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.

Thanks to the efforts of attorney Susan Brandt-Hawley for the excellent work she did in fighting the appeal.

Lt. Governor Gavin Newson, Chair of the State Lands Commission, who spearheaded the Commission’s effort to overturn the previous ruling by Superior Court Justice A. James Robertson II, was a leading proponent of the 8 Washington Street project, as was San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

Both elected officials campaigned heavily for the 8 Washington Street project with TV ads and news stories. As our supporters will recall, the voters of San Francisco overwhelming rejected the 8 Washington Street project in the November 5, 2013 election.

FOGG and our No Wall On the Waterfront partners are pleased that the people of San Francisco won another battle in maintaining the open space along the waterfront, and the survival of the community’s outdoor recreational center. (Bay Club at The Gateway.)

FOGG hopes that the SF Port will now recognize that their Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Snellgrove puts them in an untenable position. The ENA does expire in 2016. FOGG wishes to see that SWL 351 is developed with enough imagination to allow for a low rise multi-purpose activity center/café, open to the public. It should be held to a low rise height, no more than 40 feet, so that the views to the hills from the waterfront are maintained.

Together with the proposed Teatro ZinZanni project planned for the seawall lot at the corner of Broadway and the Embarcadero, these side by side seawall lots will set a positive tone for the west side of the Embarcadero.

FOGG will continue to monitor all plans proposed for our neighborhood’s open space. We see events moving our way.


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.

Thanks to the many FOGG supporters who provided the donations which allowed kids from lower income areas to enjoy the fun, games and social interaction in a safe, family friendly environment.

Almost 50 youngsters were supported this year!!

FOGG also must express its gratitude to the Bay Clubs management for supporting the Scholarship Program on a one to one basis.

Thanks again to all of you!

A special thank you goes to Lela Woltjer and Paige Niesyn, who head up the Kids Camps Program. Lela and Paige did a wonderful job of coordinating the many weeks of summer activities. They and their dedicated staff worked endless hours to insure the kids had a great time.

In other summer news, FOGG stays ALERT to the possibility that there will be further pressure from the Developer to build on the Club site. At the moment all is quiet, but everything is still on the table.

As once said by Yogi Berra “It’s Not Over Until It’s Over.”

FOGG is optimistic that we and the Gateway Club will be around for a long, long time. We are vigilant and we will not let our guard down.

Thanks again for your support for the past 13 years, and again enjoy the Holiday.


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 »

FOGG Open Letter – May 26, 2015

May 25th, 2015


FOGG wishes to thank all those who responded to our May 11, 2015 Open Letter, and sent in their tax deductible donations. We’ve had a very good response. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter – May 11, 2015

May 11th, 2015

Kids Camps Scholarships – Update – More to Do – Please Support!!!

FOGG sends its sincerest “thank you” to those who have taken the time to make a tax deductible Scholarship donation to this year’s Summers Kids Camps Program. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter – April 18, 2015

April 17th, 2015

Summer Kids Camps Scholarships – Need your Support

In less than six weeks the Bay Club At The Gateway Summer Kids Camps programs begin. FOGG, for the 5th year, is supporting this community wide project by providing scholarship funds to allow kids from low income housing districts to participate. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – March 26, 2015

March 26th, 2015


Judge Suzanne Bolanos, at the March 25, 2015 hearing, ruled in Superior Court on the motion to dismiss the State Lands Commission’s claim that Proposition B is invalid.

Judge Bolanos ruled that Proposition B was consistent with the Burton Act and the San Francisco Charter.

She also ruled that it was a factual question as to whether a later legislative action pre-empted voter initiatives like Proposition B.

This issue will be further presented and discussed at a court hearing on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in the Judge’s chambers. Read the rest of this entry »