FOGG Open Letter – November 25, 2014

November 28th, 2014

A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!

FOGG, thanks to our volunteers and many others, has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

With the great campaign led by our NO WALL ON THE WATERFRONT partners, many community members, and the voters of San Francisco, the proposed 8 Washington Street high rise luxury condominium development went down to an ignominious defeat at the polls in November, 2013.

We are forever thankful for the successful work on our behalf by our three attorneys; Sue Hestor, Louise Renne, and Susan Brandt-Hawley. They’ve been outstanding in preparing the critical legal work needed to confront the developers. While lawsuits are still pending, their research and legal smarts have been invaluable.

Thanks to The Bay Club at The Gateway management and Summer Kids Camps staff for their cooperation in providing one scholarship for everyone FOGG and you, our donors, provided. It was a successful and fun filled Summer Kids Camps for these youngsters from low income housing.

FOGG looks forward to another successful Scholarship Summer Kids Camps program in 2015. We again give thanks to the generosity of our supporters and their tax deductible donations.

FOGG recognizes the battle to preserve our community’s outdoor recreational space is still ongoing. Any development plan coming forward for the adjacent Seawall Lot 351 (SWL351) must be compatible not only for our neighborhood, but be one that benefits the people of San Francisco and its many visitors. Our mission will continue.

With your support and that of our many community partners, we will prevail.

Have a really enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday!

FOGG Alert – November 16, 2014

November 16th, 2014

Waterfront Land Use Plan Review – Your Comments Are Needed!

We need your help.

The SF Port has begun a review of the Waterfront Land Use Plan. We have a chance to voice our position on what should happen along the San Francisco waterfront for many years to come.

The Waterfront Land Use Plan, first prepared in 1997 is now under review for an update after 17 years.

This will affect our community open recreational space – The Bay Club at The Gateway.

We have the opportunity to express our concerns about the future development of Seawall Lot 351 at the corner of the Embarcadero and Washington Street. SWL 351 is currently a parking lot.

As our supporters are well aware, developer Simon Snellgrove is going to present a new plan by the end of 2014, for what is known as the 8 Washington site. He wants to combine SWL 351 with our community open recreational space – The Bay Club at the Gateway.

His previous plan for luxury high rise condominiums was overwhelming defeated by San Francisco voters in November, 2013.

Mr. Snellgrove will not go away by himself.  We must beat him.

You can help us beat him.

FOGG urges its members to go to the SF Port website to review and comment on the Waterfront Land Use Plan.

You can find the Waterfront Land Use Plan information for SWL 351 at this link. Chapter 3 – Ferry Building Please scroll down to page 82 to begin.

We call your attention to The Ferry Building Waterfront Acceptable Land Use Table – Page 89. 

You can find the information in the Waterfront Land Use Plan for 8 Washington at this link.  Seawall Lot 351 – 8 Washington St.   Please scroll down to page 229.

We ask that you write your statement by scrolling down to ‘COMMENTS’ at this link. Comments to Waterfront Land Use Plan

FOGG has supported the recommendations developed by the Asian Neighborhood Design (AND) group and community participants in developing SWL 351 as “recreation…bicycle…transit and youth-oriented activities that would complement the existing Bay Club at The Gateway…”

This would include a waterfront bike, sport and transit center similar to the one in Chicago’s Millennium Park, with a café or restaurant at the corner of Embarcadero and Washington Street.

The AND Vision can be read at this link.  AND Community Vision

FOGG believes that anything built on SWL 351 that would obscure views from Telegraph Hill cannot be accepted. Any development must be an integral part of the step down view from the heights.

Further, our community’s open recreational space must be preserved.

The deadline for comments on the Waterfront Land Use Plan is December 1, 2014.

We urge you to make every effort to send in your comments in support of FOGG’s position.

We believe that the SF Port must understand that our neighborhood community wants development that serves ALL San Franciscan’s and those that come to visit our waterfront. It belongs to everyone.

Stay positive and please write your comments before December 1, 2014.

  

FOGG Alert – October 11, 2014

October 10th, 2014

Government Audit and Oversight Committee Report – October 9, 2014

FOGG wishes to thank those who took the time from their busy schedules to attend the Thursday, October 9, 2014 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee meeting.

A special thanks to our supporters who testified on our behalf.

FOGG also thanks Our District 3 Supervisor and Board President David Chiu for setting up this meeting.

The meeting’s purpose was to review the zoning history of the 8 Washington Street proposed development, the Gateway Commons and our outdoor recreational facility, The Bay Club at the Gateway.

It was a good meeting for us. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – October 5, 2014

October 5th, 2014

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9th – THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!

FOGG is advising you of a very important meeting on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at City Hall in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee will be meeting at 11:00am, in City Hall Committee Room 263.

We ask that our friends and supporters make every effort to attend.

The Committee will be hearing testimony by FOGG’s attorney, Sue Hestor, covering the Planned Unit Development (PUD) issue that covers the development of the Gateway Commons and our outdoor recreational center – The Bay Club at The Gateway. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – September 28, 2014

September 28th, 2014

IMPORTANT NEWAG MEETING OCTOBER 1st – PLEASE ATTEND!!

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:00pm, the Northeast Waterfront Advisory Group (NEWAG) will meet at Pier 1, Bayside 1 Conference Room. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »