has worked with this Program, and, thanks to you and your tax deductible donations, we are confident that it will be a success.

This Scholarship Program allows youngsters 5 to 12 years of age, from low income housing to attend this one of a kind activity program.  The kids participate in swimming and tennis lessons, social activities including art programs, and a number of team programs, some selected by the youngsters themselves.

FOGG cannot sign up a youngster until we know the donations are available.  And, with the total support of the Bay Club, who provides one dollar for every dollar we raise, we can sponsor two kids for the cost of one.

FOGG is lucky to have Lela Waltjer as Camp Director and her very competent assistant Ranya Abdelfattah leading an excellent group of instructors and volunteers.  They guide the youngsters through seven hours of instruction and games, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

FOGG could not have provided that financial support for seven years without the generosity of so many individuals, businesses and corporations.

We wish to have a real head start on sign ups, and with your donations we can have the majority of youngsters ready by June 4th.

Please send your summer Kids Camp Scholarship Program tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2018 Scholarship Fund.”

Should you prefer to donate online, you can do so at this FOGG website.  Click on the ‘Donate to 2018 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

Thanks again to so many of you who have supported the Scholarship Program in the past.  We hope you will make your donation soon.

FOGG Alert – February 23, 2018

February 22nd, 2018

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – 11th Update – A Victory for the People of San Francisco!!!

FOGG has wonderful news to share with you.

The State Lands Commission, chaired by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has withdrawn its lawsuit vs. the City of San Francisco on Proposition B.

Many of you are aware that Proposition B, passed by the San Francisco voters in June, 2014 requires voter approval before a developer can exceed the present height limits on San Francisco Port waterfront properties.

Please see the Page link from “No Wall on the Waterfront’s” Jon Golinger, who has written the details about the story on this website.

FOGG wants to sincerely thank all our volunteers who gave their time gathering signatures, getting out the vote and all the countless hours dedicated to helping get Proposition B on the San Francisco ballot.  You should all feel really proud of your work that contributed to the successful campaign.

We thank you for your continuing support!

FOGG Alert – January 26, 2018

January 26th, 2018

 

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – 10th Update – Summary Article

FOGG wants to give you the latest information available on the lawsuit filed by the State Lands Commission (SLC) vs. the City of San Francisco concerning Proposition B.

Proposition B, passed by the San Francisco voters in June, 2014 requires voter approval before a developer can exceed the present height limits on San Francisco Port waterfront properties.

Closing arguments were on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

48 Hills, the San Francisco and Bay Area’s independent, progressive news and culture site has an excellent summary of this court case.  You can read the article written by Michael Toren at this link.

 48hills Article

FOGG particularly wishes to thank Deputy City Attorney Christine Van Aken for her excellent defense of the voters of San Francisco.  She was factual, strong and thorough.

Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos is expected to hand down her decision shortly. 

We will let you know what the Judge rules.

FOGG Alert – January 9, 2018

January 9th, 2018

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – 9th Update – Time Change to 1:30pm

We just received notification the lawsuit filed by the State Lands Commission (SLC) vs. the City of San Francisco concerning Proposition B, which begins Wednesday, January 10, 2018 has a start time change.

The trial will begin at 1:30pm instead of 9:30am as previously stated in our FOGG Alert of January 6, 2018.

The trial will still be held in the courtroom of Judge Suzanne Bolanos, Department 504, at the San Francisco Civil Courthouse located at 400 McAllister Street.

 

FOGG Alert – January 6, 2018

January 6th, 2018

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – 8th Update – Trial Date Set

The court trial date for the lawsuit filed by the State Lands Commission (SLC) vs. the City of San Francisco concerning Proposition B, has been set for Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

You may recall that Proposition B, passed by the San Francisco voters in June, 2014 requires voter approval before a developer can exceed the present height limits on San Francisco Port waterfront properties.

The SLC is headed by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who is a candidate for California Governor.  The election is November 6, 2018.

The trial will begin at 930am in the courtroom of Judge Suzanne Bolanos, Department 504, at the San Francisco Civil Courthouse located at 400 McAllister Street.

The trial is expected to last two or three days.  Testimony is expected from several SF Port staff persons and other witnesses.

It will be interesting to see how long Lt. Governor Newsom intends to pursue this lawsuit against the voters of San Francisco.

FOGG will keep you updated as the trial progresses.

Season’s Greetings December 20, 2017

December 19th, 2017

Season’s Greetings

To Our FOGG Friends & Supporters

Mele Kalikimaka                           Ha’oli Makahiki Hou

Merry Christmas                            Happy New Year

 HOWEVER YOU CELEBRATE

Carve Your Own Path

Go Slow

Channel Your Strengths

Smooth the Way for Others

Keep Moving Forward

Avoid Meltdowns

Be Cool

Have a Very Happy & Healthy 2018

 

 

FOGG Open Letter-November 20, 2017

November 19th, 2017

THANKSGIVING GREETINGS – 2017

This is the 14th FOGG Thanksgiving we are celebrating with you!  We cannot believe we’ve been together for so long.

Thanks to your support during these 14 years, our community’s recreational club, Bay Club – The Gateway is still here, as was intended decades ago.  Our club continues to provide a healthful environment for our many families, children, seniors and almost anyone who wants to be there.

FOGG’s Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program completed its 7th year, and was again a success for those youngsters from low income housing areas who attended.

We thank the staffs at the Chinatown Development Community Center (CDCC), and the Booker T. Washington Center (BTWC) for their cooperation in selecting the youngsters to attend the Kids Camp Program.   These kids enjoyed the swimming, tennis, and many other social activities provided by the Club’s professional staff and volunteers.

We added to our many Kids Camps corporation supporters Safeway Foundation and Pier 39, and sincerely thank them for joining us.  FOGG looks forward to additional support in the coming 2018 summer program.

In our FOGG Alert of October 15, 2017, we advised you how you can financially support the fire victims in the North Bay Counties, and that the Bay Club management will match dollar for dollar in donations.

That matching offer is still available for your tax deductible donations by writing a check to FOGG/PDF, writing FIRE VICTIMS on memo line, and mail to Friends of Golden Gateway, P. O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.

On September 4, 2017, we advised you that the State Lands Commission (SLC) lawsuit was tentatively moved to January 10, 2018.  The date as of this writing remains the same.

This is the lawsuit brought by the SLC, chaired by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom against the city of San Francisco asking Superior Court to overturn the SF voter’s approval of Proposition B, passed in June 2014.

Proposition B requires voter approval before a developer can exceed the present height limits on San Francisco Port waterfront properties.

FOGG believes that Newsom would like to see this lawsuit resolved before he gets into full gear for his election effort to become the California Governor in November 2018.

All is calm on the development front.  We have heard nothing recently about any possible development proposal for the 8 Washington site, but FOGG remains alert for any possible changes.

FOGG wishes our very best for a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday, and again thanks to our many supporters and friends we have made these past 14 years.

FOGG Alert – October 15, 2017

October 15th, 2017

Fire Victims – SF Bay Area – Important Information – #2

Thanks to the generosity of the Bay Club management, you have an excellent opportunity to support the fire victims in the SF Bay North Counties.  The Club will match your dollars up to $50,000 one for one.

Please click on this link to learn more on how you may make your donation through the Red Cross, and double its value.  Bay Club Announcement

FOGG deeply thanks the Bay Club management for their generosity and support in these difficult times for our friends in the SF Bay North Counties.

 

FOGG Alert – October 12, 2017

October 12th, 2017

Fire Victims – SF Bay Area – Important Information

It is likely that you are well aware of the horrendous fires now taking place in the North Bay Counties, even if you do not live in the SF Bay Area.  Many who are affected are members of the Bay Club – The Gateway.

Thanks to Aaron Peskin, our District Three Supervisor, we can provide our supporters with information on how to help and keep safe during this unprecedented disaster.

Aaron’s email can be read at this link.  Supervisor Peskin Email

FOGG knows you will do whatever you can to help our neighbors, and we wish to thank you for your continued support.